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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The Arrangement Reviews

  • Debra

    If something looks or feels too good to be true, then it probably is....

    Quick money, spending a little time, getting spoiled, good food, travel, clothes...ahh.... the perks of being a Sugar Baby....

    Adoration, sex, power, companionship, calling all the shots...the perks of being a Sugar Daddy

    But what happens when those lines get blurred, when feelings get in the way, when the truth behind the lies comes out and when sugar no longer tastes so sweet????? Then you have a HOT mess on your hands.

    If something looks or feels too good to be true, then it probably is....

    Quick money, spending a little time, getting spoiled, good food, travel, clothes...ahh.... the perks of being a Sugar Baby....

    Adoration, sex, power, companionship, calling all the shots...the perks of being a Sugar Daddy

    But what happens when those lines get blurred, when feelings get in the way, when the truth behind the lies comes out and when sugar no longer tastes so sweet????? Then you have a HOT mess on your hands.

    Struggling to pay her bills while attending art school, Nat meets another young woman named Ava who has an affluent lifestyle and shares with Natalie how she can afford her pricey apartment and designer wardrobe. Natalie decides to give it the old college try and soon meets with a man name Gabe. A wealthy lawyer who tells her, he is single and wants to take care of her, keep her on a monthly allowance. This is love, isn't it? Or is it? Then things take a drastic turn and Nat is blind sighted and things go from bad to worse – much, much worse.

    I found this to be a fast read and I did guess the "whodunit" before the reveal but still found this book to be enjoyable escapism reading. I do wish the ending had a little more of a punch to it, but still, this was a fun one. Didn't require much thought - except about the Sugar Baby/Sugar Daddy arrangement. Secrets, lies, deception, heartbreak, anger, fear, guilt - they are all here which makes for a juicy tale.

    *This was a Traveling Sisters group read

    *teetered around a 3.5 and 4 for me so I rounded up.

    Thank you to Gallery/Scout Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Holly  B

    Such an intriguing premise of the wealthy man/ gorgeous woman sugar "arrangement". Here are some definitions I became aware of whilst reading this novel... I had to look it up.

    A

    is a boyfriend who comes with financial benefits. Sugar benefactors can help to cover tuition, bills, and frequently enjoy bestowing gifts upon their partners. Sugar Daddies exist on

    Natalie is an

    Such an intriguing premise of the wealthy man/ gorgeous woman sugar "arrangement". Here are some definitions I became aware of whilst reading this novel... I had to look it up.

    A

    is a boyfriend who comes with financial benefits. Sugar benefactors can help to cover tuition, bills, and frequently enjoy bestowing gifts upon their partners. Sugar Daddies exist on

    Natalie is an art student struggling with her bills and living in New York City is expensive. One of her college friends introduces her to the sugar daddy website and "benefits". Natalie decides to

    I was hooked from the beginning chapter when a phone call is made from the police precinct in Chelsea. I was drawn right into all the sugar daddy drama, the believable situation of a student who is struggling to make ends meet and the overall theme and pace of the story- throw in some red-herrings along the way.

    What fell a bit flat was the ending! Why?

    I wanted to figure out the ending or have it suggested,

    Show/ not tell. Instead of a explosive, crash ending, it was more of a smooth landing.  Came close though!

    I read this in 2 days racing to the end.

    Thanks to NG/ publisher for my review copy!

  • Kaceey

    Natalie recently moved across country from the west coast to the bright lights of Broadway. That’s right, New York City!

    She’s pursuing her dream of becoming an artist and has just been accepted to an Art College in the heart of the city. But it comes at great sacrifice - it means living dollar to dollar.

    And now, after losing her job and being evicted by her uncaring roommates, Natalie is

    Natalie recently moved across country from the west coast to the bright lights of Broadway. That’s right, New York City!

    She’s pursuing her dream of becoming an artist and has just been accepted to an Art College in the heart of the city. But it comes at great sacrifice - it means living dollar to dollar.

    And now, after losing her job and being evicted by her uncaring roommates, Natalie is desperate to make enough money to stay in New York.

    Just how desperate is she? Enough to become a sugar baby? To find herself a sugar daddy to look after all her expenses? What could possibly go wrong with a well thought-out plan like that? What if it becomes far more complicated than Natalie ever imagined? Leaving one person dead!

    Oh my gosh! I was absolutely enthralled with this book! Natalie was such a fabulous character! I loved her and was rooting for her. But Wait! Now I loath her and hope she gets what she deserves. Hold on... the tides are about to turn again! You go girl!!

    My head was spinning. Be prepared! This book is going to take you on a true roller-coaster ride!

    I only wish the ending would have been on par with the rest of the book. It seemed to come apart at 93%.

    The ending was too hurried! As though there was a big rush to wrap things up in the final 7% with a bow on top!

    I want more!!

    Until this point it was a five star read. One star knocked off for the wrap up!

    A fun, crazy buddy read with Susanne!

    Thank you to NetGalley, Gallery Threshold Pocket Books. and Robyn Harding for an ARC to read and review.

  • Deanna

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    I’ve always been really intrigued by the Sugar lifestyle (Daddy, Momma, and Baby). As soon as I read the description for

    I knew I had to get my hands on this book.

    Twenty-one year old, Natalie (Nat) is on the phone with her father. This is the first time they have spoken in years. Unfortunately, she has no one else she can turn to. Nat tells her father that she’s been arrested.

    Nat hasn’

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    I’ve always been really intrigued by the Sugar lifestyle (Daddy, Momma, and Baby). As soon as I read the description for

    I knew I had to get my hands on this book.

    Twenty-one year old, Natalie (Nat) is on the phone with her father. This is the first time they have spoken in years. Unfortunately, she has no one else she can turn to. Nat tells her father that she’s been arrested.

    Nat hasn’t been in New York very long but she loves it. She’s a young art student with big plans.

    After a night out, Nat wakes up hung-over and has to deal with her angry roommates. They are always upset with her about something and since her name isn’t on the lease, they have the power to kick her out at any time.

    Nat knows it’s not supposed to be easy, especially for an artist. But money is getting very tight. Her classmate, Ava sure doesn’t seem to have the same financial issues that Nat does. She doesn’t understand how Ava can afford to live in such a fancy apartment and wear such fancy clothing.

    Ava tells her about a website that matches young women with rich older men. Men who will happily pay for fancy dinners and beautiful gifts. They will even help with bills and rent. The website is called “

    “. Nat had heard of sugar babies but she didn’t think it was that common. She had no idea Ava was a Sugar Baby. It’s a mutually beneficial agreement for both parties. Ava tells her that all she has to do is look pretty. When Nat asks about sex, Ava tells her that sexual favors are optional.

    One night, Nat is completely overwhelmed with the fact that her rent and tuition are coming due and she doesn’t have the money to pay them. She recalls her conversation with Ava and sends her a text…

    Before she knows it she has a Sugar Baby profile. Ava warns her that the lifestyle is addictive, but Nat decides she's just going to go out on a couple of dates or “

    ”.

    It’s not long before she meets fifty-five-year-old Gabe Turnmill. Gabe is a good looking corporate finance attorney. He is the perfect sugar daddy.

    With Gabe, Nat feels safe and protected. She knows this isn’t a real relationship because Gabe is paying her, but her feelings for him are growing stronger. At the same time, Nat worries that someone will find out about her “arrangement” with Gabe. She starts feeling like someone is watching her.

    Things are becoming VERY complicated.

    Things take a very dark turn…

    I’ve watched a couple of documentaries about this lifestyle and how common it is becoming. There was so much I'd never even heard of ( like Salt or SPLENDA daddies!). It’s easy to see that Robyn Harding has done her research.

    I liked reading Gabe’s perspective too. Learning more about his life and why he became involved with “

    Not everything was completely realistic but it wasn’t a big deal for me. I suspended my disbelief and really enjoyed this intriguing story.

    I thought this was a wicked domestic suspense novel filled with sex, obsession, envy, revenge and more!

    Another thrilling read for this summer!!

    I'd like to thank the publisher and Gallery/Scout Press and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

  • Norma * Traveling Sister * Will be back early December * On hiatus due to health reasons

    A modern day and sinister version of Pretty Woman right here folks! I didn’t even realize that this was a thing, what’s a Sugar Baby & Sugar Daddy? Well I know now and I definitely fell for this hook, line, and sinker.

    THE ARRANGEMENT by ROBYN HARDING is a fascinating, dark, twisted, and gritty tale that was such an irresistible, entertaining and fun book to read. I was immediately pulled into the story, totally intrigued by the premise, and

    A modern day and sinister version of Pretty Woman right here folks! I didn’t even realize that this was a thing, what’s a Sugar Baby & Sugar Daddy? Well I know now and I definitely fell for this hook, line, and sinker.

    THE ARRANGEMENT by ROBYN HARDING is a fascinating, dark, twisted, and gritty tale that was such an irresistible, entertaining and fun book to read. I was immediately pulled into the story, totally intrigued by the premise, and fully absorbed in this suspenseful page-turner.

    Norma’s Stats:

    Cover: Arresting, intriguing, eye-catching, electrifying, and a fitting representation to storyline. I definitely love the cover art and find it aesthetically pleasing.

    Title: A perfectly perfect, suspenseful, intriguing and fitting representation to storyline. I absolutely love how the title played so perfectly into storyline.

    Writing/Prose: Compulsively readable, well-written, entertaining, engaging, and suspenseful.

    Plot: Fascinating, suspenseful, gritty, unique, riveting, brisk, engrossing, dark, thrilling, seductive, sinister, captivating, twisty, and entertaining.

    Ending: Well that was an extremely satisfying end that I absolutely loved! So good!! A neat ending that wraps things up smoothly & perfectly.

    Overall: I absolutely loved this one and devoured every single page of this dark, sexy, sinister, and thrilling tale! Would highly recommend!

    Thank you so much to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and Robyn Harding for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy of this book.

    Review can also be found on Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading:

  • Brenda -Traveling Sister host of The Traveling Friends

    I read The Arrangement with a few of my Traveling Sisters and after reading this one we need to know more about Sugar Bowls.

    The Arrangement is an instant Canadian bestseller!!

    Candy Bar and Jelly Beans!! Yipee! I might be on a Tootsie Roll here with

    I read The Arrangement with a few of my Traveling Sisters and after reading this one we need to know more about Sugar Bowls.

    The Arrangement is an instant Canadian bestseller!!

    Candy Bar and Jelly Beans!! Yipee! I might be on a Tootsie Roll here with another winning thriller for me! My groove is back.

    Are you ready to rumble here in this sugar bowl? Wondering what a sugar bowl is or curious to take a look into one. Well, Robyn Harding has got you covered here with her intriguing, entertaining yet unsettling fast, easy-paced story that left me wanting to talk about it.

    Things are not so sweet as sugar here between this arrangement with our main characters and Robyn Harding delivers a unique take here with the premise to the story and adds some twists and turns that had me totally entertained from start to finish. I highly recommend!

    Our blog post

  • 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.

  • Kylie D

    A tale of obsession, deceit and betrayal, The Arrangement looks at the world of sugar daddies and sugar babies. It's a subject that most people are aware of, yet don't know or care to know the full details of. We have Natalie, a struggling art student in New York, getting by on bar jobs and copious amounts of alcohol, until one day a friend introduces her to the lucrative world of sugar babies.

    Soon Natalie meets Gabe, a handsome, and older, financial lawyer, and they soon come to an arrangement,

    A tale of obsession, deceit and betrayal, The Arrangement looks at the world of sugar daddies and sugar babies. It's a subject that most people are aware of, yet don't know or care to know the full details of. We have Natalie, a struggling art student in New York, getting by on bar jobs and copious amounts of alcohol, until one day a friend introduces her to the lucrative world of sugar babies.

    Soon Natalie meets Gabe, a handsome, and older, financial lawyer, and they soon come to an arrangement, as long as Natalie realises his daughter and his work will always come before her. Natalie is sucked in to a seductive world of theater trips, high class restaurants and weekends in the country. Then suddenly Gabe puts his family first and ends the arrangement, leaving Natalie devastated and heart broken...and determined to get Gabe back. And she will stop at nothing...

    An eye-opening book, The Arrangement is a look into the life of a working class girl who is swept up in a life of glamour, then finds it crashing down on her. The plot sucks you in, as seductive as the world itself, and you'll find yourself unable to put this one down. The short chapters give thoughts to 'just one more' and you find yourself reading long into the night. Though the end did show some serious plot holes, it was still satisfying enough. I recommend this book to all who want to have a look into this glamourous lifestyle, albeit one that will always be judged harshly.

    3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

    My thanks to Simon & Schuster Australia for an uncorrected proof in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are entirely my own.

  • 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

    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!

  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)

    So I didn't love this one. I didn't hate it either. It was entertaining but there was definitely something missing here for me.

    It was a quick read but I unfortunately expected more. My expectations definitely affected my enjoyment but with so many glowing reviews I thought I'd get a sexier, grittier read. NOPE - dare I admit at times I found it a little too cliche and boring? This was definitely one of those times where I wondered if I was reading the same book as everyone else.

    The little

    So I didn't love this one. I didn't hate it either. It was entertaining but there was definitely something missing here for me.

    It was a quick read but I unfortunately expected more. My expectations definitely affected my enjoyment but with so many glowing reviews I thought I'd get a sexier, grittier read. NOPE - dare I admit at times I found it a little too cliche and boring? This was definitely one of those times where I wondered if I was reading the same book as everyone else. 🤷🏻‍♀️

    The little twist at the end was probably my favorite part. Oh well, onto my next read...

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