Friday, June 24, 2016

Review: The Three-Week Arrangement

Author Sarah Ballance
Format e-book
Print Length 200 pages
Publisher Entangled Publishing, LLC
Published April 4, 2016

Ethan Chase isn't interested in dating. After losing the woman he loved more than life itself, he'd much rather ride solo, but his family is dead set on fixing him up. To get them off his back, he hooks up with ultra-adventurous, ultra-temporary adventure photographer, Rue Campbell. All he has to do is survive three weeks in her orbit and he'll be single again, only without the pitying looks and pressure to move on.

Rue is literally counting the days until her plane leaves New York City. The last thing she wants is a relationship, but being Ethan's pretend girlfriend can't hurt, right? Wrong. With Ethan, there's no faking anything—in or out of the bedroom. With the sheets burning hot and the clock ticking on their arrangement, Rue realizes she's falling for a man guaranteed to derail her goals...and break her heart.

My Opinion

Ethan met Amy his one true love, in high school; they married and were living a fabulous life. A love so great, so grand that nothing could tear them apart, except cancer. His wife has been dead for years, and he still has not moved on. His family is worried, they are a close family. One that works together, plays together. His brothers, his best friends. His mom and dad always around for all of their children. 

Rue is a free spirit. She is one who does not want to weighed down by societal expectation or rules.

She was born into high society, and knows that those rules will be the death of her. An accidental meeting, leads to her using his name to avoid a forced date for a charity obligation. Her last before she runs off to her next great adventure.

Ethan doesn’t want to say yes, to the date, to going to the function. Yet, for his family he does. As long as he and Rue are on the same page. No romance, no emotional entanglement, just pretend.

My heart breaks for Ethan, it did when we first were introduced to him in the previous books. To have an amazing love and it be torn away from you. I could not image the pain he went through. He is a stand-up guy. One who doesn’t know how to navigate the dating waters- he met his wife in high school. So this is all new to him. His love for his family, and the length he would go through to make them happy shows his character. His desire to protect Rue (you’ll understand) is pretty amazing as well. Overall, he is the type of guy you bring home to momma.

Rue knows how lucky her life has been. She just wants to do something important with her life. Her photos allow her to do that. She isn’t looking to fall for Ethan or hurt him. She shows him an understanding that few have other than his family. She also knows that she will not be around. She is leaving. She faces life head on, always up for adventure. She embraces the unknown, something that Ethan needs to learn to do. She gives him opportunities to learn to live again. 

The Three-Week Arrangement is an adorable book that makes you believe in happy endings. While it can be read by itself, it is more fun to read it after reading the previous two.

My Rating 3 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote If this was how he did friendship, she was screwed.

Other People

Boyd- societal guy, mean guy
Liam- Ethan’s little brother

1 comment:

  1. Oh wow Angela. Sounds like this was a bit of a heartbreaking read, especially since you met Ethan in the previous books and knew what he had been through. I'm curious as to why he feels that he had to protect Rue. He sounds like the sweetest guy!