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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. She hadn’t heard his laugh yet either. And it was definitely before s 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. She hadn’t heard his laugh yet either. 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?


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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. She hadn’t heard his laugh yet either. And it was definitely before s 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. She hadn’t heard his laugh yet either. 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?

30 review for The Relationship Pact

  1. 4 out of 5

    ✨ Lucy ✨

    victory is so much sweeter when you have to work for it Wow! This is the perfect conclusion for an amazing series with amazing characters. I don’t even know what to say , I’m speechless. This story brought me on a roller coaster of no ending emotions . Hollis was definitely something else. His past wasn’t surely an happy one. And it all came together in very big trust and abandonment issues. His friendship and chat texts with Crew and River were so funny and showed how strong their bond was even if victory is so much sweeter when you have to work for it Wow! This is the perfect conclusion for an amazing series with amazing characters. I don’t even know what to say , I’m speechless. This story brought me on a roller coaster of no ending emotions . Hollis was definitely something else. His past wasn’t surely an happy one. And it all came together in very big trust and abandonment issues. His friendship and chat texts with Crew and River were so funny and showed how strong their bond was even if they were miles away. A fake relationship , a sexy football player with more than one talent and a girl who swore off athletes, it’s the perfect mix for an interesting story you won’t surely regret! The chemistry between Hollis and Riss was explosive, it was meant to be since their first meeting. Their journey wasn’t easy , but it was full of funny , sweet and also very deep moments. she could see my pain and wanted to be my balm I loved every page of it. It was a real page turner. I gave it 4 stars I hope you’ll enjoy it like I did Enjoy! *ARC IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW *

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melanie (mells_view)

    “Every door that has closed on you wasn’t your door.” I’m so happy Larissa got a book, because I really thought she was fun in Restraint. While that book was hot and sweet, it didn’t hit me as hard as this one. TRP follows Hollis from and Larissa. They are meant to just be each other’s fake dates to get through some awkward dinners and parties, but of course these two hit it off. Hollis’s back story and trauma made me so emotional, and just takes this story to a level I wasn’t expecting. Other th “Every door that has closed on you wasn’t your door.” I’m so happy Larissa got a book, because I really thought she was fun in Restraint. While that book was hot and sweet, it didn’t hit me as hard as this one. TRP follows Hollis from and Larissa. They are meant to just be each other’s fake dates to get through some awkward dinners and parties, but of course these two hit it off. Hollis’s back story and trauma made me so emotional, and just takes this story to a level I wasn’t expecting. Other than that it’s just a sweet, fun, and relatively quick read!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    NOW LIVE! Amazon US * Amazon UK The Relationship Pact is the thirst and final installment of the multi-author series, Kings of Football. This story can be read as a complete standalone though and Adriana Locke actually included a lot of cameo's from her own past characters which I absolutely loved. Hollis Hudson gave me all the feels and I adored his character. He may of had the abs of a god but under the good looks he was a vulnerable man still reeling from the lonely childhood he had after bein NOW LIVE! Amazon US * Amazon UK The Relationship Pact is the thirst and final installment of the multi-author series, Kings of Football. This story can be read as a complete standalone though and Adriana Locke actually included a lot of cameo's from her own past characters which I absolutely loved. Hollis Hudson gave me all the feels and I adored his character. He may of had the abs of a god but under the good looks he was a vulnerable man still reeling from the lonely childhood he had after being passed around from family, to foster care, and then left to go his own way. I really enjoyed that we got to see all of his insecurities and I thought the character development we saw throughout the book was amazing. Larissa Mason is horrible at picking which guys to date but with Hollis it's just pact and then they'll both move on. Or at least that was the plan before feelings got involved. And oh boy were there feelings. Sweet, hot, adorable, Larissa and Hollis had it all and I was not disappointed at their story at all. It wasn't easy for Hollis to accept that Larissa was more than a relationship pact but they both really stepped up when it was needed and I fell for them hard. ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Adriana has done it again! I absolutely loved Hollis and Larissa. I couldn't put their story down. There connection was totally instant and Hollis you discover doesn't make friends easily he is cautious after being let down by some people when he was younger. I loved Hollis, he had that vulnerability to him that you kinda don't expect and I loved Larissa, she totally knew what she wanted and didn't want! I laughed so much when she found out he was a football player! I loved seeing glimpses of he Adriana has done it again! I absolutely loved Hollis and Larissa. I couldn't put their story down. There connection was totally instant and Hollis you discover doesn't make friends easily he is cautious after being let down by some people when he was younger. I loved Hollis, he had that vulnerability to him that you kinda don't expect and I loved Larissa, she totally knew what she wanted and didn't want! I laughed so much when she found out he was a football player! I loved seeing glimpses of her family and I can't wait to see more of her cousins, oh and her BFF Bellamy! Everyone needs a friend like Bellamy. Other highlights for me were Judy who was a fantastic character and special mention to one Mr Lincoln Landry! Every book should have a Lincoln appearance! One of my favorite books of 2020!  

  5. 4 out of 5

    BBNT Book Blog

    Hollis. Hudson. Is. Mine. This book just hits different. It's the same brilliant writing you expect from Adriana Locke, but somehow Hollis and Larissa are just... different. They're fun, they're light hearted, they're hot together, but there is an underlying level of angst, of mistrust, of emotion that drags you in, pulls you under, and doesn't release you until you've reached 'The End'. This one had me in tears multiple times, and had me laughing, rooting for our couple, and even wanting to smac Hollis. Hudson. Is. Mine. This book just hits different. It's the same brilliant writing you expect from Adriana Locke, but somehow Hollis and Larissa are just... different. They're fun, they're light hearted, they're hot together, but there is an underlying level of angst, of mistrust, of emotion that drags you in, pulls you under, and doesn't release you until you've reached 'The End'. This one had me in tears multiple times, and had me laughing, rooting for our couple, and even wanting to smack some peeps upside the head a few times too. I highly recommend you read this book ASAP! It's one I can guarantee you won't regret picking up!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sentranced Jem

    It’s been ages since I’ve read a book by Adriana Locke and having read The relationship Pact, I’m wondering why I stopped reading her books. 
I’ve really been enjoying the Kings of Football series and The Relationship Pact was the pièce de résistance because I adored Larissa and Hollis! I do love a fake-relationship plot line! Why? Because the chemistry and banter always makes for an entertaining read. You can feel the tension in the air! The Relationship Pact by Adriana Locke is beyond It’s been ages since I’ve read a book by Adriana Locke and having read The relationship Pact, I’m wondering why I stopped reading her books. 
I’ve really been enjoying the Kings of Football series and The Relationship Pact was the pièce de résistance because I adored Larissa and Hollis! I do love a fake-relationship plot line! Why? Because the chemistry and banter always makes for an entertaining read. You can feel the tension in the air! The Relationship Pact by Adriana Locke is beyond entertaining and loveable, It has also sweet, angsty and has really good chemistry.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Fleury

    What a great story. I love this book and author. This is my first book by Adriana. Sports romances are my favorite as well. I don't want to give too much away. Just read this series n this book is the third of 3. A wonderful series What a great story. I love this book and author. This is my first book by Adriana. Sports romances are my favorite as well. I don't want to give too much away. Just read this series n this book is the third of 3. A wonderful series

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jenifer Briggs

    I have always been adamant about the fact that "Written In The Scars" was Addy's best book ever, but Hollis has officially taken first rank in my heart. I seriously could not love this man enough!! His backstory just broke my heart, and I wanted so badly to be able to hug this hunky football player and let him know how loved he is. Oh my goodness, I adore him! So Hollis has been invited to accept an award by Lincoln Landry (he always finds a way to pop up, doesn't he?!😂) and since it's around th I have always been adamant about the fact that "Written In The Scars" was Addy's best book ever, but Hollis has officially taken first rank in my heart. I seriously could not love this man enough!! His backstory just broke my heart, and I wanted so badly to be able to hug this hunky football player and let him know how loved he is. Oh my goodness, I adore him! So Hollis has been invited to accept an award by Lincoln Landry (he always finds a way to pop up, doesn't he?!😂) and since it's around the holidays, he figures he's just going to stay holed up in his hotel room missing his best buddies (River & Crew!) Then he meets the beautiful blonde that steals his breath and his heart. Larissa has terrible luck with men, well, with self absored athletes who appreciate their reflection more than they do the women in their lives. After officially swearing off athletes, she runs into Hollis and easily convinces him to be her pretend boyfriend for a few minutes, and the magic that swirls around them is so damn potent that I felt like I was experiencing it first hand. These two have some amazing chemistry, and right away you can just tell how much they care for each other. When they both need dates to their respective functions, they agree to continue the ruse of being in a relationship, and it's not long that these two are inseparable. And their love?! Oh my gosh. It does happen quickly, especially compared to the first books in the series who are definite slow burns, but that doesn't make it less real. You just know these two are meant to be!! I can't say enough how much I love Hollis. From the beginning I was completely head over heels for him, and my love for him only grew with every page. Larissa is by far one of the best heroines I've read in a while too! She was so down to earth, so hilarious and true, sensitive and beautiful, and I adored her relationship with Bellamy and all her cousins!! And how can I end this review without mention Grandma Judy?! Oh my gosh. That woman didn't hesitate to take Hollis under wing, even when he fought her love at first. But their relationship was just so beautiful! And I loved how hilarious she was! Everyone needs a Judy in their lives! It's truly been a dream to have three of my favorite authors come together and write such an amazing series! I loved each one of these books, and I hope that one day these amazing ladies will reunite with one another! I can't stress enough how absolutely amazing these books are! They are definitely must reads!! **I received an ARC of this book and these are my honest opinions!**

  9. 5 out of 5

    Julia Phillips

    I absolutely love Adriana Locke’s writing. She is an incredible storyteller and this book did not disappoint. This is book three in the Kings of Football series which is comprised of three different books from three different authors. All three can be read as complete standalones, but I highly recommend all three. This one, however, is going to stick with me for a while. I promise it will steal your heart too. Hollis and Larissa’s story is a beautiful one. Hollis is an amazing person who has gon I absolutely love Adriana Locke’s writing. She is an incredible storyteller and this book did not disappoint. This is book three in the Kings of Football series which is comprised of three different books from three different authors. All three can be read as complete standalones, but I highly recommend all three. This one, however, is going to stick with me for a while. I promise it will steal your heart too. Hollis and Larissa’s story is a beautiful one. Hollis is an amazing person who has gone through so much. He’s perfect on the outside but on the inside (cue the tears) he is so broken and filled with self-doubt. I just wanted to hug him. Throughout this book he struggles to know is worth, but Larissa and so many other characters in this story are there to support him and help him see he is worthy. As for Larissa, she is such a loveable character. What starts off in a fun meet-cute moment quickly turns to something much deeper. She knew just what to do to help Hollis. She was beautiful, sweet, loving and accepting. Everything Hollis deserved. Watching their love story unfold was so much deeper than I expected. Don’t worry though, this book has lots of fun moments too. Without giving too much away this is what I will say about the book… If you are looking for a beautiful NA contemporary romance story, that has a lot of fun yet still some deep moments, with a story that will leave you turning the pages just to see what happens, and the perfect HEA, this is for you. Also, Adriana Locke, if your listening 😉, I hope to see Hollis and Larissa in future books. I just need to see what their life has beyond your last epilogue. You truly create the best characters and storylines! xoxo

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rozberry🍓

    4.25 stars I’m sort of having a little “reviewer’s block” for whatever reason, so this’ll be kinda short. I suppose this may not technically be a Masons book officially since Larissa is a cousin & not a sibling, but as far as I’m concerned AL is two for two with the Masons in Restraint & now tRP. Cause I’m definitely hooked on the Masons. Despite tRP’s timeline not actually being that long from their meet-cute til the end, it didn’t feel that way. The way AL paced the built up to giving the feels 4.25 stars I’m sort of having a little “reviewer’s block” for whatever reason, so this’ll be kinda short. I suppose this may not technically be a Masons book officially since Larissa is a cousin & not a sibling, but as far as I’m concerned AL is two for two with the Masons in Restraint & now tRP. Cause I’m definitely hooked on the Masons. Despite tRP’s timeline not actually being that long from their meet-cute til the end, it didn’t feel that way. The way AL paced the built up to giving the feels as well as Hollis & Larissa’s connection felt fairly natural & believable considering. I thought she also did a great job laying the groundwork for Bellamy(Larissa’s BFF) as the heroine in the official 2nd Masons book, Reputation. That’s it 🤷‍♀️ lol.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Keri Loves Books

    An epic bromance coupled with a strangers to lovers, fake boyfriend romance that will give your feels the feels! Hollis and Larissa are couple goals. Everybody wants hot friends like Crew, Hollis and River. Hollis is the good time guy. He’s all about the fun but it’s all to mask the pain. No real relationships other than his best buds, River and Crew. They are the only two he trusts. They’re his only family. Everyone else leaves. Hollis is in Savannah to get an award for time he dedicated to chari An epic bromance coupled with a strangers to lovers, fake boyfriend romance that will give your feels the feels! Hollis and Larissa are couple goals. Everybody wants hot friends like Crew, Hollis and River. Hollis is the good time guy. He’s all about the fun but it’s all to mask the pain. No real relationships other than his best buds, River and Crew. They are the only two he trusts. They’re his only family. Everyone else leaves. Hollis is in Savannah to get an award for time he dedicated to charity. He’s decided to spend his Christmas break there, get his award, and then head back to school for his final semester. It’s time to decide his future whether it be football or something else. Sitting in a small town bar is going to change his life. When a beautiful girl approaches him and asks him to pretend to be her fake boyfriend, for just a few minutes, to drive off an unwanted ex. He can’t resist because their chemistry immediate. She’s sworn off men, so it’s only a temporary lapse. They both have built walls, but together they are about to crush them. He’s never had a relationship and has a tendency to leave before he gets left. She wanted to be alone until she realized better was out there and she finally found it. A sweet romance with a great small town vibe. Everyone feels like family. The banter among Crew, Hollis and River balanced the poignant with the hunor perfectly. You definitelt felt the love. Larissa was sunshine and fun! She opened his eyes to happiness and love. Hollis was resilient, but struggling. He just needed a little help to find his way. This story was so much more than I expected in the best of ways. All these characters were easy to love. A story of finding where you belong and the love of family you choose. I wouldn’t mind Bellamy and Coy’s story or watching Boone find his better half. I am hoping for more. A perfect addition to this series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Proud_book_nerd (Josie)

    Something wild but stable Any time I sit down to read this author I know the book will lighten my day. I know I know, some of you that have read her books are thinking, this woman can make you cry like no other BUT we're all better for it and you know it! Okay, let's get to the story. I don't want to go into too much detail because you need to read this book!!! Hollis Hudson holds a little piece of my heart, this man has been through so much but is a bleeding heart worth so much. Larissa wants th Something wild but stable Any time I sit down to read this author I know the book will lighten my day. I know I know, some of you that have read her books are thinking, this woman can make you cry like no other BUT we're all better for it and you know it! Okay, let's get to the story. I don't want to go into too much detail because you need to read this book!!! Hollis Hudson holds a little piece of my heart, this man has been through so much but is a bleeding heart worth so much. Larissa wants that once in a lifetime love she's witnessed, even though she keeps finding the toads. These two together are a breath of fresh air. What steals your heart in this book are all the little moments: a hand held, a surprise kiss, a claiming touch, a spanking granny, a table full of "family". That's what makes this book and relationship special, the everyday joys so many people take for granted are what make you fall in love with Larissa and Hollis. We're at our best when we find that person that gives us strength, calms our soul, and breathes life into every day. Special to the core they both are!!! Can I just say that Bellamy was a riot and I cannot wait for the explosion that is to be her and Coy in Reputation!!!! If you need a good dose of the Landry and Mason family, have a seat and open it up because Larissa and Hollis make you feel at home.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    "𝙈𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧." The Relationship Pact is the great combination of heart-warming, scorching and funny. There are many reasons to love this book, but the main one is Hollis Hudson. Hollis easygoing and charming manner, his flirtatiousness but also the hurt and shame he tries to hide behind his carefree demeanor add up to a fascinating, utterly endearing male lead. His relationship with Larissa, despite the occasional bumps is genuine, infused with cute times. All in all, this book was so good a "𝙈𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧." The Relationship Pact is the great combination of heart-warming, scorching and funny. There are many reasons to love this book, but the main one is Hollis Hudson. Hollis easygoing and charming manner, his flirtatiousness but also the hurt and shame he tries to hide behind his carefree demeanor add up to a fascinating, utterly endearing male lead. His relationship with Larissa, despite the occasional bumps is genuine, infused with cute times. All in all, this book was so good and I will definitely read more Adriana Locke books. *ARC kindly provided by Candi Kane PR for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Two Bookish Brits)

    Ah what an amazing book! I haven’t read many books from this author but oh my gosh this book was amazing! Hollis and Larissa will give you ALL the feels and you’ll love every single second of it. Larissa is beautiful, insanely smart and full of fun. has sworn off of men, she has walls up. Hollis is a good guy, a charitable guy. The kind of guy who likes to have fun but deep down underneath all the fun there’s a guy full of pain. A guy who only has his two best friends in his life that he can trus Ah what an amazing book! I haven’t read many books from this author but oh my gosh this book was amazing! Hollis and Larissa will give you ALL the feels and you’ll love every single second of it. Larissa is beautiful, insanely smart and full of fun. has sworn off of men, she has walls up. Hollis is a good guy, a charitable guy. The kind of guy who likes to have fun but deep down underneath all the fun there’s a guy full of pain. A guy who only has his two best friends in his life that he can trust, everyone else leaves at some point. After an introduction in a bar with a random beautiful girl he can’t help say yes when she asks him to pretend to be her boyfriend. The chemistry between these two was instant and after spending some time together we get see just how bright that spark between them is. The more time they spend together, the more they open up and it was beautiful to watch. Their relationship wasn’t perfect, there were curves but every great love story has them. Let’s not forget the banter too, the banter in this book was so much fun, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud at times, it got me some stares from random people but who cares lol. This story was the perfect addition to this series. Every single character was easy to love and just buried their way into your heart, I love them, I love them all. ARC received in exchange for an honest review The Relationship pact was a fun, cute romance. A beautiful story that’ll capture your attention from the get go.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jenny - TotallybookedBlog

    4.5 Stars ‘She’s a chance encounter. Temporary. The perfect solution to an imperfect situation.’ Adriana Locke finished this series of standalones -about three best mates, River, Crew and Hollis- off with a bang. The Relationship Pact was such a fabulous read. It had great humour, we still crack up over the three blokes group texts. It had such depth of emotion and introspection. It was incredibly sweet at times and had genuine moments where tears rolled down our faces. What a wonderful series thi 4.5 Stars ‘She’s a chance encounter. Temporary. The perfect solution to an imperfect situation.’ Adriana Locke finished this series of standalones -about three best mates, River, Crew and Hollis- off with a bang. The Relationship Pact was such a fabulous read. It had great humour, we still crack up over the three blokes group texts. It had such depth of emotion and introspection. It was incredibly sweet at times and had genuine moments where tears rolled down our faces. What a wonderful series this has been. A special mention goes out to Pops from The Romantic Pact and Grandma Judy in The Relationship Pact, they made us cry and our hearts fit to burst! Between Ilsa Madden-Mills, Meghan Quinn and Adriana Locke, we were kept riveted, entertained and ultimately we fell in book love. The best feeling in the world. ‘Anyone that has ever known anything about my life’s history has done one thing of two things – pitied me or judged me. It just depends on how much they know.’ Hollis is such a wonderfully written character. Hiding behind a ‘life of the party’ façade, a player status, he shields his past of where he came from, who he is and his feelings of insecurity. A man who believes himself incapable of being loved with heavy abandonment issues will never feel safe in a relationship. The chemistry between Hollis and Larissa was palpable from the first page till the last. Hollis has a vulnerability and sweet romantic side to him underneath all the bravado, a side brought to the surface by the wonderful Larissa. From a cheeky friendship and fake relationship pact grew healing and a fierce and passionate love. “I’m not the guy that people keep around. And that’s cool. I’ve accepted it by myself. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt like a motherfucker…You wonder if everyone is looking at you – like can they see the stain on your soul?” This is a series where the women are fierce, strong and emotionally powerful. They know what they want, they’re compassionate, with big hearts and so much love to offer. The men are all fighting their own demons and circumstances which come to a head in their last football season leaving them standing at a crossroads in their lives. Important messages of family, friendship, loyalty and never judging a book by its cover are prevalent in this series. The chemistry was scorching, the banter on point and the depth of their characters’ stories passionate and emotional. “I wanted someone to look at me like I was the most important thing in the world to him. That would tell the whole universe that I was his girl. That’s all. I didn’t want money or cars or fame. I just wanted to find my best friend and to create a beautiful corner of the world just for us.” Available to purchase below Amazon US Amazon UK Come and say hi, at: ✲ TotallyBookedBlog ✲ TBB on Facebook ✲ TBB on Instagram ✲ TBB on Twitter ✲ TBB on Pinterest

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lenor

    “You sort of fell into my life right when I needed you.” I did not see this coming!!!! This is probably one of my top 5 favorite books of 2020, I need this story in every available format. I can’t even write properly what this book made me feel...I cried, I laughed, I swooned, and I want more!!! An amazing end to an amazing series, Adriana Locke created the perfect book; a broken hero, a strong heroine; the drama, the romance, the chasing, the angst it is all worth it. This is one of those books y “You sort of fell into my life right when I needed you.” I did not see this coming!!!! This is probably one of my top 5 favorite books of 2020, I need this story in every available format. I can’t even write properly what this book made me feel...I cried, I laughed, I swooned, and I want more!!! An amazing end to an amazing series, Adriana Locke created the perfect book; a broken hero, a strong heroine; the drama, the romance, the chasing, the angst it is all worth it. This is one of those books you’ll want to re-read anytime you feel like falling in love. This is a romance where the main character steals completely the spotlight, Hollis is just perfect, he’s the broken alpha that just needed to be needed; and Larissa needs him in every possible way; even if it all started as a pact, sometimes you can’t change fate and you end up just in the right place at the right time… you just need to be open to new possibilities. So here goes nothing...dear Adriana Locke; you just gained yourself an intense fan that is going to devour your books and probably, -like for sure- ask for more and more until you’ll get sick of seeing my name on your notifications, sorry in advance...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Alcazar

    I cannot begin to tell you the amount of swooning I did over this story. Every single person in this story made me swoon. These.Three.Men!!, I did not see them coming and I definitely was blindsided by Hollis! And Larissa, who doesn’t want to be her??? Better yet, her friend! I want to bottle the both of them and keep them all for myself! My heart and soul are super happy right now thinking about the journey I read and the future these two will have. When that happens, when days after you’ve I cannot begin to tell you the amount of swooning I did over this story. Every single person in this story made me swoon. These.Three.Men!!, I did not see them coming and I definitely was blindsided by Hollis! And Larissa, who doesn’t want to be her??? Better yet, her friend! I want to bottle the both of them and keep them all for myself! My heart and soul are super happy right now thinking about the journey I read and the future these two will have. When that happens, when days after you’ve finished a book you’re still just smiling and imagining what beautiful lives they must be living, it’s an anomaly. That doesn’t happen often, and I love that it’s happening with Hollis and Larissa. This story rode the line of sexy flirty and emotional heart wrench like a champ. Mad props to Adriana for keeping the story on the tightrope, never veering too far either way. I think that’s my favorite part of this story. The ease in which I felt invested in their HEA and also a part of the story. I wasn’t even twitchy when they inner monologued and that always makes me twitchy! And again, it’s the author. This chic made sure the inner monologue sucked you in just like the banter and the sexy and the fun and just all of it. I don’t like to play favorites *cough* lie *cough*, but I mean if I did …. 5+ ”.. don’t block your blessings..” STARS!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Harloe Rae

    Fake dating a crazily handsome and absolutely unforgettable tight end is easy. But it's not love. It's a pact—right? Live now and available in KU: https://geni.us/YQGzPtA Happy reading! BOOK GR LINK ——> https://geni.us/6A5zx Fake dating a crazily handsome and absolutely unforgettable tight end is easy. But it's not love. It's a pact—right? Live now and available in KU: https://geni.us/YQGzPtA Happy reading! BOOK GR LINK ——> https://geni.us/6A5zx

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jeeves Reads Romance

    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 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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ria | Abstract ♥ Books

    ALL MY REVIEWS CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG: ABSTRACT BOOKS "The Relationship Pact" is a standalone novel of the 'kings of football' series by the three bestselling authors Ilsa madden mills , Adriana Locke and Meghan Quinn. Told in dual perspectives , this is Hollis's Story.!! From the moment I read about Hollis in the first two books of this series , I knew that he was going to be my favourite! His quirky sense of humour and the way he communicated was just too funny for me, not to mention he was s ALL MY REVIEWS CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG: ABSTRACT BOOKS "The Relationship Pact" is a standalone novel of the 'kings of football' series by the three bestselling authors Ilsa madden mills , Adriana Locke and Meghan Quinn. Told in dual perspectives , this is Hollis's Story.!! From the moment I read about Hollis in the first two books of this series , I knew that he was going to be my favourite! His quirky sense of humour and the way he communicated was just too funny for me, not to mention he was smokin hot! Larrisa was his perfect match in every way! She was the girl who stayed away from players and athletes, but there was something about Hollis that made her stay with him. Both of them liked each other and enjoyed each other's company so they formed a pact for a fake relationship so that they could go to their family events without any repercussions. What started as a fake relationship soon transformed into a real one and staying away from one and other became very tough! But Hollis had issues related to relationships. His demons won't let him be serious with Larissa when that was all she wanted. Soon they both had a lot to question and a lot of sacrifices to make for them to be together. This one was a light read for me! It has that sense of humour which I enjoyed a lot and it certainly made this book special for me. There were no major twists and turns in the book and it was a plain contemporary romance but compelling nonetheless! A definite recommendation to all the contemporary romance lovers out there! Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Bookbub | My Blog

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bookgasms Book Blog

    Oh my word - am I ever glad I picked this book up! Hollis and Larissa were absolutely adorable. I bought into their chemistry right away. Their relationship moves really fast, but there were only a few eyebrow raises from me. That is, I felt like the nature of their connection rang true for me. I loved their banter, their sizzling physical chemistry, and their sweet emotional connection. The fact that they caught feelings so quickly wasn't a problem for me because, frankly, I caught feelings for Oh my word - am I ever glad I picked this book up! Hollis and Larissa were absolutely adorable. I bought into their chemistry right away. Their relationship moves really fast, but there were only a few eyebrow raises from me. That is, I felt like the nature of their connection rang true for me. I loved their banter, their sizzling physical chemistry, and their sweet emotional connection. The fact that they caught feelings so quickly wasn't a problem for me because, frankly, I caught feelings for them just as fast. I do feel like the emotional baggage that they both carried resolved rather conveniently. At times it felt perhaps a little too neat. But I did enjoy their story a lot. Hollis was a complete surprise for me and I loved the way his story tugged at my heartstrings. I loved how Larissa drew him out of his shell and how she lit up his inner alpha. They were a perfect match, and so much fun to read! But if I'm being honest - the real treat was the cameo appearances. I loved getting time with beloved characters from Adriana Locke's other series (and what an absolutely perfect lead-up for the next Mason Family book). The way Ms. Locke brought everything (and everyone) together in this effortlessly orchestrated way that made my heart so happy. This is a true standalone. I only knew pieces of the other stories going into this one, and I had no problem connecting or understanding what was going on at all. It was a quick, easy, emotionally satisfying read and I really am so happy for the time I got to spend with them! ~ Shelly, 4 Stars

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rosie

    The Kings of Football books are an interconnected series from Ilsa Madden Mills, Meghan Quinn and Adriana Locke, which are three of my favourite authors, and although I'm sad to see this series go, I have enjoyed every book! Since the beginning, Hollis has intrigued me with his strong but silent ways, but nothing could’ve prepared me for his book. His raw truth and honesty broke me, and I am so happy he found Larissa to show him it’s okay to let people in. Hollis Hudson is known for keeping people The Kings of Football books are an interconnected series from Ilsa Madden Mills, Meghan Quinn and Adriana Locke, which are three of my favourite authors, and although I'm sad to see this series go, I have enjoyed every book! Since the beginning, Hollis has intrigued me with his strong but silent ways, but nothing could’ve prepared me for his book. His raw truth and honesty broke me, and I am so happy he found Larissa to show him it’s okay to let people in. Hollis Hudson is known for keeping people at arm’s length. He keeps a distance from people, never truly letting them in, other than his friends Crew and River. But when he’s invited down to Savannah to accept an award from Lincoln Landry’s foundation for charity work, after a disastrous final football season, he’s reluctant because it will reveal a vulnerable side to him that he keeps hidden. But on his first night in the city, he is accosted by Larissa Mason in a bar, who needs a fake boyfriend for five minutes to get her ex off her back. Hollis accepts, short and easy relationships are his thing, but he feels a connection to Larissa almost instantly. At the end of the night, they exchange numbers, and think they’ll never see each other again, until they are both in need of a date to different events over the next week. They draw up a relationship pact, one which promises to keep things platonic, but soon they realise that that won’t be the case. Once they give in to the physical side, they begin to open up to each other about their pasts and call each other out on their insecurities. Their relationship seems to become real, until something causes Hollis to flashback to his past and he runs. Will Larissa be able to prove to him it’s worth trusting her with his heart? Hollis made my heart ache, he felt so alone in the world, and he constantly pushed people away because it was easier for him to leave than for them to leave him, it hurt less. He’d always managed to keep a distance, unless with his friends River and Crew, until Larissa wormed her way in to his heart with her constant questions and loving personality. He had been burned badly by someone who was meant to love him unconditionally, meaning he never knew how to trust people because he was constantly let down. But Larissa was different, he could see a future with her, although it took him a while and a lot of convincing from his friends and surrogate grandmother to realise that it was okay to go after what he wanted. Larissa knew what she didn’t want in a boyfriend, having sworn off all athletes moments before meeting Hollis. But when he swooped into save her, he was suddenly everything she wanted in a man, charming, sweet and witty, but with this vulnerable side that made him so much more. She had seen how love had hurt her own mother, and so the thought of letting someone in who could do the same scared her, but she quickly realised that Hollis was the one, and it was up to her to chase him and prove that he was worth it, unlike anyone before in his life. Hollis and Larissa just worked so well, I adored their banter and their wit, they could keep each other on their toes, but their soft moments, when they let each other in and learnt how to trust each other were just beautiful. Their chemistry was hot, but it was the way they could be themselves with each other that really sold them to me as a couple, and although it happened very quickly, the love between them seemed so real. Larissa showed Hollis it was okay to open up and be vulnerable, that it was worth the risk, and in return he gave her the love and friendship she wanted in a relationship. The ending was one of my favourite parts, because it proved how far Hollis had come in putting himself out there to be loved. It took me a while to realise that Larissa was a member of the Mason series, but once I did it made me so happy seeing all of them together, as well as the Landry’s. It felt like coming home to Adriana’s world, and I am so excited for Bellamy and Coy’s story in Reputation next! The Relationship Pact was the perfect end for this series, and I am sad to see these characters go. It was great seeing River, Crew and Hollis all found their own happily ever after, chasing their own dreams whilst still remaining the strongest of friends. I cannot recommend this series enough. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dali

    A pleasant new adult story about fate, kindness and love ➵ Heroine: Larissa Mason is a loving soul who’s been disillusioned one time too many and is ready to give up on love. She’s especially reluctant to date athletes. ➵ Hero: Star football player, Hollis Hudson is a man of many talents. He has wonderful abs, is good at football, he has musical aptitudes and is smooth with women. But underneath all the swagger, lays a vulnerable, closed off man who believes he’s unloveable. ➵ Plot: Lariss A pleasant new adult story about fate, kindness and love ➵ Heroine: Larissa Mason is a loving soul who’s been disillusioned one time too many and is ready to give up on love. She’s especially reluctant to date athletes. ➵ Hero: Star football player, Hollis Hudson is a man of many talents. He has wonderful abs, is good at football, he has musical aptitudes and is smooth with women. But underneath all the swagger, lays a vulnerable, closed off man who believes he’s unloveable. ➵ Plot: Larissa and Hollis meet at a bar and in less than five minutes they’re bargaining a relationship pact where they help each other out pretending to be dating while Hollis is in town. As they find reasons to help each other out and spend time together, their connection grows. ➵ Feels: Even though Hollis and Larissa meet and fall in love in the span of week, their chemistry is tangible and they’re perfect for one another. She pushes him to open up with her genuine interest in getting to know him. The secondary characters not only help Hollis and Larissa in their relationship but also lend so much in the feels department. I LOVED Judy, Hollis’ adopted grandma and Bellamy, Larissa’s BFF, provided so much entertainment. ➵ Facts: The Relationship Pact is a standalone romance by Adriana Locke. It’s book #3 of the Kings of Football series. It is told from both points of view, and has a happy ending. Sub-genres: Insta-love | College Football ➵ Overall rating: 4 Amazon -> https://amzn.to/3mlnvBO * I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via Candi Kate. The excerpts are from that copy. I am voluntarily reviewing this title. * Stalk me on FaceBook * Instagram * More reviews

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gitte TotallyBookedBlog

    4.5 Stars ‘She’s a chance encounter. Temporary. The perfect solution to an imperfect situation.’ Adriana Locke finished this series of standalones -about three best mates, River, Crew and Hollis- off with a bang. The Relationship Pact was such a fabulous read. It had great humour, we still crack up over the three blokes group texts. It had such depth of emotion and introspection. It was incredibly sweet at times and had genuine moments where tears rolled down our faces. What a wonderful series th 4.5 Stars ‘She’s a chance encounter. Temporary. The perfect solution to an imperfect situation.’ Adriana Locke finished this series of standalones -about three best mates, River, Crew and Hollis- off with a bang. The Relationship Pact was such a fabulous read. It had great humour, we still crack up over the three blokes group texts. It had such depth of emotion and introspection. It was incredibly sweet at times and had genuine moments where tears rolled down our faces. What a wonderful series this has been. A special mention goes out to Pops from The Romantic Pact and Grandma Judy in The Relationship Pact, they made us cry and our hearts fit to burst! Between Ilsa Madden-Mills, Meghan Quinn and Adriana Locke, we were kept riveted, entertained and ultimately we fell in book love. The best feeling in the world. ‘Anyone that has ever known anything about my life’s history has done one thing of two things – pitied me or judged me. It just depends on how much they know.’ Hollis is such a wonderfully written character. Hiding behind a ‘life of the party’ façade, a player status, he shields his past of where he came from, who he is and his feelings of insecurity. A man who believes himself incapable of being loved with heavy abandonment issues will never feel safe in a relationship. The chemistry between Hollis and Larissa was palpable from the first page till the last. Hollis has a vulnerability and sweet romantic side to him underneath all the bravado, a side brought to the surface by the wonderful Larissa. From a cheeky friendship and fake relationship pact grew healing and a fierce and passionate love. “I’m not the guy that people keep around. And that’s cool. I’ve accepted it by myself. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt like a motherfucker…You wonder if everyone is looking at you – like can they see the stain on your soul?” This is a series where the women are fierce, strong and emotionally powerful. They know what they want, they’re compassionate, with big hearts and so much love to offer. The men are all fighting their own demons and circumstances which come to a head in their last football season leaving them standing at a crossroads in their lives. Important messages of family, friendship, loyalty and never judging a book by its cover are prevalent in this series. The chemistry was scorching, the banter on point and the depth of their characters’ stories passionate and emotional. “I wanted someone to look at me like I was the most important thing in the world to him. That would tell the whole universe that I was his girl. That’s all. I didn’t want money or cars or fame. I just wanted to find my best friend and to create a beautiful corner of the world just for us.” Available to purchase below Amazon US Amazon UK Come and say hi, at: ✲ TotallyBookedBlog ✲ TBB on Facebook ✲ TBB on Instagram ✲ TBB on Twitter ✲ TBB on Pinterest

  25. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    Hollis is this beautiful creature that hides his pain behind a laid-back attitude and smile on his face while creating walls so high not even his closest friends know what lurks behind them. He has a past that he hides so well by never letting anyone too close to know what all he has endured, and my heart broke for him. Hollis is selfless, beautiful inside and out, caring, funny, and pretty much everything anyone could ever want in a guy, yet he doesn’t think he is worth it. When he finds himsel Hollis is this beautiful creature that hides his pain behind a laid-back attitude and smile on his face while creating walls so high not even his closest friends know what lurks behind them. He has a past that he hides so well by never letting anyone too close to know what all he has endured, and my heart broke for him. Hollis is selfless, beautiful inside and out, caring, funny, and pretty much everything anyone could ever want in a guy, yet he doesn’t think he is worth it. When he finds himself at the mercy of a girl in need, he doesn’t hesitate to help her out and that is how he finds himself as someone’s fake boyfriend for 5 minutes. In those five minutes of playing pretend Hollis finds that he is really attracted to Larissa, but he is only in town temporarily. As fate plays a hand in bringing these two together again, they decide to strike up a bargain to help each other while he is in town. Larissa comes from a wealthy family and one that loves each other dearly so that makes Hollis want that too, but he feels he is very undeserving. Larissa was perfect for him because she could see to the heart of him, which he didn’t like but, she also showed him love and that he too deserved people to surround himself with to love. Larissa and Hollis are funny, bring out the best in each other, and care deeply for those around them but can Hollis let go of his fears and let love in or will he succumb to loneliness because he thinks that is all he is destined for? Loved this read, this series, and the guys so much it has been pure perfection.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Corinne

    Adriana Locke is a new-to-me author so I had no idea of her writing style and I was pleasantly surprised. This book was sweet, heartwarming and easy to read. It is book 3 in the Kings of football series but can be read as a standalone. It tells the story of Hollis and Larissa. She swears off dating athletes due to a few bad relationships. He has trust and commitment issues as he has been bouncing off the fostercare system since he was very young. They meet in a bar in the beggining of the book and Adriana Locke is a new-to-me author so I had no idea of her writing style and I was pleasantly surprised. This book was sweet, heartwarming and easy to read. It is book 3 in the Kings of football series but can be read as a standalone. It tells the story of Hollis and Larissa. She swears off dating athletes due to a few bad relationships. He has trust and commitment issues as he has been bouncing off the fostercare system since he was very young. They meet in a bar in the beggining of the book and start fake dating to help each other get through some social situations. I really liked their interactions and how Larissa is really understanding of Hollis' strugles and tries to help him out. The side characters in this book are also very charming. Judy is my dream grandma. What took the rating down for me was the insta-love trope. It was better executed here than in other books but I have a hard time connecting to and believing it. However, I am really looking forward to reading the book about Coy and Bellamy. ***ARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review***

  27. 5 out of 5

    NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}

    ***4 "How hard can it be?" stars*** AVAILABLE NOW! "The path less traveled has never felt truer." This book is a part of "The Kings of Football" series, an interconnected series of three books by 3 different authors and I can assure you that all of them were great, even though so different between them. And of course, each story can be read as a standalone, but trust me!!! If you'll read one of them, you will want all of them!!! I can guarantee that Hollis, River and Crew will steal your he ***4 "How hard can it be?" stars*** AVAILABLE NOW! "The path less traveled has never felt truer." This book is a part of "The Kings of Football" series, an interconnected series of three books by 3 different authors and I can assure you that all of them were great, even though so different between them. And of course, each story can be read as a standalone, but trust me!!! If you'll read one of them, you will want all of them!!! I can guarantee that Hollis, River and Crew will steal your heart and charm your pants off!!! This is Hollis's book and it was an amazing ride!!! "Why can't real relationships be this easy?" I had taken glimpses of Hollis in the previous two books and i imagined him as the most easygoing guy from the crew. The one that was just a kid of his age, wild and crazy, but honestly, in here I witnessed another side of him and I couldn't love this guy more than that!!! His past was waving him down and his trust issues were huge and unbareable... Except his two best friends, River and Crew, he didn't trust anyone and it was sad to witness his loneliness!!! Now, he is in a crossroad into his life and he must decide which will be his next steps... What he doesn't know is that his trip to Savannah will change his life forever. "There's something about this moment that makes me want something different. Something probably insane. Something I've never wanted before." Larissa Mason has a certain type of men and she just sworn off athletes of her life. But in order to avoid her ex, she is making a pact with a charming stranger. She just needs a fake boyfriend for just 5 minutes, but it keeps popping up the opportunity by both parts to keep pretending in certain social events that they are both get invited. The worst thing is that Hollis is an athlete, aka her usual type, and his sweet gestures, hot appearance and playfullness doesn't help her to stay away from him. "Will you be my fake boyfriend for five minutes?" "Unlike the men before him, this won't end badly. There's nothing to end. And that is beautiful." Larissa and Hollis were so perfect for each other... but they don't really have a future together and still they can not avoid to start feeling that this fake relationship status can be so much more for both of them. But Hollis's past is a red flag and he is used to keep other people on arm's length and that habit of his can destroy everything that he is building with Larissa. He was dreadful to come into Savannah, but this town gave him something that he was lacking into his life... Acceptance and people who genuinely cared for him!!! "Why bother kissing a girl who I know on a cellular level could get under my skin? I've made it a mission in my life -went completely out of my way- to avoid anyone I think might be able to get to me." "Fuck, this girl is more than I bargained for. She just worms her way inside my head and makes me do and say shit I don't do or say." I really liked this beautiful ride with Hollis and Larissa, even though i was late on getting into the story. But from 30% till the end, I was hooked by these two and the people that they were surrounding them and I just wanted more... Honestly, Larissa and Hollis had so much more to give to each other than a fake relationship and they proved it to us loud and clear. "If life was fair and things could be good, I'd like to see Larissa's face every day. But I can't do that to her. It wouldn't be fair." "He came into my life like a whirlwind and flipped every script I had. When I look into his eyes, I can see... a future. Together." **I received an ARC for the exchange of an honest review**

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lilith

    THE REVIEW FOR THE BOOK: THE RELATIONSHIP PACT. GENRE:CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE. AUTHOR:ADRIANA LOCKE. TYPE: STANADLONE: INTERCONNECTED IN KINGS OF FOOTBALL SERIES. POV:FIRST PERSON.DUAL PORSPECTIVE. MY RATING: 5 STARS. Even before I started this book, I had kind of a hunch that out of all of the heroes Hollis would be my favourite... just the way he talks...his whole personality shouts out carefree, fun and a very laid back kind of guy...but there is a sadness to his smile too...his past is not someth THE REVIEW FOR THE BOOK: THE RELATIONSHIP PACT. GENRE:CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE. AUTHOR:ADRIANA LOCKE. TYPE: STANADLONE: INTERCONNECTED IN KINGS OF FOOTBALL SERIES. POV:FIRST PERSON.DUAL PORSPECTIVE. MY RATING: 5 STARS. Even before I started this book, I had kind of a hunch that out of all of the heroes Hollis would be my favourite... just the way he talks...his whole personality shouts out carefree, fun and a very laid back kind of guy...but there is a sadness to his smile too...his past is not something anyone can wish for... Larissa have always had trouble with guys..in general with dating...and when his ex showed up , she needed to find a way out of that awkward postion...what better to make a fake boyfriend right? Hollis was on his christmas break, off to a place to recieved an award for his charity work...he never expected to meet a beautiful woman asking him to be his fake girlfriend, even if for a few minutes...the chemistry is so apparent that he could'nt resist... Now after some time, this doesn't feel fake to anyone of them but both have been heart a lot to just take it for granted...they will have to work and earn each other's trust... This book gave me definite, beautiful christmas...small town romance vibes. Hollis and Larissa were my relationship goal...to be able to find someone so perfect for eachother that they literlly complete their souls and open door of happiness and love. This book was the epitome of Romantic comedy read...I laugh so hard in some scenes, especially in the beginning when Hollis met Larissa's parents... Secondary characters added a charm and the fake relationship plot was carried out smoothly and with perfection. If you are looking for the upcoming holiday read...then I definitely recommend this Rom com Romance...

  29. 5 out of 5

    ✿❀ Lauren, aka Coffee and the Bibliophile ❀✿

    The Relationship Pact was SO amazing. I giggled, I teared up, and I SWOONED. Because Hollis, y'all. Good grief that man stole my heart and then some. This was the story about Hollis and Larissa. What starts as an adorable meet-cute of Larissa asking Hollis to be her fake boyfriend for a few minutes quickly turns into one of the most heartfelt, emotional, sweetest little romance I've ever read. They each rely on each other to attend different functions and their chemistry and witty banter can't be The Relationship Pact was SO amazing. I giggled, I teared up, and I SWOONED. Because Hollis, y'all. Good grief that man stole my heart and then some. This was the story about Hollis and Larissa. What starts as an adorable meet-cute of Larissa asking Hollis to be her fake boyfriend for a few minutes quickly turns into one of the most heartfelt, emotional, sweetest little romance I've ever read. They each rely on each other to attend different functions and their chemistry and witty banter can't be denied. This was supposed to be cute and flirty, which it was, but Hollis killed me with his thoughts and Larissa melted me with her gentleness. They were perfect for each other. Hollis has a lot of demons and self-doubt. He's so harsh on himself it broke my heart. Larissa is a shining light and her care and comfort was so needed. I loved her family. I loved Grandma Judy. I loved the setting. And while the angst was short-lived my heart ached for both of them. I was not expecting how much I'd love this book. The Kings of Football swries was 3/3 five star reads for me. I loved each and every one of them. They are the BEST kind of NA/Contemporary romances with alllll the feels, a little angst, and the sweetest HEAs.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Irene

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed The Relationship Pact by Adriana Locke. I found the storyline well written, entertaining from start to end and I loved watching Hollis and Larissa's relationship unfold. I loved Hollis and Larissa, I found them likable, relatable and I felt their connection from their first meeting. Watching them together warmed my heart, they were sweet, romantic, funny and their chemistry was off the charts! These two were perfect for each other, they lifted one another up and loved each 4.5 stars I really enjoyed The Relationship Pact by Adriana Locke. I found the storyline well written, entertaining from start to end and I loved watching Hollis and Larissa's relationship unfold. I loved Hollis and Larissa, I found them likable, relatable and I felt their connection from their first meeting. Watching them together warmed my heart, they were sweet, romantic, funny and their chemistry was off the charts! These two were perfect for each other, they lifted one another up and loved each other unconditionally. The Relationship Pact is a wonderful addition to the Kings of Football series. Each book has been a joy to read and I highly recommend them all! Now Live! Amazon US: https://amzn.to/36HMIR2 Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/38Zya26 Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/35Qego8 Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/3fkga3q *I received an advance copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.*

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