new adult, romance

Book Review: The Pact by Karina Halle

Title: The Pact
Author: Karina Halle
Publisher: Metal Blonde Books
Length: 379, Kindle Book
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Rating: 2.5 Folded Pages

Warning!: Super steamy bits in this novel not meant for anyone under 18. Please be aware.

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 were in a serious relationship by the time they hit thirty.

It sounded like fun and games at the time 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.

Note: due to the dirty talk and sexy times, The Pact is not meant for anyone under the age of 18. All characters in THE PACT are in their thirties, therefore this is NOT a new adult book…even though love can mess you up at any age.


Okay, so I KNOW that the author (or whoever wrote the blurb) says this isn’t a New Adult novel because they are in their 30s but from the brief time I’ve been reading new adult this definitely reads like one. I feel like it counts because the characters start off as 25 AND they don’t act quite as mature as I feel they should if she was truly trying to market this not as a new adult. Moving on!

I both liked and disliked this novel. I love that fact that it’s a stand alone in a world of series. (I won’t even get started on how sick I am of everything being a series). But I think there were definitely some scenes that should have been cut and some decisions that I didn’t quite agree with.

I ended up skipping/skimming several chapters in the last 100 pages or so because I was so sick of it dragging on. The first 150 pages were amazing. I flew through them. I loved watching the main couple realize their feelings. BUT! Once they were together the super obvious and annoying cliches of tearing them apart was awful.

I did enjoy the last 50 pages so I think it slightly redeemed itself but I can’t give this a high rating since I physically couldn’t force myself to read those chapters. I needed to know how it ended which is the only reason I didn’t DNF it. I think that says a lot.

Although I’m bagging on this book a bit, I did really enjoy it. I’m starting to think that books purely about romance might not be my thing. I love South Korean Romantic dramas so I thought I’d like novels that are similar but I could be wrong. I digress…

I really enjoyed all the characters. They were flawed and real and I loved that about them. Halle has away of making all her characters extremely distinct and I hope to be able to conquer something similar in anything I may end up writing.

Overall an enjoyable and fast read. I really enjoyed the premise and just wish it didn’t get so boring right before the end.

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