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Best Laid Plans by [Fantome, Stylo]
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THE PLAN:

* 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
* STICK TO THE PLAN

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: 1337 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Battleaxe Productions (7 September 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B013KWCNL8
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,769 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 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xbb12b798) out of 5 stars The Good, The Bad and Everything In Between 13 September 2015
By Ivy D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A Stylo virgin: I’d never read a Stylo Fantome book before this, though she comes highly recommended by my girls on After Dark, so I was interested. When I saw the blurb and the cover for this book, I couldn’t resist. I was concerned with the start and my lack of love for Marc (more on that later), but the writing style is on point, and I love when an author can take me on a ride and make me, kicking and screaming, come to care for her characters.

There’s another book and I’m good with that: I hesitated a smidge when I realized that this was not a standalone, but rather a duo with the second book coming out in December of this year. I’m happy to say that Ms. Fantome has managed to craft a satisfying book that ends on a To Be Continued that didn’t leave me wanting to chuck my kindle. Most serials or multi-book series can drive me bonkers because frankly, they feel incomplete, they aren’t meant to be read on their own and I hate reading half a story. This is NOT the case here. Best Laid Plans doesn’t answer every question but it does have a satisfying payoff to a couple of plot threads, and leaves me wanting more.

Lily is far from a do nothing bitch: Lily has been working for five years to get close to Stankovski, so she can avenge the death of her sister. She’s done anything and everything, short of murder, to position herself to do this. She’s capable and smart, yet imperfect enough to connect with and she saves the day, more than once under crazy tough circumstances. She thrives under pressure and thinks well on her feet, which is just what you need with a story like this.

Excellent action: Hitmen/mercenaries? Kickass heroine? Action spanning a continent with loads of danger and hot sex to boot? Yes please. The action sequences are crazy, the fighting intense and the ultimate showdown kept me hooked, wanting to make sure that Lily ...ok yes, and Marc were alright. I would have liked some more follow through with certain plot points such as the Liberian gang, which felt as if it were essentially dropped to give closure to this particular book. Since it is a two parter, I’m reserving the right to be thrilled or less thrilled, depending on if they come up in second book. Speaking of books….

Kingsley Law needs his own: Book, I mean. And woman, ultimately. While I thought he was a desperately needed character to shed some light on Marc and his dunderheaded thinking, I would like to see what woman would pair well with him since I do think Marc and Lily click (which trust me, I didn’t think at first). He’s a solid secondary character who manages to steal most scenes he’s in and made me really want to let him have his dirty, rough way with me. I connected with him in a way I didn’t with Marc because, well…

Marc’s a little lotta bit of a DICK: Truly this makes complete and perfect sense for his character. He is a cold blooded mercenary who has managed to stay alive and do it well by shutting off his emotions to do the job needed. He’s a cocky arrogant ass who REALLY made me want to nutpunch him in the beginning. Then at the end, he made me want to nutpunch him again, for completely different reasons. I ran the gamut of emotions with him, bad and good. While I do think he works well with Lily, I’d never think of him in terms of book boyfriend material.

There’s alot of violence in this romance: A big part of the hurdle for me getting behind the romance part of this suspenseful tale is the violence, in particular between Marc and Lily. Had there been scenes in the beginning showcasing their attraction and their friendly banter before their ONS and before the feces hit the fan, I could have handled the violence better. It took me a long while to soften towards him, though it did happen...against my will. The fact that Lily could go toe to toe with him and beat him when the occasion called for it, brought back a balance to the relationship that ultimately worked for me.

The Bottom Line
Well written, exciting mercenary romance that I thoroughly enjoyed. I’d recommend for those who love good action and suspense with their romance and can handle violence, between the leads and everyone else. Is it December yet?

**ARC provided by author for review**
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xbb12bc9c) out of 5 stars Fabulously written page-turner. Buy this book! 8 September 2015
By Karyn Lawrence - Published on Amazon.com
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Best Laid Plans is about Lily, a woman who has devoted the last five years of her life toward a single goal, making sacrifices and laying the groundwork to get exactly where she needs to be . . . only to meet the sexy but rough mercenary Marc, who undoes all of those plans in a single day. It forces them together on a race across Africa, which they begin as enemies, but fighting their attraction proves to be more difficult than fighting the people after them.

So, what did I like about this read? Everything. I love strong, tough women, and loveable, unapologetic SOBs. Best Laid Plans has a huge heaping of both. So often in novels, we’re told the heroine is tough, but never shown it, and usually she’s crying and desperate for rescue by the climax. Not in one of Stylo’s books. I fully believe that while Lily may lack some of Marc’s experience and training, she can hold her own opposite this dangerous man. Maybe even best him, if he’s having an off day. ;-)

The set up is great. Lily and Marc know each other from working with the same people. They’ve been friendly, skirting around their mutual attraction for weeks, until the eve before Lily is to set off on her transport job, and our couple decides to hook up. Sparks fly, but they agree one night only. Come morning, they’re sure the other has double-crossed them, setting them off on a struggle for power in the relationship. Watching them yo-yo between lovers to enemies and back again was so deliciously entertaining.

And there’s a moment when both Marc and Lily sense their time together is coming to an end, and it forces them to evaluate how they feel about each other. I absolutely loved this scene. It gave me all the feels! Sure, they’d only been together for a short time, and yet with all that they’d been through, you understand their connection. The concept of pulling them apart right as they’re starting to fall was heartbreaking and so well done.

Plus, the action-packed climax scene. Yes. Intense and satisfying. I was turning the pages way into the night to finish this read.

One more thing to gush about- the setting. Love, love, love it when authors choose to go the extra step and research exotic locales. We read to escape, and with Best Laid Plans you can feel the heat and sand of Africa.

While Degradation will always be my favorite (because I went into it blind and it blew me away) I can say that Best Laid Plans is easily my second favorite. A very close second. I love reading romantic suspense that is heavy on action (& sexy times) and has an international setting, so if that appeals to you as well, snatch this book up in a hot second. You won’t be disappointed! (Except that you have to wait until December for book 2.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xbb12bf90) out of 5 stars Hits, and misses. 19 December 2015
By Katie_editor4u - Published on Amazon.com
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Best Laid Plans has a lot going for it: non-stop action, exotic locale, two disparate seemingly polar opposite protagonists, a villain, blowing sh*t up: the works. The cover is great. The blurb is fantastic. In the description, the author declares that if the book were a movie, it's be rated R for violence, language, nudity, and graphic sexual content...sounds great, right?

Yeah. This book really frustrated me from beginning to end. While I think BLP has great potential, it tried too hard to be too many things and the balance of the story--or rather, the lack thereof--really didn't do it for me. It's labeled in different genres from 'dark erotica' to 'romantic suspense' and I think that's the problem in a nutshell. You can have several genres within a novel but where is the anchor? If not solid character development then the action and journey itself. Here, the author attempted both as equal partners or switched between character development and action instead one taking the lead and the other in support. Having two anchors becomes a competition and a garbled plot. If you have one solid genre as your anchor to a story, adding other genres as layers around it is just icing.

To start off with... I'm not the biggest fan of insta-lust-love, which makes the believability of any budding relationship harder to digest and accept. We are also dropped in the middle of a scene from the git-go and while orienting the reader was better than most, it instantly creates a distance that is hard to close. At least, it was for me. The plot was way over the top, but I love stuff like that though there is such a thing as over-saturation of a good thing. The sex scenes were okay, but a bit muddled sometimes. It's third person with alternating POVs between Marc and Lily. That also creates a slight distance for the reader and getting emotionally attached to the main characters.

To be honest, I almost quit after the 35-40% mark (in fact, I would have edited out a lot in the first quarter). And again until we got more of Kingsley. For most of the book, all Marc and Lily do--besides each other--is yell and scream at each other, tell each other how stupid they are, try to out-Rambo each other, go to and fro to this location to that location, have sex, repeat. Bantering and actions scenes are okay and witty repertoire can add levity to intense scenes--but not chapter after chapter of it like it's somehow revealing their emotions or moving the plot along. That kind of dialogue and constant action does not let us in on the characters at all. It just got annoying and, at times, boring. Then there would be inserts of sex that was supposed to come off sexy and I think emotional but...eh; then there would be the 'oh if life had been different' moments that felt very random despite there being a sense of sincerity, depth and well-meaning behind it.

I neither liked nor disliked Lily or Marc. At times, I couldn't stand both of them, and other times, I found them both amusing. Because the set up of their relationship was off kilter from the beginning, it didn't have the impact it should have because it's too brief, static and swallowed up or interrupted by things getting blown up around them or them constantly arguing and bickering. They each had this incredible backstory to them but any possible growth, again, is overshadowed by the never-ending action scenes, and their past doesn't really factor that much into the present. Which is odd because Lily becomes a transporter due to this huge tragedy in her past--it's a strange disconnect I haven't experienced in a long while. Our main leads do, however, fit the concept of the story perfectly, and that's about it. I think because the main characters came off so one-dimensional for most of the book, the only character with personality and panache, Kingsley Law, stands out as the clear winner in this book. That's good, to a degree, but the book's about Lily and Marc. So...choices, choices.

This is where I get really picky: I had a hard time 'seeing' a lot of the action in my head. Descriptions of the places they visited, how the action scenes laid out, just basic, general descriptions of people, environment, other characters, got clunky sometimes, either lacking enough details to make it really vivid, or details that made it harder to envision in my head. I mean, I didn't always get a sense they were in Africa, or anywhere, at all. There were some odd punctuation things going on, including the over use of ?! every time Marc and Lily, or anyone, was screaming and yelling. The chapter headings were broken down to Days but not effective and always gave me pause, in a puzzled sort of way. Several chapters would have the same chapter heading of Day Two, for example.

The writing was solid and there were moments it shined, especially when the author tried to get a little more heartfelt but I needed more of it and woven more throughout the story so it had an impact. Also, I liked the grit and commitment from the author about keeping the characters true at heart, for the most part--in that Marc accepted who he was and didn't apologize for it. They're not perfect characters with stellar moral compasses but make hard and horrible choices and decisions that they have to live with, regardless. *That* was interesting but rarely extrapolated on but indirectly presented when it should have been the main point.

Best Laid Plans had hits and misses for me. The concept and plot of the book is not revolutionary and should have been exciting. The action was fun, in small dosages. I think better character development and actual character growth could have made it a stand out novel--though I don't know how this being only half of a story--factors into that aspect of the overall telling in terms of the characters growing. Other things I didn't like just stuck out more to me than the parts that were good, unfortunately. Cliffhangers are the new norm and I'm okay with that but when this book ends the way it did, it's not always in the best possible way. It's not resolved at all so you have to read book 2 in order to find out what happened. Again, I'm okay with that, and expect that in the indie book biz--I'm not sure I care to pick up the story and get more of the misses from book 1 but the author is fierce and talented and I may possibly try other books by this author as they are released.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xbb8b3054) out of 5 stars Holy smokes! 13 September 2015
By Allyson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was given a copy of Best Laid Plans in exchange for an honest review for Through the Booking Glass Book Blog.

5 AMAZING FREAKING STARS!!!

This was my first ever book by this author, and it will not be my last!

Living years of her life working, planning, preparing the revenge for her sister, Lily plans every scenario possible to get her through the next five days. Until she met Marc, who is strong, smart, and every type of hotness.

Will Marc ruin her plans? Or will he help her?

And the sex scenes. WOAHHHHH! HOT HOT HOT!

I believe this needs to be a movie. Definitely something I would watch in a second!

I need the second book now! BRAVO!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xbb12bf24) out of 5 stars Reading good enough to watch on the big screen!!! WOW! 8 September 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I am in awe of Stylo's talent... this book... wow!

I felt like I was watching a slick action film, no, better than that, I felt like I was living it. The details, the facts, the action, the off the charts sexual tension - it was all fantastically written.

Stylo just keeps getting better and better!

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