*The Pact is a standalone, contemporary adult romance*
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.
Her eyes are so blue and wide, like the morning sky, her mouth so perfectly full. I contemplate running my thumb over her lips before I kiss the salt off of them.
I should just do it. I should just fucking do it.
I swallow hard, my throat feeling closed up but I know it’s not from my cold. It’s from want and it’s from fear.
“What are you staring at?” she asks me, her voice shaking slightly.
Just fucking kiss her.
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Whitney’s 4.5 Star Review
As the author has told us, The Pact is a departure from Karina Halle’s usual dark and gritty romances. Since I’ll read anything she writes, I didn’t bat an eyelash before agreeing to review this book and I was not disappointed.
Yes, The Pact is a fairly light read but it still packs a decent amount of angst into the love story between Linden and Stephanie. Best friends since the age of 21, they met while Steph was dating Linden’s best friend, James.
Even after Steph and James’ breakup, the three remained close. The book begins at age 25, when Linden comes up with ‘The Pact’, an agreement between he and Steph that they will marry each other when they are 30 if they’re still single. From the first interaction between these two, I could feel the sexual tension. And since this is a dual POV novel, we quickly learn that one of the main reasons Steph and Linden haven’t already started a relationship is because Linden is worried James is still in love with her.
We then move through the years leading up each of their 30th birthdays where… they are BOTH in serious relationships. This is where most of the angst comes in and there is definitely enough to keep you dying to know what happens next. Even enough to make my tummy hurt a little while reading about psycho Nadine and shaking my fist at James.
Karina’s writing is excellent with just enough detail to really set the stage without being too much. The characters are great though I do admit I didn’t connect with them as much as I would have liked to. Linden is a babe with a filthy Scottish mouth and I developed a soft spot for Steph as well. There are some steamy sex scenes but nothing that overshadows the plot. In fact, this books has my favorite kind of sex scenes… there is detail but it’s over without dragging it out for ten pages and taking up half the book.
I recommend this for anyone who enjoys contemporary romance and especially fans of Karina Halle. I read this book straight through in one night which means it has definitely earned my seal of approval.
About Karina Halle
With her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term “Hybrid Author.” Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she’s a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA…whenever possible. Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiancé and rescue pup.