The Arrangement 9: TheFerro Family (The Arrangement, #9) by H.M Ward
Kindle Edition, 115 pages
Published July 29th 2013 by Laree Bailey Press
~Rating: 5/5 stars~
When Avery finds out that the cowboy who requested her services for the night is Marty, things take an unexpected turn. If Avery declines her friend, she’ll be in trouble with Miss Black, but if she accepts–this could mean a new, normal relationship and saying farewell to Sean forever.
Volume 8 ended with Avery opening the hotel room door to find Marty standing there in a cowboy outfit! Omg! I know right. I am coming back to his side. He’s kind of been licking his wounds for the last couple volumes. What he did was wrong in so many ways, that is until he explains why he did it. Then it kind of melts your heart. He is a good friend. Even if he is having a hard time controlling his feelings for Avery. I’m not going to lie, I kind of wanted these two to get together…for just a bit anyway. I’m still team Sean. Will their relationship every be the same? Can Avery stand to lose more people in her life?
This 9th “installment” of this never ending Soap Opera begins with a 5 star BANG. Twenty two year old Avery Stanz is a survivor. She’s strong, cunning, and intelligent. She doesn’t seem to lose her head easily with all the angst, stress and desperation she’s feeling. She feels as if she has to fight for everything…even for every breath she takes. She’s oh so tired! She’s been betrayed by her two best friends as well as her love interest which just about traumatized her. She can be humorous, and spunky with a little sass. It’s amazing that she can still laugh with what she’s faced…but she can and does although lately, she’s not even smiling much anymore. Going to school on a Scholarship she’s about to lose – Avery is beyond desperate and her desperation makes her vulnerable. She’s completely alone in the world and she needs money….fast. Beyond exhausted with her life hanging by a thread, she’s offered an unscrupulous job that she cannot refuse. The money is just too good to pass up. Avery is defiant and she refuses to give up…she’ll do whatever she must to stay afloat. She only wants her life to be stable again…is that too much to ask?
But now she’s realized that she’s too soft-hearted for this unscrupulous job. It’s destroying her. Nevertheless she refuses to be anything other than her own boss (not become Sean’s “kept woman”) and finish school. She decides to ask Sean to marry her…
Sean Ferro has become a cold, ruthless, calculating man. He’s broken, hollow, callous …and wealthy. He suffers from a tragedy that took his wife & child, and he suffers every day from fathomless pain to the point that he’s become numb to emotion. He lives in daily torment. A never-ending nightmare.
Sean doesn’t “do” relationships. He’s become a man fearful of intimacy. He has a grim, sexual fetish….he likes to inflict fear into his partner(s). It’s a turn on. Sean Ferro wants Avery in a sexual way she’s not accustomed (actually she’s not really accustomed to anything sexually…she’s a “newbie”) But for Sean Ferro, it’s the type of gratification that he needs. He doesn’t want to lose her yet he doesn’t want to put her through his type of sexual fetishes. He’s one messed up puppy. Sean has a few other emotional issues as well…but he’s finally opened up to Avery & has shared essential parts of his past. Even though his feelings are “all over the map”, he admits that he’s fallen in love with Avery.
This is the 9th installment of this tediously slow-moving, albeit well told, plot….this plot that creeeeeps along at a snails pace…and I’m STILL wondering WHAT does Avery look like! I mean, am I the only person questioning the color of her eyes, or how tall she is??….how “dark” is her hair…it’s long enough to go into a pony tail…but HOW LONG is it????? In one chapter we find out she has bangs (thank you for that driveling piece of info Ms. Ward). I guess we’re supposed to surmise by the cover picts. that are chosen, huh? We’ve finally…FINALLY, are told she drives a Capris.
I Can not stop reading this series! The author delivers an outstanding story of two people who under normal circumstances would never be together yet Ward bring them together in a world wind story of love. I love the twists and surprises that just keep you wanting to come back for more!
I highly recommend it!
H.M. Ward is the #1 bestselling New Adult author in the world, having sold over 2 million books in 2013. This NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, USA TODAY, and Amazon #1 bestselling writer’s series include: THE FERRO FAMILY: DAMAGED, THE ARRANGEMENT, and STRIPPED; as well as SCANDALOUS, TRYSTAN SCOTT, and SECRETS. Ward was recently featured in FORBES, the WALL STREET JOURNAL, and the WASHINGTON POST.