My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Hot damn! THIS is why H.M. Ward is my favourite author! A SERIOUSLY FRACKENTABULOUS read!
On The Arrangement 15: The Ferro Family: I LOVED IT! LOVED IT! LOVED IT! I love that you can never tell where this story is going yet you know it will blow you away and have you reeling at the end.
It is beautifully written, in true H.M. Ward style and gave me goosebumps and shivers the whole way through. She has the knack for emotional description and character evolution.
Controversial for die-hard fans but I loved every aspect of it. It is heartfelt and it made me happy (I'm gonna get slapped for this one) to see certain unexpected turn of events. This is a complicated love story and sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do. Sometimes, you need a good friend to help you get through rough times and sometimes, an author just needs to do what she needs to do for character evolution's sake. I love where this story is going!!! She took a risk and it worked!
This book is undoubtebly an important tie-in to the eventual Broken Promises novel about Trystan Scott, due to come out sometime soon.
For newbie The Arrangement: The Ferro Family readers, this is a series like no other. It's a never ending series of short novels that have you running the gamut of possible emotions with tons of twists and turns. It's quite the experience and one of my all-time favourite series. Contemporary new adult romance with language and sexual content (although this one is not so heavy on the sexual content compared to other volumes)
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy from the author for honest review.
About the Ferro family books:
The Arrangement is a Ferro Family story about Sean Ferro. Other Ferro Family titles are Damaged (Peter Ferro Granz, Sean's brother), Stripped (Jonathan Ferro, Sean's other brother), The Proposition (Bryan Ferro, the cousin) and The Wedding Contract (Nick Ferro, the other cousin). You don't have to read the other Ferro Family books to get into The Arrangement but if you like H.M. Ward's books, you may want to read all of them (see note on suggested reading order below). The Ferro Family books are contemporary "new adult" romance stories involving characters mostly in their 20's (college aged women & slightly older men).
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.
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 (see below) to avoid any spoilers from one series to the next since they cross-over at multiple points in the timeline and seem to follow the chronological order of the story so far (although the jury is still out on when exactly the events of The Proposition occur in relation to the other series).
However, if your afraid of confusing characters and plots by constantly switching from one series to the next, you may want to read the series in this order: Damaged ---> The Arrangement ---> Stripped ---> The Proposition ---> The Wedding Contract.
Books in order of publication date:
The Arrangement 1-4
The Arrangement 5-7
The Arrangement 8-9
The Arrangement 10-11
The Proposition 1
The Arrangement 12
The Proposition 2
The Arrangement 13-14
The Proposition 3-4Ferro Family Tree:
The Wedding Contract
The Arrangement 15
The Wedding Contract
The Arrangement 15
Screen adaptation update:
H.M. Ward is working hard on bringing the Ferro Family story to the screen. It's looking like it may be a web series. Here are some current updates, as per H.M. Ward herself on her Facebook page:
"A sneak peek at what's to come. :-) Full details will be released in the next week or so. In the mean time I will tease you. Bwuahahah. And since you're going to ask AR 15 is next." - May 16th 2014
"HUGE things are going on with the Ferro clan. A TV/ Web series is coming. Im helping with it to make sure the characters are awesome, & to give more insight into their lives. it'll b awesome!!! Plus more, that I can't say yet.!" - May 9th 2014
"There's a script being written about the FERRO guys right now. It's pretty good too. Im impressed and nothing impresses me. Damn good script writer. Can't wait for that." - May 2nd 2014
"Calling all actors and singers - here's your big chance! I'm looking for new faces. Make a demo reel, upload it to your site. youtube or whatever, and get ready. Casting calls will start soon for THE ARRANGEMENT. BE READY!" - April 2nd 2014
Ferro Videos from H.M. Ward's YouTube channel:
THE WEDDING CONTRACT:
SEXY NEW ADULT VIDEO TEASER BY NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER HM WARD:
THE ARRANGEMENT VOL 1 - READ BY THE AUTHOR!:
Songs in Ferro teaser videos:
If you want to purchase the songs featured in the Ferro teaser videos, here are the links:
Hungry, by Saints of Silence (on iTunes):
A Girl Like Me, by Dream Valley Music (on CD Baby):