The Pact Review by Karina Halle

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Title: The Pact

Author: Karina Halle

Publisher: Metal Blonde Books

Format: ebook

Publication Date: 12/28/2014 

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

 

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.

review

The Pact has it all! It’s fun, sexy, wonderful, emotional, and brilliant. I identified so much with Stephanie on so many levels, and I feel like as a 26 year old this book was written for me. It was a wonderful snapshot of what life is like for us almost 30 year olds (and god do I feel old even writing that).

Stephanie and Linden are absolutely adorable, and I was surprised that we got little snapshots of their life in between the pact and when things changed. There were so many personal achievements that each of these two made on their own, but they glowed when they were together. I liked that these two circled around each other for years, it was nice to finally see 2 people who are friends first make that step instead of just plunging in. There is a definite disadvantage, but I think it makes the intimate relationship that much better when you’re best friends first and that holds true even for fictional characters.

I think I was supposed to like James by the end, but I just didn’t. His explanations and reasons don’t matter to me, he was a selfish jerk. I know he has his reasons, but he let them define him. One of the things I loved about Stephanie was she had this sick brother, but she is still herself despite that. She chooses to be a good person and not to let her childhood define her for her entire life. James did, and I am entirely unsympathetic to his issues. He is a 30 year old man, get some freakin’ help and stop almost ruining everyone’s life. That being said, I saw his flawed logic and I know emotions are messy and it’s not always easy to separate them from reality. I’m glad that they all came back together in the end, and everything worked out.

If you know me by now, you know this book is getting 5 stars. I’m still waiting for Karina Halle to fall short, and every time she puts out a new book I get excited and apprehensive. I’m waiting for the shoe to drop, and her to churn out something really terrible but it just hasn’t happened yet. I hope she keeps writing from her inspirations because so far she hasn’t missed the mark!

 

 

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5/5 – MUST READ, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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Happy New Year, read lots of books!

Kasey