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The Christmas Pact

Written by: Vi Keeland,Penelope Ward
Narrated by: Andi Arndt,Sebastian York
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Publisher's Summary

Heat 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.

©2019 Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.
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Hilarious, Interesting with a lovely spin

Writers clearly have a lovely sense of humour as well as a taste for romance..

So refreshing to read, about a romance 💏❤🌹Each part of the book was interesting. keeping me wanting to hear more...

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Cute hate to love

it was a nice read, a small book, can be finished in a sitting, but is like a cliche rom-com, there's no steamy scene, the ending was hilarious, didn't expect that. Narrators were good too.

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Feel good cute and mushy

A really nice cute story to listen to if you’re feeling mushy and lovey dovey

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A lot like The Hating Game

The story was very similar to the book The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I don’t know which came out first. This is much shorter of course.

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Delightful Christmassy novella

A short and delightful Christmas novella that's works perfectly to add up to your reading challenges before the year ends.

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  • Gwyn Gwyrdd
  • 05-12-19

Nope

If you enjoy hearing sentences like "she blushed and I felt something twitch in my pants" then this is the book for you.

This isn't romantic. It's actually pretty creepy. They lost me at hello. Kudos to the woman narrator. She sounded intelligent and not creepy. The male narrator just made the creepy stuff creepier - and gross. Buh bye.

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  • Matthew
  • 13-12-19

How to be a creep 101

As a guy I got this because it was free on the monthly originals and I do like a good story so I gave it a shot.... Words don't describe how creepy this gets. I really hope not all romance novels are this creepy, even the Hallmark movies are sappy but the guys seem like they genuinely care for the girl. This guy is manipulative from the beginning. Doesn't even know her, but the first time they meet he is already dropping sexual innuendos, then his inner monologue is all about her body and sex even though they've only really known each other for hours at this point. If this were a Hallmark romance he would be the big city guy that the girl leaves when she goes back to her small town to save the local Inn. Like the rest of the reviews the female voice talent was really good, but the male voice really added to Kennedy's sleaze.

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  • Greta
  • 08-12-19

Raunchy hot mess

This story started off good but then the male narrator came on and the story changed from being a cute little romance story to some raunchy hot mess. I don’t like it. Every time the man narrator came on there were swear words and vulgarity. When the man talks his character sounds like a pig and that is not sexy. This book was a free sample that I ended up not finishing and deleting. To me, it’s a no go.

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  • lindsayb
  • 11-12-19

Harassment isn't cute

I'm struggling to understand how this story got written and marketed as a romance in the Me Too era. I will admit, I didn't make it past the first 25 minutes, so maybe it gets better. But within that first 25 minutes the male characters harasses the female character, in a work setting, several times.

First he reads a private email of hers and comments that he asked around about her and heard she was attractive (this is from his WORK email account). Then at a WORK party she spills a drink on him and tries to wipe it up, and he makes a totally gross joke about how maybe he should spill his drink on her (so he can wipe at her chest, hilarious, right??). Shortly after that he physically coerces her into dancing after she declined, and that's basically when I was done. With all we've learned about workplace harassment in the last few years, I'm not sure why this is treated as meet-cute fodder. If anything it sounds like a pretty solid HR complaint.

The female characters also does a total 180 on hating the jerky male character after she sees a picture and realizes he's attractive. I haaaaate that kind of trope, jerks should not be given a pass on their gross behavior because they have "nearly translucent blue eyes" and a chiseled jaw. Barf.

Maybe I'm not the ideal audience for this story, but I do generally love a cheesy holiday romance. I just failed to find anything remotely romantic in this setup.

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  • Rebecca Camp
  • 06-12-19

Nope

This premise sounds cute, but it gets creepy pretty quick. Even if you are willing to overlook just how quickly any company would stomp on someone reading their co-workers emails, much less commenting; it goes way too far as soon as he starts giving unsolicited and unwelcome comments on her appearance. That's what we call workplace sexual harassment. It is not cute. Add to that, that the female character is an immature and rude ditz and this one lost me within the first 20 minutes.

The narrator did her best, and there is nothing bad to say about her performance. This story is just not salvageable.

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  • Christina
  • 11-12-19

Disturbing

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.

To be fair, the narration was great, despite the horrendous storyline they were given.

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  • Lisa F.
  • 18-12-19

AWFUL.

I couldn't even finish this regressive drivel. Oh no, a single woman in her late 20s? What a tragedy! That means the office scoundrel, who violates her privacy, harasses her, and thinks of her as someone he can easily bed, must step in to save her, while gaslighting her simultaneously. Clearly this woman has no HR department to save her from a hostile work environment, and doesn't have the good sense to remove herself from abusive men. That really screams holiday cheer, doesn't it? Don't waste your time on this patronizing, regressive, and definitely not funny shit show of a story.

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  • Chris
  • 06-12-19

If you like Katherine Heigl romantic comedy movies, this is your book.

RomComs (romantics comedies) movies can be a fun escapism (guilty of enjoying them) but I haven’t read the book equivalent before. “The Christmas Pact” is the audiobook version of a RomCom. Katherine Heigl RomComs were the exact movie type that came to mind and she would be the perfect lead in this book if it became a movie.

The performances are great. They bring the characters inner dialogue to life in the right tones. They make the sometimes on purpose cringe worthy dialogue come to life. On top of that the inner monologues and switch of perspective is well done.

On to the writing...it was done well but it also was concerning. Don’t want to spoil the plot but there is 3 moments, as there commonly is in a RomCom movie, that in real life might be a horror story instead. My internal “GET OUT” yelling or “Really...!!??” was obviously done on purpose for building the plot and moving the story along but when they happened, it took me out of the story. A little more build to these moments or a slight change in how they could come about would make me think more awe and less killer/stocker/jerk/restraining order. And in a weird way I also saw the clear romantic fantasy of the moments too because in the story everyone is safe so those attributes are positive. A beauty and the beast type of fantasy...

Overall fun book I did enjoy even with the story cringe moments. Is a fun Xmas...New Years...RomCom audiobook.

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  • 14-12-19

Gross Male lead

I am glad it was free. the Male lead is nearly impossible to tolerate.

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  • R. Belerique
  • 06-12-19

Creepy

This story is creepy. The way he stalks and manipulates her to get close to her and touch her. This is a serial killer love story.

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  • Roobarb
  • 02-01-20

Wonderful

This was wonderful, I swallowed it in one sitting.

It made me laugh, made me cringe, made me hold my breath, made me swoon. A perfect Christmas tale.

Go read it now, you won't regret it.

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  • SarahLouise
  • 27-12-19

Great read

Great short story to listen to although I would of loved for the storyline to go on long. I just Love listening to sabastian York and Andi Arendt narrated together. Really loved the fact it linked into stuck-up suit slightly.

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  • Margaret G
  • 06-09-21

A Great Short Story

loved a short fun Christnas Story, predictable but very enjoyable. I love a happy ending.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-08-20

fabulous story

I loved this from start to finish!! The story was funny, heartbreaking, sweet and I listened to it all in one. Great plot line, great characters and the readers are two of my favorites. nothing not to like!!

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  • Jake's Mum
  • 08-03-20

I loved, loved, loved this book.

I loved the storyline and both narrators performances brought it to life. Well edited too.

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  • Christine
  • 27-12-19

Loved it

Wow such a great funny and emotional story voices as always were great loved the play on names and the horse haha loved it x

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  • Susan Rogerson
  • 19-12-19

Brilliant

I really enjoyed listening to this book, just wished it was longer other than that perfect as usual.

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  • Polly D
  • 03-01-23

Love via email

Well narrated… who would have thought 2 people with the same name working for the same company (RK & KR) would eventually find love ….we can all dream that the love of our life would appear on a white horse & whisk us off our feet.
A good easy, enjoyable book

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  • K S
  • 01-01-23

Good book

The book was a very enjoyable love story. There was only a little angst with a surprise so it was a pleasant and easy read. Narration was very good as well.

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  • Louise
  • 27-12-22

Fun & entertaining - some coarse language

This was a really fun story that I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s a pretty short tale but enjoyable and fun nonetheless. For me, the coarse language at times detracted from the overall enjoyment. Seemed unnecessary. With that caveat, I totally recommend this as a fab light & entertaining read.

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  • Meg Xerri Clark
  • 27-12-22

Short & So Sweet!

Great story, really lovely Christmas feel, awesome narration. Well worth the listen 🥰 for the happily ever after

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-12-22

Quick read for Christmas vibes

I love Christmas and this was a quick, fun read during this lovely season. The story was a cute fake dating that turned into forced proximity and eventually love. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Liana
  • 14-12-22

Fun holiday romance

Loved the concept and it's a quick read. Definitely for those that like fake dating tropes. Some parts were unexpected and you get to know the characters well enough to like them. Great for the holidays

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  • Belinda Richardson
  • 12-12-22

It’s cute!

This is the perfect little palette cleanser I needed between darker romance books I’ve been into lately. It does exactly what you hope it does and gives you a cute little feel good couple of hours.
Excellent narration (even though Sebastian voice is wasted with zero spice).
Worth a listen while you are doing menial tasks

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  • Kirsty-Leigh Mulley
  • 29-11-22

Not long enough!

Loved it! Thought it was short & sweet, but also funny, & cheeky, better than I expected, which is always nice! An absolutely Perfect Christmas indulgence!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-10-22

enjoyable

I enjoyed this short story. funny and sweet. narrators are good. I'd listen to it again.

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  • Trubs
  • 12-09-22

another wonderful romance

Another lovely romantic story by Vi and Penelope.
Reily Kennedy and Kennedy Reilly fall victim to a chance email mix up and bam... a great mix of drama, comedy, tears and sexual tension...
Andi and Sebastian read beautifully together as always!!

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  • Winnie
  • 31-08-22

🤣

it's a fun short book with great characters and funny storyline.
worth a listen.
narration was well done.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-08-22

A Quick Love Story

Easy listening love story. I enjoyed from start to finished. Love listening Andi and Sebastian narrate.

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  • Misty
  • 02-07-22

Enjoyable

For a novella, this book felt like a novel. I couldn’t ask for more. The story felt complete and was enjoyable. The narrators enhanced the audio experience and I always enjoy listening to their work.