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  • Quiet romance that doesn't skimp on emotion

    I expected to enjoy Best Laid Plans as the first in the Garnet Runs series was good, if quiet, romance. Whether it was my mood, these characters, or the story in general, I ended up liking Best Laid Plans even more than I anticipated. Although I think this story works nicely as a follow up to Better Than People, I also think it can work as a standalone…though I suspect the mention of Simon and Jack’s animals’ names might throw readers a bit. ;) As with the other book in the Garnet Run series, I’d characterize Best Laid Plans as a quieter romance. There are big emotions and things to work through, but it never felt overly angsty or problematic. Instead, like everything Charlie seems to do, the problems he and Rye encounter are methodically worked through to create a happy resolution that left me comforted and satisfied. I loved the way the town pulled together to welcome and help Rye, and loved the sense of found family that permeated the story. From a romantic standpoint, I was a little surprised at the physical relationship which developed between Charlie and Rye, but I thought it was explored fully and fit with the characters’ personalities. Overall, I’d characterize Best Laid Plans as an easy romance that focuses on a sense of community as well as deep-diving into the lasting impressions a childhood can have on a person. Though this isn’t quite a hurt-comfort style story because it never has that heavy feeling or tone, there is definitely a lot of emotion to unpack for both men so it’s not light on feelings in the least. *eARC received via Netgalley*

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  • Finding home and family

    The sudden death of Charlies parents when he was eighteen and raising his younger brother, has molded him into the caregiver that he now is… only he is alone now , with only his cat Jane and his routine for company. When a surprise inheritance brings lone wolf, Rye to Garnet Run in search of a home he has never had, his surreptitious meeting of Charlie at his hardware store sets them on path that neither of them expected and both of them always dreamed of: a home and family. I am a sucker for a good odd couple pairing, and prickly Rye and cuddly Charlie make a a delightful match as they get to know one another. Soon they find that they not only have a spark between them, but are each in possession of what the other wants and needs to finds their own happiness. I especially enjoyed the softening of Rye as he takes it slow, respecting Charlies’s boundaries and uncertainties as they explore their connection. Charlie was such a sweetheart and I was overjoyed for him to find someone that he could take care of and take care of him! And I can’t forget the CATS! I’m not even much of a cat lover, but the cats in this book, both Rye’s and Charlies are like secondary characters and I loved the comfort and fun they added to the story. As always, Carina Press delivers the happily ever after I crave! A cute read that I could not put down and totally recommend! Best Laid Plans by Roan Parrish was released release February 23rd, 2021. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harlequin and the Harlequin Publicity Team. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. #BestLaidPlans #RoanParrish #pinkcowlandreads

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