A Delightful Arrangement [NOOK Book]

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Phillip has a duty to marry Francesca. He has always protected his former neighbor and childhood companion, and now that she is of marriageable age, he will give her what she needs most - a real home where she is welcome and wanted.

Unfortunately for him....she is done with being dutiful.

After years of ...
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A Delightful Arrangement

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Overview

Phillip has a duty to marry Francesca. He has always protected his former neighbor and childhood companion, and now that she is of marriageable age, he will give her what she needs most - a real home where she is welcome and wanted.

Unfortunately for him....she is done with being dutiful.

After years of being an obedient daughter to a hateful father, Francesca jumps into her first Season. Francesca is ready to dance every dance, flirt with every bachelor and snatch what she wants most - a man she loves who will make her swoon.

Unfortunately for her...he now sees making her swoon as his duty, too.

And Phillip takes his duties very seriously.

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Don't miss The Gentlemen Next Door series, because sometimes a lady in need of love need look no further than next door:
Book 1: A Delightful Arrangement
Book 2: An Illicit Engagement
Book 3: A Dangerous Expectation
Book 4: A Flirtatious Rendezvous

The complete series is available now!

The Gentlemen Next Door Series are historical regency romance novellas of approximately 15,000-words (60 printed mass paperback pages)

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Praise for The Gentlemen Next Door Series

Captures your attention from the first page. – The Lady Reads @ Amazon

A wonderful book and a great read. – Bunny’s Review

This is a delightful story, well-written, historically accurate and intriguing. – B.S. Andrews @ Amazon

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About the Author

Cecilia Gray lives in the San Francisco bay area where she reads, writes and breaks for food. She also pens her biographies in the third person. Like this. As if to trick you into thinking someone else wrote it because she is important. Alas, this is not the case.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012978646
  • Publisher: Gray Life, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/3/2011
  • Series: The Gentlemen Next Door , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 139,027
  • File size: 225 KB

Meet the Author

Cecilia Gray lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she reads, writes and breaks for food. She also pens her biographies in the third person. Like this. As if to trick you into thinking someone else wrote it because she is important. Alas, this is not the case.
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  • Posted November 19, 2011

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    grab a copy, read and enjoy

    Reviewed by Joy H. for Readers Favorite

    "A Delightful Arrangement" by Cecilia Gray

    Since Francesca¿s marriage was arranged by her father and Phillip¿s father, she is denied the swooning period to find her lifetime love. Like the other young ladies her age, she had been very excited about her season in London when she could go to the dances where young single men were plentiful. She wanted to have her time to swoon these young men until she found one she could fall in love with and marry. She and Phillip have been best friends since childhood, but she just couldn¿t imagine him as her husband. Phillip knows about the arranged marriage, in fact he is all for it, unbeknown to Francesca. He determined at an early age that he would marry Francesca and protect her the rest of her life. Well, Phillip and Francesca agreed to have their engagement to please their parents. But, she would also have her dream of going to London and have her season among the young bachelors. Her time in London was very interesting, with surprises Francesca wasn¿t expecting. And well, you need to read this short Novella to see the surprises that await her!

    This is a short and sweet romance that can be read in a few hours. The characters are interesting and delightful, and I thought Phillip is adorable, just don¿t know why Francesca couldn¿t see it too! The plot is captivating, keeping my interest until the last pages. However, I finished the story feeling as if something was missing, maybe the big ending that wasn¿t there. I would really like to read it written as a much longer story. It also could use a little more editing as well.

    If you are looking for a nice short fast romance to read, this would be a delightful book for you! So grab a copy, read and enjoy!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    Shallow

    Plagued with typos, poorly written and rather than being 242 pages, every turn of the page skipped three page numbers. While this could have been a good book, the author rushed the storyline resulting in shallow characters. Skip it!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2014

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    An absolutely delightful historical romance novella, A Delightfu

    An absolutely delightful historical romance novella, A Delightful Arrangement was a lovely read. I really liked this sweet romance. It was quick, light, and an truly enjoyable read.

    Both characters were great. Francesca wanted a taste of freedom after spending 3 Seasons in mourning, but also knew to hold on tight when she realized that the man she loved was, in fact, her fiance. Philip was wonderful. A sweet, honorable man, he was determined to prove that he could make Francesca happy. They were both lovely characters and I liked them both.

    The romance was very sweet. It was clear that Francesca and Philip had a deep connection stemming from their friendship, but they both had yet to realize that it had turned into something more. But, they eventually did and, along the way, they definitely proved that they had chemistry between them. I thought they were a lovely couple.

    The plot was light and quick and I was engaged the whole way through. I really liked the story and the ending was perfect.

    A Delightful Arrangement was a wonderful historical romance novella that I really liked. Romance lovers, if you want a quick, light read, then this is definitely a book you'll want to check out.

    *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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  • Posted January 12, 2014

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    Reviewed by Laci Book provided by the author for review Review o

    Reviewed by Laci
    Book provided by the author for review
    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

    A Delightful Arrangement was very hard to put down. I was actually sad to see it end. It had laughter, romance, and lots of stubbornness – a great trio of characteristics. Both of the main characters are very relatable and play off each other very well. Francesca is stubborn and romantic. Phillip, being Francesca’s childhood playmate/best friend, is loyal, loving, but just as stubborn as Francesca. Both seem to be determined to have their own way and in the end, they achieve their goals.

    I really liked how Francesca stood up for what she wanted. She was determined from the beginning to get what she thought was fair, and come heck or high water, she was gonna get it. I loved Phillip. He wanted to help Francesca just as much as she wanted help, but had his own reasons. As the story unfolds, I loved both Francesca and Phillip even more. I also fell in deep like with Chastity, Francesca’s female best friend. She is the best friend everyone should have. She’s supportive, loyal to a fault, but knows when good natured teasing and a little prodding will get things moving in the right direction.

    Overall, I think Cecilia Gray’s A Delightful Engagement hits all the right notes. It feels like a much longer book and isn’t missing anything in being a short blush romance. Unlike most romances, A Delightful Arrangement skips the part where the hero and heroine break up over some understanding and then get back together, which I felt was a great choice. Gray’s characters were believable in their roles and situations. I only wish I could be a part of their world. It seems so fascinating. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants something short, sweet, and gets to the point quickly without wasting any time.

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  • Posted April 19, 2012

    I enjoyed this novella I think it is well written. Quick and fun

    I enjoyed this novella
    I think it is well written. Quick and fun to read. The characters are charming. Franny is full of life even with all that happened to her. Philip loves her so much that it is a complete love. The misunderstanding about their relationship is sweet.
    As you read you want to know more. As the first book I read byMs. Gray, it is well written and you really get in the story.

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  • Posted April 17, 2012

    A Delightful Arrangement is a sweet historical romance that real

    A Delightful Arrangement is a sweet historical romance that really captures your attention from the first page.

    I love Francesca and Phillip! They are such a sweet duo. I could read about them for days and never tire of them. Their relationship makes me swoon. Francesca, or Franny, as Phillip calls her is very insecure. It's obvious in her demeanor. She grew up with an extremely sick mother and a domineering, harsh father and is forced into a marriage she didn't choose for herself. I would be self-conscious and upset, too! Phillip spends most of the story trying to win Francesca over and make her realize how good they would be together.

    Most of the novella, I was shouting at Franny in my head - "HE LOVE YOU, YOU IDIOT! AND YOU LOVE HIM! LET'S JUST BE HAPPY AND GET TOGETHER!" She couldn't realize how much she really loved him, so I began to turn to Phillip. I mean, man's gotta take charge so he can get his woman! But of course… it doesn't work that way. They are both so stubborn in their ways!

    I love Ms. Gray's writing style. She can write a young adult love story, and she can write an adult romance with a sweet erotic twist. It's simplistic, but only in the best of ways and really gets the message across. Her words have so much meaning and really make you want to keep reading. I want Cecilia Gray to be my own personal happy writer. Anytime I'm sad, I know to turn to one of her stories. They are just so sweet and uplifting.

    My only problem with this novella is that it wasn't long enough! I wanted to see more Franny and Phillip! They are just so great together! I can't wait to read the part of the series, hopefully, it will give Francesca and Phillip at least some minor roles! I miss them already!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    nice"soft" easy read romance

    I actually read another in this series first and liked it enough to buy this . I plan to get them all. Nice quick reads with engaging characters.

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