Arranged marriage was the norm for centuries. Romantic love is a modern notion.
When Anne Blythe learns that his long time boyfriend, Stuart, is cheatiArranged marriage was the norm for centuries. Romantic love is a modern notion.
When Anne Blythe learns that his long time boyfriend, Stuart, is cheating on her, she ends their relationship and decides to find a new man. This time, she vows to herself not to fall for dark-haired and blue-eyed man anymore. Anne has a type, yes, and all of her ex-boyfriends have that similar look. But it’s hard to be alone, especially when your ex-boyfriend is already married, your brother is expecting the fourth child, and your best friend is planning her wedding. Anne wants to have her own family, and this time, she’s willing to try anything. That’s when Blythe & Company starts to look like a great idea.
Blythe & Company is an arranged marriage service with ninety-five percent success rate. Impressive, right? Jack seems like a great match. He’s handsome, a bit snarky in a good way, and a brilliant writer. Will this be a happily-ever-after that Anne dreams of?
In my humble opinion, there are two reasons why you fall in love with a book. One, because that book is made of epicness, awesomeness, and oh-gosh-so-different-so-original-ness. Second, because you can associate yourself with the main character and you see yourself in him/her. In Arranged, the second reason applies.
You know, there are moments when you read a book and you think, ‘Wait. Someone just wrote my whole story in pages. This. Story of my life.” Well, those moments happened to me a handful times. Sometimes it creeps me how similar I am with the main character. Sometimes, just like this situation, it enlightens my view.
Anne is a hopeless romantic. After all, she’s named after Anne from Anne of Green Gables. She believes that romance should be like a fairytale. You meet your amazing knight-in-the-shining-armor, and you end up living your happily-ever-after. Me, being a romantic, believes in the same thing. Marriage is supposed to be the moment you unite with your long-awaited lover and run to your amazing future together, right? (Preferably with sunset in the background.)
It was impossible to part myself from Arranged when I read it. I understand Anne’s feeling way too well that sometimes it scared me. I know very well that it may be dangerous to get absorbed into the story too much, but sometimes… you just can’t help yourself. I felt for Anne, and prayed for her happiness throughout the story. When I finished the book, I still brought it along in my bag just because I didn’t want to part with it too soon. That was the first time I understand the phrase, ‘You’ve read a good book when you feel like losing a friend in the end.’
Er, sorry. This is such a messy review. To summarize, Arranged is a wonderful story that would appeal to romantic readers. The characters are lively and the stories flow too well you can’t stop reading. It’s romantic, funny, and sweet. You should read it and when you’re done, you can come to me so we can have a good chat about the ending. Don’t worry, it’s a good ending… I think. ;)
An arranged marriage is not going to happen. Because it costs ten grand. Because it’s a crazy idea. Because I’m not going to marry a complete stranger. Because marriage is about love.
I think Rachel is too nice, Darcy is way too spoiled, and Dex is too perfect. I can bear the love-triangle, but I can't stand why Rachel sticks to DarI think Rachel is too nice, Darcy is way too spoiled, and Dex is too perfect. I can bear the love-triangle, but I can't stand why Rachel sticks to Darcy if Darcy annoys Rachel so much. Rachel gets my sympathy after all, the way she can't defend herself and her goodness.
I adore the writing! The story seems flowing because of the good writing, and I've already felt like watching a movie when I read the book. Even before I watch the movie. I think the idea of love-triangle is kind of old, but the author can make it into a good book. Maybe I'll read the second book, Something Blue. I have to see Darcy growing up, finally....more
Stephanie Plum loses her job. Her life is a mess, and she desperately needs a job to pay the bills. Well, a girl has to eat, so she goes to Vinnie, heStephanie Plum loses her job. Her life is a mess, and she desperately needs a job to pay the bills. Well, a girl has to eat, so she goes to Vinnie, her cousin in a law office, and finally gets a job, a bail-bond. The job is pretty easy for Stephanie, she’ll only have to get the chases to police, and she’ll 10% of their guarantee fee. It should be easy, right?
Stephanie’s first chased is Joseph Morelli. He wasn’t only a police, he was the ‘first lover’ for Stephanie too. Morelli is charged for killing. The only reason that Stephanie takes the case is Morelli’s guarantee fee. It was 100.000$, and if Stephanie catches Morelli and bring him to the police, she’ll get 10.000$.
The cat and mouse game begins. Stephanie, with her unbelievable luckiness, meets Morelli many times. Even Morelli ever save her when she’s in dangerous scene. Morelli tries to tell her that he isn’t guilty, but it’s hard to believe. Too many times Morelli had fooled her. Stephanie wouldn’t forget that Morelli is the one who played ‘train’ with her when she is six years old. And took her in the bakery, behind the pastry counter, ten years after.
I love the book, especially part when Stephanie does something cool as stealing Morelli’s car, his shining Cherokee. Stephanie tries her best to become the real bail-bond. She takes quick courses and advices from a professional bail-bond guy, Ranger. She also practices gun every afternoon with his best friend, because of Morelli’s insult when she couldn’t bring herself to shoot him. Stephanie’s character is witty and strong, and Morelli is the cutest bad guy. The humor in this book is made perfectly, and I laughed all along the story. Great humor mixes with slightly romance.
Beware for Indonesian Edition, the translation isn’t good enough. The translator doesn’t make a consistency between using casual tone or formal tone, and it keeps changing. Sometimes he uses ‘saya’ then ‘aku’ then ‘gua’. Moreover, he really translates some curses here into Indonesian, as shit to ‘tai’ or bitch to ‘jablai’. Makes me kind of losing the atmosphere, gezz! ...more
Interesting and fun! The heroine characters are beautiful, sexy, and somehow nice in the middle of their demonic jobs. There are many great brands eveInteresting and fun! The heroine characters are beautiful, sexy, and somehow nice in the middle of their demonic jobs. There are many great brands everywhere. Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, and Chanel. Even the Greatest Satan here wears Chanel and Hermes scarf! ...and She is the only woman I’ve ever seen who makes an Hermès scarf look like a scarf and not an advertisement for the size of her bank account...
However, I'm a little bored in the middle of this book. The problem here doesn't really have the strong roof. I kind of compare this book with Succubus series by Richelle Mead. Problem of Lily (the main character) is easier than Georgina. Lily can have sex with a man without kill him or steal his souls, unlike Georgina. But, she'll kill a man right away after they come into climax. They'll be turned into a dust, which will be cleaned by some cute Satan's subordinate. It kind of surprised me at first. :)
After all, this book is worth as a light-reading. Well, where you can find four kinds of succubus heroines with different temptations: eroticism, desire, greed, and sex? ...more