Weekend Arrangement

A light & witty opposites attract romance novel

Romance - Contemporary
266 Pages
Reviewed on 07/17/2021
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Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite

Weekend Arrangement by Sophie Penhaligon is a romance novel that will appeal to those interested in beautiful love stories. Olivia had just bagged her journalism degree and got a house together with her boyfriend, Mark. It was a safe relationship, but she soon realized that Mark wasn’t the easy-going person she thought he was. Fresh out of the relationship, her part-time library job, plus travel guides in the works as an aspiring author, and her best friend, Lottie, kept her company. When a renowned book publishing firm replied to her application, inviting her for a chat, Olivia saw an end to her money worries. However, the moment she came face to face with the publishing god, Daniel Lane, her life changed forever.

Weekend Arrangement by Sophie Penhaligon is all shades of romance, love, humor, and lust. I loved the plot because it was unique, fun, and unpredictable. The storyline was charged with enough life to keep me interested until the last page. Sophie was incredible in developing the characters in such an honest and relatable fashion. My favorite person was Olivia because I saw different versions of her. Olivia presented as a daughter, lover, friend, party animal, reserved girl, wild, and innocent. She pulled all the characters off perfectly, courtesy of the author. I loved Daniel too and felt his pain. Money can only give more choices to individuals but never happiness. We first have to find it within ourselves and also build it with deserving people. This was a delightful book, and I hope to read Luca's and Molly’s stories.

Lisa McCombs

When a cocky playboy and a wanna-be author find themselves intertwined in his desires and her ambitions, sparks fly. Olivia Jefferson is independent, driven, and newly single when a chance of a lifetime falls in her lap. The prestigious Lane Association Publishing House promises to make all her dreams come true when they contact her with an interest in publishing her travel guides for single women. As a living example of the dangers of single travel, Olivia is anxious to make a great first impression. With help of her wealthy fashion-forward friend Lottie, Olivia dresses for success to meet her destiny. Olivia is ready. Ready for a fresh start. Ready to begin her publishing career. Ready to fulfill her writing dreams. What she is not ready for is the dangerously seductive presence of Daniel Lane, CEO of Lane Publishing. Especially when he persists in always showing up in her private life.

Weekend Arrangement by Sophie Penhaligon is a fast-paced story of unexpected love and relentless passion. Sophie Penhaligon weaves a titillating beach or long weekend read full of fun dialogue and quirky scenes. As the relationship between Olivia and Daniel develops, the reader‘s appreciation of the strong female character is appreciated. Olivia is a feisty Italian girl who exhibits traits unusual in a typical romance. Daniel Lane is unsure how to react to Olivia’s seemingly indifferent attitude toward his player persona. Full of rich description and remote locations, Weekend Arrangement is not for the faint of heart. Contains adult content.

Joanne Ang

Weekend Arrangement is an adult novel written by Sophie Penhaligon. The story starts with Olivia Jefferson, who works as a freelance writer and has an interesting part-time job at the local library. She aspires to publish a travel book, but opportunities just seem to fly past her constantly. When her boyfriend at the time was found cheating right under her nose, she was left with tough choices to make. Meanwhile, Daniel Lane is a no-nonsense, sophisticated businessman who owns one of the largest publishing companies. A tragic life event has left him living on autopilot for a long time. When Olivia and Daniel met for business purposes, both can’t help but become intrigued by their opposite natures. Will Olivia ever fulfill her dreams of publishing her book? Can a man like Daniel ever find his happily ever after?

Weekend Arrangement was beautifully written with intricately detailed and sensual imagery throughout the entire book. Sophie Penhaligon did an amazing job at building the characters of Olivia and Daniel. I really liked Olivia for her quirky and out-of-the-ordinary character. As a university student about to graduate, I found her tight financial condition and uncertain future to be highly relatable. She has wild ambitions but, given her situation, everything seemed just so difficult. Daniel, on the other hand, was the man that all girls dream of; charming, handsome, rich, and famous. His troubled past gives more depth to the character, which goes to show that money can’t buy happiness. I would recommend this book to readers interested in sensual romance novels.