The Pact by Karina Halle: Review

The Pact by Karina Halle: ReviewThe Pact by Karina Halle
on December 28, 2014
Genres: Love & 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.

Alexis says…

It started with a pact and a pinky swear five years ago…

Well, sort of. Stephanie and Linden are best friends and have been for a long time. But deep down, they both have feelings for one another. Would you risk a friendship to explore the feelings you have for your best friend? That is the exact sentiment that both Linden and Stephanie ponder through a large part of the book.

I loved this book. I mean, I really LOVED this one. It has the friends to lovers storyline that I just eat up, it has the right amount of angst that makes my heart beat faster and it has some seriously SKOKIEness that makes me not want to put the book down. I stayed up late and woke up early to finish this book, it was almost like a race against time sort of book for me.

The book starts with the pact that Linden and Stephanie agree to. If they are not married by thirty they will marry each other. The book then scans those five years and the ups and downs they go through while growing up and becoming who they are today. During those five years, they have their fair share of hook-ups and relationships that eventually bring them to where they realize they are the ones who are supposed to be together. Let me tell you, when they do get there…it is just fantastic. How they get there is a mystery I’ll leave up to the reader to find out for themselves.

“What if you lose me?”

“Then I’ll just hold on tighter.”

I thought Stephanie was a great heroine. Within the book’s timespan she grew up and pursued her dreams. She became the successful person she had wanted to be. She also was strong and stood by her own ethics. She was the type that wanted the boy to chase after her and boy did he ever. She did have some reservations and misgivings when it came to relationships though. Linden on the other hand, I was a bit bummed about towards the middle and then closer to the end. At one point, I was like, “OyMG…seriously dude?!” okay, maybe I said that twice. But for him, he always knew deep down that Stephanie was his soul. But coming from a loveless sort of upbringing can do a lot to someone and almost emotionally stunt them. I think that was mostly his problem. But dear Lord, he was so flipping hot. I can’t even get started on it.

“And so, I love you, baby blue. I am in love with you. You are love to me. And I’m honored I’m finally able to tell you.”

The writing was spot-on for me. Karina did a fantastic job making having me eat of the spine of the book. To be honest, this book would’ve been in my Top 10 had I not already done it.


About Karina Halle

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.