Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Arrangement 14, by H.M. Ward

Sean Ferro is a liar. Everything he's ever told me melts away until only the truth remains and I don't like what I see. Gabe tried to warn me, but I didn't understand the depths of Sean's corruption until he let them take me away. 

After everything we've been through, I'm crushed but I refuse to accept this fate. Screw that, I'm not dying tonight. 

The Arrangement 14: The Ferro Family (The Arrangement, #14)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My ARC review:

CONFLICTS & REVELATIONS. Another stellar volume in The Arrangement series.

I am so emotionally invested in these characters, it's not even funny. H.M. Ward knows how to write a suspenseful story and how to play with her readers' emotions. Avery's life is filled with conflict, on ALL levels, and all I want to do at this point is give her that much needed hug (and shake her by the shoulders a bit). Every which way, she is torn & must make life altering decisions yet there doesn't seem to be a clear path towards her well deserved "Happy Ever After". What started out as a love story is now a complexe mystery, where anyone can be hiding behind lies and deceit. Sean SEEMS to have put all his cards on the table and now the next move is Avery's... what will she do? It's a Sean Ferro Revelationfest! I hope there is some happiness coming Avery and Sean's way soon; I don't know how much more my poor heart can take.

I do have the satisfaction to say "I knew it!" when something is revealed that I suspected since very early on (which is extremely rare since H.M. Ward is so unpredictable!).

Technical stuff: It took me 2 hours to read this volume.

The Arrangement series: 
This is a love story between Sean Ferro, a sexy, powerful & slightly deranged multi-millionaire with a tormented past and Avery Stanz, a college student who resorts to being a call girl in order to survive against all odds. It is fan driven series which means that H.M. Ward listens to what her fans want or expect and writes according to their input, often stumping them to avoid predictability. As long as her fans want more, she gives us more. It’s an interactive experience like no other. For new “Arrangement” readers: don’t let the number of volumes discourage you. They read really fast and they are ADDICTIVE! (see section on "H.M. Ward's serials for more info on the format).

The Ferro Family:
This is a Ferro Family series about Sean Ferro. Other Ferro Family titles are Damaged (Peter Ferro) & Stripped (Jonathan Ferro) and The Proposition (Bryan Ferro, aka the Ferro cousin). You don't have to read the other Ferro Family books if you want to get into The Arrangement but if you like H.M. Ward's books, you may want to read all of them. The Ferro Family books are contemporary "new adult" romance stories involving characters mostly in their 20's (college aged women & slightly older men).

Reading order: Although each series is stand alone & can be read in any order, if you are planning on reading all of the Ferro Family books, I recommend reading them in the order they were published to avoid any spoilers from one series to the next since they cross-over at multiple points in the timeline.

Books in order of publication date: 
The Arrangement 1-4
Damaged 1
The Arrangement 5-7
Damaged 2
The Arrangement 8-9
The Arrangement 10-11
The Proposition 1
The Arrangement 12
The Proposition 2
The Arrangement 13-14

H.M. Ward's serials:
Serials are shorter books (approximately 130 pages in print: 1/4 to 1/3 of a full-length novel) that come out more frequently than full-length novels (about 1 per month). They start off abruptly from where the previous book ended and end with a cliffhanger,  often leaving the reader begging for the next volume. Being shorter books, serials don't recap events that occur in previous volumes, so it's best to start off with book 1. I read at an average speed and each volume takes me about 1 to 2 hours to read.

Video Teaser:
It's finally here! THE ARRANGEMENT VIDEO TEASER. **Do NOT watch it if you aren't totally obsessed, b/c you will be.** This is so awesome, you're gonna die. Share with everyone and encourage your friends to share too... the powers that be (tv executives) are watching. If you want a Ferro show badly enough, it'll come to be. Without out further adieu... THE ARRANGEMENT video teaser.

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