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Peek Inside A Friendly Arrangement

Holly and Roth are two besties with everything in common—they’re neighbors, career-driven, and commitment-phobes—so an arrangement to be the other’s plus one to keep family and friends from playing matchmaker seems the natural thing to do. No harm, no foul. Until one steamy night where they cross the line—their fun arrangement quickly turning into something more serious—and they discover that what they thought they wanted is not really what they need.

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What happens when your plus one becomes “the one”?

Holly Haggerty and Roth Esterly are two besties with everything in common—they’re neighbors, career-driven, and commitment-phobes. Tired of always being set up on dates by well-meaning friends and family, they take matters into their own hands: they will be the other’s plus one—a little friendly arrangement between friends.

Easy…until a steamy night where they cross the line. But that’s okay, they’ll add an addendum—one that includes a little action between the sheets…on top of the sheets…and without the sheets. But there are rules. Dating and sex are exclusive until one of them decides to terminate the agreement. No slumber parties. And if either party becomes emotionally involved they will break things off with no hard feelings.

When unexpected news changes their plans and turns their fun arrangement into something more serious, Holly and Roth must come to terms with what’s more important—what they thought they wanted, or what they really need.


"A sheet-twisting romance that will leave you breathless" -- Sarah Ballance, author of the Chase Brothers series

"This book took me on an emotional roller coaster ride. I laughed, I teared up, and I even had a few heart twinges. What a great read!!" -- Sassy Beta Reading and Reviews


Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633754331
Series: Friends First, Book 2
Release Date: Oct 26, 2015
Page Count: 230
Imprint: amara next
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: accidental pregnancy, friends to lovers

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By Mandy October 22, 2015


Holly and Roth are best friends. They live across the hall from each other, play video games together and are so close they finish each others sentences. Both Holly and Roth don't want commitment. Neither of them want to settle down with marriage and family but they are constantly being set up by ...more

By Sarah October 26, 2015

There's nothing like the slow burn of a friends-to-lovers least not until you get to the explosive bedroom action. The draw for these stories for me isn't whether they'll get together, because of course they will, but in how they cross that sexy point of no return. Roth and Holly have tha ...more

By Danielle October 08, 2015

I absolutely love friends to lovers stories and this one included everything. Roth and Holly are best friends and lately they have been finding each other attracted to one another.

They agree to become each other's plus one at events but soon after that they both decide they want to take it to the n ...more

By Julie October 07, 2015

Roth and Holly are best friends and neighbors who have the same relationship hang up. They don't want commitment. They are both tired of friends and relatives setting them up on blind dates ,so they agree to be each other's "plus one" for different events and family get togethers. After an event tog ...more

By Bette October 13, 2015

Holly and Roth are best of friends. They tell each other everything, hang out together, and agree that when it comes to relationships, it's not for either of them. Tired of all the fix-ups by well meaning family members, they agree to be each others plus one. No strings, no attachments, perfect! Unt ...more

By Heather October 01, 2015

Roth is one sexy man when he's aroused everything that came out of his mouth turned me on, “no panties? All night?” He squeezed one cheek. “If I’d known, this would’ve happened much sooner.” I surprisingly really liked this book, the beginning was slow but it began to increase into action as the boo ...more

By Ren December 27, 2015

I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review


Okay, this was highly predictable and was such a nice reminder why I don't like to read blurbs and so I'm going to put my review up later. ...more

By Jackie (Jackie's Book World) October 28, 2015

***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***

Not having read any other works by Christine Warner, I thought that A Friendly Arrangement was a good overall story. Though the idea is not new, the events leading up to conclusion of the book were entertaining to read. Right at the beginning ...more

By Home. Love. Books. October 24, 2015

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I love the whole friends to lovers storyline, and with this book I really liked the whole set up, the whole idea behind two people who really aren't interested in being in a relationship so they fake being in one to ke ...more

By Toni October 22, 2015

Christine Warner hits the friends to lovers mark spot on with all the “feels” and a little twist to shake things up!

I really enjoyed this friends to lovers story. I felt it had all the “feels” that a good romance read needs and offered up a little twist to keep it real. The characters were real and ...more

By Misty (Reds Romance Reviews) October 09, 2015

Holly Haggerty is no where near ready to walk down the aisle, let alone ready to start a family and become the doting housewife her family expects her to be. She likes her independence and has no problem with relationships with the opposite sex, as long as they don't lead to a marriage proposal or a ...more

By Chu October 29, 2015

What makes an ordinary plot, extraordinary?

It started from the cover, then the synopsis, and finally the story itself. I love, love the cover. Pretty much the first one to entice me, add in one of my favorite plots - there was no way I’m going to let this one pass.

Holly and Roth were two best of fri ...more

By Kathleen October 25, 2015

Overall Stars: 4 STARS


Two friends not ready to commit for the long run decide the problem needs a quick fix

What happens when your plus one becomes "the one"?
Holly Haggerty and Roth Esterly are two besties with everything in common--they're neighbors, career-driven, and commitment- ...more

By Melanie October 20, 2015

This was a cute friends turned lovers story. I did like the characters and the way that they were so in tune to each other. I think that having a friendship relationship before a lovers relationship made this work better for these two.

Holly had just broken off a relationship with Clark and then his ...more

By books are love October 26, 2015

Received in exchange for a honest review.

The story itself was good. I liked how they both had a past that affected their idea of relationships. For Holly it was her wanting to be her own person and seen apart from her twin. She wants to make it on her own and show her family that she can make it on ...more

By Elaine November 06, 2015

Rating: 4.5/5

If you enjoy a friends to lovers romance filled with angst and turmoil along the way, you'll love this delightful, well crafted read.

Living in condos across the hall from each other, best friends, Roth Esterly and Holly Haggerty have been looking out for each other now for more than two ...more

By Lynn October 19, 2015

It's fun, it's flirty, it's hot ... I loved it!

Once in awhile you read a book and instantly connect with the characters. This was one of those for me. From the minute I was introduced to Holly and Roth, I loved them. They have a fun relationship that has you grinning as you read them give each other ...more

By Paris November 22, 2015

I always enjoy a good friends to lovers story. Now while there was nothing too terribly new to this story, best friends become friends with benefits, then realize how much they mean to each other, I still really enjoyed this book. Even though a few of the plotlines were extremely predictable, I stil ...more

By Amy October 20, 2015

Best friends and neighbors, Holly and Roth, are like two peas in a pod when it comes to relationships. Neither want a commitment, no marriage, no kids, no emotional ties. Of course, that doesn’t stop their friends and family from trying to set them up. They come up with a great solution, a ‘Friendly ...more

By Izney October 27, 2015

Review Posted @BarelyBae Blog

"ARC Provided for an Honest Review"

The best friend note in this book is mega strong. You can actually feel it in the beginning and as the book progressed. Holly and Roth is a great pair in my eyes but the way things twisted towards the end, I don't think I was convin ...more

By Julianne October 26, 2015

Loved this sequel to A Friendly Engagement.

It was great to see the other side of the Esterly brothers' story by getting Roth's take on their childhood. I loved how family was a real focus in the book with Holly's family's interest in her well-being because of her non-traditional occupation and Roth ...more

By Sassy Beta Reading & Review October 16, 2015

Another great read by Christine Warner! The series continues with A Friendly Arrangement. Written as a multi pov. Even though this is book 2 of the series it can be read as a stand alone...but will love book 1 too so I suggest reading it as well if you haven't already.

Holly and Roth ha ...more

By Marie October 29, 2015

Holly and Roth have a fun relationship that reminds me of a couple I actually know. They give each other a hard time and are very relateable. They live across the from each other and are best friends. Neither wants to ever have a serious relationship or a family and they are both tired of being houn ...more

By Jessica October 25, 2015

See more of my reviews on my blog Thoughts At One In The Morning.

My Thoughts:

This story was so... freaking... good. I fell in love with Holly and Roth from the very beginning. They're best friends and neighbors, but they find themselves in a quandary where they need to stop people from trying to set ...more

By Riki October 18, 2015

I absolutely love a good friends-to-lovers romance, and this one has just jumped to the top of my all-time favorites! Christine Warner has written two of the best characters in romance in this sweet book!

I just loved Holly and Roth together so, so much. I mean, seriously- these two characters are s ...more

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Christine Warner

About the author

Christine Warner

Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her family, three laptops (she might have a slight addiction, or maybe it's a fear of one imploding from overuse) and a much loved assortment of furry friends. Besides laughing and a good round of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmetic. A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities. She loves to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy heroines. A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on facebook, twitter, Instagram, goodreads, and her website at

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