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While I personally feel it lacked all the ingredients to create a amazing story. Don't obtain me wrong it was well written and moved along it was just very one sided and didn't i hope give me a real sense of the family that I think the author was trying to portray. He mentions the wife's and families but they have very small to do in the story. I'm sorry but most women even if they aren't gun toting super soldiers will wish to know what's going on. And who just up and leaves a two year old and a four year old unattended for hours on end? The other thing I felt was really odd (i obtain in a mission there has to be a leader) that they were supposed to be buddies they seemed more like they were all still in the service and didn't have the right to disagree with his superior. I listened on Audible and the reader was very good. Very curious if why divorced and why he has custody of kids and where is mother and why children never mention her. Also felt it was a small cold to just leave Nanny standing there with paratroopers floating down from the sky.
I’ve read a lot of lousy books lately, or tried to, but this os NOT one of them. this one is great. It’s kind of a Red Dawn scenario, but written by someone who knows modern warfare. I liked this book so well that when I finished it I immediately started book 2.
I saw an interview with Robert Patrick Lewis and Tracy Beanz back in March 2019 on YouTube. The interview with Robert was fascinating, I immediately went online to Amazon to The Pact, and I am so glad I did. I love this book! I could not place it down. I read the whole book, cover to cover, in one night. It is exciting from the beginning to the end, and I had to Book 2 because I didn’t wish the story to end. It is believable, I think this story really could have happened had things gone in a various direction a few years ago.I can’t wait for Book small sisters boyfriend was a medic in the Army, he is now an EMT and in med school. I just bought him a copy for his birthday; I can’t wait to hear what he thinks of the book as well.
The author's reasoning is sound and from a military perspective. His past and experience is seen all over the book. This is a amazing read! The reality of letting others especially those who have never served the privileged of glimpsing the fighter mind set, fears, reality, and emotional roller coaster, is special. The preparation for a mission is well laid out, and the reasoning for why our country is attacked is realistic. Well done, I am looking forward to reading a lot of more in this series!
I was already a huge fan of Rob Lewis after reading Love Me When I'm Gone. I heard him interviewed on his book tour, read his first book, and was hooked. I wasn't sure what to expect from The Pact though, because not every author successfully makes the jump from non-fiction to fiction. It's one thing to tell your own story as a memoir, but you use various muscles to write a fictional acc from at's what scares me about this book.Did he pull this story out of thin air, or is this fictional tale part of a plan that this Green Beret has already hashed out. I kind of don't wish to know.What I do know though is that Rob Lewis has another hit on his hands. Yes, he did successfully create the jump to fiction and yes he does have amazing chops as a writer. His premise is believable, his characters are compelling, and his story is absolutely e scenario is that things go very badly for us in America and we are under attack. This activates a plan that the protagonist (coincidentally named Rob) and his fellow Unique Forces brothers had devised to protect their families and defend our country in the happening of such an attack. Think "Red Dawn", except not cheesy. Not that I didn't love Patrick Swayze as much as the next guy, but Red Dawn just never convinced me I was watching a plausible scenario. Not in this story though: those doubts were completely missing from The Pact.I don't wish to give away any plot info except for the one fact that this story is not resolved by the end of the book, which was bittersweet for me. I hate cliffhangers, but at least I know there will be more installments to come.Hopefully this book will be widely read and will influence a lot of of us to take these problems to heart when we elect our leaders and when we devise our own plans for natural and civil disasters. When the huge one comes, will we sit and wait for our feckless government to bail us out, or will we be prepared to save ourselves?
I really wanted to like this book, but it just falls short in so a lot of ways. It "ain't" Red Dawn by any stretch of the imagination. I'm not sure how to explain it but something is missing and lacking: believable characters?; meaningful dialogue?; manufactured scenarios?. I may read the "sample" for book 2, but so much needs to be improved that I'm not expecting any miracles.
This is one of the best graphic novels I have ever read, the illustration is just stunning... This book just transported me to their small globe in seconds, to me it was bright, inocent, funny and adorable! I feel all the small info are just perfect, the paper quality is excellent, the color palette clever! Stop waisting your time reading my review and just go ahead and it! ❤️ I'm 24 years old and I truly enjoyed this book!
What a cute Christmas short story. I really enjoyed this one. I liked both main characters. I liked Riley's family and some of Kennedy's. I thought the name thing was such a cool idea for them to meet. And I found myself smiling a lot during this e narrators were both perfect and there are never any complaints from me when either of them are narrators in a book.
This book was just what I needed! It was cute, fun, had some humor, and a romance with amazing chemistry. I can count on Vi Keeland to deliver a romance that I'm sure to enjoy, and this one was right up there even though it was super short! I think my favorite thing about this book was what Keeland did with the names of the main characters. She was Riley Kennedy, and he was Kennedy Riley. How funny that was!The two main characters worked for the same company, but in various offices. They became aware of one another when their names caused email to be misdirected. After a small contretemps over one of the misdirected emails, Kennedy Riley to go home with Riley Kennedy for the holidays so that her overachieving family will believe she is on top of her android game in the boyfriend department. The two, who have had a fairly contentious acquaintanceship, agree that he'll pretend to be her boyfriend, and she'll accompany him to a family function in return. As these two start to really know one another, they search out they wish to share much more with each other than their e characters in this book were both really likable, and the storyline was cute. It was such a fast and simple one to listen to, and I found it a genuine pleasure!
This book may be marketing to tweens, but readers of all ages can have fun this! The art, the imagination, the story, the moral -- This book has it all! Pick it up and read the first two pages, and then see if you can place it down. I'll bet you can't! I reached the end and wanted more -- which I think is how it is supposed to be! What a creative method to tell a story and share a amazing message!
This book is gorgeously illustrated and beautifully written. Full of imaginative storytelling and truths on human nature. This book makes you believe in magic, never growing up, and how to be a mate - through amazing times and hurtful mistakes. Excellent for people of all ages.
This is a super cute all be it short Christmas story. About two work colleagues who initially don’t obtain along then decided to support each other out, and the sparks a sweet holiday romance and one I truly enjoyed, I laughed a few times smiled through most of the audiobook.I am rating the Christmas Pact 4 Boundless Stars, and it’s a sweet and short holiday audiobook.
I've been a fan of Ryan Andrews work for sometime now and was so excited to read this book when it came out. And I ended up loving it so much! The story starts off easy enough, but then takes the reader into a unbelievable fantasy globe full of fun and funny characters that show challenges to our heroes and their friendship. This book is excellent for all ages, but I could see it being particularly enjoyable for parents to read to their kids who might be interested in scouting and astronomy.
Overall 3 starsPerformance 4.5 starsStory 2.5 starsThis was a short holiday-ish novella, but I'm torn between thinking it was kind of cute and also beautiful cringey. Because it's a novella, things move super fast, but the premise behind the meet cute just didn't sit right with me. All I kept thinking about was workplace harassment and an invasion of privacy. Yes, it was quirky to have the character and heroine have the same name but reverse, but I just felt like the character was too forceful and never really listened to the heroine. It created him more creepy than sweet. The plot was predictable and has been done more successfully in the past. I did have fun the nod/crossover to Keeland and Ward's other book, Stuck-Up Suit though. It's an simple listen for sure, but I was glad that it was on Audible. Andi Arndt and Sebastian York were unbelievable as usual, but York seemed smarmy due to the dialogue/story.
A dreamlike graphic novel for kids set in America but with a powerful Japanese influence, This Was Our Pact is a fantasy about a journey of e main characters are two boys who aren't friends, but their fathers are. One of the boys sets out with his mates to see what happens to the paper lanterns placed on a river as a part of an annual festival. The other boy follows him despite bullying from that boy's friends. Soon the other kids break the pact one by one, deciding to return home, and the realistic setting of a bicycle ride along a path by a river falls l in all, it's a lovely fantasy for young boys who have fun quiet dream-like anime or manga.
I am always on the lookout for fresh graphic novels my MG students might enjoy, and the premise of this book sounded very promising: During a community celebration that floats lanterns down the river, two boys decide to follow the lanterns to see where they go. Fun, right? Wrong. This is, without question, one of the dumbest books I have ever read. The plot plods. The dialogue bores. Every effort at whimsy fails. It's just a mess.
A sweet small romance novella that's the excellent length for cleaning the house or flying on a plane and listening. The characters were amazing fun, and I enjoyed some of the funny scenes - the doll for instance! Ha! It's a sweet romance with nothing more than kissing and innuendos. I can't wait to listen to the next one!Lily S. Thomas - Author of the Ice Age Alphas series
The notice of friendship and acceptance is very timely and is told in a method that isn't preachy or condescending. The reader discovers along with Ben that people aren't always what they appear to be on the outside, and, if you give them a chance, you might search they are quite delightful! Ryan Andrews is obviously a gifted artist and storyteller with a knack for realistic dialog that young people can relate to. We look forward to his next book!
Technically, there's nothing wrong with this book. It's well written, interesting, suspenseful. It does drag a small at times, the story moving a bit too slowly. My largest issue with it was that this whole book was very, very depressing. I knew from reading reviews that it was a story about teenage suicide, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised... As well-written and captivating as this book was, it just left me really sad.I definitely would NOT recommend it to anyone who is depressed, or prone to suicidal thoughts.
I have to say first, I have really enjoyed a lot of of Jodi Picoult's books. Her Sister's Keeper and Plain Truth to mention two, but this one left me not only wanting answers but very disturbed at the relationship of Emily and Chris. This child who is supposed to be so in tuned to this girl he is obsessed with her decides not only not to stop her when she fixes on suicide, but to support her. Spoiler alert! I was especially appalled at the outcome of the court case. I have been a juror on a murder and there is no method I could ever see 12 people letting this child go and calling him 'not guilty' after hearing this testimony. This author is out in left field somewhere. I was so saddened to see that so a lot of people gave this five stars. It fell flat in so a lot of ways, characters you care about, plot, totally wonderful outcomes. She is a fine author, but she really dropped the ball with this one. Don't waste your time or money. I plan to delete it off my kindle as soon as possible.
**WARNING**SPOILERS**I am not sure how I feel about this book. On one hand, I do feel that Jodi Picoult is a talented writer and she definitely has a method of capturing a reader. But at the same time, she is very much into info and some info are just, well boring. There were some parts I just skimmed over because the info just werent necessary to the novel. The one thing that really bothers me about this novel tho is the fact that Emily Gold is so pathetic. Ok, she got rubbed up in a bathroom for 5 mins by some creep. Yes that can be a very traumatic experience and no doubt she should have told someone and received some sort of therapy. But for that to be the catalyst of her suicide...give me a break. Her hero was extrememly selfish, self-centered, and weak. If you truly love someone, you would not think to ask that person to do something that would ruin them emotionally, mentally, and literally for the rest of their lives. Chris was so blinded by his love and attraction for her that he didnt realize until the very end how badly Emily screwed up his life.Another thing is the ending feels incomplete. I understand that endings arent always simple to write, but I feel that the book could have ended with a better epilogue, maybe showing Chris as a grown man and letting us see a snippet of how his life was effected by the events, or finding a lost letter from Emily where he finds out the "truth" of her incestuous feelings towards him and the childhood bathroom incident. Something to give him some closure.
Five stars isn't enough for a book that has the power to create a reader believe so intensely. It's a testament to Picoult's talent when you can make a favourite book only to be topped by a latter book by the same author, and then again and so is is one of those rare books you need to read carefully because if you miss a word, you're excluding yourself from witnessing one of life's pure spite my continual praises that Jodi is my favourite author, I think I've place down all her books at some point and come back to it weeks or months later. Her books are literally double the size of a normal novel and with the types of storylines, writing, and characters she produces, I've struggled to read it in a continual gulp over the course of a few e Pact, however, I read bit-by-bit and chunk-by-chunk every day and it totally absorbed me, every step of the most of her stuff, I don't always admire the characters because I can relate to them or they seem like me, or something I've done, etc. Sometimes I feel so strongly about her characters because I can, yet cannot understand them. She brings such rich flavour, like she's cooking up a grand dish with herbs and spices and sauces from here and there and creates something you can't explain but appreciate. The focus of the story -- the death of Emily -- is how I'd describe that. Her boyfriend, best friend, and soul friend is the one I connected and understood. Both wowed me.I don't like revising the book description in my reviews -- after all you can just read the blurb for that. I do love expressing just how much I feel for a book and this one, went straight to my Best Everrr shelf. Allow me point out between books I've finished reading and couldn't finish I sit somewhere around 300 overall. Only 47 have created it to this shelf. This book is incredible, and anyone who loves drama, crime shows, family dynamics, but most importantly those rare love stories like The Notebook or Titanic where it's so pure and rich you pine after it for years afterward, will fall for the outstanding power of this read.5+ stars! Mandatory reading.
I know i am late to the party but this book annoyed me so much that i just couldn't not leave a review. I literally threw my kindle away in disgust after finishing this. I can't even describe my feelings - disgust, anger, frustration - all rolled into one.I really fail to understand why so a lot of people loved this and are hailing it as some kind of eternal love story. This is as far away from a love story as you can get. There was nothing sweet or romantic about Chris and Emily to me. Their relationship was slightly creepy and very, very forced. Why the hell were the parents shoving a relationship down their throats? And why were the parents so weird anyway....the dad refusing to testify for his own son, the other mom hell bent on destroying Chris' life even though she knew the truth (and this was the woman who loved him like a son and was cheering all the method for them to marry each other)?? But the parents are the least of my complaints with this book. My largest complaint is the method such a serious subject has been e, here is the thing. People who are not mental health experts are absolutely not equipped to with serious problems like severe depression and suicidal tendencies. No matter how much we love someone, we cannot talk or "cheer" them out of depression. I can cheer someone and support them if they are having a poor day at work or some tangible crisis. But if they are seriously depressed and begin creating project plans for suicide, i would never ever assume that i know whats best for them (even though i have a slight background in mental health research). That's what the mental health experts are there for. That's why we invest so much in mental health research. If treating depression was as easy as taking the person out on a few dates and asking them "what happened", most depressed people would never need any support cos their families would be able to do it. And most depressed people would also likely commit suicide if that is the total extent of support they receive.I know a lot of people said "chris was a teenager who didn't know better". I beg to differ. First of all "Chris" might have been a teenager but Jodi isn't. She should have known better than to glorify suicide as some kind of pinnacle of romantic dreams. Secondly, the entire book is built on the premise of their "incredibly mature" relationship. He did mention going to a psychiatrist but just couldn't be arsed to do anything about it. For all their "incredible maturity" and "mental connect", he didn't even have the sense or sensitivity to wait till she was ready for sex. Even though she created it clear plenty of times that she is not comfortable, he literally forced her into it. He comes across as hardly better than an idiotic, kinda abusive jerk of a boyfriend. He "knew" she was beyond repair how?? Because he tried to take her out on dates and "make passionate love" to her, and it didn't work!! Well, huge surprise, seeing how she hated with him anyway even when she was not depressed. He was the one who constantly wanted it. Method to place someone's needs above for her, she could go to an abortion clinic multiple times even stealing from her parents but couldn't or wouldn't seek support from a psychiatrist? Fine, she was depressed and unwilling, I can understand that. But why hold calling it "love"? If she really loved him , wouldn't she atleast try? Rather than leaving him to mop up the mess and possibly obtain accused of her murder? Rather than leaving him to with the pain and sorrow and guilt and accusations? Rather than trying to coax him to commit suicide too? Atleast she could have left him out of it. Hell, she couldn't even be bothered to leave a note absolving him of blame. And this is "true love"?This book had such a powerful premise. The author could have done so much with it. Instead, she treats suicide like some glorious romantic adventure. its not. Unlike chronic illnesses, depression is treatable and a lot of times curable. Helping Emily die was in no method an act of love. If he had truly loved her, he would have done what she required rather than what she said she wanted. Indeed, there was nothing strange about Emily's behaviour considering she was depressed. It is beautiful typical for depressed people (esp due to abuse) to refuse help, to refuse to share details, to feel ashamed and guilty, to push their loved ones away etc. If everybody whose loved ones are depressed just assumed that they are beyond support based on such behaviour, there would be nobody who survives depression. Emily would most likely have been ok if chris had gotten her proper support rather than assuming that she was beyond help. He was in no method equipped to with her depression. He did not have the expertise, experience, maturity, qualifications, skills or sensitivity to support her. He had no method of knowing whether she was beyond repair or not. In fact, he didn't even know why she was depressed. Emily had a supportive family, she had resources, her parents were well to do, she had plenty to look forward to, she had her art....if she had received help, she would have probably been ok. In any case, we would never know because of Chris and his "true love".What irritates me most is when people test to defend the story saying "this is what real love is all about". No, it is not. If you have someone who is depressed and wants to commit suicide, and you truly love them, you need to obtain them help. Not assume that you know best, create some lame attempts to "cheer them up" and give up on them when your amateur attempts are (obviously) not working. And for god's sake, please DON'T shoot them when they say they wish to commit suicide, because hey, that's what they want, right? This, in fact, is what real stupidity, idiotic presumptions and selfishness is all about.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Ok, rant over, i can now obtain on with my day. I think i almost wrote an essay there, that's how mad i was.
This is the second book by this author I've read. I should've known that I wasn't going to really have fun the book because of how the other was written and this would most likely be written the same. But the story seemed interesting so I was willing to give it a try.Even though I didn't like the method it was written, (jumping from pairs talking, various scenes, etc.) I know I can't be the only one who feels this way. Anyways, the story had a lot of potential but it didn't live up to what I thought it was going to be. There were some holes and the ending was blah. I can't stop thinking about how Mel threw the diary in the fire, and then that was it. It doesn't touch back on any of that. I didn't like Mel's character. I was expecting Gus and Michael to have an affair, I'm glad they didn't. Sorry, my review is all over the place. I just finished the book and I have all these thoughts running through my brain. Another thing that irritated me was the watch. Emily bought the watch before she knew she was pregnant. Probably before she knew she was going to slay herself. I know her emotions were building up and she was probably going to commit suicide eventually. I think getting pregnant really pushed her over the edge and that's when it was set, but that's not what I'm getting at. When they were questioning about the watch no one brought up the fact that she bought it before she was pregnant, and that's why she bought it. She didn't know she was going to feel so much pressure to be a wife and mother and whatever her parents thought she was going to be. If I was Jordan I would've used that in my case. Ugh. That didn't come out as smooth as I wanted it to but I hope that makes sense.I was mostly disappointed that she was depressed about being molested. Not that you can't be depressed about being molested. But why did it have to be that? Thinking about what happened to her makes me sick and I want I never read it. It's such a horrible thing to write and think about. I almost stopped reading the book because of it. I felt it was cliche. I [email protected]#$%! could've been something else. Why did she have to obtain molested? Why not just depression? I don't know. I'm blabbering.I don't wish to write a poor review because it's someone's work and I'm not writing books, why should I judge it? Uuugh. I don't know. I didn't have fun the method it was written, I felt the story was kind of slow and left me feeling empty and depressed.
Jodi Picoult's books grab you and draw you into her globe of complicated but regular people caught up in happenings beyond their imagining. Very often, she is method off on the law, but this time she got it ris and Emily are high school seniors. One night when they were together as always, one of them ends up dead, ostensibly a victim of suicide. Was it suicide or did the other pull the trigger? Purposeful or accidental?As usual, Picoult keeps you guessing to the end. The only thing that keeps this from being five stars are the untied ends. There are nit a lot of them, but there are definitely a few.
Young love. Can anything be any better than that? Maybe, maybe not. Christopher and Emily had been together almost since birth. And the friendship that their families enjoyed had joined them throughout their childhood. Now, as teenagers, they were, for the first time, experiencing adult passions and stresses. Emily doesn't wish to live. She convinces Christopher to support her end her life. And they enter into a pact to end their lives together, or do they? Emily dies and Christopher is charged with her murder. Intriguing story line, although I thought the flashbacks were a bit tedious at times. The writing of info was perfect and I was drawn into the drama of the changing lives of these two families. I highly recommend.
Related to "Defending Jacob". It's a amazing book and very well performed but not her best work. A tale of teen-suicide but you never really got to what was so horribly wrong to wish the teen to slay herself. Yes, a horrible incident in her childhood would have likely scarred her but I never understood why she couldn't tell her best friend/soul friend or her parents. Also couldn't wrap my head around this being what caused her to slay herself all these years later when she had so a lot of positive things to counter it. I suppose a small more detail about how the incident effected her growing up or why she felt she couldn't tell would have helped develop the plot more. Still a decent read.
I enjoyed the story well enough but found the characters a bit confusing and had to hold rethinking who were members of each family. The reason was the author called one of the women Gus, short for her true name Augustus. Therefore when Gus would speak, I would have to rethink and whether it was two men talking together or who the people were having the conversation. This happened throughout the book and I'm a quick reader so it was annoying to me. However, the story was interesting and starts right off with the plot and finishes with resolution so it was a relatively amazing story..
The story behind the book was solid. Two mates create a pact to marry each other if they are still single at 35. One goes off to the other side of the country for work and the connection is unds great, right? But I just couldn't obtain into the characters. Brad was full of himself and if I had to read 1 more time about how healthy he eats and how much he works out, I was going to come through the book and smack him! But he sounds super yummy and WOW were the scenes amazing!Mia loved Brad when they were younger and created the pact, but she never told him. Instead she sleeps with him the night before he leaves and then she doesn't hear from him again. But when Brad turns 35 he can't support but remember the pact they created and he starts to miss e back and forth between these two started to obtain a small old for me but when Mia went to LA my heart broke for really was a solid book, awesome scenes...I just didn't fall in love with the characters.*I voluntarily received an advanced reader copy*
This is a funny and sad story that leads to so a lot of crazy things to test and victory his mates heart. But if Brad would search away to prove to Mia his best mate that he wants to marry her.But Mia doesn't wish to still be in love with Brad after he broke her heart and then comes barreling back into her life after eleven years,and expects her to call into his arms.Just because they created a stupid pact that if they both were single at thirty five they would marry each other.Even though it's been eleven years since Brad has laid eyes on Mia he still feels his heart speed woman ever filled the put in his life that Mia always n these two ever search the happiness they desire? Or will both being stubborn and not telling the other how much they love each other.?It's a sweet but frustrating story where you wish to slap or shake sense into Brad or tell Mia to be powerful enough to tell Brad how she feels,because the circle of life is too short to not go for it. I love the method Tia makes you feel as if you know the characters and wish to support them .I can hardly wait to see what's next by this multi talented author.I voluntarily decided to review this advanced reader copy because it's a adult romance story and I wanted other avid adult romance readers to know it's so worth reading.
With much anticipation which was absolutely fulfilled! I love how nearly everyone went doggy crazy and being the owner of dogs well that's how I feel about my two adorable, loveable has a bonus for giving surprises and twists and turns but I love, really love that there is no cliff hanger at the end. I mean there are very much a lot of story lines to pursue from each book and he does obtain to them but each book is an end in itself to that plot line. Again no and even though it does say LGBT friendly it's not really a theme or any kind of theme. It's just a lot of tame G rated caring between people and I don't care if it's L or G or whatever but it's clean and nice. Seriously it's not a concern to me of who someone loves as long as it's consenting adults. If you haven't read the previous 6 books - do so, you're missing out on a lot of fun and action. And lucky you to be able to continuously read up to book 7. I think I was reading 2-1/ books per day! So yeah, obtain outta here and obtain the book!
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book. This was such an enjoyable mates to lovers read. Brad and Mia have been best mates for a long time and neither has ever told the other that their feelings run deeper than friendship. They were both there for the other when they dated others and required someone to talk to. When they are 24 the eve before Brad is to leave for a job opportunity that will send him across county the two end up sleeping with one another. Both agree that what happened will not change their friendship and that if they are still single when they are 35 they will marry one another and have a family. Eleven years later Brad feels his life is missing something and still thinks of Mia. He calls her up and says he is going to come home to visit her. Mia is not sure she wants to see him. She feels he did turn what happened years ago seem weird and he stopped keeping in touch even though he said he would stay in touch. Brad brings up the pact they created and says he wants to marry her. The story picks up from there with Brad trying to prove to Mia that they could be amazing together. Mia wants Brad to marry her because he loves her not because of some pact. The two still have smoking hot chemistry. Brad doesn't seem to realize why Mia keeps pulling back. The method he tries to victory her over is quite entertaining. He just assumes Mia knows he loves her. Mia does love him but wonders if Brad loves her the same. This was a very entertaining read and I loved reading about all that they went through to obtain their HEA.
Always a fun, action filled and magical read. Nazri does a amazing job blending serious and funny. Love Dustin and all of his friends, fresh and old. Herald and Dustin create a amazing couple ( this is not a romance book but I'm glad Nazi contains a small 😊.) The boneyard keeps growing, maybe the next fresh member will be female. I'm looking forward to the next book already.
This is one entertaining romance story about Mia and Brad, best friends. They have been best mates for a long time and never gave into their feelings for one another, afraid to cross that line and loss what they had as friends! On their latest night together before Brad leaves for LA to begin his career they give into their needs for one another with a promise to not act weird or forget about their friend. Brad comes up with a marriage pact that at 35 if they are both still single they will marry and have lots of kids. Their friendship is off and weird from the beginning and 11 years go by without a word before Brad reaches out to Mia, he is now 35. Brad realizes he is lonely and wanting a life like his coworker, Tina has, a husband and kids. Mia is very shocked and guarded about this pact that is now between strangers and walks through them getting to know one another very carefully! Mia also has the need to have a family but she is standing her ground that she’ll have Love over an agreement created when she was a young person. Can Brad present Mia what is really been between them from all those years ago as mates even though he was young and dumb about losing contact with her? Will Brad’s persistence obtain Mia to see what’s right I front of her? Will Mia allow her fear control her decisions? With an unexpected secret can it bring them together or will it cause one of them to walk away forever? I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
Well! This is another snarky, suspenseful, whacky, violent, dark, book that this author has given us. How can you resist Dustin as he grapples his method through a destructive corgi, all his other squad acting like idiots around the dog, Carver becoming a pile of mush with the dog, Bastion becoming a Scion, him and and Harold getting it on. sunshine in darkness, invisible opponents and a witch loosing her crumpled appearance and becoming opponent number one? Dustin is having a hard time of it with all that is thrown at him. He and Sterling search a sweet small cute Corgi at a mass murder of some rich people who are trying to use him as a sacrifice. Dustin is the only one who thinks the corgi has something to do with the pulverizing of 30 people. Of course Dustin is the only one that the corgi doesn't like in the Boneyard. Everyone wants Banjo the corgi. Gods, demons, and of the guys at the Boneyard. Dustin still secretly mourns the loss of his dark side and wars to learn to war and defend himself without his shadow stepping ability. His sword wants out of Dustin's back package to obtain the taste of blood and things are generally going to hell in a hand basket. A story that leads us again towards the Elders not giving up. So pull up your huge people panties guys, you're going for a wild ride. I voluntarily read and reviewed this ARC book.
Another AMAZING book as always action packed with intrigue and betrayal the old ones are up to their shenanigans . Plus our boy's have a mysterious and deadly small dog that they have taken as their own . Nothing is as it seems and the boy's are left with trying to protect their fresh fur baby as they test to unravel of the cute small dog . We are also introduced to another fresh addition too the Boneyard a Hart Angle Hart human young man things spiral out of control when a fresh cult shows up . Can out boy figure out the mystery that is Banjo while trying to stay alive also Dustan and Herald's relationship year's up they are know dating carved becomes a fur Daddy and ticks off Odin the ALL Father can they survive the raythe of the Nother God .
Nazri Noor delivers. Book seven is a solid read. Fresh friends, old enemies, gods and the eldest. What more could you want. Read to search out more about the Dark room and shadow magic. My only issue, it was too short. But then I say that about every amazing n't wait to see what happens next.
I thoroughly enjoyed this second possibility romance. It is one of the better ones I've read lately. The main characters and the secondary ones were likable and it was simple to connect with them. Brad and Mia were not honest about their feelings for the other one in the past and Brad was a bit clueless as he pursued Mia 11 years later. She was afraid of him breaking her heart again and Brad had it in his mind that things would work out because he wanted them to. Luckily his coworkers/ mates were there to support him out. I adored the banter in the book and hope to see a book written about Jaxon. There is lots of steamy and a unbelievable HEA. If that isn't enough to create you obtain this book, there are some amazing books included. It's a amazing and well worth it.
This a short story about Brad and Mia. They were both in college and they were mates but nothing more. They angry a pact if they were both simge at 35 then they would marry each other. Brad got a job in L.A. and Mia was staying in Fresh York when they graduated college. They kept the secret that they liked each other than mates and sleep together before he leaves. Quick forward 11 year sand they are both single still. He is a very successful radio host and hasn't seen or talked to Mia in at least 9 years and Mia successful at a fashion magazine and she gets a call one day about being 35 soon and wants to know if the pact is still on. She doesn't wish anything to do with her but he plans to create her see that they were amazing together with dinners and other things. Eventually she starts to see that they were meant to be. Then she becomes pregnant he wants to marry her for a lot of reasons. I think that Brad a d***"bag towards Mia after they sleep together and doesn't call for years and he expects her to drop everything to marry him and move. I liked Mia but I wouldn't have gotten back together so soon after he comes into the picture again but that's me. I liked this book and author and recommend both. I received this as an arc and I voluntarily left this review.
Mia and Brad were best friends. They secretly had romantic interests in each other but never acted upon those feelings until the night before Brad was leaving to move across country. They drank, created a pact to obtain married if they were still single when they turned 35. They had one night of passion, with Brad promising things wouldn't change and they'd hold in touch... You can see where this is going. 11 years later, Brad turned 35 and is feeling out of sorts. He thinks of the pact and reaches out determined to victory her over. What could possibly go wrong? There are plenty of bumps along the method for these two. He is not the best at communicating, despite the fact that he has a famous radio show. She is afraid to believe him and have her heart broken again. Although there were times where I wanted to smack Brad for being so clueless, I actually liked him as a character, and I couldn't blame Mia for being so cautious. Had they truly talked to each other instead of letting emotions obtain the best of them, but then the story wouldn't have been so entertaining. I've read a lot of books by Tia Siren and enjoyed this one just as much.
My favourite book of the series thus eat pacing - excellent balance of humour, horror, action, entities, plots coming togetherThe UF globe building is always powerful and vividThe hero development across the board is excellentI increasingly appreciate, and thoroughly enjoy, the camaraderie of the Boneyard and their allies from the Lorica, even Bastion has me tentatively liking him. Royce tooThe relationship between Dustin and Herald is a small weak, not as much chemistry has been developed as I'm used to, but this is UF and not romance. I'm sure it will become more comfortable, or easy, given time - it's new. I'm always glad for diversity, and this series delivers via various cultures, and now orientationSterling was on point in this book. He cracked me up and I love his capacity for protecting his 'family' - he's mine. I've claimed himArcane drag queens the [email protected] were back in formidable style - I do love Imperial and Metric, and I wish their pink glasses. That x-ray vision? Yes!There is a nice darkness to this story but it never completely envelopes you because the humour breaks it upSome old favourites, some not so much, returned in fresh ways, including one I truly loved, just don't call Dustin dadBanjo the Welsh Corgi was something else, don't allow him bark (bork)near you because if he doesn't like you, well... let's just say unpleasantGreat reading.
This was another solid addition to the Darkling Mage series. I cannot obtain enough of Dustin and the Boneyard crew, fresh mates and old opponents along with a dangerously cute (and just plain dangerous) corgi had me reading well into the wee hours. I absolutely can't wait for the next book because I have got to see how Dustin and mates with what's coming.*I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book *
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader copy of this book. I loved this book. It was fun, quirky, sexy, steamy and it makes you wonder if that one person in your life could’ve been the one all along. Mia and Brad, best mates through high school and college, both attracted to each other and both having feelings for the other, but never acting on it for fear of ruining their relationship. When Brad take a job in LA Mia doesn’t wish him to go, but you can’t keep back the one you love, right? Will staying in touch be easy? Or will they each fall to the waste side? One drunken night, a kiss that turns into more, and the morning after waking up alone, with a promise that if they are both single when they turn 35 they marry each other. Life has gone on for these two and when Brad turns 35, still single, no prospects for marriage and then the memory of the pact they created his latest night. Mia, still single, no prospects for her either, she’s a homebody and then one day, a missed phone call and its Brad asking the question. What will Mia do? It's been 11 years will she agree and be with the person she’s loved all along or tell him to shove for how he created her feel the day after their night together? You will have to grab this one to search out how this story plays out.
What a unbelievable book this was. The author comes up with with another amazing original story, seamlessly continuing with the huge picture, further developing the hero relationships, and expanding the awesome globe he has created. As previously, again I thought this was my favourite book in the series. Until the next one, I guess. This book was a bit various than the others in a sense that the danger came from within and not from The Elders. And by within, I mean several withins, some of them not expected at all. But just because there are no elders does not mean that there is less action or a slower pace, exactly the opposite. While previous books had a buildup to the grand finale, this book has a crazy quick pace, and so a lot of grand moments that the ending is just one of the nerve wrecking moments here, not the only one.But Trust in Dustin, he always prevails with the support of his friends, and I hope he, and they, will in future. Dustin was especially adorable in this book. Due to some of his insecurities, the old immature Dustin popped up here and there and I loved it. I missed him a bit, I must admit. He is, after all, one of my favourite characters in the world, and I fell in love with him while he was adorably immature and l of the regular squad is here, apart from Prudence who is away on vacation, and I hope she comes back before the next book. The Boneyard gets fresh family members, who are freaking adorable, one of them being a supercute corgi, who reduces all of the Boneyard inhabitants into cooing mess of superprotective corgi lovers. For some reason I feel like getting a corgi after reading this book. The plot is so incredibly well thought through that there is not one single detail out of put or a question left unanswered, unless it was purposefully left for the next book. I hope there is a next book coming, because I am not ready to day goodbye yet. The author keeps impressing me more and more with each book, and I could not love him more for it. I am proud to say that I've been following this author's journey since the prequel came out, and regardless of how ridiculously high my expectations might have been, the author fulfills them each time, and beyond. I said it before and I'll say it again: This is one of my favourite series, and one of the best series out e books are best read in order. Reading is Penumbra (Darkling Mage Book 0), Shadow Magic (Darkling Mage Book 1), Dark Harvest (Darkling Mage Book 2), Grave Intentions (Darkling Mage Book 3), Oblivion Heart (Darkling Mage Book 4), Midnight's Son (Darkling Mage Book 5), Latest Rites (Darkling Mage Book 6), and Blood Pact (Darkling Mage Book 7) .
I received an ARC of this book and decided to write a review.Just when you think he's given you everything he's got, Nazri Noor proves he has so much more to offer. This time the guys in The Boneyard adopt a fresh friend, a magical corgi. So Dustin's not the only one people are looking for. Mammon and a host of others wish the dog (and/or Dustin). The insults and innuendo fly in this perfect tome. Thanks for proving me wrong, Nazri. I'll never doubt you again.
3.5 starsThe Pact is about promises and secrets."We think we've got over things, don't we? We think we've created our peace with trauma, that we're powerful again. We hold going, we smile, we manage day to day. Then something comes along, something so very little compared to things we've faced before, something we think we can more than handle, and it floors us once more. And we realize we're not powerful after all. The fault lines have not healed over. We're not living, not really. We're still surviving."Rosie is a 15-year-old girl who is lying in the hospital in a coma. She has been sheltered for most of her life. Her Mother, Toni, has tried to protect her and hold her safe. Due to her Mother's strict rules and constant hovering, Rosie has secrets of her own. She communicates with mates and a "possible" suitor on social media. Knowing that her Mother checks up on her, she has secrets accounts and is not always honest about where she is going or who she is going to ni, Rosie's Mother has secrets as well. She had a traumatic childhood which she wants to hold secret from her daughter. Her sister, Bridget, knows the truth and has vowed to never discuss the past with her. Toni sees her daughter as satisfied and talented. She believes her daughter will have a amazing life, if only Toni can hold her safe. When Rosie is approached by a talent scout, will this be a possibility at a bright future? Will she be an entertainer like her Aunt Bridget?What happens when one has secrets? How does a traumatic past shape our future, our relationships and the choices we make? What role does social media have in our lives? As the story progresses, the reader learns about Toni's past, about Rosie's use of social media, about secrets hopes and dreams, about deception and about the hidden dangers which exist in the world. This book flows between the past, the not so distant past and the show effortlessly. I found it very simple to follow and over the course of the book, several gaps are filled in for the reader. There were some sections which I wished would have moved along a small faster but overall, I felt this book was well written and thought out. There are some twists and turns along the method that kept the story ank you to Bookouture and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Thank you to Bookouture for my copy of this book via Netgalley and for letting me take part in this tour. This is the first book I have read by Lynes and I will be back for is book isn’t one of those a quick paced thrillers, where you are frantically turning every page to obtain the answers.. It’s more of a slow burner. There is a lot of build up and background before you obtain to the action. The story is told from three POV, Rosie’s, Toni’s and Bridget’s. The majority is inner conversations or memories of the character. Most of the story is told out of sync with memories flitting here and there so the reader needs to piece together the timeline. I enjoyed doing this, it created me quite engaged in the ni and Bridget are sisters and Rosie is Toni’s teenage daughter. Rosie is your typical teenager. She thinks her mum is wrong about everything and totally lame. Toni is quite over protective of her daughter. She’s not always been this method but this is after. After what you ask? Well I’m not telling you will have to read the book to search out. Bridget is the cool Auntie. With no kids of her own she likes to spoil Rosie, as much as Toni will allow media is a large part of this book. I was on the cusp of this generation. I grew up with MSN, Myspace, AOL and when I was a small older Facebook. But all of these things were just emerging when I was Rosie’s age. I didn’t have a phone with all the apps that children have now days, no one did they didn’t exist. We had to use a computer that took an age to load up and I might obtain half an hour before I had to swap with my brother. Honestly children these days would call it torture but it was all part of the experience. This story really shows some of the dangers of social media to young e main twist in this book wasn’t hard to guess but that doesn’t create it a poor thing. I enjoyed the journey that got us there. The book is well written. It’s clever, it’s thought out and it gives you some mysteries and secrets to work out along the way.
I just finished listening to The Dark Days Pact. This YA novel was written by Alison Goodman, and it is the sequel to The Dark Days Club. For those of you who might be unfamiliar with the series, imagine Regency England- but with demonic monsters who have taken on the guise of daily citizens and living amongst the general populace. The Dark Days Club is tasked with maintaining order, and eliminating the “Deceivers” who threaten the social order. Right before her Presentation at Court, Lady Helen Wrexhall discovers that her late parents were members of the Dark Days Club, and that she has her own connection to the e Dark Days Pact picks up several weeks after the happenings in the first book. Lady Helen is spending the summer in Brighton, residing with her fresh mates in the Dark Days Club. She plans to spend her days learning more about the Club and preparing for some extra initiation rituals. Unfortunately, the enigmatic Lord Carlston appears disjointed and more mercurial than usual. Lord Selburn shows up in Brighton, still determined to rescue Lady Helen from what he perceives to be an ignominious situation. And then there’s the mysterious journal that Lady Helen has been tasked with is was a unbelievable follow-up to the first book. The story is expanded, secrets are revealed, and questions are answered. Lady Helen must delve into the seedy underworld that she never could have imagined existing before leaving the sheltered globe of Proper Society. Goodman’s use of period info adds layers to the narrative, enhancing the reading/listening experience. Also, love triangles are a fairly common staple in YA fiction, but it works well here. There are some interesting plot elements that complicate matters, and it will be interesting to see what happens in the next book. Ultimately, Lady Helen prioritizes herself and doesn’t rely on either Lord Carlston or Lord Selburn any more than necessary.I would absolutely recommend The Dark Days Pact. Readers should begin with The Dark Days Club; the backstory is an invaluable resource for understanding the backstory. This book is full of action and intrigue, and I am certainly looking forward to finding out what the future holds for Lady Helen and her friends.
The Lady Helen series has quickly become one of my favorite series. For most of my adult life I only read literary fiction and memoirs, with a small magical fantasy thrown in for amazing measure. Then latest summer, in a rush to meet my Goodreads reading challenge quota, I discovered Regency Romance, and I was hooked. Later that year, a coworker's spouse recommended the Throne of Glass series to me, and since then I've been hooked on Fresh Adult Fantasy. The stars aligned, and I found this series, the only combination of the two genres I love e Dark Days Club was fancy brain candy that mostly established the characters and globe re-building, with an even split between romance and fantasy. The Dark Days Pact has more action, and leans harder more on the Fresh Adult Fantasy genre. Helen remains a lady, but as she becomes physically stronger, she becomes tougher and braver. Smoking hot Lord Carlston melted my heart into molten lava goo. I mean, everything is amazing (the plot, pacing, lore, history, secondary characters, etc.) but I'm not going into that, just read it if you like either genre...and if you have the patience to wait at least a year for the next book.
This was another winner. Well we finally finished Katherine. Boy it took a long time but book 9 they got her good. The squad did well and finally got their Chaos back. The next book will feature what happens to people who destroy evil. They finely obtain what they want. I highly recommend all her books to everyone who loves paranormal mysteries and unbelievable mates helping each other in life and love. Diana Romano
Lauren Layne did it again! She saved the best for last! From the special illustrated covers of series to the storyline of Audrey and Clarke, Lauren Layne ended the Central Park Pact series with just the right sentiment in Marriage on Madison rriage on Madison Avenue is Audrey Tate and Clark West’s story. Mates their entire lives, they are center each other, save each other, and sometimes frustrate each other but they are never romantically interested in each other, or are they? The book finds these two in a fake engagement because Audrey, social media influencer, is being trolled by Scandal Boy on the Internet and Clark’s interfering mother is throwing his ex-girlfriend at him in hopes of a reconciliation. Audrey and Clark can handle this by being e engagement kept progressing as if it were real. They are selecting calligraphy styles for invitations, tasting cakes, trying on dresses, putting deposits on areas in true time. And feelings were changing, or weren’t they?The other storyline of the book is the deep friendship that has developed by three women, Naomi Powell, Claire Hayes, and Audrey. All women betrayed by one man, Brayden Hayes. The scoundrel was married to Claire and was having affairs with Naomi and Audrey at the same time when he died. The three women met the day of his funeral when they ditched the memorial and wound up at the same bench in Central Park. All three books of the series present how the women who bonded and grew as steadfast friends.I admit it! I am an unabashed Lauren Layne fan for life1
Rating: 4.5 StarsLife long best friends, Clarke and Audrey, had both determined that marriage wasn't in the cards for them. However, when Clarke's mother meddled in his love life and Audrey's name started popping up in the gossip columns, both agreed to a fake engagement in to squash both situations. As the engagement progresses, both obtain caught up in the joy of it all, but will they finally see what had been obvious to everyone else?Layne was saving the best for latest with this book. It was my absolute favorite of the series, and I think it's because it was the most straight forward romance of the three. Though we learned about Clarke and Audrey's "baggage", it played a much smaller role than it had for the couples in the previous books. Therefore, more time was dedicated to getting to see these two slowly falling in love.I had had the opportunity to see Clarke and Audrey interact in previous books, and I was shipping them back then. It was just simple to see that they belonged together. There is something so attractive about seeing a powerful friendship become more that never fails to move me, and this was a long and storied friendship, built on love and ey knew so much about each other, amazing and bad, and they still loved and accepted one another. It was not hard to see that they were each other's "person", and Layne did a unbelievable job taking me through this journey with them, as they slowly realized that, perhaps, they had always felt a bit more for each other. And, the small ways they showed their love hit me right in the feels. The depth of emotion they showed at [email protected]#$%! me so hard at times, and gosh! I really wanted this love match, and it was terribly necessary to me, that they got their is book was also a lot of fun. We got to plan a huge budget wedding, and we had the support of one of the Belles (I love a small crossover action)! I had a stupendous time hobnobbing with the wealthy Manhattanites and getting a peek into their world, but I also loved that Layne kept the friendships front and center.Our three Pact members spent lots of time on page together, and as always, they were there to share in the amazing and the poor with each other. We also saw the men really embrace Clarke in this book, and I am always up for a amazing bromance.I cried satisfied tears and felt lots of feels. What a unbelievable method to end the series!
Without a doubt, the best in the series!!! Lauren Layne’s writing is always great, but mates to lovers romance is where she really shines. I loved the simple connection these two share, the banter and chemistry that steals the present from the beginning. While I’ve sometimes found the characters in this series to be difficult to connect to - their lives are just so incredibly various from the globe I know - but it was simple to sit back and have fun this romance as it unfolded. I binged this in one sitting, and it wrapped up the series on such a high e story follows Audrey, a Manhattanite who earns a living (not that she needs to) as a social media influencer. We met her in the previous books in the series - which are not needed reading but enhance the story. After discovering that the man she thought she’d marry was already married to someone else, her foundation was rocked. Audrey’s no longer sure that she’s deserving of a true relationship, and when her best guy friend, Clarke, uses her to obtain his overbearing mother off his back by claiming they are engaged, she decides to just embrace it for awhile. Though Audrey and Clarke have the kind of friendship that only comes from years of knowing and loving each other, they’ve never considered crossing the line into more. But somehow talking about their fake wedding and sharing not-so-fake touches feels much more natural than either one expected - and that’s scary in its own right.I love Layne’s books because they’re consistently solid reads, but this is truly the best in the series. I appreciated how much of the story is told from Clarke’s perspective, because it gave insight into this complex relationship and created it easier to follow along with how they were each feeling as things progressed. Since these two are already lifelong friends, the intimacy they share is palpable and continues to grow as they obtain closer. It’s a relationship with depth that far exceeds that of a lot of you’ll search in other romance novels. I loved it from begin to finish. I received an ARC via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review of this mates to lovers romance.
Naomi Powell has a passion for style in her bones, Louboutins on her feet and a giant chip on her shoulder. This successful accessory company mogul may have a company worth a billion dollars, but her inner eye can still see her other-side-of-the-tracks upbringing. Although Bronx-born and raised, she lived on Park Avenue for one year when her mom was a live-in housekeeper for the Cunninghams. That year on Park Avenue, and how it abruptly ended, profoundly changed Naomi. When out of the blue Naomi gets an opportunity to go back and live at that same Park Avenue address, Naomi makes a decision that once again may profoundly change her rst off, this book has the best opening chapter for a series! Ms. Layne brilliantly sketches out how the Central Park Pact comes to be. Mixing up betrayal and death with a huge dose of wit and laughter, we obtain to bond with three women who are all various yet in a lot of ways the same. It is their stories that will create up this series, and I cannot wait for the next one!As for Naomi’s journey, she finds herself facing her former childhood nemesis Oliver Cunningham. Except he really isn’t the “Ollie” of old anymore. No, this Oliver seems fresh and improved to Naomi except he doesn’t remember the “Naomi Fields” of his childhood. A childhood, it turns out, left Oliver scarred as well despite the wealth and trappings of Park Avenue. As Naomi and Oliver “frenemy” their method through the story, they both learn that the truth under the surface can be brutal and wonderful. What I loved the best was that Naomi got a possibility to grow, and Oliver got a possibility to shine. And together, they both got a possibility to truly live and love! As I said, I cannot wait for the next story in this series!
EXCERPT: In the cafe, his breath on my face. His face in my face. His dirty glasses create me feel sick, Mummy. Can you hear me? I can feel you near. I am here in the cafe but it's not now, it's. . . When is this? I am today. I am this morning. I am now. I am in two moments in time, traveling but not traveling. Being. I can feel the pillow under my head. I can see the water above me. . . I am lying under the dark, the weeds. . . the hard seat hurts my bottom. . . not enough padding you say. . . when do you say that? Did you hear me say that to myself? My mouth is dry, Mummy, but I 'm not thirsty. He is sitting too close too close too close. I wish to call you, Mummy. . . you are near but you are foggy. I can't scream to you. I can't call you. I left my phone in the. . . I ran out in a rage. . . You are such a pain, you won't leave me alone. I was so @#$%ed off with you, but now I need you and I can't call you. You're always nagging me to call, and I don't wish to have to call all the time but now I do - I do wish to call and I do have the time, but I can't call because I left my phone in the flat I can't I can't I can't. Mummy, support me, support me, support me. . .ABOUT THIS BOOK: You created a promise to your sister. It could destroy your e Daughter15-year-old Rosie lies in hospital fighting for her life. She’s trying to tell her mother what happened to her, and how she got there, but she can’t speak the words out e MotherRosie’s mother Toni has a secret. She had a traumatic childhood, and she and her sister Bridget created each other a promise thirty years ago: that they could never speak the truth about what happened to them as children, and that they would protect each other without asking for support from others, no matter what…Rosie was Toni’s second possibility to obtain things right: a happy, talented girl with her whole life ahead of her. Having lost her husband in a tragic accident, Toni has dedicated her life to keeping Rosie safe from harm.But Rosie has plans that her mother doesn’t know about. She has dreams and ambitions – of love, of a career, of a life beyond the sheltered existence that her mother has made for her. But the secrets Rosie has been keeping have now place her life in e PactIn to save Rosie, Toni may have to break her lifelong promise to her sister… and begin doors to her past she hoped would remain closed THOUGHTS: OMG! OMG! OMG! I just loved this book!The Pact by S. E. Lynes builds slowly to a breathtaking, heart pounding, edge of the seat, white knuckled climax. I don't know how I can do this book nes grabs your attention from the beginning with a stage that is not fully explained until the end of the book. The story is told from three points of view, that of Rosie, Rosie’s mum Toni, and Toni’s sister Bridget. All three have been touched by tragedies, and have formed a tight knit supportive triangle to the exclusion of everyone else. And Toni and Bridget have a pact, one created a long time ago, before Rosie was even nes has perfectly captured not only the struggle between a teenage girl, fighting for just a small of the freedom her mates have, and her protective mother, frightened by her own experiences and determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes, but the burgeoning desires of a first far will Toni go to hold Rosie safe? How far will Rosie go to obtain what she wants? And just how far will Bridget go to protect those she loves?Warning: plan on reading this uninterrupted. Once The Pact gets its hooks into you, you won't wish to place it ank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of The Pact by S. E. Lynes for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own private opinions.
Toni and Bridget are as close as two sisters could possibly be. They share a dysfunctional childhood and they would do anything for each other. Rosie is Toni's kid but because the three of them live together and are so close, they create up a very powerful family unit together, a triangle. They don't have any faith in the police and even very serious matters obtain handled within the family, as is their ere is only one huge issue in their lives: Rosie is growing up and thanks to her mother's overprotectiveness, she has had quite a sheltered upbringing. She is vulnerable to certain members of society who might not have her best interests at heart. Rosie, being the teenager she is, is trying to do her own thing, in her own way; if only her aunt and mum will allow her! After all, everyone else has endless freedoms on social media, do they not?This is a really wonderful book. The characters are wonderfully described and have a amazing of depth. The sisters' relationship created me wish to cry because that kind of unconditional love is a very rare thing indeed. Just as much care was taken with the secondary characters, so that you felt like you were actually THERE when Rosie went to the cafe and interacted with the waitresses, for example. The author is clearly an perfect storyteller :)I found myself turning the pages faster and faster as the book went along, very gripping indeed!I give this book 4.5 stars and recommend it highly. I can't wait to read what this author writes next!Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for allowing me to read this book. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
There are some authors that you know you're going to have fun the book. LL is one of those for me. However, even with that said, I was not prepared to be as blown away by Passion on Park Avenue as I rong, sassy, successful, self-made CEO Naomi's life gets thrown a curveball when her boyfriend dies suddenly. However, the true adventure begins when she meets his wife, and other mistress (neither of whom she was aware of) at his funeral. These three women decide to become mates and help each other as they navigate everything life will throw at them. With the help of these fresh friends, Naomi sets out to "prove her worth" to those who treated her poorly as a child, including the son of the family who ruined her mother's career.With all the humor, awkward moments and slow burn of the classic RomComs, complete with a couple "What are you doing Naomi?!" moments, this book hooks you in and the next thing you know it's 2am. This book focuses on not only the chemistry between Heroine and Hero, but the friendship between the woman as well, giving you all the sisterhood feels, as well as the romantic ones. LL doesn't shy away from some massive subjects in this one: cheating, revenge, childhood trauma, homelessness, Alzhimers, and more - yet remains witty and is book has earned a put on shelf next to the Shopaholic series to be read over and over. I'm not sure I'm going to be able to wait for the next installment!
Unlike any Lauren Layne book before it, this is cleaner, heavier, and a small deeper than her usual romances. It took a bit for me to settle into this one - our heroine is not the most relatable woman - but once I did, I really enjoyed this story. The writing is so well done, and the concept of three women bonding over the fact that they were unknowingly sleeping with the same guy (the wife, the girlfriend, and the fling) is such a special one. If you’re looking for a heartfelt, slow burn romance with no explicit scenes, this is well worth a read - just don’t expect it to be anything like Layne’s previous e story follows Naomi, a woman who only found out that the guy she was sleeping with was married after his death. When she meets his wife and girlfriend, they form an unexpected bond and agree to look out for each other as they navigate dating after being deceived. Naomi hasn’t had the easiest life, but she’s gone from rags to riches and become a fashion mogul. She’s feisty, confident in most locations of her life, and commitment-phobic. Her past comes crashing in when she comes face-to-face with Oliver, the spoiled rich boy who ruined her mother’s life with a lie. Convinced that he’s the same entitled brat that he was in his youth, Naomi wants nothing to do with Oliver, despite the chemistry that seems to spark between them. But avoiding him seems to be impossible, and Naomi will have to confront her past at some point.I found it difficult to relate to Naomi at first, but once I got to know her a small better it was much easier to obtain into the story. Oliver, on the other hand, is such a amazing guy and I had zero issues with him - he really created this story what it is. It’s an exceedingly slow burn with no explicit scenes, so if you’re thinking this will be like Layne’s other books then you’ll be disappointed in that regard. I had no problems with it, but I would’ve liked some secrets to be out in the begin much sooner than they were. The secret led to the ending being much less satisfying than it could’ve been, but I enjoyed the vast majority of the book so I can’t complain too much. Looking forward to seeing what happens next for this circle of friends.
'Marriage on Madison Avenue' is the excellent ending to a delightful series. Lauren Layne brings her signature effervescence to this wonderfully romantic novel, and, as is typical in a Layne tale, it’s full of characters who are interesting, three-dimensional, and who you want were drey Tate and Clarke West have been best mates since childhood. They’ve always had each other’s backs, even when it comes to announcing an occasional fake engagement (or three) to stave off persistent ex-girlfriends, matchmaking mothers and/or gossipy social media accounts. This time, however, it seems like said fake engagement just might stick. And Audrey and Clarke just might explore what others around them have expected for a long time: that they’re meant to be rst off, if you haven’t read the first two installments of the Central Park Pact series, do that, and then check back. Better yet, binge read all three for the first time (or again) and immerse yourself in the strength of an unlikely trio of mates who each overcome their own insecurities in empowering and unexpected ways. To me, Audrey has always been the hero who has intrigued me the most, especially regarding her relationship with Clarke. So this book was the icing on the already delicious and decadent cake that is the Central Park Pact r those of you who love a amazing romance without all of the explicitness, this novel will be right up your alley. All of the sexy time happens off-book, but there is still an ever-present chemistry (and some amazing kissing scenes) that is satisfying to read. It simmers before it boils, and is the epitome of yne knocks it out of the (Central) park again with 'Marriage on Madison Avenue.' Add it to your TBR immediately, and thank me later.
I’m a huge fan of Alison Goodman’s writing. I had high hopes for this book, and I was delighted when my expectations were fulfilled. It picks up a few weeks after the dramatic ending to The Dark Days Club, and continues Lady Helen’s exciting story.When I’ve read YA trilogies in the past, I noticed that a lot of authors write a really captivating first book that gets the readers hooked and then write a slow sequel and disappointing ending, but Alison Goodman does a amazing job of keeping the reader hooked throughout the whole story including the sequel. This sequel really does live up to the hype of the first ere are a few various reasons why I love this series. Firstly the idea is original and well though out. The whole idea of Deceivers is interesting. It’s a fresh idea that isn’t in every fantasy books ever. The globe building was awesome and Alison Goodman did a amazing job combining the magical globe of deceivers and reclaimed with the renaissance era. I like how in this book, and other books by Alison Goodman, characters have interesting powers that I haven’t seen in other books. Secondly, I like how the characters are so intriguing. The characters are dynamic, and they all have special perspective on the same events. Each hero has talents and flaws that create them interesting yet realistic. Lady Helen is a amazing leading hero who has to with the expectations of society in the renaissance era. Lord Carlston is an intriguing and mysterious hero who plays an necessary role in the story. Darby fits I perfectly as a loyal mate and companion to lady Helen. I also love how this story contains some historical info in an interesting way. I don’t usually read historical books, but the author ties historical happenings in so well, and it makes them interesting to think about and learn about.Overall, I love this book. It’s one of my favorite fantasy books!
Really one of the books that I wish to savor and not wish to end. The info of the period and the writing are very engaging that they really suck you in as if you are right there.I loved the first book. This second one is more complicated, has more tension, and has higher stakes for the characters. The action and excitement is still very much present, as well as the growing romantic tension. A delicious thrill meant to be savored.I recommend it be read at leisure for the best enjoyment and not [email protected]#$%! however tempting that may be. Read it twice. I just finished it again today in preparation for reading the third book.
I'm nearly halfway through the book. I probably wouldn't have gotten this far had I not been on an airplane and required to fill time. There is so far, nothing gripping or psychological about it. Neither the characters nor the plot have appealed to me and I would be perfectly satisfied to place down the book and forget it.
THE PACT by S.E. Lynes is a psychological thriller, that that follows how far one would go to protect their child. I just loved this book!The story revolves around the main three characters Bridget, her sister Toni and Toni's daughter Rosie and a binding pact created between the sisters 30 years ago about their abusive childhood…to remain a secret between the Far would you go to protect your loved ones? A promise created to a sister. It could destroy the daughter.15-year-old Rosie lies in hospital fighting for her life. She’s trying to tell her mother what happened to her, and how she got there, but she can’t speak the words out sie’s mother Toni has a secret. She had a traumatic childhood, and she and her sister Bridget created each other a promise thirty years ago: that they could never speak the truth about what happened to them as children.Having lost her husband in a tragic accident, Toni has dedicated her life to keeping Rosie safe from sie is fifteen years old, and has dreams and ambitions…of love and a career, but thanks to her mother's overprotectiveness, she has lived a sheltered and naïve upbringing.But Rosie has been keeping secrets from her mother and aunt which could now place her life in to save Rosie, Toni may have to break her lifelong promise to her sister… and begin doors to her past she hoped would remain closed e Pact by S. E. Lynes builds slowly with info released on a need-to-know basis, building up to a major climax. The story is told from three points of view, that of Rosie, Rosie’s mum Toni, and Toni’s sister Bridget. All three have been touched by heartbreaks. The characters are captivating and relevant, the writing is y thanks to Bookouture via NetGalley for my copy.
The book was like being on a roller coaster ride. I laughed, I cried, had a lot of close calls with the heroes of the story, and was relieved that they survived. It was magical, thrilling and has a surprising twist at the end of the book. Recommend the series to anyone who enjoys fantasy.
(No spoilers)This was a satisfying end to a amazing series. I got hooked with the ad that said this was for the generation that fell in love with Harry Potter. While not as whimsical, it has some amazing plot lines and some original twists that kept the suspense going. Overall I enjoyed the series and look forward to the spin off.
I have to first say I'm a small angry I read this book. I read the first one in august and it felt like torture waiting for the second to be released- now I'm afraid I have to wait from 9 months to a year for the next and I just don't think I can handle that!!! lol but seriously it will be hard 😢 As with the first book the beginning is a small slow - filled with attractive writing and lots of info but a small slow and then somewhere around chapter 8 I was completely hooked all over again. The book was exciting , frustrating, a small heart breaking at moments but over all just so good. Lady Helen is powerful and balanced and although she got herself a small in over her head I like how independent she is... Lord Carlston is Swoon worthy to say the least. I ❤️ Him ! I have always loved anything from the regency era ESP all things Jane Austen but I love that this is Jane Austen with a [email protected]#$% twist and I small more "tension" - seriously a amazing series. I highly recommend it!!!!
What a amazing sequel! Still just as exciting, suspenseful, and chock full of actual historical info as the first novel. Lady Helen is busy in her Reclaimer training in Brighton and is officially sworn in as a member of the Dark Days Club. Officials in the home office have commanded her to secretly seek out a journal full of Reclaimer and Deceiver secrets which also has strong alchemical properties. Lord Carlston is battling his own inner demon and struggling to prevent the madness from taking over that comes along with Deceiver energy. He seeks the same journal to use as a bargaining tool for gaining the cure to the conquering the madness. The chemistry continually grows thicker between Lady Helen and Lord Carlston. Lady Helen finds herself torn as to whether abide by her sworn oath or follow her heart and stay real to her feelings. The story ends with fresh surprises and sets up nicely for an exciting 3rd installment. I can't wait until the next book!
Really wanted to love this book but I only liked it. Something was missing, I liked the characters & enjoyed reading it but I think Ms Lauren has written ‘hotter’ & ‘steamer’ novels. And I guess for the steep $12 mark I really expected more. Sorry Ms Lauren.
“Passion on Park Avenue” is a witty, slow-burning, enemies-to-lovers romance that makes for a amazing summer read. Boasting an intriguing premise and likeable characters, the story pulled me in right from the very start. And while I enjoyed this newest Lauren Layne romance, the slow buildup towards an eventual “fade to dark” love stage was, unfortunately, a bit of a letdown. Still, I found “Passion on Park Avenue to be a quick, delightful read and a really amazing begin to a brand fresh Lauren Layne series about 3 women of the Upper East Side.
4-4.5 starsThis book was so freaking cute that I almost completely forgive the fade to black. ere’s just so much awesome build up and fun banter and we wait so long that it just kinda leaves you kinda deflated when it fades to ere is so much Lauren Layne goodness in this though and it’s impossible to stay disappointed for e first chapter will absolutely hook you right away and Naomi and Oliver’s back and forth will hold you hooked until you reach the end. I love the relationship between them but I also absolutely fell for the friendship Naomi, Claire and Audrey build. I couldn’t place this one down and can’t wait for more from these gals!!!
When I heard a second Bookouture release was in the pipeline from Susie Lynes I jumped at the possibility to read it. And flipping heck, I was not disappointed. One of my favourite things about The Pact is how uneasy the reader feels from beautiful much page one. I felt very apprehensive, I could sense something wasn't quite right with the picture Lynes was painting for me and I loved it! If you're a fan of suspense then this is a must-read.We meet Toni, widowed mother of one teenage daughter, Rosie. Rosie is a budding theatre star but lacks the confidence to push herself to the glittering heights others feel she could achieve. Not helped by Toni, her overprotective mother. Lending a more pragmatic and considered point of view to proceedings is Toni's older sister, Bridget. Both Bridget and Toni have been through a lot; a traumatic childhood featuring unimaginable abuse for Toni, for Bridget the need to protect her sister from the horrors but feeling a constant failure. That's where the pact came in. A promise created a lot of years ago that no matter what, the two sisters would look after each other and not rely on the support of others. But the pact could be the sisters undoing....I absolutely loved Bridget. She became a bit of a superhero for me and at times I found myself cheering her on as I read (thankfully this all happened in my head otherwise my family may have been giving me the odd strange look!). I totally believed in Lynes's characters; I could picture them, I could hear their dialogue in my head (more strange looks but from everyone reading this, this time haha!) and I truly felt for them. I didn't like Toni as much as I liked Bridget but that was due to her overbearing, smothering nes has cleverly used the vocabulary used by the 'yoof' of today along with text speak and emojis when writing Rosie's interactions with friends. All in all, this added to the believability factor making shy, naive young Rosie all the more true for me. Throughout the pages of The Pact my heart broke for her in a lot of various usual, I was looking out for clues from the very begin of the book and was able to see where a couple of storyline threads were heading. Can I give you some advice? Don't do what I did. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it superbly gripping from begin to finish despite being able to see where things were going. I wonder how much it would have knocked my socks off if I hadn't been doing that. Really, don't do what I did. Read it with an begin mind and see where Lynes takes you.Would I recommend this book? I would, definitely. Very emotional, incredibly tense and a wonderful, unbelievable read focussing on modern day fears and a parent's worst nightmare. I wanted to hide behind my hands at points whilst reading, peeking out from behind my splayed fingers. Lynes is a very talented writer and I look forward to reading more of her work in the ve out of five stars.I chose to read and review an eARC of The Pact. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.
Wow. I loved the first one, and this second in the series was just as good. I'm not even a huge romance fan, and, let's face it: the whole love triangle thing is so overused. But wow. The love triangle in Dark Days just ... , romance, action, super-researched alternative history, alchemy, amazing characters -- it's all there. Plus, even though this book is clearly not the end of the story, the plot conflicts are resolved within it.I am addicted to this story now, and I hate the thought of waiting another year until part 3 is released!Just a note: I think this book could be quite confusing to someone who hadn't read the first book, so I suggest potential readers obtain a copy of Dark Days Club to read first.
This series is magnificent. Adult witches who live among us. Our worlds touch but gently on our part. A young woman who has been various all her life is suddenly thrust into the magic. She is now only learning primary magic and the ins and outs but finds she is also part of a dark magic tangle she knows nothing about. Through this she makes friends, makes mistakes and learns from them. The mates she gathers around her are very diverse and they all teach each other and protect not only themselves but the rest of the globe too even when they must go versus the magical councils who don’t believer there is a evil worming it’s method into their lives.
I feel like this book had so much potential with its premise of best mates to lovers and yet it really fell below the bar for me. I don’t know if it was because I hyped the book up too much, but in the previous two books in this series, bothwhich I quite liked but definitely felt like I was eagerly biding time until I could read Clarke and Audrey’s story, the story between these two characters felt like it was itching to be written. There were definitely stolen glances that Naomi and Claire both noticed from Clarke in the previous two books and whilst reading Marriage on Madison Avenue (MoMA) i was left searching for the same arke and Audrey agree to fake being each other’s fiancées in to save face in front of Clarke’s marriage minded mother who keeps trying to push his ex on him, and Audrey’s millions of Ig followers/ and haters who question why she hasn’t been romantically involved with e premise with Clarke’s ex being in the picture, and audrey’s jealousy could have been better fleshed out. But instead you kind of end up having SOME sympathy to the ex (Elizabeth) because she actually does, admittedly belatedly, realise she loved ’s a weird dynamic this book. I don’t felt like either the H/h really truly had solid reasons to love each other, they just kept saying things like “home is where she is” or “I’ve always depended on her and she/he has always been there”. As I’m typing this I realise those kind of phrases are sometimes the pivotal eye opening reasons why the H/h justify/ where it clicks that they’re supposed to be together, but it just didn’t feel powerful enough here for me.If I’m being completely honest, I feel like the lack of physical/sexual scenes probably DID result the overall chemistry and believability of Clarke & Audrey’s story.I am a long long time reader of Lauren Layne’s work, and whilst some of her writing more recently -particularly with The Prenup- has done a bit more “fade to black” for steamy scenes or just not happened on the page at all, it didn’t feel right in this book.“The Prenup” was probably her first foray into omitting steamy scenes from her romance books, and I frankly still freaking loved it. It added the exact right element of tension between the H/h to the book and definitely developed it into an awesome slow-burn that still left me happy with the H/h chemistry and their arc as a whole.But the same technique of “fade to black” seen in MoMA really detracts from the chemistry between H/h. I feel the development of chemistry between characters, and inclusion of steamier scenes is arguably even MORE necessary in a “bestfriends to lovers” trope book. Because as readers we need to understand that there is MORE than just friendship between these two, and also how believable that is. It didn’t feel that method for Clarke and Audrey’s so I don’t really like “Dree” as her nickname, especially when SHE doesn’t like it either?!Anyway, Lauren Layne will always be an auto-buy author for me. I genuinely love the worlds she develops in her series. For those readers who have read the Central Park pact series, it’s worth reading this to see how it all ends. (Also to be introduced to a fresh billionaire that I suspect will be the character of LL’s next book/series).For readers who are fresh to LL, I’d recommend reading the stiletto series. Also the Moretti brothers books were amazing too! For readers who actually prefer less steamy scenes in their romances/any lover of romance in general, read “The Prenup”, as it was actually one of my most favourite books of 2019.
Sadly, I missed the first two books in the Central Park Pact and I am going to go back and read them because this final book in the series was awesome! I loved the premise of these three women meeting at the funeral of a man to whom they were all connected. Their decision that day created a bigger impact on their lives than the man rriage on Madison Avenue is Audrey and Clarke’s romance, it is one of mates who had a deeper connection than they realized. I loved it! Ms. Layne’s bonus is to take a reader into a globe making you feel like one of the mates just hanging out. You connect with the feelings the character and heroine go through to obtain to their happily ever after. You can see that no matter their social status, they still have hurts and loves, and manipulative parents.I was disappointed to not search out who Scandal Boys was. I definitely wish to read Claire and Naomi’s romances. Ms. Layne is one of my favorite writers. I first found her books about four years ago and have found her books/writing to improve with each book. Each and every one grabs your attention making you wish to search out what happens in the lives of her characters next. Thank you, Net Galley for sharing this book in exchange for an honest review.
Ok. So I debated about writing this review because I LOVE LL. I have ALL her books and I really enjoyed 99% of them. This one I am giving a two star, one for the book and one more because I really have enjoyed her other books.I am in agreement with the other reviewer in reference to Naomi holding a grudge. I am at about 40% of the kindle book and the main woman hero (Naomi) is still holding a grudge for something the man hero (Oliver) did or did not do when he was ten and she was 9. It has been 20 years and she is still bitter about it. Granted, from her perspective it was life changing but I really hate it that she doesn’t wish to tell him why she has an attitude with him for something he did when he was ten. This is a huge part of the story. I do not tend to like these stories unless the person discloses it at the beginning and then the characters test to resolve it. But it is almost half method through and she is still holding that grudge, it is childish. I just hold on thinking about my own 9 years old kid and how childish they can still be. But Naomi is still holding that grudge even after 20 years. This is no “slow burn” but just I dislike this book because I read Prenup right before? Who knows? But spend the in Prenup by LL instead of this. Especially when the book was over $10. You will not miss anything by not buying this book. I am trying to [email protected]#$%! because I already for it.
What a blast of a book! So funny. Filled with friendships, making it in the world, and, yes, ere is nothing like a blast of new air from the globe of novels. Lauren does an wonderful job introducing and describing each hero as well as the globe they live in. The read is very playful and fun. Nothing like anything I have ever read. This is definitely a book for your short list. It's a must!Thank you Lauren, for writing a attractive novel. Thanks for all the laughs. Looking forward to your next book!
This book has everything required to be such an intensely interesting read. I especially loved the characters, they got right to my heart. This book delivers on so a lot of levels. It was a amazing ride that I wholeheartedly recommend.
I love a amazing psychological thriller that really gets under my skin and consumes my every waking moment whether I am reading it or when life has kept me away from it by making me have to go to work!It's the story of two sisters, Toni and Bridget, who share a huge secret that they have created a pact never to speak of again. But when Toni's daughter Rosie ends up fighting for her life in hospital, the sisters are forced to reevaluate their secrecy to obtain to the truth of what happened to Rosie and cope with the fallout of the happenings leading up to ld in the show with flashback from the past, we follow what happened in the run up to Rosie's accident, how she rebelled versus her mother's overprotective and overbearing nature towards her. How she uses social media secretly to test and spread her wings and obtain a bit of spark in her sheltered life. And how this has a really rather devastating result on her and those around is was a book that, due to the use of social media and what happens thereafter, had me reaching to check my privacy settings. I do search this sort of book to be more frightening as what happens within is beautiful darned credible, some aspects of which appear in the press all too often. Tightly plotted, with twists and turns aplenty, it had me rapt throughout as I raced to search the truth. Although, as I approached the finish line I was torn between racing to the end and not wanting the journey to be over. I was on tenterhooks as I worried about the fallout from what actually happened and what it all meant for the characters that I had grown to was also a book that I also got a wee bit emotionally involved in. I lost track of the number of times I shouted at the characters as they place themselves in certain situations. I really felt for them at times. I cried with them, I laughed with them, I held my breath so much that I was gasping at sie is a typical teen - determined to break from her mum and have a life of her own. Sadly, she makes some poor judgement calls and, without the guidance she obviously could do with, she does place herself in poor situations. From what I read, I understand Toni wanting, needing to protect her, but I just wanted to bang their heads together and tell them to just trust and support each other through life rather than war versus each other's wills. Bridget was brilliant. Playing devil's advocate as much as she could and trying to chip away at Toni's hold, trying to give Rosie a bit of life and freedom. She was a amazing leveller in the book and someone I wish in my corner when the chips are down. Basically, you could say that it was definitely a hero driven book for l in all, a brilliantly plotted, intriguing story that held me hostage throughout and left me spent and happy at the end. My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the possibility to read this book.
The issue with being a talented author who drops an epic first installment of a fresh series, is that you become the tough act you yourself have to follow. Allison Goodman's The Dark Days Club was a small piece of perfection, a whip-smart supernatural story grafted onto the whalebones of the most proper Regency romance. The sequel, The Dark Days Pact, is to the original what Prinny is to Prince ct picks up a few weeks after the dramatic close of the first novel, with Lady Helen having been cast out of her uncle's home due to the scandal of her presentation ball and taken up residence in Brighton with the Hammond siblings. Nominally she's there to hone her Reclaimer bonuses and train to war the supernatural threat presented by the Deceivers (just go with it), but mostly she's just trapped inside a house learning how to dress like a boy and mooning after Lord Carlston, who's becoming increasingly erratic and moody. Soon Helen finds herself tasked with tracking down a magical journal stuffed with risky secrets, and...oh, who the hell cares? Did I mention Carlston is increasingly erratic and moody? Because that seems to be all the author wants to focus on, instead of the actual y of the issues I have with Pact mirror problems I had with Goodman's Eona, namely that everything hinges on all of the characters telling each other absolutely nothing - except for Helen telling people she's a Reclaimer, which by the end I was expecting her to take out an advert in The Times about as it would be the only possible method she could bring more people in on the secret. Goodman also doesn't seem to know what to do with her male lead, allow alone his burgeoning romance with Helen, and her response is pure fanfic - an awkward, ill-explained magical madness - when her characters would have been better served by just exploring the real-life obstacles to their union (say, the fact they don't really know each other that well, or that he's still married, or that Helen's been disgraced socially, or...anything, really). And then there's the whole dress-like-a-boy thing, a romance novel trope from method back that I was so thrilled they dodged in the first book as it allowed an exploration of the difficulties a woman of that era would have in fighting evil while under chaperonage. I'll admit that Goodman handles the challenges and difficulties of passing oneself off as a man well, but it still irks ison Goodman is a powerful writer, and The Dark Days Club remains one of my all-time-favorite teen novels, which is probably why I'm so disappointed in the sequel. But I still have faith in Goodman to finish the series strong, so - no matter my problems with the second installment -you won't see me breaking from this Pact any time soon.