“You’ve had my heart from day one…
If you’re looking for a new book to fall in love with, this friend-to-lovers romance was fun, hot, a little angsty, and kept me glued to the page from the minute I started until the end!! I loved it!
Linden and Steph were best friends since they first met and were both tired of a never ending stream of bad dates. So one day, when they were both in their mid-twenties, they made a pact and agreed that if neither of them were committed to someone by the age thirty, they’d marry each other…
“If neither of us are in a serious relationship by the time we are both thirty,” he says, looking at me so dead in the eye that I can’t help but hold my breath, “then we agree to marry each other. Agree?”
I find my voice. “Agree.”
It started out as just a fun agreement, but as the years ticked by, life went on, boyfriends and girlfriends passed… Linden remained hopeful, Steph remained skeptical, and the pact began to become more and more real until suddenly they were thirty and it was time to decide!
“I want her to realize we’re both not with the people we should be. And if she already knows that, I want her to know it’s not too late.”
Okay, seriously guys, Linden McGregor was pure swoon! Holy heart-melt!! He was a tall, sexy, rugged dirty-talking helicopter pilot with a Scottish accent. He’d wanted Steph from the first time he met her but unfortunately, one of his friends asked her out first, and he never got a chance to tell her how he truly felt. She never knew just how badly he truly wanted her or how serious he was about the pact.
“I’d give up everything for you.”
I genuinely couldn’t put this book down. It’s a full length novel but I flew through it in a few hours because I just kept flipping those pages and didn’t want to stop. I loved the characters and I really liked that this wasn’t just a fairy-tale “boy meets girl and they get married” romance. I liked that it addressed the ins-and-outs of dating and the struggle to find the right person. I’ll admit though, while I was reading it, I did find it a little hard to read about them with other people, but I was enjoying the book enough that it wasn’t a big deal. But actually the author’s note at the end really made me re-think all that and looking back, I can appreciate it even more.
“That was real. That was something. Tell me you felt something, that you felt what I felt.”
“What did you feel?” I whisper.
He runs a thumb across my lips. “I felt you. The you I’ve always wanted.”
The story is told in dual POV showing us what they both went through over the years. There was a great balance between light-hearted fun and a more angsty side. There were times when I seriously just wanted to drag them both off and lock them in a room together until they admitted their undying love for each other… and there was another time where I definitely wanted to shake some sense into a certain someone… but the story was so fast paced that it wasn’t long before my romantic heart was satisfied.
“Don’t act like you haven’t been thinking about that kiss every single day since it happened. Don’t pretend you haven’t thought once about what it would be like to do it again. To do more.”
Once they gave themselves the green light to be together, things were pretty explosive between them. Hot, steamy, sexy. Years of pent-up UST and hidden feelings suddenly came to the surface, but with natural wariness too — could friends last as lovers, and even more?
“This is huge, isn’t it?”
He cocks his head and grins, nodding his head. “Well, the ladies seem to think so.”
I roll my eyes… “I’m serious,” I tell him. “One minute we’re just friends and the next…”
“The next I’m kissing you. And I realize I’ve been a fool for not doing it sooner.”
Honestly, this was a really great read. I loved that it was a standalone that gave us the whole story at once. I couldn’t put it down, loved the characters, the writing was addictive and I’d definitely recommend it!
“Nine years. I’ve been waiting nine years for this. Nine years to finally have you the way I’ve always needed you.”
Rating: 4 — 4.5 stars! Standalone Adult romance.
All standalones. Different couples. Can each be read separately.
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Finished this last night too. FLOVED!!!
Woohoo!!! Glad to hear that 😀
Reading it now!! I love Linden!!!!!
YAY!! He’s super swoony!!
Why only 4-4.5 stars?
That’s not at all a bad rating. I really loved it. This was just my feeling though overall. I had a few small issues here and there but not ones I felt were worth mentioning in the review. I don’t give out 5 star ratings very often — a book has to pull some serious emotions out of me to get that. This book didn’t do that, but I still loved it, devoured it, couldn’t put it down, etc. So this book was what I’d consider a favorite, but that I’d rate 4-4.5 🙂
OMG~I finished this about twenty minutes ago. Loved it!!! Wanted to completely punch James in the throat, but loved this book. Will be reading more of Karina Halle’s work.
YAY!! Glad you loved it!! (haha and I agree about James 😛 )
Thanks for mentioning this book!!! I read your post, went right to Amazon to read the sample and had to have it!! Absolutely loved Linden and I may have cheered out loud when he showed Nadine to the curb – he deserved so much better!!! And James, well, don’t even get me started on James!!!
Thank you so much for writing the awesome review. I read your review and really loved the sound of this book. So I just bought it! :D:D I can’t wait to start reading it!!
Happy reading 😀
Thanks for the all the recommendations … I so loved this book.
YAY! Glad to hear that 😉
Thank you…. Can’t wait to read it….
Welcome! Enjoy 🙂
KD Bryan says
Recently finished this book and loved it! The Pact sucked me in and I couldn’t put it down. Linden is (swoon) definitely the hero in this one. I wanted to repeatedly smack James before it ended! It was definitely a unique read, and the whole” bonds of friendship” spin kept it interesting. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good romance with a little “twist”.
So glad you loved it!!
I have this on my never ending reading list *like seriously book worm problems xD*, and I have been wondering for the longest time if I should read this or not cause it would be my first adult book *I haven’t read many adult books at all really*, but I guess I will try this one since it got a good rep. from this review! 😀 So thanks for the review! 🙂
Natalie Gutierrez says
Is there a series to this?!?!?!what book is next……loved it sooo much
It’s a series of standalones. I just added them in for you (they weren’t available at the time I wrote my review). Check above at the bottom of the review 🙂
Candy Lyn Voisine says
It was because of this very review that I made the decision to buy and read this book. Thank you so much for leading me to a fantastic book!