Title: Not in the Plans
Series: Best Laid Plans Book 2
Author: Erin Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Steamy Romantic Comedy
Release Date: August 10, 2021
Cover Design: Sarah Kil Creative Studio
I thought hiring Luke to help me build my athleisure boutique would help him see me as a woman and not just his best friend’s sister. Especially since my crush on him dates back to my days of braces and acne. Instead, he appears to find me intolerable. One-word responses. Avoiding me at all costs. It seems he can’t wait for the project to end. Unfortunately, he’s going to be stuck with me a while longer. An investor wants to open a second location for my boutique in Aspen and is demanding Luke’s one of a kind style for the storefront. Can I convince him to put up with me long enough to embrace this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity?
Three months. Three torturous months of enduring the sight of Sam’s perfect ass in skintight leggings. Those alluring baby blues blinking my way as her delectable lips formed yet another smart-mouthed retort. All of it acting as daily reminders that my best friend’s little sister has grown up. She’s also off-limits. After helping her build her store, I’m ready for some much-needed distance. Until Sam shows up on my doorstep asking for another favor. Spending more time with her is dangerous to my weakening willpower, but the professional opportunity is too good to resist.
What I didn’t anticipate was living under the same roof with her. Now, she’s everywhere. Cleavage eye-level as she sits on the counter while I cook. Tiny sleep shorts giving me a tantalizing peek when she curls up on the couch. Even my pillow starts to smell like her. Still, I’m able to fight my impulses. All that changes the day building maintenance says the water is being shut off in ten minutes and we both race for the shower…
Not in the Plans is a standalone novel with overlapping characters from Best Laid Plans. It can be read as a standalone, but contains a spoiler from Best Laid Plans.
“Congratulations, Sam.” My words are simple because my brain is having a hard time forming thoughts as her warm curves press into me. The smell of her hair, something vanilla and honey, invades my senses and makes me linger a moment longer. The temptation to turn my head and bury my nose into her hair is strong. Now, I’m wondering if the skin along her neck is sensitive, if she likes to be kissed there, and what sounds she makes when she’s turned on.
Best Laid Plans is Erin Hawkins’s debut novel. She lives in Colorado with her husband and three young children. When not writing, she enjoys reading, running, spending time in the mountains, and watching reality TV.
Delightfully entertaining! I loved the first story in this series and love this continuation of the series. Sam was a powerhouse as the bestie in the first book and I love her story in this one. A fitness guru with her athleisure line a success and a second store ready to open. That has her brother’s best friend Luke in close proximity when he adds his expertise to the second location. Sam’s longtime crush on Luke seems to be one sided but things are not what they seem. The grouchy hunk tries to resist but when they become roomies he cracks and the heat is on. Their sizzling chemistry take a delicious turn and the two heat up the sheets. This story is a little predictable but cute with a sweet heat. A great follow up to the first story that has favorite characters popping up in this one. An easy read with wonderful characters and a sexy romance makes this worth the read. I look forward to more from this author.