Thursday, April 28, 2016

Review: The Arrangement by Mary Smith

The Arrangement (New Hampshire Bears Novella) 
The Arrangement (New Hampshire Bears) by Mary Smith
Release Date: April 28, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Source: E-Book, ARC

Goodreads Description:

The Arrangement is a novella being released as a part of the Seduced by the Game Cancer Charity Collection. All proceeds will be donated to support cancer research and patient care. More information may be found at:

Vance Pemberton is Irish and his only love is hockey. He sleeps, breathes, and lives for hockey. He’s been in Canada for the past two years paying his dues as the League’s Draft quickly approaches. This is going to be his year. He will be drafted. There’s just one other issue he needs to handle as well.

At the age of ten, Dacey Grion was told her marriage to Vance Pemberton had been arranged. Eleven years later, she has finished university in Belfast, Ireland, her hometown. Now, she waits for Vance to return to Ireland, in hopes they can fall in love and move forward.

It’s not until Vance’s secrets about his family and his life that their arrangement is threatened. What is the right thing to do? Is faith and respect for long-held traditions enough to repair the damage? Can their arrangement be saved? 

Notes about the book:
I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

This is a novella and give some more insight into characters introduced in the second New Hampshire Bears book. The action in this book takes sometime before book 2.

Book Quote:
“I'm so selfish in putting my wants and needs before yours. But not talking to you this past week really got me going. I missed hearing your voice and talking with you and then. . ." he stops and looks down at his skates. "Then you showed up at the airport and I knew then I would do everything to show you I care." When he looks back up, there are tears in his eyes.

My Review
When I read book #2 in this series, The Workaholic and the Realist (click title for my review), I was intrigued by two side characters, Vance and Dacey. Then Mary sent me this ARC out of the blue and I was pleasantly surprised to see it was about Vance and Dacey.

Vance and Dacey are in an arranged relationship (think arranged marriage, but starts at a much younger age). They are set to marry. Yet they barely know each other - even though they've been a part of each other's lives since birth. I don't believe I've ever read about a couple that were in this type of relationship. There was also some mystery about them in book two that just made you want more of them.

As the book starts, its glaringly obvious that Vance and Dacey have spent no time getting to know each other. Their relationship is in danger. But you can also see that they care about each other. Then just when you think they are making progress, the author throws them (and you) for a loop! Both characters were unsure what to do in the aftermath. They were loyal to their heritage of arranged marriages and were both deeply disturbed that their arrangement wouldn't work. It was a bit baffling to me. They both felt that the arrangement was their best option. I guess it must be hard to understand if you don't live in this type of world. 

Vance had me calling him bad names and I loved seeing Dacey come out of her meek shell. I still hope we get more of these two.

In addition to learning more about these two great characters, all proceeds from this book will go to a cancer charity. I couldn't find information anywhere on which charity the money will go to. I'm not sure Mary has chosen the charity yet.

Sometime down the road I may offer a giveaway featuring this book. I love the idea of getting a great book in exchange for helping a great charity. If you'd be interesting in a giveaway featuring this book,please leave a comment below. I've tried contests on my blog before. But I just don't get enough traffic and have actually never had anyone enter the contest I've run. So I'm not sure when I'll do such a contest. I'd love to hear from you if you have any suggestions about making my contests/giveaways successful!

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