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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Best Laid Plans by Elizabeth Palmer

Best Laid Plans by Elizabeth Palmer
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (112 pages
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Sunflower

Raven-haired anchorwoman Violet Gallagher is a planner and a plotter, not a dreamer. She reads self-help books, not fairy tales; keeps a five-year plan, not a journal. But when she catches the eye of a handsome stranger across the room at a party given in her honor, it suddenly feels like a very enchanted evening.

Jake Macintyre, globe-trotting photojournalist and Prince Charming look-alike, is as impulsive as Violet is cautious. Although he knows the unexpected interlude with his dream-girl from the nightly news is ill-timed, his motto is “seize the moment—and the girl!”

So, with no fairy godmother to impose a curfew, Violet allows Jake to escort her home after midnight, where she loses more than just her dancing shoes. The next morning, however, she discovers he isn’t the sort of Prince who hangs around the castle, but the adventurous kind who slays dragons, pursues grails, and embarks on quests. Or, as he explains it, he’s about to begin a year-long assignment in a distant foreign country.

Violet’s fairy tale, alas, will have no “happily ever after.”

Or will it?

This isn’t “The End,” but only the first chapter of a timeless love story . . .

It only takes a night to change your life. That's exactly what happens to Violet. Best Laid Plans is a book that shows readers even those with the best laid plans can somehow fall through a loop hole and make things different.

Violet is on the verge of a new job, in a new place. She meets Jake on the night in celebration to her, and she allows him to sweep her off her feet. It wouldn't be anything more. Violet likes to think by the book. She doesn't make room for dreaming. She can be very straight laced. I had mixed feelings about Violet. For the most part, I liked her. There's a situation where she lies about something pretty important, which I don't understand at all, and that bothered me the most.

Jake is a wanderer. But that's part of his job. He's always on the go, but he's a good man with a kind heart. A decision now must be made, and Jake struggles with it throughout the book. He tries to step up and be there for Violet, when she isn't pushing him away. These two have a long way to go if they're ever going to be a team, on the same side.

I enjoyed this story right from the start. The characters such as Jake, Violet, Jake's Uncle, and few others made for a truly delightful read. There is one man, Richard, that irritated me from the beginning. He's not really a bad guy, just overly irritating. His job is to add tension to story and he does it well.

The story flow is great, and the situations the pair find themselves in are so true to life, that it can happen to anyone. Ms. Palmer creates plenty of conflict and emotion in this story. If you're a fan of heartwarming contemporaries, why not give this book a try?