Review: The Best Laid Plans by Lauren Gallagher

February 12, 2016 Review 0

Review: The Best Laid Plans by Lauren Gallagher

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.

Title: The Best Laid Plans
Author: Lauren Gallagher
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Kneel, Mr. President, The Virgin Cowboy Billionaire's Secret Baby
Published by Samhain Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: February 16, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Menage, Romantic Comedy
Pages: 320
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Stars: three-half-stars
Flames: three-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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When I started reading The Best Laid Plans I knew I needed to keep an open mind. I am all for everyone having the same rights and being able to express their faith, but growing up in a traditional home it can be hard to put those teachings aside. With that said I think Lauren did an amazing job incorporating the Muslim and Catholic faith in one couple. Add to that that they are a gay couple trying to adopt a baby makes for a interesting story.

I think that Shahid and Gabe were beautiful together who give hope to all couples going through hard times. They never fail each other and when they need space they make it work. I loved that we get to experience each individual in the triad. What was different from other menage books I have read is that this started out as a homosexual couple bringing in a female. One male was bi while the other had never been with a woman; yet each fall for her in their own way. Plus the real reason that they brought Kendra into the mix was because she wanted to be a surrogate for her best friends, Shahid and Gabe.

I really enjoyed the dynamics between the trio but felt that certain scenes were played out or were too long. Especially when they interacted with their family ones. I understand how the aspect of a big family can weigh on a couple especially when one side does not totally approve of the other. However, it seemed that these men and woman make all their decisions based on what or how their families think or feel. At the end though, it was nice to see them stick up for themselves and go after what they all wanted.

There was a few unexpected twists that had me grabbing a tissue; where others were predictable ones.  Overall, a sweet read but for me it was not something that demanded my attention. If there is going to be another book I would definitely grab it because I would love to know what happens next.

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