Best Laid Plans

Best Laid Plans

by Lauren Blakely

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Overview

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.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732575516
Publisher: Lauren Blakely Books
Publication date: 02/22/2019
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 124,448
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

A #1 New York Times Bestselling and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's sweet, sexy and witty. Her heroines are strong and smart and her heroes have hearts of gold and fantastic funny bones. She lives in California with her family, including her smoking hot and hilarious husband and her two brilliant and kind children. She has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs -- she might have four dogs, or maybe five. If she's lucky, she'll soon have six dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, and she's sold more than 3 million books. In February she'll release BEST LAID PLANS, in March THE FEEL-GOOD FACTOR, and in May THE DATING PROPOSAL. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

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Best Laid Plans 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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Sandy-thereadingcafe 10 months ago
3.75 stars-- BEST LAID PLANS by Lauren Blakely is a contemporary, adult, stand alone erotic, romance story line focusing on fire fighter Gabe Harrison, and book store owner Arden East. Told from dual first person perspectives (Gabe and Arden) BEST LAID PLANS follows the friends to lovers relationship between fire fighter Gabe Harrison, and book store owner Arden East. One year earlier Arden East was in love with a man who thought our heroine was too nice and too vanilla. Angry and heart broken, our heroine begins to toss the picnic she made only to come face to face with fire fighter Gabe Harrison who welcomes the ‘nice’ woman into his last. Fast forward to present day wherein Arden is desperate to step out of her ‘nice lady’ comfort zone, and makes Gabe an offer he cannot refuse- teach our heroine to be sexy and more outgoing. What ensues is the friends to lovers romance and relationship, and the potential fall-out when the emotional magnitude of their growing love threatens the friendship zone Arden squarely placed the man that she loves. Gabe Harrison has lusted after his best-friend from afar but having been placed in the ‘friend zone’ one too many times, Gabe takes full advantage of Arden’s need to learn to be seductive both in and out of the bedroom. Arden East knows she is the vanilla woman her ex tried to make her believe but having had no experience in the world of kink or sexy fun, our heroine is desperate to put Gabe’s knowledge to use. The relationship between Gabe and Arden is one of best friends; a relationship where the palpable sexual attraction is evident to everyone but our leading couple. Wanting to ‘experience’ everything and more, Arden makes a bucket list of sexual activities for her and Gabe to practice and learn. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate, without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. We are introduced to Arden’s best friends: bowling centre owner Vanessa, and police officer Perri Keating; as well as fire fighter Shaw Keating, paramedic newcomer Derek McBride, and Gabe’s pops and parents. Derek and Perri’s story line is next in THE FEEL GOOD FACTOR. BEST LAID PLANS is a story of friendship, romance, heart break and love. The premise is engaging and endearing; the romance is steamy and fun; the characters are energetic, feisty and lively. BEST LAID PLANS is a sexy and sensual story of romance.
JulieD2 12 months ago
Just loved this friends to lovers story and the sexy escapades they finally got involved in were saucy, fun and hot! Arden knew who Gabe was and finally got to meet him in the most unusual places. After Arden explains her reason for being there, Gabe didn’t expect anything more to from their meeting and was pleasantly surprised when it did. They become close friends and Arden asks Gabe to help her in the love department and when they wish for hands on tutoring, things get a bit more interesting. The chemistry between them is off the charts right from the beginning and as their friendship progressed it was fun to see how their relationship would change. An great little read. I highly recommend it!
Arys More than 1 year ago
Best Laid Plans by Lauren Blakely is a fun romantic comedy about friends who turn to lovers. Arden East is the good girl who wants to learn more about being naughty and who better to teach her than her good friend and playboy, Gabe. Gabe likes Arden and wants to be moved out of the friend zone. So, of course, he agrees to help Arden in her lessons in hopes of making her realize how great they can be together. However, when Arden keeps their lessons strictly platonic, Gabe will need to be smart to upturn her best laid plans. This leads to a lot of fun, passion and romance that pulls them closer and closer together. Best Laid Plans by Lauren Blakely is so much fun. I liked reading about Arden and Gabe: how they became friends, and how they fell in love. Then Ms. Blakely throws in the humor, sweet moments, and slow burn falling in love, and Best Laid Plans makes for a great novel to spend your time reading. (I voluntarily reviewed an advance review copy of this book I received for free in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
BookAngel_Emma More than 1 year ago
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
gabby2846 More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for wonderful character chemistry, sexy, witty dialogue, and a delightfully fun and flirty storyline, then let me direct you towards Lauren Blakely's brilliant new release - Best Laid Plans. I loved this book. Love, love, love!! It gave me all the good time feels. This swoony, smile inducing love story is everything I love about Lauren Blakely' writing. It didn't feel like a typical friends to lovers. I don't know how to explain it. It just felt like more. I fell for Gabe almost instantly. The way he cared for Arden when she was down and his overall good guy vibe made him to be an amazing hero. This guy was seriously sexy as can be. Lauren Blakely writes the best nice guys. Arden is another favorite Blakely heroine. She's super cute and very relatable. Oh my gosh, I'm so jealous of her job - books and wine... hello heaven. She's inexperience in many aspects of her love life, but she's not naive or weak. I love her demeanor and her attitude even when she unsure. Gabe and Arden's friendship was my favorite thing. I was addicted to their flirting and hot back and forth interactions. This book was so deliciously sexy without being over the top. I can never get enough of Lauren Blakely's books. They make me so dang happy. Best Laid Plans is no different. I highly highly highly recommend picking it up.
D-does-reviews More than 1 year ago
You know you’re reading a Lauren Blakely book when the opening scene features a lovely park setting, a heroine in distress and a half naked jogger who runs right into a hunk of airborne Gouda cheese. I know I can always count on an entertaining story with quirky and charismatic characters, plenty of humor and a happily ever after ending that’s satisfying in every way. Lauren’s latest couple become friends when Gabe stumbles upon Arden after she’s just been dumped by her current boyfriend because, according to him, she’s just to vanilla for him. After a year of friendship with Gabe, Arden decides he’s the perfect man to give her some experience with being naughty because she trusts him to still be her friend after classes are over. What could possibly go wrong? Trust me, you’re going to need to find out for yourself.
JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year ago
Lauren Blakely has outdone herself again with her latest release Best Laid Plans. Is it no secret that I love me a good friends-to-lovers book and adding Lauren Blakely in the mix just makes it that much more magical for me. She is my go-to when it comes to good romantic comedies and she did not disappoint in this book. Best Laid Plans was witty, romantic and full of sizzling moments to leave you wanting for more. At the beginning of the book we get to meet Arden East, owner of A New Chapter, a bookstore in Lucky Falls. As a book and a wine lover, Arden is able to give people wine recommendations with certain books. It is her passion that has made her successful in career, but not so much in her love life. She is the good girl that guys take home to meet their parents and she loves that. That is until her boyfriend breaks up with her because there is no spark in the bedroom that leaves her wondering what it would be like to explore her naughty side. She needs someone she can fully trust and after her breakup, Gabe Harrison has been her rock and biggest supporter. He knows everything about her and as her best friend she trusts him fully enough to ask for his help. Arden knows that they can’t be intimate, but there is nothing wrong with a little sex-ploration, she just needs to get him to agree first. As a firefighter, Gabe Harrison is used to saving lives but when Arden asks for his help he doesn’t know what to do. He has always had a crush on her and exploring her naughty side has his head going wild, until she tells him that they will not be intimate that has him thinking of ways to get her to that point. He knows that she trusts him fully enough to ask him, but when he finally gives him Gabe starts to feel differently towards her. He’ll have to figure out if their sex-ploration could lead to something more or potential ruin their friendship forever. I absolutely loved reading this book! Gabe is sweet, charming and protective towards Arden. He truly is a good friend to her. On the other hand, Arden is smart, funny and has no problem asking for help. She is a quick learner, but when she discovers just how much she enjoys being with Gabe, she’ll have to figure out if pursuing a relationship with him is worth it or not. I was hooked from beginning to end! It was fun reading their sex-ploration and how it all ends at the end. I would highly recommend reading this book and any others by the author, it will not disappoint!
bbarneybooks28 More than 1 year ago
You know the saying “Nice guys finish last”? Well, in Lauren Blakely’s new release, Best Laid Plans, Blakely’s heroine learns the hard way that nice girls seem to get dumped because they’re not naughty enough in bed…at least that’s Arden East’s ex’s reason for breaking up with her. So what’s a good girl to do when she’s basically been told she’s too vanilla in bed…too sweet to want to explore the naughtier side of sex…how about asking Lucky Falls’ resident Panty-Melter, Gabe Harrison, to help her experience all that sex is supposed to be and prove to herself that she’s not too good of a girl to experience the filthy side of fucking! A short-term guy and a long-term girl hooking up has disaster written all over it, but Arden’s determined to explore her dirtier and naughtier side and who better to help her than a man who seems to know his way around a woman’s body and has probably experienced all the non-vanilla sex Arden wants to try out. I truly wish I could have been in the room for the scene where Arden asks Gabe for his ‘sex assistance.’ I mean…here’s a guy who is more than attracted to his female friend and now she’s offering him a chance to get in her pants and show her what it means to do something other than make love; in a guy’s mind, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but for Gabe, it comes with its own set of problems and that fact is shown the more he helps Arden explore a side of her that she never knew she had. I love a title that uses a pun - allowing readers to notice the word play right from the start. Arden is a planner - one who makes list and plots out how she wants everything to go, but when it comes to another person’s actions and what that means for her, there’s no way to know all of those details, and her plans turn into best laid ones, making things end poorly and quite different than she expected despite all of her painstaking preparations. Best LAID plans also implies exactly what Arden wants to experience with Gabe, helping her explore what she truly wants/likes in bed, checking off different positions and situations that allow her to come out of her ‘good-girl shell’ and be the naughty sex kitten that only Gabe seems to bring out. Best Laid Plans is such a cute and swoon worthy story…Arden and Gabe are extremely likable characters and I love the fact that these two created a solid friendship before Arden directed them down a path towards less of a platonic relationship, but therein lies the problem as well, because the fear of losing a connection that means everything to her is not something Arden knows how to deal with, which means there are bound to be mistakes on both sides. The kind-hearted bookstore owner and the sexy fireman will melt readers’ hearts as well as get them all hot and bothered from Gabe and Arden’s sexual exploration, which is exactly what romance readers want! 4.5 Poison Apples
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
From the moment Arden and Gabe met there were evident sparks, and a mutual attraction. But at that particular time she was just getting out of a bad relationship and he wasn't really in the market for a girlfriend because he was too busy sowing his wild oats. So a friendship bloomed and through the last year they have spent copious amounts of time doing friend-type things, but things between them are about to head in a whole new direction! Arden wants to improve her bedroom skills, and she thinks that Gabe is the perfect partner for the job, because he is "safe" and won't judge her for her inadequacies, and well, because he has tons of experience that he can share. But what starts out as an innocent teaching lesson quickly becomes something else entirely... something a whole lot hotter!! Best Laid Plans is a sultry little friends-to-lovers story that comes brimming with emotion, humor, and loads of naughtiness!! I loved my time with these two quirky love birds, they brought life to the pages and kept me thoroughly entertained with their sex-ploration antics! Every once in a while I need a steamy romantic comedy thrown into the mix, to even out of all the angsty stuff I usually go for, and this one was the perfect antidote! It had me smiling barely a chapter in, and that smile hung around long after the last page was swiped! Ms. Blakely really brought her Rom-com "A" game with this one, it had laughs and swoons galore! If you are in the mood for something light-hearted and a little on the steamy side then I highly suggest you give this one a try, it's a sure bet! I requested an advanced copy of this title from the publisher, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.
bookbruin More than 1 year ago
Friends to lovers is one of my very favorite tropes and Lauren Blakely does it so damn well! I fell in love with Arden and Gabe from the moment the book opens (the cheese!!) and couldn't wait to see how everything unfolded. Blakely gives readers a little twist to the friends with benefits story line, that I found really fun and perfect for our characters. This book was exactly what I needed - a sexy and fun, but not too angsty, romcom. I'm never a big fan of the manwhore hero, but Gabe definitely proves that though he has enjoyed the opposite sex, once he sets his sights on someone, he is all in. I really appreciated that he took the time to get to know Arden, and recognized that even if he wanted to explore more with her, emotionally she was not ready. I loved that he played the long game with Arden. She was such a fantastic heroine - smart, fun, loyal, witty, and extremely relatable. One of my favorite things about her (besides the fact that she loved books and owned a bookstore!) was how much she valued her girlfriends and friendships. Her Bawdy Ladies book club (what a hoot they were!), as well as Vanessa and Perri were such great additions to the story. Gabe's relationship with his family was wonderful too, especially his bond with Pops. The slow burn build up between Gabe and Arden was exquisite and I about burst into flames when everything finally boiled over. (Side note: I NEVER in a million years would have thought a sentence with the word 'mime' in it could be so incredibly sexy!) I thought the concerns and bit of drama we encounter in the story were realistic and honest. Is it worth it to risk a rock solid amazing friendship for the possibility of an even more amazing love? There are a few miscommunications and missteps along the way for Gabe and Arden as they navigate the friends to more road, but the resolution was so sweet and perfect for these characters. The epilogues were the icing on the cake and I had a huge smile on my face as I turned the last page. Lots of seeds were planted for Blakely's next book, and I can't wait to read Perri and Derek's story next in The Feel Good Factor! PS - I also love that Lauren Blakely threw a few easter eggs in for her fans by giving cameos to her characters in Unzipped and also nods to her Heartbreakers series. Such a fun tie in! 4.5 stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
kgagnon More than 1 year ago
There is so much to love about this friends to lovers romance! It is hilarious, hot & steamy and a new sexy alpha hero that you can't help but fall in love with. When Arden wants to break away from her 'nice girl' label, looking to find her 'naughty side, she asks her best friend for help. She knows that Gabe is a playboy, so who better to be her coach? Gabe has wanted his sweet and sexy friend for awhile and finally sees his chance to convince her that they are perfect for each other. But his little 'sexlete' isn't making it easy with miming her very specific list. This was such a fun and heartfelt romance that Blakely is a master at creating. I love Gabe and Arden together because they feel so genuine, honest and relate-able. They have fun together, their banter is witty while discovering each other's pasts, quirks, dreams, and desires, and their chemistry is explosive! This is a multifaceted story with a depth that is truly satisfying. Their family and friends all make appearances adding to the fun and setting the stage for upcoming stories that I can't wait to read!
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
Friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes and Lauren Blakely really knows how to do it right! Arden & Gabe won my heart over from the very beginning. Arden owns a bookstore and is very sweet and that is her problem. Well at least she believes that is a problem, since her self-esteem and confidence have taken a huge hit from her ex. Gabe is a fireman, a very sexy fireman, and he happens upon Arden after her ex has just dumped her and this is the start of a beautiful friendship. They have instant chemistry but Arden needs time. So, despite the fact that they both have a thing for each other, they continue to just be friends for quite some time until Arden has a plan and only Gabe can help her. Things certainly heat up between these two!! I love these two characters so much and I adore their story. Their relationship morphs organically and slowly and it is a beautiful thing to see where they end up! This is such a fun, flirty and very sexy story that left a huge smile on my face! And the epilogues are fantastic!!!
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
**I voluntarily read an early copy of this title in exchange for an honest review** Lauren Blakely is one of my go-to authors and this was another fun rom-com. Arden East is a planner, plain and simple. She always has plans and you know what the saying is about "best laid plans"... When Arden puts together the perfect picnic for her boyfriend to ask him to move in with her, the last thing she expected was for him to tell her it was over. The only good thing about that day was while she was reeling from the breakup, tossing a piece of cheese brought Gabe into her life. Gabe Harrison is a former professional baseball player that now makes his living as a paramedic. He was intrigued by Arden from the very first day he met her and while they've always had a really easy friendship, for him, his feelings have been steadily growing and changing from friendship to love. He is known for dating quite a bit, so he will have that to overcome if he decides to make a move to have more with Arden. What Gabe never expects is Arden to come to him with a proposal to help her learn to be more "naughty". He's totally on-board based on his growing feelings, but when she suggests they pretend, he isn't sure what to think. Is this going to work to pull them closer together or force them further apart? I enjoyed these characters quite a bit and their friends were great as well. I'm looking forward to what ends up happening upcoming books about their friends!
CeeCeeHouston More than 1 year ago
GAH!!! Sweetness overload!!! GAH!!! Sweetness overload!!! This new series by Lauren Blakely is THE best ever. I thought the Hart brothers were the epitome of sweethearts but Tom from Unzipped and now Gabe in Best Laid Plans have overshadowed those gorgeous singers and taken the gauntlet back for the everyday man. Gabe will make you swoon in all the right places and melt in others. He’s a man who knows what he wants but because he’s such a kindhearted soul and a gentleman, he’s been keeping the secret of his feeling for Arden hidden deep in his heart, just waiting for the right moment to be let free. Arden is just as sweet and kind, but don’t you dare call her nice, she’s heard that up to her eyeballs from her douchey ex-boyfriend. But, he made it sound like a bad thing. Thank goodness, Gabe was there to show her that nice is just that… and for a year, that’s how they get along, But, now Arden is ready to get back out there on the dating scene and she wants to play on the naughty side of the street. Except, she needs a little manly help finding her voice. And who should she ask for advice? There’s only one guy that could fill that spot. Gabe, her best male friend. Surely he’ll show her the ropes for a week or so. That’s what friends are for. Helping each other out. Right? Oh, she’s so wrong!! Gabe doesn’t want to be just friends anymore, he wants it all. Can he take this week of pretend play and make it real? Will Arden see the real Gabe that’s been there all along? Gosh, I truly loved this story, from start to finish. There’s ne drama, no angst and no misconceptions other than Arden not seeing what was right in front of her all along. It’s a little bit of a slow burner but so, so good when the heat gets turned up. One-Click Best Laid plans today and find out.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Love is frustrating. It never comes when you want it to, but it always arrives right on time. Blakely shows the bright side of nursing a broken heart. Arden and Gabe put the naughty in fun. Best Laid Plans says arrivederci to all the heartache that came before and aloha to that long awaited happily ever after. Like the Supremes' sang: "You can't hurry love." However, Lauren Blakely makes every second totally worth the wait.