{Review} The Pledge by Laura Ward and Christine Manzari

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{Review} The Pledge by Laura Ward and Christine ManzariThe Pledge by Christine Manzari, Laura Ward
Series: College Bound #1
Publisher: Life Changing LLC (Self-Published) on July 25, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (NA)
Pages: 372

Our Rating

4 Stars

Taren needs a do-over. She’s decided the best way to put the high school bullies behind her is to pledge a Taylor-Swift-lip-syncing, beer-guzzling, sorority. Sisterhood helps Taren find the acceptance she’s always craved, but not the love she needs.

Alec wants freedom. To escape his father’s iron fist and unrealistic expectations, he pledges a campus acrobatics club where he finds that drugs and alcohol aren't the only ways to get high. His addiction to danger helps him gain his independence, but it comes at a heavy price.

When the two cross paths, Alec fears his undeniable attraction to the party girl just might threaten everything he's worked so hard to earn. Taren hasn’t forgotten that Alec humiliated her back in high school, but she also can't deny the chemistry they share.

Alec and Taren have nothing in common, but fate is bound and determined to bring them together. They know falling in love is a risk, and yet it’s too hard to ignore. When their worlds clash and they both end up suffering, will they fight to stay together? Or are some pledges too hard to keep?



This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

TheVerdictI had the opportunity to read this book earlier, and I could have kicked myself when I got so busy that the chance passed me by.  Fortunately for me, it popped up over at Xpresso, and I was able to get a copy of the latest by two great authors I’ve been following.

Taren sees college as her chance to break out of her shell and leave behind the girl that she was in high school.  Alec sees it as his escape from his awful father, a chance to do what he wants and not what’s expected of him.  But Alec and Taren have some unfortunate history together, and finding themselves on the same campus is awkward… and an opportunity for something neither of them expected.

I have to say that I had a little trouble getting into this one at first. It’s not like I was bored, but I just couldn’t get into the characters as quickly as I usually do, and I began to worry that I was going to end up bailing on two authors whose previous work I’ve enjoyed.  Fortunately, things picked up for me once Alec and Taren finally cross paths, and I was quickly hooked.

Determined to leave her old self behind, Taren joins a sorority, while Alec ditches his partying ways and pledges to live free of alcohol.  While Taren’s partying it up for the first time in her life, Alec is cleaning up his act and finding his own interests, independent of his father’s demands.  Watching their characters branch out, grow, and figure out what was important to them was just as enthralling and the romance itself, and in that way The Pledge stands out from your typical new adult romance. Drawn together by fate (red string, anyone?), Taren and Alec realize that they can’t simply avoid each other, and facing their pasts as who they are at present allows them to form a tentative truce.  Of course, there’s always a fine line between love and hate, and before they realize it, these two are cooking up some incredible chemistry.

I really hate to give anything away, and this book has lots of twist and unexpected turns I should probably avoid spoiling, so I guess I’ll just say that The Pledge is a strikingly different new adult read, with all the usual romance and attraction that pulls us in, as well as some deeper messages about personal growth, growing up, and accepting yourself.  A definite must read for all new adult romance fans!

  
The Breakdown
Cover Design
5 star rating
Plot & Pace
4 star rating
Characters
4 star rating
Style & Editing
4 star rating
Story Conclusion
5 star rating
Overall Rating 4 star rating
  

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About Christine Manzari

The first thing Christine does when she's getting ready to read a book is to crack the spine in at least five places. She wholeheartedly believes there is no place as comfy as the pages of a well-worn book. She's addicted to buying books, reading books, and writing books. Books, books, books. She also has a weakness for adventure, inappropriate humor, and coke (the caffeine-laden bubbly kind). Christine is from Forest Hill, Maryland where she lives with her husband, three kids, and her library of ugly spine books.

About Laura Ward

Laura Ward lives in Maryland with her loud and very loving three children and husband. She married her college sweetheart and is endlessly grateful for the support he has given her through all their years together, and especially toward her goal of writing books. When not changing diapers, driving to lacrosse practice, or checking spelling homework, Laura is writing or reading romance novels.

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