✭Book Review✭ The Pact by Karina Halle

*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.

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::: 4.5 Stars | Standalone | Friends-to-Lovers | Dual POV | HEA :::

I can see many people didn't connect with this story or the plot just didn't work for them. I get it. I totally see why certain aspects may have not clicked well readers.
For me, though.. Wow! I can't remember reading a book that left me smiling so big after it ended. I tend to enjoy books that aren't all hearts and flowers all the way through. I don't mind when the hero & heroine date others for a good portion of the book. So on and so forth. That may be why The Pact is now on my list of favorites. Despite the grammar mistakes which usually turns me batshit crazy. Not that there were many of those or that they even deterred me from the story.
I just never wanted to put this book down. There was a range of emotions going on throughout the book that kept me riveted by the character relationships.

Stephanie’s character was a blast to read through. She’s very witty and fun; totally someone I can be friends with and even personally relate to a bit.
Linden (love the rare name) was an absolute dreamboat. He was flirtatious and hooked up with other girls but never came off as a manwhore. He was sweet and courteous, and always had those lingering feelings toward Stephanie. It’s completely understandable not wanting to follow through with them so to not hurt his other best friend, James’, feelings. Although I was constantly getting irritated by James and his selfish behavior. While the situation was rather messy and drama-filled, it was realistic and relatable.
This story was so heartwarming and the main characters so perfect for each other, that my face hurts from all the smiling.

This was a pleasant difference from what Karina typically writes and it was a treat to read. I’d recommend this book to any reader fans of friends-to-lovers story lines. Especially if you’re looking to read about older characters since New Adult kind of invaded. ;)
4.5 'Baby Blue' Kisses

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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.