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Summary

Cuffing season has come for lesbians.

Jess Archer, digital journalist for the internet’s hottest lesbian media platform, has been assigned to research cuffing, from an up close and personal perspective. She’s not sure it’s really her thing, but the assignment gives her the chance to write something more substantial than her usual fluff pieces. All she needs now is a willing lesbian.

For Cody Dawson, signing up for Jess’s project is a no-brainer. She gets to date an interesting woman, enjoy her company, and not disrupt the tidy life she’s built for her son. Everything’s perfect until she starts falling for Jess. When she realizes she’s heart-deep in the feelings she’s agreed not to have, their convenient arrangement becomes anything but.

©2021 Aurora Rey and Jaime Clevenger (P)2021 Bold Strokes Books Inc

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cuffing

love with some laughter in btwn. narrator with her many voices made characters come to life. may listen to again

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A good romance

This was certainly better than I imagined it was going to be, given that the subject matter was not something I was keen on. The narrator did a great job and it was a gentle romance just right for listening to over the holiday season.
I’ll probably go looking for some other works by these two now.

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  • A.A. Murphy
  • 17-10-21

Mediocre Romance Novel and a Subpar Narrator

I love both authors, Aurora Rey and Jaime Clevenger mostly because they write amazingly, steamy, romance, novels. I had been waiting for this book and had high hopes since I really enjoy both authors. It was a real let down, way too many fade to black sex scenes, so much angst and just a lack of communication between the main characters. When I saw these two authors working together I thought this would be a book I wouldn’t want to put down but it just didn’t get there for me. Also the narrator is tough to listen to. Every character that isn’t femme is made to sound like a man, it’s really not enjoyable. The narration and the book could have been so much better.

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  • phe
  • 27-10-21

The best love story!!

I really enjoyed listening to this book. Bravo to Aurora Rey Jaime Clevenger for a beautiful love story!! I absolutely love the narrator Kira Omans. I listened to this book in one day. This book held my attention all day long. Great Jobs I hope you two ladies write a master piece again or do a part two with the same narrator of course. Thank you for a feel good story.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-01-22

great book! very good narrator. mostly gold.

I loved everything about this book, or very nearly. The characters were fully engaging, the plot excellent, the sex scenes hot and interesting, the kid well written.

If I were being asked to list the issues I took, they'd all be minor. The biggest being I would have liked to see more of the main duo individually interacting and having significant relationships outside of each other or with the kid. They'd have felt a little more real, there were also certain interactions that were essentially teased and faded to black as if they were sex scenes in a more pg book, except those weren't sex scenes, they felt like significant interactions that could have been utilized to develop the characters or the story.

Tiny detail...but one that is a pet peeve of mine because I have seen it a surprising amount in romantic fiction where there are kids in the picture....

You cannot legally give up your rights and responsibilities for your child. if you are on their birth certificate as a parent the USA, you can't just say, no, nevermind, don't wanna be responsible. even if the other parent agrees. in a divorce, if you are not the custodial parent, and you want and agree to zero custody, you *will* be on the hook for child support. there is no way around this in any state, even if both parents want that. it's not in the best interest of the child to not receive all the financial support due to them, no judge will approve the divorce without a child support order in place. plus, we can't be sending out the message that kids aren't a real commitment. if you made a child or adopted a child, you are legally responsible for that child, hands down. there is no easy out clause.
Now, if the custodial parent chooses to send back the child support that's on them. but you can't just not pay child support and "give up all rights" that's literally not a thing. the ONLY way you get out of financial and legal responsibility for a child whose birth certificate you are on is if someone else takes over those rights. like in a step parent adoption. or if the state is taking the rights away because your abusive or something and your kid is in foster care and they've decided that family reunification is off the table. basically, unless someone else is adopting your kid, you're either physically responsible or financially responsible for them. end of story.

sorry for the rant. it's just... that fallacy in fiction really bothers me. I can't suspend my belief long enough to be okay with it.

otherwise, great book, narration was above average. I wasn't the greatest fan of the voices used for butch women, I felt the narrator dropped her voice lower than necessary but not as much as some narrators do, so it didn't ruin it for me. just a personal preference. I felt her handling of pacing, tone, and humor were on point; it was all well delivered.

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  • J & D Herrera
  • 20-04-22

Cuffing is not what ya thinks...

Is a term that is a Thing for couples to do.
In this lovely second story of this duo friend's of how each must find their own way to find love. I love the family, I love the story, and of course K. Grace brings everyone to life in my mind eye. Highly encourage you to listen.

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  • DB
  • 14-04-22

Great concept

Very interesting concept, great tie in with previous book, great authors...the whole should be greater than the sum of its parts but that didn't quite happen. I think I would have liked it a lot more had I read it. The narrator has moments of flow but that was the exception.

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  • keishie23
  • 25-03-22

Love this book!

I must say, the cuff season idea has so much potential for problems lol 😂. The red flags 🚩 were everywhere but you fell in love Ben, Cody and Jess dynamic. Thanks a bunch Clevenger and Rey. The narration was great Omans.

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  • Mrs. NY
  • 14-02-22

Enjoyable and interesting!

Enjoyed this book overall. The characters were likeable and the subject matter was interesting. Cuffing season is a really a thing lol. The narration was off for me tho, I would have enjoyed this book way better with a different narrator.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-02-22

It was good but not great

I say if your thinking about listening to this then go for it. The story was good, it had a good idea and followed through with it. The kid wasn't bad if you were wondering about that. this was the first time I listened to this narrator and out of all the ones I have listened too I wouldn't say it was my favorite but that might have been more about the story. like I said it was good but it just felt lacking at times. like the author I feel could have expanded a little more at times, for the most part they did that but then at other times Im not sure how to place it other than saying I felt like I wanted to know a little more of what was happening. The sex parts were good too wasn't over the top and gave you a taste of what was happening but didn't focus on it. like I rated it's a good listen 4 out of 5 but I feel it could have been done a little better. still I was happy I listened to it.

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  • Brian
  • 24-01-22

The Cuffing Chronicles

Going into this, I picked this one up from Audible as a “fun read” (aka something for myself, not a request). And I’m glad I did. I’ve read one book by Aurora Rey and one by Jaime Clevenger and enjoyed both of them. So, I should have known going into this that the ending was going to have me in happy tears – but I was NOT prepared for how many I had. I was driving to the chiropractor, thrilled to get my adjustment and have some time in the car beforehand. I’m sitting in the parking lot, full-on bawling. I had to take a few moments to compose myself.

Now, back to the story at hand. This was one of those fauxmance stories that didn’t feel like either of the characters were super flawed. You had one who if she’d been single for much longer would have been an ice queen – but wasn’t there yet. Jess was the perfect happy character. She has to write a story for the publication she works at about cuffing but wants to go into it making sure that both parties know exactly what they’re getting into. A relationship that will last until Valentine’s Day.

Here’s a description of cuffing from mindbodygreen.com: “Cuffing” is a term based on the idea of getting “handcuffed” or tied down to one partner. It refers to when people get into relationships during the colder months of the year, even though they ordinarily wouldn’t be interested in a commitment.

Cody is up for tenure and she really wants it, but has been told that even as hetero-normative as it is – she might be held back because she isn’t happy and in a relationship. So, she needs a date to work functions. It’s a win-win for both parties right? Jess can write about the cuffing chronicles for her article and Cody has dates to her work functions and can finally get tenure.

As you can tell – the issue is cuffing isn’t easy when feelings start to get in the way. I’m no expert on it, but I’m curious how many people end up together after cuffing. It feels like getting that close to someone would open up a lot of feelings and emotions. Maybe I’m not the right person for it… but it doesn’t feel like Jess and Cody are either.

I thought I had the drama/issue pegged for this one, but I was off. I had the “solution” figured out and it made me even happier than I predicted.

Overall, I thought that A Convenient Arrangement was a really cute story about two driven women who made each other better. Throw in an adorable kid to the mix and my heart was melting throughout.

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  • Book Reader
  • 18-01-22

Nice to have a story about emotional adults

My favorite bit about this book is that it doesn't put poor emotional behavior on a pedestal. Don't get me wrong, the characters are human beings and show flaws, bad choices, including blow outs where they behave unfairly. But the authors also demonstrate how adults resolve these things, think of them, and avoid them. They also avoided most of the expected directions the plot would take. And managed to be fun along the way. Kira Omans is a good voice actor, with a pleasant voice who inflected the narrative appropriately for content. I feel she did a very good job.

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