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Friday, December 27, 2013

The Arrangement #1 by Abby Weeks

From Goodreads.com 

The Arrangement follows the story of April Masterson whose life is about to be turned upside down. She is a devoted young wife and mother, even if her husband Walter can be domineering and possessive. 

She has always tried to keep him happy so that she and her children can enjoy a life of security and stability. When he is made partner at the firm she feels her life is entirely set up. They are showered with wealth and generosity and even receive a stunning new home in a secluded private community on the outskirts of the capital. 

But after the move, April begins to see just how drastically her life has changed. There is an arrangement that she never suspected. The partners always said that the firm was a family but she didn't realize just how literally they meant it! 

Now she finds herself taking on a new role in her life and becoming a new person. She feels confident, powerful and wealthy. She realizes that she has what it takes to fulfill the desires of four of DC's most powerful and wealthy lawyers. She also realizes that she likes it!

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 My Rating: 1 star out of 5

This was one of those "I should have known better" freebies that I found on Amazon. I'm not sure what exactly I was expecting, but it was certainly not a controlling, adulterating husband, and a meek wife who could change her personality like the flip of a switch if she either thinks someone is being out of line, or she is about to be used sexually be a room full of older men.  


From the beginning, I felt there was something not quite right about this book. First April is fondled at a dinner with her husband's new partners, but instead of standing up for herself (either out of her own right or out of fear of her husband's reaction), she not only allows it to happen, she enjoys it. Then she's informed (not asked) that she must pack up her entire house to move to an exclusive gated community, where coincidentally all the other partners live, as well as ship her children off to boarding school. Her reactions are not what I would have expected, and did not seem to fit well with her character. 

Overall, there was little depth to this novel at all, the characters were seemingly thrown together (a lot of April's thoughts and choices seemed so out of character for what you knew of her it was laughable), and the plot read a little too much like a bad porno movie.


 Although this was book one in a series, I will not be continuing on.



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The Arrangement #1 is available from Amazon.com

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