The Christmas Pact
Listening Length: 2 hours and 54 minutesHeat 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.

The Christmas Pact Details

TitleThe Christmas Pact
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 5th, 2019
PublisherAudible Original
Rating
GenreRomance, Audiobook, Contemporary, Holiday, Christmas, Contemporary Romance, Fiction, Adult, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Novella

The Christmas Pact Review

  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    4 starsThe Christmas Pact is a short and sweet Christmas novella by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward. I love this writing duo and when I saw they had a short audiobook available I started listening right away. It was the best way to spend 2 hours and 54 minutes. Kennedy Riley and Riley Kennedy work for the same company, but have never met. They do happen to get each others emails quite often, though. Kennedy likes to send Riley’s back to her with his commentary, which she doesn’t appreciate. They 4 stars

The Christmas Pact is a short and sweet Christmas novella by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward. I love this writing duo and when I saw they had a short audiobook available I started listening right away. It was the best way to spend 2 hours and 54 minutes. Kennedy Riley and Riley Kennedy work for the same company, but have never met. They do happen to get each others emails quite often, though. Kennedy likes to send Riley’s back to her with his commentary, which she doesn’t appreciate. They finally meet at a Christmas party and Kennedy is far more handsome and charming than Riley could have predicted. He’s so charming, in fact, that he talks her into coming to a wedding with him, and in exchange, he will be her fake date at her family’s Christmas party. You know what happens from here, that fake dating starts to feel just a little real… This audiobook was narrated by Andi Arndt and Sebastian York. They are another duo I love and did a fantastic job voicing Riley Kennedy and Kennedy Riley. They always give a great performance and this was no exception. I would recommend the audio version of this story.If you’re looking for a fun and sweet Christmas story with a little steam, this is the book for you.
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  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    January 1, 1970
    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.Oh, this was fun! I picked this book as a freebie with no plans to read it anytime soon. The book that I had planned to read just didn't appeal to me so I decided to go ahead and give this one a try. I do enjoy shorter listens from time to time and the fact that this book is narrated by Andi Arndt and Sebastian York was a big plus. I found this to be a well-done romance and I am glad that I decided to give it a try.I loved the setup This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.Oh, this was fun! I picked this book as a freebie with no plans to read it anytime soon. The book that I had planned to read just didn't appeal to me so I decided to go ahead and give this one a try. I do enjoy shorter listens from time to time and the fact that this book is narrated by Andi Arndt and Sebastian York was a big plus. I found this to be a well-done romance and I am glad that I decided to give it a try.I loved the setup of this story. Riley Kennedy and Kennedy Riley both work at the same company but in different divisions. They often receive the other's emails and Kennedy sometimes adds a few comments before he forwards Riley's emails to her. They meet at the company's Christmas party and strike a deal to help each other out with a couple of upcoming events.I liked Riley and Kennedy and thought that they had great chemistry together. I loved the banter that they had with each other. It was a lot of fun to watch these two get to know each other. There were some pretty eye-opening events in both Riley and Kennedy's past that made it easier to understand why they were careful with their hearts.I love the narrating pair of Andi Arndt and Sebastian York and I thought that they did a fantastic job with this story. Their voices just seem to work really well together with this kind of story. I loved the voices that they used for the various characters and the emotion that they added to their performance. I am sure that I enjoyed this story just a bit more due to their narration.I would recommend this story to anyone looking for a shorter romantic read. I thought that this was a great way to spend a few hours and look forward to reading more from this writing pair in the future.Initial ThoughtsThis was such a fun romance! I love the set up of the story. Riley and Kennedy were wonderful together. I thought that they had wonderful chemistry from the start that only grew as they got to know each other. I thought there were some pretty funny parts worked into this story and a few that made my heart melt just a bit. I think that Andi Arndt and Sebastian York are a great pair of narrators and they both did an amazing job with this story. Book source: Audible freebie
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  • Grace
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsAn adorable story, perfect for the holidays.As a loyal audio listening, the free audio books available to Audible members every month are hit or miss. But when I saw that one of them was from this powerhouse duo of romancelandia, I had to check it out. As you can guess from my rating, they knocked it out of the park.This story features an unlikely heroine and hero who share the same name, sort of. Riley Kennedy (the heroine) works in the same company as Kennedy Riley (the hero). Due to 4.5 starsAn adorable story, perfect for the holidays.As a loyal audio listening, the free audio books available to Audible members every month are hit or miss. But when I saw that one of them was from this powerhouse duo of romancelandia, I had to check it out. As you can guess from my rating, they knocked it out of the park.This story features an unlikely heroine and hero who share the same name, sort of. Riley Kennedy (the heroine) works in the same company as Kennedy Riley (the hero). Due to the similar nature of their names, misdirected emails aren't uncommon, and it is one email intended for Riley, that ultimately brings them face to face at the company Christmas party. Much to their surprise, there is an attraction between them.Kennedy is not the asshat that Riley envisioned from the emails. He actually seems very into her and wanting to spend time with her. By an odd twist of events, that's how these two end up spending the holidays together.If you are expecting angst or passion in this book, you'll be disappointed. I was ok with that, as this story is basically novella in length. In its place you have a lot of sweet endearing moments as these two meet each other’s parents, while pretending to be a couple. The romance is a bit of a slow burn, but I think it is obvious to the listener that this couple has a good shot of making things work. The added bonus for this audio is that it features my favorite female narrator in the romance genre, Andi Arndt. (I'm not commenting on the male narrator as I'm in the minority on my opinion of him, and that's all I'll say). With this story being primarily from Riley's POV, Andi does the bulk of this story's narration, so I was happy about that. And as always, she does a great job delivering this story.If you are looking for a sweet and quick audio, full of holiday cheer, this one is worth checking out!For more reviews, visit
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  • Deb
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent Novella! It was a perfect holiday read; Light, sweet, edgy. Also makes me happy I never started the tradition of writing a Christmas letter to my card recipients! ;-)
  • Bradley (AudioShelf)
    January 1, 1970
    Cute for what it is! Very Hallmark Christmas movie-esque but I enjoyed it!! Love the ending—not gonna lie, had me in tears of happiness If you like the Fake Boyfriend trope, you’ll like this one. Cute for what it is! Very Hallmark Christmas movie-esque but I enjoyed it!! Love the ending—not gonna lie, had me in tears of happiness 😂If you like the Fake Boyfriend trope, you’ll like this one.
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  • Corinna
    January 1, 1970
    Typically, I'm not a sucker for romance. I tend to veer in the direction of action and suspense. But around Christmas, my Mom's corny Christmas tradition of watching Hallmark movies infiltrates my reading habits, and I end up reading a handful of twinkle-light-problems-that-resolve-perfectly-shaken-snowglobe-powder-snow-Christmas-miracle romances. Naturally, the nature of rom-coms and Christmas romances comes with a specific set of tropes. But a few of the tropes in this story threw themselves Typically, I'm not a sucker for romance. I tend to veer in the direction of action and suspense. But around Christmas, my Mom's corny Christmas tradition of watching Hallmark movies infiltrates my reading habits, and I end up reading a handful of twinkle-light-problems-that-resolve-perfectly-shaken-snowglobe-powder-snow-Christmas-miracle romances. Naturally, the nature of rom-coms and Christmas romances comes with a specific set of tropes. But a few of the tropes in this story threw themselves so headlong into convenient situations and speedy insta-love, it got creepy. 1) Some of what Kennedy (male protagonist) says could be seen as funny and quippy. But then when his inner monologue matches the overt sexual jokes, it makes it creepy. Especially when he kiiiind of does stalk this chick a little bit. And this is where, yes, I as a reader am reading into (pun intended) the insta-love romance trope that often comes with Christmas comedies. Definitely. The intent is innocent. It just felt off.2) Both characters possessed personality traits that completely opposed each other. And not in an interesting conundrum character that catches your attention, you know? Like a proud person who also struggles with self-worth, or a depressed person who also exhibits ADHD symptoms. I'm talking about a character who doesn't feel thought through. And both Kennedy and Riley felt like this. Riley will say things that are completely raunchy and crass to the point the listener can actually blush a bit, and other times her character doesn't know what the most basic sexual references are. As if she was wrote as an innocent character, but the playfulness the authors wrote in went a step too far. It doesn't play well when she says things that are Cosmo-pick-up-line-esque. Likewise, Kennedy is supposed to be a fragile character who would only be interested in "the real thing." But his character comes across as shallow and desperate to an irreconcilable point at other times. I almost DNF-d this one multiple times. But it was short. It was free. And I couldn't return it. I actually tried. Not my favorite. BUT I mentioned the fact that I don't typically do romance for a reason. Within the romance genre, this may be a fun little book, and I just don't appreciate it due to unfamiliarity with the genre itself. I'd rate this book an M for sexual references, crass language and swearing, and adult themes. Although it doesn't necessarily deserve an R rating, it's more than a PG-13. So M fits pretty well.
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  • Jacob Proffitt
    January 1, 1970
    This was pretty short, but I'm a huge fan of the narrators and it seemed like a great fit for the season, so I gave it a shot. And it worked for me for most of the story. Until it pulled into Stupidville for a stupiding and couldn't find its way out again. I mean, I kind of loved the premise of two people having reversed names and having some internal company issues because their emails get missent. I mean that's an interesting meet cute. And I enjoyed seeing them get along as they got to know This was pretty short, but I'm a huge fan of the narrators and it seemed like a great fit for the season, so I gave it a shot. And it worked for me for most of the story. Until it pulled into Stupidville for a stupiding and couldn't find its way out again. I mean, I kind of loved the premise of two people having reversed names and having some internal company issues because their emails get missent. I mean that's an interesting meet cute. And I enjoyed seeing them get along as they got to know one another and that they didn't hatch too stupid a plot along the way.And that lulled me. I mean, I'd expect the stupid to pile up really early as the authors manufacture a reason for them to pretend to be together for some reason. But no, that part worked out mostly okay. No, the stupid happens in the last bit where Kennedy has a characterectomy and left me going "the what, now?!?" Like, I didn't see that one coming and it made for a completely gratuitous setback that made zero sense. It's like the authors couldn't figure out any better way to extend the story, so they reached for the stupid stock and it all got applied to Kennedy on accident.Anyway, this was cruising on a solid four stars or so but dropped to two with its little stunt. I mean, it pushed me so far out of the story that I couldn't stop picking at it in my head even when things got back on track. Or maybe they never got back on track and it was all stupid all the way down, suddenly? Either way, it's a crying shame when a story tanks that badly after being mostly pretty good.A note about Chaste: They end up doing the deed during the course of the story but there's no explicit sex on page. So I consider it chaste, but they discuss sex and eventually have sex and talk about sex, so it's not as clearly so as many readers will prefer.
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  • Jeeves Reads Romance
    January 1, 1970
    So cute! I always love Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward’s books so I hit play on this audiobook without hesitation. It’s got the same solid writing that their full length books do, all in a condensed package. Lighter and sweeter than their typical work - to go along with the holiday feel of the story - this has a nice enemies to lovers/fake relationship feel that flies by. I loved the chemistry between these two and would’ve liked a full length story even more, since this hits all the right notes So cute! I always love Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward’s books so I hit play on this audiobook without hesitation. It’s got the same solid writing that their full length books do, all in a condensed package. Lighter and sweeter than their typical work - to go along with the holiday feel of the story - this has a nice enemies to lovers/fake relationship feel that flies by. I loved the chemistry between these two and would’ve liked a full length story even more, since this hits all the right notes but felt a little rushed. There are some really great scenes, but their happy ending wasn’t as satisfying as it would’ve been with some more depth. For those of you looking for a quick holiday listen, this has a nice Hallmark vibe that doesn’t feature anything overly explicit.The story follows Riley and Kennedy, two people who work for the same company but have never met. Their emails get mixed up a lot because Riley’s last name is Kennedy and Kennedy’s is Riley. That leads to them knowing more about each other’s lives than they probably should, and when Riley’s email to an advice columnist gets mistakenly sent to Kennedy, their lives intersect in a big way. Turns out their homeotwns aren’t that far from each other, so they accompany each other home to lend support - Riley to stop feeling so inadequate and Kennedy to have a date to a wedding. As they spend time together, feelings get involved and the attraction sizzles.It’s short, sweet, sexy, and flies by.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    I don't read or listen to a lot of straight romances, meaning those that do not have a paranormal element, very often. So when I do and find something I really like it makes me want to read more, that is the case here. The narrators, Andi Arndt and Sebastian York do a fantastic job of bringing this story to life and making it feel very real and personal. The romance is both sweet and sexy with a bit of humor. The characters are endearing and make you feel like part of things.Riley Kennedy works I don't read or listen to a lot of straight romances, meaning those that do not have a paranormal element, very often. So when I do and find something I really like it makes me want to read more, that is the case here. The narrators, Andi Arndt and Sebastian York do a fantastic job of bringing this story to life and making it feel very real and personal. The romance is both sweet and sexy with a bit of humor. The characters are endearing and make you feel like part of things.Riley Kennedy works for a book publisher in New York, they have various divisions. While she likes her job there is one that really irritates her and that is one of her co-workers in another division by the name of Kennedy Riley. Because of this little quirk, they get each other's email a great deal of the time. While she would never think of reading someone else's mail that man does not have the same consideration and so reads and comments.When they finally meet, at the Christmas party, Kennedy comes up with an idea that may help them both. He will go with Riley to her family's home and pretend to be her boyfriend if she will attend a family wedding as his girlfriend. It seems like a perfect way to make everyone happy with no downside. But things are never simple.Enjoy this sweet story for Christmas.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    This is another super short audible holiday romance narrated by the power duo of Andi Arndt and Sebastian York. It's a cute little story about two coworkers who have an unusual situation, shared names but in reverse ... Kennedy Riley and Riley Kennedy. This leads to a crossing of emails, where Kennedy learns some personal details about Riley's life ... and that leads to a pact where Kennedy will pretend to be Riley's boyfriend at a family holiday gathering while Riley will be Kennedy's This is another super short audible holiday romance narrated by the power duo of Andi Arndt and Sebastian York. It's a cute little story about two coworkers who have an unusual situation, shared names but in reverse ... Kennedy Riley and Riley Kennedy. This leads to a crossing of emails, where Kennedy learns some personal details about Riley's life ... and that leads to a pact where Kennedy will pretend to be Riley's boyfriend at a family holiday gathering while Riley will be Kennedy's non-girlfriend but solid support at the marriage of his brother. What follows is surprisingly heartfelt for a short little story. Although these two begin the book as less than friends, through their interactions during this pact they come to appreciate and admire each other, leading to the inevitable and expected beginning of a Happily Ever After.Frankly, despite the fact that this takes place during the holiday, there isn't much in the plot that really qualifies this as a holiday romance. Christmas is more of a background than anything. This feels more like the typical sort of story I hear Ardnt and York narrate, although quite a bit shorter. It was a sweet story with phenomenal narration that hit the spot today. Four stars. I really liked it.
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  • LexiLikesLiterature
    January 1, 1970
    By Vi Keeland and Penelope WardNarrated by Sebastian York and Andi ArndtCute Corny Christmas ComedyAll the Hallmark & Lifetime Movie references are correct. This is definitely what one would consider a light hearted romantic comedy. Riley and Kennedy agree to attend each others family events and pretend to be in a relationship. As you would think, some parts go well and some parts go badly. This part of the story I liked and was entertaining to listen to... but the endThis really silly By Vi Keeland and Penelope WardNarrated by Sebastian York and Andi ArndtCute Corny Christmas ComedyAll the Hallmark & Lifetime Movie references are correct. This is definitely what one would consider a light hearted romantic comedy. Riley and Kennedy agree to attend each others family events and pretend to be in a relationship. As you would think, some parts go well and some parts go badly. This part of the story I liked and was entertaining to listen to... but the endThis really silly unnecessary storyline occurs. When you get there you'll know what I mean. The story was fine without this oddball section of "advice". There is also the constant reminder that they have the same name. It actually isnt that rare or exciting to be mentioned so many times. Lastly, there is a point where Kennedy tells Tikey that he thought she was his "Ride or Die chick" 🤣 Really??? Is that what surburban Kennedy would say??? 🤣🤣🤣 Not likely. Overall I liked the story and the narrators. 3 Stars 🌟🌟🌟- Good Book. I like the overall concept and it was delivered well. Most common ranking for a book I enjoyed and look forward to the next.
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  • Mary Dean
    January 1, 1970
    This was a such a fun holiday romance. And two of my favorite narrators narrated it...heck yes! I love a good enemies to lovers story. Riley Kennedy can't stand Kennedy Riley. No you didn't read that wrong. Theirs names are actually how they meet. He accidentally gets her emails and he forwards them to her, with his opinions. She can't stand him, she thinks, until they come face to face at the work Christmas party. They realize how attracted they are to each other but Riley tries to hold on to This was a such a fun holiday romance. And two of my favorite narrators narrated it...heck yes! I love a good enemies to lovers story. Riley Kennedy can't stand Kennedy Riley. No you didn't read that wrong. Theirs names are actually how they meet. He accidentally gets her emails and he forwards them to her, with his opinions. She can't stand him, she thinks, until they come face to face at the work Christmas party. They realize how attracted they are to each other but Riley tries to hold on to her grudge. Then Kennedy gives her proposition to help her out. Before they know it he is going to her family holiday celebration as her boyfriend and impressing everyone. Then she goes to his brother's wedding as his date for his brother's wedding. They start to get to know each other and that attraction deepens and they just might actually like each other. But they both have reasons they are holding back. That's all I'm telling you. Read/listen to this short story. This is another gem from my favorite writing duo. Get ready to fall for this couple this holiday season. And if you have read their co-write Stuck Up Suit, there is a nice surprise in this story for fans.
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  • Silver James
    January 1, 1970
    Should I admit that I've never read a Vi Keeland/Penelope Ward book? Or listened to one, would be a more apt confession. This short, sweet, funny, and clever twist on the meet cute is an Audible Original and I got to add it to my library for free as an Audible subscriber. I'm so glad I took advantage and did so.Riley Kennedy is a romance book editor. Kennedy Riley is a nonfiction editor at the same publishing house. They work in different offices in different parts of the city. And their Should I admit that I've never read a Vi Keeland/Penelope Ward book? Or listened to one, would be a more apt confession. This short, sweet, funny, and clever twist on the meet cute is an Audible Original and I got to add it to my library for free as an Audible subscriber. I'm so glad I took advantage and did so.Riley Kennedy is a romance book editor. Kennedy Riley is a nonfiction editor at the same publishing house. They work in different offices in different parts of the city. And their company email is forever entangled. See? Meet cute. And then things get even more tangled. There's a trip home for Christmas and a New Year's nuptial. There're backstories to tell and emotions to sort. It's sweet and funny and clever. Oh. I said that already. Well, it bears repeating. Riley and Kennedy falling in love is adorable. And it's a perfect Christmas read, even if the letter isn't to Santa, but to "Ask Ida."
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  • Christina R
    January 1, 1970
    What I thought would be a cheesy hallmark Christmas movie type of story ended up being an awful tale about a creepy, sleazy misogynist coercing a female to become romantically and sexually involved with him. I have watched my fair share of bad love stories but I was genuinely disturbed by this one. The “hero” is creepy and manipulative. It’s stories like these that convince women trapped in abusive relationships that they are actually in a fairytale relationship. It is not okay to talk to, What I thought would be a cheesy hallmark Christmas movie type of story ended up being an awful tale about a creepy, sleazy misogynist coercing a female to become romantically and sexually involved with him. I have watched my fair share of bad love stories but I was genuinely disturbed by this one. The “hero” is creepy and manipulative. It’s stories like these that convince women trapped in abusive relationships that they are actually in a fairytale relationship. It is not okay to talk to, follow, or touch someone who says “no”. It is not okay to stalk someone. It is not okay to control them and manipulate them. It is quite literally illegal to read their private emails and then harass them about personal information found in those private emails. This is a bad story and that is all I will say about that. It’s time we wrote stories that involve kindness, respect, and reflections of ACTUAL love.
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  • Gidg
    January 1, 1970
    Another winner from Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. This rom-com story is everything you hope you will be from the writing partnership of these authors. Like past work they delivered on the romance and humor in spades. This book was more meet-cute and less on the steaminess you may read in other collaborations by writers Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward but it delivers on the good feels all the same.Our two leading characters are endearing and their backstories of romance helps to show light of why Another winner from Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. This rom-com story is everything you hope you will be from the writing partnership of these authors. Like past work they delivered on the romance and humor in spades. This book was more meet-cute and less on the steaminess you may read in other collaborations by writers Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward but it delivers on the good feels all the same.Our two leading characters are endearing and their backstories of romance helps to show light of why they who they are in this stage in life. Compassion, empathy, and attraction drives these two into each others arms and I'm not mad at them. In fact it was just the thing I needed to listen to after listening to an audible book that I found to be not enjoyable and had to stop listening midway to find a more palatable story. I was happy this story was exactly what I needed.If you are looking for a short easy going rom-com then this is one I would recommend.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I was just trying to read a cute, short, Christmas romance and with this premise I thought it would be just that, it wasn't. I knew I would have to ignore certain issues with a story this short, but it was just too much.For some reason I feel the need to defend myself so here are a couple (spoilery) reasons this was so bad for me:The entire opening premise where he reads her emails, pulls her out on to the dance floor at the holiday party, and then books the same flight as her even though she I was just trying to read a cute, short, Christmas romance and with this premise I thought it would be just that, it wasn't. I knew I would have to ignore certain issues with a story this short, but it was just too much.For some reason I feel the need to defend myself so here are a couple (spoilery) reasons this was so bad for me:The entire opening premise where he reads her emails, pulls her out on to the dance floor at the holiday party, and then books the same flight as her even though she said no to his plan would be extremely creepy and inappropriate if he wasn't "hot". The fact that the correspondence assistant had the nerve to breach confidence and tell the love interest to "grow some balls" and "man up" and he went and actually got that horse to ride for a whole 2 seconds ... like what?I'm officially calling it on my hunt for a great Christmas romance book and will check out the Netflix selection instead.
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  • Kimberley
    January 1, 1970
    The characters start out in NYC, fly 150 miles to Albany, and make a pact to attend each other’s family events because they’re neighbors. Oh yeah, the other person’s family is in Rochester— which is 230 miles away from Albany. How difficult would it have been to actually edit this book and do some basic geography? If one character was from Buffalo and the other was from Rochester, it would have worked to fly the 375 miles from NYC to Buffalo (who flies 150 miles commercial from NYC to Albany? The characters start out in NYC, fly 150 miles to Albany, and make a pact to attend each other’s family events because they’re neighbors. Oh yeah, the other person’s family is in Rochester— which is 230 miles away from Albany. How difficult would it have been to actually edit this book and do some basic geography? If one character was from Buffalo and the other was from Rochester, it would have worked to fly the 375 miles from NYC to Buffalo (who flies 150 miles commercial from NYC to Albany? You can drive it in less time than going to LaGuardia— I’ve never even been to NYC and I know this), and then drive 30 miles to Rochester. See? I fixed a major inconsistency with a one minute search in google maps. Audible, you need to invest in competent editors and proofreaders.PS- Audible/Goodreads, you just outed the pseudonym of a narrator. Another great job.
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  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    My Review: I picked this up as part of the Audible Original freebie for the month, I am always on the look out for fun holiday stories and this one seemed fun. I am familiar with the authors, though I haven't read anything in a while. This turned out to be the perfect quick pick me up after a weekend of holiday stress. I was laughing out loud right from the beginning, the quirky names and situations were so entertaining. It does get a bit serious for a bit with backstory but for the most part it My Review: I picked this up as part of the Audible Original freebie for the month, I am always on the look out for fun holiday stories and this one seemed fun. I am familiar with the authors, though I haven't read anything in a while. This turned out to be the perfect quick pick me up after a weekend of holiday stress. I was laughing out loud right from the beginning, the quirky names and situations were so entertaining. It does get a bit serious for a bit with backstory but for the most part it is kept super fun and light. It is only a few hours long, so I suggest grabbing a glass of wine, setting up your gift wrapping and listen while you work; I promise it will go so much quicker and be a lot more entertaining this way!
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  • Thom Stratton
    January 1, 1970
    This story was offered to me as a free bonus on my Audible account. My previous book had been some pretty heavy stuff and, it being December and all, I figured something a little lighter would be in order. In that regard this story did not disappoint. A fair bit more depth than your average Hallmark Christmas Movie, it gave me a chance to see what else goes under the auspices of Romance these days. I enjoyed it, though I'd have difficulty recommending it to anyone who prefers clean or sweet This story was offered to me as a free bonus on my Audible account. My previous book had been some pretty heavy stuff and, it being December and all, I figured something a little lighter would be in order. In that regard this story did not disappoint. A fair bit more depth than your average Hallmark Christmas Movie, it gave me a chance to see what else goes under the auspices of Romance these days. I enjoyed it, though I'd have difficulty recommending it to anyone who prefers clean or sweet romance novels. I didn't see so much love going on here as desire driving things forward and personalities sealing the deal, though thankfully keeping it PG-13.But for what it was--light holiday fare offered as a bonus--it was enjoyable, and a good palate-cleanser after more heavy reading.
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  • Alaina
    January 1, 1970
    This was so freaking cute!The Christmas Pact seemed like a movie I've seen countless times. Definitely hallmark, lifetime, or even Netflix worthy! In it, you will meet Riley Kennedy and Kennedy Riley. It honestly felt like fate for these two.. because I would laugh so hard if they got married and she was Riley Riley. Still dying over it.The romance and attraction between these two was pretty good. I knew that the whole fake relationship would turn into something - because it always does. It This was so freaking cute!The Christmas Pact seemed like a movie I've seen countless times. Definitely hallmark, lifetime, or even Netflix worthy! In it, you will meet Riley Kennedy and Kennedy Riley. It honestly felt like fate for these two.. because I would laugh so hard if they got married and she was Riley Riley. Still dying over it.The romance and attraction between these two was pretty good. I knew that the whole fake relationship would turn into something - because it always does. It didn't hurt that these two definitely had chemistry and their families both loved the other. Overall, it ended too soon for me. I wanted more and still do. I'm also really in the mood for Christmas, so there's that. Need another book by these freaking authors STAT!
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    This novella is the perfect escape to all the holiday craziness. Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward write a sweet, sexy comedy about Kennedy Riley and Riley Kennedy. Now what is the chances that these two not only have the same name in reverse but also work in the same company, inadvertently getting each other's emails? This lands them in a Christmas pact, to appease their families and what they find is they have much more in common than their names. Andi Arndt and Sebastian York bring it all to life This novella is the perfect escape to all the holiday craziness. Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward write a sweet, sexy comedy about Kennedy Riley and Riley Kennedy. Now what is the chances that these two not only have the same name in reverse but also work in the same company, inadvertently getting each other's emails? This lands them in a Christmas pact, to appease their families and what they find is they have much more in common than their names. Andi Arndt and Sebastian York bring it all to life with their comedic timing, which will leave you laughing out loud and put you right in the holiday spirit!
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  • Prettywitty77
    January 1, 1970
    This book was cringey! I was so uncomfortable & disgusted with the actions of Kennedy. I’m still sitting here trying to gasp the fact that she brought a stranger into her home. Riley was so desperate it’s sickening. And Kennedy was a disgusting horn ball. This book made me so uncomfortable but in a way that I wanted to finish it to see this train wreck end. Am I the only person who thinks that the pact was unfair? Riley’s family visit- to shut her mom up. Kennedy’s wedding guest- Riley was This book was cringey! I was so uncomfortable & disgusted with the actions of Kennedy. I’m still sitting here trying to gasp the fact that she brought a stranger into her home. Riley was so desperate it’s sickening. And Kennedy was a disgusting horn ball. This book made me so uncomfortable but in a way that I wanted to finish it to see this train wreck end. Am I the only person who thinks that the pact was unfair? Riley’s family visit- to shut her mom up. Kennedy’s wedding guest- Riley was drug into a sh*t show of his ex-fiancé marrying his brother with a mix of depressed & resenting emotions. He set her up & acted like an emotional immature little boy. Cute ending though...
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    This short audible freebie was exactly what I expected it to be. I want to call it Hallmark lite, but it's really Hallmark on steroids...like a short Hallmark movie with a little profanity and a lot of sexual tension/references thrown in. The narration was pleasant enough. The female narrator's voice was great. To me the male narrator felt a little older than the character, but otherwise was fine. The story was light fluff, following the standard formula. But I was looking for something kind of This short audible freebie was exactly what I expected it to be. I want to call it Hallmark lite, but it's really Hallmark on steroids...like a short Hallmark movie with a little profanity and a lot of sexual tension/references thrown in. The narration was pleasant enough. The female narrator's voice was great. To me the male narrator felt a little older than the character, but otherwise was fine. The story was light fluff, following the standard formula. But I was looking for something kind of mindless to wash my brain of some of my longer, more serious reads - and it was perfect for this purpose.
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  • Lorna
    January 1, 1970
    Story 4 stars. Narration 5 star as usual with these narrators. Fun story that takes place over the course of the Christmas holidays. Two sorta coworkers meet due to their email getting mixed up. Her first name is his last name and her last name is his first name.It’s a novella and takes just under 3 hours to listen, but I honestly think it was a fully told story unlike a lot of novellas. We get back story and and plenty of good supporting characters. I enjoyed the romance and really liked both Story 4 stars. Narration 5 star as usual with these narrators. Fun story that takes place over the course of the Christmas holidays. Two sorta coworkers meet due to their email getting mixed up. Her first name is his last name and her last name is his first name.It’s a novella and takes just under 3 hours to listen, but I honestly think it was a fully told story unlike a lot of novellas. We get back story and and plenty of good supporting characters. I enjoyed the romance and really liked both of the main characters. Recommended to adult contemporary romance readers, especially ones that enjoy a Christmas setting.
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  • Jennifer Uribe
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so glad I chose this as one of my Audible Original freebees this month!I really enjoyed The Christmas Pact. I was looking for something without angst and that might make me laugh. It was light hearted and had me chuckling (especially when Riley took Kennedy home for Christmas). Even though this book was short, I never felt like the story wasn't told in its entirety. Could I have lived with more of their interactions at the beginning? Sure, but that is because I was enjoying the story so I'm so glad I chose this as one of my Audible Original freebees this month!I really enjoyed The Christmas Pact. I was looking for something without angst and that might make me laugh. It was light hearted and had me chuckling (especially when Riley took Kennedy home for Christmas). Even though this book was short, I never felt like the story wasn't told in its entirety. Could I have lived with more of their interactions at the beginning? Sure, but that is because I was enjoying the story so much. Also, because it was so short, I did not have to endure chapters upon chapters of analyzing things when they went wrong.Definitely going on my "Listen Again" list!
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  • Aww Autumn Nights
    January 1, 1970
    Meh... I liked the story. Very cute and fast listen that I wouldn't mind going over again. What I liked: That there wasn't blatant sex scenes. Ugh I hate those. I liked that it was short. I liked Riley. What I didn't like: The idea that all girls like asshole guys. Ughh That Kennedy was an asshole most of the time. That he was soooooooo handsome so that just automatically excused his jerk ways. My husband is HOT... However, when he is a jerk I let him know quick. I don't play that crap. Cute Meh... I liked the story. Very cute and fast listen that I wouldn't mind going over again. What I liked: That there wasn't blatant sex scenes. Ugh I hate those. I liked that it was short. I liked Riley. What I didn't like: The idea that all girls like asshole guys. Ughh That Kennedy was an asshole most of the time. That he was soooooooo handsome so that just automatically excused his jerk ways. My husband is HOT... However, when he is a jerk I let him know quick. I don't play that crap. Cute story though. Would read or "listen" to another one from these writers.
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  • Melitta Jackson (bitterlyfun)
    January 1, 1970
    For what it was it was cute. Predictable, but cute. It wasn't nearly full of holiday feels I was kind of hoping for. There were mentions of decoration, but I was hoping for dressing a tree, family dinner, gift giving, a new years party...something. The Christmas party's signature "white christmas" cocktail was about all I got.This book would have benefited to be longer. As it was it made it hard to believe the Riley Kennedy was OK with Kennedy Riley coming with her to see her family after having For what it was it was cute. Predictable, but cute. It wasn't nearly full of holiday feels I was kind of hoping for. There were mentions of decoration, but I was hoping for dressing a tree, family dinner, gift giving, a new years party...something. The Christmas party's signature "white christmas" cocktail was about all I got.This book would have benefited to be longer. As it was it made it hard to believe the Riley Kennedy was OK with Kennedy Riley coming with her to see her family after having just met in person a day earlier. A bit more build, tension, comedic back and forth, holiday family stuff. It could have been a good book.But as it was it was decent.
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  • Genna
    January 1, 1970
    This was a cute little cliche romance listen. So if you don’t like corny cliches it might not be for you. It was a quick listen. Finished it in a day. I gave it three stars because although I loved the two different perspectives between Riley and Kennedy I didn’t particularly like how Riley spoke the voice of Kennedy and vise versa. When it came to the sexy talk I couldn’t help but cringe. Mostly to Riley’s voice playing Kennedy. I would have just preferred it narrated by both Riley and Kennedy This was a cute little cliche romance listen. So if you don’t like corny cliches it might not be for you. It was a quick listen. Finished it in a day. I gave it three stars because although I loved the two different perspectives between Riley and Kennedy I didn’t particularly like how Riley spoke the voice of Kennedy and vise versa. When it came to the sexy talk I couldn’t help but cringe. Mostly to Riley’s voice playing Kennedy. I would have just preferred it narrated by both Riley and Kennedy in their own voices for themselves. Other wise I fairly enjoyed this little holiday listen.
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  • R.B. Austin
    January 1, 1970
    "The Christmas Pact" received FOUR stars. The novel gained *stars* for these items: * gained for: "The book caught my interest in first five pages."*gained for: "I thought about the bookwhen I was forced to set it down and re-enter society."* gained for: "There were no info dumps, poor writing, or copy edit mistakes that jerked me out of the story."* gained for: "I was sad when the book ended. I wanted more!"The novel failed to gain stars for this item:NO STAR gained for: "That's it. I'm hooked "The Christmas Pact" received FOUR stars. The novel gained *stars* for these items: * gained for: "The book caught my interest in first five pages."*gained for: "I thought about the book when I was forced to set it down and re-enter society."* gained for: "There were no info dumps, poor writing, or copy edit mistakes that jerked me out of the story."* gained for: "I was sad when the book ended. I wanted more!"The novel failed to gain stars for this item:NO STAR gained for: "That's it. I'm hooked on this author. I will automatically buy anything s/he writes."
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    EW NO. The second this switched to the man’s perspective I was OUT. “I felt a twitch in my pants.” “Hearing that no man had planted his flag on planet Riley for a long time made me a little crazy.” Unsuitable guy who’s kind of a jerk is then reformed into dream boyfriend is not a favorite of mine, but I get that it’s a trope that exists. This was beyond that. No thank you. Also, the woman’s big realization near the end is that she IS boring and if only she could get that man back her life would EW NO. The second this switched to the man’s perspective I was OUT. “I felt a twitch in my pants.” “Hearing that no man had planted his flag on planet Riley for a long time made me a little crazy.” Unsuitable guy who’s kind of a jerk is then reformed into dream boyfriend is not a favorite of mine, but I get that it’s a trope that exists. This was beyond that. No thank you. Also, the woman’s big realization near the end is that she IS boring and if only she could get that man back her life would be Christmas-letter worthy.
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