Review: His Holiday Pact

  • Title:
    • His Holiday Pact
  • Author:
    • Ayla Asher
  • Release:
    • July 16, 2020
  • Format:
    • Audiobook
  • Narrator:
    • Kai Kennicott
    • Wen Ross
  • Series:
    • Manhattan Holiday Loves #1

I think I’ve mentioned before that this is my flavorite type of romance. I love broody guys who think they’re either incapable of love or being loved, who get whittled down by a charming female companion. I guess you could say, I find it relatable. While what’s his name is a sex fiend and occasionally, it feels like that’s all there is to their friendship/relationship, it’s also apparent that he cares about her and getting her off. If I’m being honest, that probably means this book should be in the fantasy genre.

Reality aside, it’s sweet. Even though he refuses to admit it, he clearly loves her just as she is. She’s constantly being down on herself, but he and her incredible friends are there to always reassure her. I’m not crying, you’re crying. These two are wonderful, the whole cast is amazingly supporting, well, everybody ‘cept for Kayla’s bitch ass mother. Fuck her.

I did dislike the overuse, and misuse of the word so. I can’t stand it when people use “so” improperly. “I’m so happy.” So happy that what!?!? That doesn’t tell me anything! I don’t care if that’s how people actually talk, I find them equally as insufferable to listen to.

I have nothing but good things to say about the narration as well. Both of the narrators were absolutely incredible and played off of each other excellently. It was a real treat to enjoy their dual narration. There are moments when….. good god, really not doing me any favors with these names…. he will say “she laughed”, and continue his narration. While she’d actually laugh, which was a nice touch; it could get a little janky when their dialogue overlapped.

I can’t wait to dive into book 2. These people all feel real. They all express genuine emotions and feelings, thoughtfulness, and other details that are often lacking in books. I listened at 2x speed and it didn’t feel like it was over quickly. It felt like a full-length book, and I was just enjoying the story.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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