The Arrangement (The Survivors' Club, #2) – Mary Balogh
Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh, is blind, but you’d never know it by looking at him. With his uncanny ability to seemingly look right at you when he’s speaking, it’s no wonder people are confused. Nevertheless, he can’t see. And to his family, this makes him helpless. Helpless to live alone, helpless to run the estate, and above all, helpless to choose a suitable bride. It’s that last part that ends up causing Vincent to quite literally run for the hills.
Sophia Fry hardly ever goes by that name. Usually, she is ‘the mouse’ if any name is used at all. She’s content, if not exactly happy, to hide quietly in the corner and observe people while her cousin Henrietta commands the attention of everyone in the room.
When Vincent arrives at his old family home next door, Henrietta quickly decides to marry him. Sophia’s interruption of those plans can only cause trouble, but is it worth it to save Vincent from a horrible marriage? The consequences are even more dangerous than Sophia knows, and Vincent will soon realize he is the only person who can help her. The clock is ticking on their futures, but will they figure out the truth in time?
This second book in the Survivors’ Club series really got to me. Learning about Sophia’s past as she comes out her shell is a shining example of character building as it should be, and Vincent’s fight for independence is wonderfully and interestingly written. The way the characters are all interwoven between the books in the series is pretty fantastic. Mary Balogh should really be renamed Romance’s Fairy Godmother because of how her stories are woven together. The series she writes always flow so perfectly from one book to another, and it’s always sad when they end (or when you have to wait for the next book to come out!). No second book slump here! Just a good old fashioned romance with a dash of steamy. Highly recommended if you like romances full of intelligent, likable, complex characters.
HHC Rating: 5 Stars
Other Reviews in this Series & By This Author: The Bedwyns/ “Slightlys”:: Book 0.5 – One Night for Love Book 0.75 – A Summer To Remember Book 1 – Slightly Married Book 2 – Slightly Wicked Book 3 – Slightly Scandalous Book 4 – Slightly Tempted Book 5 – Slightly Sinful Book 6 – Slightly Dangerous Book 6.5 – Once Upon A Dream The “Simplys”:: Book 1 – Simply Unforgettable Book 2 – Simply Love Book 3 – Simply Magic Book 4 – Simply Perfect The Huxtables:: Book 1 – First Comes Love Book 2 – Then Comes Seduction Book 3 – At Last Comes Love Book 4 – Seducing And Angel Book 5 – A Secret Affair The Survivors’ Club:: Book 1 – The Proposal Book 1.5 – The Suitor Book 2 – The Arrangement *(This Review)* Book 3 – The Escape Book 4 – Only Enchanting Book 5 – Only A Promise Book 6 – Only A Kiss Book 7 – Only Beloved The Westcotts:: Book 1 – Someone to Love Book 2 – Someone To Hold Book 3 – Someone to Wed Book 4 – Someone to Care Book 5 – Someone to Trust Book 6 – Someone to Honor Book 7 – Someone to Remember Book 8 – Someone to Romance (2020) Book 9 – TK – Harry