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.
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By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 08-02-17
Everyone has some kind of baggage
Would you listen to The Arrangement again? Why?
I sure will! First, it's an amazing and well written story. Second, Charlie David is the king of narration and he did not disappoint with this book.
What other book might you compare The Arrangement to and why?
Perfect Imperfections by Cardeno C. The storylines have some things in common, they are both well written and they are both narrated by Charlie David
What about Charlie David’s performance did you like?
Ummmm... everything? He goes all in when he's telling a story and you can literally hear the emotions in his voice.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
It was, but it took a couple of days. I really can't wait to listen to it again.
Any additional comments?
Carter and Reed are both forgotten children, both tossed aside by their own mother's. Carter because his mom was absolutely worthless and should never have had children. Reed because he wasn't "normal" enough for his mother. When looking at the bigger picture of life... laughter, joy, pain, memories... it's the women's loss, and the men, well they're better off without them.
Their arrangement is one weekend a month. Carter works full time and takes care of his litter brother. Another forgotten child, tossed aside by the same mom that left Carter on his own. Jacks, Carter's brother, is a lot like Reed. They both have deep seeded, residual fears that stem from being abandoned by the one person that should have loved them unconditionally. It makes it hard for them to open up or trust. As weeks become months, Reed starts to want more, but Carter refuses to bend. When he stops moving long enough to explore his emotions, he realizes that he and Reed want the same thing.
I like it when a book I read and enjoyed is brought to life with amazing narration. It's almost like getting a new story out of it. Charlie David gave these characters life with tones and inflections, as well as emotion. Carter and Reed have an undeniable, animalistic attraction to each other from the first time their eyes meet. They are both passionate, sensual and loyal people. What was most interesting and entertaining for me was the fact that these two were actually dating and falling in love during their "arrangement" though neither would admit it.
Definitely worth a read and a listen.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Morgan A Skye on 11-01-17
Very sweet, moving, great narrator
Ahhhhh! This is the Felice Stevens I know and love. Carter and Reed are two damaged but absolutely redeemable characters who flourish in the other’s affections.
There are some outside forces in play, but really those are mostly only in the minds of the MCs themselves, and their past experiences.
The chemistry between these two is SMOKIN’! and the feels are very, very sweet.
For me, what makes this book so lovely, is that I was drawn in right away. The MCs meet and hook up relatively quickly and have fairly constant contact throughout the book. (I hate when the MCs spend pages and pages apart!) They do a fair job of communicating – even when Reed should be feeling very daunted by his brash proposal to change up the rules of their “arrangement” he knows enough to at least ask and not assume. (Yay grown ups!)
Though there is a lot of angst in the story, it’s not an angsty story at all.
Totally what I needed and highly recommended!
4.5 of 5 stars
Man, I do love Charlie David’s voice! He’s an actor, so he knows how to deliver emotion with timing and panache. He’s just so easy to listen to and I really love the quality of tenor of his voice. He doesn’t do a lot to differentiate Reed from Carter, but it’s still easy enough to follow along.
I like how he handles Jack’s voice as well as the female voices in the story.
This is a great way to experience this story and highly recommended!
5 of 5 stars
Overall 5 of 5 stars
2 of 2 people found this review helpful