I love all Lauren Blakely’s books as they are always fun and entertaining and ‘Best Laid Plans’ is no different.
Gabe and Arden have been friends for a year but neither of them really wants to risk their friendship so they continue to flirt but not really do anything about their feelings.
Gabe is a hot fireman, ‘known as the Lucky Falls Panty-Melter. Star of the fireman calendar. Resident charmer. All-around ladies’ man. Dark-blond hair, soulful blue eyes, and a body that could advertise all the workouts in the world’ He isn’t into relationships or anything too serious... that changes once he’s and he’s met Arden. Arden runs a book store and is smart, super cute and very relatable - as she explains ‘I’m so squarely in the good-girl camp I’m practically the poster child of oh-so-sweet’. She was dumped by her boyfriend because he thought she was too “vanilla”. She becomes friends with Gabe and decides to ask him to teach her how to get a bit wild between the sheets...
I adored for Gabe 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 book was so deliciously sexy without being over the top, with wonderful characters, great chemistry, witty dialogue, and a delightfully fun and flirty storyline - highly recommended.
This started off a little slow for me, but once it got going, I was hooked. Arden is the 'nice' girl. Everyone loves her, but when it comes to relationships, not so much. She either has ones who aren't adventurous enough for her, or ones who think she's too 'nice' and dump her. After being dumped for being too 'nice' she takes out her frustrations on the picnic meal she had prepared for her boyfriend and while turning food into missiles, she accidentally hits Gabe, a firefighter, new to the area. He makes her feel better and they end up best friends, until feelings begin to develop but neither one is brave enough to say anything for fear of losing the friendship. Until Arden asks Gabe to help her find her inner sexy.
This is exactly what I needed to fall into after a hectic holiday to help with the blues. It made me smile, laugh and swoon and I want to know more and more. I couldn’t put it down, and read it in one sitting.
I loved each character immensely. Arden was someone I could connect with because of her quirkiness and planning. I thought she was sweet and entrancing with a wicked side. I wish I had her job! Gabe melted my heart. He is that guy that is your protector as well as your biggest supporter and best friend. He realizes before Arden does that they could have so much more if they took their friendship to the next level. It just takes Arden some planning and role playing to see where her heart belongs.
There are a few shelves you could rest this book. It’s a contemporary romance with humor, so a rom-com too. It could even be considered a slow burn story but once they do finally click, it is a quick conclusion. Don’t fret, as there are two epilogues that will give you a complete HEA and with the next book in the series being released soon, I think we will hear more about Arden and Gabe, as well as the new couple.
Lauren Blakely always has fun and entertaining books, and this one was no different. Gabe and Arden have been friends for a year but neither of them really wants to admit to, or risk their friendship, for feelings that are more than that. Of friends.
When Arden comes up with her little plan, things really heat up, and boy oh boy do they get fun. And that elevator scene? *fans self*
I loved that Arden is a bookstore owner and even though she's trying to find herself in certain ways, she's very true to herself in others. And Gabe is just an awesome male hero in this one. Plus he's a firefighter? I mean, who can resist a firefighter?
Lots of fun, an entertaining and easy read. Would recommend.