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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

REVIEW: A Friendly Arrangement by Christine Warner

A Friendly Arrangement 
by Christine Warner
Release Date: October 26th 2015 by Entangled Publishing, LLC
Series: Friends First #2
Pages: 200
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
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What happens when your plus one becomes "the one"?

Holly Haggerty and Roth Esterly are two besties with everything in common--they're neighbors, career-driven, and commitment-phobes. Tired of always being set up on dates by well-meaning friends and family, they take matters into their own hands: they will be the other's plus one--a little friendly arrangement between friends.

Easy…until a steamy night where they cross the line. But that's okay, they'll add an addendum--one that includes a little action between the sheets…on top of the sheets…and without the sheets. But there are rules. Dating and sex are exclusive until one of them decides to terminate the agreement. No slumber parties. And if either party becomes emotionally involved they will break things off with no hard feelings.

When unexpected news changes their plans and turns their fun arrangement into something more serious, Holly and Roth must come to terms with what's more important--what they thought they wanted, or what they really need.
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

My Review:

Not having read any other works by Christine Warner, I thought that A Friendly Arrangement was a good overall story. Though the idea is not new, the events leading up to conclusion of the book were entertaining to read. Right at the beginning of the story we meet Holly Haggerty, and immediately find out that she has recently ended her relationship with her boyfriend. Now her ex-boyfriend's brother wants to end any business that they used to have, and she doesn't want that. So Holly plans to crash a costume party, but she needs a plus one and she knows that exact person to ask, her best friend and neighbor, Roth Esterly. Soon the pair discovers that they can be each other's plus one with no strings attached. It would have been a great arrangement, but the more they spent time with one another, the more their relationship started to feel different.

For Roth Esterly commitments are off the table, he doesn't want to be seriously involved in a relationship when he has a very successful career ahead of him as a jewelry designer. But his family has been trying to set him up for a while, and he is not happy to have people making decisions for him. So when Holly asks him for his help, he is more than happy to help in return to have her as his plus one. Little did he know that he would end up falling in love with her in the process. Now he has to come to terms of what he really wants and if he is willing to fight for it. 

As I mentioned before, I really liked the overall idea of the story. Both of the characters are career-driven and very much commitment-phobes that just want to be successful without having any romantic relationships. When Holly loses one of her biggest clients, she doesn't know what to do other than to ask her best friend for help. That is when things really take off and the characters are put in different scenarios that ultimately bring them closer. As the two start to realize that they might be falling for each other, that is when the real test comes in and when they'll have to decide whether their careers are more important than their relationship. The tone of the story is light and funny at times, it really was a quick and easy read. Nevertheless, there were moments where the characters felt flat for me. I still very much enjoyed the ending though. I would definitely be reading more from the author in the future. This book is worth picking up if you like the friends-to-relationship kind of stories. : )

***ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.***

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