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Perjanjian Cinta (Private Arrangements)

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  3,654 ratings  ·  406 reviews
Gigi Rowland langsung jatuh cinta pada pandangan pertama saat ia berjumpa Camden Saybrook, Lord Tremaine, sehingga ia bertekad untuk memiliki laki-laki itu, apa pun risikonya. Namun, pada hari pernikahan mereka, semua rencana licik Gigi untuk menikah dengan Camden terungkap. Merasa dibohongi, Camden segera meninggalkan Gigi dan pergi menyeberang lautan menuju Amerika dalam...more
Published April 2010 by Dastan Books (first published 2008)
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Rachel (BAVR)
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Dec 28, 2008 new_user rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of understated romance, reunion romance
Shelves: historical
Jane Feather called this book, "enchanting...An extraordinary, unputdownable love story." You would think a fellow author could conjure up better praise than "unputdownable," but Mary Balogh puts it better. She calls Private Arrangements "a love story of remarkable depth," and that's certainly true.

In fact, the first half of Private Arrangements reads very much like a beautiful, artistic indie film. The first moments glimpsed between Gigi and Camden are intimate and sweet and summon a tone of ma...more
This is not your typical Regency/Victorian romance, and it will not appeal to all readers of this genre.

It is not a heart-warming story of two people falling in love and making a life together, but rather a story of the devastation that can occur when the happily-ever-after is shattered and seems forever out of reach.

Gigi Rowland is young, rich and uncompromising. Her experience with fortune-hunters, coupled with her mother's unswerving determination to see her marry a duke, has left her pragmat...more
Sep 02, 2010 Eastofoz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Lisa Kleypas, Anne Stuart, smart heroines, alpha heroes
Exceptionally well-written with a brilliantly fresh feeling plot that will take you up and down the emotional roller coaster ride from hell smashing your heart to smithereens only to come crashing down and smack it all back together again at the end. I loved this book :D

The writing here is so good that I would even go as far as to say that Thomas is better than Lisa Kleypas who in her own right can pack a really good gut punch. Sherry Thomas manages to weave together a story where the h/h aren’t...more
This is the best historical romance novel I have read in my entire life ever. If all historical romances were like this one I would just apply for an unemployment benefit, sit at home and read them all day every day. I wouldn’t even have showers. And I’d only eat what can deliver to my door. I really would need nothing else in my life, so maybe it’s a good thing not all historical romance novels are like this one.

If you are to read only one historical romance, because, I don’t...more
I've noticed many of my friends actually didn't like this book, but I loved it. It wasn't a typical romance, in fact, the H/h are pretty questionable in their ability to love throughout most of the book, but in the end, it was all worth it.

Gigi and Camden are already married during the beginning of the book. In fact, society has deemed their marriage the perfect arrangement, with neither spouse residing on the same continent. Gigi files for divorce with the intention of marrying her new beau, fo...more
3.5 Stars
This is my first book by Sherry Thomas. The writing is beautiful and I look forward to more by this very talented author.
It took a lot for me to finally suck it up and read this book. I bought it because I had seen rave reviews for it on various review sights. Once I got it I couldn't seem to force myself to read. Even though everyone said it was good, I couldn't get over the fact that these people were bitter and angry and cheated on each other. I like to read romance for the warm, uplifting feelings it inspires as I watch two people fall in love. I like to believe that they'll stay together despite the odds. I d...more
Private Arrangements is about a couple with a very volatile, complicated relationship. Camden Saybrook and Gigi Rowland met when they were very young and immediately felt a connection. They fell in love with each other but Camden had already promised himself to another woman and his sense of honor wouldn't allow him to cry off. Gigi, in a desperate move, deceives Camden which sets forth a chain of events of lies and misunderstandings for years to come.

The book moves back and forth between the c...more
Pense assim: o que pode acontecer de tão grave que leve um marido a abandonar a esposa logo no dia a seguir ao casamento?
E o que leva esse mesmo marido a "pedir" um herdeiro em troca do divórcio a uma mulher com quem já não vive há dez anos?
E o que resultará de tal pacto?

Ficou curioso(a)? Eu também!

A sinopse foi o que me atraiu principalmente neste livro. Li-a mesmo antes do livro ter sido publicado e pensei "Este não me pode escapar!". E depois o livro saiu e eu vi a capa (que é lindíssima, dig...more
Aqui está mais uma obra ao estilo de Madeline Hunter... ou seja, adoro!
Sem dúvida que este género de livros, com os seus vestidos e diálogos educados e contrictos, para não falar na intimidade muito diferente à presença em público me cativa e me faz sorrir e enternecer durante a maior parte do livro.
Este foi mais uma "primeira vez", tendo calhado a vez de Sherry Thomas. À semelhança de Penny Vincenzi, também as suas capas e sinopses me têm feito olhar melhor e tirá-los das prateleiras, mas també...more
Jo ★The Book Sloth★

Great doesn't begin to describe how awesome this was. After His at Night I was kind of reluctant to start this one because I was afraid I'd be disappointed(how could this be any better?) but that wasn't the case. This book was if not better then equal to His At Night in every way. I think I'll begin stalking ST regularly!

The book story revolves around two timelines. One begins in 1893 and has two parallel stories and the second in 1882.

In 1893 we see...more
It's interesting that while I was not overly fond of either the hero or heroine of this book, I still enjoyed the book and felt it was worth reading.

I've noticed that Sherry Thomas has a pattern of writing estranged couples that have real trust issues and betrayals to overcome, not some flimsy miscommunication that a lot of novels use to keep the couples apart. While it can make her characters less sympathetic, she is a very talented writer. Her characters are more complex and layered and intere...more
Neide Parafitas
"Um Amor quase Perfeito" é o segundo romance que leio desta autora e é... M-A-R-A-V-I-L-H-O-S-O!!!

Camden e Gigi, Lorde e Lady Tremaine, tiveram aparentemente, durante dez anos, o melhor dos casamentos! Porém, o que a sociedade não sabe é que uma traição arruinou o mesmo, logo no dia a seguir ao seu enlace!

Decidida a agarrar uma última oportunidade de ser feliz, Gigi acede ao pedido de casamento do seu pretendente, Lorde Frederick e pede o divórcio a Camden. Mas longe de o aceitar, o marido propõ...more
D. Barger
I read a review of this book that was good. I think they were on crack while reading it. Every other chapter is a flashback. I HATE flashbacks. I dislike of both the Hero and Heroine. The Heroine lied in order to marry the hero he found out and left her ass for ten years. She decides to marry again so she files for a divorce, He will only grant it if she gives him an heir. Not only that but she has had numerous lovers during their separation. I really don't like that in my romance books. I'm on...more
Feb 04, 2010 Kat rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Folks who like Courtney Milan, Stephanie Laurens, and any surprising historical romance.
I'm madly in love with Sherry Thomas' writing style and her plots, as well as the lovely way she evokes the era. I will not blather on too much about this, as I did just fine doing so in this review of Delicious here, but I think I'll reiterate: she's amazing.

And the sex is so good.

My favorite part of this book was the way Thomas upheaved the traditional male/female roles, making such a strong, confident character out of Gigi and such a surprisingly vulnerable hero out of Camden. It's not somet...more
Oct 26, 2013 Feminista rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Feminista by: Eva
Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book is one of the few exceptions to my no-cheating/adultery novels. I had this book listed under my never-to-read shelf.

The reason why I was particularly easy to persuade to read this book was because:

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I probably don't need to say this, but this is a rare circumstance in historical romances. So very intrigued, I decided to read this book.

I was pleasantly surprised...more
Beverley Kendall
This is one of my absolute favourite books EVER. I read it in one sitting, staying up till three in the morning during RWA National in 2007. I believe I have three copies of this book. Two ARCs and the retail edition. It's just that good. I adored it and have read it many, many times. The writing is exquisite and the relationship between Gigi and Camden just simmers. My heart bled for both of them at various stages in the book. I so wanted a synopsis at the end. I hope to learn how they fared in...more
Let me say first that I don't like cheating in my romance novels... I thought that I wouldn't mind it here, since the MCs were separated for almost 10 years, but it was not thus... So, I gave it 4 stars. But please do not let my opinion influence you: if you don't feel about cheating so strongly as I do, or if you're more understanding than me, you will surely like it.

I just couln't overcome the idea that two, so much in love, people could do what Gigi and Cam did to themselves.

And you can feel...more
Jacob Proffitt
I had a hard time enjoying this book despite how well-written it is. The characters, setting, and plot are all excellently well-done and very immersive. Which is part of the problem, I think. The story we're immersed in, here, has darkly tragic roots with a very raw betrayal at its heart.

The story is spread out over ten years, though really, we only experience the bookends directly (with the occasional short, often irrelevant interlude). In the early section, we have a proud, self-assured Gigi a...more
Victoria Vane
While struggling with my current "work in progress" which is as much of a prequel as a sequel to THE HIGHEST STAKES, I asked a friend if she had read any really good novels that employed flashbacks to tell the backstory story.

She recommended Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas, which I immediately ordered. It arrived yesterday and I finished it late last night in a solitary sitting. It was incredible! I won't go into any plot details but just offer my overall impression.

I loved her employment...more
Susan (susayq ~)
4.5 stars!

Wow! This is the kind of book I angsty romance. The first part of this alternated between present (1893) and ten years prior (1882-83) when the Gigi and Camden met. Gigi fell in love with Camden almost immediately and did something sneaky to get him to marry her. They were happy for about 3 weeks, until he found out about her lie, the day before the wedding. Instead of calling the wedding off, Camden went through with it and then left her. Here's the thing - he never got over...more
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Michelle Robinson
What I could not get past with this book was total willingness to get a divorce at a time in history when it was still considered a great taboo to divorce.
I did not care for the author's attempt to justify and excuse inexcusable behavior on the part of Gigi. A person willing to lie scheme and manipulate to gain her goal is pretty much an antihero that I am sure many people are interested in reading about. I like flawed characters but she never seemed to really feel badly about what she had done...more
This book opens with the heroine's long-lost husband turning up again just as she's petitioned him for a divorce. It's 1890-something, and divorce is much more acceptable, and possible (though still shocking and scandalous) than it was 80 years earlier in the Regency era. By this time in history, it did not require a literal act of Parliament. So--the history argument out of the way--the hero shows up and says he won't contest a divorce if she will first give him an heir. The heroine is blackmai...more
Have you ever thought, after reading a book, that it could have been shorter? Maybe even that it would have been been better, had it been shorter? That surely happens a lot to me, especially when it comes to romances. Well, this is one of those rare cases that the opposite happened. This book could definitely use a little more space. This is an amazing, wonderful and unique romance that would have been so much better if it had been longer. It's still a 5 star read, but I could easily see it goin...more
Having passed on this the first time because I didn't think I would like it, I went back and picked it up after loving Delicious. I didn't enjoy this one as well, mainly because I did not like Gigi and Camden as much. I felt less sympathy for them because their unhappiness was caused by their own immaturity and pettiness. One of the things I loved about Delicious was that the characters faced serious social and personal obstacles that could be overcome only with great perseverence. The ten-year...more
Sara Gonçalves
Devo dizer que este livro foi uma revelação para mim. Apesar de uma sinopse um tanto quanto parecida com o livro que li anteriormente (O casamento do Ano), a história deste consegue distanciar-se bastante do primeiro, e cativar-me muito mais.
O início do livro não me puxou logo, mas à medida que o enredo ia-se aprofundando fui gostando cada vez mais dele acabando num fim lindíssimo.
No entanto apesar do casal protagonista de traços fortes, a história que me cativou ainda mais foi os momentos pas...more
4.5/5 stars. Have you ever read a book where you hoped for a melancholy ending? Not that I wanted an unhappy story, but something in tune with the rest of the book. This book started out as a tragic comedy of bad-timing, misunderstandings, and deception. It was a tale of a woman who deceived a man into marriage, only to find him gone for the next 10 years out of anger.

The book was witty and quite good. I loved the author's humor whenever Lord Frederick was compared to the dessert-du-jour. I beli...more
Elphaba J
É fácil, para quem já teve oportunidade de folhear Um Amor Quase Perfeito, perceber o porque deste livro ser tão aclamado, ora vejamos, as suas personagens são maravilhosas, o retrato da época é perfeito, o seu argumento vai arrebatar o leitor e a escrita, perspicaz, deixará qualquer um preso e ansioso por mais um folgo, uma página, de Lorde e Lady Tremaine.
Este é o meu primeiro romance de Sherry Thomas e estou conquistada, a autora proporciona uma história que derreterá os mais gélidos corações...more
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Sherry Thomas writes both historical romance and young adult fantasy.

On the romance side, she is one of the most acclaimed authors working in the genre today, her books regularly receiving starred reviews and best-of-the-year honors from trade publications. She is also a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® Award.

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“Tenderness, that most alien and disconcerting of emotions, swelled and billowed in her. She picked up a cherry and stared down at the soft, bright-red fruit. “I love you.”
The last time she'd declared her love he'd thrown it right back in her face. She waited uncertainly for his response. She didn't even have to wait a second. He leaned over and kissed her on the mouth. “I love you more.”

- Gigi and Camden”
“«She sat at the bow of a pleasure craft a stone's throw away, under the shade of a white parasol, a diligent tourist out to reap all the beauty and charm Copenhagen had to offer. She studied him with a distressed concentration, as if she couldn't quite remember who he was. As if she didn't want to. He looked different. His hair reached down to his nape, and he'd sported a full beard for the past two years. Their eyes met. She bolted upright from the chair. The parasol fell from her hand, clanking against the deck. She stared at him, her face pale, her gaze haunted. He'd never seen her like this, not even on the day he left her. She was stunned, her composure flayed, her vulnerability visible for miles. As her boat glided past him, she picked up her skirts and ran along the port rail, her eyes never leaving his. She stumbled over a line in her path and fell hard. His heart clenched in alarm, but she barely noticed, scrambling to her feet. She kept running until she was at the stern and could not move another inch closer to him (…) Gigi didn't move from her rigid pose at the rail, but she suddenly looked worn down, as if she'd been standing there, in that same spot, for all the eighteen hundred and some days since she'd last seen him. She still loved him. The thought echoed wildly in his head, making him hot and dizzy. She still loved him.»” 11 likes
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