The Pledge (College Bound Book 1) by Laura Ward & Christine Manzari (Review by Stephenee – #NerdGirlSteph)

The Pledge

Title: The Pledge (College Bound Book 1)

Author: Laura Ward & Christine Manzari

Published Date: July 25th 2015

Genre: NA, Romance


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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?


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***Stephenee  – #NerdGirlSteph’s  Review***
I love the writing style of both authors, Laura Ward and Christine Manzari separately but I knew that a combined book by the two of them would be nothing short of amazing and it really truly was!  I enjoyed this book from the first paragraph – I didn’t want to stop reading it.  There was no point that I could put the book down to take a break and when I realized this I knew that it was going to be a one day read for me.  There was nothing else for me to do but keep on reading (much to the dismay of my family).

This book grabs the readers attention from the start and never lets it waiver for a second.  The book starts out with the “cool” kid and the “nerdy” kid and quickly the tables are turned and neither one realizes that they have switched places.  Taren yearns for a new start and to escape the labels of high school and Alec is ready to continue where he left off in high school, except is that really what he wants?  The two collide (literally) on the campus and nothing can or will ever be the same for them…

The authors make the readers fall in love with the characters and in love with the idea of them being together. There are plenty of unpredictable paths that the characters take to find what they are looking for and the authors keep the readers on the edge of their seats wondering what will happen next.  It is a wild, fast and fun ride that leaves the reader breathless, in awe and at times yelling at their kindle or book over what has occurred.  The writing style flows together so seamlessly that the reader doesn’t ever know that it is two authors that wrote it and the reader will be hard pressed to figure out where one started and the other took over.

This is a must read! It is full of emotion, love, growing up and most importantly finding yourself even when that means you lose someone else to do it.  Make sure you set aside plenty of time for reading this one, because once you start, you won’t be able to put it down.  Enjoy!!


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