The Plan by Ella James
Release Date: November 27th
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Letitia Hasser from RBA Designs
4 Pie Worthy Crowns
The Plan is an unexpected romance. Yes, it is second chance. Yes, there is a pregnancy plan. But that is really where it ends. The characters, particularly the hero, is darker than expected, their relationship is more tumultuous, and the story, although giving readers an HEA, has some unexpected plot developments.
Gabe is a pretty angry individual, and he takes his anger out on everyone, particularly Marley, seemingly for no reason. Although, he has reason to be angry with the world for what he is going through, he unnecessarily takes it out on Marley. For this reason, I found it hard to connect with him as a hero in the beginning. As Ella James develops his character, though, readers get a glimpse of what has hardened his walls, making him more likable. By the end of the book readers will love the evolution of his character, as he finally becomes the hero romances readers love.
Marley is another character who is hard to connect with at times. Marley shows immense strength in facing Gabe down at certain times in the story, and it is clear she has a large heart. There are moments, though, where she flees instead of stands, and these moments readers will want her to have some temerity, to face him down and make him treat her better. Her forgiveness, one of her best traits, does pay off for her in the end, and it is often a double edged sword when it comes to her likability and dealings with Gabe.
The chemistry between these two in the bedroom is sizzling, like off the charts, make me blush chemistry. Their physical intimacy legitimizes their actual relationship until their emotions catch up to their sexual interactions. These moments are some of my favorite in the whole book.
The Plan is definitely a hate to love story-line, heavy on the hate at the beginning. The animosity is off the charts, with little to no reason given. As the story progresses, the author reveals bits of information that only endears readers to their personalities but also allows them to make progress with their relationship. The final moments of the story are completely rewarding for all of the hatred shared between the two, and they come full circle, making the pay-off worth it.
The Plan, while not my favorite from the series of standalones, is still an enjoyable read, especially for those who enjoy hate/love relationships. There is animosity, passion, and, most importantly, love.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
You’ve heard this story before. Woman feels her biological clock ticking and gets someone to knock her up.
Not for love, for baby.
That’s what I thought.
Then I found out my fiancé had a vasectomy. The life I thought I had? Nope. Suddenly I’m 33, and I don’t even have a kissing buddy.
When my mom’s health takes a turn and I wind up back in my hometown of Fate, Alabama, I tell myself to leave things up to…well, you know.
Then I see Gabriel McKellan. He’s Fate’s most famous son, a bestselling author who is beautiful, complicated, and living just below me. In addition to his plus-sized brain, Gabe’s well-endowed in other ways, and great in bed to boot. I would know. He’s my ex husband.
When I suggest The Plan, I don’t imagine that he’ll take the bait. It’s been ten years, and we don’t work. But Fate has other plans for both of us.
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I veer into the bushes, heading across the lawn toward the home’s rear right, where there’s supposed to be a staircase tacked onto the house’s back side.
“Not your walkway,” he says coolly.
“Figured that out,” I snap over my shoulder.
Hurt stings my cheeks and neck, prickles tears in my eyes. I whirl. “You are such an asshole! Always were. The biggest jerk in our class!”
“What was it, then, Marley?” He takes a long stride down the walkway toward me. “Oh, wait, I remember.” He looks pointedly down, and then back up at me with those electric eyes—and I know what he’s meaning.
“Jesus—you’re a pig!”
He smirks. “Only for you.”
With those ungraceful words, I march toward the house I’m sharing with my ex-husband.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ella James is the USA Today and Amazon Top 10 bestselling author of more than twenty love stories. She’s an angst-a-holic who loves exploring difficult situations and the emotions of the people caught up in them. Also, smut. But always, always romance.
Ella is an Alabama native who makes her home in Colorado with her husband, three young children, and hyperactive dog. When she’s not writing, she can be found hiking the foothills, taking nature photos for her Instagram account, or swilling vanilla cream soda.
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