#BookReview: The Arrangement by Robyn Harding @rhardingwriter @GalleryBooks #thriller #sugardaddy #thearrangement

 

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My Review:

Sugar baby vs. Sugar daddy

Such an intriguing premise of the wealthy man/ gorgeous woman sugar “arrangement”. Here are some definitions I became aware of whilst reading this novel…

A Sugar Daddy is a boyfriend who comes with financial benefits. Sugar benefactors can help to cover tuition, bills, and frequently enjoy bestowing gifts upon their partners. Sugar Daddies exist on three levels – Honey (highest), Sugar (wealthy) and Splenda (on a budget). Who knew? 

Natalie is an art student struggling with her bills and living in New York City is expensive. One of her college friends introduces her to the sugar daddy website and “benefits”. Natalie decides to take the plunge. 

I was hooked from the beginning chapter when a phone call is made from the police precinct in Chelsea. I was drawn right into all the sugar daddy drama, the believable situation of a student who is struggling to make ends meet and the overall theme and pace of the story- throw in some red-herrings along the way.

What I was missing- I wanted to figure out the ending or have it suggested, not explained. Show/ not tell. Instead of a explosive, crash ending, it was more of a smooth landing.  Came close though!

A Fantastic book! I read this in 2 days racing to the end.

4 STRONG STARS

Book Description:

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 favours 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. She begins drinking heavily and stalking him: watching him at work, spying on his wife, even befriending his daughter, who is not much younger than she is. 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.

9 comments

  1. I actually liked the ending on this one. I was convinced of one thing until the last chapter and then shocked. I didn’t really mind her explaining it the way she did, and it was 5 stars for me. But we’re all different and I agree the ending is super important. I wish it had been better for you but am glad you still enjoyed it overall! Great review, Holly!

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