The Pact by Karina Halle
Overview by Amazon:
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, and 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.
So this book must be really popular. There are over 600 reviews on Amazon alone! Not that it had any impact on my choice to read it, but I was surprised that I haven’t heard of it before. I read this book in one sitting. It was a good, solid book. I am in a bit of a funk since I read “Hero” by Samantha Young and historical romance novels are irritating me with their innocence. So when I saw the disclaimer that this book was racy, I was all in.
This book is very hot! It doesn’t get going for a while since the author has to build the relationship to the point that Stephanie and Linden are ready to get into bed. When they do…it’s like FIRE! Linden has a dirty, filthy mouth and it is so unbelievably hot! The story doesn’t revolve around bedroom scenes, but they certainly add intensity and sizzle to the relationship. Linden is an amazing lover and with the emotional depth between the two of them, the sex scenes couldn’t be better.
I really liked Linden. I think it is because a Scottish accent is just about sex on a plate for me. He infused Scottish terms into his daily conversations and if I was there in person, I don’t think I would be able to function. He’s hot, well-built and living the life he wants and on his own terms. He has had a thing for Stephanie for years and when they were twenty-five he makes a fateful pact with her.
The pact is a pinky swear that Stephanie and Linden would marry each other if they were both still single when they hit thirty. Most people would consider this a joke or a silly back up plan, but Linden is dead serious. Stephanie hopes he is serious, but she doesn’t want to give herself false hope. She is best friends with Linden and James (who is her ex-boyfriend). They are the three musketeers and see each other through relationships, one night stands, work and family. Stephanie and Linden have secretly found each other extremely attractive, but neither makes a move for fear of ruining a great relationship.
The fear of ruining their friendship is told by alternating perspectives. I didn’t mind this feature of the book as it allowed the reader to learn more about how they both felt. I adored Linden and how he supported Stephanie. He was the only one who pushed her to pursue her dreams of owning her own clothing store. He was so funny and I adored the smirk he wore on his face. He was a total dog when it came to women and would fuck anything that crossed his path, but like most romances, you love when the right woman takes him down.
Stephanie was that woman. I think I almost cried when they tenderly told each other how they feel. I think I was even more emotional because I knew that there was still a twist coming in the plot. Their happily ever after wouldn’t be in that quiet, peaceful moment lying together in bed. The saying is ‘two is comfort and three’s a crowd’ and that couldn’t be truer. The relationship with James strains the secretive world that Stephanie and Linden have created for themselves. The last third of the book is a roller coaster of emotions and I was left on tenterhooks wondering if there actually would be a happily ever after.
While this book engaged my emotions and kept my attention it also fulfilled the need for a contemporary romance with some very sexy scenes. It was a story that made me want a man like Linden in my life. He was the true highlight of the story for me. So if sexy, Scottish men float your boat, then this is a book you should read.