Length: 56,000 words approx.
1895. New York.
Gabriel Webster’s pack is in trouble. His father’s failing health and his mother’s untimely death mean that the vultures are circling. It won’t be long before his family’s assets are stripped and his pack disbanded. When an offer of help arrives in the form of a marriage of convenience, he has little choice but to accept.
The arrangement would be the perfect solution, if not for one thing. Gabriel is to marry Nathaniel Hayward, the Alpha who was badly injured in the accident that killed his brother ten years before—and the man Gabriel has been in love with for as long as he can remember.
Trapped in a business arrangement masquerading as a marriage — in a strange, empty house with a damaged husband who barely tolerates him — isn’t what Gabriel expected from life.
But sometimes the last thing we want is the beginning of something more.
And an ending can be the start of something beautiful.
Can I just tell you to go read this? It’s one of those books that will have you smiling when you finish, and that’s the most important part, right? Need more than that?
Okay then. I loved Gabriel and Nathaniel. For Gabriel, it is obvious to the reader his feelings for Nathaniel since the story is told from Gabriel’s point of view. And he’s had those feelings for quite a long time, but was resigned to never getting to explore that. But you know, things can and do change, and while Nathaniel’s offer of a marriage of convenience may not seem ideal since it doesn’t seem Gabriel’s feelings are mutual, what we get to see is the gradual breaking down of walls as Gabriel appears to slowly ease his way into Nathaniel’s life…and can it be…heart? Hmmm…
I really liked the unhurried pace of their relationship development. It feels natural, and like Gabriel is defrosting the icy, rigid outer shell Nathaniel has that makes him seem aloof and reserved. But there’s more to it than that; you know there has to be since there’s the whole accident in the past that’s hanging over their heads. There’s also the possible threat of unscrupulous family members maybe trying to get their hands on Gabriel’s pack’s possessions, though that’s more like very faint background noise in this story.
The great part about the slow pace of their relationship? The courting we get to see Gabriel undertake. It’s sweet and swoon-worthy, and it was at that point in the story that the smile started settling in on my face. :-)
Though this story is related to the author’s Alpha’s Homestead series, and some characters from that series do make an appearance, it is not necessary to read those books before starting The Arrangement (but go read them anyway, it’s a great series!). I thoroughly enjoyed the sweetness of this story, and that it wasn’t high-angst. This book was a 4.5-star read for me, and I absolutely recommend it to any M/M romance reader, whether you like historical, wolves, or both. Note that you’re not going to be seeing characters changing back and forth from human to wolf—this story is concentrated on Gabriel and Nathaniel’s relationship, and they just happen to be pack. This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and some sexual content (and be prepared to wait for that!).
About the Author
After spending far too long creating stories in her head, Alex finally plucked up the courage to write them down and realized it was quite fun seeing them on the page after all.
Free from aspirations of literary greatness, Alex simply hopes to entertain by spinning a good yarn of love and life, wrapped up with a happy ending. Although, if her characters have to go through Hell to get there, she’s a-okay with that.
With only a dysfunctional taste in music and a one-eyed dog to otherwise fill her days, Alex writes and walks on the South Coast of England—even when her heart and spellcheck are in New York.
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