ARC REVIEW: A Friendly Arrangement by Christine Warner (Friends First #2)


A Friendly Arrangement (Friends First #2)
Author: Christine Warner
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: October 26th, 2015
Published By: Entangled Publishing, LLC.
ISBN: 1633754332


What happens when your plus one becomes “the one”?

Holly Haggerty and Roth Esterly are two besties with everything in common–they’re neighbors, career-driven, and commitment-phobes. Tired of always being set up on dates by well-meaning friends and family, they take matters into their own hands: they will be the other’s plus one–a little friendly arrangement between friends.

Easy…until a steamy night where they cross the line. But that’s okay, they’ll add an addendum–one that includes a little action between the sheets…on top of the sheets…and without the sheets. But there are rules. Dating and sex are exclusive until one of them decides to terminate the agreement. No slumber parties. And if either party becomes emotionally involved they will break things off with no hard feelings.

When unexpected news changes their plans and turns their fun arrangement into something more serious, Holly and Roth must come to terms with what’s more important–what they thought they wanted, or what they really need.


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Going to go a bit different for this review because there is more than one thing I want to point out. I have definite pros and cons to this book and when I finished it, I literally said MEH out loud. That being noted, I feel I should explain. Before I dive into my reasoning for that, I want to get the technical information out of the way first.

A Friendly Arrangement is the second book in the Friends First series by Christine Warner. It is a full length novel with an HEA, no cliffhanger and it can most assuredly be read as a standalone. The story is told from an alternating third person point-of-view between the main characters.

Not really sure how I want to do this because these will read like bullet points, so I’m just going to toss it out there.


I loved this book cover. The muted tons with the pop of color to it is eye catching for me. I wanted to read it from that alone.

The story of Roth and Holly is a friends-to-lovers tale, which I am a sucker for.

I adored the dynamic between these two characters, as well as the plot itself.

I liked how both characters had their own careers, and that the careers weren’t something you’d typically find in a romance novel.

There is an attraction between the main characters that transmits itself from the pages. You don’t just read about their connection, you feel it. They may both be commitment-phobes, which there is no doubt of, but you still realize something is there, and you do so before both the characters do.


I think my biggest turn off with this book, was that while it’s described as a friends-to-lovers book, it read to me like Holly and Roth were just meeting. They’ve supposedly been “Besties” for years, but they didn’t know much about each other in terms of life details. That turned me off.

How the arrangement between the two of them played just didn’t strike anything for me personally. I think I expected more of a build up, and there just wasn’t one.

That’s about all I have for it. If you’ll notice, my pros outweigh my cons. I want to point out that the book is well written, and it does have a great plot to it. The reason I had the basic bullet points for this review is because that was literally how I remembered it in my head once I finished the book. Points, not full plot, and I don’t normally do that. I would actually recommend it still! I gave the book a full three stars myself.


3 star

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