This was my first Karina Halle novel. I’m not sure what I was waiting for.
The blurb caught my eye and I was completely hooked on the first page. This is a best friends to lovers story that has tons of bumps along the way. Linden and Stephanie are best friends who make a pact to marry if they are both still single when they turn 30. Simple enough until you add in the amount of sexual tension that these two have. There are also relationships with other people throughout the years that further complicate things.
Linden is serious book boyfriend material. A super-hot Scotsman who is equally as funny and charming as he is hot, what’s not to love?! The chemistry between him and Stephanie is enough to catch the pages of your book on fire. Stephanie is a great character also. She is tough and independent and takes shit from no one. She is, however, a vulnerable girl who is afraid to admit her own feelings. More that she is afraid to act on said feelings for fear of getting hurt or ruining one of her best friendships.
Much of their time in this book is spent apart, but you can feel their longing for each other throughout the entirety of the story. You will be frustrated as hell with the two of them, to the point that you want to shake them. It is all worth it in the end because you just know when they finally get together that there are going to be fireworks. Some of the best love scenes I have read in a while!
I seriously loved this book! I laughed, I cried, I was angry and I was extremely happy. I was truly holding my breath for a good portion of the story. Most of all I just felt so much for these two! I consumed this book at an alarming rate and have added Karina to my go-to list of authors and have since read several of her books.
Pour yourself a nice glass of Glenfiddich and dive into this five star read! Enjoy!
Purchase Link – The Pact
Other Books from Karina Halle
Karina Halle is one of our top go-to authors. Her books never miss and we love them all. If you like a thrill or a scare, Karina Halle is your girl. Here are some of her books that you should check out:
Experiment in Terror Series:
In a large, flaky nutshell, the Experiment in Terror Series is an nine-part sci-fi/fantasy/horror series that revolves around a pair of ghost hunters. Well, aspiring ghost hunters, anyway. After filming a creepy experience in her uncle’s dilapidated lighthouse, 22-year old Perry Palomino becomes a YouTube and internet star overnight. She attracts the attention of Dex Foray, a producer and cameraman for a site that specializes in various webisodes, who convinces her to be a host for a low-budget ghost hunting series. The only problem is, neither Perry or Dex are entirely “with it” — I mean, they see ghosts, after all. And when the duo isn’t wrestling with their very notion of reality, they’re grappling with a working relationship that’s deep-cut with sexual tension. As the series moves on, leading Perry and Dex to new locales and supernatural situations, their lives become more and more intertwined, where they discover that ghosts aren’t the only things that can haunt them.
The Artists Trilogy:
***The Artists Trilogy is a dark and sexy contemporary ride about three flawed individuals caught in a world where it’s so easy to justify the bad things we do. This is a pure adult read (Not YA or NA).
This is the 1st book in the trilogy. It is followed by the novella On Every Street (released in March 2013) and the sequel Shooting Scars (released in May 2013). The third and final book in the series will also be released October 15, 2013.***
Love, In English:
To a restless dreamer like Vera Miles, it sounded like the experience of a lifetime. Instead of spending her summer interning for her astronomy major, she would fly to Spain where she’d spend a few weeks teaching conversational English to businessmen and women, all while enjoying free room and board at an isolated resort. But while Vera expected to get a tan, meet new people and stuff herself with wine and paella, she never expected to fall in love.
***While this is a spin-off of The Artists Trilogy, prior knowledge of the books is not needed. DIRTY ANGELS is the first in a trilogy, however each book can standalone and follows or introduces different characters***
The Devil’s Metal is the first book in a two-part New Adult Horror/Paranormal Romance and very (very!) loosely based on the author’s exploits as a music journalist. Hell comes in different forms.
Donners – A note about this book: Donners of the Dead is set in 1851 – couples were often thrust into marriage together with short courtships, racism was widespread and not overly frowned upon, and women had little to no rights. What wouldn’t fly in today’s day and age was unfortunately the norm back then – it is worth keeping that in mind when reading this book.
The Pact- 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.