Genres: Best Friends, Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Romance
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It all started with a pinky swear…
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.
But some relationships can’t be boxed, can’t be classified, can’t be tamed.
Back in their mid-twenties 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 are in a serious relationship by the time they hit thirty.
It sounds like fun and games but as the years to thirty 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.
I adore Karina Halle, I’m not sure I have reviewed much of her work on H.L.B. but I totally should review more of her work on here. Anyway when I saw that she had a stand alone book coming out, I grabbed it up as soon as I saw it. And like with all Karina Halle books, I loved it. There is just something about Halle’s writing style that just draws me in (seriously I think my favorite book I read last year was one of Halle’s and I keep threatening to blow the cover up into giant poster and hang it on my wall that’s how much I like her writing).
I love the whole friends to lovers thing, and I really loved how they made a pact to get married when they were both thirty if they weren’t in a serious relationship at the time. I loved that the book didn’t start at thirty, I loved that you got to follow these two people through the course of their lives after they made the pact. Both Linden and Stephanie continued living their lives for five years after the pact was made and as a reader you get to follow them.
Honestly following Stephanie and Linden in dual POVs for such an extended period of time is what really made the book. There is such a build up, like you know eventually the two of them are coming together and you are just waiting for it to happen. Even before anything happens with Stephanie and Linden, you have to admit they have a great relationship. You can tell how much they care about each other, and it’s just so great to see their friendship throughout the years.
I do have to say there is one character that I wholly did not like for the vast majority of the book, James. So James is also friends with Stephanie and Linden, and he’s just so amazingly self-absorbed. He is literally able to turn everything that happens in anyone life to it being something about him. I mean seriously this guy has a gift. Also Nadine is pretty terrible too, but honestly you will have to read the book to understand, but in the end the make the story what it is so you can forgive their presence.
I love Karina Halle, and this book was yet another good read for me. If you like watching to best friends fall in love, then this is without a doubt a book you should try out, because I really think you will end up liking it.