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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  4,441 ratings  ·  620 reviews
There were rules in the cash-for-beauty game. The money held the power. The beauty followed the rules and jumped through the hoops.

I knew what everyone would think if they knew the truth about my marriage. They'd be shocked and appalled. And rightly so. I was a young, modern, independent woman, and I'd done the unthinkable. I'd sold my virginity to a spoiled, rich
Paperback, 1st Edition, 438 pages
Published April 22nd 2019 by R.K. Lilley
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2 Stars. And that's a hell of a stretch.

**********Spoilers, maybe**********

Ever heard the expression "beating a dead horse"?

Okay, I obviously didn’t pick up this book because of its…. original theme. Believe me, I’ve had my share of "tall, slim hipped, broad shouldered magnificent creatures" and I think I’ve reached my limit. In my fictional life, unfortunately of course. I prefer more… how should I put it… human-like characters these days. You know, more rugged, more flawed, more real, less per

“He hated me on principle, and he fascinated me in spite of myself.”

If you’ve been reading my reviews for a few years, you’d know that I am utter and complete R.K. Lilley trash. Not only is my favorite sex scene of all-time in Bad Things, but R.K. Lilley proves again and again that she truly is out here writing all the sexiest of scenes in the romance genre. And even though I didn’t love Arranged completely, the sex scenes in this were so fucking hot that I feel like I need a glass o
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First things first- I love Rebecca, she's the sweetest human and a kickass writer. I've fallen for all her men and fallen hard.
This book though released after a long gap, I didn't care!! I grabbed it soonest and devoured it.
Its full of volcanic emotions on both ends of the spectrum. There's raging passion and blood curdling hostility, wounding everyone when they collide. A battlefield of personalities where everybody loses in the end


She has created an asshole of the degenerate Degree- Calder Ban
Spoilers -
Another case of same shit, different book.

First of all, what the ever-loving fuck was that ending? Why was it so rushed? For what reason, please? We need more. So Noura finally forgave him and took him back. What happened next???? You can’t just finish the book at this point and then give a unsatisfying and generic epilogue. I’m convinced my copy just didn’t have the actual last chapter because that wasn’t a fucking ending.

Nevertheless, I liked how the author made the hero grovel so m
Dilek VT
Apr 24, 2019 marked it as nope
Nope because he is a disgusting pig!

Oh, if you read the review, please also read the comments - especially the one about how he takes her virginity, how he doesn't even care if he hurt her.
Fre06 Begum
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Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
He hated me on principle, and he fascinated me in spite of myself.

I love RK Lilley's brand of angst. So of course the second I saw she has a new book coming out, I jumped on it with a rabidness of a starving squirrel. That analogy made sense, right? No? Whatever. Just go with me here.

Arranged marriages are my jam and bullheaded, broody, and brokenly mean heroes are my crack. So of course the blurb to this book hooked me, line and sinker. The irony of my rating is that I DEVOUR
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a lot of fun!

I'm glad to say the author is back.

Honestly this book had everything – literally everything I love about this author’s writing.

The OTT alpha male hotness, her signature writing style, and a tough heroine that surprised the heck out of me. It was an all around awesome read that I devoured.

The angst level wasn’t all consuming either – which I loved. Or maybe what I perceive as ANGST isn’t exactly what everyone else thinks of it. Either way, I was absolutely ok with the level
Jennifer Kyle
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 I really liked this one Stars ⭐️
• Jodi Bibliophile •
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
I didn't love it. I wanted to so bad, as the whole Arranged Marriage thing is so my cup of tea, especially when the dude is a complete arsehole, and let me tell you, Calder Banks Castelo is a BIG ONE. As much as I loved how mean he was, something was just off. It was super hot, but I needed more and found myself skimming the pages and I only do that when I'm getting bored and desperate to just finish.

If you're looking for a book that's full of sex, an arsehole alpha and a heroine who is a bit of
Apr 23, 2019 marked it as nope-nope-nope
You authors need to get a new schtick. Virgins, cheating heros, mean heros etc etc arent making the cut anymore. I dont even think authors generally write anymore cause they love it. They just throw books together to make money, find a bunch of ppl who will give 5 stars to anything, rinse and repeat
Yvette (Booksandbandanas)
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Whether RK writes sexy, romantic, grab your heart out of your chest stomp all over it and leave you with an ending to make you want to throw your kindle out the window, whether it be smutty, funny, fun. Whether she writes soft, hard, smooth. Whether she makes me wait for a million years for that next story.


She always leaves me breathless with her words, characters, plots, and feels. Maybe it’s because I’ve waited so damn long for her next book of ma
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'm confused

So the story was nowhere original but it was ok. I like these hate to love books, but I have thoughts.
- We have the two main characters POV and we only learn about their past in the last third of the story. That annoys me so bad. If you don't want to spill the tea until the big finale, don't write from the hero/heroine's POV. It's that simple.
- So Banks agrees to marry a stranger to have his father's money to save his business. Then, after everything goes to shit, Banks says to Nou
Claire Contreras
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I'll be back with a review :) * ...more
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
3 - 3.5 STARS

For probably 85% of this book, I was pretty certain I was reading my next 5 STAR read. I was so into it. Arranged had all the angsty push and pull of The Unwanted Wife, one of my all time favorite marriage of convenience romance novels. Calder Banks Castelo is such a jerk, he does some deplorable things and I seriously loved the book because of it. If you go read some other reviews, you can easily find out what he does and a lot of those reviews are why I bought the book and devoure
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4-4.5 ⭐'s

I was so happy that R.K. Lilley was coming out with a new book. I love her writing style...angsty, with something edgy and usually tabooish with no holds barred.

I can see how this book could be a bit much for some people. The whole arranged marriage to a virgin, how Noura's life is set up, her life as a model and especially his "other" arrangement.

Of course, for me...I loved all that stuff (except the dieting model) and I would have loved even more angst (naturally). Still, I was suc
Saira Moodley (BookedMercy)
Apr 23, 2019 marked it as read-but-cant-rate
Wtfffff? Safety at the end.
I love this author. I really do. I read in flight like once every month. So I was really looking forward to this book. Had such a great plot and the writing was phenomenal butttt damn my heart can’t take the cheating no matter the reasons. And the way he treated her. I feel the heroine should have never forgiven him. And in my eyes he wasn’t redeemable (even though the heroine took months to forgive him!!). I continued till the end because of my love for the author. Bu
Apr 23, 2019 marked it as not-going-to-read
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Apr 12, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This author is amazing and I can't freaking wait for this book!!!🔥🔥💞💞 ...more
It's great to have something new !!

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I luv this authors work so much. She would be one of my Unicorn authors. I've luvd her books from the very start and everyone is my favourite. So when I seen she was finally releasing a new book I was so excited. But I did get a lil nervous seeing a few reviews that were mixed about it. But I should of known that I would of luvd it and I did. I really enjoyed the story. I was dying to see how things were goin to between Noura and Banks / Calder.

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I'm a sucker for Asshole Hero stories. It's been a long time since I read an asshole hero book that was worth the ride, but I found everything I could ask for and more with this story and I couldn't put it down. Calder was forced to marry Noura in order to keep his inheritance, and he used every opportunity and hateful word he could to shatter Noura and make her life hell. Calder really put poor Noura through the paces. I loved experiencing Calder detest everything about Noura, but still not be
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
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When you think you won’t get books as good as this one and RK Lilley comes out of her hiatus and drops THE MOST EPIC STORY on you. That’s what Arranged is.

”In love there’s no free will.  That’s how I know it’s real.  I couldn’t stop it and I can’t deny it.  This is it for me.”

Noura is looking for a better life so she decides to offer herself to marry a wealthy person. Calder needs a wife but it’s the last thing he wants. Their relationship is tumultuous, volatile, sexy as sin, and rom
Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
3.5 - 4 stars

I liked this one. My GR buddy loaned this one to me. I got The Unwanted Wife and So Wild A Heart vibes from it - not huge but small vibes. 2 of my fave books so I rated it high. I liked the h. The H was emotionally manipulated by the OW since he was young - hence the SWAH reference. His coldness and cruelty to the h gave me the TUW vibe.

I called this one a mini-grovel - not a full grovel as some of other grovels I've read, but it qualifies as a mini - I won't spoil it - you'll have
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing

First let me preface this by saying this book is not for everyone. I was scared off by some reviews because of the names he calls her, the description of how he treats her, etc., I really did enjoy it. Does he call her vile names, does he mistreat her? Yes. I’m not going to sugar coat that. He does. This is certainly a bully romance (adult style), and I love bully romance.

I will say that the chemistry in the bed room is fire. The weak willed woman people claim the heroine is is n
Dora Koutsoukou
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 ❤️❤️❤️❤️⚡️🔥⚡️💥⚡️🌟🌟🌟🌟s❣️

R. K. Lilley’s writing was superb and her profile of the main characters was striking!!! Cardel was such a great arsehole and Noura slightly unnerving. The whole story brought out plenty of emotions and most of them were not cheerful! However this book gripped me and couldn’t put it down.
The last chapter, or else the epilogue, seemed rather rushed and abrupt.
May 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was an OK read but it needed more of them falling in love. One dimensional characters with not much depth to them.
Spoilers ahead, 1.5*


Well I'm actually speechless but let me get into it a bit

18 year old model Noura has been on her own and struggling to get ahead for years. With the death of both of her parents and a countdown clock in mind on her modeling career she decides to enter the bride catalogue, basically selling herself into marriage....her virginity is a bonus.
Banks is bitter and angry at his bride, he didn't want to marry but his father made it a condition of his financial backing. Banks lost
Lisa Zimmerman Ward (Dirty Blonde Books)
I devoured this book immediately.
It was a “hide the Kindle under the cover, so I don’t wake my husband” kind of night.
I did get as far as turning it off and laying it on the nightstand a few times, but just minutes later after wondering what was going to happen next, back under the covers, I’d go.
I was quickly pulled into the story and didn’t want to crawl out until I knew the conclusion.

It’s ironic how much I love grouchy mean assholes in books, but would never want to be in the same room with
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R.K. Lilley has been a writer since she can remember, but has held down some interesting jobs to pay the bills. For several years she was a first class flight attendant, and she always swore that she just had to write a book about it. Mixing her love of romance and all things BDSM, the Up In the Air Trilogy is her debut into the world of contempary romance and erotica. She is currently working on ...more

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