A Daring Arrangement (The Four Hundred, #1) by Joanna Shupe

A Daring Arrangement (The Four Hundred, #1)

Set in New York City’s Gilded Age, Joanna Shupe’s Avon debut introduces an English beauty with a wicked scheme to win the man she loves—and the American scoundrel who ruins her best laid plans…Lady Honora Parker must get engaged as soon as possible, and only a particular type of man will do. Nora seeks a mate so abhorrent, so completely unacceptable, that her father will reject the match—leaving her free to marry the artist she desires....

Details A Daring Arrangement (The Four Hundred, #1)

TitleA Daring Arrangement (The Four Hundred, #1)
Release DateOct 31st, 2017
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical, Historical Fiction, Adult

Reviews A Daring Arrangement (The Four Hundred, #1)

  • Caz
    I've given this a B+ so that's 4.5 stars.I’ve read all of Joanna Shupe’s novels (I believe) and have enjoyed them to differing degrees.  Looking back at my review of her début novel, The Courtesan Duchess, I said that while flawed, it was an engrossing read and that I was looking forward to reading more of her work.  Several books later, I’m still reading her and while we’ve had our ups and downs, she’s firmly on my radar and is pre...
  • WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker
    2.5 starsThe basis for this is a fake engagement, which I can usually get behind but the heroine was in "luv" with another man for over half of story which is what I can't usually get behind. I had a really hard time feeling it between the hero and heroine. The hero felt a little same old, same old and his family relationship with his mother and sister had them feeling like caricature villains. The heroine had some incredible obtuse moments with ...
  • Lover of Romance
    This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceThis is the first time I have ever read this author and all I can is IMPRESSIVE....I was really blown away by this book and I am not sure if I will give this book the credit it deserves but I am going in full speed ahead anyway.In A Daring Arrangement we have a story of a couple, that are brought together in a night of birthday parties, drinking, horses and a fake engagement...intrigued yet...
  • Stacee
    The fake fiancée is one of my favorite tropes, so I was pretty eager to get to this one. I love love loved Nora and Julius. She’s strong and stands up for herself. He’s charming and there’s way more than meets the eye. Together they have excellent banter and a crap load of chemistry. It was fun to read their relationship grow and change from lust to love. Plot wise, it was entertaining. I enjoyed seeing the shenanigans they got into and th...
  • Caz
    I've given this a B+ for content and a B (just about) for narration at AudioGalsI enjoyed reading Joanna Shupe’s recent Knickerbocker Club series, named for the group of wealthy, powerful men determined to make their mark on late nineteenth century New York. The author did a terrific job in those books with her descriptions of the city’s Gilded Age – which hasn’t been used very often as a setting for historical romance – so I was plea...
  • Katie
    This was fun! It really IS refreshing to read "different" historical romances. And I liked the set up and the characters. (view spoiler)[Okay, so the ex turned out to be evil, but despite that, I felt like the book did a decent job of Nora struggling with her feelings for two different men. (hide spoiler)]
  • kris
    Lady Honora "Nora" Parker needs to get back to her down-low lover in England so she finds herself a scandalous fiancé, the notorious Julius Hatcher. Julius, meanwhile, needs access to Upper Crust New York society. Their agreement being mutually boner-ficial, they develop raging feelings for one another. Julius repeats that he will not marry Nora while she decides she's in love with him and ends things with the penniless artist. They bone and bre...
  • -y.a
    I am underwhelmed by the 'daring' arrangement between the main characters. The lack of conflict and tension in the storyline is the key reason that it took me a while to finish the book.
  • Sophie Barnes
    What a fantastic start to a new series!This is the first Gilded Age romance I've ever read and I have to say, I wish there were more! Especially if they're this well written. A Daring Arrangement starts off with a bang, making the reader eager to know where this thrilling ride of a novel will take them.Lady Honora Parker (Nora) has been shipped off to New York by her father after deliberately getting caught in a compromising position with the man...
  • Elizabeth Boyle
    The author was kind enough to send me an advance copy of her debut book with Avon, A Daring Arrangement, and I was delighted to read it. So much fun to read a romance set outside of the Regency and this one is doubly good as it is set in New York with an English heroine and a wealthy American outsider. I liked the way these two got to know each other and fall in love. This is the first in a series and I will be looking forward to the upcoming boo...
  • Melanie
    A Daring Arrangement was a very enjoyable historical romance with an incredibly strong heroine, a fake fiancé, and a beautiful setting of New York City's Gilded Age.Lady Honora Parker is in need of a fiancé as soon as possible, but only a certain type of man will work. Nora must find a man so unacceptable that her father will reject the match allowing Nora to marry the man she loves. Nora knows just the man and approaches financier Julius Hatch...
  • Sissy's Romance Book Review
    A Daring Arrangement by Joanna Shupe is the First book in the New Series called "The Four Hundred". This is the story of Lady Honora Parker and Julius Hatcher. Honora thinks she is in love with Robert a struggling artist. When she comes up with a plan to be caught in a compromising position so that she can marry Robert...it back fires. Instead, her father ships her off to America. But Honora comes up with a new plan to get Robert by being shown t...
  • Brandy
    I read a bad review about this book and considered not reading it. I'm so glad I gave it a try. This book is perfect for me. I don't think I care as much about historical accuracy as some do. I also don't care about American vs British rivalry in the romance world. So what I do care about is great chemistry between the characters, maturity or at least growth in character, and a little mystery or excitement never hurts. I really adored both main c...
  • Lakshmi C
    3.5 starsRTC
  • Cecily Wolfe
    WOWOnce again, Shupe delivers a delicious diversion. I adore this historical period, and she creates a fantastic love story within it that just kept me turning those pages.
  • Patricia
    I won an arc copy in a drawing and, I must say, I love this book! The author's descriptions are great, and really give insight to the decadence of The Gilded Age. I love the plot. The mystery - boy, what a twist to the ending!
  • ☕ Kimberly
    Coffee Dates with A Daring ArrangementFirst Date: I was craving a historical romance when HarperCollins brought this book to my attention. I had not read Shupe, but dove in after reading the synopsis. From the very first chapter, I was hooked. I love the arrangement trope and upon meeting our heroine and hero I never set this book down until my third date was complete. Lady Honora Parker has been sent to America to stay with her Aunt after her...
  • Chanpreet
    Lady Honora Parker is brilliant. I mean she's smart, cunning, and sassy. I loved the way she went about trying to get what she wanted. Pair her with Julius Hatcher, who is also brilliant and smart, and the two were incendiary. He is totally a match for her! I loved how the attraction between them flared bright and fast, but they didn't act on it right away. It was one of the hottest slow burn romances I've ever read. My anticipation of their pass...
  • Barbara Rogers
    Series: The Four Hundred #1Publication Date: 10/31/17What an engrossing start to a new series! The writing is excellent, the setting is elegant, the characters are interesting and engrossing, the villain is unexpected and the HEA is hard-won – what more could you ask for in any book.This story is set in a different time and place than I usually enjoy, but I loved it anyway. America’s Gilded Age had brash Americans making and spending money ha...
  • Edwina
    This is my first Joanna Shupe book. I am having mixed feeling about the storyline but not the author. I will read more books by her. Lady Nora Parker the only child of the Earl of Stratton has been caught kissing and artist and her father immediately sends her to America. She is too stay with her Aunt Beatrice and Uncle James Cortland. Nora is after all the daughter of a distinguish Earl and from a aristocratic family. Her father will never allow...
  • Angela
    I suppose this idea could work, if properly executed. A young lady is caught in a compromising situation with a man unworthy of her, and is sent to exile with her aunt in the former colonies. She concocts a harebrained scheme (fake engagement to a scandalous-but-oh-so-dreamy man) to get shipped back to England. Of course, things don't go as planned...Why this didn't work: There was something about these characters that didn't gel with me. The her...
  • Maida
    Four+ stars. This is probably my favorite of Joanna Shupe's books so far. The story is familiar but she gives it a fresh twist which I enjoyed very much. A romance novel about an English heroine faking a relationship with an American hero set in New York during the Gilded Age is all kinds of fun. I liked both Nora and Julius. They're strong characters and this book is really about how they fell in love in spite of the less than ideal beginning. I...
  • Billie
    A trope that usually doesn't bother me—character X falling in love with character Y while supposedly in love with/committed to character Z—really bothered me here. I also didn't understand why Poppy was introduced and played up and then just kind of disappeared. It almost felt like she was set up to be a villainess and then dropped in favor of someone else. And the hero's big vengeance storyline was rather easily and neatly wrapped up at the ...
  • Taylor Sorenson
    I couldn't put this one down! Funny, sexy, exciting--this was a fantastic read! From the dinner party on horses to the amazing library, I'm absolutely in love with Julius and Nora.
  • Monique Daoust
    The Knickerbockers Club series is one of my all-time favourites, and it seems The Four Hundred Club series will be at least as fabulous.Lady Honora – Nora – Parker was unceremoniously shipped to America by her father who disapproved of the young man Nora intended to marry, Robert, a penniless painter. Nora will live in New York City with her aunt Bea and her American husband; Nora’s father wants her to marry an American, but Nora has every ...
  • Susan (susayq ~)
    Oh my!  Why haven't I read Joanna Shupe before?  One of us must have been hiding, and I think it's her because I only have one other of her books on my TBR and I really haven't heard a lot about her.  THAT NEEDS TO CHANGE!!!  I sat down to start reading this and next thing I knew I was 35% into it.  The writing flowed so easily and sucked me into Nora and Julius's New York City and the deal they have going.Y'all know I LOVE fake to real roma...
  • Sunny
    Joanna Shupe writes strong-minded and independent heroines and it is one of the reasons I love her stories. I adore the setting and the historical information she shares in her description of life in New York City during the Gilded Age. Her characters are refreshingly candid. The interaction between the characters has me smiling from cover to cover. When I'm craving a historical, Ms. Shupe is one of three authors I tap into for a fantastic read.