Review: The Pledge by Laura Ward and Christine Manzari

Authors: Laura Ward and Christine Manzari

Tittle: The Pledge

Series: College Bound, book 1 [Can be read as a standalone]

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]

Heat Rating: Warm

Page Count and Format: 242 pages, Ebook

Published: July 27th 2015 by Smashwords (first published July 24th 2015)

Source: I received a digital copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558321867

Blurb (from Goodreads):

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?


This book was so awsome and heartwarming! I loved each and every moment of it. It is told in alternate POVs of the two main protagonists. The Pledge is a beautiful story of 2nd chance romance which I really enjoyed reading.

The story revolves around the lives of Taren and Alec. Taren used to be the school nerd and in college she wants a totally fresh start with a different life that she had in high school. Alec wants to study a different subject but he lives his life according to his father’s will. Taren and Alec both knew each other from high school but they had a past together and they find out they are in the same college as well. But they are unable to avoid each other for too long as the chemistry increases between them. Will they be able give each other and their life a second chance?

I just simply loved Taren and Alec. Taren was a complete nerd in high school and also the school joke. That’s why she wanted a fresh start in college and she kinda made drinking and partying her life. And Alec pledged to live alcohol free. Their college life was polar opposites and they both knew they needed to stay away from each other. But fate brought them together on numerous occasions and they decided to work on their past issues and call a truce. The attraction kept increasing between them. I loved the fact that when Alec understood his mistake and got a second chance with Taren, he snatched it up and made good use of it. Their chemistry was crackling and I loved the romance between them. It was simply perfect and nothing felt rushed. They both balanced each other and helped each other grow.

I loved the character growth, Taren was a girl who just wanted to be accepted by everybody and from that she transfers into a woman who knows who and what is important in life. And Alec also finds the guts to stand upto his father and live his life according to his own. The side characters were pretty great as well, they brought more life into this book. Specially William, he was indeed a ray of sunshine and undoubtedly my favourite character in the book. Although Julie, Taren’s friend drove me a bit crazy sometimes but she and Alexis were great and supportive friends.

I enjoyed the writing. It was simple and beautiful. I easily felt into the comfortable flow of this book and the dialogues were laced with humour and wit. There were lots of funny moments in this book which I wholeheartedly enjoyed. The pace was even throughout the book, it was neither too slow nor too fast. These two ladies indeed worked magic on this book and made it so beautiful.

Overall, The Pledge was not simply a love story but so much more. The plot and the characters both evolved throughout the story and I loved the chemistry and romance between Taren and Alec. The writing was smooth and beautiful and the pace was even throughout the book. I’m very exited to read the next book in this series, specially curious because it’s going to be Alexis’s story .

Recommend it?


So guys, have you read The Pledge yet? If yes, did you like it or hate it? What was the aspect that you most enjoyed in this book? Or are you planning to read it? Share your thoughts with me!


7 thoughts on “Review: The Pledge by Laura Ward and Christine Manzari

  1. Well you know what they say about opposites attract, hehe. I have a few friends that are in business sororities, the non-party co-ed type, and they seem to really enjoy them. I myself am not in one but this seems like an interesting just for the sorority/fraternity alone. And I don’t think I’ve read any books set in the college setting before (could be because, as you know, I haven’t touched any NA books yet; I will one day, though, I promise!).

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    • Atleast you are familiar with soroties or fraternities, these things don’t even exist here, at all. Is it true that the most popular people gets accepted into soroties or that sort of things, like how I read in books? Ironically here, the more nerdy you are, the more popular! 😛

      Yes, yes I know BUT you should only start reading NA when you are comfortable with it. 🙂

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      • That’s so interesting! My high school had a pretty competitive student body so most of the popular kids at my school were the super intelligent ones. Class rank mattered a lot. But I don’t think that’s the case for most schools in the states. But to answer your question about sororities and fraternities… actually not all the time! Some business or professional fraternities are co-ed and are dependent on your GPA (a overall grading scale that averages all you grades for each student) and grades more. However the typical “partying”/social sororities and fraternities have a process in which people are accepted in. It’s called “rushing” where you do all these challenges to get in, which has caused a lot of controversies because there’s sometimes dangerous things people have to do to get in. Also there’s a factor of wealth too since these things are super expensive due to all the formals and events. But yeah. Haha, sorry for the info dump but hope that cleared it up a little! 🙂

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