January 6, 2015

Book Review: The Pact by Karina Halle


This is the first book I’ve read by Karina Halle even though I have Love, in English, and Love, in Spanish on my list to be read.  I really loved this book. Enough that I couldn’t stop reading it and only slept for an hour and a half last night because I could not stop.  I loved that this book was more about a man and woman at thirty than in their teens or early twenties. There seriously needs to be more books written about relationships and people in their late twenties and thirties for those of us who are that age ourselves. It’s nice to read adults who are more mature and not reacting stupidly or running from every situation that comes their way every once in a while.

This love story is about two best friends who agree that if they are not in a serious relationship when they reach the age of thirty than they will get married.  They even pinky swear and everyone knows that you don’t break a pinky swear promise. J

Linden, also known as Cowboy, was described as a young Clint Eastwood so it was easy to picture his son Scott Eastwood in this role with a Scottish accent to make your panties melt. He is a handsome, a bit of a player, and wealthy, but tries to live his life away from his family and succeed on his own by being a helicopter pilot.  Stephanie, known as Baby Blue, is into fashion and eventually opens her own clothing store.

The Pact starts when they are twenty-five and spends a little time during their twenties until they reach twenty-nine. This was a five-year journey of Linden and Stephanie, dating others and coming to terms with their feelings for each other. The chemistry and attraction is easy to see by the readers and their friends even when Linden and Stephanie couldn’t see it themselves.

It was obvious from the start that they were meant to be together and I have to say I wanted more of Cowboy and Baby Blue together in the end.  I know that I’m picky on epilogues and this one way lovely but I was left wanting more of them.  Maybe sometime in the future Karina Halle will write a lovely novella for them.  One can always hope.

“I have been your best friend for nine years. I want to be your whole world for ninety more. You are everything I could ever want – a friend, a lover, and family – wrapped up in one fantastically hot package.” I grin at her and she blushes. “I’ve learned so much with you all this time and I want to learn more. I want to grow with you, evolve with you, laugh with you, and please you, until I’m old and grey, until I can’t speak or hear, until the only thing I can do is love. That’s the one thing that will never end – my love for you.”

 Since this is my first book by Karina Halle I have to say that it was very easy to fall in love or hate the appropriate characters.  She had me laughing and crying, and so absorb into the wonderful way she weaved this story that I could not stop reading.  I look forward to reading her other books and what she has to come.


Rating: 5 Stars

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