Friday, April 8, 2016

The Three-Week Arrangement by Sarah Ballance ~ Review

Source:  Received an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

Ethan Chase isn't interested in dating. After losing the woman he loved more than life itself, he'd much rather ride solo, but his family is dead set on fixing him up. To get them off his back, he hooks up with ultra-adventurous, ultra-temporary adventure photographer, Rue Campbell. All he has to do is survive three weeks in her orbit and he'll be single again, only without the pitying looks and pressure to move on.

Rue is literally counting the days until her plane leaves New York City. The last thing she wants is a relationship, but being Ethan's pretend girlfriend can't hurt, right? Wrong. With Ethan, there's no faking anything—in or out of the bedroom. With the sheets burning hot and the clock ticking on their arrangement, Rue realizes she's falling for a man guaranteed to derail her goals...and break her heart.


I love a good pretending story!  And I do mean good.  Some are too contrived and just wrong but this one gets pretending right!  And once I started it, I didn't stop till it was done.

Ethan...I love that name three years past the death of this wife.  He's fine.  Really, he is.  He'll tell you so.  But he's shut down on living and just goes through the motions.  His family worries so much for him but he never sees it until they believe he has a date to some fancy gala.  And as it happens, Rue needs that date to avoid some unpleasantness.  Perfect set-up for pretend relationship.  

What I love about pretend relationships is that the couple never thinks they could work for whatever reason.   But the pretending gets them together, may force a kiss or two and pretty soon they're shocked into emotions they weren't expecting.  I love that.  Because the best couples never saw themselves as couples.  

I love that these two are so different.  They really are opposite.  Yet they are each what the other needs at this point in their life.  I love that.

The relationship didn't feel rushed at all but genuine.  As Ethan deals with feeling he hasn't felt in a long time, he pulls back often.  That felt real.  Rue is so outgoing and passionate that she's the perfect one to call him out on it or push him to take risks.  It was a perfect blend of two opposites that just worked.

This is a quick read that I devoured in an evening.  A perfect nights entertainment with a side of sexy and sweet.


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