The Arrangement

The Arrangement

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by Cat Grant
     
 

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CEO Eric Courtland has it all, until his wife discovers his affair--can Eric propose a solution to satisfy them all?

Eric Courtland loves his wife. But another man also commands his affections. When both wife and lover discover his secret, he rocks them with a daring proposal neither can refuse.

Initially their triad is tense and awkward, but growing trust and

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CEO Eric Courtland has it all, until his wife discovers his affair--can Eric propose a solution to satisfy them all?

Eric Courtland loves his wife. But another man also commands his affections. When both wife and lover discover his secret, he rocks them with a daring proposal neither can refuse.

Initially their triad is tense and awkward, but growing trust and intimacy lead to a satisfying and worthwhile relationship for all-as long as their unusual romance remains strictly confidential to protect Eric's seat in the US Senate.

Blackmailing political rivals, stalking paparazzi, and a serious illness threaten their fragile arrangement... Are the daytime struggles worth the nights of passion and pleasure?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780981890593
Publisher:
Lyrical Press, Inc
Publication date:
06/21/2008
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

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She found Eric waiting for her in the living room. The look on his face reminded her of storm clouds before a hard rain. "Nick just left."

"Really?" she chirped, all fake brightness. "And how's good ol' Nick doing?"

"Drop it, Allison. I know you talked to him."

"That I did," she said, throwing her coat and bag on the couch, rounding on Eric with her hands on her hips. She hoped she wasn't still so wobbly that the effect came off as ridiculous rather than righteously outraged. "So did you two lovebirds say your tearful goodbyes?"

"I'm not breaking it off with him. And you're not ruining his career either. Not if I have anything to say about it."

"Stop trying to order me around, Eric. You don't scare me."

"Maybe I should."

"Oh, so what're you planning to do? Crack me over the head with a blunt object and toss my body in the East River? That might raise a few questions, don't you think?"

His lip curled in open disgust. "You're drunk."

"And with good reason. But you know the great thing about booze? It boils thing down to their essentials. I don't think I've ever seen you more clearly than I have tonight." Dropping onto the couch, she studied him for a moment, surprised that he actually looked a bit apprehensive. "Why did you marry me, Eric? I know you don't love me. Do you even care about me at all, or am I just a guaranteed twenty-point boost for your popularity poll?"

"Look, I know I've hurt you terribly," he said softly, sitting down on a nearby ottoman. But when he reached for her hand, she yanked hers away. "Believe me, I never meant for that to happen. And I do care for you. But as for love ... I don't know if I can ever give youthat. I don't even know if I'm capable of it."

"Of course you're capable of it. You love Nick."

"Allison--"

"You've always loved him, Eric. And he's always loved you. That's probably why he and I could never make it work either." She took a deep breath, steeling herself for what she had to ask. "When did you start seeing him again?"

"About a week after we got back from our honeymoon. He showed up at the office asking for an interview about the wedding, and ... nature took its course from there."

She didn't think she could hurt worse than she already did, but now she felt like she'd just been sucker-punched. It took all her strength to keep the shock from doubling her over. "Oh," she managed to squeak.

To his credit, Eric didn't try to smooth it over with false conciliation. She knew he wasn't sorry. He wasn't the type to waste his energies on useless remorse.

"W-We never really had a chance, did we?" she murmured. "I wish you'd told me back when it first happened. We could've gotten an annulment."

"I didn't want an annulment and I don't want a divorce. I want to try and make this work. All three of us."

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Arrangement 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting continuation.
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Good read.
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shirley_frances More than 1 year ago
Here we are again - Eric screwing up, Nick feeling left out and Allison still getting on my nerves. When I started reading this series I fell in love with Eric immediately. By the second book I was having my doubts about him, but was supportive because in life people lose their way and deserve a second chance. By the third book I was on the verge of giving up on him, but held on to the hope that he would see the light. So when I started reading The Arrangement I was expectant to see how it would all play out and how Eric would redeem himself in my eyes. I am sorry to say that he didn't. In any case my heart went out to Nick more and more. Eric broke my heart, but unlike Nick, I don't forgive that easily. I truly wanted Eric to make a decision about his relationship with Nick, but I just don't think he made the right one. Enough about my disappointment with Eric. Let's move on with the content of the story. In this fourth installment of the Courtland series we find that Eric and Nick have gotten back together and started having an affair after Eric and Allison returned from their honeymoon. Nick is as sweet as he's ever been, Eric is as selfish as ever and Allison is a disturbing presence through it all. After deciding to pursue a relationship between the three of them, Eric, Nick and Allison find themselves with feelings of jealousy, neglect and frustration. Eric has this naive outlook that everything will work out for the best if they just wait a while and keep they relationship under wraps while he takes his position in the Senate regardless of how it makes the other parties involved feel - mainly Nick. Yeah, he was THAT deluded and selfish! Anyway, having said all that, I have to admit that Cat Grant did a great job of telling this story by bringing to the page a whole range of emotions that gave me a clear picture of what each character was feeling and where they were coming from. As with the other books, I enjoyed the times that Nick and Eric got together. Their chemistry was as explosive as the first time they got together and their connection real. In regards to Allison, I just could not connect to her on a deeper level so I just ignored her all together. Cat Grant's writing was engaging and entertaining, with an interesting set of events and enough insightful dialogue that kept me reading on to see how everything would work out for these characters despite my feelings towards Eric and Allison. Although I don't agree with Eric's decision and how he behaved towards his wife and lover, I have to say that Grant did a wonderful job with him as a character. She managed to make me analyze his intentions and his feelings even while I wanted to smack some sense into him. While I was reading, I tried to get over this whole relationship mess they had gotten into, but I could not let go that easily. I really believed that Nick and Eric's love was true and that they were meant to be together, but while reading how it was all playing out and how Eric was behaving I kept thinking that I would rather see them part and move on. Even Allison, who I loath. You'd be surprised to know that I came to accept their decision to make their relationship work after everything they went through. I don't like it and Allison could disappear for all I care but it is what it is and I'll go along with that since I am already emotionally invested in Nick and Eric's relationship. I am looking forward to see how their journey continues in the next book.
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LadyRavenRAVE1 More than 1 year ago
Wow wow wow and wow was not expecting certain things but that's not a bad thing. The former mistress a really desperate and thirsty lady but other than that a good book personally a good read for me.
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romannoire More than 1 year ago
left nothing to the imagination. boring plot boring predictable unlikeable characters and hard unstimulating unromantic sex.
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