July 31, 2015 | by Casey | The Pledge

by Christine Manzari, Laura Ward
(Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)on July 27th, 2015

Genres: Contemporary, Romance



Taren needs a do-over. She’s decided the best way to put the high school bullies behind her is to pledge a Taylor-Swift-lip-syncing, beer-guzzling, sorority. Sisterhood helps Taren find the acceptance she’s always craved, but not the love she needs. Alec wants freedom. To escape his father’s iron fist and unrealistic expectations, he pledges a campus acrobatics club where he finds that drugs and alcohol aren’t the only ways to get high. His addiction to danger helps him gain his independence, but it comes at a heavy price. When the two cross paths, Alec fears his undeniable attraction to the party girl just might threaten everything he’s worked so hard to earn. Taren hasn’t forgotten that Alec humiliated her back in high school, but she also can’t deny the chemistry they share.

Alec and Taren have nothing in common, but fate is bound and determined to bring them together. They know falling in love is a risk, and yet it’s too hard to ignore. When their worlds clash and they both end up suffering, will they fight to stay together? Or are some pledges too hard to keep?

Let’s face it- I am a sucker for college romances. Sororities, hot frat guys who get sweet when the perfect girl comes along……sign me up! The Pledge, was a start to finish in one sitting, fantastic read that warmed my heart and plucked on its strings.

Taren starts college in hopes of getting rid of her geek status and starting new. She was bullied mercilessly in high school (by her crush no less) and wants nothing more than to reinvent herself as a partying, sorority girl.

Alec was the high school “IT” guy, but with a hidden home life that is not at all what it seems like on the outside. Struggling to find his way, on his own terms- he has pledged to take things serious in college.

“Second chances don’t change the past. They just prove that we can learn from our mistakes.”

When these two run into each other, things are pretty dicey and awkward. Watching them navigate and grow together as a couple made for a beautiful story.

Chemistry between the two main characters (CHECK)

Character Development (CHECK)

Nice steady flow without being overly dramatic (CHECK)

There is a little plot twist that absolutely melted my heart. It spins from an old Asian tale of the fate of the red string that connects two people who are destined to be together. These two authors wrote together amazingly. I am excited to see who and what is next!