Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Review - The Christmas Pact by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

The Christmas Pact by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Narrated by Sebastian York and Andi Arndt
Publisher: Audible Original
Publication Date: December 5, 2019
Date Read: December 6, 2019
Length: 2 hours 54 minutes
Source: Audible Freebie
Eggnog. Check. Roaring fire. Check. Hot romance audiobook. Check!

Riley Kennedy’s emails keep getting crossed with her male 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 outrageously handsome…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. Little by little, however, 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.

Romance audiobook dream team Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward join forces again to deliver an engaging, funny, and sexy story that will make listeners laugh while it sets their hearts racing. Narrated by the double audio act of Andi Arndt (inducted into The Audible Narrator Hall of Fame in 2017) and Sebastian York, this sizzling novella will heat up the holidays…all year long.
Available at: Audible 
My Review

Oh, this was fun!  I picked this book as a freebie with no plans to read it anytime soon. The book that I had planned to read just didn't appeal to me so I decided to go ahead and give this one a try.  I do enjoy shorter listens from time to time and the fact that this book is narrated by Andi Arndt and Sebastian York was a big plus.  I found this to be a well-done romance and I am glad that I decided to give it a try.

I loved the setup of this story.  Riley Kennedy and Kennedy Riley both work at the same company but in different divisions.  They often receive the other's emails and Kennedy sometimes adds a few comments before he forwards Riley's emails to her.  They meet at the company's Christmas party and strike a deal to help each other out with a couple of upcoming events.

I liked Riley and Kennedy and thought that they had great chemistry together.  I loved the banter that they had with each other.  It was a lot of fun to watch these two get to know each other.  There were some pretty eye-opening events in both Riley and Kennedy's past that made it easier to understand why they were careful with their hearts.

I love the narrating pair of Andi Arndt and Sebastian York and I thought that they did a fantastic job with this story.  Their voices just seem to work really well together with this kind of story.  I loved the voices that they used for the various characters and the emotion that they added to their performance.  I am sure that I enjoyed this story just a bit more due to their narration.

I would recommend this story to anyone looking for a shorter romantic read.  I thought that this was a great way to spend a few hours and look forward to reading more from this writing pair in the future.

About the Authors

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than a million books sold, her titles have appeared in over fifty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twelve languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six. .

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter, who has autism. She is the author of more than fifteen novels, including Stepbrother Dearest, Neighbor Dearest, Drunk Dial, and the #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller RoomHate.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


  1. Ohhh, this seems really interesting! I do love reading Christmas books, so I'll add this to my list. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  2. that's interesting.. although Im gonna skip it looks too predictable even for me

  3. Sounds like the perfect short read for this time of year!

  4. I grabbed this one too so I am glad to hear its a good one. It just sounds super cute. Great review!

  5. heh I love that the characters are name Riley Kennedy and Kennedy Riley XD that sounds like a fun christmas story. Glad you had fun!

  6. This does sound like a fun listen and I love the idea of the reversed names. A clever concept!

  7. such a fun looking cover and i'm glad you enjoyed it
    sherry @ fundinmental

  8. Sounds like a good one for this time of year!

  9. Oh yes it looks fun there and you made me curious

  10. I'm glad to know it was a good read.

  11. I guess she will have to keep her maiden name should they get married.😂

  12. Andi and York! Yes I like those two together

  13. This looks cute and fun! Good holiday read. :)

  14. I would listen to York read me the phone book. I love him. Fun concept! Sounds like the author did a nice job executing it too

  15. I think Vi & Penelope are so great when writing together! Glad you enjoyed this one!

  16. I got this one as an AO too. I love these narrators but haven't read these authors yet. I'll have to check it out sooner rather than later. Excellent review!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  17. I love when a freebie can surprise us by being completely sweet and cute. This sounds like a great festive rom com to get you geared up and in the mood for Christmas!


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