Review: The Pact by Karina Halle

Posted December 30, 2014 by Francesca in Reviews / 4 Comments

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Review: The Pact by Karina Halle
The Pact
by Karina Halle

4 Stars


Released: December 28, 2014
Published by Self Published
Pages: 287
Format: eBook

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“Packed full of sexual tension, THE PACT is not as gritty as you would expect from Karina Halle, it’s sweet and emotional.” ~ Under the Covers

I am a huge Karina Halle fan, as you may know.  When I saw she was surprising us with a standalone contemporary romance, I was extremely happy and dying to get my paws on this ASAP.  THE PACT was both a lot like the style of writing I expect from Karina Halle, but at the same time it was very different.  And I enjoyed this one in just one sitting!

Stephanie Robson, our heroine, is a great heroine and one you can quickly learn to connect to.  The story starts out when she’s 25, dating all the wrong guys, her career is not where she thought it should be at her age, and she’s still living with a roommate.  But she desperately wants more out of life.  She’s ambitious and confident, and I gotta love that in a heroine.  She’s also fun and witty.

Then there’s Linden of course.  I always say Karina Halle has a knack for writing some pretty awesome heroes and Linden McGregor is no exception.  He’s Irish, he’s charming, he’s witty, he may come across as a playboy but he really isn’t.  He’s super rich but he doesn’t act like a douche.  He’s overcome some tough obstacles (mainly his bad parents) and become a great man.  Add to that he’s a wonderful friend, caring, loving, loyal oh and a dirty talker…. Yeah, puddle of goo at his feet over here!  But he’s very much human.  Not the perfect cookie-cutter guy.  He makes mistakes, he tries to follow his heart in doing the best he can for others.  And that may just be my favorite thing about him.  Even when I didn’t agree with some of his actions.

But my favorite thing about this story was the friends to lovers aspect.  See Stephanie, Linden and James met when they were all working at the same bar.  They quickly became best friends and that friendship and connection has lasted 10 years.  As we see Stephanie and Linden’s relationship growing, they make a pact that if they aren’t dating anyone seriously by the time they are 30 they will get married.  I’ve always had a fascination with this concept.  Mainly because I could never picture myself doing anything like that.

Packed full of sexual tension, THE PACT is not as gritty as you would expect from Karina Halle, it’s sweet and emotional.   It will easily be a book you devour quickly and enjoy the ride.  The mark of a true author is knowing how to immerse you in whatever story you read and nobody does that better than Karina Halle!  This story was very much alive!

Favorite Quotes:

“You’re my everything. And there’s nothing that will change that.”

The moment is gone.  I won’t do anything.  I’m a coward.  A horny fucking coward.

I want to tell her all the filthy things I think about.  Be real, be raw and unfiltered.  I want to make her cheeks flush from my dirty mouth and her body squirm with desire.


About Karina Halle

The daugh­ter of a Nor­we­gian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Van­cou­ver, Canada with trolls and eter­nal dark­ness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadis­tic appre­ci­a­tion for freak­ing peo­ple out. Like many of the flawed char­ac­ters she writes, Karina never knew where to find her­self and has dab­bled in act­ing, make-up artistry, film pro­duc­tion, screen­writ­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy, travel writ­ing and music jour­nal­ism. She even­tu­ally found her­self in the pages of the very nov­els she wrote (if only she had looked there to begin with).

Karina holds a screen­writ­ing degree from Van­cou­ver Film School and a Bach­e­lor of Jour­nal­ism from TRU. Her travel writ­ing, music reviews/interviews and pho­tog­ra­phy has appeared in pub­li­ca­tions such as Con­se­quence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNo­mad Travel Guides. She cur­rently splits her time between her apart­ment in down­town Van­cou­ver and her sail­boat, where a book and a bot­tle of wine are always at hand.


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I so want to read this but Amazon’s being a dick it’s not 99cents for me and I really have a hard time *one-clicking* when I know it’s cheaper anyway thanks for the great review Francesca you definitely have me even more excited to read this

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WOW sorry to hear it’s not on sale for you! Did you try looking at other vendors online? Maybe you can get a kindle copy somewhere else other than Amazon it may be on sale there?


Wow this sounds really different than what I’ve read by halle in the past

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Amy R

I have this on my TBR pile and after reading your review I’ll be moving up towards the top.