Title: The Pledge
Series: College Bound #1
Author: Laura Ward and Christine Manzari
Release Date: July 27, 2015
Taren needs a do-over. She’s decided the best way to put the high school bullies behind her is to pledge a Taylor-Swift-lip-syncing, beer-guzzling, sorority. Sisterhood helps Taren find the acceptance she’s always craved, but not the love she needs.
Alec wants freedom. To escape his father’s iron fist and unrealistic expectations, he pledges a campus acrobatics club where he finds that drugs and alcohol aren't the only ways to get high. His addiction to danger helps him gain his independence, but it comes at a heavy price.
When the two cross paths, Alec fears his undeniable attraction to the party girl just might threaten everything he's worked so hard to earn. Taren hasn’t forgotten that Alec humiliated her back in high school, but she also can't deny the chemistry they share.
Alec and Taren have nothing in common, but fate is bound and determined to bring them together. They know falling in love is a risk, and yet it’s too hard to ignore. When their worlds clash and they both end up suffering, will they fight to stay together? Or are some pledges too hard to keep?
I am a huge fan of both Laura Ward and Christine Manzari so when I found out that they were doing a book together I was excited to say the least!! The two did a fantastic job. The Pledge was sooooo good! While there were definitely distinct styles from both of them, the story flowed seamlessly and I couldn’t put it down!
“I told you Taren Richards! You are hotter than Satan’s nut sack!”
“Did you really just compare me to the devil’s genitals?”
Alec and Taren are at college together. Having had an awful high school experience with one another, to find themselves at the same college was quite awkward. However, they can’t seem to avoid each other and find an attraction growing more each time they see one another.
“The way she placed her trust in me made me wild with the urge to protect her, to keep her innocence all to myself. That need to keep her safe was in constant battle with my darker side—the side that needed to claim her.”
I absolutely loved watching the two of them figure out who they were throughout their years at college, both individually and as a couple. Watching them grow and change was amazing even if sometimes I just wanted to shake them and tell them to use their words.
The friendships that Taren and Alec made while in college were some of my favorite parts of this book, especially Taren’s good buddy, William.
“I think it is better to be alone and listen to yourself than to be with someone you do not love, listening to them.”
If you like sweet, funny, romantic, angsty reads, this book is for you! I seriously could not get enough of this story; the ending and that very last chapter were oh, so good! I cannot wait for Alexis’ story next!
~ Review by Tiffany
Laura Ward lives in Maryland with her loud and very loving three children and husband. She married her college sweetheart and is endlessly grateful for the support he has given her through all their years together, and especially toward her goal of writing books. When not picking up toy trucks, driving to lacrosse practice, or checking spelling homework, Laura is writing or reading romance novels. Her debut novel, NOT YET, is a Top 100 Amazon Bestseller.
The first thing Christine does when she's getting ready to read a book is to crack the spine in at least five places. She wholeheartedly believes there is no place as comfy as the pages of a well-worn book. She's addicted to buying books, reading books, and writing books. Books, books, books. She also has a weakness for adventure, inappropriate humor, and coke (the caffeine-laden bubbly kind). Christine is from Forest Hill, Maryland where she lives with her husband, three kids, and her library of ugly spine books.