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Review: A Cruel Arrangement by Tijan

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From New York Times bestselling author Tijan comes the intensely passionate story of a man trying to make amends and the woman who makes him want to keep his promises.

This was my place. My business. Easter Lanes.

Then a guy comes in, trying to rob me, daring to take it away from me.

My home. My life.

Hell no. I won’t let my livelihood be threatened.

No one knows what I’ve done to build this life for myself.

Except he might.

Ashton Walden, a man I remember from when we were kids.

Even back then I could tell how dangerous he would be one day.

He’s now the head of the Walden mafia family, and my father is so in debt to them that they practically own him.

My dad and I are estranged and I want nothing to do with him or his debt, but the day after the attempted robbery, I don’t wake up in the hospital.

I wake up in Ashton Walden’s home. And he drops a bomb on me.

If I want my livelihood back, I need to earn it back.

And thus begins our cruel arrangement.

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“I needed all of him, not parts of him, not slices. All of him. His darkness included. My insides were on the outside of my body. I’d never felt as exposed as I did now. I hated it.”

“You run and I’ll burn the whole world down for you.”

After reading A Dirty Business, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Ashton, but I am happy to report that not only did Ashton win me over, he exceeded my expectations and made me a believer.

A Cruel Arrangement is the second book in the Kings of New York series and picks up right where the last book left off, only instead of continuing Jess and Trace’s story, we get to know Molly and Ashton. Everyone is still reeling from the events of the last book and is looking for answers and hoping for some peace. But, when someone threatens Molly’s livelihood. She finds herself tangled up in a situation she never expected…

Overall, I found this book to be a really enjoyable read. I loved getting to know Molly and Ashton. When you first meet Molly, you think she’s this sweet and innocent woman, but when you’ve had a gun pulled on you as much as she has, a switch gets flipped and her dark side gets unleashed. And Ashton certainly met his match with Molly. Being the head of the mafia, Ashton’s darkness and ruthlessness are unparalleled. He’s not Molly’s biggest fan or mine for that matter, but he 100% won me over. Molly’s acceptance and crazy personality brought much-needed light into Ashton’s life. The chemistry between Molly and Ashton was off the charts. I loved their history and banter, the unexpected moments, and twists that led to one heck of a love story.

A Cruel Arrangement is an action-packed, enemies-to-lovers romance that is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats, dying for more. I enjoyed every moment of this story from beginning to end and couldn’t get enough of the wild ride this author took me on. A Cruel Arrangement certainly checked off everything I was looking for and I can’t wait to see what this series has in store for us readers next.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher & NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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