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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.
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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Not particularly because I struggled to finish it and realized that I only finished it to justify purchasing it.
Would you be willing to try another book from Karina Halle? Why or why not?
I do not believe I will read any other books. To be fair, I just believe that because this is not my preferred genre, paranormal romance or urban fantasy, it bored me and if the other stories or arranged the same then there isn't much point in reading/listening to them.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
Perhaps practice accents more.
Do you think The Pact needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Yes, of course, the secondary characters were featured so much that I am sure others would like to see their stories from their point of view.
Any additional comments?
This book really was well written but it truly felt like it was dragging and not much happened from year to year. Again, I believe it bored me because I am more into paranormal romance, urban fantasy and erotica. Also, another turn off was a few scenes where a female hit and threw things at someone and it was addressed as, 'meh, that happens'...That's not cool, man.
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