First Marriage Then Love


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She is an old spinster of average status. He is young and powerful, achieving status as a high ranking official of River City within a span of just a few years. She had a deep love, but being unable to endure the harsh reality of life, she left. He had also loved once before, but he had been suffered betrayal from his girlfriend and friends, he delayed his marriage.

Having exchanged a few coincidental glances with him, she mistakenly assumed him to be her blind date, and without asking any other questions, she directly inquired him: “Do you want to come with me to get a card (marriage book)?”

He recognized this woman, and holding her with a feeling that was neither love nor hate, pleasure replacing surprise, he nodded: “I’m free in the afternoon!” He had not corrected her.

As per martial business, she offered him an agreement, calmly stating: She will agree to roll the bed sheet once a week! He quietly raised an eyebrow, mouth half-smiling, and flamboyantly signed his name. So because of this agreement…

“Wife, it’s late, let’s get some rest,” the man stated. The woman looked in to his eyes, nodded, and turned off the bedside lamp. In the darkness, a pair of large hands probed into her clothes, caressing her skin like satin. It was a beautiful night.

On the second night: “Wife, it’s late, let’s get some rest, ” the man stated. The woman looked in to his eyes, nodded, turned off the bedside lamp and lay down to sleep. His dark, large hand reached up to her again and slid into her clothes, probing her smooth skin until it was then suddenly caught.

“What are you doing? ” the woman asked coldly.

”There is a marital agreement to fulfill! ” the man said, take it for granted, and then pressed on top of the woman. It was a spectacular night.

The next morning, the woman who was brimming with an aching waist and grief, came out from the study room with eyes wide open, angrily said: “Su Yicheng, you crafty Official!”

The agreement read: marriage, rest once a week!

Love after marriage, warm and spoiled.

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icecream rated it
October 2, 2016
Status: c69 part2
The characters are alright at the start. But after a while I find the female lead really really REALLY cringe worthy and I have too much angst. I tried, then tried again to read just to see if it turns around, but it doesn't for me. Yes it makes sense to be alert and warry of a stranger you just married. But honestly how long should this last when she was the one that went head first into the situation she is in anyway!!! Besides she knows he has a... more>> decent personality, she knows he is stable with money, she knows he will not betray her and cherish her. AND THIS was from the very start of the story that she knew, or at least should have, yet what she does feels kind of rude. She always acts so reluctant and opposed, but like I said before, she SIGNED up for this, and I feel so bad for the male lead that's putting all his effort into being with her. I don't mind if she isn't as doting and lovey dovery for the male lead, as he is to her, but she can at least try harder and not make the situation always so awkward and unnatural with the MC imo. And I can't see how the male lead is head over heels for such a character that has such a shabby and insecure personality. Although the story justifies why in the later chapters, I was already too cringed and annoyed at her to even care at that point. Overall this novel just makes me feel salty and sour, not sweet. It just rubs me the wrong way and I can't enjoy anything about this female lead <<less
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Dani_elle rated it
August 14, 2017
Status: --
Story's good but isn't it disgusting how she's and 'old spinster' while he's 'a young bachelor' when he's even older than her.
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Jkuanli rated it
April 11, 2016
Status: --
The highlight of the story is released! The hero to the rescue, the relationship between the male and female lead is out in the open. What’s next? I can’t wait for the next chapter!
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mjnovel rated it
July 21, 2017
Status: c70.1
I read allot of online novel. I do prefer it more than the drama. I have become obsess with this novel. I just found it and could not close my laptop. Started from beginning to the current ch70.1 in one and half days. This novel is easy to read. Structures in english are easy to follow and understand. More than anything this book is a very well written book in itself. It's very well develop.

For those who just hates the novel and character and how "the storyline is so over... more>> rated". All I got to say is, reading this novel has been like watching a drama. I highly recommend it for romance. Because the description of the kisses will melt your heart. <<less
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Fathom rated it
March 10, 2017
Status: c165
A 28 year old spinster and a 30 something guy decide to get married despite being strangers. Both have been hurt by love in the past. So they might as well just marry first logically.

It's quite a cute story, but the repetitiveness of the plot is a bit boring. The heroine is constantly battling professional jealousies and petty revenge. Seriously, I don't know how a professional work place would survive in such an environment. In addition, every single couple seems to have a 3rd wheel who has an obsessive missed... more>> chance love bordering on psychotic stalkerdom. Both main characters have such 3rd wheel stalkers, even the stalkers have 3rd wheel stalkers. The BFF also has a 3rd wheel entanglement.

Overall, the first couple is quite cute, and is a slow romantic but realistic build up. As for the couple in the last 69 chapters, I just couldn't find much interest in them. A horrible father figure who had previously cheated on his best friends girl friend, and a girl who was basically a stay at home girlfriend that was supported by her fiance for 10 years only to be left at the altar pregnant. Not really appealing. I struggled to finish this side story. <<less
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devilsadvocate rated it
June 4, 2016
Status: c58
This is one heck of a sweet story but well the english...... it is kinda struggling but the translator gets gradually better, well u can still make out the meaning. absolutely worth the read, it tugs at your heart!
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jufiasca rated it
November 14, 2017
Status: c91
Pretty interesting. It's full of heartbreaks, almost all characters have broken hearted herts that varies in situation. It makes me believe that love is not a fairytale, but caring and understanding your partner with loyalty and trust; and happiness is just a bonus and a proof of it as well as the other emotions attached to it. Hah, that was so profound of me! Anyways, it' good and I like the characters. It showed how a person changed over time, nothing lasts forever but something stays for a long time.

ps.... more>> Just to share, I want to sing Let it Go for them, haha! Let it go, let it go..! <<less
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September 6, 2019
Status: c142
The protagonists marry after meeting as 3 times or so XD I find the story good, the personality of the protagonists is nice, ML is cold? Or more conservative I would say, but it is not garbage, it is very nice and loyal, MF is intelligent and strong, their personalities complement each other and do their best to avoid misunderstandings between them which is very refreshing, most of the problems are due to social office of the ML (public official) and some stinky ex, nothing so serious. The love story... more>> of the protagonists grows from apoco and is based on the respect and loyalty with which both engage. ♥ <<less
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pokeito rated it
December 11, 2018
Status: c108
The summary in nu is kinda misleading actually.

I like the human essence in this novel.

The characters aren't OP and overly rich and powerful like in most Chinese novels. The FL is an OL and the ML has kinda a high position but they both are in a position where someone can actually overthrow them easily.

The main leads resolve misunderstandings rather quickly and they actually like... TALK to each other.

The personalities of the characters (excluding the crazy exes) are actually reasonable and human. They're not perfect but relatable at some poinylt.
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March 11, 2018
Status: c99
She is an old spinster of average status. He is young and powerful, achieving status as a high ranking official of River City within a span of just a few years. ---Umm, first of all HE is older than her. This must be a Chinese novel thing that is always present, once you're past 25 and still unmarried no matter how successful and amazing a woman has become she's reduced to nothing. Ok, enough with that lil complaint.

I didn't like the An Ran - FL at first because it seemed... more>> like after a devastating heartbreak she just went with the flow. Pressured with her parents', friend, her past, society's demand she must be married ASAP, she just walked up to Yi Cheng (ML) and simply asks if he doesn't mind getting married, tomorrow the soonest. Also, she really irritated me during the times when he tries to initiate intimacy and she... anyways... she was the one who demanded marriage, duh. However, as the story went on, I liked that she is kind, simple, loyal, a very good friend and a filial daughter.

Yi Cheng-ML was a typical one, wealthy, powerful etc etc but also went to an even more devastating heartbreak.

I'm also glad that both families were agreeable to each other and there was no evil mother in-law drama. Thank God for that.

I like the story though so even if it has a few things I find typical I don't really mind so much. Also the translator/s who picked up the story after it was dropped are awesome, so there. <<less
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January 15, 2018
Status: c19
So the only truth so far is that they both married for convenance. If you expect her to be bold than you are gravely mistaken and as an fyi she's beyond f**king weak willed. Its pathetic. Honestly, if you like stressful weak characters than read this.

edit 48

Once you get past 20 it actually start picking up, at 48 I'm starting to find myself enjoying/anticipationg when the feelings become mutual wholeheartedly
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dysry rated it
July 4, 2016
Status: c69 part1
"She is an old spinster of average status. He is young and powerful, " And she's actually a few years younger...

It starts out as a light and spontaneous story where two people acting on impulse end up picking better partners than the ones they've carefully chosen and gotten to know. Both are nice and talented, but unlucky in love, so they defy social norms on a whim, only to slowly fall for each other as they interact.

However, as the story drags out, it starts becoming more suffocating, with a... more>> lot of similar antagonists and developments for the main couple to overcome just coz, and emphasis on status and connections (male lead waving his status to 'rescue' the female lead from bitchiness). While the author's treatment of one of the female antagonists' felt over the top given the tone of the rest of the story. <<less
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January 17, 2020
Status: c53
I stopped half way. I do not like the MC. I cant tolerate her. Honestly, she's so ridiculous and annoying. She keeps on thinking about her ex. She cant move on at all. Like its been six years, surely, her love must not be that super f*cking deep. I feel like its cheating in a way. Always thinking about how her ex did with her in her university days. Ridiculous. Its always the ML trying to do the work for their marriage even though she's the one who initiated it.... more>> She's annoying. One of the shittiest MC i've read. <<less
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jennamt4 rated it
August 30, 2019
Status: c87
I had initially overlooked this novel because the synopsis refers to the FL as a spinster. I thought maybe it was a story about a mid-30s woman ending up with a younger guy. Nothing wrong with that but it's just not my cup of tea (however, IRL, my hubby is younger than me, lol).

So first of all, the synopsis has got this all wrong. The FL is 28, the ML is 32. They both were traumatized by past relationships, leaving both to remain single ever since. FL is an architect... more>> and ML is the Special Assistant to the Mayor. It doesn't sound like a lofty title/position but he wields quite a bit of power in the city. ML also comes from a powerful military family background.


FL had a college sweetheart that she dated for 3 years. During their final year of college, both were busy with their own internships. She finds out that he started dating a rich girl with a prominent family. He comes from a poor background and thinks that by being with the rich girl, he would have a better chance of success. So when the rich girl goes abroad for graduate study, he follows her and marries her. He comes back 6 years later with the intent to get FL back despite still being married. He thinks that since she's been single all these years, she has been waiting for him.

ML had a childhood sweetheart. They grew up together. He went on a business trip and came back early with the intent to purpose marriage to her. That's when he caught her and his best friend having intercourse on the floor together. This fallout leads to their breakup and ending of his friendship with his best friend. The ex-girlfriend and former best friend went abroad together. She comes back 7 years later and also thinks that since ML has been single all this time, he hasn't gotten over her despite her betrayal and therefore she still stands a chance.

Before their marriage, ML had encountered FL a few times, usually during her blind dates to other men. He once saved her when a date tried to force a kiss on her. FL approaches ML thinking that he was the blind date that her BFF set up. She impulsively proposes marriage which ML (although knowing she got the wrong person) accepts. She only finds out after they received their marriage certificate that he was the wrong person.

FL has no idea that she married such a powerful man. She thinks he's just an office worker. She's kind of oblivious. He drops her off to work one morning when she finally realizes that he's driving an expensive car. She tells him that it's too flashy. When he picks her up in the afternoon, he drives an inexpensive car. This leads her ex-boyfriend (who came looking for her) and villain co-worker to think that he's just an ordinary person. When ML finally tells FL that he's a government official, she thinks back to the expensive car and tells him that he must have taken bribes in order to afford such a nice car, lol. He finally shows her his stock portfolio and tells her about his investments to make it clear that he doesn't take bribes. I like that both ML & FL are so lowkey that when he rescues her, it shocks everyone to find out who he is.

It's actually kinda cute when she finds out that he's rich. She tells him that she guesses her BFF is right, she became a gold digger.


There is no marriage agreement* like what the synopsis said. Although he's attracted to her, he doesn't force her and she's still coming to term with marrying a stranger. She's hesitant at the beginning but knows that ultimately ML is her husband and they would sleep together sooner or later. He's very patient with her and respectful towards her while she mentally prepares herself. I'm glad that their relationship isn't contractual with rules and an expiration date.

*Spoke too soon, lol. There is an agreement in Ch 99. After being worn out from their daily lovemaking, FL decides to purpose a married-couple agreement, limiting their lovemaking to once a week.

What I like best about this novel so far is that they trust each other and understand that both have a past that has nothing to do with the other.


When FL's ex-boyfriend comes back in the picture, ML protects her but doesn't ask her any questions which she's grateful for. She eventually tells ML what happened back then and ML tells her that he knows she's already over her ex-boyfriend and it's OK if she doesn't want to reminisce the past. When ML's ex-girlfriend gets drunk and comes to their house while ML is away, the ex-girlfriend tells FL a lot of hurtful things (mainly that their house used to be hers and ML's house and how everything is the same as it used to be when she lived there - the decoration and furniture, that it was only because she had gotten drunk that the "incident" happened to lead to their breakup, and that FL is just a substitute of her). When ML returns, he finds FL sitting on the floor in the dark while the ex-girlfriend is sleeping on the sofa drunk. He sees the tears on FL's face and takes her to the bedroom. The only thing she asked him is if it's true that she's a substitute. He tells her no and she was happy again because that's all she cared about. We do find out that the ex-girlfriend lied - after their breakup, the house was renovated and re-decorated so it looks nothing like it did when she lived there, she wasn't drunk when she slept with his best friend, it was mutual.

I think FL feels safe and secured when she's with ML and ML likes her innocence and finds everything about her to be refreshing and cute (even when she's mad).

I like that our main leads are real about their feelings, especially in terms of their past relationships. It was really hurtful and just because they're married now, doesn't mean that what they felt back then no longer hurt. I like seeing both of them feeling down upon seeing their exes and realizing that they're OK now.

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Phoenix2001 rated it
December 25, 2017
Status: --
Really love this novel it's a story of two people who both got betray by there loved ones,

I like how MC handle when her ex boyfriend come back and shamelessly try to win her back even if his married but MC handle it well she didn't panic in front him even if she's anxious in her heart, she's a brave strong independent woman, I like her personality she's not like some navie girl in other novels

And ML is not like some other arrogant jerk forcefull... more>> ML in other novels, his really understanding towards MC he wants to be happy in his married life with MC and don't his or her past life to effect there new marriage life his not secretive about his past life and willingly told her everything, his honest about everything his very nice to her parents his rich parents are also nice towards the MC, not like some other novels rich parents against the marriage or relationship of ML and MC because MC is poor or not of there status, in this novel ML rich parents are very loving towards the MC and bless both them off there new marriage

If you hate or tried of forcefull jerks ML or arrogant rich parents then you should read this novel it's very good you will surely love it and will not get bored of it <<less
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mya04 rated it
August 29, 2018
Status: Completed
A 28 year old Gu An Ran and 32 years old Su Yi Chen who met at a wrong blinde date decide to get married despite being strangers. Both have been hurt by love in the past. So they might as well just marry first logically. It's quite a cute story, Overall, the first couple is quite cute, and is a slow romantice but realistic build up.

Some people may find MC is weak and sily but I'd rather say she is more realistic. She treat others with kindness and indifference... more>> if they don't hit her bottom line, it's not like she'll fight with everyone for those petite offences and certainly not with her average background. And it doesn't change when she married with ML because at the start their relationship isn't that close. As for the ML and his family they really are too sweet for my teeth.

The antagonists here mostly are the third wheel of their love:


The ML ex girlfriend who betrayed him with his best friend but later in the story we'll find that she cheated with many other man as well. The FL ex boyriend who left her to get married with a woman who's rich with great background so that he could atteigne fortune and success but after 6 years he came back from aboard while still maried and chase after le MC


The MC's best friend and her sad story made me cry my eyes out.

Actuelly the main story end at 165 chapters but there's 87 side chapters like another mini novel of FMTL about the MC bestfriend and that's the part I liked the most because there's more suffering so the situation is a little more complicated but at same time more beautiful (you can read the side story withouth reading the main novel)

you should read this novel it's very good and worth your time.

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August 7, 2018
Status: c101
Some people may find MC is weak. I'd rather say she has real personality. Came from ordinary family with loving parents, of course she won't be like a smart vengeful girl. She'll treat others kind and indifference if they don't hit her bottom line. And it doesn't change when she married with ML.

While ML... I thought he will be like CEO Above Me Below's ML. In fact, the ML and his family really are too much for my teeth.

The antagonists here mostly are the third wheel of their love. Crazy... more>> people, especially ML's ex-girlfriend, I don't know if I should give them a praise or insult for their foolishness and craziness.


ML's ex-girlfriend even tried to commit suicide. And behold, she still didn't give up even though ML ALREADY rejected her many times! She never considered the betrayal she did with ML's best friend really hurt him.


I was laughing when ML said "let's fall in love". Excuse me... If you didn't say that, I really thought that both of you already in love from the very beginning.

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Sourodip rated it
January 5, 2020
Status: c139
I love this novel, it is stopping me to do all my daily basis works and forcing me to read and find what happened next in the story.

I'll recommend this to all but don't know what's your taste in novels.

But I loveeee this novel😍😍🕵‍

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Chaisensei rated it
January 4, 2020
Status: --
The story is sweet and cute. I like how they respect each other and trust in each other. But I have to take one star out because the FML character is annoying at times. She feels idiotic and childish at times that I sometimes get this urge to go in the story and seriously give a "Gibbs slap" to her head. I found myself thinking back and realizing that my high school self was more matured and more calm than her when I experienced some of her situation. She's also... more>> a slow learner or if she learned at all from her past, and this just infuriates me. ML seems to be the one mostly doing the effort. At times I find that she's more of a burden and I start sighing, that I'd sometimes stop reading, then find another novel to read so I can forget my frustrations. Fortunately, ML is well aware of her character and find it attractive. If you got nothing better to read this is a good read. <<less
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Drachenthron rated it
November 21, 2019
Status: c123
I like this novel. The MC and ML are decent human beings, not overly vicious but also not stupid. And the best thing is: this couple talks to each other about stuff.
... more>>

for example about their past with their exes that started to pestering them. Or when MCs boss wanted to force her to use ML influence, or when ML ex came to try to force MC to abort their baby.


they talked and in this genre that does not happen often.

the biggest critic I have is that everyone seems to have the same relationship problems. They dated someone, it didn’t work out (more often than not with betrayal and going overseas) and suddenly the ex is starting to pop up to ask for another chance regardless what the other thinks about that. The exes seem all to have 0 EQ or understanding (or acceptance) for other people’s feelings. They are very self centered in their „love“. <<less
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