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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
Expected publication: February 22nd 2019
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    Cyndi Marie
    Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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    *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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    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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    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
    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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    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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    Becca - ★Wicked Quests of a BookNinja★
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    5 ’Cracker’ Stars

    Holy gnocchi, it’s so unfair to have a talent like Lauren Blakely has! This lady is my ultimate favorite author. I’ve never ever read a bad book written by her, but shave my head and call me Gary, Best Laid Plans is hands down my favorite.

    This book is funny, sensual and has a heart of gold.

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    Funny banters. ✔
    All the sexy time. ✔
    Romance at a very high level. ✔

    I’m utterly in love with this book. It brought the friends-to-lovers trope to a brand new level. I don’t even know
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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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    Melissa
    Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    **ARC provided courtesy of the Author**

    Friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes and nobody writes them better than Lauren Blakely. Best Laid Plans made me laugh, shake my head and swoon. I was torn, as I always am, between devouring this book and trying to savor it. Devouring won...I wonder what kind of wine goes with a romance that you just can't stop reading?

    I adored Arden. She's so smart, yet adorkably clueless at times. I loved her she attempted to get out of her comfort zone and disc
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    litljen
    *** I received an advanced copy and chose to review it ***
    ** 100% spoiler-free review **
    * 5 adorable stars *

    Best friends-to-lovers is my jam. No really, it's my absolute favorite genre of all and when one of my absolute favorite authors writes it? Yeah, I know it's going to be the best and you, Ms. Blakely killed it with this one! The plot, the characters, the slow-burn romance....all of these crucial ingredients mix together to create the perfect romantic comedy. I loved absolutely EVERYTHING a
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    Cee Cee Houston
    Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    GAH!!! Sweetness overload!!!
    This new series by Lauren Blakely is THE best ever. I thought the Hart brothers were the epitome of sweethearts but Tom from Unzipped and now Gabe in Best Laid Plans have overshadowed those gorgeous singers and taken the gauntlet back for the everyday man.
    Gabe will make you swoon in all the right places and melt in others. He’s a man who knows what he wants but because he’s such a kindhearted soul and a gentleman, he’s been keeping the secret of his feeling for Arden
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    Kay Daniels (Kay Daniels Romance)
    Lauren Blakely has done it again! Best Laid Plans is pure magic!
    Arden and Gabe lit up the pages for their chemistry was perfectly matched on every level.
    Between laughing and swooning through the entire book this couple is one of my favorites.

    When Arden asks a good friend for how to be naughty in the bedroom, all due to her last douchey boyfriend telling her she was too nice and it unfortunately gives Arden a complex when she's ready to date again. Who better to ask than her good friend, Gabe, o
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    Heather
    Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
    **I voluntarily read an early copy of this title in exchange for an honest review**

    Lauren Blakely is one of my go-to authors and this was another fun rom-com.

    Arden East is a planner, plain and simple. She always has plans and you know what the saying is about "best laid plans"... When Arden puts together the perfect picnic for her boyfriend to ask him to move in with her, the last thing she expected was for him to tell her it was over. The only good thing about that day was while she was reeling
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    Heather
    Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    **I voluntarily read an early copy of this title in exchange for an honest review**

    Lauren Blakely is one of my go-to authors and this was another fun rom-com.

    Arden East is a planner, plain and simple. She always has plans and you know what the saying is about "best laid plans"... When Arden puts together the perfect picnic for her boyfriend to ask him to move in with her, the last thing she expected was for him to tell her it was over. The only good thing about that day was while she was reeling
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    Wendy
    Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Lauren is one of those few authors that I trust will give me a good story. I can read her books and get the sweet, steamy, romantic, and well-rounded vibes from the characters and their story. Best Laid Plans was no different. This friends-to-lovers romance was wonderfully written and I enjoyed the story. I loved the first meet between Arden and Gabe-it was funny and cute. It showed how their friendship started. As their story progressed, their friendship is at the fore-front. But what happens w ...more
    Lauren Lascola-Lesczynski
    Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    First off let's start with Gabe...sexy fireman, great guy, sweet, and most important he is down right dirty....you will need to be hosed off once he is done with you ;)
    Arden is as sweet as the baked treats she makes for people. She has a bit of a confidence issue in the bedroom, but Gabe is willing to help her out. What better way to check off your sex wish list then with a hottie?
    Arden and Gabe are best friends, do they want to take things to the next level? They might not have a say in that...
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    Sharon
    Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Another best seller for Lauren Blakely!
    Arden, sweet girl plans a picnic for her boyfriend, she's got all his favorite things and is planning on asking him to move in with her. He shows up late and breaks her heart because she's "too nice". In the midst of throwing cheese into the trail, she lands a hunk on literally hunk firefighter Gabe.
    Gabe out for his daily run, gets smacked with a hunk of cheese and comes across Arden, in tears.
    Follow their story as they build a friendship over the course
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    Konny
    Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Best Laid Plans by Lauren Blakely is a witty and fun read.
    Meet Arden East and Gabe Harrison. Arden is a bubbly goodie two shoes type who was just dumped by her boyfriend. And now the book shop owner thinks she needs education annnnnd she picks her best friend in the whole wide world to be her teacher. Gabe Harrison, firefighter, good guy and too happy to help Arden out of her funk.

    Best Laid Plans is a swoon worthy rom/com, witty and fun with excellent writing and a unique storyline.
    Lynn Mullan
    Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Excellent read. I love Lauren's writing. Her books never fail to make me chuckle.
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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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    Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Friends to lovers is one of my very favorite tropes and Lauren Blakely does it so damn well! I fell in love with Arden and Gabe from the moment the book opens (the cheese!!) and couldn't wait to see how everything unfolded. Blakely gives readers a little twist to the friends with benefits story line, that I found really fun and perfect for our characters. This book was exactly what I needed - a sexy and fun, but not too angsty, romcom.

    I'm never a big fan of the manwhore hero, but Gabe definitely
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    Theresa
    Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Gabe and Arden happen upon a great friendship. When Arden asks Gabe to show her the ropes of being “naughty,” Gabe’s up for it. That’s when things get interesting. Gabe is quite the teacher, and that dirty mouth of his was very dirty. Just how I like it. I don’t want to spoil any of it, but the feels in this book are all over the place. I cheered, laughed, and yelled at Gabe and Arden. They’re absolutely amazing. I loved their close friendship, and you could see the little blossoms forming in th ...more
    Cherie Maggi
    Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Lauren Blakely has done it again this story is amazing and super funny. Loved every minute of it
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