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The Arrangement by Robyn Harding

Book Summary:

“Natalie, a young art student in New York City, is struggling to pay her bills when a friend makes a suggestion: Why not go online and find a sugar daddy—a wealthy, older man who will pay her for dates, and even give her a monthly allowance? Lots of girls do it, Nat learns. All that’s required is to look pretty and hang on his every word. Sexual favors are optional.

Though more than thirty years her senior, Gabe, a handsome corporate finance attorney, seems like the perfect candidate, and within a month, they are madly in love. At least, Nat is…Gabe already has a family, whom he has no intention of leaving.

So when he abruptly ends things, Nat can’t let go. She begins drinking heavily and stalking him: watching him at work, spying on his wife, even befriending his daughter, who is not much younger than she is. But Gabe’s not about to let his sugar baby destroy his perfect life. What was supposed to be a mutually beneficial arrangement devolves into a nightmare of deception, obsession, and, when a body is found near Gabe’s posh Upper East Side apartment, murder.”

Publication Date:

July 30th, 2019

Genre:

Domestic Thriller

My Rating:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

My Review:

The Arrangement was the first book I have read by Robyn Harding. I was looking for an easy and engaging summer read and this was perfect for that. We enter the world of city life, sugar daddies, obsession and murder…definitely brain candy but addicting!

The storyline was a little unrealistic but totally engrossing and while the characters weren’t totally likable I do think it worked for this storyline. Harding pulled me in and keep me curious until the very end. Sometimes you need a book that is totally unplausible in many ways but hooks you anyway.

Ws this amazing writing? Not really…but it was exactly what I needed during a more stressful time of year. It was a little racy and if you are looking for something different and definitely entertaining, you might like this too!

Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery/Scout Press for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 

Upcoming 2019 Book Releases by my Favorite Thriller Authors | Book Recommendations!

Upcoming 2019 Book Releases!

2019 Thriller Books, Summer Reading

Summer Reading Choices…

Today I am excited to talk about some highly anticipated upcoming 2019 book releases! I talked about summer reading yesterday in my New Releases post HERE. With the full days and lots of interruptions(school is out for summer!) I really look to books that are easy to pick up and put down in shorter periods of time. I need real page turners in order to stay engaged and also remember what was happening in the book! Thrillers are a genre I get into a lot more during the summer months.

Conflicted Feelings About The Thriller Genre:

I have talked about my conflicted feelings about thrillers in the past but basically, I wanted to love them but I am frequently disappointed. I think I tend to have high expectations and then feel let down, that the story is totally unplausible or like I have read the same thing a hundred times before…I do have lots of favorites though and I am super excited that those authors have new books coming out during the next couple of months!

If You Liked…Then Read THIS!

Today I am going to share some past thrillers favorites and the new books those authors will be releasing during the next couple of months. I love finding new authors to love and there is nothing like the anticipation of a NEW book!

If you loved The Last Time I Lied …check out Lock Every Door!

Riley Sager is one of my very favorite thriller authors and his books are so engrossing!  loved the summer camp setting of The Last Time I Lied and his newest book, Lock Every Door, will be released on July 2nd!


If You Enjoyed The Woman In Cabin 10…Check Out The Turn of The Key!

Ruth Ware was one of the first thriller authors I really got into. I found The Woman in Cabin 10 super addicting and I can’t wait to read what she comes out with next. The Turn of The Key will be released on August 6th!


If you loved The Marriage Lie..check out Dear Wife!

I love a domestic thriller and Kimberly Belle is amazing at writing them!! The Marriage Lie was one of those books that EVERYONE was reading a couple years ago and I think the same exact thing is going to happen with Dear Wife. I am reading it now and it is addicting, face paced and is keeping me guessing! This was released yesterday, June 25th! 


If You Enjoyed The Couple Next Door…Check Out Someone We Know!

I remember reading The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena in one sitting…I just needed to know what happened! Her books are always unique and engrossing and I can’t wait for Someone We Know which will be released on July 30th!


I hope this gave you some summer reading inspiration! If you are looking for more summer reading suggestions, you can check out my summer reading lists HERE & HERE. <3

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June 25th New Book Releases | Happy Publication Day!

June 25th Book Releases

summer reading list

New Book Releases:

June has had some amazing new book releases and it isn’t over yet! If you are still looking for some fiction books to add to your summer reading list, you are in luck! This week there is a great mix of suspense, romance, and contemporary fiction being released, sure to meet your own summer reading desires.

Reading Choices Based on the Season

Just like with any other kind of media, everyone has very different ideas of what is preferable.  My reading definitely changes by the season and there are books genres I tend to read more this time of the year than in the winter for instance. The pace of life, the weather, and my workload all play into what my preferences are for reading.

What Does Summer Reading Mean to YOU?

During the spring and summer, I tend to pick books that are a little more fast paced. I like books that are easier to pick up and put down in shorter spurts of time and so they need to be engaging enough to keep my interest. Family dramas or fiction books that are meant to savor are tougher for me to read this time of year, but I totally love them in January. What about you?!

And Now on to The New Book Releases!

psychological thriller

Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle

If you are looking for an addicting psychological thriller that will keep you guessing, this is it! I am reading it now and loving it! As you might know, I am quite picky about thrillers and find myself let down by quite a few of them so this is a big compliment! Ha!

Book Genre:

Psychological Thriller/Domestic Thriller

Goodreads Rating:

4.26-star rating

Book Summary:

“CAN SHE ESCAPE THE PERSON SHE ONCE LOVED?

Beth Murphy is on the run…

For nearly a year, Beth has been plotting to leave her abusive husband. This is her one chance at freedom—one that requires a new look, new name and new city. Each part of her plan has to be carefully thought out, because one small slip and her violent husband will find her.

Sabine Hardison is missing…

A couple hundred miles away, Jeffrey returns home from a work trip to find his wife, Sabine, is missing. Wherever she is, she’s taken almost nothing with her. Her abandoned car is the only trace of her the police have to go on, and all signs point to foul play.

The detective on the case will stop at nothing to bring this missing woman home. Where is Sabine? And who is Beth? As Beth’s husband starts piecing together her whereabouts, she’ll have to make a decision about her future that will leave readers breathless.”


summer reading

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

Book Genre:

Multigenerational Fiction

Goodreads Rating:

3.84-star rating

Book Summary:

“A dazzling, multigenerational novel in which the four adult daughters of a Chicago couple–still madly in love after forty years–recklessly ignite old rivalries until a long-buried secret threatens to shatter the lives they’ve built.

When Marilyn Connolly and David Sorenson fall in love in the 1970s, they are blithely ignorant of all that’s to come. By 2016, their four radically different daughters are each in a state of unrest: Wendy, widowed young, soothes herself with booze and younger men; Violet, a litigator-turned-stay-at-home-mom, battles anxiety and self-doubt when the darkest part of her past resurfaces; Liza, a neurotic and newly tenured professor, finds herself pregnant with a baby she’s not sure she wants by a man she’s not sure she loves; and Grace, the dawdling youngest daughter, begins living a lie that no one in her family even suspects. Above it all, the daughters share the lingering fear that they will never find a love quite like their parents’.

As the novel moves through the tumultuous year following the arrival of Jonah Bendt–given up by one of the daughters in a closed adoption fifteen years before–we are shown the rich and varied tapestry of the Sorensons’ past: years marred by adolescence, infidelity, and resentment, but also the transcendent moments of joy that make everything else worthwhile.

Spanning nearly half a century, and set against the quintessential American backdrop of Chicago and its prospering suburbs, Lombardo’s debut explores the triumphs and burdens of love, the fraught tethers of parenthood and sisterhood, and the baffling mixture of affection, abhorrence, resistance, and submission we feel for those closest to us. In painting this luminous portrait of a family’s becoming, Lombardo joins the ranks of writers such as Celeste Ng, Elizabeth Strout, and Jonathan Franzen as visionary chroniclers of our modern lives.”


summer reading list

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

If you are looking for an engaging fiction/romance this is it. I enjoyed that this was a romance book that was actually relatable and the main characters had regular issues they had to acknowledge and address. I appreciated that the issues were not only highlighted but dealt with and this made this book so much stronger. This also added some much-needed depth while also having plenty of light-hearted moments. This was a fun feel-good read that also highlighted many important real-life issues which to me as the reader was a perfect balance! You can read my full review HERE.

Book Genre:

Contemporary Fiction/Romance

Goodreads Rating:

4.21-star rating

Book Summary:

“In a small town in Maine, recently widowed Eveleth “Evvie” Drake rarely leaves her house. Everyone in town, including her best friend, Andy, thinks grief keeps her locked inside, and she doesn’t correct them. In New York, Dean Tenney, former major-league pitcher and Andy’s childhood friend, is struggling with a case of the “yips”: he can’t throw straight anymore, and he can’t figure out why. An invitation from Andy to stay in Maine for a few months seems like the perfect chance to hit the reset button.

When Dean moves into an apartment at the back of Evvie’s house, the two make a deal: Dean won’t ask about Evvie’s late husband, and Evvie won’t ask about Dean’s baseball career. Rules, though, have a funny way of being broken–and what starts as an unexpected friendship soon turns into something more. But before they can find out what might lie ahead, they’ll have to wrestle a few demons: the bonds they’ve broken, the plans they’ve changed, and the secrets they’ve kept. They’ll need a lot of help, but in life, as in baseball, there’s always a chance–right up until the last out.”


summer reading

How Could She by Lauren Mechling

Book Genre:

Contemporary/Friendship Fiction

Goodreads Rating:

4.21-star rating

Book Summary:

“After a devastating break-up with her fiancé, Geraldine is struggling to get her life back on track in Toronto. Her two old friends, Sunny and Rachel, left ages ago for New York, where they’ve landed good jobs, handsome husbands, and unfairly glamorous lives (or at least so it appears to Geraldine). Sick of watching from the sidelines, Geraldine decides to force the universe to give her the big break she knows she deserves, and moves to New York City. 

As she zigzags her way through the downtown art scene and rooftop party circuit, she discovers how hard it is to find her footing in a world of influencers and media darlings. Meanwhile, Sunny’s life as an It Girl watercolorist is not nearly as charmed as it seemed to Geraldine from Toronto. And Rachel is trying to keep it together as a new mom, writer, and wife–how is it that she was more confident and successful at twenty-five than in her mid-thirties? Perhaps worst of all, why are Sunny and Rachel–who’ve always been suspicious of each other–suddenly hanging out without Geraldine?

Hilarious and fiercely observed, How Could She is an essential novel of female friendship, an insider’s look into the cutthroat world of New York media–from print to podcasting–and a witty exploration of the ways we can and cannot escape our pasts.”


I hope you find something you love from this list! <3