(The Arranged Duo #1)
by Katy Regnery
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 just can’t do it anymore.
It’s too hard, and worse: little by little, it’s making mehard.
It’s breaking my heart.
What do I want?
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?
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.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
ARRANGE ME is the first book in The Arranged Duo so of course, this is a cliffhanger!
Courtney is an independent, hard working woman from a wealthy family. She’s beautiful and smart but she’s had rotten luck with dating and men. One night, while having a drink with her bestie in her favorite bar, she declares that she’s done dating. Courtney wants marriage and forever and she’s determined to skip the dating scene. Her friends have been listening to Courtney lament for the past year but they’re taken by surprise by her rash statement. Is an arranged marriage the way to go?
I don’t want to give too much away so I’ll go with some of my impressions instead. Believe it or not, this is my first arranged marriage read! The concept isn’t new to me, I just really was never too interested in the subject. It seems so archaic! But after meeting Courtney, I can see some of the advantages of having your spouse chosen for you…kind of. I mean, I may not totally agree with her but I can understand her reasons. I actually liked the first half of the book more than the last because the build up between “the intended” and Courtney was so sweet and sexy, it made my heart squeeze.
I was torn between loving Courtney and wanting to smack some sense into her! She was a bit naive, hoping that an arranged marriage would be easy (or easy-ER) than the traditional way. And then there was the groom-to-be. He was more of a realist, which was ironic since he was an aspiring playwright. They actually don’t have too much in common, she comes from money, he’s barely scraping by. She’s determined to make an arranged marriage work, he’s insanely skeptical about it all. But they are 100% attracted to each other.
This is a lighter, slow burn, swexy kind of read! In the end, it seems their marriage will be off to a rocky start. I’m looking forward to finding out how or IF Courtney and her husband will find their happy ever after. Told from dual POVs with a dubious cliffhanger. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book.
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Now exclusively self-published, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; the Enchanted Places Series; and a stand-alone novella, Frosted.
Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s boxed set, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times bestseller.
Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.