Series: The Pact #1
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.
A seriously sexy, impeccably sweet, sneakily poignant book about love, friendship, growth, sex, and dreams.
Karina Halle wrote this book on a whim. It was unplanned, natural, and completely instinctual. This was supposed to be a quick, sexy, uncomplicated read – an entertaining rom-com that you don’t look too deeply at. That might have been her intention, but to me this book was more. Karina’s smart, and so is this book. I understood these characters, and I loved these characters. I got my quick, sexy read, but I also got a smart, and touching one too.
The Pact begins with a pinky swear between best friends. They promise each other that if they’re both unattached by the time they’re thirty, they’ll marry each other. It’s a promise made under a drunken haze, and neither takes the dare seriously. Or do they?
“Sometimes his smile rips the air from my lungs. It’s not an exaggeration. It’s messy, violent, and abrupt and I wish it wouldn’t happen because, fuck it, I like breathing.”
“I wanted something real and pure and true…I needed something in my life that made my life worth sharing. I wanted Steph. My best friend. She was my baby blue and I was her cowboy.”
The Pact is made when they are both 25, and the journey these two take to 30 is filled with fun, laughter, broken hearts, and dreams realized. Linden and Steph’s story is the type that I really love to read, because their connection is already there, but it’s changing, morphing into something that was oh so fun to watch. The longing glances, the accidental touches, the racing heartbeats – gah, it was delicious! The love story built gradually, and organically, as these two realized just how deeply they felt for their best friend, and how that connection was more than just sex.
“At times it was like he was the only one who reminded me to chase my dreams, I guess because he chased his dreams so hard. It was nice to have someone you wanted to make proud.”
“We aren’t friends with benefits, we are friends with something most people die without knowing.”
I loved that this was a grown-up romance. These two have survived college, and lived life. They’re in their 30s and still struggling to realize their dreams and to find love. It’s not too grown up though, because they still do stupid shit, and they still have the fire and passion, the naïve hope, that they’ll get what they want.
This book is New Adult for adults. Minus the college backdrop, the frat parties, and rewashed angst-filled storyline, this is still a story about people on the verge of something real, who struggle to find true love and happiness. That’s something that everyone deals with, and Karina Halle smartly addresses this, with Linden and Stephanie, as they live, love, and make mistakes in their late 20’s and early 30s. I fell in love with Linden, and I rooted for Stephanie. I understood exactly what they were going through, the insecurities they faced about finding their place in the world, as well as the fear they battled against as they tried to open themselves up to love, and to find that one person to share their life with.
“I think I’m losing myself…In the end you might have all my pieces. Please be gentle with them.”
I absolutely loved this book. I loved everything about it, really. In the author’s note, Karina mentions that she hoped to create a sexy, fun, and enjoyable read that’ll leave you smiling. And that she did, but she also created something thoughtful, real, and touching. The Pact is a book that I will be reading over and over again, because it’s the type of book a book lover daydreams about, long after they’ve finished it, and the type they recommend to all their friends. So I’m recommending it to you. Read it.