“No matter how uncomfortable her commute, how tight her budget, or how lonely she sometimes felt in the giant, anonymous city, Nat never regretted her cross-country move. Living in New York wasn’t supposed to be easy. It was hard, but it was worth it. Especially for an artist, like Natalie. She fed off the creativity running rampant through these hallowed streets, drawing inspiration from the artists who came before her. The city nourished her soul, stimulated her mind, filled her entire body with a humming, vibrating, energy. New York meant possibility.”
The Arrangement by Robyn Harding is a fascinating and intricately woven story of obsession, passion, secrets, and murder. I was hooked right from the get-go and was pulled into the story, losing all sense of time and place as I followed along on this intriguing read.
The characters were all really well developed and interesting, with some being more likeable than others, but I think this was always the authors intent. The story has obviously had a lot of time, planning, energy, attention to detail, and research put into it- and it shows in the polished end result.
Natalie is a struggling art student- a small town girl trying to make her way in the big city of New York. She’s barely making ends meet and is behind on everything. She’s just been fired from her part-time job and is afraid she will get evicted soon- not to mention her studies are suffering from all the stress she’s under. It’s all becoming too much. So, when a friend tells her about the “Sugar Bowl” Nat can’t help but give it some thought. She’s not sure she’s really cut out to be a “Sugar Baby”, but if she could just earn enough money to get her out of immediate trouble, she really shouldn’t reject the opportunity. And so it begins.
Meeting her first Sugar Daddy is an eye opening experience, and she’s soon caught up in a game of obsession, chemistry, secrets, danger, and revenge. Things get really complicated, and desperate measures are taken by both parties. Our characters unravel, declining into some madness- with revenge being the order of the day! But when that results in murder, the story really gets interesting- trying to figure out who did what. The story has a few surprising twists that I certainly didn’t see coming- and I was kept guessing for much of the time. The ending was definitely unexpected.
My only (minor) issue is that the story was a little slow to get going- but it wasn’t too long before things really took off.
An engrossing tale!
Thank you, Robyn Harding!
- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 15 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia
- Audible.com.au Release Date: 19 August 2019
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B07VCGJ51W
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,385 in Audible (See Top 100 in Audible)