The Pact - Karina Halle
It all started with a pinky swear…


Linden McGregor is tall, rugged, and gunslinger handsome; a helicopter pilot with a Scottish brogue and charm to spare. He’s also one of Stephanie Robson’s best friends and has fit into that box for as long as she’s known him.
Beautiful, funny and an ambitious businesswoman (with one hell of an ass), Stephanie Robson is one of Linden McGregor’s best friends and has fit into that box for as long as he’s known her.
But some relationships can’t be boxed, can’t be classified, can’t be tamed.
Back in their mid-twenties and tired of the competitive hit-or-miss dating scene of San Francisco, Steph and Linden made a pact to marry each other if neither one of them are in a serious relationship by the time they hit thirty.
It sounds like fun and games but as the years to thirty tick past and lovers come and go out of their lives, the pact becomes larger than life.
Sex is inevitable. Friendships are tested. Hearts are on the line.
The pact is about to change everything.




Three best friends, one previous relationship and one pact that changed everything. 
Linden, James and Stephanie are best friends.  After dating failures Linden proposes a back-up plan to Stephanie.

“If neither of us are in a serious relationship by the time we are both thirty.” He says, looking so dead in the eye that I can’t help but hold my breath, “then we agree to marry each other. Agree?”
I find my voice. “Agree.”

Linden and Stephanie are attracted to each other, however because Stephanie had dated James in the past, a relationship is off limits.   

“Although I worked with Linden, I only really go to know him through James and well, once you know your boyfriend’s best friend, they stay in that box.  Even now, with years between me and James’s demise, pursuing Linden would be wrong.”

Linden continues his ‘player’ persona to avoid his feels for Stephanie. While in their twenties, they both continue to date other people, some more seriously than others.

Linden is the first one to take a chance on a relationship with Stephanie. He proposes giving up his current girlfriend for her. 

“I’d give her up for you,” I tell her, staring at her relentlessly until she’s forced to meet my eyes again, if just for a second. “I’d give up everything for you.”

It’s Stephanie’s 30th birthday and takes a chance and breaks up with her current boyfriend, Aaron.  Luckily it was an easy break-up. After a snag, Linden and Stephanie secretly get together.  They keep it a secret from James, in order not to hurt his feelings and lose his friendship.

James comes clean to Linden that he is still in love with Stephanie.  Feeling guilty, Linden breaks up with Stephanie.  James soon discovers that Linden and Stephanie had been sleeping together and ends his friendship with Linden.  I hope you’re not confused?  It’s a tangled mess.

There is a poignant moment when Stephanie goes to visit her Mother for consoling, after her break-up with Linden.

“Life leaves scars. Sometimes you don’t see them until later. Sometimes you don’t know where they’ve come from. Sometimes they fade before your eyes. But the world leaves its mark on us.”

Now that all three are no longer friends, Linden takes off to New York.  Tragedy strikes and brings them back together.  James reveals his jealous truth to both Stephanie and Linden but will be enough to bring them back together? 

“The Pact” revolves around three separate friendships that were almost destroyed by jealousy and the need for approval. What they learned is that“Maybe that’s what all friendships need to do-evolve, adapt and change. Just like life.”