Happy Book Birthday to Best Laid Plans by Roan Parrish! I’m so happy and honored to be a part of the Carina Adores blog tour celebrating this adorable, sweet and heart-warming m/m romance about two very different men finding each other by chance and being brave enough to show their most vulnerable selves for a chance of love and happiness.
Charlie Matheson has spent his life taking care of others and putting his own dreams on hold. When his parents died two days before his eighteenth birthday, he gave up on his football career to take care of his younger brother and his father’s hardware store.
Rye Janssen on the other hand has spent his life breaking things and running away from obligations and relationships. He’s never experienced kindness and true generosity from others, or had a place to call home. Not until he inherits a crumbling house from a grandfather he’s never met and ends up in small town Garnet Run, where the handsome hardware store owner keeps offering his help.
This book had so many things I love like opposites attracts, small town originals, second chances, sexual awakening and cats. So many adorable cats! There was also the right amount of angst and a burning attraction, and some truly amazing character developments. I loved the way Charlie slowly realized that he was allowed to focus on himself and his own happiness for once, and how he was brave enough to put his heart on the line. And Rye grew on me so much in the way he pulled himself together, started to trust other people and letting them into his life and allowing himself to be “all mushy inside”.
I loved Roan Parrish’s writing style and how she made us readers come along on Charlie’s and Rye’s journey from emotionally damaged to living their life to the fullest. I loved the wonderful chemistry between Charlie and Rye, as well as the secondary characters in Charlie’s brother Jack and his boyfriend Simon. I read this book in one sitting, it was so addictive and I rooted so much for all characters that I just couldn’t bear to put it down until the very end! (Jack and Simon were the main characters in the first book in the Garnet Run series, Better Than People, and it was so great to meet them again, but Best Laid Plans can definitely be read as a standalone as without their backstory).
The only minor objection I have is how the book took a jump from sweet, awkward, inexperienced romance to a very explicit sexual thing happening. I won’t go into details, but there were a few scenes that just went in a direction I hadn’t expected, nor appreciated. But that’s just my personal reaction, and I can really understand the symbolism that Roan Parrish wanted to go for and how different others might interpret it, and thus appreciate it much more.
But all in all, Best Laid Plans, was such an uplifting, heart-warming, sweet and romantic story about second chances and awakenings; how it’s never too late to finally find that thing that makes you happy, to find new meanings in life and new people to love, if you’re just brave enough to let down the guard and be vulnerable and true.
Thank you to Carina Adores and NetGalley for the ARC and blog tour invitation for this wonderful book! All opinions are my own and I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.
4.5 adorable stars rounding up to 5
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