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A Daring Arrangement

Narrated by: Roxy Isles
Series: The Four Hundred Series, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4 out of 5 stars (80 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Lady Honora Parker must get engaged as soon as possible, and only a particular type of man will do. Nora seeks a mate so abhorrent, so completely unacceptable, that her father will reject the match - leaving her free to marry the artist she desires. Who then is the most appalling man in Manhattan? The wealthy, devilishly handsome financier Julius Hatcher, of course!

Julius is intrigued by Nora's ruse and decides to play along. But, to Nora's horror, Julius transforms himself into the perfect fiancé, charming the very people she hoped he would offend. It seems Julius has a secret plan of his own - one that will solve a dark mystery from his past and perhaps turn him into the kind of man Nora could truly love.

©2017 Joanna Shupe (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Very enjoyable read

I enjoyed the whole premise of the book.--Good English girl seeking an unsuitable American to avoid marriage.

clever plot, enjoyed the witty dialogue.

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MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT THE HERIONE!!

This is my first Joanna Shupe book. I am having mixed feeling about the storyline but not the author. I will read more books by her.

Lady Nora Parker the only child of the Earl of Stratton has been caught kissing and artist and her father immediately sends her to America. She is too stay with her Aunt Beatrice and Uncle James Cortland. Nora is after all the daughter of a distinguish Earl and from a aristocratic family. Her father will never allow her to marry a lowly poor artist. The story starts out in 1890 London and moves to New York city during the time of the Knickerbockers. The beginnings of the Wall Street the financial District of America. Nora wants to return home to her fiancé Robert. She comes up with a scheme to find a fake fiancé and start a scandal with him in American. Once her father hears of it he will demand her to come home to London.

Julius Hatcher is Filthy Rich one of the riches young men in New York. He is a stock magnet and knows when to buy and when to sale. His Huge Fortune, Handsome looks and is know to be a scandalous Rogue captures Nora's eye. This is the man she need to help her get back to Robert.

Well of course the two eventually find themselves sexually attracted to each other and there attraction grows each day until they explode. At first I thought maybe just maybe Nora had not given her virginity to Robert the artist. The author leads your to believe that her and Robert where just caught kissing at a ball. But we find out they did much more then kissing. Her lack of virginity does not bother Julius. He admires her for her fearlessness. But for me she comes off a bit of a immature shrew. I found myself hoping Julius whom I loved. He is a Mans Mans. would go back to his actress mistress Poppy Desmond. I don't know why I never could really like Nora. Maybe its because she is deceiving everyone in to thinking she is an innocent until nearly the end of the story. Julius has a great story and he is very well written. He save the story for me.

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Didn’t care for heroine but enjoyed the book

I couldn’t fully enjoy the story as I really disliked the heroine. I just don’t understand this tendency in modern romance writers to create a strong likeable male characters and make an idiot of a heroine.
In this case, Julius is handsome, intelligent and noble, Nora, on the other hand, is selfish, immature shrew who lucks any common sense and good judgement. Her scheme to ruin herself in order to come back to England and marry her artist lover is stupid and idiotic.....
However, with all of that said, story was engaging and kept me listening until the very happy end....


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Great story and good narration..


I really enjoyed this story. It was more than just a love story. It was about a fake fiancé that Nora needed to convince her father to demand she return to London for New York. And the man that Nora thought she loved who showed up in New York and caused all kinds of problems, even the death of 20-something people, all just to kill the man she’d fallen in love with, Julius. It was nice to read something better than 384 pages of just a love story. Oh, and Julius’s mother and sister were real jerks.

There were 2 explicit sex scenes and the F-bomb was used 10 times.

As to the narration: Roxy Isles wasn’t perfect but her male voices were good enough that I didn’t cringe every time a man spoke. Her problem was all she did was yell when she was supposed to. She never whispered or laughed when it was called for and those are important emotions.

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Good story, poor narration

Joanna Shupe writes another enjoyable one. Like the characters but did not care for the narration of male characters.

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Another awesome shupe romance

I love her stories. She puts so much action,logic,history and awesome hot romance. Please narrate more of her books with good narrators. There's only a few and she's so talented.

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Ron Vineyard

An absolutely wonderfully written book by an obviously brilliant writer. So very glad I discovered it .

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