Thursday, December 17, 2020

The Relationship Pact by Adriana Locke Blog Tour

The Relationship Pact by Adriana Locke Blog Tour

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.

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?

AUTHOR'S NOTE: The Relationship Pact is a fun and flirty college sports romance with lots of heart. No cliffhanger.

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the Kings of Football series!
For book one, The Revenge Pact, click HERE.
For book two, The Romantic Pact, click HERE.


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The Relationship Pact by Adriana Locke

Book 3
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the third in this excellent series, each written by a different author, one of the trio of friends headlining in each book, but ties across all and a common starting place – a disastrous final football season, on the tail of a winning one, and their status from hero to near zero. As we have had their stories revealed, we have understood far better why their year tanked, but we also know that they are truly the best of friends, even in adversity. I have really enjoyed everything about these books, but this one maybe just pipped the others to the post, or cumulatively it entered five stars for me.

Hollis Hudson has been invited to Georgia to receive an award, and has been able to stay for the week. He has no ties, no family, and no one to support him when he is honoured. Both Crew and River are dealing with their own issues, and home for the Christmas holidays. We soon learn that Hollis has never come clean to them, and is used to relying only on himself. Sadly, he learned the hard way, and far too young, that it is safest to keep his distance, and has no intention of ever having a proper relationships. Then a meeting in a bar, and coming to the rescue of Larissa, who needs an instant boyfriend to keep her mum happy, leads to life changing discoveries.

This is such a lovely, heartwarming, as well as at times, a rather heartbreaking story. I loved all the side characters – Judy is fab, but so are all the people he meets through Larissa, such as Bell and Boone. There are some really funny bits, and the text exchanges and chats between Crew, River, and Hollis scream of the fellowship between them, it is lovely. These guys had such high hopes of an NFL career but have, over this series, grown up and understood that there are other priorities and options. This was possibly most difficult for Hudson, as he felt so bereft of family and unable to share that fact, even with his besties.

The growth of the friendship between him and Riss is hugely enjoyable to watch, and there is definitely some super-strong chemistry playing out between them. I loved that they both had revelations as they came to realise what they meant to each other, and what that inevitably meant in terms of changing their views and preconceptions.

A lovely finale to the series – although I would be very happy if we did get more from them. Thank you, to all three talented authors, for a set of very readable romantic tales.

This is the third and final book in this series and is Hollis and Larissa's story – and it is the best one. Hollis is the one that has the tortured soul, feels he is not worthy of love or good enough. Football is his thing but when he meets Larissa, he thinks things may be different. A chance meeting at a bar, Larissa needs a pretend boyfriend for five minutes to make her ex leave her alone. Hollis is all too happy to help.

When Hollis needs a date for dinner, he calls Larissa and she makes the dinner even better, but his past interferes with his thinking and he misses a lot of the conversation. Then Larissa needs a date for a function her stepfather is putting on, to keep her mother happy and not trying to set her up again.

With all the time they are spending together, Hollis and Larissa are getting closer and the feelings are growing. But Hollis's past keeps creeping up and making him feel he is not worthy of her love.

Will these two see their love is what keeps them strong? Can Larissa make him see that they have a chance at forever? Will Hollis see that Larissa is all he needs, along with his BFFs?

I loved the others in this series, but I have to say that this couple is my favorite; the pain, heartache, and past of Hollis is hard to comprehend, and to have Larissa come along and love him no matter what. This series is worth reading, in order, just to get to this one. Each story has its own problems and solutions, but this one is the one that will tug at your heart. So read them and I hope you love them, too.



Author Bio

USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author ADRIANA LOCKE lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather's nice and there's always a piece of candy in her pocket.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Relationship Pact (Kings of Football #3) by Adriana Locke to read and review for this tour.

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