What happens when the nice girl wants to give naughty a go?

Find out in BEST LAID PLANS, the brand new, sexy friends-to-lovers, lessons-in-seduction romance from #1 New York Times bestseller Lauren Blakely! And these lessons come with a twist!

✔ Lessons in s-e-x-ploration

✔ Friends falling hard

✔ A charming, cocky, confident hero & a smart, clever heroine

✔ A quirky small town full of fabulous characters

BEST LAID PLANS has it all! Get your copy of BEST LAID PLANS now!

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That time I had the brilliant idea to ask my good friend for lessons in seduction…

Awkward? Maybe. But how else is a good girl going to find out if she likes being naughty? I might be sweet as cherry pie, but I’m also bold and damn curious. And Gabe is charming, trustworthy, aces at seduction (or so I hear) and—bonus!— willing to give me lessons. But to guarantee it won’t ruin our friendship, I have some specific requirements for his instruction. I want these classes to be hypothetical more than hands-on. So what if he’s hella sexy? I can handle that, no problem.
I have it bad for Arden. She’s bright, brilliant, insanely fun, and I want to take her home and spend all night together—and then spend the day with her, too. When she asks for my help, I see my chance to win her sweet heart by showing her how much fun we can have getting spicy. Trouble is, she has a different idea of what “bedroom exploration” should mean. Now I’m going to have to get really clever to win her over.

Good thing I know exactly how to upend her best laid plans.

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“Best Laid Plans is hands down my favorite. This book is funny, sensual and has a heart of gold. It brought the friends-to-lovers trope to a brand new level.”
– Becca at Wicked Quests of a BookNinja

My Review

You know the saying “Nice guys finish last”? Well, in Lauren Blakely’s new release, Best Laid Plans, Blakely’s heroine learns the hard way that nice girls seem to get dumped because they’re not naughty enough in bed…at least that’s Arden East’s ex’s reason for breaking up with her. So what’s a good girl to do when she’s basically been told she’s too vanilla in bed…too sweet to want to explore the naughtier side of sex…how about asking Lucky Falls’ resident Panty-Melter, Gabe Harrison, to help her experience all that sex is supposed to be and prove to herself that she’s not too good of a girl to experience the filthy side of fucking!

A short-term guy and a long-term girl hooking up has disaster written all over it, but Arden’s determined to explore her dirtier and naughtier side and who better to help her than a man who seems to know his way around a woman’s body and has probably experienced all the non-vanilla sex Arden wants to try out. I truly wish I could have been in the room for the scene where Arden asks Gabe for his ‘sex assistance.’ I mean…here’s a guy who is more than attracted to his female friend and now she’s offering him a chance to get in her pants and show her what it means to do something other than make love; in a guy’s mind, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but for Gabe, it comes with its own set of problems and that fact is shown the more he helps Arden explore a side of her that she never knew she had.

I love a title that uses a pun – allowing readers to notice the word play right from the start. Arden is a planner – one who makes list and plots out how she wants everything to go, but when it comes to another person’s actions and what that means for her, there’s no way to know all of those details, and her plans turn into best laid ones, making things end poorly and quite different than she expected despite all of her painstaking preparations.

Best LAID plans also implies exactly what Arden wants to experience with Gabe, helping her explore what she truly wants/likes in bed, checking off different positions and situations that allow her to come out of her ‘good-girl shell’ and be the naughty sex kitten that only Gabe seems to bring out.

Best Laid Plans is such a cute and swoon worthy story…Arden and Gabe are extremely likable characters and I love the fact that these two created a solid friendship before Arden directed them down a path towards less of a platonic relationship, but therein lies the problem as well, because the fear of losing a connection that means everything to her is not something Arden knows how to deal with, which means there are bound to be mistakes on both sides.

The kind-hearted bookstore owner and the sexy fireman will melt readers’ hearts as well as get them all hot and bothered from Gabe and Arden’s sexual exploration, which is exactly what romance readers want!

4.5 Poison Apples



I’m most definitely a planner, but I never planned to be a good girl.

Honestly, I didn’t even think twice about good girls versus naughty ones. I always figured with sex and love, you could have it all.

That’s what we’re taught as women, right?

You can be prim and proper during the day and wild and daring at night. Or the other way around. Whatever floats your banana boat.

But somehow over the years, I inadvertently landed on the “nice” half of the divide, so squarely in the good-girl camp I’m practically the poster child of oh-so-sweet, and I can’t seem to get a crack at the other side.

Only, I keep peeking over the fence, peering, wondering.

What if the grass is greener? What if I’m missing out on something better in the bedroom and, by extension, something better in life and love?

There’s only one way to find out.


The trouble is, when it comes time to woman up and make a request for what I want to try at the ice cream stand of sexual flavors and favors, I wind up with so much more than I bargained for.

More than I’m ready for…

And with so much more to lose than I ever expected.

Guess I’m about to learn if it’s better to be naughty or to be nice.

“A fabulously sweet, sexy, funny and hot friends to lovers story.”

Melissa at Booked All Night

“This is my favorite Blakely book to date. I loved absolutely EVERYTHING about this story!!”

LittleJen on Goodreads

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About Lauren Blakely

A #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s sweet, sexy and witty. Her heroines are strong and smart and her heroes have hearts of gold and fantastic funny bones. She lives in California with her family, including her smoking hot and hilarious husband and her two brilliant and kind children. She has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs — she might have four dogs, or maybe five. If she’s lucky, she’ll soon have six dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, and she’s sold more than 3 million books. In February she’ll release BEST LAID PLANS, in March THE FEEL-GOOD FACTOR, and in May THE DATING PROPOSAL. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!

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