The Arrangement

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...

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  • Shannon

    Thanks to Gallery Books #partner for gifting me a copy of The Arrangement by Robyn Harding! I really enjoyed Her Pretty Face last year so I was super excited to get to The Arrangement!

    First of all, if there is a Sugar Daddy / Baby involved I don’t care what the genre is, I’M READING IT! Well, not fantasy 👋🏼.

    Nat is a young artist going to college and trying survive in the city. She works in a bar for some money but can barely pay the bills. Nat is stressed, her roommates can’t stand her and she’

    Thanks to Gallery Books #partner for gifting me a copy of The Arrangement by Robyn Harding! I really enjoyed Her Pretty Face last year so I was super excited to get to The Arrangement!

    First of all, if there is a Sugar Daddy / Baby involved I don’t care what the genre is, I’M READING IT! Well, not fantasy 👋🏼.

    Nat is a young artist going to college and trying survive in the city. She works in a bar for some money but can barely pay the bills. Nat is stressed, her roommates can’t stand her and she’s worried about being kicked out. After venting to her classmate, Ava, about her current situation, Ava tells her about a Sugar Daddy website. Nat wants nothing to do with it at first but she comes to realize she doesn’t have much of a choice.

    Enter Gabe: the *no strings* sugar daddy to the rescue! I loved hearing Gabe’s POV. He’s an old powerful lawyer in NYC but he’s rich! He also has a family, say WHAT!

    The prologue tells us someone has been murdered but we don’t know for sure who until towards the end. I had some theories but I was wrong which is always good. The drama, lies, betrayals and murder, yaaaas I’m so here for it. 4.5 ⭐️

    Edit: I forgot the most important part! I AM IN THE ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Givemeallthebooks - that’s my name 💁🏻‍♀️😈💃🏻

  • Dennis

    Robyn Harding's been in the game for a couple of years now, and she's become a mainstream success after her debut of the 2017 smash contemporary mystery

    . I got around to catching up on Harding's work last summer after her other hit novel

    was released. Her writing was impeccable, and perfect for summer relaxation reading. When I heard Robyn was coming out with another book, this time being about a sugar daddy/baby relationship gone haywire, I knew I

    . It

    Robyn Harding's been in the game for a couple of years now, and she's become a mainstream success after her debut of the 2017 smash contemporary mystery

    . I got around to catching up on Harding's work last summer after her other hit novel

    was released. Her writing was impeccable, and perfect for summer relaxation reading. When I heard Robyn was coming out with another book, this time being about a sugar daddy/baby relationship gone haywire, I knew I

    . It's not every day when you read about these kinds of relationships—but they're really everywhere.

    showcases how common these types of

    truly are, but this time, we get a voyeuristic view into a world that is uncommonly talked about.

    is truly Robyn Harding's best work yet.

    Natalie (Nat) is an art student at NYU, living in Bushwick, Brooklyn with her two roommates, and living paycheck-to-paycheck. Nat is behind on her rent, and utility bills, and her roommates are

    as supportive as she would like them to be. They feel as if she parades men around the apartment too much, and her drinking has spiraled out of control. Nat needs more money, and she needs it fast.

    While at school, Nat befriends a fellow colleague in one of her classes. This colleague is dressed impeccably, and when they study together at her Chelsea apartment, Nat realizes that this

    . When she finds out that her classmate has signed up for a sugar baby/daddy site, and that's how she's able to live this insane lifestyle, Nat is skeptical but intrigued. Nat is told that dates can go upwards of $500 just for a dinner! She doesn't even need to make it sexual, unless she wants to. Nat decides that her desperation to survive in the unforgiving city of New York is grounds for her joining her classmate's side business and she makes a profile on the site. What's the worst that can happen?

    On the site, she immediately develops

    with an older successful lawyer, Gabe. Gab and Nat's chemistry is hot and heavy immediately and the two venture into an agreement. Monthly allowance for weekly time spent together. Nat is ecstatic—not only are her bills being paid, and she's living quite lavishly, she's met a guy who truly understands and appreciates her. When Gabe starts realizing that his relationship with Nat is getting in the way of his family's protection, things take a quite interesting turn. Can this agreement last?

    I'm calling it now—

    is the best book I've read thus far in 2019.

    is a sexy, sinister, and deviously delicious tale that will engage you from chapter 1, all the way until you reach the more than satisfying ending. I appreciate Robyn Harding going into this realm of taboo and knocking it out of the park. I couldn't put this book down, and if I could've, I would've read this in one sitting—

    !

    What engaged me so much into this story was the level of authenticity each character provided. While nobody was really

    likable, I was able to relate to the struggles of being young and living in New York City. It's truly remarkable how people can survive here, and Harding showcases that struggle to the forefront. Nat's relationship with her sugar daddy Gabe was very captivating to me, and I couldn't wait to see what happens. While I was reading, I literally, couldn't think about anything else but finishing this story! I needed to know how Nat and Gabe's relationship develops, and I needed to know

    else in between. Luckily for this story, Harding provides a killer ending—one that you will definitely not be able to guess, and one that delivers.

  • Jennifer

    Last year I devoured Harding’s book Her Pretty Face and was recommending it like crazy to anyone that would listen, so when I heard she had a new book coming out I didn’t even bother to read the blurb I just knew I needed it in my life. WOAH what a fun thrill ride this was. I am not super knowledgeable about the whole sugar daddy/sugar baby arrangement world but am always very intrigued to read about different lifestyles. I also thought it was really neat the author mentioned in the acknowledgme

    Last year I devoured Harding’s book Her Pretty Face and was recommending it like crazy to anyone that would listen, so when I heard she had a new book coming out I didn’t even bother to read the blurb I just knew I needed it in my life. WOAH what a fun thrill ride this was. I am not super knowledgeable about the whole sugar daddy/sugar baby arrangement world but am always very intrigued to read about different lifestyles. I also thought it was really neat the author mentioned in the acknowledgments that she actually set up an online account and was able to interview actual sugar babies. It’s funny because for me to love a book I usually have to like the characters but none (aside from Oleg) were very likeable OR I have to connect with at least one of them which I did not 😂 BUT the storyline had me absolutely hooked! By the time I hit around page 200 there was definitely no putting the book down and I knew I was in for a late night.

    After reading two five star books in a row from Harding I think it’s safe to say I’m a huge fan and cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!

    Thank you Gallery Books for sending me an advanced copy of this book.

  • Brooke

    was exactly what I needed – a quick read with an intriguing premise and a satisfying twist at the end.

    Natalie is a 21-year-old art student in New York City, who is struggling to pay for her rent and tuition even with her part-time job. When her friend suggests she consider becoming a sugar baby, she is immediately repulsed by the idea. But when a series of events leave her even more desperate for cash, she decides that a couple of no-strings-attached dates with wealthy older men

    was exactly what I needed – a quick read with an intriguing premise and a satisfying twist at the end.

    Natalie is a 21-year-old art student in New York City, who is struggling to pay for her rent and tuition even with her part-time job. When her friend suggests she consider becoming a sugar baby, she is immediately repulsed by the idea. But when a series of events leave her even more desperate for cash, she decides that a couple of no-strings-attached dates with wealthy older men might be the solution to her problems. One date with Gabe, an attractive and powerful attorney, turns to two, and eventually to an arrangement – and maybe even more. Until the relationship spirals out of control…

    I loved the glimpse into the taboo sugar daddy/baby world, and it was obvious that Harding did her research prior to writing this book. I could have read more just about Nat’s initial experiences and dates, but I understand why Gabe was introduced so quickly. Both Nat and Gabe are unlikeable characters – Nat because she is immature and only thinks of herself, and Gabe because he is downright vile – but their unlikability is almost necessary to the story. This book is light and entertaining, and while I found Nat and Gabe’s relationship and chemistry a bit rushed, the rest of the story was satisfying and compulsively readable. Harding is a master of writing books that are impossible to put down and I will definitely pick up anything she writes in the future!

    Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for providing me with an eARC of

    in exchange for an honest review.

  • Laura Rash

    Damn that was like a cool drink of water in the middle of a desert! I raced thru this in a matter of hours never getting bored for a second! No bookmark needed!

  • Dita

    Trying to decide whether I'd rather spend time with Gabe or Natalie is like asking whether I'd rather be shot or stabbed. Both of these people are hideous and it's fabulous.

    This book is like a Lifetime movie on a Saturday afternoon with a big bowl of popcorn, some Hot Tamales, my kids doing something else and my husband off golfing. It's indulgent and "too much" but in that great way that goes so well with slouchy socks and sweatpants.

    Gabe is a vile, disgusting "1 percenter" looking for a young

    Trying to decide whether I'd rather spend time with Gabe or Natalie is like asking whether I'd rather be shot or stabbed. Both of these people are hideous and it's fabulous.

    This book is like a Lifetime movie on a Saturday afternoon with a big bowl of popcorn, some Hot Tamales, my kids doing something else and my husband off golfing. It's indulgent and "too much" but in that great way that goes so well with slouchy socks and sweatpants.

    Gabe is a vile, disgusting "1 percenter" looking for a young side piece and Natalie is a desperate 21 year old with a hot body, no real world common sense, and an arguable sense of self. They meet on a site where Sugar Daddies and Sugar Babies connect and, well, everything goes wrong.

    I really enjoyed this twisted tale of stalking, obsession, and revenge. I even had popcorn and Hot Tamales.

    Thank you to Robyn Harding, Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books Gallery/Scout Press and NetGalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Meredith

    2.5 stars

    When Natalie, a 22-year-old art student, loses her job, she has two choices: take out a student loan (gasp) or become a Sugar Baby. She chooses the latter. While she isn’t completely comfortable with becoming a Sugar Baby and grossed out by the prospect of having to potentially touch or sleep with older men, she finds herself surprisingly attracted to Gabe, her first “daddy” date.

    Gabe is a powerful and attractive corporate cutthroat attorn

    2.5 stars

    When Natalie, a 22-year-old art student, loses her job, she has two choices: take out a student loan (gasp) or become a Sugar Baby. She chooses the latter. While she isn’t completely comfortable with becoming a Sugar Baby and grossed out by the prospect of having to potentially touch or sleep with older men, she finds herself surprisingly attracted to Gabe, her first “daddy” date.

    Gabe is a powerful and attractive corporate cutthroat attorney in his 50’s. Gabe, married for 29 years, has an 18-year-old daughter. He justifies his indiscretions (apparently he has had several) due to his wife letting herself go physically after she got cancer (she is currently in remission).

    Natalie and Gabe begin dating, and soon Natalie falls in love with him. She and Gabe come to an arrangement--they will date exclusively and he will pay her rent, gives her a monthly allowance and buy her expensive gifts. But when he breaks off their relationship, Natalie finds herself obsessed with hurting the man who betrayed her, even if it means destroying his family. When one of them winds up dead, the other is put under the spotlight and their baby/daddy relationship is exposed to the masses.

    Natalie and Gabe are giant cliches and lack chemistry. Their characters have little depth and I couldn't care less about them. Both were horrible people, although Natalie's character is more likable than Gabe's. I didn’t have to like them to enjoy this novel, but they needed to have some depth of emotion, instead, they just fell very wooden. Both spend a lot of reminiscing about their relationship--this might be one of the reasons why I didn’t feel their chemistry.

    I was expecting a juicy, tawdry read but I was underwhelmed by the characters and the writing. I found Harding’s writing style to be a little odd--there is way too much telling vs. seeing but also something just felt off--I can’t put my finger on what it was exactly.

    Reading

    is like watching a bad Lifetime movie. I wanted to look away, but I couldn’t! The ending saved it a bit, which is why I bumped up my rating. I love the premise of

    as I find the whole Sugar Daddy/Sugar Baby dynamic fascinating. However, the execution failed. I was hoping this would be a fun, entertaining psychological thriller, but sadly it missed the mark.

    I won a copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway!

  • Vani

    I really, really wanted to read this. I made a special trip to NetGalley to request it (and of course, because I can never request just one, I now have like 12 more arcs than I need or have time for, but so it goes). I loved the idea of a sugar daddy/sugar baby relationship. I wanted to read about that dynamic and feel it and love it in all it's twisted glory.

    But something important is missing for me here, and I've decided it's

    Nat, our protagonist, sim

    I really, really wanted to read this. I made a special trip to NetGalley to request it (and of course, because I can never request just one, I now have like 12 more arcs than I need or have time for, but so it goes). I loved the idea of a sugar daddy/sugar baby relationship. I wanted to read about that dynamic and feel it and love it in all it's twisted glory.

    But something important is missing for me here, and I've decided it's

    Nat, our protagonist, simply does not read like a desperate 21 year old sugar baby. I couldn't help but think

    through so much of this, that it really took me out of the story. Also I can't respect her at all. Not because she's a sugar baby (I will never find this phrase less ridiculous to type), but because she has no regard for anyone but herself. When she finds out her sugar daddy is married, she fights to make it work behind the wife's back. Her oh so close friend who introduces her to the sugar baby life has an awful situation, leaves town, and though she's a big part of the first half, Nat literally never thinks about her or mentions her again. She's kind of not a human being I can root for.

    I also felt the writing was odd and stilted in a lot of ways. And the end is an entire chapter of a person lost in their memories of

    and I always recognize this as a convenient but overdone way to close out a thriller.

    All that aside, this is compulsively readable. I had to know what would happen and I was upset every time I was pulled away from this. Had I had more time, I would have read it really quickly. The pacing is good and there was a chapter or two of the

    kind of excitement where I couldn't read fast enough.

  • Chris  C - A Midlife Wife

    You hear a lot about these type of dating sites. Some may say they are not safe. Some use them and have no issues. Harding took a look at these dating apps and developed a story that may freak you out a bit.

    It started out with a solid development and slow build into the main plot. Gabe was a decent guy. Treated his girls right. Stand up family man with issues he had to deal with at home. Nat is an immature girl learning to live in the big city. Lost. Impressionable. Broke.

    What I liked about the

    You hear a lot about these type of dating sites. Some may say they are not safe. Some use them and have no issues. Harding took a look at these dating apps and developed a story that may freak you out a bit.

    It started out with a solid development and slow build into the main plot. Gabe was a decent guy. Treated his girls right. Stand up family man with issues he had to deal with at home. Nat is an immature girl learning to live in the big city. Lost. Impressionable. Broke.

    What I liked about the story was the fact it is not a far-fetched idea. The author subtly built the plot, dripping hints and issues here and there! The dating and how sweet Gabe treated Nat. Then we get the feeling of little bit of mental instability here and there. You know something big is going to happen.

    And then it starts going downhill.

    I have to say I was very disappointed in the last quarter and the ending. While there were several surprises and turn of events, it just felt very flat and matter-of-fact for me.

    There was no excitement. Very little suspense at the end for me. I really was expecting more of a bombshell. It almost seems like someone else wrote it. Maybe it’s me, but she lost me.

    Overall, the story is unique and well told, with some good twists in it. If it wasn’t for the ending being as drab as it came off, I definitely would’ve rated it higher. I really wanted to love the heck out of this one!

    (copy received for review consideration)

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  • Robyn Harding

    I am so excited to share this book with all of you. I hope you'll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Thank you!

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