Synopsis from Goodreads
I haven’t seen her in three years.
I haven’t talked to her since the kiss.
So why am I on a plane, flying across the world to spend a week with her in Germany?
One word: Pops.
My life’s a mess.
My possible football career is hanging on by a thread.
I’m driving the roads of Germany in honor of Pops with the one girl I can never have.
And I’m sharing a bed with her, the girl I’ve measured everyone else up to, while desperately trying to not to touch her.
We made a pact growing up, never to get romantic with each other – never fall in love.
And I’m about to break that pact. For good.
The Romantic Pact absolutely made my Christmas. With the world in such a turbulent position this year and the usual Christmas traditions unavailable, The Romantic Pact managed to capture the essence of Christmas and bring it to life at the time we, the readers, needed it the most.
Crew and Hazel were childhood friends but with very different home situations. They spent all of their time together when Crew visited his Grandfather’s farm during the summer. Sadly, Crew became hyper-focused on his football career and drifted away from visiting his Grandfather and therefore, also Hazel. It takes the death of his Grandfather for Crew to take a step back and truly find his happiness and passion again.
Crew has a special connection with his Grandfather and as a result his Grandfather understood him in a way that sometimes Crew didn’t realise. As a final gesture, his Grandfather arranged for a special trip to Germany for Crew and Hazel. Recreating a trip he himself took with his beloved wife.
The descriptions brought both Germany and Christmas to life within the pages, while the journey not only mirrored the characters emotional journey but also joined the past to the present. This served to emphasise the process of grief and the way in which someone is remembered by sharing stories of them.
I really liked the way in which the plot focused on the happiness of the characters and not just taking the obvious route. Obviously there are a few challenges for Crew and Hazel to face on the path of happily ever after BUT these were bittersweet and aided their emotional journey.
The Romantic Pact is a piece of Christmas magic and very much needed in the year that shall not be named.