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The Arrangement

by Mary Balogh

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Desperate to escape his mothers matchmaking Vincent Hunt Viscount Darleigh flees to a remote country village. But even there another marital trap is sprung. So when Miss Sophia Frys intervention on his behalf finds her unceremoniously booted from her guardians home Vincent is compelled to act. He may have been blinded in battle but he can see a solution to both their problems: marriage. At first quiet unassuming Sophia rejects Vincents proposal. But when such a gloriously handsome man persuades her that he needs a wife of his own choosing as much as she needs protection from destitution she agrees. Her alternative is too dreadful to contemplate. But how can an all consuming fire burn from such a cold arrangement? As friendship and camaraderie lead to sweet seduction and erotic pleasure dare they believe a bargain born of desperation might lead them both to a love destined to be?… (more)
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Too much of the strife in this story was entirely unnecessary for my taste. Balogh tried to build a case to justify it, but really the characters were just foolish not to have a 20 second conversation that would relieve them both of undue anxiety and emotional turmoil. I could tolerate it up to a point and still be enjoying the rest of the happenings, but it became a bit ridiculous at a certain point and started to drag the story down a bit. The characters and plot beyond that were decent though. ( )
  JorgeousJotts | Dec 3, 2021 |
I loved this book.
I simply loved the characterisation of Vincent. He was not portrayed as a 'hero'. He was portrayed as a flawed character who grew and his growth was witnessed through the book. Despite his not being a 'strong' he is imminently likable
A young boy of 17 who suddenly becomes blind. He is unable to cope and lets himself be coddled by the well-meaning and loving females around him.
Sophie character too as an 'invisible' poor relation is portrayed well. ( )
  deepatarak | Jun 29, 2021 |
This was amazingly sweet, and Sophie and Vincent were made for each other. She helped him become independent and not trapped by his blindness, and he helped bring her out of her shell and showed her her worth. ( )
  spinsterrevival | Dec 19, 2020 |
This book gave me all the feels. I absolutely loved the hero and the heroine. They were both so sweet. And it was such a beautiful love story. Would definitely read again. Five stars! :) ( )
  writergirldeb | Apr 12, 2020 |
The Arrangement
The youngest Survivor, Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh, was blinded at 17 in his first battle. He struggles to wrest some independence from his overly protective female relatives. Fleeing from an arranged marriage he meets Miss Sophia Fry. Sophia is the much neglected poor relation a snobbish aristocratic aunt. When she is rejected and ejected without a home or resources, Vincent decides that marriage will solve both of their problems. It’s a very satisfying Cinderella story. ( )
  msjudy | Aug 13, 2019 |
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When it became clear to Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh, that if he stayed at home for the remainder of the spring he would without any doubt at all be betrothed, even married, before summer had properly settled in, he fled.
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Desperate to escape his mothers matchmaking Vincent Hunt Viscount Darleigh flees to a remote country village. But even there another marital trap is sprung. So when Miss Sophia Frys intervention on his behalf finds her unceremoniously booted from her guardians home Vincent is compelled to act. He may have been blinded in battle but he can see a solution to both their problems: marriage. At first quiet unassuming Sophia rejects Vincents proposal. But when such a gloriously handsome man persuades her that he needs a wife of his own choosing as much as she needs protection from destitution she agrees. Her alternative is too dreadful to contemplate. But how can an all consuming fire burn from such a cold arrangement? As friendship and camaraderie lead to sweet seduction and erotic pleasure dare they believe a bargain born of desperation might lead them both to a love destined to be?

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