Title: The Three-Week Arrangement
Author: Sarah Ballance
Series: Chase Brothers #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: April 4th
Ethan Chase isn’t interested in dating. After losing the woman he loved more than life itself, he’d much rather ride solo, but his family is dead set on fixing him up. To get them off his back, he hooks up with ultra-adventurous, ultra-temporary adventure photographer, Rue Campbell. All he has to do is survive three weeks in her orbit and he’ll be single again, only without the pitying looks and pressure to move on.
Rue is literally counting the days until her plane leaves New York City. The last thing she wants is a relationship, but being Ethan’s pretend girlfriend can’t hurt, right? Wrong. With Ethan, there’s no faking anything—in or out of the bedroom. With the sheets burning hot and the clock ticking on their arrangement, Rue realizes she’s falling for a man guaranteed to derail her goals…and break her heart.
Source: ARC from Entangled: Lovestruck via NetGalley
Like the previous books in this series, this opposites attract tale is often a lot of fun as it pitches two very different people against each other with romantic results. Yet, at the same times, it’s also quite emotional as Ethan struggles to move on from grieving his wife, hoping to stop his family from worrying about him, while Rue is understanding and supportive and the best friend he can possibly hope to find.
There is a lot of thinking in this book. So much thinking. And, dare I say it, a fair bit of angsting too. Normally I am not a fan of pain-filled thoughts taking up the majority of the plot, but it works here because Ethan loves deeply, so when he lost his wife he was devastated. Now he faces the prospect of feeling something, anything, for a different woman and he’s conflicted. Not always in the cliché ways you might expect from a widower romance, but he definitely has many demons and fears to face.
Rue is a complete contrast to Ethan. She’s a traveller with constantly itchy feet, who doesn’t get attached to anyone or anything. It’s not that she’s shallow, it’s just that she’s always on the move and it’s easier to be that way if she doesn’t hold onto anything so tightly. I loved how easily she understood and accepted Ethan’s troubles – and how he accepted her need to keep moving. Despite all their differences they are an amazing couple, connecting on many different levels, including their hot chemistry. I loved reading about them.
This book is mostly about Ethan, though. Much though I liked Rue, clearly she had a few issues of her own that were never really addressed, and I spent most of the book wondering how they would ever make things work without someone making major changes. However, I did like the way things turned out and the ending made me smile.
If you’re looking for something sweet and enjoyable, with a good touch of heat, a couple of very different characters finding unexpected common ground and an emotional conflict that flows throughout without ever getting too deep and dark, then give this a try. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I look forward to seeing how the final Chase brother’s story plays out.
The Three-Week Arrangement is out April 4th!
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