The Pact by Karina Halle
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: December 28, 2014
Format: eARC, 287 pages pages
How I got it: From the author
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It all started with a pinky swear…
Linden McGregor is tall, rugged, and gunslinger handsome; a helicopter pilot with a Scottish brogue and charm to spare. He’s also one of Stephanie Robson’s best friends and has fit into that box for as long as she’s known him.
Beautiful, funny and an ambitious businesswoman (with one hell of an ass), Stephanie Robson is one of Linden McGregor’s best friends and has fit into that box for as long as he’s known her.
But some relationships can’t be boxed, can’t be classified, can’t be tamed.
Back in their mid-twenties and tired of the competitive hit-or-miss dating scene of San Francisco, Steph and Linden made a pact to marry each other if neither one of them are in a serious relationship by the time they hit thirty.
It sounds like fun and games but as the years to thirty tick past and lovers come and go out of their lives, the pact becomes larger than life.
Sex is inevitable. Friendships are tested. Hearts are on the line.
The pact is about to change everything.
The Pact is a very different kind of Karina Halle book, but it was incredible nonetheless. Though it doesn’t have the gut-wrenching, heart ripping-out moments of some of Karina’s other reads, I still felt a whole bunch of feels. It wasn’t angsty, though there was some drama. It was super sexy and a little dirty and a lot addictive. When it’s time to read this book, clear a block out of your schedule. Once you start reading about Linden and Stephanie, you won’t want to stop. I’m a total sucker for friends-to-lovers stories, so this would have been a must-read for me regardless of who wrote it. But, because Karina writes complicated love so very well, I knew I would love this book. I was right.
I loved Stephanie and Linden both. The dynamic between them was fantastic. Their banter was funny and sexy and I connected to both of them immediately. There were so many great, funny sexual one-liners in this book, I was highlighting like a mad woman. Linden was so very sexy. There were some moments when I wanted to shake sense into him, but if it was all perfect it wouldn’t have been much of a story. Stephanie is the kind of woman I would be friends with in real life. She was strong and successful, funny and real. And seriously confused by her attraction to her friend, Linden.
Stephanie and Linden were friends. That’s it. Or is it? There was an undeniable underlying attraction between them when they made the pact, but neither of them own up to it until much later. It was one of those attractions that was obvious to everyone but them. Because the book was told from both of their points of view, I knew what was going on and I wanted to lock them in a room together until they owned up to their feelings. It was fun to watch their relationship evolve from friends to lovers to more. I wouldn’t call this an angsty read by any stretch, but I got hit straight in the feels as things became more difficult for them. I wanted them to make it work.
The Pact was a great, realistic read. The characters were flawed, but it was those flaws that made them perfect for each other. The struggle they faced as they navigated their feelings for their friend (and the ultimate fallout in their other relationships) couldn’t have been more perfectly written. I could easily understand where everyone was coming from (even if I didn’t ultimately agree or like some of the behavior), but I always knew what Stephanie and Linden shared was real and right. With all that realness comes a side of smoking hot sexy times. I half feared my iPad would catch fire and I know I blushed a few times as I sat in a living room with my family, reading it. It’s fluffier than Karina’s normal reads, but I loved it. It shows that a great writer can make even a fluffy story amazing. The writing, the characters, everything was on point. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.