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The Plan

(Off-Limits Romance)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  2,944 ratings  ·  338 reviews
You’ve heard this story before. Woman feels her biological clock ticking and gets someone to knock her up.
Not for love, for baby.
Crazy, right?
That’s what I thought.
Then I found out my fiancé had a vasectomy. The life I thought I had? Nope. Suddenly I’m 33, and I don’t even have a kissing buddy.
When my mom’s health takes a turn and I wind up back in my hometown of Fate
ebook, 290 pages
Published November 27th 2017 by HEA Press
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Jessica Wannamaker Marley wants a baby, and she since she’s realized after seeing her ex husband after 12 years she’s still attracted to him, so she suggests that he get…moreMarley wants a baby, and she since she’s realized after seeing her ex husband after 12 years she’s still attracted to him, so she suggests that he get her pregnant. A different twist on a second chance(less)

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✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰


Marley moves back into her hometown in Alabama to be closer to her sick mom.
That last decade spent in Chicago didn't end up with what she wants most in life - a baby. First her fiancé told her he had a vasectomy, then the IVF worked, but she lost the baby. Now she wants to save up some more money to try again.
But once she arrives in her new place she finds another possibility. Her ex-husband Gabe.
He kinda hates her ... and himself too. They didn't work out back then because they were way too you
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Plan by Ella James is the fourth book in the Off-Limits Series. Every book in the series is about another couple and a totally standalone.
The other books in the series are Crown Jewels, The Boy Next Door and Fractured Love. I read all books in the series and loved every single one. And The Plan is no exception.
Meet Gabriel McKellan and Marley Roberts.
Gabe is a famous author who hides in bumfugde. Marley moved back into her small hometown. She suffered great loss and has to take care for her
Lauren Lascola-Lesczynski
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one sitting...I could not get enough of Gabe and Marley's love hate relationship!
They were hot and cold and hot and cold...till they were just HOT!!!! Gawd the things that Gabe did to Marley had me blushing.
I love a second chance at romance story and this did not disappoint. There was lots of drama for your mama...there was lots of sex, dirty, hot unadulterated sex.
The moral of this review is for y'all to grab this book up right now!
#LakeFate #Pies
Dora Ruiz Davalos Books and Tequila Blog
A few weeks ago I read the blurb for The Plan and was immediately drawn to it. This story checked a few boxes on my “What I Love in a Romance” list and I was really excited to start reading it.

A Second Chance, especially with an ex-spouse? Check. A baby or the possibility of a baby? Check. Older, more mature, characters. Check. And something that I wasn’t expecting, but is Manna from Heaven to me, a little angst! A HUGE “Praise the Lawd!” check!!!

What I thought was going to be a light hearted
Book-Bosomed  blog
Nov 27, 2017 added it
Shelves: dnf

I’m not sure the blurb accurately captures the tone and premise of this tale. It’s really more drama than romance. It has angsty themes/serious issues—alcoholism, infant loss, infertility, infidelity. Those are definitely things that readers should be aware of going into a story.

It’s definitively not light-hearted nor is it romantic. I didn’t exactly feel the chemistry between Marley and Gabe. While they might have captured the “I’m annoyed with my ex” vibe, they didn’t scream two people who
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book to review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

We have all heard the story before. Woman feels her biological clock ticking and gets someone to knock her up. Not for love, but for the baby. Crazy right? That is what Marley thought and then she found out her fiance had a vasectomy. The life she thought she had was suddenly gone and she finds herself thirty three and without even a kissing buddy. When her mom's health takes a turn and she winds up back in her hometown of Fat
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Plan is so much more than the blurb would suggest. It is a gorgeous story of love and forgiveness, hope and second chances. Fate truly plays a part in Gabe and Marley's lives when they each find themselves back in their hometown, twelve years after they last saw each other. Emotionally bruised and battered by what life has thrown at them, can they overcome their obstacles and finally be what the other needs to heal and move on.

Beautifully described, the town of Fate with its tree lined stree
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ella James does it again!

I told my husband I should have waited until the weekend to start this book because I knew I wouldn't be able to put it down. I am now writing a review at 2 am.
I loved Gabe and Marley's story. Ella James has a knack for writing characters that draw you in. I felt Gabe and Marley's angst on every page. She draws you in with a bit of mystery and I find myself anxiously reading until it is cleared up. I can't wait for the next great read.
Laurie Beemer
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that has everything; chemistry, romance, comedy, and chance. I love the interaction that was written in this book between Marley and Gabriel. That had tried to be together before but things just did not work out. Now fate has thrown them together again, will second chances help them discover love again. This book had me going through so many different emotions, and that made the book an amazing read. Thank you for allowing me to read this and write about it honestly.
I am going to write this review based
strictly on the emotions I felt while I
was reading. I could not put this book
down, and when I had to I was anxiously
wanting to get back to reading it.
I loved the premise, ex spouses-
fighting their attraction, and reconnecting.
That in itself is something I love, but this
book was so much more. I just absolutely
loved Gabe and all of his baggage. He
was so real, and had such a tough exterior,
but when you really get to know him
you realize he is so much more. Marle
Mary Helen
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Heart stopping tension!!! The Plan by Ella James was full of everything I love in a romance; sexy, dominant, and troubled male with a strong, independent, and a little goofy female. I absolutely loved this story.

Gabe was so freaking sexy. When that man growls, I want to grovel. Marley’s impulsive but absolutely perfect decisions made me smile the entire book through. And the sex – phew! – the sex was so hot; it truly sizzled my kindle.

I woke up at 2am this morning and realized it was release d
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5stars...second chance at HEA...two people who have emotional situations going on currently in their lives, get a second third read from EJ this year, and as usual I loved the writing/storyline, the characters:-) its steamy/sexy, but also very sweet...looking forward to her next read!
Alejandra Tolentino  (Girls behind the Books)
5 UNIQUE stars! This is a Second Chance Romance with a subtle touch of Comedy. Gabriel McKellan is waiting for you!

Holy moly! Ella James has done it again. She NEVER disappoints her readers. This time she delivers a sinful and funny book. I had a splendid time reading The Plan. It was a pleasant reading. I literally devoured it. Gabriel McKellan has ruined me for every other book boyfriend. It was really HARD not to fall for a guy like him. His imposing presence and his boy-next-door look made i
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wanted to love this book because I love witty banter and girls who give shit back no matter how ridiculous her circumstances. It had all the elements but seemed a little disjointed. Gabe wasn't book boyfriend material and his drinking was or wasn't alcoholism?? I worry about that.
Not supposed to be a bad review...I did give it a it's just my mood.
Today is definitely the day for stupid female mcs. What a stupid, stupid woman. And she’s a doctor. Thanks to this reviewer I will never read this.
2OCC Reviews
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jessica
When I first read the description of this book, I thought it was going to be a low drama Romcom type story. I got a lot more then I expected. It was a beautiful story with a second chance feel, but also had real life issues thrown in. I laughed at times, my jaw dropped at other times, and I shed a few tears along the way.

Gabe was amazing. He was a jerk at times, but deep down he really was an amazing guy. He was dedicated to those he loved even when dealing with his issues. Marley was fierce. Sh
Irma *Irma The Book Whisperer*
“Don’t be stupid. I would use you so hard, you would ache for days. I’ve never hurt like this before, Marley. I’ll hurt you too.”
His eyes on mine are hypnotic.
His finger on my clit is heavy.
My voice quivers as I say, “I want you to.”

I wanted to love this book because... well... I loved Ella's previous stories. It sounded good from the blurb, but it didn't work for me that much. The hero was a little bit moody, almost depressive.

Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)
Rate: 4,6 / 5 stars

Can I just say first of all, that this series has been seriously so damn amazing!! I'm loving it so hard! And this book sure was worth the wait!!

It's a book which you can easily read in one sitting, these characters will pull you in and not want to let you go. I devoured this in practically one day, it just wasn't in one sitting because you know.. I have obligations (aka go to uni).

‘Some kind of magic in those ordinary-looking khakis…’
‘Turn that cunt from muggle into wi
Wit & Wonder Books
**ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

The Plan by Ella James is the fourth book in her Off-Limits Romance series, and can be read as a standalone. This enticing, high angst second chance romance will have you going from hot to cold back to steaming hot with a flip of the page.

Ella has delivered two opposite characters to us that provide such a raw sensory overload. Tackling specific issues of everyday life and coming together to deal with struggles. Gabe, a successful au
Wil Loves Books!
Oct 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2020
This was just meh. I didn't quite feel the chemistry between the leads. The heroine is supposed to be a smart doctor yet she's extremely childish and dramatic. The hero was just unremarkable, and like I said before, couldn't figure how much he was into the heroine. The plot makes very little sense and falls flat. However, it's quite entertaining and super hot, and the writing is always pretty solid. ...more
Becky Rendon
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some plans are overrated. Some have loopholes. Some are poorly thought out. Others are ignored. Plans aren't rules after all...

The Plan is a cute and sweet story of unusual circumstances. Exciting and panty melting but still unusual. It's all kinds of crazy mixed in with some serious spontaneity. After all, having a hot ex can be hazardous to your libido.

reviewed for Sweet Spot Sisterhood
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one Ella James!!! I love second chance romances...The Plan was funny, sexy, loved the Fate Alabama backdrop!
Marley & Gabe, they're awesome book leads!
Not seeing each other in a decade, their banter Omg I loved it!
Gabe and his moody growling 🔥🔥🔥
Marley and her "plan"!
Loved it, it's hard to put down FYI so don't start reading late at night lol
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Highly recommend this and anything Ella James writes!
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it

4 Pie Worthy Crowns

The Plan is an unexpected romance. Yes, it is second chance. Yes, there is a pregnancy plan. But that is really where it ends. The characters, particularly the hero, is darker than expected, their relationship is more tumultuous, and the story, although giving readers an HEA, has some unexpected plot developments.

Gabe is a pretty angry individual, and he takes his anger out on everyone, particularly Marley, seemingly for no reason. Although, he
Caroline F
Thoroughly enjoyed this angsty, hot-as-hell read!

"I stand and watch him for a moment, trying to understand how he still feels like mine."

Marley never really planned to settle back down in her hometown, Fate, but that's exactly where the direction of her life takes her. And, she certainly never expected to bump into her ex-husband of twelve years. Nor, expect him to be her downstairs neighbour.

"I can't help the way my gaze caresses her curves. Mine. Except - they're not. And isn't that strange?"
April Symes
WOW! What a fantastic 2nd chance romance story by Ella James. This is an emotional, touching story that will have you rooting for the main characters in this story.
Marley moves back into her hometown in Alabama to help take care of her very ill mother. The past 10 years has been pretty bad for Marley- first her fiancée lied to her and didn’t tell her that he had a vasectomy, then the IVF she had done worked but she ended up miscarrying. She wants to try IVF again but she is broke because it took
Ginelle Blanch
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Emotional and a bit tragic.

I love these characters, Marley and Gabe just seem so very human. They have flaws and strengths. The book is written so well that you really feel all of their emotions...the hurt, the hope, the despair, and the happiness.

Looks like Fate has brought these two souls together again. They definitely have a past. But, time and room for growth has changed them both.


This book was hot and cold and everything in between...with a really good endin
Heather andrews
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Marley does not hold back, “you have the best ***k,” she says, more to it than me. “I’ve thought so even when the rest of you is a ***k, too.” There are times Gabe likes to spoil his girl, "I come behind her, wrapping my arms around her waist… around her belly. I can’t help myself. “Do you see anything you like?” I ask her, peering down at all the jewels." I liked this book, loved the characters. ...more
Heather❀Kiss The Pages❀
This was a very sexy, fun second chance romance!

Marley moves back home to her small hometown of Fate, Alabama to be closer to her ailing mom. Yes that's right, the town is called Fate, appropriately named for the theme of this book. Surprise, surprise she ends up renting the floor in a house right above her ex-husband Gabe. Their marriage ended on a really bad note and so this sort of read as a enemies to lovers as well.

I really loved the beginning and the end of this book but the middle sort of
Three Chicks
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Review by Lisa Kane

I love a second chance at love romance-a rekindling of those dormant feelings that made you feel so alive the first time around. That is up until it crashed and burned.
Marley has returned to her old hometown. She wants to keep an eye on her mom, who has some major issues. It’s been a long time since she’s been home and she’s not exactly thrilled about it. She’s made arrangements to rent the upper level of an apartment and hopes she will settle back in. So when she comes face
Hanna's Book Obsession
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
{I Received this as an ARC in exchange for an Honest Review}

This was such a good book! I enjoyed it so much! These characters are so great! I love Marley and Gabe. This was a second chance romance and it was GOOD. Marley and Gabe have that I hate to love you feel. So much angst and chemistry it was so sexy! This couple was so amazing to read about. I Love second chance romances and this one was so perfect. I was rooting for Gabe and Marley from the very beginning. You can tell that even after ev
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In the past, I would have said "no" with some degree of confidence. But as I drop my bag of groceries into my bike pack under the store's front awning, I have to consider that the answer might have changed during the past few months.

They say misery loves company. I think I get it now. That back there with Marley--taunting her, I admit--that shit was the best part of my day. My week. My month. That shit was the rainbow in a fucking black and white film.

The outrage on her face... Goddamn. I fucking loved her angry, bright red face. When I turned to walk away, she looked mad enough to spit bullets. All over a fucking pack of pork chops. As I zip my bag, I press my lips together--to suppress a wicked chuckle.


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