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- 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
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,008 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Story goes as follows:Warning spoilers
1. First 43% of the book the H/h are both sleeping with other people or in a relationship with someone else. We barely get any actual scenes of them together as friends for the reader to at least believe in this incredible "friendship"
2. 45%-79% H/h are together in secret but all we get are cringe-worthy love scenes with the most horrendous dialogue. Mind you they have to hide their relationship from her ex boyfriend/ their mutual best friend just in case he still loves her after not having been together for 6 years. *Rolls Eyes*
3. 79% Heroines ex/ both of their best friends pulls a psycho douche move and hero instantly drop kicks heroine (that he's been waiting for the chance to have for 9 years) to the curb.
4. Separated for remainder of book.
5. Insert life threatening situation.
6. Hero offers pathetic excuse for an apology/grovel
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! : )
At 25, Stephanie Robson is a manager at a clothing store with secret aspirations of owning her own boutique. Linden McGregor, a Scottish transplant, is a helicopter pilot and a known womanizer. The two, somewhat trivially, make a pact to marry if they aren't in a serious relationship when they both turn 30. Over the course of the next five years, their friendship evolves as they both carry on relationships with other people, as their career goals come to fruition, as they deal with their individual familial issues and drama in their personal lives. As the story unfolds, an undeniable chemistry between Linden and Stephanie is ever present, a palpable, growing thing. Told in alternating first person points of view, we're gleaned insight into all of the things both feel and never say, long for but never act upon. Wrought with angst and humor, The Pact is a story of friendship turned more, of love blooming from a solid foundation of friendship, but mucked up along the way.
"Isn’t that what everyone fears when they’ve fallen in love? That they’re about to keep falling, with no one to catch them this time? That they’ll drop and drop and drop forever?"
One would think that a marriage pact contrived between two people who have secretly pined after each other for years would unfold like a piece of cake. But of course not. As Shakespeare said, the course of true love never did run smooth, and Karina Halle ensures that this road to happily ever after is a rocky one. Jealous lovers, career and familial expectations, the unsolicited opinions of their friends and their own self-doubt and fear all culminate to make for an unpredictable journey rife with uncertainty and silent longing. It's painful and beautiful, all of it.
More than a romance, The Pact is a story of self-awareness, of how one grows and changes in their 30s, or rather the expectation that one should change as they hit 30. Age feels like a huge theme in this book, illuminating how, in many ways, it's just a number, in other ways it's a landmark, highlighting your successes and failures, whether or not you're where you thought you'd be at this invisible measurement in time. Halle's concentration on, not just Stephanie and Linden's age, but on all the characters, adds depth to this story. This dynamic she's created, diverse characters with diverse voices, layered with the poignancy of their ages... Aaron's immaturity at 27, Nadine's bitterness over where she thought she'd be at this point in her life, Penny's indifference, not allowing herself to be placed in a box despite her 33 years, all of it highlighting Linden and Stephanie's pact, and their internal struggles over what they really want, what obstacles inhibit them from taking it, and their discontent over it all at age 30.
The timing and pacing in this story is perfect, the first several chapters revealing where Linden and Stephanie are each year on their birthdays leading up to the big 3-0. Each dating different people as the years unfold, each harboring secrets, their mutual friendship ever changing. The story shifts once they hit 30, their quiet attraction simmering and threatening to boil over, their state of affairs changing rapidly. Rapidly, beautifully but also brutally and painfully. External factors threaten both their friendship and any hope they have for a lasting relationship, as well as the friendships they hold dear with those around them. When things are great, they're beautiful, warming my heart, as a reader. When things are bad, sad, they cut deeply, tugging at my heartstrings, consuming me with the same longing the characters emit from the pages.
There are so many moments in this story that made me laugh out loud. A few Full House and Cheers references and a game of truth or dare had me mentally high-fiving Karina Halle. The diverse characters and everything they bring to the proverbial table made me want to sink into this world and never come out. But more often, I was simmering with angst, wanting so desperately for Stephanie and Linden to get on the same page, say everything they've been hiding. And that longing, that yearning for this couple, made me want to high five Karina Halle even more. Because, while I'm a reader that loves a happy ending, I love the constant worry that I'm not going to get one. I love the hurt and the pain as much as, if not more than, I love the joy. I love to worry, and hurt, and grieve. I love to hate the Nadines and James' and Aarons of any good story, because they're perfectly placed obstacles that make me angry, make me sad, make me want. And I had everything I wanted here in The Pact.
You can love an author's stories but not truly connect with their writing. Conversely, I've loved the writing of some authors but felt indifferent to some of their books. Karina Halle is the whole package for me, the real deal, the jackpot, pulling me in and captivating me with every single word, and consuming me with stories I never want to escape. The Pact felt like a serious shift from the darker, more somber, sometimes violent stories Halle has delivered. It's lighter, sweeter, funnier, but no less emotional and raw. And it cemented for me that she doesn't fit in a box, she can write anything and I'll gladly devour every delicious bit of it.
I Loved it and highly recommend for the second chance romance lover.
There were a few editing mistakes, forgotten words mainly. A doozy of one cracked me up, Linden was having a flash back
to childhood and instead of calling himself a lad it said lass.
took me awhile to get through the story.
I enjoyed the second half more than the first, but the entire book as a whole
was a bit wordy for me.
I liked Stephanie's character,
and I did feel chemistry with she and Linden.
Overall though, their story was just
a bit predictable.
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