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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  224 ratings  ·  65 reviews
It’s a foolproof strategy...until the emotional balance shifts.

After yet another adoption falls through, Gabe is ready to give up, and Shahid isn’t far behind him. Apparently, being a gay couple—half of which is Muslim—is just one strike too many for the powers that be.

When their friend Kendra offers to carry their baby for them, both men balk at first, but gradually warm
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ebook, 255 pages
Published February 16th 2016 by Samhain Publishing
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Lindsay
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A gay couple begin a relationship with a friend who agrees to be their surrogate.

Kendra went through a nasty divorce from a cheating husband three years ago and it was her best friend Gabe and his husband Shahid who got her through it. Now, Gabe and Shahid face the collapse of yet another adoption of a desperately wanted child, not because they're a gay couple but because Shahid is a muslim. Kendra is heartbroken for them and comes up with an option to carry a baby for her friends.

As Gabe is bis
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♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
A Catholic, a Muslim and an agnostic walk into an adoption agency…This will teach me to request a book without reading the blurb. Ms. Gallagher is one of those authors that makes me lose my mind. I see her name and all I can think of is "gimme gimme gimme" with my hands trying hard to grab a virtual book. I do not even know why I am this way when her books inevitably pisses me off and moves me at the same time. Seriously, her writing is a hate-love situation. In this complicated ménage, Gabe and ...more
Sassafrass
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans who like sizzle and story
Lauren Gallagher is one of those authors that I don't hesitate to try. Her characters are never fail to be interesting and I love that her writing always makes me feel and always gets me thinking in ways I my not have before. THE BEST LAID PLANS was no different. It was the perfect blend of story, sizzle, and emotion.

This story has one of the most unique characters I've read about in a while: Shahid is a gay muslim man of Pakistani descent who is married to his husband Gabe. They have been tryin
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Kristie
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
The things I loved:
An already committed married couple
An amazing and strong best female friend
Honest conversations not only between the married couple, but all three of them
Understanding and openness
Real family issues I could relate to in some way or another
Extreme chemistry between all parties involved
Openness to exploration
Not sticking to labels and redefining themselves as they fit together

I could go on for a very long time, I think. This book explores a very loving couple, Shahid and Gabe,
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Kirsty
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, lgbt, super-cute
I'm a big fan of the romance book website Smart Bitches Trashy Books, even though I don't read romance books. I'd read a couple of Mills & Boon novels (the UK equivalent of Harlequin in the US) and hated them – so twee, so cutesy, so traditional, so non-feminist. It really put me off, but Smart Bitches made me see that romance is more than Mills & Boon.
With 2016 I decided to try out a new genre, and dip my toe into the potentially strange and chilly world of romance. I'm so glad I start
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I knew that The Best Laid Plans had the making of an emotional read. Though I didn’t cry my eyespurestdelightaward out, I did become a bit depressed and hoped that everything worked out and dreams and wishes came true for Gabe and Shahid. Kendra was the wild-card and, even though my heart broke for her, I admired and truly fell in love with her heart of gold.

It’s hard to really summarize this story without giving away everything. I hate spoil
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Veronica of V's Reads
This is a contemporary MMF menage romance between a married gay couple and a woman who volunteers to be a surrogate. Expect MM, MF, MMF and MFM pairings.

Gabe and Shahid have been together since college. Eleven years of monogamy, married, with a home they'd love to fill with children. They've been trying to adopt for years, but the process has been stymied three times when mothers back out on account of Shahid being an observant Muslim. Gabe is completely in love with his husband, even though the
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Nina ~ Meleth Bookaddicted ~
This book defies quite a few clichés. First is the impression of it being an MMF ménage, where usually you have three people each falling for the other two (which is also the reason why I usually prefer MMF over MFM). Well, if you read the blurb, you’ll realize that this might not be the case with this one – which was as much of a breath of fresh air as it was making me skeptical. Also, which absolutely surprised me and had me falling for the story, there is the fact that while this book might b ...more
Tifferz
Jan 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: jd-read
When I started reading this book I knew I needed to keep an open mind. I am all for everyone having the same rights and being able to express their faith, but growing up in a traditional home it can be hard to put those teachings aside. With that said I think Lauren did an amazing job incorporating the Muslim and Catholic faith in one couple. Add to that that they are a gay couple trying to adopt a baby makes for a interesting story.

I think that Shahid and Gabe were beautiful together who give h
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Veronique
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: stars-4-0, 2017
I guess the usual stance is to see romance books as light and flighty. Well, on that basis, this one is going to surprise you. To name a few of the themes, we have homosexuality, bisexuality, marriage, religion (catholic and muslim), adoption, surrogacy, familial and unconventional relationships! And yet, Gallagher succeeds in juggling all of these while giving a believable and thoughtful portrayal of three very likeable characters. That’s quite a feat in itself.

There is another big subject but
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Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
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The Best Laid Plans was an extremely well written, exceptionally narrated story. The three main characters all had great personality and there was so much I liked about them in their own different ways. But their interactions and communication with each other was probably my favorite. I just love couples that actually talk to each other. Who actually know each other. And who learn new things about themselves and each other as they grow together.

The two narrators for this story were fantastic. I
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Sacha Fortuné

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My first MMF romance/erotica, better than expected

3.5 stars... almost 4.

As my first time reading this type of book, I went into this expecting the worst, but was pleasantly surprised.

I did get a free copy, and I admit that I likely wouldn't have read this otherwise, as I'm not familiar with the sub-genre. But the opening page drew me in, and the writing style is eloquent, steady and easy to follow.

Despite the three viewpoints, I did not get lost figuring out who was
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C.B. Lee
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well crafted poly love story with heat and will tug at your heartstrings. When traditional adoption channels fail Gabe and Shahid and their friend Kendra offers to carry a baby for them, a new relationship develops. The point of view switch between the three protagonists really worked for the story and bringing all three together. Excellent portrayal of open and honest communication with and dealt with the conflicts of external homophobia, the personal struggle with fertility and the three of ...more
Erica Chilson
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

4 Stars.

The Best Laid Plans wasn't a wise choice to decide to read at bedtime, thinking to read a few chapters. I finished the novel about 2 hours before my alarm was set to go off, so I ended up laying there mulling over what I had just read.

Gabe & Shahid have been trying to adopt a child for nearly 10 years, always being waylaid either because they are a gay couple or mixed-religion (Catholic & Muslim) It doesn't matt
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Heather in FL
Lauren Gallagher is good with the feels. Not only does she write hot scenes, but there’s always a great story underlying it all and this is no exception. It was really interesting to read about a gay, mixed religion couple and their best female friend. The mixed religions are Catholicism and Islam, which seems to be a really weird combo, but they made it work. Despite society. And their families. Honestly, Shahid’s family was more welcoming than Gabe’s family. The thinks Gabe’s family would say ...more
Ruckasaurus Rex
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Best Laid Plans by multi-genre author Lauren Gallagher (aka L.A. Witt/Lori Gallagher) is a contemporary romance with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersexual and asexual romance (LGBTQIA). The story focuses on a M/M couple – Shahid, a gay Muslim man, and Gabe who is a bisexual man that was raised Catholic. After years together the two have been trying to adopt, but the doors keep closing once people find out about the same sex couple or Shahid’s religion. Gabe’s best friend Ke ...more
Julia
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, dropbox
This book covers a lot of highly specific and sensitive ground, and not always without misstep. The communication in this threesome isn't perfect, and there are times when a HEA seems like a stretch, but hey, that's not abnormal for the genre. What surprised me is how much I emotionally responded to it, warts and all. The fertility aspects in particular resonated.
Billy
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steamy
Quite a tale!

I was hooked pretty immediately and read it in 2 days! Very touching story about a very non traditional family; but a very happy ending was ultimately reached!
L.A. Witt
Available February 2016.
Limecello
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I'm ... torn between two and three stars because ... yes sure I read it ... but parts annoyed me and I skimmed a bit at the end because well, I felt how it ended was almost a cop out?
Although I liked the ENDING ending - I think the "resolution of conflict"


I get that the premise is pretty out there, so I was willing to suspend more than my "usual amount" of disbelief - but ... I didn't really like the heroine here. Never really connected to her and ... meh.
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ButtonsMom2003
Another great book by Lauren Gallagher and fantastic performance by Michael Ferraiuolo.

I am in love with Michael Ferraiuolo's audio book performances. It doesn't hurt that the books he's been performing are also written by fantastic authors, but his voice…! Someone told this author that he would be wonderful reading her grocery list so she asked him to do it and it was dreamy. 😊

The Best Laid Plans is the first audio book I've listened to that has both a female and male narrator, and it's the fir
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AG Reads
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mmf
I loved this book. LOVED it! I have been a fan of this author for a while because she has an insightful way of writing complicated, unconventional relationships. This book is no exception and is a beautiful love story of creating the family we want and need regardless of what society tells us it should be.

Gabe and Shahid have been married for 11 years and trying to adopt for almost as long. Adoptions keep falling through, though, not because they are a gay couple but because Shahid is Muslim. Ke
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Dawn Sammer Fuhrman
When I first started listening to this book, I thought it would be a light and fun story. But as the book continued, I realized that it is more true to life than I expected. It is an emotional rollercoaster. There are potholes in the road that these three follow. But as friends, they manage around those potholes, and become stronger. Like any relationship, theirs must overcome heartbreak before they can find happiness.

You know how it seems that thr that guys are always the hottest? Well imagine
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Sashiel "Shy" Gawerecki
My Thoughts on The Best Laid Plans

The Best Laid Plans was an extremely well written, exceptionally narrated story. The three main characters all had great personality and there was so much I liked about them in their own different ways. But their interactions and communication with each other was probably my favorite. I just love couples that actually talk to each other. Who actually know each other. And who learn new things about themselves and each other as they grow together.

The two narrato
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Becky Baldridge
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Best Laid Plans is emotional, heartfelt, and absolutely scorching hot. It's a rare thing to find a story like this one with so much chemistry between the characters, but Lauren Gallagher pulls it off perfectly. Gabe and Kendra are great together from the start, but that spark seemed to be missing between Kendra and Shahid in the beginning. That said, watching that spark flicker and grow slowly as the story progressed was one of my favorite things about this romance. And make no mistake, this ...more
Angela Sullivan
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tears and snickers

This was more than I expected. It was really touching and I actually learned a lot. I don't know much about religions other than what I've directly been subjected to. I came across quite a few interesting things that I studied to have a better understanding of the characters. I am so amazed when I read these stories how much men and women go through to have the love they choose not the one society has selected for them. And the racial slurs and ridicule of the ignorant and sma
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United Indie Book Blog
Awesome! I've volunteered to review this book for United Indie Book Blog. I had the audio version of this book. This story is about Kendra, Gabe and Shahid. This story is very well written. My emotions was all over the place with this one, it was like I was on a rollcoaster. Gabe and Shahid are so sexy, and so loving. Boy, when Kendra came into the picture with these two, WOW! I am in love with Michael Ferraiuolo and Lia Langola's audio book performances. I love the combination from these two na ...more
Chantelle Bouffanie
Awesome! I've volunteered to review this book for United Indie Book Blog. I had the audio version of this book. This story is about Kendra, Gabe and Shahid. This story is very well written. My emotions was all over the place with this one, it was like I was on a rollcoaster. Gabe and Shahid are so sexy, and so loving. Boy, when Kendra came into the picture with these two, WOW! I am in love with Michael Ferraiuolo and Lia Langola's audio book performances. I love the combination from these two na ...more
Sue
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful MMF story that delves not only into the unconventional MMF relationship but also into mixed race, mixed religion relationships. How does one reconcile such differences it their relationships and how do you help others understand the differences and nuances of beliefs is well written about in this story. How can one who will allow a relationship to flourish for a specific reason deal with that relationship when the reason is no longer valid? It was definitely an emotional read as well a ...more
Booklass Garrahan
Exceptional

I will admit. An MMF romance is not my usual type of romance. I have read a few, but they are too often short on plot and character development, and I have mostly been disappointed. I liked this novel. It is long on plot and character, and I found myself loving all of the main characters. I wondered how the author would work the unusual nature of the relationships, but she managed to convince me that there is love between each of the characters.
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