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.
Source: ARC from Entangled: Select Contemporary via NetGalley
This is a friends-to-lovers tale in typical style. Holly is a career woman trying to keep her business going, Roth is her gorgeous neighbour and best friend. Neither of them are looking for anything lasting in their lives and they both get on really well, sharing pizzas, watching movies, hanging out. So when Holly needs a last minute date for a party, Roth is her first port of call. In fact it makes so much sense that they decide to be each other’s plus-one whenever needed. Makes sense, right? Adding extra benefits on top seems like a good idea too, just as long as everyone can abide by the rules…
If you’re a fan of this genre you will know exactly what to expect from this book, and it gives all of that. The characters are likeable, the story is easy and it’s a nice, undemanding read. However, there are issues here and there, not least the idea that these best friends know so little about each other, and the shelter that Holly is so intent on helping doesn’t really get a look in. There are also a few scenes which might have been nice to have seen in full, rather than in recaps or appearing halfway through (Roth and his brothers is one, and there’s another pivotal plot moment that starts mid-conversation).
So it’s not perfect and there are times when both Holly and Roth need to grow up a bit. However, on the whole this was an enjoyable enough read. If you’re looking for a friends-to-lovers tale that won’t spring any sudden surprises and has a decent cast of characters to keep things ticking along, then give this a go. It’s not the most memorable book in the world, but it makes for a nice temporary escape.
A Friendly Arrangement is out October 26th!
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