2020 · contemporary · romance

Book Review: The Christmas Pact by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

Title: The Christmas Pact

Author: Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward


Heat up the holidays with this sizzling new novella from New York Times best-selling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward!

Riley Kennedy’s emails keep getting crossed with her colleague, Kennedy Riley.

The infuriating man forwards them along with his annoying commentary and unsolicited advice. At least she never has to see him in person since they work in different locations…until they come face to face at the office holiday party. As luck would have it, Kennedy turns out to be gorgeous…though still a jerk. Yet somehow he’s able to charm her out on the dance floor—and convince her to participate in his crazy scheme: He’ll go home with Riley for a Christmas party and pretend to be her boyfriend if Riley agrees to be his date to a wedding.

It sounds easy enough. But little by little, the act they’re putting on starts to feel like so much more than a Christmas pact—and Riley’s about to learn there’s more to Kennedy than she ever imagined.


Rating: 3 out of 5.

Since this book was short and pretty much sweet, my review is going to be exactly that. To be honest, I didn’t even plan to read this, but I had to write a paper for college and I wanted some background noise. This audiobook turned out to be a perfect background noise.

Basically, it’s a Christmas rom-com about a girl whose life is not that interesting. Riley Kennedy hasn’t dated a guy in 10 months and has some doubts about herself, plus her mom’s Christmas party is very soon and once again she’ll have to go single. She displays her struggles in an email and once again, the reply gets sent to Kennedy Riley, a very sarcastic (and rude) guy who works in a neighbour company.

But when she meets Kennedy she realized he is not only as rude as he seems but very, very hot. And he wants to help her not disappoint her mom by being her +1 for the party.

Soon, they realize that they not only share names, but are also pretty drawn to each other, despite being so different.

And soon, their little game will not be a game anymore…

I read (or listened) to this book in less than 2 hours which I enjoyed because I usually listen to very long audiobooks and that can sometimes be tiring.

However, this was one of those stories that is not something I haven’t read before, it’s just not that unique and I feel like I will forget about it in a few days.

The plot is a bit predictable to be honest and I didn’t get attached to any of the characters. Also, I kind of zoned out throughout the middle so I don’t really know what happened.

The ending was cute I guess but this story was just something to pass my time and it was nothing special.

I don’t know why, but I haven’t had that much luck while reading the last few books. I’m hoping other books I read this month will be better, otherwise I’m suing!

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