Review: The Pact by Karina Halle

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Synopsis: 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 spear. 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 Fransisco, Steph and Linden make a pact to marry each other if neither of them are in a serious relationship by the time they hit thirty. It sounds like fun as the years 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.

My Review:
When I read the synopsis and saw the cover of this book, I was instantly drawn to it. Many of us are undoubtedly suckers for best-friends-to-lovers stories and I am definitely no exception to that. I heard many good things about this book and so I decided I would give it a shot.

This novel follows best friends Linden McGregor and Stephanie Robson, starting on the night in their mid twenties in which the famous pact  was made and they pinky promised each other...and we all know not to mess with pinky promises. The book continues to follow them as they reach the age of thirty. The book is in dual POV which was useful because this way, the reader gets to see where both characters are at as more and more time passes. I found it interesting how two people could get along so perfectly well and be so in sync with each other and yet not see what was right in front of them the entire time- but then again, that's more often than not the case. 

Linden McGregor was Grade A Book Boyfriend material. He was funny in a dorky way- he made me laugh and even pulled at my heart strings a bit when he let himself open up. He was a perfect blend of everything and he could go from being an absolute sweetheart- all nice and cute to a dirty-talking, sex god sweetheart. Needless to say- I loved him.

Their pact started out as something more along the lines of a joke. Neither Linden nor Steph really took it that serious in the beginning but as the years begin to go by and neither of them stay in a relationship for long, they both start wondering about the pact and if it's possible- at all- that by the time they both reach thirty, they may still both be uncommitted. I loved how they both wondered but a small part of them always kept hope that maybe, just maybe, they would end up together. And honestly, who wouldn't want to end up together with a hot pilot with a Scottish accent?

The chemistry between both these characters was instant from the very beginning of the book and at times, their sexual tension was palpable whenever they were both together in a room. I have to admit that there were multiple times in which watching them tip toe around each other and try to deny their feelings was a bit frustrating simply because I kept waiting for them to wake up. 
When they finally came together, it was explosive. All the UST that was built up throughout the entire book was finally released and it was like watching a fireworks show. I was actually giddy just watching them both come to their senses, admit their feelings and finally be together how they wished to be.
At times, some of the other characters were so infuriating I actually wished it was possible to physically shake them by their shoulders. You see some beautiful sides of friendships but you also see some of the nasty sides as well. After all, we can't always have our rainbows without any rain. I felt so many things with this book. I found myself laughing and other times I came close to tears as well. It very well written and it was so perfectly put together- I absolutely loved it and I will most probably be up for rereading it in the near future. I'll also be looking forward to more reads from this author.

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