The Arrangement

The Arrangement

Book - 2019 | First Scout Press hardcover edition
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Natalie, a young art student in New York City, is struggling to pay her bills when a friend makes a suggestion: Why not go online and find a sugar daddy-- a wealthy, older man who will pay her for dates and even give her a monthly allowance? Lots of girls do it, Nat learns. All that's required is to look pretty and hang on his every word. Sexual favors are optional. Though more than thirty years her senior, Gabe, a handsome corporate finance attorney, seems like the perfect candidate, and within a month, they are madly in love. At least, Nat is ... Gabe already has a family, whom he has no intention of leaving. So when he abruptly ends things, Nat can't let go. But Gabe's not about to let his sugar baby destroy his perfect life. What was supposed to be a mutually beneficial arrangement devolves into a nightmare of deception, obsession, and, when a body is found near Gabe's posh Upper East Side apartment, murder.
Publisher: New York, NY : Scout Press, 2019
Edition: First Scout Press hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781982110499
Branch Call Number: FIC Hardi
Characteristics: 343 pages ; 24 cm

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singidunum_25
Aug 22, 2019

Too hyped for my taste. All characters are superficial and story is very simple. This book is far from what you or I imagine to be. Easily could have been YA.

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McAnnieG
Aug 07, 2019

Well, I learned a new word - pansexual. I also learned a Sugar Bowl is the site where Sugar Babies find Sugar Daddies. I had heard of college girls paying for their educations by being escorts for wealthy older men. That services expected are so varied shouldn't have been a surprise but it was.

Natalie Murphy is the product of a broken home. Her artistic nature doesn't fit in with the practicality of small town life. Attending Art School in NYC is exciting and expensive; more expensive than Nat can afford.

Feeling pressured by financial needs Nat accepts a paid date with an older man - just to catch up her bills. Falling in love with Gabe makes sex acceptable to her, until he ends the arrangement.

What Nat does next is obsessive but not surprising considering how young and emotionally naive she really is.

I loved the plot twists and the ending is perfect. I read the book in a one day read-a-thon. it was so good!

I volunteered to read an ARC from Scout Press (Siimon & Schuster) through Net Galley.

IndyPL_MichelleS Jul 16, 2019

Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of The Arrangement. Every time I went to write something about this book, I had to backtrack so I didn't spoil anything. So, without going into detail, let me just say that this book was fast-paced, sexy, entertaining, and held a hint of intrigue due to the murder that takes place towards the end. There! I didn't spoil anything! The only thing that felt a little off with this story was that Natalie was so hesitant to enter the sugar baby lifestyle, and then later her personality did a complete 180 and suddenly she was thrust into a situation that really didn't fit initial first impressions. Isn't life that way sometimes, though? Great read! Go ahead and put this one on hold.

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