REVIEW – ARRANGE ME (The Arranged Duo, #1) by Katy Regnery

SYNOPSIS

** COMING MARCH 4, 2019 **

My name is Courtney Jane Salinger…
and I’m sick of games.

Sick of the Friday night bar-scene-cum-meat-market.

Sick of the boy-girl, man-woman, mars-venus, flirtation-without-expectation, game-playing nonsense.

Sick of awful dates and one-night stands, booty calls and guys who don’t call back, mixed messages or NO messages and—and—and…I’m sick of all of it.

I’m done.
I just can’t do it anymore.
It’s too hard, and worse: little by little, it’s making me hard.
It’s breaking my heart.

What do I want?
That’s easy.

I want a house in suburbia with a white picket fence.
I want babies to buckle into a minivan.
But most of all, I want to be married.
I want a husband.

So I’ve made an important decision: I’m making my escape from the dating world and the single life.
I’ve filled out my application on ArrangeMe.com and I’m putting my fate into the hands of experts.

Is it a little scary?
Sure.
I mean, I have no idea who I’ll end up with.
After all, I’m planning to marry a complete stranger.

But between you and me?
I can’t wait.

Being arranged can’t possibly be worse than being single.
Can it?

 

 

*****Patty’s Review*****
*****3.75 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

 

Katy Regnery is one of my favorite authors. I love her ”Modern Fairytale” series and her dark romances are amazing. I didn’t fall crazy in love with her new book, ”Arrange Me”. In an overly saturated genre, I do give the author credit for coming up with a plot that I have yet to come across in any other book. The Heroine is a twenty-nine-year-old woman with a successful career and comes from a family with tons of money, but her love life has been one disappointment after another. She’s tired of the dating game. She wants to meet her soulmate, get married, have the house with the white picket fence and 2.5 children. She happens to see a commercial on tv for a matchmaking service that arranges marriages for couples. The company seems shady in that they ask for a pretty hefty fee which is non-refundable and the couples don’t get to meet until it’s their wedding day. The Heroine is hooked in by the ad and offers her faith in it blindly. I do remember being a bit naïve and having an overly romanticized outlook on life at that age so I can see why the Heroine goes full steam ahead with this arranged marriage deal, and yet I just didn’t ever connect with Courtney.

 

 

Just when she decides to have this matchmaking service find her a husband, a friend who she never thought in her wildest dreams had any interest in her, starts to make his feelings known. Josh is a sexy and charismatic Hero, and yet I thought the pairing of Josh and Courtney was rushed. Both characters make some pretty rash and irresponsible decisions. I started worrying that maybe this would be the first book by this author that I wouldn’t end up liking at all, but the author saves the story by throwing a harsh dose of reality in the faces of the main characters. Suddenly marrying someone without really getting to know each other is coming back to bite them and we’re left wondering if there is even a hope of a happily ever after ending for the two.

 

 

 

Here are my overall ratings:

Hero: 4
Heroine: 3
Plot: 3.5
Angst: 4
Steam: 4
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 3.5

ARRANGE ME is currently available and the conclusion, ”ARRANGE US” releases on May 20th!

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