Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Review: "The Pact" by Karina Halle

Title: The Pact
Author: Karina Halle
Release: December 28, 2014


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.

My Review

4 Star ****

The Pact is definitely a departure from Karina Halle’s previous works. We have come to expect the darker, grittier side of storytelling in her world. It was quite refreshing to see her lighten things up a bit in this feel good friends-to-lovers tale.

Linden and Stephanie have known each other for years. Along with their pal James they form a very close knit trio of best friends, confidants, and a little family of sorts. Platonic all but for a brief relationship between James and Steph when they first met. On the eve of their 25th Birthdays Linden proposes a little deal between him and Steph. If on their 30th Birthdays they are both single they should marry one another. It seems laughable really. Linden has never acted as though he thought of Steph as anything other than one of the guys… but with an eerie sincerity and an iron clad “pinky swear”… The Pact is born.  

From there we are taken on a journey of the next five years of their lives. Relationships and lovers come and go. Some more serious than others. They grow up, they move on, they open businesses and buy homes and do all the things that one does while becoming an adult. Loyalty and friendship is tested. Hearts are broken. And in the end you will feel as if you have known these three all your life… and you will probably want to pick up the phone and call your closest friends and reminisce. Some bonds are as thick as blood and some loves are destined no matter how far you run. The Pact is definitely worth sinking your teeth into. Congrats Ms. Halle for conquering yet another genre. There is truly nothing you can’t write. 

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  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 fiance and rescue pup. Karina is represented by the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency.

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