Review: A Delightful Arrangement by Cecelia Gray

A Delightful Arrangement by Cecelia Gray
Series: The Gentlemen Next Door (# 1)
Release Date: September 3, 2011
Publisher:  The Alpha Division, LLC
Pages: 56
Source:  ebook provided by the author

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.

 

Review: 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.