Title: The Arrangement (book #2, The Survivors’ Club)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Mary Balogh
Publisher: Random House, Dell, August 27,2013
Source: Free for review from Amazon vine Program
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
Desperate 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?
This is a lovely story of two people thrown together on an impulse but discovering that they were truly meant for each other. Sophia helps Vincent to become more independent and Vincent helps repair Sophia’s damaged self esteem.
Mary Balogh is one of the Grand Dames of romance writing and it shows in this book. Her characterization is flawless and she can put you in a scene so that you feel you are there. Here is an example of her descriptive talent:
“They traveled all through the last night of the journey, weary as they were, and arrived at Covington House at first light—or so Martin informed him. Vincent would have known it himself, though, as soon as the carriage stopped moving and the door was opened. He could hear a few birds singing with that almost echoing clarity that was peculiar to the predawn period. And the air had a freshening feel to it that suggested an end to night but not quite a start to day.” (from Chapter #1, THE ARRANGEMENT)
The only thing I felt was missing was greater conflict. Everything moved just a bit too smoothly. However this complaint is minor to the enjoyment to be found in the reading of this new entry in the series.
This is the second book in The Survivors’ Club series following THE PROPOSAL. This is a standalone book but it does contain other members of the club and you may want to read the first book just to have a more perfect picture of the group.