Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Pact by Karina Halle (audiobook)

Title: The Pact
Author: Karina Halle
My Rating: A
Narrator: Lidia Dornet and Shaun Grindell

Genre: New Adult
Series: #1
Main Characters: Linden and Steph
Release Date: December 2014
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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, Stephanie Robson is one of Linden McGregor's best friends and has fit into that box for as long as he' 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 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.
My Review:
Overall: 4.5
Performance: 4.5
Story: 4.5

This story was so enjoyable. I really, really liked it. The book is about three friends as they grow into adulthood. James and Steph dated once upon a time, but all three of them have them have been best friends forever. Steph, Linden, and James. But it was Steph and Linden who made the pact on one of their birthdays in their early 20's that if they were both single when they hit 30 then the two of them would get married. 

Then the first half of the book is following each of them through the years of their birthdays, the ups and downs of their relationships and their never-ending friendship. I loved this long intro into where they are at and how they are growing into adulthood. It shows that they've had good times, with and without each other. And they've each had meaningful relationships with other people.

But their lives change when they hit 30 and the romance ramps up from there. 

I adore friends to lovers books and this book is a great example as to why. Linden and Steph are bff's and that's a lot of the reason why they've never done the relationship route although they are both attracted. No one wants to screw up the perfect relationship they already have. They know each other and have such an amazing time together. What if adding sex to the mix screws all that up? Then there's their other friend, James, in the mix. The signs are there that he still has feelings for Steph. They wouldn't only be risking the friendship between the two of them. 

The narrators on this one did a phenomenal job. Linden is Scottish, so there's an accent to contend with which both narrators did amazingly well. The story is written in switching points of view between Linden and Steph. I love that the author went with both a male and female narrator for that. The two voices worked really cohesively together. 

The book was amazing and the narrators nailed it. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story. So much that I bought the second book in audio format also. I can't wait to get to know Linden's brother, Bram, better. He was awesome at the end of this story.

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