POV: Dual 1st Person
Put out percentage: 81%
Tropes: Slow Burn; Retired NFL Player; Instant Connection; Grumpy Hero; Home Reno; Boss/Employee; Close Proximity; Roommates
Series: The Best Man Book One
Type of Series: Series of Standalones
Rate: 3/5 Stars
Release Date: 10/3/23
Is there a 3rd act break up: Yes
Karla Sorensen steps away from her current worlds to create a brand new space in The Best Laid Plans. And it works well. We meet Burke Barrett when he finds out that his best friend left him a run down house project when he and his wife pass away unexpectedly. What follows is Burkes journey to self discovery and next steps. Burke has recently retired from the NFL and he is floundering. But as you read the story, you find that he has been floundering quite a bit in his life. I enjoyed the arc of Burke and the building/rebuilding of the relationships with those around him.
Charlotte is a woman who loves the history of old homes. She was hired by Chris and Amie before they passed and is unsure of the direction this project is going to go now that they are gone. When Burke shows up in Michigan to bring Chris’s grandparents house back to life. But their meeting doesn’t go so well. Burke is a man with a fairly bad attitude about everything and Charlotte is a someone that see the good in so many things.
The Best Laid Plans for sure.
The storyline of this book flows well and covers months of time without mis-steps. The relationship between the main characters grows in a natural and organic way even with their friends with benefits situation that they enter.
The third act break-up works the way in which it plays out. And there is appropriate grovel needed. The side characters are top notch and blend this story in a way that works well.