Title: Temporary Arrangement
Author: Karen Erickson
First published May 1, 2013
49 pages, Kindle Edition
“Temporary Arrangement” by Karen Erickson tells the story of Paige Stewart, who is down on her luck until she lands a job as a nanny for the Renaldi family’s adorable grandson. Despite being a virtual stranger, Claudia Renaldi hires Paige on the spot.
Widower Matteo Renaldi is initially resistant to the idea of a new nanny, but little Matty quickly takes to Paige. Even Matteo himself can’t deny the instant attraction he feels towards Paige, though he is far too old for her.
To Paige, there’s something about the sexy and grumpy Italian that makes her want to break down his walls and see his softer side. However, she knows that falling for her boss is forbidden and foolish.
Will they act on their feelings or keep their arrangement strictly professional? This book contains a sexy and determined Italian hero who will do anything to keep his walls up, even if it means ignoring his strong feelings towards his son’s sweet nanny.
About the Author
Karen Erickson is a bestselling author, residing in the heart of California with her loved ones. Her greatest aspiration is to bring her characters to life through her romantic writing.
In addition to Karen’s works, she also writes under the name of Monica Murphy, holding the title of a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.
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Temporary Arrangement by Karen Erickson offers readers a heartwarming contemporary romance novel that explores themes of love, family, and personal growth. Published on May 1, 2013, the novel tells the story of Gracie Evans, a young woman who agrees to a temporary arrangement with her boss to pretend to be his girlfriend to deter his mother from setting him up with another woman.
Author Karen Erickson has made a name for herself as a romance writer, and this novel is no exception with its intriguing plotline and well-crafted characters. Set in fictional small-town Applewood, the plot is centered around the main characters Gracie and Owen.
Gracie is a hard-working and independent woman who has closed herself off to love after her ex-boyfriend cheated on her. Meanwhile, Owen, her boss, is a successful businessman who is forced to pretend to be in a relationship with her to escape his interfering mother.
The two must cooperate to keep up the façade but soon find themselves falling for each other. Through well-drawn characters and a perfectly paced storyline, Erickson keeps readers engaged throughout.
While the book may not touch on major societal themes, it is a delightful escape from our increasingly chaotic world. Erickson’s prose is both romantic and descriptive, drawing readers into not only the relationship between Gracie and Owen but also the charming small town in which they live.
The strengths of Temporary Arrangement lie mainly in the character development and pacing. Erickson does an excellent job of creating characters that are relatable and lovable, especially Gracie’s quirky family members.
Additionally, Erickson sets a perfect pace throughout the novel, with just enough tension and conflict to keep readers turning the pages. While the author excels in these areas, the plot can be predictable at times, making it feel as though the book is just going through the motions.
There were several moments where I found myself anticipating what would happen next. However, Erickson’s ability to create likable characters makes up for this shortcoming.
Overall, Temporary Arrangement is a recommended read for anyone interested in contemporary romance novels. Erickson’s writing style is enjoyable, and the characters are memorable.
Although it may not push boundaries, it’s the right book for readers seeking light-hearted entertainment and an escape from the monotony of daily life. Therefore, I give the book 3.5 out of 5 stars.