Published by Independently Published
Publication Date: December 28th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Also by this author: Darkhouse, Red Fox, The Benson, Dead Sky Morning, Lying Season
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
“Everything is changing. I’m nowhere but I’m somewhere and it’s not where I want to be. I don’t really know what I want. But I know I don’t have it.”
The Pact was a surprise release from Karina Halle and it came at the perfect time! I have been unable to get into any books for the past two weeks but as soon as I started this one I found myself devouring it in one sitting. Told in duel POV, The Pact is a story centered around best friends Linden and Stephanie, two people that are still struggling to come to terms with adulthood. With no romantic prospects, Linden and Stephanie make a pact to marry each other if they are still single at 30.
“I can’t have you, I think to myself for a moment, trying to bring myself to reality, to the present, to what we really are to each other.”
I have always been fascinated by friends-to-lovers stories, especially ones involving marriage pacts (My Best Friend’s Wedding is one of my favorite movies ever!) and The Pact hit all the right spots. First you have Linden. Sigh, Linden is a sexy Scot with a dirty mouth described as a Scott Eastwood look-a-like (Google him and drool away). Then you have Stephanie, she is hip and funny and definitely a girl you can relate to. Put them together and you can feel the friendship, but most importantly, the chemistry. There is this constant balance of wanting Linden and Steph to blur the lines and elevate their friendship to something else. The burn is slow and steady and on the verge of spreading like wildfire. It’s inevitable.
“Linden,” she says and her voice sounds like snow. “Please be gentle with me.”
The Pact is so very different from the stories I’ve come to know from Karina. There are no ghosts, gunshots, or gore in this one but The Pact is one example of why I love her writing because there is substance to her stories. Being closer to 30 than 20 I really could connect with the pressures of being an adult and the expectations of ourselves we have at that age. When the market is oversaturated with New Adult and smut, The Pact is a breathe of fresh air. I started this just expecting a sweet friends-to-lovers romance but what I got out of it was so much more.