Review: The Arrangement by Felice Stevens

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Carter Haywood lives for the weekends—specifically the one weekend every month when he escapes real life, with all the pressures of work and caring for his special needs brother, to do whatever he wants, with whomever he wants. Sex is only a release; he's not looking for love, a relationship or even a second night with the same man, until he walks into a bar and finds someone who makes leaving it all behind impossible. After one incredibly passionate encounter, he breaks his rule and goes back. He needs to see this man again. And again.

Damaged goods. That's all Reed Kincaide sees and hears when he looks in the mirror. Anxiety and ADHD define his life and he’s learned to keep people at a distance, never letting them get close enough to know who he really is. When Carter proposes a monthly weekend of sex without strings, it's the ideal arrangement for him. Or so he thinks. Every month, leaving Carter proves to be more and more difficult. It’s not only the intensely hot sex they have in their hotel suite; Reed wonders about the secret life Carter refuses to share.

As months pass and they grow closer Reed finds himself falling for Carter, but he needs more than hurried hugs and farewell kisses. He wants it all. Letting Reed into his carefully constructed family life could upset Carter’s whole world, but it might be the risk he’s finally willing to take, if it means keeping Reed. Once bodies are engaged, the heart is sure to follow, and Carter and Reed discover that holding on to each other is the first step in letting go of the past.




My rating: 5 of 5 stars



That's the kind of book that left you with a huge smile on your faces. The characters are so endearing. Yyou are just connected to them, you feel for them and you want to hold their hands all along.

Allison thank you for yet another winning rec'! You and I ( And I can add Flo in the mix)

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As all good M/M this started really steamy. Carter doesn't have time for a permanent relationship in his life. He never had a boyfriend and isn't interested to have one. His only interest is to hook-up once a month with some hot guy. And one day that guy is Reed.

Reed is student who's also a bartender. After one sexy and unforgettable encounter with Carter, he's all in when both of them found an arrangement to see each other. The only rule: this is only sex.

They may only have been together a handful of times, but their days and nights were spent crawling inside not only each other’s bodies, but their minds, hearts, and souls.

What felt special with this book was how both Carter and Reed have similar background and how they help each other without knowing. Their connection was easy to buy and the way their feelings develop is tangible.
Their concerns and worries are also real without weighting too much in the story. Don't get me wrong, the subjects approached are serious but there's a certain positivity in the way the story is told.

If you don’t believe my words, then feel them. Feel what you mean to me. It’s you. You are everything to me. How could I not love you?”

If you read M/M, give this one a try, you won't be disappointed. As for me, I'm very much interested to pick another book from this author to know more about her talent and see what she has in store.

~Arc provided by the author in exchange of an honest review~


Happily Ever Afters Guaranteed!

Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. She believes that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending just around the corner. She started reading traditional historical romances when she was a teenager, then life and law school got in the way. It wasn’t until she picked up a copy of Bertrice Small and became swept away to Queen Elizabeth’s court that her interest in romance novels became renewed.

But somewhere along the way, her tastes shifted. While she still enjoys a juicy Historical romance, she began experimenting with newer, more cutting edge genres and discovered the world of Male/Male romance. And once she picked up her first, she became so enamored of the authors, the character-driven stories and the overwhelming emotion of the books, she knew she wanted to write her own.

Felice lives in New York City with her husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of her own. Her day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. She practices law but daydreams of a time when she can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.

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