Friday, 21 February 2014

ARC Review ~ Her Best Laid Plans by Eve Devon

Her Best Laid PlanseARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: 27th February 2014

Publisher: Harper Impulse


Love is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans…
The Totally Perfect Life Plan of Amanda Gray

Step 1 – Take total control of own destiny and avoid getting too wrapped up in the details.

Step 2 – Definitely do NOT kiss gorgeous bad-boy businessman who doesn’t know how to live life without scheduling it six months in advance, even if he is absolutely irresistible.

Step 3 – Don’t even THINK of accompanying him to London as his PA to enjoy steamy encounters in a metropolitan paradise.

Step 4 – Absolutely, positively, whatever you do- do NOT fall in love with him…

My Opinion

This sounded like another fun, flirty read from Harper Impulse so I instantly downloaded it from NetGalley. It is another one of their books that I started much too late in the evening and then was disappointed I had to stop reading because my eyes would no longer make the words readable at 4am.

The start had me hooked and the dynamics of Jared and Amanda's relationship were intriguing. It set everything up well and I wanted to know how things were going to play out between them. It also left a few unanswered questions that were slowly revealed throughout the book. I liked that the author concealed Jared's past up until the end; she mentions his feelings towards it but gives no clues as to what he did to make him feel that way. It created a slight mystery and kept me reading as I wanted to know his secrets.

As well as this the characterisation in Her Best Laid Plans was good. I liked how Amanda started off as a person who went with the flow, didn't have a life plan and put others first to stop herself focusing on one and then Jared was the opposite. As a successful businessman he had plans for everything and unwavering focus. I felt that they balanced each other well and from the opposite personalities allowed each other to grow and change believably because of the amount of time they spent together. 

The romance that emerges between them was fun and engaging. It keeps you turning pages and I liked the more flirty side of things as they teased eachother--especially after the boardroom incident (you'll have to read it to find out what happens). It was a fun romance to read about, that made me smile on more than one occasion. 

The only thing I can criticize this book for is that I felt the ending--although nice--seemed a bit abrupt. The author had done a good job with time scales throughout the book but I felt towards the end they just disappeared altogether and rather develop scenes, like the wedding, they were glanced over and for me they could have had a bit more relevance and a bit of a bigger part in terms of emotional development for the characters so the final chapter wasn't so "well that was a fast change of heart" effect.

Overall, Her Best Laid Plans was a good romance. It made me smile, kept me engaged and I liked the concept of planning and living in the moment. 

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