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Best Laid Plans by [Fantome, Stylo]
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Best Laid Plans (The Mercenaries Book 1) Kindle Edition

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* Smuggle diamonds from Liberia to Morocco
* Make the trip in three days
* Don't get caught
* Don't kill each other
* Don't have sex with each other
* Don't fall for each other

This is the story of what happens when an unlikely bond is formed between enemies, causing tensions to rise, and igniting a chemistry that threatens to burn them both. Together, they'll learn that sometimes even the best laid plans can fail.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1340 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Battleaxe Productions (7 September 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B013KWCNL8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #132,033 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Only a little over a year ago she came out of nowhere with a fresh story, and it wasn't a fluke. The awesomeness just keeps coming! Best Laid Plans is not like anything most of us have been reading. It is essentially a romance, but it's actually so much more. Action! Action! Action!

BLP has a rich background. It isn't just the guy, the girl and the relationship struggles. There are several countries, dilemmas, people, props, ideas. . . It's obvious that the author really researched her material. What goes into being a mercenary? What's it like to go in a store in a certain country? How does the land and weather differ from place to place? Every weapon, every conversation, every move—it all feels realistic.

If you're like me, you appreciate when a character isn't wimpy, but often, the alternative is so unbelievable. BLP has badasses you can really sink your teeth into. They're tough as nails, but they're not invincible or overinflated.

Marc is a mercenary. If you've got the dime, he's got the time. He's a thief and a murderer, but he's big on honor. Marc is 6 feet of sexy, gruff warrior. Lily is a transporter. It's her job to get highly desirable and stolen goods from point A to point B. She's super strong and brave in this male-dominated environment; yet, she still retains her femininity. Law is a supporting character. He's a more refined version of Marc for when a sleeker approach is necessary.

This story is full of great dialogue, steamy sex, car chases, shootouts, fistfights and exotic locales. I enjoyed every single second, and I cannot wait for the next book in series.
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WOW!!! This series rocked! From beginning to end, it was a real page turner....loads of action and adventure, sexual tension, great characters and well written passionate, steamy sex! Think of it as a cross between James Bond and Mr & Mrs Smith --- the R rated versions ;-)

The books were extremely well written, very engaging, and so true-to life, i could almost feel the bullets whizzing past me!!

Highly recommend reading these books!
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I loved the intricate details that made this book work, I loved the witty, smart mouthed characters and I loved the gripping plot that had me up until 3am.

I recommend this book highly! It's car chases and steamy moments; no regrets!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy good and action packed love story 27 June 2017
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Crazy good and action packed love story! Oh my goodness, what a ride! This book hits the ground running and it will leave you on the edge of your seat while white knuckling your Kindle. The characters are strong, tough, stubborn and completely captivating. I want to be Lily, she takes bad-assery to another level. She didn't just keep up with the boys, she left them in the dust at times. Marc is the perfect anti-hero, with his tough talk, rough ways, and devil may care attitude. Kingsley is the perfect gentleman bandit, he was delicious.

This is the first book I have ever read by Stylo Fantome, and I have to say she has an exciting and unique writing style. Not many authors can pull of this kind of story with so much going on and keep it cohesive and interesting through out. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
4.0 out of 5 stars Action-packed, refreshing story! 7 October 2015
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Liliana ‘Lily’ Brewster has one mission in life – revenge. Revenge for the death of her sister. In order to accomplish that goal, she has spent the last five years earning the trust of the Bravta – the Russian mob – as a mercenary. Lily is one bad-ass heroine. She has trained hard to get where she is, and she is very good at what she does. To her annoyance, she feels herself very attracted to Marcelle ‘Marc’ De Sant, another mercenary working for the Bravta. Lust isn’t a distraction she wants or needs, but resisting Marc isn’t a possibility.

“She had a mission, something she had to do. Something she needed to do. Something she had been planning for five years. She couldn’t risk ruining it by chasing after a boy. She couldn’t…”

Marc is a mercenary, plain and simple. For the right amount of money he’ll do whatever a client wants him to do. After his parents were killed by a hurricane while living in Haiti, he quickly got involved with the dark side of human nature at a young age. Although Marc lives a rough and brutal life, months on end in the less stellar places of this world, he still can enjoy the finer things in life. Meeting Lily during a dangerous job isn’t something he anticipated, but he can’t do anything but give in to his urges.

“But they chatted and they flirted and they danced around each other. Became friends. He liked her, h supposed. He didn’t like many people.”

After they have shared a long night of hot sex, Marc believes Lily seduced him and left him to be taken out by local criminals. The ruthless mercenary he is, he immediately sets out take his revenge on Lily and make her pay for what he believed she did. After a not so happy ‘reunion’, the couple quickly pieces together what actually happened and decides to travel together with some rules and boundaries in order to prevent distraction. Of course, the rules and boundaries they have set are meant to be broken, they just can’t stay away from each other.

The story being told in Best Laid Plans reads like an action movie with not only a hot bad-ass hero, but also an equally bad-ass heroine who’s just as ruthless. I’ve truly enjoyed this story, being told in the familiar writing style of Stylo Fantome I have learned to love in the Kane trilogy. Besides Lily and Marc, I really liked Marc’s colleague Kingsley. A man very different from Marc, but not any less attractive.

“Just you wait, Marcelle De Sant. I’ll be the best anyone in this business has ever seen. Just you f**king wait.”

Since this is part of a series, the story being told isn’t finished yet. I can’t wait for December 15th when the second part of the story, Out of Plans, will be published. I need to know what happens next to Lily, Marc, and also Kingsley. For the people who really want to know: yes, this book ends in a cliffhanger, but honestly, I consider this a very mild one.

I give this action-packed, refreshing story 4 stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best kind of hero - 5 stars 29 August 2016
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This book was a five star read for me given so many reasons: 1) Lily: a strong, no nonsense, bad a** female mercenary; 2) Marc: a bad a** male character written as a "grow on you" anti-hero mercenary; 3) Kingsley: a hot, British mercenary providing comedic relief/partial love interest; 4) anti-romantic plot packed with non-stop action and underlying ribbons of shared emotional & physical abandonment fears.

This story is very different from a traditional romantic suspense. However, the superb way in which Ms. Fantome weaves her literary web of unassuming romance has the reader cheering for the life of a romantic relationship in the midst of a diamond heist gone terrible off plan. The imagery was such that a big budget action movie plays through the reader's mind as each page is turned. I was pleasantly surprised by my continued interest in this story. How often do you root for the guys who job it is to kill people? I am highly anticipating the continuation and conclusion in the next book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best work by Fantome yet.. if you've read her other work, you will be blown away by this one! 16 September 2015
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Mercenaries on impossible missions, diamonds, African gangs, the Russian mob and an action packed ride - you just can't go wrong with that!

The heroine, Lily Brewster is strong, determined and kick-ass to the max! I loved it!!! She absolutely never stops fighting even when she is scared out of her mind and trust me, some of the situations she found herself in were harrowing.

Marc De Sant is our hero. A ruthless, cunning and hot mercenary who has no time for emotion. He can be a cold-blooded killer or a thief who can acquire the impossible for the right price.

Lily and Marc meet while on a job for the Russian mob in Liberia. She is a transporter of illegal goods and Marc is the gun for hire or thief in this instance. Sparks fly and the two have a steamy night together as their assignment is wrapping up, or so they thought...

Mayhem abounds in this thrill ride and in the last third of the book, an associate of Marc's arrives on the scene. A handsome, British mercenary, Kingsley, joins the dynamic duo and opts to help them during the last stages of their adventure. Kingsley is very quickly smitten with Lily and makes no bones about it.

The setting is all over Africa and I had to hit the map app on my phone and follow the cross country trek of the characters! I could not put this book down and devoured it in a day!

The cliff hanger here was not too bad. It ends leaving you wanting more for sure, but it was the perfect place to end it. I will most definitely be buying the next book in the series! Be sure to read the little teaser for the next book after the author's acknowledgements. FANTASTIC JOB Stylo!! Thank you!
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one from Stylo! 26 January 2016
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Stylo keeps getting better and better. You will never be disappointed by one of her books. This had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. The writing is such that you become the characters. You are transported away and nothing matters except what is going to happen next. The first half of the book is about 2 mercenaries Marc and Lily, that stole millions of dollars worth of diamonds and half to fight gangs and Mafia from stealing the diamonds back. There is a chemistry that is developing between the two that is wonderful. They are funny, tough, and sexy. Then we are introduced to one Kingsley Law. Add him to the mix and wow! The banter, dialogue, euphemisms are beyond words. Can't wait to see what happens in the next book. Definitely need more Marc and Kingsley!! And badass Lily!

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