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The Arrangement
     

The Arrangement

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by Felice Stevens
 

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Carter Haywood lives for the weekends--specifically the one weekend every month when he escapes real life, with all the pressures of work and caring for his special needs brother, to do whatever he wants, with whomever he wants. Sex is only a release; he's not looking for love, a relationship or even a second night with the same man, until he walks into a bar and

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Carter Haywood lives for the weekends--specifically the one weekend every month when he escapes real life, with all the pressures of work and caring for his special needs brother, to do whatever he wants, with whomever he wants. Sex is only a release; he's not looking for love, a relationship or even a second night with the same man, until he walks into a bar and finds someone who makes leaving it all behind impossible. After one incredibly passionate encounter, he breaks his rule and goes back. He needs to see this man again. And again.

Damaged goods. That's all Reed Kincaide sees and hears when he looks in the mirror. Anxiety and ADHD define his life and he's learned to keep people at a distance, never letting them get close enough to know who he really is. When Carter proposes a monthly weekend of sex without strings, it's the ideal arrangement for him. Or so he thinks. Every month, leaving Carter proves to be more and more difficult. It's not only the intensely hot sex they have in their hotel suite; Reed wonders about the secret life Carter refuses to share.

As months pass and they grow closer Reed finds himself falling for Carter, but he needs more than hurried hugs and farewell kisses. He wants it all. Letting Reed into his carefully constructed family life could upset Carter's whole world, but it might be the risk he's finally willing to take, if it means keeping Reed. Once bodies are engaged, the heart is sure to follow, and Carter and Reed discover that holding on to each other is the first step in letting go of the past.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940156826537
Publisher:
Felice Stevens
Publication date:
07/20/2016
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
297
Sales rank:
88,943
File size:
367 KB

Meet the Author

I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner, My characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love.

I live in New York City with my husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of my own. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be a few bumps along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.

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The Arrangement 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ravenwolf_EPTX More than 1 year ago
~ A M/M Must-Read ~ > > Judging a Book by it's Cover > Looking Deeper Third-person OMG ~ Multiple EAR-GASMS!! The things I want to say about this story and it's narration would not be suitable for all audiences, but suffice it to say, I loved it! Charlie David hooked me with the first "whisper"ed line that made my body stand at attention and beg for more! Carter and Reed were two tremendously, heart-achingly broken men doing the best they could with the terrible circumstances they were given so young in life. Carter only allowed himself one weekend per month to decompress and recuperate from the stresses of work and acting as an insta-dad to his 10-yr old special needs brother. He met Reed at the bar that Reed worked at and invited him back to his hotel room. Unaware of the inner turmoil this caused Reed, Carter dismissed the casual hookup once it was over, but the man stayed on his mind so much that he actively sought Reed back out the following month with an arrangement proposal. Their chemistry was undeniable - and hot. I love that the seemingly shy guy got toppy behind closed doors. A smattering of supportive secondary characters were present, plus a larger role played by Jackson / Jaxson. Dialogue and cast interactions felt natural and believable. The plot was rich and full, deep and dynamic. The flow was perfect. Most of the conflicts were internal, but the obstacles were faced maturely and resolved in a timely manner. Predictability was virtually nil. The conclusion was solid and satisfying in a flash-forward epilogue ending. An amazing story, full of emotion. This is a must-read for all fans of M/M Romance! Charlie David was an AMAZING narrator, holy cow! I would happily listen to this man read the DICTIONARY! Pronunciation and diction: clear, the pace was perfect. Character intonations and emotional conveyance were spot on. Five EARGASM Stars! . Book Rating: [R] ~ Score: 44.25 ~ Stars: 4, 4.5 if I could! Narration: Clarity, Pace, Tone ~ 5 Stars! ========================== ⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received a copy of this audiobook from the Author/Publisher with the hope that I would voluntarily leave unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐
MMRNY More than 1 year ago
Carter and Reed...and Jacks are Perfect!! Felice Steven, with The Arrangement, has written a wonderful story about two men who see themselves as broken and unworthy of being truly loved by another, but who, although they try to fight it, one more so than the other, realize that together they are whole and perfect for each other. I absolutely loved Carter and Reed, and their journey to happily ever after. It was not a smooth one or an easy one, but it was one that well worth ride, because in the end, these two beautiful men realized that they did not have to be lonely, and that may be, just may be, their was someone out their who didn't see their broken pieces as broken as at, but as a uniquely them characteristic and as something to be cherished and loved. The Arrangement is a beautifully written story about love, forgiving oneself, trust, and selflessness, and understanding that the idea of normalcy and perfection is not the same for everyone. Can I just say that I absolutely loved Jacks!! What great little guy!! Great job on this one, Felice Stevens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet story, would recommend