Monday, 19 October 2015

ARC Review ~ A Friendly Arrangement (Friends First, #2) by Christine Warner

A Friendly Arrangement (Friends First, #2)eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: October 26th 2015

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

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.

My Opinion

This was a very different read to what I was expecting... Generally, I like reads from this publisher. However, this one missed the mark for me and for that reason I'm not going to go into too much detail.

The main thing I struggled with in A Friendly Arrangement was so it was cheesy. The entire relationship and conversations were over the top and had me cringing at times. It didn't feel natural. I wanted to like Roth and Holly but then they'd go and say something stupid. They also felt very immature and childish in their interactions.

Moreover, I didn't really fall in love with the story. I normally like the friend to relationship trope, but this one didn't work for me. I found myself skimming a lot. It was predictable and there wasn't much depth to it. Everything was summed up in large info dumps and I felt very little chemistry between the characters because of it.

Overall if you like your romances on the cheesy side you may enjoy this but it wasn't for me.


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