Title: The Pact
Author: Karina Halle
Publisher by: Metal Blonde Books
Published on: December 28, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, 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.
*The Pact is a standalone, contemporary adult romance*
“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.”
I may have a huge kool aid smile on my face right now. This is just the type of book I needed. Karina Halle is hands down one of my favorite authors. Yet, she’s known for her grittier, slightly darker reads, but The Pact showcased another side of her writing. This story is lighter and sweeter than her previous novels. It was the perfect type of romance novel. The friends to lovers’ aspect had me excited from the start but as the story played out, I fell more and more in love with each page I turned.
The Pact starts off as a simple promise between two best friends. When Linden and Stephanie are 25 they promise each other that if both of them are single when they turn 30, they’ll get married to each other. Linden and Steph have been friends since they were 21. They first met when she dated their other best friend, James, but since her and James broke-up, they’ve all remained best friends. Like The Three Musketeers. Even though it seems like a simple pact but it’s so much more, it slowly begins to change their relationships.
“I wanted Steph. My best friend. She was my baby blue and I was her cowboy.
As the story progresses, it takes you through the next five years. Steph and Linden are both trying to navigate through the life and tying to grow up. We see them dating other people, dealing with issues with their individual parents, and figuring out their careers. The pact is always in the back of their minds but until the time comes, they remain friends, even if there is a growing attraction between them. When they go on a group trip to the mountains, one simple game of truth or dare, leads to one kiss that changes everything between them.
“That was more than just a dare,”
“That was real. That was something. Tell me you felt something, that you felt what I felt.”
I can’t imagine how scary and exhilarating it is to fall in love with your best friend. Linden and Step, already had an amazing friendship, so watching their relationship grow and change was a fantastic experience. From the very beginning you felt the underlying attraction between them. It was palpable, it was real, and OMG the sexual tension and chemistry was exquisite. I admit I shed a few tears. I wanted them together so much but there were things that could work to keep them apart.
I loved these characters and they were so easy to relate to. Linden, sigh be still my heart, but I love that man and his sexy Scottish rogue. He gave Karina’s other characters, Dex and Mateo, a run for their money. Linden was cocky, yet sweet, fun, and he had a bit of vulnerability to him. Steph was the kind of girl I would love to be. She was a wonderful friend, smart, kind, and full of spunk.
“I’d give her up for you,” I tell her, staring at her relentlessly until she’s forced to meet my eyes again, if just for a second. “I’d give up everything for you.”
The Pact swept me away. It made my heart all warm and fuzzy. This story was an amazing mix of chemistry, humor, angst, and swoon worthy lines. I loved Linden and Step together. As usual, Karina did such an amazing job weaving this story together. I’m so happy and in love with story, it is a must read.
“I think I’m losing myself….Every time I’m inside you, with you, I think I lose a little bit more. “In the end you might have all my pieces,” I tell her. “Please be gentle with them.”
You’re it, you’re it, you’re it. All this time you’ve been it.
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.