- File Size: 5568 KB
- Print Length: 164 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 148261376X
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: H.M. WARD PRESS (January 6, 2013)
- Publication Date: January 6, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AXTO3WY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,520 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My point is, I'm willing to suspend belief, I really am, but when my mind throws up red flags within the first chapter something is up. My inner five-year-old keeps asking 'why why why' and that threw me out of the story, big time. If there was a reason why she couldn't borrow more money, or get a diff job, I would have appreciated a short and simple explanation, but there wasn't one. I just ended up rolling my eyes when her rommie introduced her to her future madam (or female pimp, whichever you prefer).
Kudos for Mrs. Ward for writing such a long, and expensive, series. I know she has a large, committed fan base, so I'm sure I'm in the very small minority here.
Avery's life is going down the toilet. Her parents have died and her college money and scholarship isn't making ends meet. She has to work regularly to make enough to live, but that means she can't study as much as she needs to to maintain the GPA required by the college for her scholarship. On a particularly rough day, Avery's car once again breaks down at a busy intersection. As she gets out to spray under the hood, she's carjacked (again..). She takes off after the perpetrator as the car has her textbooks, etc. in it and is helped out by a mysterious, handsome stranger. She runs into him again and they seem to hit it off. Meanwhile, her best friend takes her with her to her place of work, but can't tell her anything about it. She's interviewed by the boss, who ends up being a madam because her friend is an escort. In order to keep our heroine virginal and escape slut shaming, the escort service provides a range of services. Sex, no sex, some degrees of intimacy or just doing it the once and selling her virginity. Phew! Avery doesn't want to do it, but while she's there a folder falls on the ground in the file is a picture of the mysterious man who helped her out with her car robbery. What a coincidence, right? The madam reveals that that is the man who is looking to buy the virginity of and sexually train a girl just like herself. Unreal. I bet you couldn't see that coming. Avery still doesn't want to do it, but her financial situation along with her undeniable attraction to Sean has her agree to a contract for a month and turn up to meet him on a date where he is unhappily blindsided with his date being Avery. He feels betrayed. Now, to me, if I were Avery I would probably be little more creeped out that her potential love interest is buying virgins, but what do I know? She just finds it all a bit interesting and begs him not to call it off. He agrees to meet with her and that's the end of the first book.
I didn't really become involved enough to care what happens next. It seemed a little bit too over the top. The plot was predictable and completely unbelievable and the insta-attraction was too coincidental and borderlined weird. I would recommend that unless you're willing to be committed to the series or get the book for free, give it a miss. I've paid $2.99 or less for longer books of great substance and quality.
But the beginning of this story is great. It pulled me in right away. The scene with the broken down car being hijacked was fabulous. I had a big smile on my face as I was reading because it was a funny action scene and yet I felt sorry for Avery and I was rooting for her to catch that car.
So at the end of this very short episode of the continuing series, "The Arrangement," I have to say I like Avery. She's in a hard spot (in more ways than one.) I am intrigued by Sean. At first he came across as a friendly white knight, there to help the damsel in distress. But he soon proves to be very mysterious. What that about?
Okay. I'm sold. I'm going to read book 2.
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She gets duped at the lights when her car stalls, and ends up running halfway down the road to retreve from a jacker who thought he'd get a quick get away.
To make things better though for Avery in comes the cavalry, Sean Ferro.
If you haven't read the Damaged books (as they slightly mention Sean in them) then you'll be pleased to know that I think this is the starting point of hearing about Sean's history, his past.
We don't see much of what he's like in this, other than he seems to have an infatuation with Avery, and he dabbles in the "Call Girl" scene.
I would love to read more of this story and see how this pans.
Although this is the first book in this series, they all follow on from another, and there only roughly 20K words, which isn't alot and it keeps you on your toes. There all novella type of books :) Which can be good in a sense, but can get expensive when you haven't read any and need to read them in bulk :(
I'd love for H.M Ward to maybe write a FULL book about Sean & Avery, just like Sydney & Peter :) Just a thought!