First Marriage Then Love


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She is 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 marital 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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New Myaar rated it
November 30, 2023
Status: --
Wanted to give it a 3 star but changed my mind. The bad parts completely eclipse the good parts. In fact, the only good part about this novel is the romance between the MCs.

As for the bad parts, number one is the fl. This is probably the worst FL I have ever read and it doesn't help matters that the author always positions her as a victim. One of the things that just makes her insufferable is her relationship with her ex. At the beginning, it was very vague what... more>> happened between them but we are made aware she waited 6 years for him but after finding out he is married decides to move on. At this point, I was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, because I assumed the reason she waited that long was because he just disappeared and she didn't have closure. But contrary to my believe this guy actually cheated on her, then broke up with her when she asks about it (with little explanation btw), moved out of the country and then married his new girlfriend. And I am just confused why she couldn't get over this cheating coward for 6 years. But then to makes matters worse she still doesn't make clear boundaries with this ex once he comes back (and suddenly realizes she was his one true love 🙄) despite being married at this point. Not to mention the countless times she just sits daydreaming about this guy despite everything. But somehow the ex is being selfish when he rightfully assumes she has been waiting for him all this time. Then we have the countless misunderstandings she creates with this ambiguous relationship when she could literally say I am married and move on.

Now unto her personality traits, the author tried to create a passive/cold FL and failed terribly. The FL was so s*upidly naive and weak that I couldn't even blame the "antagonists". To make this more annoying, she is supposedly a 28 year old career woman yet I don't believe even 16 year Olds would behave the way she was. For some reason she just couldn't stand up for herself, she was literally being played like a piano. And in the instances when she does, it's either tone deaf and out of place or cringy. I honestly thought the ML deserved so much better than this fl. For the life of me, I couldn't understand why the ML even liked and tolerated her bullshit.

Then the fls mother, I honestly don't know who is worse. Because at least it took FL 6 years to move on while even after 30 years the mother has still not moved on from her ex despite supposedly having a loving marriage/family. It's to the point where this middle aged lady has a panic attack when she runs into her ex 30 YEARS LATER. To make this encounter more annoying, the fls father takes care of her through all this (where is his pride?!?!). I think the author was trying to potray this men as caring husband's who took care of their "emotionally traumatized" wifes and was way off the mark. With the way the FL and her mother were acting you would think someone mu*dered their entire family in front of them and not just a normal break up.

Lastly, to mention the side characters/stories, the author seemed to have only one plot point/idea which she applied to every couple in this story. She didn't even try to paraphrase. As annoying as the fls past relationship was, the author seemed to think she hadn't given us enough of that. It was literally that ×5. I honestly wish the author could have just foregone the side stories, that would have atleast upgraded the novel a bit. The side characters are made so obviously evil with the intention of making the readers hate them, just so the FL can come out as the perfect little victim that I just couldn't be bothered.

Again, the only good part about this story is the MCs relationship and I have a feeling that would soon lose its spark. <<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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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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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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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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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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Wonder Star rated it
August 31, 2019
Status: c142
It's an okayish story. There are some glitches that are beyond me. Like -

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1) MC was betrayed by her ex boyfriend and since then hasn't been able to move on for the past 6 years. One day, tired of all blind dates set up by her mother she proposes marriage to a stranger. But, but, but, when the reason for the betrayal is revealed, it doesn't really soind convincing. It looked like they were already drifting apart and yet how their break up had such a profound impact on her, is beyond me.

(2) ML's ex girlfriend was his childhood friend, they grew up together and when he was going to propose, he found out she was cheating on him with his best friend. Because of this betrayal, he rejected all blind dates set up by his mother for the next 7 years. Later this ex girlfriend returns, divorced and still wishing to snatch ML back from the MC apparently with the screwed up logic that if he had stayed single for 7 years means that he still loves her. She is this malicious woman who couldn't even spare her own child, people don't really change in a day or a year. There has to be a base level malice in her tonstart with. How couldn't anyone, the ML or ML's best friend see that in her? Was it possible for her to hide her true self for so many years? I mean wtf?

3) MC's best friend had been in love with her boyfriend turned fiancé for 10 years, she loves him so much but claims that when they met, he had someone in his heart and because she looked similar to her, he noticed her. This guy is such an as*hole (i don't know if it was deliberately done by tue author to make her story similar to MC's or not), that when his ex girlfriend return after 10 years, he starts having thoughts about leaving his fiancé who is pregnant with their child. And when she finally gives up upon him, does he realize that he really loved her for who she is and not as a shadow of his ex girlfriend. Isn't 10 years enough time to forget someone while you've fallen in love with someone already or was this guy blind enough to not be able to know his own feelings until she left him?


There are some side plots related to MC's parentage and a lot of angst. All over an okayish read but too melodramatic for the plot. All the exs are bad and all good characters were blind enough to not even realise why they fell in love with them in the first place. It's not like, this review is going to stop anyone from reading this story. Go ahead and read it. Form your own opinion about this 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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Rinkyx rated it
September 26, 2021
Status: Completed
Solid 2.5 ⭐️ FL though is not my fave. She is prob in my top 10 worst FL I’ve read. Always puts herself in danger, invites her enemies into her home, sees her enemies when they call her out and never explains and tell her husband the truth - sofcukn easy to do and makes her cause misunderstanding. ML is the only reason this story is even good and that I made I through. He does not make misunderstandings happen, he tells her the truth right away (actually communicates) and... more>> is a solid guy. FL is 28yrs old and acts too much of a child for me. Part 2 of this story which is about her BFF story is better. <<less
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Jeez Louise rated it
May 2, 2020
Status: Completed
As much as I like Su Yicheng and Gu An Ran couple, I have to admit I love Zhou Han and Ling Li much more.

I just feel like their story has more depth than our main couple although they only have 126 chapters (Chapter 409-535) dedicated to their story, I just connect to them more for some reason. Could be because they have a little bun in the mix. I admit I'm a sucker for those kind of novels lol.
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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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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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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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yany rated it
August 25, 2022
Status: Completed
Don't trust these bad reviews. I almost missed this novel because of that. I don't understand why there are so many bad reviews when the novel is very nice and light. I like the fact that both ML and FL communicate - which is a very adult relationship! Any misunderstanding will be solved. I love the ML. He's very understanding, and both of their personalities definitely complement each other since they both want to avoid misunderstandings as much as they could. The story is very slice of life and very... more>> refreshing.

Kudos to the Author and Translator! :) <<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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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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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 b*tchiness). 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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Katielicious rated it
August 14, 2022
Status: --
This book sincerely made me disappointed in my life choices. But I had nothing else to read so I can only blame my bad luck.

This story is about a black bellied ML & a dumb fl.

I have confirmed that I don't find such ml's attractive at all.

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  • He walked a very thin line with consent. Frankly speaking, I found no difference between how ML stole fl's first kiss, with how her blind date forced himself upon her (both were strangers feeling entitled to intimacy)
  • He tended to bulldoze, manipulate & gaslight the FL a lot
I haven't read such a s*upid FL in a while

  • The way she let the ML get away with everything in the beginning was unappealing
  • The way she interacts with people that may be harmful to her relationship is appalling eg she let's his ex enter their house, she lies about meeting her ex, she exchanges contacts with someone her husband clearly hates
I really disliked her mum

  • She had also had a painful experience with love yet could be so cruel. She herself hadn't healed yet demanded that FL get over her ex
The fl's bestie was just disappointing. But perhaps she was the most real character because people do stay together for their children.

The plot was dumb to be very honest. How could 4 people have the same experience? This book was all about the exes cheating, how noone got over it, and all the exes were shameless people who regretted it.

Sigh I really feel I've exhausted all I can read. Cries <<less
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xiao_daoist rated it
May 20, 2020
Status: c28
After reading to the 28th chapter, I feel disgusted by the Female Lead. My reasons; First, she was the one who proposed getting married but she doesn't try to make the marriage work. The Male Lead is the one constantly trying to work with her. However, she's... I don't even know the right word for it. Even when he suggests certain things like driving her home, she tells him she can drive. [You have a car, obviously you can drive. He's not suggesting that because you can't drive, it's to... more>> foster relationship.]

Secondly, she refuses to tell others she's married. Even when someone misunderstood her r/ship with her ex, she doesn't clarify. This doesn't sit well with me. Let's not forget the part about not wanting a wedding.

[In reality, you shouldn't be with someone if you aren't over your ex. Secondly, if you aren't willing to work for your marriage, don't bother getting married no matter the pressure. Don't cause emotional damage to someone else.]

Thirdly, she keeps thinking about the jerk of an ex, who by the way married someone else six years ago. She can't freaking get over a scum who chose a rich girl over her.

To be sincere, these are all off putting. The ML is trying but she isn't at all. She's f*cking rude... Her character is just shitty.

Originally, I was like finally, a ML who isn't overbearing and cold. Did not expect the FL to be this way.

Honestly, in reality, I doubt their relationship would work. If only one side is putting in the effort while the other side is passive. <<less
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94321 rated it
September 2, 2019
Status: c142
It's starting to stink of misogyny.

The FL has started asking the ML permission to do things and he's taking over decisions that are hers and hers alone. The latest example: she's pregnant and decides to ask him about doing some work cases at home which he vetoes. First of all why is she asking him, it's her body she knows better than anyone whether she can handle it and secondly ML why do you feel the need to tell someone what they can and can't handle?

The FL doesn't express her... more>> feelings and worries about being a burden and is slowly turning into a 1820s housewife (except without the housework because the ML has deemed her to fragile to do even that.) While the ML, coming from a good place, imposes his ideals and decisions on her. What makes it even harder to read is that the FL started off as a strong career woman who didn't take sh*t from her coworkers or ex. It's one small aspect which is ruining an otherwise fantastic story. <<less
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