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Not According to Plan

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  197 ratings  ·  104 reviews
For one night of my life, I dared to do something reckless.
My birthday. A bar. Karaoke. And a man so hot he could melt the sun.
Sparks flew. Lust took over. For one night of my life, I felt alive.
Then I was back to my boring life. Career-driven. Goal-oriented. Always planning ahead.
But nothing could have prepared me for the positive pregnancy test. We werent that reckless.
ebook, 400 pages
Published March 23rd 2020 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Amara)
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Mar 23, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Nova B
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Seriously 😒 can we get a book that just is worth reading already. 2 pregnant women at the same time for the guy. Noooo like come on.
Btw those 1 stars or lower are the ones you need to read
For the truth of a book.
Bookgasms Book Blog
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: missy
Man, just when you think you have your life figured out, Fate steps in to remind you that youre really not the one in charge!

Which is exactly what happened to Jade and Max. And their little surprise bundle of joy arriving in approximately nine months. A one-night stand turned into at least eighteen years of co-parenting... or could they actually make their initial connection spark into something more. Something real. Something permanent.

Not According to Plan is a fun, sweet, sexy romance thats
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.25 stars

This story features a unique twist on the unexpected pregnancy trope.

Jade Easton lives a very boring life. However, that all changes one night when her friend encourages her to sign up for Kismet Karaoke. And with some finagling by the event host, Brad, she is paired up with his brother, Max Navarro. That's when the magic happens!

That magic carries from the stage to the bedroom. But that night, intended to be just a one-night stand, changes dramatically with one faulty condom.

Jade is
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"I love you, Jade. With each kiss, each touch, and each look, you managed to turn my feelings into a living, breathing thing."

Even though the story had a nice flow and the writing was simple and straightforward, I didn't enjoy "Not According to Plan" as much as I thought I would. Instead of getting a cute story about Jade and Max falling in love while having to deal with a surprise pregnancy, I got a long distance relationship plot where the H only seemed to care about his problems.

Max got
Mar 24, 2020 marked it as nope-nope-nope  ·  review of another edition
Hero is a irresponsible idiot, why would I want to read about him getting his cake and eating it too? 🙄
Mar 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, adult, read-2020
Not According To Plan is centred upon Jade Easton, a career focused junior partner at her law firm in New York, and Max Navarro, who is opening a gym in Miami and dealing with other complicated situations. Both aren't looking for anything romantic but life has other plans for them both. Shenanigans occurs when Jade and Max meet unexpectedly at a Kismet Karaoke, as the host of the event pairs them up together, and that's when fun and adventure shared on the stage transforms quickly to the ...more
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. Jade and Max meet unconventionally, but when they come together, you can't help but fall in love with them.

Both driven by their work, Jade and Max aren't looking for romance. But, when they're thrown together in an unconventional way, there's no denying their chemistry.

Jade is a strong yet vulnerable heroine. She knows what she wants and although her life takes a turn, she doesn't let it derail her. Instead, she adapts and takes a good look at what she truly wants
Reviews from the Heart (Kimberly Anne)
I was so sure I was going to love 'Not According To Plan' because one of my favorite tropes is an unexpected pregnancy, and I am a fan of this authors work. I was wrong, so wrong. I was not a fan of this story. The story-line was so far fetched. I thought as I continued to flip the pages that things would get better, but I feel as if they only got worse. In the beginning I did feel the chemistry, but as the story was developing I feel like the chemistry was just gone. At one point I thought to ...more
Mar 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: A.M. Madden Fans, Romance
3 Whoops Stars
* * * Spoiler Free
This had the beginning of that cute oops baby story...Yet things kinda took a Whoops of major proportions. This tale is a journey between two people who are attracted, now involved because of a baby and have serious decisions to make.

A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

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Diane Yoz
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this story!!

This one is a definite page-turner. I couldn't stop reading.  I kept thinking "how is this ever going to work" " there's just no way" ..."If this book doesn't give me an HAE"    AHHH...SOOOO SOOO GOOD!! 

I love the characters. Max and Jade have a passionate connection, the best friend Amy is batsh!t crazy and one of Max's brother is hysterical. (Max is a set of identical triplets ❤😍)

Not According to Plan is captivating with its unconventional family dynamics, the struggles of
Heather andrews
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Max isn't really a secret keeper, "confession I stole your panties last weekend. Forgot I did until I put on my jeans and found them in my pocket." I liked this book, I liked Max. ...more
Sandy S
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars-- NOT ACCORDING TO PLAN by A.M. Madden is a contemporary, adult, erotic romance story line focusing on twenty-seven year old, attorney Jade Easton and thirty one year old, gym owner Max Navarro.

Told from dual first person perspectives (Jade and Max) NOT ACCORDING TO PLAN follows the building relationship and romance between twenty-seven year old, attorney Jade Easton and thirty one year old, gym owner Max Navarro. On the night of her twenty-seventh birthday, attorney Jade Easton spent
BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)
What I Loved:
I love this twist on a romance storyline! A one-night-stand turned into a pregnancy and love story was adorable, and I loved it! One other thing I just adored about this book was the cover! I just think its utterly fabulous and I was drawn to the book from that alone!

How I Felt:
The characters were so lovable in this story. Jade, our female lead, has no interest in love. She is focused on her career. When life throws her curve-balls though, we find how adaptable to change she can be.
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book: Not According to Plan
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐💫
Steam: 🔥
Review: This was a different story line for me, but I enjoyed the one night stand that leads to a relationship/baby plot. While parts of this particular story was a bit unrealistic for me, it didn't take away from my enjoyment.

What I loved about this book:

1. The characters are very relatable and I found myself rooting for them the whole time. Max was such a great love interest (totally swoon worthy). Jade was an independent woman with a kind
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not According to plan, begins with the good girl gone bad troupe. Jade and her friend Amy go out for Jades birthday at a local bar. Jade is paired with Max for karaoke and sparks fly. Jade decides to ditch her boring life and have a steamy one night stand with Max.
Fast forward six weeks and Jade is pregnant. Jade is a lawyer and Max owns a gym in NY but travels to Miami often because he is opening another gym. Max has another reason for going to Miami, his friend with benefits Tracy is pregnant
***Thank you to NetGalley, Entangled Publishing and A.M. Madden. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book. All opinions are my own.***

Jade and Max meet at bar during a karaoke contest, with a little meddling from Jades friend and Maxs brother. Sparks fly and they have a one-night stand. When Jade realizes shes pregnant six weeks later, she reaches out to him to let him know. She expects nothing from him but he wants to be a part of the babys life, a part of Jades life. Its Jade that isnt sure
Kari Hansen
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jade is determined to ensure that the next junior partner at the law firm where she works will be her, so her life is a case of all work and no play. The one time her girlfriend convinces her to come out and play she spends a steamy evening with a man and she now finds herself pregnant and all her life plans up in the air.

Max is the owner of a gym and he is planning on moving to Miami where he is opening another gym as well. One steamy evening with a woman has him reconsidering his future and
Cathi - LovesBooksMore
This ended up being a cute rom com. It had the quirky storyline, funny romance and happily ever after going for it.
It did, however, lack the fluidity of a good story. Some parts of the plot were so far fetched had me shaking my head at how two grown adults got themselves this far in life.

ie Two unplanned pregnancies within month? Recalled condoms that an intelligent business owner didnt notice? Law firm partners that should have been sued when they asked her to recuse from junior partner for
Deanna (A Novel Glimpse)
Original review: A Novel Glimpse

Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

I liked this book, but I think I could have loved it if the blurb had been more honest. Theres more at play here than just a women accidentally getting pregnant with a one-night stands baby. Max, the baby daddy, actually has another baby coming soon as well in another state. (Not really a spoiler because its told to the reader almost immediately. Also, no OW drama.) So the real drama surrounds that and
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-review, pregnancy
This is a twist on the unplanned pregnancy trope. When first meet Max we learn about his pending fatherhood with a close friend in Miami. When he meets Max is is juggling New York, Miami and a baby on the way. Jade is out to celebrate her birthday. One night of hot sex and a box of defective condoms later and Jade is also pregnant. This may be a turn off for some but I was curious on how it would all play out. The story focused on Max and Jade. The other mothers appearance was not a big factor ...more
Jess (ireadergosum) Reviews
I want to preface my review by saying that accidental pregnancy is one of my all time favorite tropes and that is why I picked this one up. Its also been a while since I really disliked a book, but I found this plot to be over the top. I also sincerely disliked the male character, as he was always making decisions for the female lead. Personally, the ending was not a happy one for me either. The whole story just made me irritated and unhappy. I can say a lot more, but I dont want to spoil it for ...more
♥️Fantasy Land  Book Reviewer♥️

* First time reading author

Not According to Plan is an interesting book. I read this book cover to cover and still, that is the best word for it. A.M takes you to a different romance level with this book. It is not a typical story of two people meeting and falling in love. This is a story about a complicated set of people that get pregnant after a one night stand then have to decide if they want to be more than parents to this child.

So going into this book do not expect a love story right off
Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

My guilty pleasure is surprise baby books. They are usually my book palette cleanser after I read something heavy or just need a quick read. I had high hopes with this book. Unfortunately, even though there were some good elements to the story, I found that I struggled half the time.

I wanted more fluidity in the story. There were several moments that the transitions would pull me out of the story. I really appreciate this author and their hard work as I cannot even come close to doing
Danielle from Short and Sassy
Mar 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
Hated it. Within the first chapter I hated the main character and thought there was nothing redeeming about him. When I hate a main character, there is really nothing helping me to finish the book. I struggle. This one I just threw in the towel.
An ok read for me. The storyline was a little meh for me. I did like Jade and Max and I felt they had some chemistry but not enough to pull me fully into the story. I will read more from this author but this story wasnt for me.

I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
Kim Whitehead
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you want your heart to burst with joy, then Not According To Plan will do just that! I laughed and swooned! A.M. Madden over powered my heart with passion and love!! Brilliantly written!! Phenomenal story!!!
Kate R
Feb 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Its been awhile since Ive read an A.M. Madden book and I love an accidental pregnancy trope so I thought this would be right up my alley. Unfortunately, this story was just okay for me. Jade reluctantly goes out with her friend, Amy, on her birthday to a bar. She ends up in a karaoke contest with Max as her partner, and they have a one-night stand. Shes shocked to find out weeks later that shes pregnant, and she has to tell Max. Well, Max also has some difficult circumstances hes in that he ...more
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first started this book I thought it was going to end up being terrible. A little ridiculous, a sudden attraction with nothing to back up their feelings, over the top best friend and brother straight from central casting. Somehow though I got caught up in the drama of two people trying to make the impossible work and stay committed to the family they were attempting to create amidst all of the chaos. Did I love all of their decisions? No. But I did love how open they were with each other ...more
NICUnurse Stephanie
Ive read a few books by A.M. Madden in the past and really enjoyed them so when I saw this cover, I thought I was getting into a romcom. Maybe the cartoon-y effect on the cover just made my mind wander in that direction. But let me warn you here, this is NOT a romcom! Its a contemporary romance with an accidental pregnancy with a twist.

Jade has a plan for her life that she isnt willing to detour from. A relationship isnt in that plan right now but one night of fun can be. Maxs life is already
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A.M. Madden's romance debut is The Back-Up Series, consisting of Back-Up, Front & Center, and Encore.

A.M. Madden is a wife, a mother, an avid reader of romance novels and now an author. In Back-up she aspired to create a fun, sexy, realistic romantic story. She wanted to create characters that the reader could relate to and feel as if they knew personally.


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