*The Pact is a standalone, contemporary adult romance*
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.
Beautiful, funny and an ambitious businesswoman (with one hell of an ass), Stephanie Robson is one of Linden McGregor’s best friends and has fit into that box for as long as he’s known her.
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.
Karina Hall is one of my favorite authors; I will 1-click anything she writes. I was ecstatic, to put it mildly when Karina Halle announced the excerpt and release for her new book. Her devoted fans will be pleasantly surprised at this new aspect of Karina Halle, and I have no doubt she will win over countless new ones with this book. It is simply outstanding.
The story follows Stephanie and Linden and their nine year friends to lovers relationship. Would they follow through on a pact made at age 25 to marry at 30? I loved seeing the growth of them individually and as a couple. Stephanie is not a young naive girl; she is intelligent, career oriented, funny, and beautiful. She is amazing and the kind of women I would love to have as a friend. Linden is just…wow! He is a sexy talking Scotsman, who is much more than the playboy he appears to be. He is helpless devoted to his friends and is so charming. Their banter and chemistry is mesmerizing. I couldn’t stop reading and became their biggest cheerleader.
“Life leaves scars. Sometimes you don’t see them until later. Sometimes you don’t know where they come from. Sometimes they fade before your eyes. But the world leaves its make on us.”
The buildup in this book is slow burning; don’t expect love in the first chapter. I enjoyed watching these two slowly fall in love with one another. It’s realistic and heart warming. While there is angst, it is bearable and and not over the top. The balance of sexiness, angst, and heart warming moments is perfect. I absolutely loved both of these characters! The supporting cast is also top notch. They play a significant role in the lives of Stephanie and Linden. While I was irritated with some of them at times, overall they are a great group of fun loving people. In the end, I adored them completely.
I am hopelessly optimistic Karina will write another book along these lines in the future. I loved seeing this fun and charismatic side of her writing. In my opinion, she only gets better with each book! This is hands down my favorite contemporary romance written by Karina Halle (and I’ve read every book she has written). ~ Rebecca
Her eyes are so blue and wide, like the morning sky, her mouth so perfectly full. I contemplate running my thumb over her lips before I kiss the salt off of them.
I should just do it. I should just fucking do it.
I swallow hard, my throat feeling closed up but I know it’s not from my cold. It’s from want and it’s from fear.
“What are you staring at?” she asks me, her voice shaking slightly.
Just fucking kiss her.
With her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term “Hybrid Author.” Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she’s a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA…whenever possible.
Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiancé and rescue pup.