Reading Challenges: 2019 New Release Challenge, 2019 Audio book Challenge
Arrange Us by Katy Regnery is book two in the Arranged Duo series and continues the story of Josh and Courtney. Arrange Us picks up from where Arrange Me, left off. Courtney and Josh are married, but they know nothing about each other as theirs was an arranged marriage, which was organised through a website called Arrange Me that specializes in matching couples based on certain algorithms. Courtney has realized her dreams of being married and Josh has gotten the girl to whom he has been attracted from the first time he met her. However can they stay married, much less to have a happily ever after.
Arrange Us highlighted the issues and the high points of marriage. Courtney and Josh are learning things about each other that they never knew before. Some of these discoveries led to insecurities rearing its ugly head. Josh had a hard time dealing with Courtney’s wealth, while Courtney felt insecure about her looks and wondered why he chose her when he had his pick of women. These two sure had many issues dealing with in their marriage. Parents’ disapproval, insecurities, egos, lack of trust, failing to communicate and deception. There should never be a need for deception, but sadly, this has happened a lot in marriages, which leads to a breakdown in the relationship.
I wondered if Josh and Courtney could move past their issues.
I found the story engaging. I especially loved the marital advice offered at the start of each chapter. Told from both Josh and Courtney’s POV, it helped me to understand situations from their perspective. I may not have agreed with most of their actions, or how they handled most of their problems, but I understood why they thought they had to make those decisions.
I have to admit Courtney’s behavior got on my nerves. She constantly whined and cried when things did not go her way. Josh patience shined at these trying points. Josh was not without his faults though. He needed to be a little more understanding. He needed to realise Courtney was used to a certain style of living, it would not change so quickly now that he is married her.
The issues were resolved easily with little or no conflict.
I thoroughly enjoyed the narration. It is my first time listening to JF Harding and Brooke Hayden. Both narrators did a great job in bringing the character’s emotions and voices to life.
Overall, a good story and one I enjoyed.
My name is Courtney Jane Salinger…
and I just got married.
I was sick of Netflix and chilling, hanging out, catfishing, ghosting, breakups, makeups, and games.
So, what did I do?
I signed up with a married-at-first-sight matchmaking service, and I married the man who was waiting for me at the altar.
We did it. We’re married. He’s mine. I’m his. Man and wife. Missus and Mister.
We barely know each other.
We’ve never lived together.
Turns out I’m an early bird, and he’s a night owl. He works nights and I work all day. His parents keep asking when we’re having kids, while mine keep emailing me the names of divorce lawyers. Women everywhere want to get in his pants, including his omnipresent ex…and my newly single boss can’t seem to get the hint that I am off the market.
No one thinks we can make it.
And now I’m starting to wonder too.
Being arranged was just the beginning.
Is happily ever after even possible?
Nadene's addiction to reading began at an early age, when a family friend gifted her a copy of Wuthering Heights. From that moment she was never without a book.She will read anything as long the material is compelling enough to hold her attention. She gained many experiences through the pages of the books she had the opportunity to read.She created this blog to share her love of books with like minded individuals hopes that in sharing reviews of the books read visitors to the blog will discover their next addictive read. When not reading, Nadene enjoys cooking, listening to music and watching television.
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17 responses to “AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: ARRANGE US by KATY REGNERY #katyregnery NARRATOR: J.F. HARDING @HardingVoice BROOKE HAYDEN #brookehayden #ContemporaryRomance”
A modern arranged marriage. That would definitely be different and has me curious for the story.
Glad you enjoyed this, it sounds like a cute read!
wow what a concept for a book series and why would these people chose that, hmmm something I’ll have to look into. Thanks Nadene
Hmm, I don’t know what to think of this one…
I don’t like a whiney heroine but this sounds like it was ok.
I have some Katy Regnery books on my TBR, but I don’t think this is one of them. Thanks for the review!
That is an interesting set up for sure! I haven’t listened to either of these narrators but it sounds like this was a well done audiobook.
This sounds good, I like the little tips offered thst you mentioned.
Looks like an interesting read. I’ll have to take a look at the first book.
I will check out her writing. They are new narrators to me too.
Great review. I’m not sure that it would be for me but I’m so happy that you enjoyed it.
It’s not an author I knew about but it sounds like a nice romance!
This sounds really interesting, Nadene! Realistic in its portrayal of marriage even if the “arrangement” aspect maybe isn’t. I’ll have to checkout this series. 🙂
great article. This Is a new author to me
Great review, this is the first time I have heard or seen this book and it looks and sounds really great. I am really glad you fully enjoyed reading this book, thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.