Review: Arrange Me
*I received an ARC copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Synopsis | Goodreads
My name is Courtney Jane Salinger... and I'm sick of games. Sick of the Friday night bar-scene-cum-meat-market. Sick of the boy-girl, man-woman, mars-venus, flirtation-without-expectation, game-playing nonsense. Sick of awful dates and one-night stands, booty calls and guys who don’t call back, mixed messages or NO messages and—and—and...I'm sick of all of it. I’m done. I just can't do it anymore. It's too hard, and worse: little by little, it's making me hard. It's breaking my heart. What do I want? That's easy. I want a house in suburbia with a white picket fence. I want babies to buckle into a minivan. But most of all, I want to be married. I want a husband. So I've made an important decision: I'm making my escape from the dating world and the single life. I've filled out my application on ArrangeMe.com and I'm putting my fate into the hands of experts. Is it a little scary? Sure. I mean, I have no idea who I'll end up with. After all, I'm planning to marry a complete stranger. But between you and me? I can't wait. Being arranged can't possibly be worse than being single. Can it?
Review | Rating: 3 stars
Arrange Me is the first novel I've read by Katy Regnery and I enjoyed this story. I thought the synopsis was amazing and the cover is hot. This was a modern day arranged marriage story. Courtney is tired of dating and being hurt and let down and that makes a lot of sense. So she decides to sign up for a website that will match her to her husband and she doesn't have to worry about dating anymore. She can have what she wants. Marriage. I love reading arranged marriage which are usually historical so it was nice to see a modern day one. I was excited to read this story.
But, I did not connect or like Courtney. I totally understood where she was coming from but I did not get her stubbornness to continue with this path of arranged marriage even after she realizes that she has real feelings for a man she meets in her daily life. Everyone was telling her what a bad idea this arranged marriage was and how it could backfire but she was insistent that she would go forward with it because all she wanted was to be married. Finding love, dating, and getting to know the man you eventually marry just wasn't what she wanted. The more she insisted on staying the course even as she got closer with the man in her life, the less understanding I became of her reasonings. And I think what really made me stop being able to connect with Courtney was when she got everything she wanted: an arranged marriage and the man she's falling for, she still questions it and wants to pick at it. She still questioned the man on his motivations and worried about him being upset with his choice in the end. I do not think Courtney would have ever been able to do well with an arranged marriage no matter who it was too in the end. She doesn't seem to understand that a lot of work would go into marrying a virtual stranger. I liked the other characters like her friends Dina and Josh who continuously told Courtney it wasn't a good idea to go through with being arranged. I loved Aunt Lucy as well. Her reaction to when Courtney finally told her was hilarious and I loved how she went along with it even though she still didn't believe that it was the best idea either.
I want to read Arrange Us, the sequel that will show Courtney and her husband trying to navigate marriage and the opinions of their parents, family, and friends. I will love to see how they deal with the issues that are bound to come up while being married. Check out Arrange Me on Amazon today!