The Pact: Karina Halle

The PactAuthor: Karina Halle
Book Name: The Pact
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Genre: Romance
Rating:  Didn’t Like

Blurb:  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.

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 sounds like fun and games 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.

Review:  It is pretty difficult to enjoy or like a book when you don’t like the characters.  Steph was okay, but kind of clueless and ditsy.  James has a horrible, vindictive, jealous, ugly personality and Linden is so incredibly spineless that there just wasn’t much to like about him because that is impossible to overlook.

I’m not much of a fan of books that are all about lack of communication being the big issue in relationships, but this is all that the book is about for a huge portion.  The first half of the book was drawn out and mostly boring, all because Linden doesn’t have the guts to speak up about his attraction to Steph.  Because of that, they pretty much waste 5 years dating people they don’t like.  When they finally do get together and things work out, he lets ugly vindictive boy shape his choices?  What?  Are we twelve?  You are going to choose the best friend, who has been pretty nasty to you for a while over the love of your life?  This so doesn’t work for me.

I was doing okay with the first half spinelessness, but the big break up and get back together at the end killed it for me.  Maybe I’m just a really not forgiving person, but there would be no way I’d ever take the crap that gets tossed around in this and then be all hearts and flowers forgiving just because someone grovels and says sorry, and I mean that from all character perspectives.  I don’t buy it in any way, shape or form.  Sometimes things are just broken too badly to be fixed.