The Pact

The Pact

by Karina Halle
4.2 72

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The Pact by Karina Halle

*The Pact is a full-length, standalone "friends to lovers" 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 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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940046481143
Publisher: Karina Halle
Publication date: 12/29/2014
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,298
File size: 555 KB

About the Author

From a rock music journalist to a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author for The Pact, Where Sea Meets Sky, The Artists Trilogy series, and over 20 other books, Karina Halle has seen a lot of the world. Luckily, all the years of dabbling in different careers and traversing the globe has given her the perfect background for her stories. Whether it's writing horror romance, romantic suspense or contemporary romance, Karina manages to combine very real people and relationships with very edgy circumstances. When she's not writing about flawed characters or chilling situations, you can find her on Salt Spring Island, BC, drinking wine in her 1920's farmhouse with her husband and their adopted pitbull.

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The Pact 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
momof3infl More than 1 year ago
Linden is absolutely amazing! I loved the believability of The Pact, a true contemporary romance from an author usually known for her grit and angst. The Pact was sweet and hot and honest. I've always been a fan of the friends to lovers trope, but The Pact takes that to another level. From Linden and Stephanie, to all the side characters, the chemistry between them was awesome. I devoured this book in less than a day, and this book has proven to me that Karina Halle will be an automatic one-click for me, no matter what she writes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this story. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is because at times I was impatient for the story to move along. But it did have a good balance of fun, sexiness, laughter, hot guys, and a few tears. I liked all of the characters (except for James...he just irked me from the beginning). Steph was hilarious and very down to earth. And Linden, what can I say about Linden? He was fun, sweet, and sexy as hell! This story is about love...the love that you have for your soul mate, your friends, and family and learning that life is not always so black and white. This is the first book I've read from this author and it won't be the last.
csingh More than 1 year ago
I'm used to Karina's novels being gritty and the kind that leave you dazed when you finish. I was really intrigued when the surprise news regarding the release of The Pact broke, in part because Karina billed it as a light read. I immediately one clicked and started reading the first chance I got. I shouldn't be so surprised I finished this book and am dazed, yet again. Granted The Pact doesn't have all the darkness one has come to expect and experience with a Karina Halle novel, but it's not all rainbows and roses either. Granted it's easy to like most of the characters, especially the main ones. Stephanie, Linden, and James stole my heart from the first page. I loved being on that nine year journey with them. It seemed almost surreal to see how close they came to one crossing lines over the years, but it was also frustrating to see how circumstances and their fears kept them apart. I had no idea how much I'd love Linden. I lusted after him in the first half of the book, but I fell in love with him in the second. He was lost, confused, conflicted, and tortured about all of his close relationships. I loved seeing him figure out what he wanted, and the same for Stephanie too. She was conflicted of course of changing the nature of their relationship from platonic to romantic, no one wants to lose their best friend, but once she was in, she was in all the way. I couldn't put this book down. It was emotional, hot, steamy, and gritty too. Neither Linden, Stephanie, or James were perfect. They each had fears and issues, especially with their families. Those issues played a large role in how they were in relationships and each other. It was full of angst and drama, just like a Karina Halle novel, but only with less tears and heart wrenching pain. Note I said less, not no. Everything else was just what I expected from this story and wanted it to be!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book bored me. It had potential it never really lived up to. What a shame.
BelieveintheMystery More than 1 year ago
A solid 3.5 read. I really liked the concept behind this one...If Linden and Stephanie are single by the age of thirty then they marry each other. The friends to lovers trope is one of my favorites so I was sure that THE PACT was going to be a winner. However, in the end all I could settle for was a general LIKE. I was immediately drawn to the characters of Linden and Stephanie. Linden the Scottish rogue who sleeps his way through Seattle and Stephanie was feisty and fun. They met when Stephanie dated Linden's best friend James and although James and Stephanie didn't work out as a couple they all remain friends. I really liked how the book didn't just fast forward through the years until they were thirty. We got to watch their friendship over the years and their various forays into love, yes even with other people. But Linden has always had a thing for Stephanie and he finally decides to make a move, and although Stephanie has felt something for Linden she never expected anything to happen between them. And yet when these two finally get together it is HOT HOT HOT! So why not 5 stars? The last 20% of the book is why not. 1. I hated the way Linden and Stephanie kept their relationship from James a secret. The "I want her but James dated her first" got old fast. The more Linden lamented on this the more irritated I got. He has supposedly wanted Stephanie for YEARS but gives her up in one instant because the truth of their relationship would hurt James' feelings. Give me a break! 2. The ending was rushed. It was like the author was tired of writing and quickly slapped these two together again, all tied up with a pretty HEA. Sorry but after Linden's stupidity I wanted to watch him grovel for forgiveness. Overall this was a great read that I wished I could give 5 stars to. But the self-sacrificing martyr routine by Linden and the rushed ending dulled the greatness for me.
CarlaMed More than 1 year ago
Oh hell I had so much fun with this book. I knew it would be good because I still have to read something Karina writes that I don’t like. But this book is kind of different from her other books. It’s not dramatic or scaring at all. It’s actually entertaining, funny, sweet and light. It had enough of everything to make it really good. All the angst by the end was needed. And I was so craving  it. It wrapped perfect to me! Actually, I’m still shocked about how fast she wrote and published this book. I mean, it wasn’t even two months doing everything.  Karina delivered so well all the struggles that we sometimes go through at our late twenties. And it spoke to me a lot. I could see myself in Stephanie shoes so much. Not just because of her relationships but because of all the “what to do with my life” thing going on. I was deeply connected with this story. All this best friends to lovers is one of my favorites. Actually this book gave me some Dawson’s Creak final season feelings. The adulthood, the bar, friendships,  angst, heartache, misunderstandings… Everything was there! And just like this book, that was also a good show.  I loved it! It had something different and was very entertaining. It was also good to know this lighter side of Karina!  And wow! hold on because it has some serious hot scenes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dragged a bit. Couldn't get into the characters and they spend a majority of the book apart.
ThreeLittleBirdsBookBlog More than 1 year ago
A seriously sexy, impeccably sweet, sneakily poignant book about love, friendship, growth, sex, and dreams. Karina Halle wrote this book on a whim. It was unplanned, natural, and completely instinctual.  This was supposed to be a quick, sexy, uncomplicated read – an entertaining rom-com that you don’t look too deeply at. That might have been her intention, but to me this book was more. Karina’s smart, and so is this book. I understood these characters, and I loved these characters. I got my quick, sexy read, but I also got a smart, and touching one too. The Pact begins with a pinky swear between best friends. They promise each other that if they’re both unattached by the time they’re thirty, they’ll marry each other. It’s a promise made under a drunken haze, and neither takes the dare seriously. Or do they? “Sometimes his smile rips the air from my lungs. It’s not an exaggeration. It’s messy, violent, and abrupt and I wish it wouldn’t happen because, f*** it, I like breathing.” “I wanted something real and pure and true…I needed something in my life that made my life worth sharing. I wanted Steph. My best friend. She was my baby blue and I was her cowboy.” The Pact is made when they are both 25, and the journey these two take to 30 is filled with fun, laughter, broken hearts, and dreams realized. Linden and Steph’s story is the type that I really love to read, because their connection is already there, but it’s changing, morphing into something that was oh so fun to watch. The longing glances, the accidental touches, the racing heartbeats – gah, it was delicious! The love story built gradually, and organically, as these two realized just how deeply they felt for their best friend, and how that connection was more than just sex. “At times it was like he was the only one who reminded me to chase my dreams, I guess because he chased his dreams so hard. It was nice to have someone you wanted to make proud.” “We aren’t friends with benefits, we are friends with something most people die without knowing.” I loved that this was a grown-up romance. These two have survived college, and lived life. They’re in their 30s and still struggling to realize their dreams and to find love. It’s not too grown up though, because they still do stupid s*** and they still have the fire and passion, the naïve hope, that they’ll get what they want. This book is New Adult for adults. Minus the college backdrop, the frat parties, and rewashed angst-filled storyline, this is still a story about people on the verge of something real, who struggle to find true love and happiness. That’s something that everyone deals with, and Karina Halle smartly addresses this, with Linden and Stephanie, as they live, love, and make mistakes in their late 20’s and early 30s. I fell in love with Linden, and I rooted for Stephanie. I understood exactly what they were going through, the insecurities they faced about finding their place in the world, as well as the fear they battled against as they tried to open themselves up to love, and to find that one person to share their life with. “I think I’m losing myself…In the end you might have all my pieces. Please be gentle with them.” I absolutely loved this book. I loved everything about it, really. In the author’s note, Karina mentions that she hoped to create a sexy, fun, and enjoyable read that’ll leave you smiling. And that she did, but she also created something thoughtful, real, and touching. The Pact is a book that I will be reading over and over again, because it’s the type of book a book lover daydreams about, long after they’ve finished it, and the type they recommend to all their friends. So I’m recommending it to you. Read it.
Ginger-Read-Reviews More than 1 year ago
I have to say, I'm so glad that Halle has moved into Contemporary Romance. I loved all her other titles, with the elements of horror or suspense. But I adore seeing this softer, sweeter side of her writing as well. The Pact is a not too sugary tale of friendship romance, between Linden and Stephanie. Linden is outgoing, caring, loveable guy everyone wants around. This is the guy you want as a friend, whether you are a dude or a chick. He's like the ride or die friend. Always there for you no matter what. He's funny, he's a wee bit cocky, he's got a killer Scottish accent and he's vocal in bed. He's the bomb when it comes to book boyfriends, skyrocketed to the top of my list. Stephanie is the perfect match for someone like Linden. She balances him, yet challenges him as well. She has a good, strong sense of who she is, most of the time. But still has those female fumblings that we've all gone through at one point or another in life. They never stop her though, she's a fighter. But what I loved most were the special moments. The moments when they each realize that friendship will never be enough, when they see just how precious every stolen glance or secret kiss is, knowing that they've waited so long and that it could lead to a friendship in shambles. "This moment." <---- That kind of says it all for me. These two grow together, then apart, then together again and again over the course of so many years and their story is entertaining but it's the little tender moments that racked up the stars on this read for me. Comment Comment | Permalink
Anonymous 10 days ago
Story was slow. Characters selfish throughout. I sipped to end Bouton 2/3 of the way in. Should not have bothered.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Awesome book! I loved the characters and how much chemistry they had. However, there are a few books with the same storyline, so this book was not original. But it was still very entertaining. The writer had a great way of describing the scenes. It was exciting to read. Also, it did not contain any grammical errors, which can be very distracting. Overall, great read, awesome writing, and very steamy sex scenes, which is always an added bonus. I highly recommend this book. GTX
jr347 3 months ago
This is the best book ever. The chemistry between characters to outstanding. The Pack keeps your interest from page one until the very end. WOW! what a great read.
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Anonymous 4 months ago
Loved the story,the author real knows how to capture you. Can't wait to read the other stories!
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Anonymous 5 months ago
Starts out with such potential, and then the main male character, hard talking, and confident becomes a sad sack wimp.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Entirely too much use of the "F" word. I very neatly deleted the book after the furst chapter, but decided to stick it out to see if it got any better. It didn't. This coukd be an excellent book if most of the vulgarity was replaced. It detracted from the story line. I cannot recommend this nook.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I get through reading the prologue and loved it only to find that ALL the chapters are messed up and it is listing chapters that aren't even listed in the tables of contents. Would've loved to read this story but sadly can't with the chapters the way they are.
Anonymous 5 months ago
You will fall in love with Linden the hero in this story. Beautiful love story about about turing thirty. CB
Anonymous 5 months ago
I could not put this one down really good writing loved the characters such a wonderful love story sexy and funny but pathos too
Anonymous 5 months ago
Great book. Believable characters and story line.
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Erani_Kole More than 1 year ago
I am unbelievably blown away by this. It reminded me of Samantha Young's On Dublin Street because the guys are Scottish with their sexy accents and rugged, playboy antics, but unlike Young's MCs, these lovely people are best friends. And just that. Don't get me wrong, this was totally original with its own voice and plot. I mean, a pact to marry each other by a certain age? I love it! And I loved Steph's voice, how she was so sarcastic and just overall funny, even when she wasn't trying to be. I loved Linden, he was a similar yet different guy to crush on. Totally enjoyable, every single page.... until the chapter where he Fs up. But at the same time, it's more of a really sad bromance that I did not want to happen XD Because he broke hi- I'll stop. Just something you have to read. Unique, hilarious, hot (absolutely illegally so) sad, heart-wrenching (so I over-analyze!) and just downright worth every penny of my money.
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
Halle writes a story, spanning over years. Two souls who in every way we're destined to be together. To love, to loss, to friendship.. It all comes full circle. Love stories aren't always easy. This is not a cookie cutter buttered up love story. It's more than love, one I can't even find the right word for. Stephanie, his baby blue and Linden, her cowboy. Through out this story, they've tried to stay away but it's like anything. You can't stay away forever, one day something happens. And the explosion occurs and all that's left is the bareness of reality. In the beginning Linden light heartedly makes a pact with Stephanie. Because he is who he is, is it for real? But as the years go on its more apparent that the pact they made, is just something so very real. "What if you lose me?" "Then I'll just hold on tighter." Stephanie was actually pretty awesome. Not that I've been in her shoes but she still keeps going. She still has ambitions. She's strong even at her weakest. Linden, is a man whose never really known what love was. But he finds it and it's really hard to let that go. I think it would be hard for anyone to realize their mistakes but still fight for what is really theirs. When it always was. This is the first book I've read of hers and I'm sure I'll eventually be reading more. When you have a great cover, a great story, it's hard not love something written so well. The hours that it took to read, we're not a waste. If you love a book with heart. Then The Pact is one you'll not regret. Maybe I'm just a sucker for great love stories....Lissa
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book to read