I’ve always been really intrigued by the Sugar lifestyle (Daddy, Momma, and Baby). As soon as I read the description for “The Arrangement”, I knew I had to get my hands on this book.
Twenty-one year old, Natalie (Nat) is on the phone with her father. This is the first time they have spoken in years. Unfortunately, she has no one else she can turn to. Nat tells her father that she’s been arrested.
A few months earlier:
Nat hasn’t been in New York very long but she loves it. She’s a young art student with big plans.
After a night out, Nat wakes up hung-over and has to deal with her angry roommates. They are always upset with her about something and since her name isn’t on the lease, they have the power to kick her out at any time.
Nat knows it’s not supposed to be easy, especially for an artist. But money is getting very tight. Her classmate, Ava sure doesn’t seem to have the same financial issues that Nat does. She doesn’t understand how Ava can afford to live in such a fancy apartment and wear such fancy clothing.
Ava tells her about a website that matches young women with rich older men. Men who will happily pay for fancy dinners and beautiful gifts. They will even help with bills and rent. The website is called “The Sugar Bowl“. Nat had heard of sugar babies but she didn’t think it was that common. She had no idea Ava was a Sugar Baby. It’s a mutually beneficial agreement for both parties. Ava tells her that all she has to do is look pretty. When Nat asks about sex, Ava tells her that sexual favors are optional.
One night, Nat is completely overwhelmed with the fact that her rent and tuition are coming due and she doesn’t have the money to pay them. She recalls her conversation with Ava and sends her a text…
“I want in“
Before she knows it she has a Sugar Baby profile. Ava warns her that the lifestyle is addictive, but Nat decides she’s just going to go out on a couple of dates or “pay per meets”.
It’s not long before she meets fifty-five-year-old Gabe Turnmill. Gabe is a good looking corporate finance attorney. He is the perfect sugar daddy.
With Gabe, Nat feels safe and protected. She knows this isn’t a real relationship because Gabe is paying her, but her feelings for him are growing stronger. At the same time, Nat worries that someone will find out about her “arrangement” with Gabe. She starts feeling like someone is watching her.
Things are becoming VERY complicated.
What happens if the arrangement isn’t working out anymore?
Things take a very dark turn…
Wow! What a thought-provoking and entertaining read!
I’ve watched a couple of documentaries about this lifestyle and how common it is becoming. There was so much I’d never even heard of ( like Salt or SPLENDA daddies!). It’s easy to see that Robyn Harding has done her research.
I liked reading Gabe’s perspective too. Learning more about his life and why he became involved with “The Sugar Bowl”. Not everything was completely realistic but it wasn’t a big deal for me. I suspended my disbelief and really enjoyed this intriguing story.
I thought this was a wicked domestic suspense novel filled with sex, obsession, envy, revenge and more!
Another thrilling read for this summer!!
I’d like to thank the publisher and Gallery/Scout Press and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.