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A Delightful Arrangement (The Gentlemen Next Door Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Cecilia Gray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Phillip has a duty to marry Francesca. He has always protected his former neighbor and childhood companion, and now that she is of marriageable age, he will give her what she needs most - a real home where she is welcome and wanted.

Unfortunately for him....she is done with being dutiful.

After years of being an obedient daughter to a hateful father, Francesca jumps into her first Season. Francesca is ready to dance every dance, flirt with every bachelor and snatch what she wants most - a man she loves who will make her swoon.

Unfortunately for her...he now sees making her swoon as his duty, too.

And Phillip takes his duties very seriously.

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Don't miss The Gentlemen Next Door series, because sometimes a lady in need of love need look no further than next door:
Book 1: A Delightful Arrangement
Book 2: An Illicit Engagement
Book 3: A Dangerous Expectation
Book 4: A Flirtatious Rendezvous

The complete series is available now!

The Gentlemen Next Door Series are historical regency romance novellas of approximately 15,000-words (60 printed mass paperback pages)

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Praise for The Gentlemen Next Door Series

Captures your attention from the first page. - The Lady Reads @ Amazon

A wonderful book and a great read. - Bunny's Review

This is a delightful story, well-written, historically accurate and intriguing. - B.S. Andrews @ Amazon


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About the Author

 Cecilia Gray lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she reads, writes and breaks for food. She also pens her biographies in the third person. Like this. As if to trick you into thinking someone else wrote it because she is important. Alas, this is not the case.
She's rather enamored of being contacted by readers and hopes you'll oblige at cecilia@ceciliagray.com or any of her social media sites:
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ceciliagray.tumblr.com
youtube.com/ceciliagraybooks
twitter.com/ceciliabooks
facebook.com/ceciliagray
eepurl.com/fs4zk (newsletter)

Product Details

  • File Size: 565 KB
  • Print Length: 58 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gray Life, LLC (December 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005L5UOV4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,733 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Francesca and Philip have been childhood friends forever, but she never expected to have to MARRY him! Of course, as her friend Chastity pointed out, Philip was handsome, well-mannered, wealthy, and a future earl, besides being an all-round good guy. What else could a girl expect in a husband?

Well, Francesca had been looking forward to having a London season and meeting lots of eligible gentlemen and finding that one special man who could make her swoon. Philip was like a brother to her. Marriage to him might well get her away from her quarrelsome father, but she couldn't work up any enthusiasm for the idea, especially after he insisted that they would both be free to go their own independent ways after marriage. What exactly did Philip mean by that? She wasn't quite sure, except that she suspected that dallying with other women was involved, and that was hurtful, even though she wasn't in love with him.

Therefore, Francesca and Philip make a bargain. They will have a secret engagement--to please their parents--and Francesca will go to London for a taste of the social whirl before the wedding. If she finds someone who makes her swoon, the engagement will be broken. But she has to allow Philip to try to make her swoon too, and if he does, she will agree to marry him.

Philip's confidence that he can make Francesca see him in a romantic light is somewhat dashed when she becomes a great success in London and goes to considerable trouble to avoid him while she socializes with many eligible gentlemen. He realizes that he has to become more assertive in his courtship, using some of the rakish skills he has acquired over the years to get her alone and ply her with seductive kisses and touches.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful doesn't even begin to describe it! September 12, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I devoured A Delightful Arrangement in one sitting. Francesca and Phillip are wonderful characters and I was amazed at how well they were crafted given how quickly the story flew by. Cecilia Gray has quite the knack for crafting fresh, fun stories that make me race through to the end. I look forward to reading more from her!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fortunately a free offering February 21, 2013
By SamCat
Format:Kindle Edition
At first I thought my problem was that I was spoiled by finding Ms. Heyer first. But, then I realized I have read some good Regency short stories and novellas, this just wasnt one of them. I would have rather cut out the sex scene and replace it with more info on the Duke and his daughters relationship. It almost hints that she might not be his he thinks. Not sure. Much is vague. Just a few nods to Regency London almost as an afterthought as if to say it is RL and not contemporary. Usually I enjoy coming of age and finding love but this just felt stiffly written to formula with a race to sex. I prefer stopping outside the bedroom doors which is where I thought this did. But, I did not take off stars for my error just the errors in writing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully Steamy and Fun! October 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
A Delightful Arrangement (The Gentlemen Nextdoor) by Cecilia Gray
(Review by Saewod Tice)

Phillip has a duty to marry Francesca. He has always protected his former neighbor and childhood companion, and now that she is of marriageable age, he will give her what she needs most - a real home where she is welcome and wanted.

Unfortunately for him....she is done with being dutiful.

After years of being an obedient daughter to a hateful father, Francesca jumps into her first Season. Francesca is ready to dance every dance, flirt with every bachelor and snatch what she wants most - a man she loves who will make her swoon.

Unfortunately for her...he now sees making her swoon as his duty, too.

And Phillip takes his duties very seriously.

A Delightful Arrangement by Cecilia Gray is more than delightful. It was a non-explicit steamy read. Beside the premise and the fun characters, what I loved most were the hot scenes without getting erotic. There are few novels/novellas that have been able to get my blood pumping without taking the scene over into an obvious erotic moment. Neck nuzzling and earlobe nibbling have never been hotter.

The only downfall in this novella is that it is a novella and not a longer novel. I really wished it would've been longer, even a bit longer. I feel like I'm missing an amazing ending to this tale which made me want Celia to continue- even if it were to just give me an epilogue.

Great Minds Thinking Aloud Rating (GMTA): 4.5/5 Ravens
Recommending reading age: 18+ for some situations
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant read January 16, 2013
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This is not a particularly long story, nor is it suspenseful, but it's well and succinctly executed. Its characters are a respectable collection of people who seem to fit well together. The principals are life-long friends who dutifully become more, on cue, simply because their families ezpect it. What I appreciated most was the straightforward telling of the story, with a minimum of melodrama. The villain of the piece plays as almost a minor character. The protagonists play out their transformation from friends to spouses in spite of him. This portrait of a marriage of the regency period is probably more realistic than most others, with a bit of romanticism tossed in (they are, after all, friends, which may or may not have been true of arranged marriages of the time). It's a quick read. If you're a fan of regencies, pick this up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE Cecilia Gray
I LOVE Cecilia Gray. And I love the cover of this book. I was thrilled to get this book and couldn't wait to start reading. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Katarina Ortmann
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed all in this series :)
read all her short series on this, and i thoroughly enjoyed all of them :)
Published 5 days ago by rushie86
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Sweet
An absolutely delightful historical romance novella, A Delightful Arrangement was a lovely read. I really liked this sweet romance. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Farrah
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute
This was a middle of the road novella. It was a cute story but I wasn't really affected by it. I would recommend this as a sweet read for a rainy day. Read more
Published 6 days ago by D.A Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Neighborly Love????
I received this book as an ARC.

Lady Francesca Warrington is coming out of a three year mourning of the her mother's death. Read more
Published 11 days ago by L. Armstrong
3.0 out of 5 stars Storyline is ok but don't let the innocent cover fool ...
Storyline is ok but don't let the innocent cover fool you. It isn't a clean book. Some sexual material.
Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Clean Short Regency
I read this in one sitting. It was good and steamy, but not very descriptive. Phillip and Francesca story was good. Phillip has a duty to marry Francesca. Read more
Published 13 days ago by McIn
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Sweet Love
Truly enjoyable and the story line was easy to follow. The author drew the reader in with her delightful characters and allowed us experience their many emotions while they... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Janie_tx
5.0 out of 5 stars A story worth reading
A very simple story about love, friendship, understanding and learning to believe in each other. it is a short story that brings the reader into the lives of the characters in a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lady J
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
I really enjoyed Ms.Grey short stories. The way she develops the characters and plots is refreshing. This is the second book I have read and will get the rest.
Published 2 months ago by Nilda
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More About the Author

Cecilia Gray lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she reads, writes and breaks for food. She also pens her biographies in the third person. Like this. As if to trick you into thinking someone else wrote it because she is important. Alas, this is not the case.

She's rather enamored of being contacted by readers and hopes you'll oblige at cecilia@ceciliagray.com or any of the following sites:

http://ceciliagray.com
http://twitter.com/ceciliabooks
http://facebook.com/ceciliagray
http://youtube.com/ceciliagraybooks
http://eepurl.com/fs4zk (newsletter)

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