It was good, but it wasn’t great. The first two books in this multi-author series set the bar VERY high, and unfortunately this just wasn’t at the same level. I liked it, and the chemistry was sizzling, but it was lacking the same depth of emotion that the other two had. This couple goes from fake to casual to instalove in the blink of an eye, and I guess I just wasn’t moving at the same pace they were. Hollis makes a great hero and there was a ton of potential with his backstory, but we’d only just begun to scratch the surface before this was over. It feels a little incomplete, and honestly seemed more like part of the Mason family series than the Kings of Football. That’s a lot of negatives, I get it. But it also has Locke’s very solid writing style, great chemistry, and a playfulness that makes it a quick, fun read.
The story follows Hollis, the broody playboy of our trio of disgraced football players. When Hollis meets Larissa, they go from zero to sixty in a matter of seconds – accelerating from strangers to being in a fake relationship immediately. Things keep moving fast, and Hollis soon finds himself opening up to Larissa in a way he never has with anyone else. He’s used to being on his own, and Larissa’s the kind of girl that can’t help but dig a little deeper. Though she’s sworn off athletes, it’s not long before Larissa realizes she’s in trouble with Hollis. But they were only supposed to be fake, and anything more might send him running.
While I found this to be disappointing overall, it’s still got so many things that I love about Locke’s writing, from the complex, lovable hero to the easy banter and chemistry. It’s easy to see the connection between these two, and I loved that Larissa was able to bring Hollis out of his comfort zone. The pacing just felt weird to me. These two actually spend a significant amount of time away from each other, and there’s a decent amount of time spent on the Masons (as well as a few appearances by Lincoln Landry). As someone who has read many of Locke’s books, I was able to keep track – but anyone reading her work for the first time via this series is likely to get lost. We do get more of River and Crew, which was a definite plus, but that’s also more people to keep track of and more time that’s not focused on our couple. All in all, I expected to like this more, it’s as simple as that. It’s still a solid read, but isn’t one of my favorites from the author, and ultimately sits somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for me. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this light, sexy romance.
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.
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?
AUTHOR’S NOTE: The Relationship Pact is a fun and flirty college sports romance with lots of heart. No cliffhanger.
About the Author
USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.
She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.
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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.
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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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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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