The Arrangement by Robyn Harding

The Arrangement

Natalie, a young art student in New York City, is struggling to pay her bills when a friend makes a suggestion: Why not go online and find a sugar daddy—a wealthy, older man who will pay her for dates, and even give her a monthly allowance? Lots of girls do it, Nat learns. All that’s required is to look pretty and hang on his every word. Sexual favours are optional.

Though more than thirty years her senior, Gabe, a handsome corporate finance attorney, seems like the perfect candidate, and within a month, they are madly in love. At least, Nat is…Gabe already has a family, whom he has no intention of leaving.

So when he abruptly ends things, Nat can’t let go. She begins drinking heavily and stalking him: watching him at work, spying on his wife, even befriending his daughter, who is not much younger than she is. But Gabe’s not about to let his sugar baby destroy his perfect life. What was supposed to be a mutually beneficial arrangement devolves into a nightmare of deception, obsession, and, when a body is found near Gabe’s posh Upper East Side apartment, murder.

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The Arrangement or let’s learn all about sugar daddies and babies! I don’t think this novel did anything ground breaking. I was rolling my eyes a lot because the characters did exactly what you expected them to do.

Nat thinks that she has found her dream guy. Unfortunately he is paying her to date him and he has a wife and daughter. Gabe is no longer attracted to his wife. He is a high paid lawyer and has found a site that will let him pay to date and later dump younger women. I wasn’t a fan of either Nat or Gabe. Again the situation that they got themselves in, you could see from a mile away.

Thankfully the ending wasn’t something that I saw. Right from the beginning, we knew that someone was killed. I was surprised on who that person was as well as who the killer was. I only wish that the ending was a bit longer to do into the details of why the murdered decided to do what they did.

3 calculators out of a potential 5. An addicting novel that I read in one sitting on a lazy Saturday afternoon. If you are looking for a quick read with a surprise ending and don’t mind about reading about sugar daddies/babies then check out The Arrangement.

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