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…
I warmed to ‘Her Best Laid Plans’ from the first page. The dynamic between Amanda and Jared is flirty, funny and realistic.
Amanda is quirky and likeable. She survived some terrible events in her life which strengthened her character but made her understandably reticent about planning too far in to the future or taking chances which might lay her open to at best disappointment at worse emotional pain. Jared has been a major positive focus in her life since her brother’s accident. She values their friendship but secretly longs for some of the benefits so often talked about in popular culture.
Jared is successful and rich, the model employer and a great friend to siblings Mikey and Amanda. He is also guilt ridden about his friend’s life changing accident and something in his past which led to estrangement from his family and him emigrating from London to New York. He likes Amanda in his life and initiates countless circumstances to have her close to him. Despite this he doesn’t cross the friendship line out of respect for Amanda and her brother or at least that what he tells himself.
When a ghost from his past invades his new life he calls Amanda again. Something changes the dynamic between them at that fateful meeting and when Jared offers Amanda a job with him in London she takes a risk.
The build up of sexual tension between Amanda and Jared is delicious. The boardroom scene made me cry with laughter. Humour balances the angst which gives the story its edge. Both Amanda and Jared are emotionally damaged by their past. Can they overcome their inner barriers and find love?
Her Best Laid Plans’ is witty, humorous, sensual, romantic much too good to put down. Find yourself a couple of hours and enjoy Amanda and Jared falling in love.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins UK HarperImpulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars