Friday, October 23, 2015

Friendly Arrangement by Christie Warner

Book Description
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.

AVAILABLE: October 26, 2015

**I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Holly and Roth have been "besties" ever since they started living across the hall from each other about two years ago.  They have many things in common.  They are career-driven, commitment-phobe (even though I don't really think Holly is so much a commitment-phobe rather than just not ready for a committed relationship at this time in her life) people with friends and family always trying to set them up with the PERFECT person.  So in order to avoid the dreaded set-ups, they decide to become each other's "plus one" when needed.  

When they add a "benefit" to their plus-one arrangement, feelings change and develop for both, but they don't talk to each other about them until something happens where it can no longer be avoided.

To me, these two didn't come off as true "besties".  I had a hard time understanding what made them best friends.  They didn't know much about each other other than they didn't want a committed relationship.  Roth didn't know that Holly had a friend that died from domestic violence and that is why she volunteered so much at a women's shelter. And Holly didn't know that Roth had family issues.  My best friends know pretty much EVERYTHING about me (good, bad, and indifferent).  It was also hard to take these two seriously as adults for some reason.  Maybe it was their inner dialogue with themselves.  I don't know, something was just off. 

Rating: 2.5 out of 5