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Her worst enemy is the one man she can’t resist.Maria Martinez thought it was a dream come true when Ritchie Perez—a sweet and sexy guy she met volunteering at a soup kitchen—took her delinquent little brother Joey under his wing. But her dream becomes a nightmare when she discovers Ritchie is the same man who put her twin brother Tito in prison for 10 years. Now Joey’s inHer worst enemy is the one man she can’t resist.Maria Martinez thought it was a dream come true when Ritchie Perez—a sweet and sexy guy she met volunteering at a soup kitchen—took her delinquent little brother Joey under his wing. But her dream becomes a nightmare when she discovers Ritchie is the same man who put her twin brother Tito in prison for 10 years. Now Joey’s in trouble, and Ritchie’s been appointed his temporary guardian. He’ll be moving into Ritchie’s luxurious waterfront Miami home—unless he’d prefer a juvenile detention facility.And if Maria wants to be with him, she’ll be moving in too.Now a hugely successful attorney in private practice, Ritchie made his reputation as a tough prosecutor who didn’t make deals with drug dealers and gang members. But that history comes back to haunt him when the woman he’s falling for believes he’s responsible for convicting an innocent man, and destroying her family. Ritchie wants to stop Joey from making the same mistakes his brother did. And he wants Maria in his bed. But as desire heats their blood, will the past reach out and destroy their future?...

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The Millionaire's Convenient Arrangement Reviews

  • Mindy Lou's Book Reviews
    2019-04-25 01:01

    3.75 Stars! I liked that this wasn't your typical Millionaire story where he falls inlove at first site and they are on a fairytale journey. Ritchie a/k/a Prince Charming wasn't so charming. There wasn't love at first site but there was attraction and he kept asking Maria out. Maria kept turning him down. She didn't have time to date. She was holding down two jobs, trying to raise her 13 yr old brother and keep him out of juvie. When she finally agrees to go out with Ritchie he was a bit of a jerk, telling her she was doomed with her brother cause the odds were stacked. Ofcourse, this is were Joey does get into trouble and Maria is forced to call Ritchie to help out. Ritchie, being a lawyer, had to promise the judge he'd keep Joey out of trouble in effect inserting himself into their lives fully. The author made this story more believable. The characters had flaws and it wasn't smooth sailing just because Ritchie was rich. Ritchie was bossy and determined. Maria was bullheaded and prideful. Joey was a good kid but lost and troubled. It took work to get these three to be a family. I did wish Maria wasn't so bullheaded. She argued constantly and refused help a little too much when that help would have put her and Joey in a better place. Good thing Ritchie was just as determined. The ending really made this story for me. ARC provided by NetGalley.

  • Alison
    2019-04-21 04:02

    So, hands up, I am not really a fan of any book which contains the words "millionaire" or "billionaire" in the title. It's not scientific but generally I find the believability quotient to be low and there seems to be a requirement to name check all the billionaire's possessions so that on occasion it can feel like a weird version of the TV show The Generation Game (for those too young or in countries that didn't have this show, the finale was for the winning couple to watch a conveyor belt of prizes go past and then have to name as many as they remember).Therefore, read this review with that caveat in mind. Ritchie Perez is a Miami lawyer. He and his two friends have set up their own law firm and he is now a gazillionaire, which probably reflects on the US legal system - but I digress. In his spare time from pursuing personal injury claims on behalf of his clients he also volunteers at the Wednesday night Soup Kitchen at St Theresa's.Maria is also a volunteer at the Wednesday soup kitchen along with her 13 year old brother Joey. Her twin brother Tito is in jail for 10 years, unbeknownst to Maria Ritchie was, at the time, the State Prosecutor who put Tito away. Since then, Maria has been trying to raise Joey alone but he is getting into trouble and she is at her wits end. When Joey gets picked up by the police Maria calls Ritchie's for help, the Judge overrules the agreement between Ritchie and the prosecutor and makes Ritchie personally responsible if Joey steps out of line in the next six months. So Ritchie inks it's that Joey, and by extension Maria, move into his mansion for the six months. When Maria finds out the truth she is torn between her attraction for Ritchie and her loathing for the man who put her innocent brother away.Ritchie and Maria are both characterised as strong willed and stubborn, I clearly identified more with Maria because I found Ritchie to be a bit of an arrogant arse for most of the book. His superior belief that he alone could, by his very presence, save Joey form getting into a life of crime - not because he could put him into a private school and living in a different neighbourhood, no, just by having a peen got right on my tits. But that's just me. Otherwise it was a Cinderella tale of a girl who gets lifted out of poverty and effectively being a single mother and can pursue her artistic dreams. I enjoyed the fantasy but I didn't love it.Recommended for those who like their romance with a sprinkling of billionaire.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.Bumped for release.

  • Heather
    2019-04-21 21:20

    This book was just okay for me. At times I felt certain things dragged on, but other times it felt like time passed by too fast (Thanksgiving in one chapter and Christmas in the next). I think I needed to read more about their day to day interaction, where they slowly got to know each other rather than jump in time. Overall not bad....I think it just needed more.** ARC received from Netgalley **

  • Francoise
    2019-04-09 02:19

    4 StarsJane Peden is a new-to-me author, and I’m happy I read this great story! I love her writing style and I found myself unable to put this book down. This story was well-paced and a very entertaining read.Ritchie Perez is a successful attorney, and one of the partners of his law firm. Thanks to hard work and talent, he has become wealthy, but he never forgets where he came from and intends to give back to the community. In his spare time, he volunteers at his parish’s night soup kitchen to feed the homeless. His volunteer work is also the perfect opportunity to spend time with another volunteer, Maria Martinez. Her feisty and generous personality fascinates him. She has a lot on her plate, though. After her parents’ death, she was forced to drop out of college and work two jobs to pay the bills and raise her younger brother, Joey, on her own. It’s no mean feat, her brother is hanging around with the wrong crowd and she is worried about him. She is reluctant to accept Ritchie’s help, but she won’t have any other choice when Joey really gets into trouble.Ritchie has had an impact on her life in the past. Several years before, Ritchie was an ambitious assistant state attorney prosecuting drug-related crimes. And he showed no mercy to Maria’s older brother, sending him to prison. Maria has to come to terms with her conflicting feelings towards Ritchie. She is attracted to him but she can’t forget he played a decisive part in her brother’s conviction. He is controlling, bossy and can be ruthless but he is also generous, kind and protective of her. He encourages her to follow her dreams, to find her own path. Can she put the past to rest and give their story a chance?I loved everything about this heartfelt, uplifting and beautifully written story, with some angst and all the feels! Ritchie and Maria are great, complex and multi-layered characters, they give this book its irresistible emotional pull. Although it can be read as a standalone, I’ll definitely read Ritchie’s partners stories!An advance copy of this book was provided by the publisher and Barclay Publicity, via NetGalley.

  • Erin Lewis
    2019-04-08 04:57

    4 star Review of The Millionaire's Convenient Arrangement (Miami Lawyers #2) by Jane Peden Jane Peden is a new author to me and I enjoyed her style of writing. When Maria meets the handsome and sexy Ritchie whilst volunteering at a soup kitchen, she has no idea how her life is about to change. In fact Ritchie is determined to swoop in and save the day and in doing so ensure that Joey, Maria’s troubled younger brother is taken under his wing and does not follow the path of his older brother Tito. .Both Ritchie and Maria are determined, strong willed characters but at times they both really annoyed me for various reasons. It was obvious that Maria had struggled in her life and the fact that she was looking after her younger brother was a credit to her When Ritchie is appointed guardian of Joey, the sparks begins to fly. Complications also arise when Maria finds out that Ritchie is the same man who sent her twin brother Tito to prison for 10 years. Can they both get over the past and move towards a future or will it destroy them? Will Maria’s need to argue and her insecurities ruin her chance at finding happiness?Although both Maria and Ritchie grew on me, I just couldn’t warm to these characters as much as I would have liked. Having said that, the beauty of reading is that we are all different and it does not mean that others will not connect to these characters more strongly and look forward to reading more from Jane Peden.

  • Isha Coleman
    2019-03-31 21:02

    Ms. Peden made exceptional use of her God given talent for words by writing an eloquent missive about the power of forgiveness. Maria loves deeply and trusts somewhat blindly. Her heart is in the right place but when it comes to family her views are misconstrued. With one brother in jail and another breaking all the rules her life is anything but easy. When trouble comes calling, can a handsome stranger save the Day? Or will the secrets of the past destroy any hope of a future? Ritchie could be a sanctimonious jerk at times but I do believe he cared. Maria needed a wake up call. When you love someone, it's hard to see things clearly. The Millionaire's Convenient Arrangement ending up taking me on an emotional journey that was a little preachy at times but left a powerful impact in it's wake. 3.5 stars

  • MarieBrown (Marie's Tempting Reads)
    2019-04-01 02:14

    Netgalley ARC Review:A pretty good romance, The Millionaire's Convenient Arrangement isn't your conventional, insta-love romance. I felt like there was a slow build up and there were some obvious obstacles in the path, but that just added to the story. The hero was a bit...rude and an ass at times but quickly turned around, especially with the type of heroin that was portrayed in this romance. I like how this book was written and the plot was appealing to me for sure. I like the build up and the romance and sex was quite delicious. I would be keeping an eye out for other books by Jane Peden that is for sure.The Millionaire's Convenient Arrangement gets a GREAT BIG FOUR SHOOTING STARS! Its sigh-worthy, it will make you frown and yet have a great ending. A pretty good story all in all if you ask me.

  • Elaine
    2019-04-05 02:21

    When I came to start writing this review, I thought about the film ‘Shrek’ . . . not because the plot is in any way similar but it is, like Shrek described himself, like an onion - made up of many layers! The heroine is Maria Martinez, she is bringing up her younger brother, Joey, after her mother’s death and her twin brother, Tito, was imprisoned for being in a gang and drug related offences. The problem now is that she can see Joey starting to go down the same route as Tito and, although she loves her twin brother and believes him innocent, she’s desperate to prevent Joey also ending up in gaol. She’s quite pleased when another volunteer at the soup kitchen she and Joey also volunteer gives him some manly advice. That volunteer turns out to be Ritchie Perez, a very successful attorney who used to be a tough prosecutor. He and Maria are seriously attracted to each other but when Ritchie is appointed Joey’s temporary guardian, Joey has the choice of moving in with Ritchie or going to a Juvenile Detention Centre. If Maria wants to stay with her brother, she’ll have to move in too . . . The only problem is that Ritchie has realised he’s the reason Tito is in jail. What will happen when Maria and Joey discover this? Will the relationship between Maria and Ritchie survive what has happened in the past, enabling them to move on to a future together or will it drive them apart?This is a story which takes the reader into the scenarios, making it so easy to empathise with these stubborn, opinionated characters and their reactions. It is a page turner filled with drama, plenty of twists and turns as well as dilemmas, angst and turmoil. The build up of the relationship between the three is sensitively handled and I really enjoyed reading this delightful novel. If you like your romance with history to drive the couple apart or be overcome, this will be a great story for you!Many thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for gifting me an ARC of this novel with no obligation. This is my honest review.

  • April
    2019-04-12 05:09

    Review to come.

  • Rachel
    2019-04-19 00:19

    What a great read! Can't wait to read Johnathan's story next

  • Lynn (Ellesea Loves Reading)
    2019-04-03 02:14

    I jumped straight into The Millionaire's Convenient Arrangement, book two in the Miami Lawyer series and can be read as a stand alone novel.Richie Perez cut his legal teeth working as an Assistant State Attorney prosecuting gang members and drug pushers but now works alongside two partners in their private legal practice. When he meets Maria and her much younger brother Joey whilst doing voluntary work he takes the young boy under his wing and is attracted to his sister.Maria Martinez had to relinquish her dream to take care of her younger brother after their mother died and her twin brother Tito ended up in prison. She feels guilty she doesn't have the time to spend caring for Joey as she holds down two jobs. When Joey gets into trouble with the law, the kind lawyer from the soup kitchen they volunteer at steps in to offer assistance, only his idea of a solution isn't what she has in mind!I enjoyed this novel, but I'm not sure I approve the idea of an adult using a child to get what he wants. I liked Richie, he's kind, considerate and very generous, however, many times I felt he was buying popularity with Joey who is very impressionable. I did like the dynamics between Maria and Richie because he is a bossy and ruthless man underneath his charming and charitable persona and will do anything to get Maria to go along with his plans. Maria was too quick to dismiss some of Richie's gestures, even when they make far greater sense than her own ideas. Many times she was her own worst enemy, by not looking at issues from a broader perspective. The backdrop of Miami and the Bahamas was a lovely escapism for me and I can't resist a gentleman in a suit.Overall, this was a quick, enjoyable read. This is my first novel by this author and eagerly anticipating Jonathan's story in the third novel in series.3.5 stars***arc generously received courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley***

  • Gwyn Plummer
    2019-04-20 03:55

    Let me start out by writing that this is a very interesting premise. I was glad that it didn’t take the whole story (or even half of it) for them to realize they shared a past, although it was brief, but very painful. I wasn’t sure where the story would go, but I was anxious to find out. I crushed on Ritchie…big time. He’s tough, yet gentle, fair, and straightforward. I really liked Joey, too. He was your typical teenager, and his transformation was believable, especially for his age. He needed a firm hand, and Ritchie was the perfect person to give it to him.Now on to Maria. I wanted to like her. And occasionally, I did. But sometimes she just bugged the hell out of me. Sometimes to the point where I wanted Ritchie to kick her out and just keep Joey. Although I understood why she wanted to do things her way, her strength often came across as juvenile, bitchy, fussiness. I’m all for standing on your own two feet, but she had way too much pride, and she worked my last nerve about Tito. She just couldn’t admit that he was in prison because of his own behavior, and her constant need to point out that he’d been given the raw deal got on my last nerves and some I didn’t even know I had. I yelled out “Oh, shut up!” which is something I usually yell at the TV, not my kindle. Now how disturbing is that?Ritchie and Joey carried the story for me. I also liked Ritchie’s mom. Now, I didn’t hate Maria, I just didn’t like her as much as I would’ve liked to, and I was glad that Ritchie stood his ground with her. I came to terms with the fact that they’d be together, and by the end I was ok with it.

  • Michelle Austin
    2019-03-29 00:11

    http://i869.photobucket.com/albums/ab...The Millionaire's Convenient Arrangement was a great 4 star read.Ritchie is a successful attorney who wants to give back to his community. He volunteers at the local soup kitchen where he meets Maria.Maria is struggling to raise her brother, Joey after her parents death. Joey has started to run with the wrong crowd and she is starting to worry.When Joey gets into trouble, Ritchie offers to help. What Maria doesn’t realize is that Ritchie is familiar with her family history. How will she react when she finds out who he is? Will she let him help her?As the story moves forward Maria starts to fall for Ritchie. Ritchie was great for Maria, he supported her in ways that she truly needed. There are twists and turns that will keep you pulled into the story. Can these two overcome everything and get their HEA? This is my first read from Jane Peden and I really enjoyed it. This is part of a series however can be read as a stand alone. If you're looking for a great romance, 1-click and get started today.I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. Reviewed by MAustin from Alpha Book Club

  • Angel Hatfield
    2019-04-08 23:23

    Ritchie kept asking Maria out and she said kept saying no. Ritchie had met Marie at a soup kitchen where her and Joey volunteered. When Marie finally did agree to go out with Ritchie he acted like a jerk to her. But there was an attraction between them. Maria really didn’t have time for anything more in her life as she already had two jobs and raising her thirteen year old brother joey and keep him out of trouble. Maria’s twin brother Tito had been in a gang and was now in prison on some drug related charges and Maria didn’t want Joey to end up like Tito even though she believed Tito was innocent. Maria’s mother had died and that is why Maria had been raising Joey to the best of her ability. But Joey seemed to be heading down the same road Tito had went down. Ritchie was a lawyer and rich but he also was the lawyer who put Tito in prison. When Joey gets in trouble maria turns to Ritchie she has no other choice . The judge gives temporary custody of joey to Ritchie and he is to move in with Ritchie as he is to keep Joey out of trouble. If Maria wants to be with Joey she must also move in to Ritchie home. I liked how you saw Ritchie’s and Maria’s relationship grow and it wasn’t just an inst lust kind of story and I really liked that. I really liked Maria’s character and came to like Ritchie after a while. I did like how Ritchie stepped in. this story had a good plot and i enjoyed the characters lot. I liked the ins and outs of the story and i recommend.

  • A Klue
    2019-04-14 01:22

    I just couldn’t get into this one, folks. From the annoying heroine’s quick to start an argument and unwillingness to listen to reason or be happy about anything, to the constant back and forth arguing/bickering over how to deal with Joey, her younger brother, to the bossy hero’s past involvement in her twin brother’s prison sentence, and the looming over them future with predictable fallout when said brother finally gets out of prison, it started to feel like a poorly scripted late afternoon made for TV soap opera, complete with some VERY smexy time despite the heroine being a virgin. At 50%, even though Maria was becoming less contrary, I found the writing itself wasn’t engaging enough to hold my interest.Here’s to hoping others like it. It just wasn’t for me.Title: The Millionaire’s Convenient Arrangement, Series: Miami Lawyer (Book 2), Author: Jane Peden, stand-alone but part of a series, did not want to finish, some VERY steamy/smexy scenes even though heroine is a virgin, heroine is always finding something to be unhappy about.Book 1 - The Millionaire’s Unexpected Proposal (Camilla & Sam), Pages: 247, 3/31/15Book 2 - The Millionaire’s Convenient Arrangement (Maria & Ritchie), 11/28/15(This review is based on free advanced reader copy ebook provided via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased, fair review. No type of compensation was given to the reviewer. There is no relationship/affiliation between the reviewer and the author/publisher/NetGalley.)

  • Sofia Lazaridou
    2019-04-10 00:03

    If someone could remove Maria from the book and replace her with pretty much anyone else I would have been the happiest reader in the world. I know her story and her situation wasn't ideal, but she was annoying. She was always complaining and she acted badly to Richie. Joey her little brother was an ungrateful child and materialistic. I know he is supposed to be just a kid, but I expected more after her almost went to prison. Tito, Maria's twin brother, was the only sensible person here. I liked Richie most of the time, but he used Joey to force Maria to move in with him. Honestly, if Maria wasn't complaining all the time and stopped using the victim card I would have enjoyed the book more. No Maria= more pleasure. In the end of the book the first couple of chapters from the first book were included and I wished I had read that book instead of this one. I got the impression that Richie had also come from a not wealthy family and he was more like her, but he didn't say anything about it to her. I found it difficult to connect with the characters and get into the story. If you can handle the whiny creature we get to call heroine and the blackmail from the hero you will enjoy the book.

  • Hilda
    2019-04-08 02:07

    My honest review is based on an advanced reader copy of this book.Maria and Ritchie’s story is multi-layered. Maria’s backstory is powerful and grabs a hold of the reader. Taking us on a journey with Maria and her little brother Joey. When Joey takes a path that is similar to Maria’s older brother she is willing to do whatever she needs to get him back on track. While she loves her older brother she doesn’t want that life for Joey.When Ritchie steps in as guardian Maria’s attraction to him is something she must put on the back burner for her brother’s sake. But she is also worried that Ritchie’s world isn’t reality and that it will be a bigger issue for Joey in the end. The Convenient Arrangement is a thoughtful novel that will engulf the reader and not let go until the last page. There is passion, angst, tension, drama, twists and turns and sizzling scenes. I loved the multi layers of Maria and how she was protecting Joey. I thought that Ritchie was very realistic in his mannerisms. I loved the build of Maria and Ritchie’s relationship and how Joey played a part. I look forward to Jane Peden’s next work.

  • Emma bramley
    2019-03-27 01:11

    this is the first book by this author that ive read and wow what a fantastic story it is. I was totally hooked from the first page till the very end and then I wanted more and more. I fell in love with the characters from the start. This book has a lovely ending, its just perfect for the story. I would ive to read the stories of the other characters and I cant wait to read more from this author in the future.Highly recommendedI voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this bookhttps://obsessedbookreviews.wordpress...

  • Tonja Jasinski
    2019-04-02 03:58

    This was my first Jane Peden book, but it won't be my last. Love how in depth you got to know the characters, could literally feel Maria taking for Ritchie and vice versa. Really enjoyed the back story and how their lives had actually intersected before. It was so fun to see these two stubborn, opinated people fall for each other. Looking forward to Jonathan and Baileys story. I read this book through Netgalley.

  • Haraiah Eve
    2019-04-01 23:23

    Enjoyed this but, man, Maria is one very frustrating main character. I like how the story ended though. And now I am interested in reading the first book of Miami Lawyers!Full reviewHERE .There's also a giveaway on my where you can win a Beach Tote Bag Prize Pack or a Kindle Fire. Just click the link above to enter :)

  • Heather andrews
    2019-04-07 23:15

    Ritchie is quite the dominant, bossy, alpha male, “then you’ll spend the night in my bed.” He tilted her chin up. “It’s about time we finished what we started.” I really loved this book, Maria was a stubborn, strong woman, and Ritchie was really quite bossy butbtheybfit together perfectly.

  • Abby
    2019-04-22 05:06

    Review to come!

  • Lisa
    2019-04-11 00:55

    I liked that this author drew out the realization of a relationship between Maria and Ritchie. I like the extra point in the story where Ritchie had been the prosecutor who hurt Maria's family. This was a new author for me and I'm glad I had the chance to read her work.