If you're looking for wonderful character chemistry, sexy, witty dialogue, and a delightfully fun and flirty storyline, then let me direct you towards Lauren Blakely's brilliant new release - Best Laid Plans. I loved this book. Love, love, love!! It gave me all the good time feels. This swoony, smile inducing love story is everything I love about Lauren Blakely' writing. It didn't feel like a typical friends to lovers. I don't know how to explain it. It just felt like more. I fell for Gabe almost instantly. The way he cared for Arden when she was down and his overall good guy vibe made him to be an amazing hero. This guy was seriously sexy as can be. Lauren Blakely writes the best nice guys. Arden is another favorite Blakely heroine. She's super cute and very relatable. Oh my gosh, I'm so jealous of her job - books and wine... hello heaven. She's inexperience in many aspects of her love life, but she's not naive or weak. I love her demeanor and her attitude even when she unsure. Gabe and Arden's friendship was my favorite thing. I was addicted to their flirting and hot back and forth interactions. This book was so deliciously sexy without being over the top. I can never get enough of Lauren Blakely's books. They make me so dang happy. Best Laid Plans is no different. I highly highly highly recommend picking it up.
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**I voluntarily read an early copy of this title in exchange for an honest review** Lauren Blakely is one of my go-to authors and this was another fun rom-com. Arden East is a planner, plain and simple. She always has plans and you know what the saying is about "best laid plans"... When Arden puts together the perfect picnic for her boyfriend to ask him to move in with her, the last thing she expected was for him to tell her it was over. The only good thing about that day was while she was reeling from the breakup, tossing a piece of cheese brought Gabe into her life. Gabe Harrison is a former professional baseball player that now makes his living as a paramedic. He was intrigued by Arden from the very first day he met her and while they've always had a really easy friendship, for him, his feelings have been steadily growing and changing from friendship to love. He is known for dating quite a bit, so he will have that to overcome if he decides to make a move to have more with Arden. What Gabe never expects is Arden to come to him with a proposal to help her learn to be more "naughty". He's totally on-board based on his growing feelings, but when she suggests they pretend, he isn't sure what to think. Is this going to work to pull them closer together or force them further apart? I enjoyed these characters quite a bit and their friends were great as well. I'm looking forward to what ends up happening upcoming books about their friends!
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Best Laid Plans is Lauren Blakely's newest romantic, sexy comedy. As you know, I'm Lauren's biggest fan. I'm a huge fan of the woman, her writing, her characters, her sense of humor, her witty banter, her storytelling and the way she keeps coming up with new, fresh and exciting ways to entertain us. Best Laid Plans is Gabe and Arden's story. We briefly met Gabe and Arden in Unzipped and I was instantly intrigued by the sexy fireman and the pretty bookstore owner. Gabe and Arden are friends. Just friends. They have fun together, talking, bowling. When Arden decides she wants to know what it's like to be naughty, she enlists the help of her handsome friend, Gabe. He is ecstatic and thinks this is finally his chance to show her he thinks about her more than a friend. Until she tells him it's a "hands-off" lesson. What the what? Ok, he can do this. He'll just tell her, lead her and then maybe get the chance to actually show her. What could go wrong? Their friendship is strong and it will survive and if he has his way they will become more than friends. Arden didn't really think this plan through. She didn't realize how much just Gabe talking to her about sex would turn her on. But of course he's a player so he's good at this. He's just a friend helping out another friend. Right? Once they touch for real and can't seem to keep their hands off each other, Gabe knows this is his chance. But Arden is freaking out. She doesn't think he truly cares about her. But he does. He so does. Will Gabe fight for his woman? Will Arden finally see what their future could look like? I loved this story. So much! It's fun, sexy, sweet, romantic and swoony. Gabe isn't just a sexy, gorgeous fireman. He cares about people. Wants to help them, save them and provide for them. Arden is smart, funny and knows just the right wine to pair with a great book. I wish I could go visit her bookstore and ask her advice! I loved that Gabe was the one who wanted to jump in feet first from friendship to much more! Overall, I laughed, cried, laughed, swooned, laughed some more and had to fan myself. Lauren never disappoints with her sexy characters, fun stories and romantic words. Sometimes your best laid plans turn out the way you never thought they would. Backwards. Upside down. Even better.
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