The Pact by Karina Halle
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I really want to give this book a 1, but I won’t because that’s not fair. I did somewhat enjoy it. It was easy to read and mostly entertaining. But I had 2 major peeves that won’t let me rate it over a 2.
1. When Linden and Stephanie finally get together the book because 30% plot and 70% sex. At first it was hot, but I got really sick of the dirty talk super fast. It stopped being sexy and kind of became gross. I started skimming over it because it made me feel slimy. I was not a fan. I could have enjoyed this in moderation, but every scene that had both Linden and Steph in it also had a gross sex scene and it was total overkill.
2. DEUS EX MACHINA
So when Linden has seemly fucked everything up beyond all repair OF COURSE something terrible happens to make it all go away. Because of course if a tragedy occurs no one has to face the consequences of their actions and we can all live happily ever after without extensive couples therapy. Right?
The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If you didn’t notice the tags, I’d like to point out that I’ve added this to my favorites shelf. It was so unique and so unexpected and just so generally awesome that even the things I disliked about it were not enough to sway me from the 5 star rating. In a way, the things that peeved me really only reinforce how great I think this book is.
I’m not going to really get into what all the book was about and what made it great because half the fun of reading this was having no idea what to expect going into it. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that this is what Tim Mason’s story would look like. The story was (to an extent) expertly executed. It was genuine and heartfelt and a true comeback story.
The main issue I had with this is that there is so much going on in it that I felt like it needed to be longer or more than one book to really be fleshed out. 432 pages wasn’t nearly long enough for this story to be told. The author focuses most of her attention on Tim’s personal story and NOT his relationship with Alice despite that fact that it’s written from dual POVs. As a result, the couple’s developed relationship feels pretty rushed. At the beginning Tim is flirty and Alice is bitchy and then all of a sudden they’re deciding to go on their “sample date.” It gave me whiplash. Additionally, Alice’s story doesn’t feel fully developed. Tim’s issues are SO heavy and so all-encompassing that Fitzpatrick needed to dedicate most of the story time to filling the reader in on Tim. For keeping the book to 432 pages, she did a superb job, but I wish this book would have focused solely on Tim and the author would have released a subsequent novel focusing on Alice.
The only other issue I had with the book was that it expected you to remember everything that happened in My Life Next Door even though it was published 3 years ago. I would have liked for it to assume that it had actually been 3 years since I’d visited this world and given me a little more context to some of the things that were happening. There were times while reading I would have to stop and rack my brain about what I was missing. I could tell the author was referencing something from the previous book, but couldn’t for the life of me remember what it was. I recommend doing a quick reread of My Life Next Door before starting on The Boy Most Likely To.
If you liked My Life Next Door and What I Thought Was True you’ll like The Boy Most Likely to 3000 times more. In terms of quality, it far surpasses its predecessors. You won’t be let down.