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Title: Best Laid Plans
Author: Lauren Blakely
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 22 Feb 2019

Synopsis from Goodreads

That time I had the brilliant idea to ask my good friend for lessons in sex-ploration…

Awkward? Maybe. But how else is a good girl going to find out if she likes being naughty? I might be sweet as cherry pie, but I’m also bold and damn curious. And Gabe is charming, trustworthy, aces at seduction (or so I hear) and—bonus!— willing to give me lessons. But to guarantee it won’t ruin our friendship, I have some specific requirements for his instruction. I want these classes to be hypothetical more than hands-on. So what if he’s hella sexy? I can handle that, no problem.
I have it bad for Arden. She’s bright, brilliant, insanely fun, and I want to take her home and spend all night together—and then spend the day with her, too. When she asks for my help, I see my chance to win her sweet heart by showing her how much fun we can have getting spicy. Trouble is, she has a different idea of what “sex-ploration” should mean. Now I’m going to have to get really clever to win her over.

Good thing I know exactly how to upend her best laid plans.

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Arden is one of my favourite Lauren Blakely characters; nerdy book girl and hopeless romantic – I love her. Book shop owner, good girl, awesome friend and quirky sense of humour – love 💖

Gabe is also a brilliant character – hot fireman alert 👨‍🚒 Although he has been placed in the player category, he is a wonderful, considerate person and a great friend. Which is exactly where Gabe finds himself where Arden is concerned. Their first real interaction occurs when Arden is not at her best, to say the least. Gabe manages to lift her spirits and endear himself to her. The chemistry between Gabe and Arden is evident even under these odd circumstances, however, with Arden’s fragile state and Gabe’s player reputation, Arden is determined to ignore the tingles and embrace the friendship.

The story unfolds with a year passing and the friendship between Arden and Gabe growing deeper with each passing day until bestie status is achieved. Despite their friendship and underlying attraction, Arden and Gabe have attempted to date other people but nobody fits them like each other. Plus Arden is still carrying a lot of self-doubts where her sexuality is concerned thanks to her douchey-ex. When a group of mature ladies set up a book group in Arden’s store, their ‘cease the day’ attitude inspires Arden to take control of her sexuality by doing what she does best – planning and list making. Creating a list of all the sexy things she would like to try – now she has to find someone she trusts to help her with ticking all the things off her list. Who better than her gorgeous best friend, Gabe.

Gabe thinks Christmas has come early when Arden propositions him with undertaking her list; especially as he has been trying to gather the courage to tell Arden how he feels about her 💖 Unfortunately, being a typical male, Gabe suffers from a terminal case of foot-in-mouth to go along with a lack of understanding when it comes to the female psyche. Putting both himself and Arden off balance and afraid to move forward.

The tension between Gabe and Arden reaches volcanic levels of heat while undertaking their list ticking mission. Determined to keep their friendship intact neither Gabe nor Arden are prepared to make the first move where their escalating feelings are concerned. What will happen when the sparks turn into a raging inferno??? All will be revealed within the pages of Best Laid Plans and they most certainly are 😉