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Penelope pretty much has it spot on with her comment that they don't get together until about halfway through the book. They only start dating at the 51% mark and they split up due to the "crisis" at about 79% in. So they're only really together and being a couple for less than 40% of the book.
They spend the first half the book dating people that you know aren't good for them or aren't right because hello they're the MCs so duh, so about half the book just feels like a complete waste of time.
Honestly, I didn't really buy the back and forth angst over whether or not to do friends to lovers because:
1. If the way you clearly like this other person in a sexual way is making your relationships with your significant other problematic to the point where you CAN'T be friends with the other person anymore... then why not just go for it? What's stopping you? You clearly can't be besties anymore because her boyfriend hates you and your girlfriend hates her. So might as well go out with a bang, right?
2. If everyone else doesn't measure up, then for heaven's sake, grow some gumption and just bloody go for it. Argh. All this waffling is giving me acid reflux.
3. And I still stand by the "if your best friend stops being your best friend because you guys had sex at one point in time then they weren't really your best friend". I say this from the standpoint of someone who HAS dated their best friend and then broke up with them. Seriously, if you get out of a romantic relationship (amicably, yes, amicably) and you really just want them to die in a fire, then I'm not sure you ever really loved that person. Unless, you know, they were a terrible human being and now you loathe them but honestly I can't see how you wouldn't already know whether or not they were terrible human beings before and CLEARLY you could cope with it before when you were just friends SO WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?
So I bought this book expecting some light-hearted fun where two people navigate their new relationship after getting married and maybe run into issues with the whole marriage thing and...nope. It was half a book of angst that I didn't need to see (why did this person's editor not say "hey, the story needs to start here rather than way back there because seriously no one gives a damn" because we really do not need half a book to get it drilled into our heads that these two really truly belong together) and then there's some relationship stuff where of course everything's awesome until it's not and then it all falls apart (due to the stupidest reason ever, by the way) and then stuff happens and they get back together again (when stupid reason removes himself from the equation because honestly these two were not intelligent enough to fight for each other before that).
Loathed, loathed, loathed this book.
Would I reread? Hell no.
How much did I pay and was it worth it? 99 cents and I want my money back
How much would I pay for it in retrospect? I would not even read it in retrospect. That's time out of my life that's utterly lost.
If in a series, does this standalone? Yes
Would I rec this story? Nope.
Will I buy the next book in the series? If I got amnesia / a lobotomy first.
• 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
Now that being said, I still wanted to smack both these characters for not getting it together sooner. I saw reviews where people were upset about the characters not getting together until the middle, but I was fine with it. You got to see the build up between them. To see the sexual tension. The fact that I predicted the plot line to the story was why I gave it 4 stars. It was a bit predictable
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.
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