The Plan

Off-Limits Romance, Book #4

By Ella James

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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

*Beware of Spoilers*

Marley is doing something she never thought she would, moving back home.  The one thing she wants more than anything is to have a baby.  However, when she finds out her fiancé had a vasectomy before they met and never bothered to tell her even though he knew she wanted kids, she had to end things.  She then decided she’d just have a baby on her own.  She went through in vitro fertilization, but unfortunately lost the baby.  That combined with the fact that her mother is in bad health prompted her to move back to her hometown.  However, she never expected her ex-husband to be renting the space below the apartment she’s renting!  And, he makes it quite clear that she is NOT welcome!

Gabe has also come back home unexpectedly when his life has seemed to fall apart.  He learns his daughter isn’t his biologically and his ex has taken her away from him leaving him in a legal battle he can’t win.

Then Marley proposes a crazy idea … to have a kid together, no emotions, just sex and then to co-parent just like millions of divorced parents everywhere!  But what happens when old feelings resurface and both parties realize the mistakes they’ve made?

I didn’t have high expectations for this book, I just expected it to be a steamy read.  However, I found the story to be rather sweet, although slightly predictable. The characters were enjoyable and easy to relate to, they make you care for them.

I enjoyed Gabe, even though he was a bit of a jerk when Marley first moved in.  His internal dialog was amusing though!

“Am I an asshole?

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.


I’m not sure I even mind it. Why not be an asshole? Nice guys come in last–another adage I’m starting to believe. I’ve played it nice my whole damn life, or fucking tried. Why not seek out entertainment now?”

But Gabe can be pretty swoon-worthy when he puts his mind to it!  The New York trip! Squee!

Marley knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go after it!  And, she’s also pretty funny when she’s drunk!

This book left me with a goofy grin on my face and feeling all warm and fuzzy. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.