With apologies to the author for taking so long to review this novel. It literally slipped through the cracks (no pun intended).
Publication Date: January 31, 2013
In Arranged by Arlene Valle, Samantha Beck is a woman with needs. Her boyfriend, billionaire Reid Harris, understands her needs and is willing to indulge the despite the fact that they involve other men. Reid arranges a weekend for Samantha with a handsome younger man, Max Wolfe. Normally, Reid facilitates liaisons with men that Samantha will never see again but Max, to whom she’s inexplicably drawn, plays heavily into future dealings that Reid has on Margarita Island. Can the pair honor the spirit of Reid’s arrangement and keep their hands off of each other and what of the dead body found in the fishing net?
A women’s group in the UK plans to burn the novel [easyazon-link asin=”0345803485″ locale=”us”]Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy[/easyazon-link] because they believe that the novels “encourage domestic violence and send the wrong message to women.” (Click link for Globe and Mail article). I haven’t read the novels. I have heard that they’re a story of redemption for a controlling man who falls in love with “vanilla” and so beautifully written that the love story can’t help but shine through. I have also heard that they’re poorly written, entry level erotica. What I don’t get is buying a book to burn it. How does that hurt the author? She’s now sold a book she wouldn’t have sold otherwise just for a demonstration of displeasure. They are asking for book donations from women who have read the series but now see the light—I can’t imagine that getting them more than a book or two. Indie authors must be lining up everywhere to read and see what that author did to not only get the publicity of the burning but to also sell a book to each and every protestor who wants to burn one. Marketing score!
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