Series: The Arrangement #1
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on Jan 6, 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romance
FML is becoming Avery's motto. Just when she doesn't think things could get any worse, they do. When her car stalls out at a busy intersection and she gets out to check under the hood, a guy steals her car. Armed with a dress and a pair of Chucks, Avery runs after the thief. When a hot stranger offers to help, she can't say no. That's how Avery meets Sean Ferro, the totally sexy, totally damaged guy with more secrets than she has time for.
Avery doesn't have time for anything anymore. Her is life falling apart and it's not just the car. It's everything, and it doesn't matter how tightly she tries to hold on, there's nothing left to hold on to. With the sudden death of her parents, it's only a matter of months until Avery's shot at college is gone, and she's living in a cardboard box. Other students have their families to rely on when things get bad. Avery has no one.
But there's one option, one incredibly sexy, morally devoid, option. If Avery takes a job as a call girl, one guy could save her. One client. One time. She just has to say yes.
I don’t remember how or why I started following H.M. Ward on Facebook (probably a giveaway), but I kept seeing a lot of posts for her Arrangement series. It sparked my interest, but with 16 installments at $2.99 a piece, I was a little hesitant to start. Then she posted that The Arrangement was available on Kindle Unlimited, so I decided to give it a chance, and I was hooked!
The Arrangement is a serial. I didn’t fully understand what that meant at first, so if you don’t either, here’s a little description: Basically, it is one big story that is cut into different installments, sort of like a comic book. Unlike a typical series, the books are shorter (around 125ish pages), and so far they end on a cliffhanger with the next installment picking up immediately where the previous left off. Because of the continuous story and how short they were, I had a hard time deciding how to review them. However, since a suggested Ferro Family reading list had 1-4 listed and then a different book (following a different member of the Ferro family), I decided that’s how I’d review them.
I am completely hooked on these books so far! I have read the first 4 in 3 days, and it’s killing me to stop to switch family members, but that’s the suggested order, so I’m going to follow it. Here’s the thing, though: I’m not really sure what it is that I love about them! Basically, Avery is a poor college student, and as a last-ditch effort to not lose everything she’s worked for (including her scholarship), she takes on a job as a call girl. Her first client also happens to be this hot, mysterious guy who has helped her out of a couple of tight spots.
I’ve got to tell you that on paper, there is nothing about this series that would appeal to me. A call girl? Seriously? But there’s just something about Avery and Sean that I love. Their interactions are hot and cold and amusing and just so fun to read! There are some sex scenes that are pretty steamy, but I feel like they’re easier to read and more appropriately placed than, say, Fifty Shades of Grey. When I read FSoG, I would get super invested in the storyline, and then I felt like there was the obligatory sex scene thrown in. I don’t feel that way with The Arrangement.
At the end of the third installment, I wasn’t sure I liked where the story was going, but I decided to keep going, at least for one more, and I am so glad I did! There was a lot I really liked about The Arrangement 4 (though some of it was predictable), and that ending? Based on the ending of the first four installments, I know I’m not going to be happy when I’m caught up and have to wait with the was H.M. Ward writes endings!
I will also mention that the books are in need of some editing. I know that she publishes them quickly, so she probably doesn’t pick up on them, but I definitely noticed some spelling, grammar, and tense issues while reading. However, I was ensconced enough in the story that they didn’t really bother me that much.
There are some things that make me roll my eyes, like Avery being inexperienced and the fact that Sean seems to always be wherever she is, but overall, I’m really enjoying this series and would recommend it. And if you have Kindle Unlimited and can read this series for free? Even better!