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The Daddy Pact

(The Coach's Boys #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,973 ratings  ·  187 reviews
When Jess Bentley's husband is murdered on the night they return home from their honeymoon, she can't seem to find the will to go on. Frank was everything she'd ever dreamed of and, after spending most of her life in foster homes, all she wants to do is give up... until she discovers she's pregnant with his child.

Feeling as though he bears part of the blame, Dan
Kindle Edition, 222 pages
Published November 30th 2011 by Kristy K. James (first published November 29th 2011)
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Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t been in the mood for anything “too deep” but this book took me by surprise. Super cute. Do not let the cheesy title fool you, it’s endearing, a slow-simmer romance.
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I hate that I can't give half stars. 3.5 stars for me on this one. But, you know what? I'm going to change it to 4 stars because I just really appreciated how clean this romance was. I really enjoyed reading this book and I loved the whole premise. There were a few editing issues but overall this was a lovely read. A great curl up on the couch with a blanket on a snowy day book. :) That's exactly what I did.
I really like this one. Had me bawling like a baby in the beginning because the author hit home with the emotions and feelings of the heroine and hero. But by the end, I was rooting for them.

The Story:

Months after her husband death Jess Bentley stills feel like it happen yesterday. Depressed, lonely, and angry. She doesn't think she can go on. Until she finds out she's pregnant.

After finding out that his brother murder someone, Daniel Mulholland, feels he is some what responsible and tries to
Lynde Shaw
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot! Was it realistic? No. But I read these kind of books for the escapism they provide. Widowed on her honeymoon, 3 months later, ravaged by grief, Jess discovers she's pregnant. After being threatened by her FIL to take her baby, Jess turns, surprisingly, to Dan, brother to the man who killed her husband after Dan's initial attempt at making some sort of amends. What follows is a woman coming to grips with her grief and doing what she has to to protect her baby and move ...more
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This story was simply amazing. After her honeymoon with her dream hubby, Jess's life turns upside down as he is killed before her very eyes. Following the trauma, she finds she's expecting their child and has to deal with the public eye and a horrible father-in-law who would like nothing more than to see her lose everything. She finds aid in a very unlikely place: the brother of the man who killed her husband.

This story had me cheering both of them on, laughing and crying as they each dealt
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
The book as a whole was a good romance read but there are events in the book that are just unbelievable.
At the story's beginning we met a woman so desolate inside that she was willing to do murder just to feel something and feel closer to her dead husband, that I can understand and made sense.
We met the hero next, he is filled with a guilty conscience, full of `should haves' and `would haves' as he and his family hurt for his brother's crime. This situation too made sense and a very universal
Okay, I've developed a weakness for these "marriage of convenience" stories where the woman only agree because she's pregnant. It's weird, I know, and I can't explain it but I love it. I especially liked the premise of this one. I found it interesting that took place in my state (which is entirely too cold) and had references to places I know (which was kind of cool). And before anyone complains, yes, this would totally never happen in real life, but it's called fiction for a reason. If I ...more
Paula Legate
This really was an emotional read. Jess was a newlywed, when her husband was murdered. Dan’s brother was on, and off drugs. He needed help, but never got the help he needed. It was Dan’s brother that had shot Jess’s husband. Dan felt really bad. He felt helpless. He went to meet with Jess, and the first time they met, Jess yelled at him, and couldn’t believe he would come and see her. I understand that. The death of your husband is something no one can make better.

Jess had an awful father in
Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was such a cute story, although it wasn't really what I expected. Considering the danger caused by Jess's father-in-law, I expected to be alot of suspense and worry. And be perpared, this story was totally unrealistic and would never happen to a group of sane people (including a rich hot guy).

Bruce ( a drugged addict) is broke, needing a hit and his brother, Dan, has finally toughened up and refused to give him any more money. Desperate, he robs a guy in the parking lot and ends up shooting
Probably more like a 3.5 star read than a four.. There were way,way way too many typos or missing words to be a four star read and the format was messed up too but overall the story was a good one.. I LOVED the H.. He was so sweet and I think this book had just the right amount of heavy topics and a light read.. I would have read it through at one sitting if I didnt have to sleep :)

Also Im not sure if the author was trying to set up future stories (I hope :) I want to read more about Ed!) but
Karen Toz
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
I knew I was hooked on Kristy K. James’ new romance novel, The Daddy Pact (The Coach’s Boys), after reading just the first few pages. In fact, by the end of chapter one, I was wiping tears away; Kindle in hand, while waiting for my daughter’s dance class to end. (Yes, other moms... that was me... no I’m not crazy... haven’t you ever read a book that made you cry before?)

The Daddy Pact is about newlywed Jess Bentley. After her husband is murdered in a botched robbery, Jess struggles with how she
Penny Leidecker
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book will have you needing tissues in parts and then have you fighting back smiles and laughter in other parts. I can’t tell you how happy I am that I found this author’s books. I loved this story about Jess and Dan. They’ve both been affected by Bruce’s actions and how they deal with it tells us a lot about their characters. I won’t leave any spoilers, but I will say, if you enjoy books about wonderful friends, this will be a wonderful addition to your library. I can’t wait to read more ...more
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Jess has had a hard go of it, after her honeymoon her husband is murdered and she finds out she's pregnant, right out of a lifetime movie. Dan is there to help and be a rock for her and her child. Dan was also the murderers brother, crazy lifetime twist. This book had me teary eyed throughout it. It was an easy read a little predictable and not very realistic but it was a nice break from real life.
A surprisingly good kindle freebie,The Daddy Pact started off well with a tear inducing first chapter.Newly married Jess is left a widow at the end of her honeymoon,when her husband Frank is robbed and shot dead in front of her eyes.Only after the news of her pregnancy three months later, does she find a new purpose in life to go on living.Meanwhile,Dan,the brother of the man who committed the crime,is wrecked with guilt for his brother's part in and his inability to stop it.So,he offers to help ...more
Audiobook - Narration, Daniela Acitelli - Really Good. She's not overly dramatic and has a lovely voice.

The story is a mix of tragedy and sweetness. Jess' husband is killed literally on the night they return from their honeymoon and right before her eyes. It was a robbery gone bad and now, she's a widow.

Dan's brother is the junkie that killed her husband and he's carrying guilt because his brother asked for cash just hours before the botched robbery. He can't help but feel that if he'd just
Jamie Rhodes
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A book that can make me feel many emotions deserves five stars. I smiled and cried at the same time. Dan and Jess meet under circumstances that are very unusual. Dan's brother killed Jess' new husband. They meet because Dan feels guilty about what his brother did and wants to make amends. Their meeting takes place only a bit after Dan's brother confesses to the murder. There were so many feelings going on in the book. I can't imagine how Dan felt knowing his brother took someone's life. I can't ...more
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Dan's drug addicted brother has done the unthinkable-he's killed a man just home from his honeymoon. Dan decides he needs to do whatever he can to try to make things easier for the victim's widow, Jess. The news that she is pregnant wakes Jess from the haze of depression she's been living in since her husband dies over 3 months ago. When her ex-father-in-law threatens to take the baby from her, Dan offers to marry Jess (in name only, of course) and adopt the baby.

Once the pair are married, the
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bruce needs money for drugs so he robs and kills Frank who has just returned from his honeymoon. Bruce's brother, Dan, feels responsible so he goes to the widow, Jess, offering her help in any way she needs - meaning financially. He feels worse when he learns she's pregnant and her miserable father-in-law is threatening to take the baby. He offers to marry her and adopt the baby to stop the father-in-law's threats. This marriage is for convenience and to protect Jess and the baby so when Dan ...more
Oct 25, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm sure there are real life stories out there just like the one in this book of a newly widowed newlywed who finds out she's pregnant after her husband's murder. I don't know that a family member of the murderer would offer to marry or adopt her child but I love where this book took you. Although Bruce didn't intend to he murdered a young newly married man because all he wanted to do was get money for drugs. Dan felt responsible for refusing to give him money and therefore feels responsible for ...more
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kristy-k-james
This is a must read for anyone who wants a nice love story, a few tears, some laughs and a HEA. I love Kristy's writing style, she makes me laugh and cry. Ok so the storyline isn't going to happen to the average person or probably anyone you know but seriously this is fiction I read lots of romance and I can't say I've seen very many (none) of then come true either. I read the negative reviews and the comments that it wasn't realistic for Dan's family to be mad at Jess and I really had to go ...more
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: clean, romance, kindle
What do you do when your drug addict younger brother kills someone's husband in a robbery gone bad? Especially when you find out that the widow is pregnant with the dead man's child? Well, I thought a college scholarship or some monthly payments would be more then enough. It is a bit odd that Dan decides to marry Jess for two years (in name only, uh huh, right, that is really going to happen) so that she can be 'safe' from losing custody of the baby to her dead husband's nasty mean father.
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The Daddy Pact is an emotional and poignant story of a woman who loses her brand new Happily Ever After in a momentary tragedy. Drowning in grief Jess Bentley is looking for away to join her lost love. In her darkest moment she is given the news that she carries her dead husband’s child. Good news is like dominos and inspite of the name that is attached to the hand that is offering to help, things seem to be looking up… until that hand ends up wearing a matching gold band to hers. And the fact ...more
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this story! To some extent, it reminded me of Jodi Picoult's books which always challenge the reader to think beyond society norms and understand a complex situation from multiple points of view. I was surprised to hear how little time Jess and Frank actually knew each other compared to the depth of their feelings and the strength of Frank's father's dislike for Jess and their relationship. In all the notoriety that surrounds murders in the news, you hardly ever hear the ...more
Katlynn Parsons
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-kindle
I got this as an amazon freebie. The overall premise of the story is extremely unlikely and fictional, however that being the genre of the book is expected. I did not expect the dept of characters and relationships that were present in the novel. Most authors that have their books on Amazon for free, at least from what I've seen/read, need a lot of help with the basics of the novel. Kristy K. James managed to draw me in, execute an almost seamless collaboration of multiple 'mini' plots, have ...more
Oct 04, 2014 rated it liked it
A good clean book, no adult scenes, and I don't remember any harsh language. My heart went out to the heroin and all she went through (and had me sobbing right along with her). The hero was a great character and committed to the heroin from the start, even when pressed by his family not to do so. It was a tough book to read because of the heroin's first husband being murdered and what she went through emotionally, but I am glad I finished it. The plot was a little different with the hero's ...more
The book starts in the aftermath of a young man murdered. The story is sweet and well paced as the characters struggle to accept what has happened while trying to pick up the pieces their lives. The author shows you the aftermath of crime from both sides.

Cute book but not really believable. If the author had added more drama with Frank's father it would've gone a long way to make us believe Jess had to marry Dan. It also needed a bit more at the end especially since Philip wasn't really ever a
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I found this a little weird but in a good kind of way.

We have here a wife whose husband was murdered and she's married to the brother of the murderer. Hope I ain't confusing myself or you. Even though I found it a bit weird, I'm thinking to myself 'who would do that?' But my feelings for the story was

But overall I enjoyed the shortness and to the point of this book. But I'm unsure if I would continue with the rest of the series.
Sep 28, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book and had never read anything with this premise. That said it was, at times, very hard to suspend disbelief and enjoy the story. There was a major plot and hardship set up that seemed to be handwaved away come the ending of the story. I liked that it had a sort of slower pace and that Jess had time to grieve for her husband despite being jumping into the relationship for convenience.

I'd like to read more in this verse, because while there was a ton of characters in this book,
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Dan's brother has killed, and left a fatherless baby in her mothers womb. Dan wants to rectify it, but the only way he can is by making Jess fall in love with him...
Well written, but is kinda sucky, as it is 100% predictable.
Fairly boring throughout, where the events are boooring, (and still predictable).
Really annoying book , as Jess in whiny, and Dan is annoyingly determined. However it is easy to read.
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