Plot: The narrative is well constructed, but could use a bit more meat than Darby and Michael's no strings attached arrangement and the tensions of Darby's job at Northwestern. The arrangement comes with familiar complications, but the book is enjoyable.
Prose: The prose is solid, but doesn't do much to take the plot beyond its familiar elements.
Originality: While not groundbreaking, the details of the relationship the arrangement created are somewhat fresh and there is a reveal towards the end that is surprising.
Character Development: Darby is a well rendered character, but Michael feels a bit flat -- he comes off as too perfect -- and could be further developed. The villains of the book are imore caricatures than fully developed characters.
Date Submitted: March 27, 2017