The Best Laid Plans by Tamara Mataya: Blog Tour & Review

The Best Laid Plans by Tamara Mataya: Blog Tour & ReviewThe Best Laid Plans by Tamara Mataya
on November 4, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance

Jayne Griffin isn’t looking for Mr. Right. She’s looking for Mr. RTFN and a toe-curling good time. She’s got the brains, the powerful job as a futures broker, and thanks to a makeover and a thin book of dating advice, the confidence to turn any man’s head.

Malcolm Black notices his high school crush, Jayne, from the stage of her company’s work party. His adolescent feelings for her died beneath months of abuse at the hands of bullies. Abuse that was Jayne’s fault. Though this scorching hot studio musician is unrecognizable as the band geek he used to be, the hurt still lives inside him, and he hatches a plan: Seduce Jayne into falling in love with him, and then shatter her heart.

The white-hot chemistry between them is a pleasant surprise. It all goes so smoothly until Feelings start to develop... and that invitation to their ten year high school reunion lands in their inboxes.

Jayne wants the perfect lover. Malcolm wants revenge. But you know what they say about The Best Laid Plans...

Alexis says…

The Best Laid Plans is a story I think a lot of people can relate to. Bullying is something that happens to kids for absolutely no reason.   You can have the wrong hairstyle, wear the wrong shirt, and love a certain type of music that is not cool. It’s an epidemic that has long-lasting repercussions and is just awful.

Both Malcolm (Dylan) and Jayne (Jane) were tormented in high school. Though Malcolm’s  bullying was downright awful. To be honest, the brutality he was dished was almost too much to read. Unfortunately, Malcolm held onto a very misplaced grudge for Jayne for too long. Now in the present he finds himself in a situation to exact a plan for revenge. All he would need to do is make her fall in love with him and he would break her heart…just the way she broke his when they were younger. But, when he unexpectedly falls in love with her his original plan gets a little tricky.

I didn’t know what to expect going into this read. The book completely exceeded my expectations. It was witty, beyond smoking, and just all together a total fun read. I literally read this book in one sitting.   I was curious as to how the whole story was going to play out. To be honest, I love the way the author wrote the big reveal, the setting for it was perfect. I do feel the story was a bit rushed in the end though. I thought there should’ve been more turmoil once Malcolm’s plan was revealed. Also, there wasn’t as much dialogue throughout the book as I’m used to. With less dialogue, I did feel more of a connection with the characters though. I completely fell for Malcolm, how could you not? Jayne was also a great example for girls, she was head strong, made a killing at what she did for a living and didn’t let her relationships or lack there of define her. Dare I say she was totally kick-ass? I think the author did a great job showing how awful bullying can be, I have no doubt that some of these things happen in schools. Lastly, I just wanted a little more in the way of an epilogue of sorts.

If you are looking for a fun, sexy, stand-alone read…definitely grab this book.



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About Tamara Mataya

Tamara Mataya is currently a librarian; she lurked there for so long recommending books to patrons and shushing people, that she suspects they only hired her so it would be less creepy. Now she’s armed with a name tag, and a thin veneer of credibility. She’s also a musician with synaesthesia – which isn’t an issue until someone plays a wrong note, which makes her want to squirm inside out. It makes for a good live show.