Type: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
My Copy: Sent
What do you do when things don’t go According to Plan? For starters, you trick, deceive, and lie to the very person who ruined your best laid plans.
Welcome to the world of Shelby Stewart, P.I., who’s been hired to find Harrison Grant. To complicate matters further, her ex-partner, ex-lover, ex-everything Tank shows up looking for Harrison as well, albeit for a very different reason. Harry is the prime suspect in the grisly murder of a call girl, Lulu, in L.A.
That wouldn’t be so bad, but Tank plans on staying at Shelby’s house, and makes it obvious he’s quite willing to help her heat the sheets, again. Shelby knows that sex with Tank is dangerous, fast, and sometimes a little dirty. Now is not the time to become side-tracked. Besides, this job could launch her company into a whole new stratosphere, so it’s imperative she remain focused.
Frustration becomes Shelby’s newest partner as she makes plans to out maneuver Tank in their parallel quest. Tank, on the other hand, is always one step ahead of the game—and is not what, or who, Shelby thought.
Shelby and Tank have a tumultuous past…mainly him leaving her for another woman with no warning. Now they are back in each others lives for longer then their last few booty call hookups. Shelby has been assigned a new case, one she knows no one is telling her the whole truth about. Nothing feels right about it, other the Tank shacking up at their house again. Shelby isn’t dumb though, and if she can get out from under tank’s watchful eye she might be able to unravel the case of the missing socialite Harrison.
Tank never wanted to hurt Shelby, but with her in the cross hairs of a big crime boss, he did what he had to do. Now he’s back, and looking to make Shelby his again, but he still can’t tel her the whole truth. There are things about him she can’t know….for now. When the action hits a little close to home again, is Tank willing to lay it all out there?
LOVED this book. LOVE LOVE LOVE. I absolutely adore Madison Edwards and she has now become a go to author for me. I found According To Plan to be highly engaging, quirky, sexy and just downright fun to read! I loved Shelby and her infectious personality. She was funny and snarky and I just loved her attitude and take on life. She is a no holds barred type of girl but when it comes to Tank she just can’t say no. No matter how much her heart doesn’t want to be broken again when he leaves her, her body craves him and is drawn to him again and again. I thought her inability to “pull one over” on Tank was hilarious and how he turned the tables on her every time great! She just couldn’t understand how he was always one step ahead of her.
Oh my goodness, Tank…..*le sigh*…What can I say? I do love a big hulk of a man who isn’t afraid to give a girl whats coming to her. *WINK* He was awesome. His ability of giving Shelby exactly what she needed when she didn’t know she needed it was just great. I felt for him having to leave her the first time, but thought his coming back every so often was a bit selfish. He obviously knew how much it hurt her when he left, but he still showed up occasionally for some quick, hot sex and then left again, tearing new holes in her fragile heart. Otherwise, wow, protective, big….heh…and incredibly sexy. Where can I find me one of those?
My biggest gripe with this one is that about half way through the book the story line changes and it threw me for a loop. When the story opens Shelby has been hired to find the socialite Harrison. That is pretty much resolved about the half way mark and then another side story line becomes center show. I would have much rather Edwards have stuck to one main protagonist. I think either story line could have been greatly expanded on if given the chance and I would have liked it much better. As it was things got a big disjointed in the middle with Shelby losing her memory before picking back up again around the 3/4 mark. Though at that point, the feel of the story was a bit different so some readers may not be able to reconnect with the other protagonist.
I enjoyed the action this book provided and thought that Tank lived up to his role as Hero. I also really liked his ability to share his emotions. The sex scenes were SMOKING HOT and were incredibly well wrote. There is no room for imagination with Edwards writing, whoa they were…..just whoa! The book is neatly wrapped up at the end. I can see how some people may not like the neat ending but I loved how it fit in with the story title and so I liked it. Also, I’m a sucker for those happily ever after endings.
According To Plan is a great addition to any contemporary romance library! I loved most every aspect of this one and can’t wait to see what Madison Edwards churns out next! Let’s hope Tank has a long lost brother out there
I give According To Plan by Madison Edwards 4 stars!