The 4th installment of The Blue Moon series, Not Part of the Plan, by Lucy Score is very engaging and a really good read in the romance genre (with a little drama and humour thrown in). Summer Pierce's gorgeous friend, famous photographer, Nico Vulkov (meaning wolf in Russian) has hit a creative low. As a result, he has taken a break in Blue Moon Bend in order to take stock of his life. Beautiful, hardworking and organised Emmaline, Gia's sister, manages the Pierce family's restaurant/brewery. She was a planner and avoided risks at any cost. When he meets her, Nico is smitten, but Emma is wary of his playboy ways. Nico is not interested in commitment and Emma is looking for someone safe. Of course, their attraction is electric and they become the new focus of the Blue Moon Beautification Committee. I wasn't taken by Lucy's 3rd book, but this one has relatable and attractive characters and a well-thought-out plot. I felt a connection with Emma and Nico straight away and enjoyed the battle of wills and emotions as each one learned to trust and accept one another (via a little help from the Pierces and locals). If you like the genre and a book with lots of love, family life, trials and fun, all wrapped up in smalltown warmth and hippy quirkiness, you'll enjoy Not Part of the Plan.
Ms Score writes the type of tale that makes you feel like you are part of it. The emotions and feelings are real whilst you are reading the story. What a fun read and once again I was laughing and crying. The situation with Reva and Caleb was terrible and I hope they keep their new home. The wedding of Phoebe and Franklin sounded lovely. Truthfully, this whole crazy family and town have wormed their way into my heart. This time it is our heroine who has the relationship meltdown. Emma and Nikolai are the perfect couple but it takes a few special moments for them both to come to this realisation. The people of Blue Moon sound like the quirkiest and kindest people ever. Wish somewhere like that really existed.
Lucy has hit it out of the park yet again. I love travelling back into Blue moon and seeing all the amazing characters again. She has touched on catching up with the previous couples with class and dignity and kept the story light hearted with some heart tugging in other places. I highly recommend this series!