Book Review: The Plan by Ella James

An Off-Limits Romance Standalone

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: HOT
POV: Dual


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.





This was a very sexy, fun second chance romance!

Marley moves back home to her small hometown of Fate, Alabama to be closer to her ailing mom. Yes that’s right, the town is called Fate, appropriately named for the theme of this book. Surprise, surprise she ends up renting the floor in a house right above her ex-husband Gabe. Their marriage ended on a really bad note and so this sort of read as a enemies to lovers as well.

I really loved the beginning and the end of this book but the middle sort of fell flat. From their initial meeting, I loved the bickering and all the snide comments between Gabe and Marley. The humor was great in this part of the book.

Marley was a great heroine. She knew what she wanted and she went after it. She makes a proposal to Gabe and he takes her up on it. From here their attraction is undeniable and this book takes on a serious level of sexy. This was definitely a HOT book and while they were well done, I thought there were maybe a tad bit too many steamy scenes.


Gabe has some serious issues that he has to deal with and it takes him a while to figure out his feelings for Marley. However once he does, he turns into this swoon worthy hero who I would have fell in love with if he was like that for the entire book instead of showing up right at the end.

Overall, this was a nice second chance romance that had its brief moments of great humor and romantic swoon and lots of steamy hot scenes.

3 Stars



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author bio
Ella James is the USA Today bestselling author of sixteen teen and adult love stories. She’s an angst-a-holic who loves exploring difficult situations and the emotions of the people caught up in them. Also, smut. But always, always romance.
Ella’s obsessions include vanilla cream soda, hiking, other weird, crunchy things like rock collecting, and the antics of her three little monsters.
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