Author: Katy Regnery
Series: The Arranged Duo #1
Release date: March 4, 2019
(Sub)genres: Contemporary Romance
Buy: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
My name is Courtney Jane Salinger—
and I’m sick of games.
Sick of the Friday night bar-scene-cum meat market.
Sick of the boy-girl, man-woman, Mars-Venus, flirtation-without-expectation, game-playing nonsense.
Sick of awful dates and one-night stands, booty calls and guys who don’t call back, mixed messages or NO messages and—and—and—I’m sick of all of it.
I just can’t do it anymore.
It’s too hard, and even worse: little by little, it’s making me hard.
It’s breaking my heart.
What do I want?
I want a house in suburbia with a white picket fence.
I want babies to buckle into a minivan.
But most of all, I want to be married.
I want a husband.
So I’ve made an important decision: I’m making my escape from the dating world and the single life.
I’ve filled out my application on ArrangeMe.com and I’m putting my fate into the hands of experts.
Is it a little scary?
I mean, I have no idea who I’ll end up with.
After all, I’m planning to marry a complete stranger.
But between you and me?
I can’t wait.
Being arranged can’t possibly be worse than being single.
Walking down the aisle to your hubby-to-be, to a man you haven’t seen or talked to before your wedding day. Would you even consider the possibility? I know I wouldn’t… Courtney however sees being arranged as the answer to her ‘problems’. Arrange Me tells her cute and sweet story, I’ve enjoyed reading it and I can’t wait for the conclusion.
“Meet someone nice, get married, and live happily ever after. Why can’t it be that easy? Why the hell does it have to be so hard?”
Courtney has a good life; a great family, friends, a job she likes and her own apartment. But in one area of her life she’s not so successful… Her love life is non-existing, and Courtney is ready for so much more than just the weekend than just dating and hooking up. She dreams of being married and have that special bond with ‘the one’. Modern dating however is messy and tricky thing, and Court is just done with it. Enter a special website where singles are arranged … to be married… What can possibly go wrong?
“You have a plan. A good plan. A plan that sidesteps years of terrible worrying and wondering and heartbreak.” So that’s that.”
Oh Courtney… What shall I say… I get her frustration with dating and all. I’m not familiar with modern dating (no, I’m not that old, hihihi), but it sounds very frustrating and no fun at all. Especially when you’re looking for real love and not just fun between the sheets. Marrying a stranger based upon an analysis from a computer program however is a bit mindboggling for me. How about attraction and chemistry? But this is what Courtney wants, and does. Of course, she has her moments of doubt, but you know she will follow through. Quitting is not in her book.
Like other books by Katy Regnery I have read, Arrange Me is a cute and funny story, with its serious moments. The heroine in this book is a sweetheart who just wants to a happy life like so many other people have. At the end of the book Courtney is married and she and her hubby are a happy couple. But what will happen when they leave their bubble and return to the real world? I can’t wait for the second part of the ‘Arranged Duo’.
“We’re going to have a great life together, baby”. “You’re right.” She smiles bravely and nods. “It’s all going to be okay.”