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's known her. But some relationships can't be boxed, can't be classified, can't be tamed.
Back in their mid-20s 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 30.
It sounded like fun and games at the time, but as the years to 30 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.
©2014 Karina Halle (P)2015 Tantor
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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.
"A simple love story, but a great listen."
Loved the characters. Stephanie is a heroine that you can support. She's not a doormat (like so many romance heroines' these days---what's up with that?) and Linden is the manly-man type you'd expect from a romance, but he's not the twisted, self-serving jerks that are so popular today in everything from erotica to new young adult fiction.
Overall, I'd highly recommend this book. There are some heart-melting scenes and its funny too.
"Hard Not to Like"
It's not complicated. Not overly angst ridden. The narrators are great (and that is often hard to claim).
"One of my favorites"
I loved this story; it's a great friends to lovers Romance. I really enjoyed the slow progression to a relationship. Stephanie and Linden were friends for years harboring a lot of angst and passion for one and other. When they finally had come together, they were so great for each other. I also enjoyed the banter, side characters and setting. Linden annoyed me at the end, with how he handled the situation. James and Nadine were my two least favorite characters. But I did feel really invested in the story. The author painted a great picture of their group dynamic.
I loved Lidia Dornet's narration and Shaun Grindell really bought Linden's character to life. I like how they both used accents for the Scottish characters, made for cohesive story telling.
"best audio book I've ever heard!"
I have read the kindle edition of this book and was excited to listen to the audio version. I've listened to many audio books and the Pact is hands down, the best I've heard. the emotion projected by the narrators had me engulfed in happiness during great moments and tormented and distraught during sad moments. plus, that damn Scottish accent did me in!
"LOVE AS IT IS MEANT TO BE !! ❤❤"
The Pact will warm your heart, your soul and make you fall in love all over again. The love between friends takes you on a journey of faith, trust, sacrifice and forgiveness. prepare for a wonderful adventure through Love.
"Even Better the second time!"
Listening to Irish Brogue is so much better than just imagining it!
Such a heart warming story following the lives of 3 close friends who love, learn, evolve and never let go.
"Couldn't Stop Listening"
Loved it. But I'll admit to having a soft spot for a Scottish brogue. The dual POV was fantastic.
"Enjoyed, for the most part"
Really enjoyed the friendship turned love story line for Steph and Linden. Narrators were fantastic!
Was, however, really annoyed by James' character. Whiny, petulant, little boy was what I kept thinking. Poor me, poor me, everyone should bow to me because I have had a hard life. Didn't like him in the least.
This one fell flat for me. I struggled to finish it. I just felt like I kept waiting for something to happen and the drama that waa there just seemed silly most of the time.
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