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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Mini’s Good Girl Gone Plaid by Shelli Stevens, The Arrangement by Mary Balogh


17458447Falling for the bad boy is even more dangerous the second time around.

The McLaughlins, Book 1

In high school Sarah fell for her best friend’s older brother—one of the sexy, Scottish McLaughlin boys. But a painful betrayal showed her she’d been a fool to give her heart to a bad boy. At least it made it easier to leave him and move halfway around the world when her Navy dad got stationed in Japan.

Eleven years later, the death of her grandmother has forced Sarah back to Whidbey Island for a month. It’s the length of time she must stay in her inherited house before she’s allowed to sell it, take the money and run. But when she sees Ian, bad as ever and still looking like sin on a stick, she can’t keep her mouth from watering.

One look at Sarah stirs up the regret lingering in Ian’s heart—and never-forgotten desire lingering in his body. He should walk away, especially since divorced single mothers aren’t his style. But when she starts showing up at his family’s pub, he can’t resist a little casual seduction for old time’s sake.
One thing quickly becomes clear, though. The heat between them is causing an avalanche of secrets and betrayal and nothing will ever be the same. ~ Goodreads | Source: Purchased | Amazon (was a freebie a the time of writing this post)

My thoughts: This book was old school drama llama
  craziness but I enjoyed the heck out of it. Just light hearted fun with a very sweet romance.
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15797358Desperate to escape his mother’s matchmaking, Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh, flees to a remote country village. But even there, another marital trap is sprung. So when Miss Sophia Fry’s intervention on his behalf finds her unceremoniously booted from her guardian’s home, Vincent is compelled to act. He may have been blinded in battle, but he can see a solution to both their problems: marriage.

At first, quiet, unassuming Sophia rejects Vincent’s proposal. But when such a gloriously handsome man persuades her that he needs a wife of his own choosing as much as she needs protection from destitution, she agrees. Her alternative is too dreadful to contemplate. But how can an all-consuming fire burn from such a cold arrangement? As friendship and camaraderie lead to sweet seduction and erotic pleasure, dare they believe a bargain born of desperation might lead them both to a love destined to be? ~ Goodreads | Source: Purchased | Amazon


My thoughts: Not much happens in this book. Just a lot of lot of talking and a few sexy times. Very uneventful. I would even call it rather boring but I loved it anyway. It was nice to read about two characters that are honest, upfront in their wants and desires and truly kind to each other.

16 comments:

  1. I think I'll steer clear of The Arrangement because no one likes a boring, uneventful story. Good Girl Gone Plaid on the other hand looks kinda fun, well aside from the high school drama that is. I'd have to be in a special mood for this one.

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads.

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    1. Ha! I liked the boring for some reason. In this case anyway.

      Good Girl Gone Plaid was so much fun. Zany but fun. Steven's found the right balance IMO.

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  2. I like the first one, sounds exciting. I'll pass on the second one :D

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  3. I did love 'the arrangement'. I'm glad you liked it overall :)

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  4. Yay that you liked it :D

    But staying clear of the 2nd one

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  5. The first one sounds good :) I dislike boring

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  6. Well, I went ahead and snagged that first one since it is still free. :) I'm now very curious about The Arrangement since it is uneventful and yet you still liked it. Yep, you know how to get me. :)

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    1. I guess I'm used to loads of angst and conflict. The Arrangement didn't really have it but watching them go from a marriage of convenience to real love was nice to watch since they were both so nice.

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  7. Okay the first one sounds really fun (and I love anything Scottish) so I just one-clicked it. It's still free! :) The second one sounds pretty uneventful and even if you enjoyed it I don't think it's for me. Great reviews :)

    Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms.

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  8. The first book sounds really great - thanks for an amazing review!

    Benish | Feminist Reflections
    A Thousand Pieces of You Hardcover Giveaway

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  9. Oh! The Arrangement is on my list. lol I've read one like that before and for some reason yeah it worked for me as well for some reason. Hopefully this one will mesh with me too :)

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    1. It's so low angst but I liked the characters a lot so I enjoyed the lack of tension.

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  10. Good Girl Gone Plaid sounds fun. You didn't really sell the other! LOL

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    1. lol Nothing really happens in it so it is kind of boring but I found them getting to know each other nice anyway.

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