Sentimental and sweet (but still oh so sexy), this friends to lovers romance is more understated than a lot of Quinn’s work. It leans towards being angsty, with a focus on healing – of friendships, of hearts, of fears. I love a good road trip romance and this is exactly that, following these two childhood friends as they reconnect and rediscover each other in a whole new way. While insecurities and indecision hold these two back, their love shines through. I really loved watching them bond over their shared history, and while it’s not the laugh out loud funny rom com that many have come to expect from the author, it’s the kind of romance that will tug on your heartstrings and cause an ache in your chest.
The story follows Crew and Hazel, two former friends who haven’t spoken in four years. Though they spent all their summers together when they were younger, Crew and Hazel had a falling out that may or may not have been related to the kiss they shared. When the death of Crew’s grandfather brings them back together for a mysterious road trip in Germany, these two are forced to finally heal their friendship while they say goodbye to the man they both loved. But spending time together stirs up all kinds of feelings, and neither one is sure how to react. Their lives are heading in different directions, and they’ve only got this trip together to figure things out.
I’m really not even sure what I was expecting from this book, but I was completely okay with the direction it headed. At first, I struggled a little bit because it’s just so vastly different than the first book in this multi-author series. Where that one was intense, this was much more subdued. The two stories have very little to do with one another, though they both deal with college athletes struggling to figure out their futures. Crew is the nice guy, the relationship guy, the guy who is so easy to fall for in a book like this. I loved him the whole way through. Hazel was a little more difficult to connect to, but some of that was intentional – she was hurt by Crew’s reaction to their kiss, and that’s led to a lot of insecurities about their relationship. I loved them together and fans of friends to lovers romance will definitely enjoy their connection. It’s sexy without being over the top, emotional without being completely heavy, and understated without being a snoozefest. This one will hit you in the feels and keep you entertained along the way. I was lucky enough to receive an early copy via Candi Kane PR (then purchased it for my collection) and am voluntarily leaving a review of this road trip romance.
I haven’t seen her in three years.
I haven’t talked to her since the kiss.
So why am I on a plane, flying across the world to spend a week with her in Germany?
One word: Pops.
My life’s a mess.
My possible football career is hanging on by a thread.
I’m driving the roads of Germany in honor of Pops with the one girl I can never have.
And I’m sharing a bed with her, the girl I’ve measured everyone else up to, while desperately trying to not to touch her.
We made a pact growing up, never to get romantic with each other – never fall in love.
And I’m about to break that pact. For good.
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About the Author:
USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.
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Best-selling authors Ilsa Madden-Mills, Meghan Quinn and Adriana Locke, deliver three stand-alone romances about college football players finding true love while on the verge of losing everything.
These easily read as standalones, but focus on a group of friends. I don’t think you’ll have any trouble reading them out of order.
The Revenge Pact – Available Now!
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River Tate is a god on campus.
The king of football.
A tattooed bad boy with gunmetal eyes that see right through you.
The only chink in his armor is her, the girl he pretends doesn’t exist, the forbidden one with the shy smile and lavender hair.
Anastasia Bailey is a nobody.
The queen of nothing.
An outsider with the face of an angel and a body made for sin.
The only chink in her armor is him, her boyfriend’s frat brother, the football player who hates her.
But when Anastasia’s life crashes down, River’s the one who sweeps in and picks up the pieces. Torn between loyalty, lies, and secrets, he battles the temptation to take everything from her when they make their revenge pact.
He can’t tell her no.
Because revenge (or love) is sweet, and once you get a taste, the craving never ends.
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The Relationship Pact by Adriana Locke
Release Date: December 17th
How hard can it be?
That was the question rolling around Larissa Mason’s mind just before she asked Hollis Hudson to be her fake boyfriend.
It was only supposed to be for five minutes, after all.
Granted, that was also before she felt his hand on the small of her back as he charmed the heck out of her family.
She hadn’t heard his laugh yet either.
And it was definitely before she saw the football god shirtless. Otherwise, she would’ve had an idea of just how hard some things could be.
It turns out that pretending to be in love with a crazily handsome, somewhat enigmatic, and absolutely unforgettable tight end (that has an amazing tight end) is easy.
Reminding herself that just because opposites attract doesn’t mean they’re forever is much harder.
What they have isn’t love—it’s a relationship pact. Right?
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