5 and 4.5 Stars for The Best Laid Plans by Lauren Gallagher #MMF #Ménage

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Title: The Best Laid Plans
Author Name & Publisher: Lauren Gallagher (Samhain Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: February 16th 2016- 320 pages

Synopsis

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 to the idea. Especially Gabe, whose bisexuality is open to the chemistry among the three of them.

The plan seems simple. Kendra and Gabe, foregoing the cold, impersonal IVF clinic, paperwork and red tape, will conceive the old-fashioned way. They’ll all share parenting responsibilities, and live happily baby after.

But as the heat flares between Gabe and Kendra, Shahid’s long-suppressed insecurities bubble to the surface. Then some unexpected news catches the trio off guard and derails their plans—and now one heart could be left out in the cold.

Warning: Authors subsist on the tears of readers. Please recycle your hankies by wringing out and reusing. We’d hate to be the cause of a worldwide shortage of Kleenex.

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Review

FiveStars

So I will start this review of by saying I was completely nervous before starting this book because I am not a huge fan of love triangles or cheating in books… But I really wanted to try this book and I am so glad I did!!!!

I thought the way the author handled this story and these characters was awesome and I loved it! Now I really do not want to give away any spoilers because this book was just so good you really need to read this for yourself.

You get steam with this book and I mean very hot steam, plus you also get the sweet with the feelings, as they grow between… I can’t tell you without giving away a huge spoiler so I will just leave it at there is some sweet in this book too lol. I loved the way everything worked out in this book. I will say although I loved all three of these characters in this book Kendra was definitely my favorite. She was just so strong and the way she was there for her friends through everything was just awesome!

So I will leave this review with…I 100% loved this book and would recommend it!

~Kara

FourandHalfStars

This book was somewhat daunting to me.  I was nervous when right off the bat, I saw that there were issues between Shahid and Gabe’s family.  But, once I realized that the issues were simply annoyances for me – I quickly dove right in.  You also have Kendra who is strong and outgoing, but also shy and feminine all wrapped in to one package.  The way that the relationship develops is unique, but not without flaws.  It felt kind of forced at the beginning, for me, however, Gallagher was able to smooth it out as the story continued.
This story was sweet, loving, steamy and in the end, perfect for these characters.  Gallagher did an amazing job at creating a life that was both complex and easy.  There were obstacles that were huge, but not insurmountable and then there were the annoyances that make up family.
The adoption angle just gave this story more depth and maturity.  I could have quashed the adoption worker – they sounded as though they were NOT helpful.
I really liked how Gallagher was able to weave in cultural differences as well as personal differences too.
I do wish that there was more resolution among the family issues, but in the end, this story was a HEA and well rounded.
I would definitely recommend this story to someone who is wary of M/F/M because Gallagher does a great job with this trio.
~AvidReader

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