The Plan by Ella James

The Plan

You’ve heard this story before. Woman feels her biological clock ticking and gets someone to knock her up. Not for love, for baby. Crazy, right? That’s what I thought. Then I found out my fiancé had a vasectomy. The life I thought I had? Nope. Suddenly I’m 33, and I don’t even have a kissing buddy. When my mom’s health takes a turn and I wind up back in my hometown of Fate...

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The Plan Reviews

  • Tricia

    The Plan is so much more than the blurb would suggest. It is a gorgeous story of love and forgiveness, hope and second chances. Fate truly plays a part in Gabe and Marley's lives when they each find themselves back in their hometown, twelve years after they last saw each other. Emotionally bruised and battered by what life has thrown at them, can they overcome their obstacles and finally be what the other needs to heal and move on.

    Beautifully described, the town of Fate with its tree lined stree

    The Plan is so much more than the blurb would suggest. It is a gorgeous story of love and forgiveness, hope and second chances. Fate truly plays a part in Gabe and Marley's lives when they each find themselves back in their hometown, twelve years after they last saw each other. Emotionally bruised and battered by what life has thrown at them, can they overcome their obstacles and finally be what the other needs to heal and move on.

    Beautifully described, the town of Fate with its tree lined streets and friendly atmosphere, came alive across the pages of this book. I don't know if it was based on a real town, but it is definitely somewhere I'd like to visit. I wasn't expecting all the feels from this story but Ms James certainly delivered them. I loved the fact that these characters were so relatable, so real. Yes, Gabe was rich and successful, brooding and solitary at times, but he was vulnerable too. He had overcome so much but certain demons still haunted him. Marley is strong and determined, a little quirky, I love her independence. Although frustrating at times, their relationship was a joy to read. They laughed, they cried, they bickered and, oh boy, was their sexual chemistry hot!

    A wonderful balance of humour and conflict, affection and tenderness, not to mention a big old dose of sexiness! I laughed out loud, I swooned and I shed a tear or two. Just lovely!

  • Paige

    3.5 “Unplanned” Stars

    The Plan is an unexpected second chance romance between Marley and Gabe. It’s been years since they last saw each other or the divorce papers they signed. But when they both unexpectedly end up back in their home town sharing a house, they come face to face with the heartbreak they left behind. Not only that but the intervening years haven’t been easy either and both are reeling from recent tragedy. When hate turns to friendship and friendship turns to the kind with benefit

    3.5 “Unplanned” Stars

    The Plan is an unexpected second chance romance between Marley and Gabe. It’s been years since they last saw each other or the divorce papers they signed. But when they both unexpectedly end up back in their home town sharing a house, they come face to face with the heartbreak they left behind. Not only that but the intervening years haven’t been easy either and both are reeling from recent tragedy. When hate turns to friendship and friendship turns to the kind with benefits, both Gabe and Marley have to open up and figure out what they really want.

    This was an at times giggle inducing story with lots of emotinal baggage thrown in. The story did seem a bit rushed at times and I didn’t quite find myself as emotinally invested as I expected but once I started I didn’t want to stop and the ending left me more than satifsfied.

    ARC provided for honest review.

  • Serena

    Ohhhh damn!!! This looks delish!!! I cannot wait to read this one!!!

    You’ve heard this story before. Woman feels her biological clock ticking and gets someone to knock her up.

    Not for love, for baby.

    Crazy, right?

    That’s what I thought.

    Then I found out my fiancé had a vasectomy. The life I thought I had? Nope. Suddenly I’m 33, and I don’t even have a kissing buddy.

    When my mom’s health takes a turn and I wind up back in my hometown of Fate, Alabama, I tell myself to leave things up to…well

    Ohhhh damn!!! This looks delish!!! I cannot wait to read this one!!!

    You’ve heard this story before. Woman feels her biological clock ticking and gets someone to knock her up.

    Not for love, for baby.

    Crazy, right?

    That’s what I thought.

    Then I found out my fiancé had a vasectomy. The life I thought I had? Nope. Suddenly I’m 33, and I don’t even have a kissing buddy.

    When my mom’s health takes a turn and I wind up back in my hometown of Fate, Alabama, I tell myself to leave things up to…well, you know.

    Then I see Gabriel McKellan. He’s Fate’s most famous son, a bestselling author who is beautiful, complicated, and living just below me. In addition to his plus-sized brain, Gabe’s well-endowed in other ways, and great in bed to boot. I would know. He's my ex husband.

    When I suggest The Plan, I don't imagine that he'll take the bait. It's been ten years, and we don't work. But Fate has other plans for both of us.

    Can't wait to see where it leads...

  • ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

    Marley moves back into her hometown in Alabama to be closer to her sick mom.

    That last decade spent in Chicago didn't end up with what she wants most in life - a baby. First her fiancé told her he had a vasectomy, then the IVF worked, but she lost the baby. Now she wants to save up some more money to try again.

    But once she arrives in her new place she finds another possibility. Her ex-husband Gabe.

    He kinda hates her ... and himself too. They didn't work out back then because they were way too you

    Marley moves back into her hometown in Alabama to be closer to her sick mom.

    That last decade spent in Chicago didn't end up with what she wants most in life - a baby. First her fiancé told her he had a vasectomy, then the IVF worked, but she lost the baby. Now she wants to save up some more money to try again.

    But once she arrives in her new place she finds another possibility. Her ex-husband Gabe.

    He kinda hates her ... and himself too. They didn't work out back then because they were way too young and he already had problems with alcohol. And now he has problems with his stupid ex who won't let him see his daughter.

    Two sad and broken people with lots of left-over feelings living in a house together... time to make a baby. ☺

    I really loved this book. First you think. Hm. Sexy cover. Adorable blurb. This will be a quick, fluffy, adorable & sexy second-chance romance. And it is.

    the blurb is totally misleading! (that's the main reason why I didn't give a 5-star rating!) This story is so much more. It's so much more heartbreaking and sad and lovely and hopeless, but also full of hope and dreams and ugh. I just adored those two!

    Gabe and Marley have been through so much in their lives and now there might be a little bit hope on the horizon - they just have to work through all their stuff before we can ride off into our happily ever after sunset ...

    BUT, I still really enjoyed reading it!!!!

  • Renee

    I received a copy of this book to review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

    We have all heard the story before. Woman feels her biological clock ticking and gets someone to knock her up. Not for love, but for the baby. Crazy right? That is what Marley thought and then she found out her fiance had a vasectomy. The life she thought she had was suddenly gone and she finds herself thirty three and without even a kissing buddy. When her mom's health takes a turn and she winds up back in her hometown of Fat

    I received a copy of this book to review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

    We have all heard the story before. Woman feels her biological clock ticking and gets someone to knock her up. Not for love, but for the baby. Crazy right? That is what Marley thought and then she found out her fiance had a vasectomy. The life she thought she had was suddenly gone and she finds herself thirty three and without even a kissing buddy. When her mom's health takes a turn and she winds up back in her hometown of Fate, Alabama, she tells herself to leave things up to ...well you know. The she sees Gabriel McKellan. He is Fate's most famous son, a bestselling author who is beautiful, complicated, and living just below her. In addition to his plus-sized brain, Gabe is well endowed in other ways and great in bed. She would know. He is her ex husband. When she suggest The Plan, she doesn't imagine that he will take the bait. It has been ten years, and we don't work. But Fate has other plans for them both.

    I loved this book and actually devoured it. I love second chance romances and I loved that these two wound up in each other's lives again. Their big do over if you will. Gabe and Tiffany were married when they were you on a whim in Las Vegas. They didn't work and Gabe was hiding things from Tiffany. Tiffany just wanted to be a good wife and Gabe had a way of not letting that happen so they ended up divorced. Fast forward ten years and they are both back in their hometown of Fate, Alabama and find themselves living in the same house but in different sections. Gabe is there to hide from his past and Tiffany has taken a job as a Dr at the pediatric practice in town and to be closer to her mom. However the sparks between these two do not just start flying as Gabe is a total butt to her in the beginning. However they have a undeniable attraction and while Gabe has lost a child and Tiffany wants one she devises The Plan and the sparks start flying. These two just seem to compliment each other or they both need each other to bring things out in them they are looking for at the time. This is a fun love story to read with drama and angst. I loved every single second of it and highly recommend it.

    Ella James always writes books that I end up devouring. It has been a while too since I have read one of her books and I am no remembering why I tend not to miss any of them when I am able to get them and read the. Bravo Ella James. You have done it again and I can't wait to see what you come up with next for your readers.

  • Konny

    The Plan by Ella James is the fourth book in the Off-Limits Series. Every book in the series is about another couple and a totally standalone.

    The other books in the series are Crown Jewels, The Boy Next Door and Fractured Love. I read all books in the series and loved every single one. And The Plan is no exception.

    Meet Gabriel McKellan and Marley Roberts.

    Gabe is a famous author who hides in bumfugde. Marley moved back into her small hometown. She suffered great loss and has to take care for her

    The Plan by Ella James is the fourth book in the Off-Limits Series. Every book in the series is about another couple and a totally standalone.

    The other books in the series are Crown Jewels, The Boy Next Door and Fractured Love. I read all books in the series and loved every single one. And The Plan is no exception.

    Meet Gabriel McKellan and Marley Roberts.

    Gabe is a famous author who hides in bumfugde. Marley moved back into her small hometown. She suffered great loss and has to take care for her mother.

    Both hate each other with passion. And the reason is... sorry, not sorry, no spoilers here. Only so much. The Plan is raw and gritty. The characters both have issues and baggage, they´re broken. Together they make a plan. This book contains scorching hot sex scenes, a strong heroine and a broken hero who gives what he can.

    I started reading and was hooked. I was sucked into the story. I love the writing, the words and the characters. I give 4,5 stars. Thank you, Ella James !

  • Dora Ruiz Davalos Books and Tequila Blog

    A few weeks ago I read the blurb for The Plan and was immediately drawn to it. This story checked a few boxes on my “What I Love in a Romance” list and I was really excited to start reading it.

    A Second Chance, especially with an ex-spouse? Check. A baby or the possibility of a baby? Check. Older, more mature, characters. Check. And something that I wasn’t expecting, but is Manna from Heaven to me, a little angst! A HUGE “Praise the Lawd!” check!!!

    What I thought was going to be a light hearted

    A few weeks ago I read the blurb for The Plan and was immediately drawn to it. This story checked a few boxes on my “What I Love in a Romance” list and I was really excited to start reading it.

    A Second Chance, especially with an ex-spouse? Check. A baby or the possibility of a baby? Check. Older, more mature, characters. Check. And something that I wasn’t expecting, but is Manna from Heaven to me, a little angst! A HUGE “Praise the Lawd!” check!!!

    What I thought was going to be a light hearted Rom-Com threw me for a loop. I went through a full range of emotions in a few hours; once I started reading it was hard to take a break for something as mundane as sleeping or eating. I cried and laughed, sometimes simultaneously, did a lot of flapping-my-hands around my face, to ward off more tears, and finally huge, happy sighs at the end! This book made me so happy; I “might” have kissed my Kindle at the end. Yeah okay, I confess, I did!

    Dr. Marley Daniels, a pediatrician, moves back to Fate, Alabama when she finds out her mom is terminally ill. She moved away almost thirteen years ago and had been living in Chicago. This move might be just what she needed. She wasn’t getting any younger; her thirty-third birthday was just around the corner. After breaking up with her older fiancé a year ago, and deciding to be a single mother, she had undergone IVF and lost her baby five months ago. Another plus Fate had in its favor was she could live cheaply in a small town and save up for another round in a year or so. For now she’d be living on the second floor of a beautiful mansion her grandmother’s friend, Miss Shorter, had recently decided to rent for added income. What Miss Shorter neglected to tell her was that her grandson would be living on the first floor. He also happened to be Marley’s ex-husband, the man she left twelve years ago.

    Gabe McKellan had been living in NYC and was back in Fate. The famous author had snuck into town, a few months ago, after an incident he hoped no one would find out about. He has a lot of things he keeps to himself, secrets he doesn’t trust a lot of people with, and that was also the problem between Marley and him in the short time they were married. Ironically, the bestselling author, a man with lots of stories to his credit, was also man of few words in real life. When he finds out Marley rented the floor above him, he wants her to leave, and he’s quite vocal about it. And Marley’s tempted to, but thinks maybe he should be the one to leave, this time. She doesn’t want to be the one that leaves, again. When she has a few too many drinks on her birthday, and he has to help her up to her floor, she comes clean about a few things. Confession can be good for the soul. And a long time ago they were really good together, too. And they both remember how good it can still be.

    “I left because I was just…young and scared. Maybe the age part doesn’t matter. I was scared, though. And stupid, at the time. All the time after that, I really regretted it and wished I could go back. Give it another go. I know it doesn’t matter now. I’m rambling—because I’m nervous. Because of what happened.”

    “What happened?”

    “You know.”

    “You—you know. Pleasured me, I guess.”

    “Were you? Were you pleasured?”

    “Yes. I was.”

    “Good.”

    “I watch as he moves down the stairs, feeling like a beggar in the presence of a king.”

    Marley wants Gabe. Well, she wants him to father her child and comes up with The Plan, written out, so they have everything spelled out. When he agrees to help her out, things don’t go quite according to what she imagined.

    This story, it has all the feels! I wish I could be sitting with each and every one of y'all when you get to the really good part (there are several, but one specifically) just to see y’alls reaction! I squealed with joy, you know, that really high-pitched noise you unintentionally make when really excited? Yep, that’s the one! Hours later, I'm still happy with this beautiful gem!

  • Lauren Lascola-Lesczynski

    I read this book in one sitting...I could not get enough of Gabe and Marley's love hate relationship!

    They were hot and cold and hot and cold...till they were just HOT!!!! Gawd the things that Gabe did to Marley had me blushing.

    I love a second chance at romance story and this did not disappoint. There was lots of drama for your mama...there was lots of sex, dirty, hot unadulterated sex.

    The moral of this review is for y'all to grab this book up right now!

    #LakeFate #Pies

  • Book-Bosomed  blog

    DNF

    I’m not sure the blurb accurately captures the tone and premise of this tale. It’s really more drama than romance. It has angsty themes/serious issues—alcoholism, infant loss, infertility, infidelity. Those are definitely things that readers should be aware of going into a story.

    It’s definitively not light-hearted nor is it romantic. I didn’t exactly feel the chemistry between Marley and Gabe. While they might have captured the “I’m annoyed with my ex” vibe, they didn’t scream two people who

    DNF

    I’m not sure the blurb accurately captures the tone and premise of this tale. It’s really more drama than romance. It has angsty themes/serious issues—alcoholism, infant loss, infertility, infidelity. Those are definitely things that readers should be aware of going into a story.

    It’s definitively not light-hearted nor is it romantic. I didn’t exactly feel the chemistry between Marley and Gabe. While they might have captured the “I’m annoyed with my ex” vibe, they didn’t scream two people who should be reunited so the second chances angle didn’t work here.

    They seemed like two people making another bad mistake. A lot of the story deals with their personal issues. I untimely decided to bail on this one when I just couldn’t get behind their reasons for having a child together. To be clear on the real premise of the tale, Marley and Gabe wind up neighbors in the same town many years after their divorce. In the years since, Marley’s former fiancé had a vasectomy so she tried IVF, conceived, and had a second trimester miscarriage. Gabe thought he had a child with his girlfriend, raised the little girl till she was three, and then found out she wasn’t his. Both of these two individual are hurting, but in no way did their shared losses make me feel that having a child together was the answer. When I got to the following conversation, I was sure these two were not in a place to be parents!

    “Marley... I’m an alcoholic.” -Gabe on why they shouldn't have a child together

    “So what? Everyone has something.” -Maryley's response to that

    Everyone has something!!!

    Alcoholism isn’t a minor character flaw like procrastinating balancing your checkbook or being absent minded about watering your plants. It’s a serious illness that requires professional treatment and therapy. As a medical doctor, Marley should know that! You don’t willingly bring a child into that kind of environment. And you don’t have children to service your needs. As a mother of two, I was appalled at these grown adults, one of which a doctor, even considering using each other for such a purpose.

    Did I mention they hatch out this plan (a serious life altering decision) while she’s giving him a blowjob?

    Because being compatible in bed is high on their compatible parenting list it seems. I felt bad for the kid and it wasn’t even conceived yet. Forget the college fund; their offspring would need a counseling fund.

  • Jennifer Shellabarger

    I told my husband I should have waited until the weekend to start this book because I knew I wouldn't be able to put it down. I am now writing a review at 2 am.

    I loved Gabe and Marley's story. Ella James has a knack for writing characters that draw you in. I felt Gabe and Marley's angst on every page. She draws you in with a bit of mystery and I find myself anxiously reading until it is cleared up. I can't wait for the next great read.


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