Author: Karina Halle
Published by: Metal Blonde Books
Publication Date: December 27, 2014
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.