Book Reviews

REVIEW : The Christmas Pact by 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.

my review

The Christmas Pact is a quick listen, office holiday novella. Mixed e-mails lead to a fake relationship with the potential of so much more. I just wish that this story was longer, I wanted more of Kennedy and Riley.

Riley Kennedy and Kennedy Riley both work for the same publishing company, just in different offices. It’s not uncommon for their e-mails to get mixed up. These two had a slow build up for chemistry and I found Kennedy to be frustrating at times (I just wanted him to stop getting inside of his own head and see what was right in front of him), but it also makes sense why he does what he does. I loved Riley and her love for Christmas. On a personal level, I definitely could relate to her when it came to her family.

This was a super short listen, but Sebastian York and Andi Arndt did an amazing job with the narration. If you’re looking for a short, sweet, holiday romance to listen to this is definitely one to check out.