I received this book for free from Free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Pact by Karina Halle
Published by Metal Blonde Books on December 27th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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.
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.
I was already familiar with Halle’s works thanks to The Artists trilogy and Experiment in Terror series, so I was curious to read another of her works.
Ah, where do I begin? I was pleasantly intrigued by this pinky-swear promise, all the more because I was already rooting for Linden the minute he appeared in the picture. You can immediately see there’s something between him and Steph, and you’re just there waiting for something to happen. The build up to *that* something is amazing, I was constantly oohing and awwing my expectations were rising alongside the sexual tension between Steph and Linden. Unfortunately things started going downhill for me right afterwards. I couldn’t agree with Linden’s choices anymore—wanted to smack him in the head a lot. Although I understand he meant well… sort of, in this particular case being too good of a friend ended up being the wrong choice. Don’t even let me start on James, I didn’t like him since the beginning, and I thought he was simply a selfish SoB. Luckily Halle added a bunch of other likable characters in the mix (like Penny), which made me care about them too.
If it wasn’t for the epilogue—which I could’ve easily done without—I would’ve enjoyed this story a lot more. It’s a shame because it started so damn well and it had a lot of potential, but it ended up being rushed and it ruined everything for me.