I have been meaning to pick up this beautiful looking book for what seems like forever. The air of mystery and suspense contained in that solitary pearl in a shell really got to me.
When I started reading I wan’t disappointed. I was thrown straight into the action. Sam is in her late twenties, blonde and gorgeous, she’s also a nyphomaniac. No, I mean a real all out medically diagnosed sex addict. Her boyfriend, Reid, is a fifty something, stinking rich, handsome devil. He knows fine well that he’ll never be enough for her.
The book starts when Reid recruits lawyer, Max, to become Sam’s lover. It’s glaringly obvious their attraction for each other is through the roof, and Reid doesn’t seem to mind. In fact he hires him to work on a huge building/development project on Isla Margarita.
I’m assuming the author has some ties with Isla Margarita, a large portion of the book is set there. She describes the place so vividly that you can almost feel the hot breeze blowing on your face and the sand streaming between your toes. However, it’s described in present tense although the book is written in past tense. I can understand where that has come from, the island exists, so it was written like that because ‘it is’. Unfortunately, the tense shift only served to pull me out of the story somewhat.
With a brand new job, Max emigrates to Isla Margarita. He unceremoniously dumps Sam, thinking that sleeping with his new bosses wife would no longer bode well. However, the relationship between them is far from over. Max turns into an epic asshole, I wound up with a strong dislike for him.
Sam in true sex addict style doesn’t just stick with one extra lover. She seduces Jim too. He’s an ex-cop who moved to the Island and started a successful fishing charter business. Oh boy! You can only imagine the fun they had on his boat! There is an element of murder mystery factored in. I’m guessing it was placed to introduce Jim to the story, because if you’re looking for a murder mystery you’ve come to the wrong book.
Valle is completely out of the box with Arranged. It’s like nothing I’ve ever read before. Her sex scenes are absolutely mind-blowing, unique, fresh, and inspirational. They don’t carry the story though, they compliment it. Her writing and plot are as smooth as glass. As captivating as a diamond glinting in the sun. Until…
Excuse my mini rant here. It is a whole other blog post. In as much to say that the books ending is at least another book. I loved this book so much that I did something I never do. I went to the author and asked her why on earth did she end the book that way? Although I understand why she ended the book the way she did, I don’t agree with it. It was an ending that showed that the author doesn’t trust her outstanding ability.
Arlene Valle is an accomplished and fantastic author. She’s got it all. A thrilling story, beyond superb sex scenes, and three dimensional characters that I crave to see more of. Luckily, I know she’s planning more. For that I immensely grateful.
Bearing everything I’ve said in mind. I award Arranged four rare and beautiful pearls.
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