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That time I had the brilliant idea to ask my good friend for lessons in sex-ploration…

Awkward? Maybe. But how else is a good girl going to find out if she likes being naughty? I might be sweet as cherry pie, but I'm also bold and damn curious. And Gabe is charming, trustworthy, aces at seduction (or so I hear) and—bonus!— willing to give me lessons. But to guarantee it won
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300 pages
Published February 22nd 2019 (first published February 20th 2019)
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Lauren Blakely
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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book bruin
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Edited 2/28/19
Audiobook Review
Overall 5 stars
Performance 5+ stars
Story 4.5 stars

Joe Arden and Erin Mallon were perfect for this story and had just the right amount of sexy and playful to really bring this friends to lovers story to the next level. Mallon and Arden are 2 of the few narrators that I enjoy both their male and female voices, but the duet style narration worked really well with them. I wish more audiobooks were performed in the duet style. The interview and Q and A at the end was s
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Stacey is Sassy
A little sweetness and a lot of spice...

If I could lay all the little pieces of this story out on a table, I could make a pile of the things I absolutely loved about Best Laid Plans. First off, Lauren Blakely you make the sun come out on a cloudy day. Well, maybe not literally, but you do bring a little bit of joy to my day with your funny, little tales. I would be a happy reader if you could please release a new audio every week. That's not too much to ask is it, Ms Blakely? Please, and thank y
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Yvette ~ Nose Stuck in a Book
When a book starts off with the heroine getting dumped and subsequently getting comforted by a handsome, shirtless firefighter, you know you’re in for a good story. Especially when the heroine and said firefighter become good friends who are (secretly) attracted to each other. Throw in a proposition that includes exploring the heroine’s naughtiest fantasies and you have an addictive page-turner. I was hooked from the very first page of Best Laid Plans by Lauren Blakely, became enamored with prot ...more
Kim
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 stars
Oh my the cuteness of these two! Arden East is a good, sweet girl who would like to take a walk on the naughty side...but she just does not know how to ask for it so her relationships have fizzled instead of sizzled. She is smart, witty, and organized bookstore owner. She believes in research and getting all aspects of a situation and then proceeding with caution.

Gabe Harrison is a sexy, charming firefighter with a playboy reputation. But he is also always ready to help others. And wh
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Cyndi Marie
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
*Audio Review*

Anyone who knows me knows I love Lauren Blakely books! She always gives us a sweet story with lots of giggles. As always, this book has such witty characters, fun lighthearted banter and perfect chemistry. I always love a friends to lovers story so I was excited to start this one.

Arden is a sweet bookstore owner who is a little sheltered but her love of books has intrigued her interest in what she might want in a relationship. I loved that she is a bookie, so many books were mentio
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Jacob Proffitt
There's a lot to like with this story. Arden is great as the perennial "good girl" who wants to explore her bad side (in a totally safe way) and Gabe is great as a player who knows gold when he finds it. I loved seeing their friendship, though there's a time-jump so we don't so much see it develop as we see the beginning and culmination.

But then things happened. Frankly, we have hints of the root of the problem early when we see how often Gabe thinks he's communicating when really he's making as
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Bree Lauren
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book was everything I needed for so many reasons.


I’ve been reading a lot of dark, heavy books lately and I desperately needed a break. I needed something light, something that made my heart soar, something that made me swoon and laugh and fall in love.

So… I turned to Lauren Blakely.

We all have our go-to authors for certain things. If I want a slow burn, it’s Mariana Zapata, if I want to laugh out loud and swoon, it’s Lauren Rowe, if I want beautifully crafted mega steam, it’s Sierra Simone,
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Cyndi
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a lovely romance but my favorite part was the narrators. They were in the room together so she read all the heroine’s parts and he read all the hero’s. It truly added to the experience. They also do an interview in the end.

Back to the book. Our hero is a firefighter who is instantly attracted to our heroine in the beginning. But since she is suffering from a broken heart he becomes lodged into the friend zone.
A year later our heroine wants to discover her wild side. Who would she as
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Monique
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! 💕 Loved it! 💕 Loved it! 💕

This is exactly what I needed to fall into after a hectic holiday to help with the blues. It made me smile, laugh and swoon and I want to know more and more. I couldn’t put it down, and read it in one sitting.

I loved each character immensely. Arden was someone I could connect with because of her quirkiness and planning. I thought she was sweet and entrancing with a wicked side. I wish I had her job! Gabe melted my heart. He is that guy that is your protector a
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Christy Bailey
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read!

This was such a fun read. Who doesn't love a HOT fireman! Gabe was a sweetheart with a side of sexy! Arden was such a fun character to read as well. She had some shy moments but that girl owned it!
Kathy Kugelman
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Best friends to lovers trope. HEA.
Kara Hildebrand (Two Book Pushers)
Best Laid Plans is Lauren Blakely's newest romantic, sexy comedy. As you know, I'm Lauren's biggest fan. I'm a huge fan of the woman, her writing, her characters, her sense of humor, her witty banter, her storytelling and the way she keeps coming up with new, fresh and exciting ways to entertain us. Best Laid Plans is Gabe and Arden's story. We briefly met Gabe and Arden in Unzipped and I was instantly intrigued by the sexy fireman and the pretty bookstore owner. Gabe and Arden are friends. Just ...more
Shannon
4.5*

You know those memes that make the rounds on FB, with the different colored pills that can either transport you into your favorite book or bring your favorite bbf to life, among other things? Well, I’d take the pill that would transport me into the world of Best Laid Plans, because I want to be Arden. Like, seriously want to be her. And not just because of Gabe. Okay fine, Gabe may be a Giganotosaurus reason why I want to be her. But let's be real- Arden owns a freaking bookstore! And isn't
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Sasha Says
There's no trope I love more than friends to lovers and Lauren Blakely is absolutely the master at it. Her characters are so damn likable- I always want to be in their friend group! Arden and Gabe were fabulous characters, had lots of fun witty banter, and off the charts chemistry. This was a slow burn romance well worth the wait. Side characters and settings were delightful. Best of all, Arden is a BOOKSTORE OWNER and Blakely threw in so many literary references and popular titles-- so fun to r ...more
Shayna
"𝗜’𝗺 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝘀𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗹𝘆 𝘁𝗿𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗽𝗮𝗻𝘁𝘀. 𝗜 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗻, 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝘀𝗵𝗲’𝘀 𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗲. 𝗕𝘂𝘁 𝗽𝗮𝗻𝘁𝘀...𝗽𝗮𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗮 𝗴𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁. 𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝘁’𝘀 𝗴𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗲."

𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐋𝐚𝐢𝐝 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐬 by Lauren Blakely is a banter-filled, witty, and romantic friends-to-lovers SWOONFEST that you won't be able to put down...not even for a second! Gabe is delicious! Arden is a delight! These two together…well, it’s just downright sexy and magical! Even though this is a slow-burn love story, every page sizzles…every ch
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Laura
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-2019
***ARC Provided by the Author***

This book has all the important "C" words. You know the ones I mean...cats, cheese, cracker, couch, charades....

Wait. Weren't those the ones you were thinking of? Sorry, my bad. But, I promise, those are the important words. (Oh, and get your mind out of the gutter, that's later is this slow burn, steamy romance.)

In all seriousness, I loved this book. Gabe and Arden are adorable and, well, they meet during the commission of a crime against cheese. Yes, this is a c
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Elizabeth Clinton
With every book Lauren writes I say this is my favorite couple, but when you meet Arden East & Gabe Harrison you might just agree.
Arden knows who Gabe is but when they meet each other in the most unlikely of places and under the most unlikely circumstances you know that something is going to come out of that meeting.
Arden & Gabe are the Best of Friends but when Arden wants to explore she needs his help, but can the friendship survive the list of things that Arden wants. You can’t help
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Anas Attic  Book Blog
Best Laid Plans by Lauren Blakely
Narrated by Erin Mallon and Joe Arden (Duet style)
Standalone Romantic Comedy
Shirtless, sweaty and covered with cheese, Lauren Blakely made me fall in love with another one of her heroes. This time it’s Gabe the firefighter. Lauren Blakely releases so many books, and she uses the friends-to-lovers trope a lot. She has also used the “teach me about sex” trope. Yet every single book feels fresh and new, and I have loved every one of them.



Arden is a planner. She
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Red Cheeks Reads
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 SMOOCHES!

I’m an unrepentant, loud-and-proud Lauren Blakely fan. Immersed in any of her books is a happy place for me. She’s a slam dunk for me because she consistently gives me what I’m hoping for when I reach for a romantic comedy or a contemporary romance. Just when I think she can’t top her last book, she comes out with the next one, and it steals my heart in a whole different way. Lauren Blakely always gives me what I want to read, and she does it with a writing style that is an addictive
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Terri
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Each book this author writes pulls me into the story from page one and I am encased in the story with the characters. This book did that and so much more. Best Laid Plans, what a concept. We all have what we think are our "best laid plans" but they usually do not turn out the way we envision them to and that is exactly what happened to Arden.

She plans the perfect picnic and has everything thought out from the outfit she wears to the type of cheese and wine she has packed. Funny how things can g
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Rachel
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 stars


Arden is a good girl, but that label is getting old, especially when her boyfriend uses it as his excuse when he breaks up with her. She lives a quiet life, focusing on her friends and her bookstore, but she can’t seem to find a relationship that burns like she knows it should. And everytime she thinks she has found the one, something happens to make them fizzle.

Gabe is known around town not only for his good looks, but for his rule to keep his relationships casual. When they meet, G
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Neha
This one was such a sweet read, like those sugary treats which have too much sugar in them.
It would be unjust to rate this book cause I couldn't finish it. I tried... i tried my level best to finish, I reached almost 60% mark, but! It was that bad... or just that bad for me? Up to 60% mark I read word "naughty" so many times, I went into rage mode.
Its just me or the female lead felt like a 3 year old into a grown up body who cant seem to think about anything but sex. Why she felt like a 3 year o
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Melinda
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Best Laid Plans by Lauren Blakely

Ahh this book had me smiling from ear to ear from Gabe and Arden’s very first meeting through to the very sweet end. They meet in the park where Arden is left broken-hearted by her boyfriend who dumps her, claiming that she’s just too nice for him. Gorgeous Gabe spends the next bit of time with her, reassuring Arden that there’s not a damn thing wrong with being nice and the two strike up a close friendship. While Arden is happy with the friendship, Gabe develop
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Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars ~ Jess

Every girl wants a sweet, fun, and sexy firefighter. And Arden is lucky enough to have one as her good friend. He was there for her even after she launched cheese at him. He plays words with friends, takes her bowling, is smart, a bit nerdy and the perfect guy to give her a lesson in not being so nice in the bedroom.

Arden is nice though. Like insanely sweet and genuine. She can pair your book with a drink, she takes in strays, bakes to say thank you. Everyone needs and Arden in
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Rochelle
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved it. :-)
Carissa
I loved this one! It was cute and loved the duet style in this one. Erin and Joe were great. The bonus interview made me lol'd.
Escape into a Booksite
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
*4 Stars*

ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review.

Lauren Blakely always has fun and entertaining books, and this one was no different. Gabe and Arden have been friends for a year but neither of them really wants to admit to, or risk their friendship, for feelings that are more than that. Of friends.

When Arden comes up with her little plan, things really heat up, and boy oh boy do they get fun. And that elevator scene? *fans self*

I loved that Arden is a bookstore owner and even
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Danielle Harris
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely Amazing

I was laughing so hard I was in tears! Lauren Blakely did a fantastic job in this story. I can't wait for Derek and Perri's story!

Arden is the sweetest person in the world and that's her problem the 3 guys she was with never saw her as anything else but. She meets Gabe when she throws food and hits poor Gabe with a block of cheese. After that they became friends. Gabe wants to be more than friends, but Arden has other plans. These plans will make Gabe have Fifty shades of blue
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Michelle Monroe
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two words. HOT. FIREMAN.

Enough said.

But, there’s so much more to this book that that, of course there is. There’s always more in a LB book! Slow burn, friendship, lust, HOT FIREMAN, sweetness, swoon worthy times, did I mention HOT FIREMAN? Ok, so I have a thing for a sexy hot fireman. 🤷🏼♀

Oh, and there also teaching. Yup, teaching. Arden is so “vanilla”, at least that’s what her last boyfriend claims. How’s she supposed to know anyways? She hasn’t been with that many guys, and she can only go b
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A #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s sweet, sexy and witty. Her heroines are strong and smart and her heroes have hearts of gold and fantastic funny bones. She lives in California with her family, including her smoking hot and hilarious husband and her two brilliant ...more
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