Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
I think Max Monroe have turned the page on their brand of rom-com. Don’t get me wrong. I love a good laugh, and Max Monroe dole them out on pallets fit for a Costco store. However, prior to their Winslow Brothers series, there was a predictability to it. I will always be a devoted reader of this author duo, but I was missing something in their more current stories. One of my favorite stories from them, believe it or not, is The Girl in the Painting. I think I’m fairly alone in my adoration for this story, but the mix of humor and graveness in that story stole my heart. I’ve been waiting for a bit more from them for some time.
And I see them proffering up more in the Winslow Brothers series. From The Bet (Jude Winslow’s story) to, now, The Pact, the “more” is tantalizing. Having just finished The Pact, I am now firmly invested in these brothers, and I cannot wait for Ty and Remi’s stories. In fact, I’m fairly certain that Max Monroe are saving the best for last. However, I digress.
Flynn Winslow is NOW my favorite Winslow brother. Since Winnie’s story in Broody Billionaire, I’ve felt a kinship with Flynn. Through The Bet, that adoration grew because he is the man of few words, which makes them gold. He sees people and situations in ways that his brothers cannot because they are too focused on themselves and their own actions. Flynn is seemingly broody, but rather, it’s more introspective. His words are careful and meted out with gravity. Even more, Flynn is compassionate and careful, making it difficult to believe from the beginning of The Pact that he will never be in a relationship and marry. There is too much romance and softness in him, hidden behind a silent giant exterior. In order for Flynn’s character to be fully realized, it is NECESSARY for there to be a heroine who is fanciful and verbose, and Max Monroe have written Daisy well for Flynn.
In fact, there is very little tension between these two. It is only displayed near the end of this story. By that time, it’s clear that reconciliation is only around the corner. Daisy is the humor of this story, but, for me, Flynn is The Pact’s foundation. Ty Winslow has moments of hilarity, sometimes outshining Daisy and Flynn. Yet Flynn’s seriousness and carefulness with Daisy outweigh Ty’s place in the book.
Even more, this new series from Max Monroe is their dirtiest. There is grit in the steam that feels different from their former books. Don’t get me wrong. I know that Thatch and Cassie are fierce in the bedroom, but there is a gravity to the sensuality of The Bet and The Pact. It creates more exciting stories for Max Monroe’s readers.
If I could write an ode to Flynn Winslow, I would. He is by far the best Winslow brother for a plethora of reasons. I only hope we will get further peeks of him and Daisy in Ty and Remi’s books because I absolutely hated leaving their story. That is how much I FLOVED Max Monroe’s The Pact.
In love and romance,