- File Size: 3863 KB
- Print Length: 379 pages
- Publisher: Metal Blonde Books (December 27, 2014)
- Publication Date: December 27, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00RJD8LOS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,439 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Oh boy. I've read a lot of praise for Karina Halle's work during the last couple of years, but this book is the first one I've tried. Unfortunately, I have to admit that if her other books are similar to this book, I have doubts about me becoming a Karina Halle fan because The Pact was something between OK and "I really don't like it" for me.
I didn't really grew to like neither the heroine nor the hero. I found both of them tedious and, frankly, rather stupid for not having spoken up earlier. There's slow burn romance, which I adore, where the characters grow to care for one another more and more, but The Pact felt nothing like it to me despite the fact that it initially had potential to be one of those slow burn romance novels I love. Instead, The Pact is a story about two weird human beings who don't have the balls to grow the hell up and talk about their feelings for one another for YEARS.
It's a story about two best friends who should care for one another deeply, but instead are cowards who hide from their feelings and their other friends. Why does it matter if another friends also cares for Steph?? Let him care, that's what friends are for, don't use it as an excuse not to go after your dreams! Ugh, indecisive people irritate the hell out of me.
I also didn't care for the fact that it takes Steph and Linden more than five years since the beginning of the novel to get anywhere (about half of the novel) with even acknowledging their feelings to one another. I cared even less for the parts where both the hero and the heroine got it on with other people. I didn't expect them to have no previous relationships, but I did expect them to have intimate relations that I get to read about only with one another.
Speaking of ... other readers have said that Steph and Linden sex was really hot, but I don't agree with them in the slightest. Maybe it was due to the fact that I didn't really like either of the main characters, but their sex scenes made me roll my eyes and yawn out of boredom. Yup, that's right. Yawn out of boredom.
One of the few things going for this book was the audio, because I really liked Shaun Grindell's voice ...
I have high doubts about trying anything else by Halle ever again.
There are a lot of cliches added in, silly puns and life lessons. The lesson of love being gray and not black and white is absolutely true, no matter what age and applies to families as well as lovers. The author's inclusion of Stephanie's parents marriage rekindled and Linden's parents not giving up on each other is special. Divorce is so prevalent in our society that it was refreshing to read that the parents' fought for their own marriages despite the difficulties of substance abuse, demanding careers and even the death of a child. The pact is in some ways about fighting for the love you want, with the person you want it with. Great storyline.
The setting is predominantly in San Francisco. Living in Northern California, it was fun to read a story where landmarks are recognized and the foggy weather is real. Stephanie's shop "Cloth & Fog" is fictional, but fitting for the story and I love the name!!
This contemporary romance is an easy read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Yes, 100% recommend!!
Anyway, THIS ONE IS SO GOOD GUYS GAH I'M GUSHING. I love Steph to bits; I can definitely relate to her. She's so awesome and funny. And Linden was GAH. I WANT A LINDEN. I love their friendship, and I love James too (even though he could be a real pain in the butt) and Steph's girlfriends.
• 379 Pages • Contemporary • Multicultural • Standalone • Happily Ever After • First-Person Narrative • Her POV • His POV
The romantic theme:
• Forbidden Romance • Friends To Lovers
• Light Read • Good Pace • Made Me Smile • Touching • Sexy
• 3 / 5 (Includes hot and explicit sex scenes, but not too often throughout the book) • MF scenes • Dirty Talk • Vanilla Sex
• Witty Banter • Relationship Agreement
• Cocky • Hot • Fit • Wealthy • Manwhore • Bad Boy • Pilot
• Pretty • Sassy • Unconventional • Had Many Bed Partners
I'm sorry, I really wanted to like this book, but I did NOT. I liked bits of it, but the majority was stupid. The initial plot is SO intriguing, and the way it happens is thumbs up! Linden is a riot!! And the bits w/ Linden & Stephanie together - whether as friends or when they finally become more - are funny and sweet, sexy and endearing. If the story had focused on THEIR relationship together, I think I would have enjoyed it. Sadly, the majority of this story is about them being apart. It's about them being w/ other ppl - graphically, and I just do not enjoy that. AT ALL. There is a ... I can't even really call it a triangle, as there are too many players for that, and it is not my thing at all and this story did not make it my thing nor did it make me at all sympathetic to the players involved.
I have the other books in this series, and I still want to read them because their stories still sound interesting and I'm hopeful that these stories will actually be about the couples and not all sorts of other ppl they're dating while they figure out they should be a couple. We'll see. I'm giving them a shot! : )
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