The Pact by Karina Halle

Posted September 10, 2015 | 22 Comments

The Pact by Karina HalleThe Pact
Author: Karina Halle
Published by: Metal Blonde Books
Publication Date: December 27, 2014
Format: eBook
Pages: 379
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 were in a serious relationship by the time they hit thirty.

It sounded like fun and games at the time 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.

I hate not reading books by my favorite authors as soon as they’re released, but sometimes it’s best to save them for that perfect moment. I know Karina Halle will take me through a plethora of emotions and make me feel them all. That’s what I needed in this moment, and that what I got from The Pact.

I love that it starts with Stephanie and Linden at age 24, making a pact that they’ll marry each other if they’re both single at 30. Then it takes us through the years with them, getting to see how they grow and mature. We get to experience their friendship, the ups and downs. It isn’t always smooth sailing, and that’s something I can count on with this author. I crave the trials and tribulations the characters go through before getting their HEA.

When it comes to the friends-to-lovers trope, I prefer the characters to actually have an established friendship before moving on to the romantic. There has been numerous times I’ve read a book with this trope, yet they go from “friends” to lovers within a couple days. That’s fine in some cases, but I like when there’s history between them. Steph and Linden were best friends for years, and I love that.

The icing on the cake is the humor. The Pact was very funny, especially when it came to Linden. He’s a bit of a Scottish Rogue, and I laughed so much at his teasing and banter. It was even more enjoyable because Steph knew how to handle him since they had been friends for so long, and could throw it right back. There are also some incredibly tender moments that felt so deep and sweet, my heart went all melty.

So it’s safe to say that I loved The Pact to freaking pieces! And I will continue to read anything Karina writes.

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22 responses to “The Pact by Karina Halle

  1. Making characters be best friends first before moving on to something more romantic makes my heart go swoony swoony, too 😀 There’s just something so fulfilling and meaningful and amazing about it, because you know these two people really know each other and are aware of their own strengths and witnesses. Glad to see that Karina Halle’s book has this in The Pact!
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  2. Jazmen

    I haven’t read anything by her yet but reading your review makes me want to start with this one. I love banter and I love funny MC’s. Checking this one out!

  3. Um. You said one of my magic words Christy. Scottish. YES AND PLEASE! Scottish hero plus humor and feels? I need to buy this immediately. And like you, I LOVE when a couple has been longtime friends first, it adds so much depth to the relationship because they have much more to lose if it doesn’t work out. Gorgeous review!
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  4. I wait sometimes too which is why I still haven’t read the latest Charley Davidson books. I need to be in the right mood and it needs to be when I need them, not just because. I enjoy them so much more when I do that. So glad this was like that for you Christy!
    Great review and have a wonderful weekend!!
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  5. For me, friends to lovers trope needs to have a whole lot of history in the ‘friends’ department before moving on to romance. I completely agree with you there. I haven’t read a straight up romance, at least M/F one, in ages, but I’d trust Karina to ease me into reading them again.

    • Christy
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      lol. Two of my friends made the same pact when we were … I have to do math … they were about 25, so pretty much like this book actually. But he got stationed to a different state and married someone else. I would bring it up every now and then as a countdown up until his marriage, because I seriously wanted it to happen. They squashed my dreams, though.
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