The Arrangement: 4 out of 5 stars

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I received a copy of this book for free through NetGalley

**Contains minor spoilers – read with caution**

Quick fire review

This book was fantastic and certainly sets itself apart from other erotica novels I’ve read. I loved these characters and the development of Elle’s psyche is a really interesting plot line that kept me hooked throughout.

I don’t think this is going to be a series but I would certainly love to read more about these characters…hint, hint!

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The mind is a tricky thing. No one knows that better than Michelle O’Brian due to maladaptive daydreaming, an undiagnosed disorder that makes HER question the line between reality and fantasy. Forced to change careers after her goal of making a mark in the journalism world implodes, she finds herself unable to stop fantasizing about her new boss. And every other man she comes across. Her uncontrollable daydreams are a problem at work. Not even an orgasm inducing visit to her sexy as hell friend, Russ Seko, can stem the need for her mind to wander. But as it becomes clear that Russ wants more, and her workplace flirting may not be all pretend, things get out of hand. Fast. Caught between two men, trapped by her ambition, and fooled by her own mind, how can Michelle trust anything in her life when dreams seem so real?

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Note: contains explicit sex scenes.

The Arrangement is an erotica novel that exists outside the will-they-won’t-they trope that a lot of other novels in this genre rely on. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for these stories, but I found Ayers novel to be incredibly refreshing.

Michelle, or Elle, is your run of the mill office worker who has a serious problem living in reality. She vividly fantasises about having a sexual relationship with her boss on a number of occasions and as such she sometimes blurs the lines between reality and fantasy.

While there isn’t a love triangle in this book per se, Elee’s inability to let go of her fantasies with her boss Jeremiah creates a small love affair. For the majority of the book, her relationship with Jeremiah is told through her fantasies and she is continually broken out of them by small knocks at the door or someone calling her name. When she starts to slowly lose her grip on reality and has a tryst with him in a club, she believes it is real…until he disappears. We eventually find out that they did have sex in the club and they therefore have a brief sexual relationship.

Um, can we talk about Russ for a minute? Damn yo, man knows how to throw it down. Elle and Russ have a friends with benefits relationship and by the sounds of it, there are a lot of benefits. Russ is my absolute favourite and I thought as a love interest, he was a really great counterpart to our unstable girl Elle. It’s obvious from the outset that he cares about her on a level deeper than their sex life but what I really liked about him was how patient he could be with her.

When Elle’s reality and fantasies start to blur, we are able to gain some insights into what her heart really desires. It’s very obvious that she is in love with Russ, even though she can’t initially admit it, and by the time she comes to terms with this, we already know that he feels the same.

Eventually she does see a therapist but it isn’t until she wakes up and finds herself having sex with Jeremiah – whilst fantasising about Russ – that she realises she has a serious problem. As a reader, it’s really heartbreaking to watch her downward spiral and I will say that I was getting a little frustrated that she wouldn’t seek out professional help earlier on when she clearly needed it.

This book was fantastic and certainly sets itself apart from other erotica novels I’ve read. I loved these characters and the development of Elle’s psyche is a really interesting plot line that kept me hooked throughout.

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