The Best Laid Plans
Author: Tamara Mataya
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Release Date: 4 November 2013
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...
I always enjoy reading a book from a new-to-me author. You never quite know what to expect, but I'm pleased to say that I really enjoyed this book from Tamara Mataya which is the first I've read from her.
Malcolm was a really great main character. He suffered a lot at the hands of bullies when he was younger, but he overcame his painful past and emerged a stronger man. A very good-looking, sex-on-a-stick, strong man! I truly admired him and I enjoyed the way he seemed realistic. He still had flaws and one of them was definitely the resentment he holds onto against Jayne for (in his mind) instigating the worst of the bullying. The man is definitely temptation incarnate, and who can resist a man so clearly skilled with his hands....he's a guitar player, by the way.
Jayne wasn't as much of a stand out character, I think mainly because the story felt more focused on Malcolm. She also had a pretty rough time of it when she was at school and it made her feel very insecure. A makeover and some useful dating advice later, and Jayne has men eating out of her hand. She doesn't let any of them get close to her though and she pushes men away. Her vulnerabilities and insecurities are well hidden, but they're definitely still there.
I thought Malcolm and Jayne made a very well matched couple. They both knew how it felt to be bullied when they were younger, but they've also both made outstanding successes of their lives. They both are rather closed off emotionally to begin with, but together their feelings develop and can no longer be denied. They also had a crazy hot chemistry that was lighting a fire in my kindle!
This is a quick, sweet read that definitely gives you that feel good vibe. There are plenty of sexy times to have you fanning yourself! It definitely held my attention as you wait to see how Malcolm's plan backfires in the best way. I liked my first taste of Tamara Mataya's writing and I'm looking forward to reading more from her in the future.
*I received a review copy for my honest opinion. Thank you!
About the Author
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.Giveaway
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