Author: Christine Warner
Published: October 26th 2015
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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What happens when your plus one becomes "the one"?
Holly Haggerty and Roth Esterly are two besties with everything in common--they're neighbors, career-driven, and commitment-phobes. Tired of always being set up on dates by well-meaning friends and family, they take matters into their own hands: they will be the other's plus one--a little friendly arrangement between friends.
Easy…until a steamy night where they cross the line. But that's okay, they'll add an addendum--one that includes a little action between the sheets…on top of the sheets…and without the sheets. But there are rules. Dating and sex are exclusive until one of them decides to terminate the agreement. No slumber parties. And if either party becomes emotionally involved they will break things off with no hard feelings.
When unexpected news changes their plans and turns their fun arrangement into something more serious, Holly and Roth must come to terms with what's more important--what they thought they wanted, or what they really need.
This story was so... freaking... good. I fell in love with Holly and Roth from the very beginning. They're best friends and neighbors, but they find themselves in a quandary where they need to stop people from trying to set them up with others. So they come to an agreement to go places together so that it seems like there's something more. They think they can keep this arrangement under wraps, keep it casual, but then they find themselves kissing one night. Since they're such great friends, how could a little bit of fun cause any problems? Only it does. And it leads Holly and Roth to where they need to figure out what the future holds for them and what they're willing to risk to get what they truly want.
A Friendly Arrangement is a lovely story. It was impossible not to notice the chemistry between Holly and Roth--how it was always just below the surface. Also, their friendship felt so grand to me, which made the transition from friends to lovers all the more enjoyable, not to mention natural. I am absolutely interested in reading more by Christine Warner!