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The Christmas Pact

Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Heat up the holidays with this sizzling new novella from New York Times best-selling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward!  

Riley Kennedy’s emails keep getting crossed with her colleague, Kennedy Riley.  

The infuriating man forwards them along with his annoying commentary and unsolicited advice. At least she never has to see him in person since they work in different locations…until they come face to face at the office holiday party. As luck would have it, Kennedy turns out to be gorgeous…though still a jerk. Yet somehow he’s able to charm her out on the dance floor - and convince her to participate in his crazy scheme: He’ll go home with Riley for a Christmas party and pretend to be her boyfriend if Riley agrees to be his date to a wedding.   

It sounds easy enough. But little by little, the act they’re putting on starts to feel like so much more than a Christmas pact - and Riley’s about to learn there’s more to Kennedy than she ever imagined.

©2019 Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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A quick PG Romance

Hats off to the awesome narrators, but the story (whilst charming) was a little too PG for my liking.

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relaxing love story

It kept the trip to Sydney busy. It was a bot predictabable. But easy to listen to.

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Loved this story

Such a cute and creative storyline. Loved the narration as always from these two. They are my favorite narrators.

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Beautiful ❤️❤️

This was awesome. Everything you wanted in a story and more. Loved it and I especially loved that my two favourite narrator brought this story to life . Perfect . So loved it. ❤️❤️❤️

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  • Matthew
  • 13-12-2019

How to be a creep 101

As a guy I got this because it was free on the monthly originals and I do like a good story so I gave it a shot.... Words don't describe how creepy this gets. I really hope not all romance novels are this creepy, even the Hallmark movies are sappy but the guys seem like they genuinely care for the girl. This guy is manipulative from the beginning. Doesn't even know her, but the first time they meet he is already dropping sexual innuendos, then his inner monologue is all about her body and sex even though they've only really known each other for hours at this point. If this were a Hallmark romance he would be the big city guy that the girl leaves when she goes back to her small town to save the local Inn. Like the rest of the reviews the female voice talent was really good, but the male voice really added to Kennedy's sleaze.

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  • Greta
  • 08-12-2019

Raunchy hot mess

This story started off good but then the male narrator came on and the story changed from being a cute little romance story to some raunchy hot mess. I don’t like it. Every time the man narrator came on there were swear words and vulgarity. When the man talks his character sounds like a pig and that is not sexy. This book was a free sample that I ended up not finishing and deleting. To me, it’s a no go.

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  • Gwyn Gwyrdd
  • 05-12-2019

Nope

If you enjoy hearing sentences like "she blushed and I felt something twitch in my pants" then this is the book for you.

This isn't romantic. It's actually pretty creepy. They lost me at hello. Kudos to the woman narrator. She sounded intelligent and not creepy. The male narrator just made the creepy stuff creepier - and gross. Buh bye.

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  • lindsayb
  • 11-12-2019

Harassment isn't cute

I'm struggling to understand how this story got written and marketed as a romance in the Me Too era. I will admit, I didn't make it past the first 25 minutes, so maybe it gets better. But within that first 25 minutes the male characters harasses the female character, in a work setting, several times.

First he reads a private email of hers and comments that he asked around about her and heard she was attractive (this is from his WORK email account). Then at a WORK party she spills a drink on him and tries to wipe it up, and he makes a totally gross joke about how maybe he should spill his drink on her (so he can wipe at her chest, hilarious, right??). Shortly after that he physically coerces her into dancing after she declined, and that's basically when I was done. With all we've learned about workplace harassment in the last few years, I'm not sure why this is treated as meet-cute fodder. If anything it sounds like a pretty solid HR complaint.

The female characters also does a total 180 on hating the jerky male character after she sees a picture and realizes he's attractive. I haaaaate that kind of trope, jerks should not be given a pass on their gross behavior because they have "nearly translucent blue eyes" and a chiseled jaw. Barf.

Maybe I'm not the ideal audience for this story, but I do generally love a cheesy holiday romance. I just failed to find anything remotely romantic in this setup.

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  • Lisa F.
  • 18-12-2019

AWFUL.

I couldn't even finish this regressive drivel. Oh no, a single woman in her late 20s? What a tragedy! That means the office scoundrel, who violates her privacy, harasses her, and thinks of her as someone he can easily bed, must step in to save her, while gaslighting her simultaneously. Clearly this woman has no HR department to save her from a hostile work environment, and doesn't have the good sense to remove herself from abusive men. That really screams holiday cheer, doesn't it? Don't waste your time on this patronizing, regressive, and definitely not funny shit show of a story.

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  • Rebecca Camp
  • 06-12-2019

Nope

This premise sounds cute, but it gets creepy pretty quick. Even if you are willing to overlook just how quickly any company would stomp on someone reading their co-workers emails, much less commenting; it goes way too far as soon as he starts giving unsolicited and unwelcome comments on her appearance. That's what we call workplace sexual harassment. It is not cute. Add to that, that the female character is an immature and rude ditz and this one lost me within the first 20 minutes.

The narrator did her best, and there is nothing bad to say about her performance. This story is just not salvageable.

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  • Christina
  • 11-12-2019

Disturbing

What I thought would be a cheesy hallmark Christmas movie type of story ended up being an awful tale about a creepy, sleazy misogynist coercing a female to become romantically and sexually involved with him. I have watched my fair share of bad love stories but I was genuinely disturbed by this one. The “hero” is creepy and manipulative. It’s stories like these that convince women trapped in abusive relationships that they are actually in a fairytale relationship. It is not okay to talk to, follow, or touch someone who says “no”. It is not okay to stalk someone. It is not okay to control them and manipulate them. It is quite literally illegal to read their private emails and then harass them about personal information found in those private emails. This is a bad story and that is all I will say about that. It’s time we wrote stories that involve kindness, respect, and reflections of ACTUAL love.

To be fair, the narration was great, despite the horrendous storyline they were given.

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  • Samantha
  • 08-12-2019

not for me

I got this because of the overwhelmingly positive reviews but I was so not impressed sitting through this.

I think the best thing about this was the female speaker. The male speaker's voice sounded really out of place from the personality of the male character and I just couldn't get it out of my head. The characters had little development and felt the story to be extremely superficial and predictable.

I guess I shouldn't have been surprised considering this was not even 3 hours long but I'm still left disappointed.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-12-2019

Gross Male lead

I am glad it was free. the Male lead is nearly impossible to tolerate.

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  • Diana West
  • 14-12-2019

Not for me

If you like “The Hating Game”, you’ll love The Christmas Pact as it’s the same exact story but set at Christmas time. Same raunchy sexual tension between two shallow characters. I didn’t like The Hating Game, so I didn’t make it further than a few chapters into this one. Tried to return but can’t since this was a free audible listen. I’m embarrassed to have it in my library.

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  • Roobarb
  • 02-01-2020

Wonderful

This was wonderful, I swallowed it in one sitting.

It made me laugh, made me cringe, made me hold my breath, made me swoon. A perfect Christmas tale.

Go read it now, you won't regret it.

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  • Sarah Louise Woods
  • 27-12-2019

Great read

Great short story to listen to although I would of loved for the storyline to go on long. I just Love listening to sabastian York and Andi Arendt narrated together. Really loved the fact it linked into stuck-up suit slightly.

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  • christine
  • 27-12-2019

Loved it

Wow such a great funny and emotional story voices as always were great loved the play on names and the horse haha loved it x

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  • Susan Rogerson
  • 19-12-2019

Brilliant

I really enjoyed listening to this book, just wished it was longer other than that perfect as usual.