Her Best Laid Plans

Her Best Laid Plans

by Cara McKenna

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Experience Ireland–the dramatic beauty, the warm hospitality...and the smoking hot local guys!

Imagine nursing a pint in a cosy, authentic country pub, far from Cork's busy city pulse. Getting here took you a plane, bus, taxi and...um, bicycle. But just as you're resigning yourself to drinking beside grey–haired farmers, you see him–a man with the looks and charm to soothe any heartbroken girl.

He's your bartender. Your really, really gorgeous bartender.

For American Jamie Webb–recently dumped and housesitting for two weeks–Connor Kelleher is like a six–course feast after a 23–year starvation diet. But it's gotta be casual. She's just begun rerouting her life after a three–year man–related detour. Still, a sexy romp (or twenty!) with Sexy McBartender?

But what happens when Jamie's best–laid plans for no future plans with any man begin to change?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781460328248
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 04/15/2014
Series: Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 122
Sales rank: 349,615
File size: 200 KB

About the Author

Before becoming a purveyor of smart erotic romance, Cara McKenna worked as a lousy barista, a decent designer, and an over-enthusiastic penguin handler. She loves writing sexy, character-driven stories about strong-willed men and women who keep each other on their toes…and bring one another to their knees.

Cara now writes full-time and lives north of Boston with her bearded husband. When she’s not trapped in her own head, she can usually be found in the kitchen, the coffee shop, or jogging around the nearest duck-filled pond.

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Her Best Laid Plans 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
Cara McKenna. I've been fairly shouty with praise for this author since I read Unbound last year.(How the hell that book hasn't won every award is beyond me) She creates strong, smart and sensitive heroines and the most interesting array of men. McKenna has made me fall ass-over-teakettle in love with an alcoholic, reclusive Scot with a wicked sexy rope fetish, an agoraphobic Parisian gigolo, a construction worker/boxer with a penchant for rough role-playing, an orderly in a psychiatric facility with a sexual intensity strong enough to melt, and most recently, a prison inmate with a dark gaze and a knack for filthy, romantic letters. So. How does a seemingly "normal" (whatever that means) Irish bartender fit in here? Connor Kelleher fits in quite nicely. It doesn't matter how simple or complex the character is, McKenna constructs men and women who are accessible and engaging. You know them completely. Brilliant. My initial thoughts on Her Best Laid Plans: Vacation Fling. Ireland. Bartender. Forearms. Sexing. Guinness. By the way, if I came across a review that described a book with these words, my one-click trigger finger would be all over that. I went into Her Best Laid Plans with a sense of excitement and anxiety. Excitement because... MCKENNA. IRELAND. GUINNESS. SEXING. Anxiety because: VACATION FLING. I mean, I just knew I was going to believe in this couple, despite the fact it's a whirlwind romance that's not meant to go beyond a short space in time. Jamie is from Boston, Connor's home is Ireland. They both are determined to get their lives in order, in their respective homes. So yeah, I believed in Jamie and Connor, that they should be together. And yet, I also believed that the both should go after their dreams, even if those dreams leave them on opposite sides of the Atlantic. Jamie's given up far too much for a man before, she needs to follow her own dreams. I didn't want her to compromise again, but I did want her to stay with Connor. So why can't Connor follow Jamie, right? Well, he can, but he also has a life in Ireland and plans of his own. Ugh. My heart ached for them. What will become of my the star-crossed couple? I'll never tell, but I will say that I believe things worked out exactly as they should. Wow. I just packed a whole shed-load of feels into this review of a novella less than one hundred pages, more than many reviews I write for full-length novels. Another testament to the power of McKenna. Length doesn't matter, neither does the premise, the level of twistiness, or kink. Every time I open a Cara McKenna book, it's like opening a treasure box.
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
I wanted to crawl inside this book. From start to finish, I loved this story! I was sad when I read the last page. I wanted to keep going with Jamie and Connor! I want my own Connor! I loved him. Hard. I, I, I---want more.  Jamie's on a trip to Ireland. She was supposed to be traveling with a friend, but ended up on her own. So, what's a girl to do on her own in Ireland? Why, meet a delicious Irishman! The friendship, passion and ease of their relationship really won me over. And, who doesn't love a man with an Irish accent? What begins as a vacation fling, turns into something more. However, Jamie has a life to get back to in Boston and Connor needs to get started at school. I was in tears with Jamie when they had to say goodbye. Never fear, this story does have a happy ending with the grandest of grand gestures to boot!  I loved the characters, loved the sex, loved the whole idea of the story. It had all the elements of my favorites; travel, lusty Irishman, and amazing sex. Oh and, finding love when its least expected! This is a short, hot read that shouldn't be missed. It reminded me why I love McKenna's writing so much.  Quotes: ~"You think you're awfully charming, don't you?" "And you're awfully worried I've charmed you." A cocky pronouncement, but the way he said it, so quietly, so pointedly...Charming indeed.-Loc 284 ~"Don't be honored," she teased. "Just be dirty."-Loc 704 ~"Best decision of my life. If you'll let me make it."-Loc 1446 ~"If this isn't worth turning my life inside out for, I can't imagine what is."-Loc 1487
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What girl wants to talk dirty
TSRBR More than 1 year ago
What could be more exciting than to spend eight days in Ireland living all your daydreams?  When Jamie Webb was asked to house sit for her mother’s best friend in Ireland the only question she asked was when.  Her best friend was supposed to go with her and they had plans to explore and enjoy their time there. Only her friend got an internship right before they were to leave, so Jamie went alone.  She needed this time to kick back, relax and prepare for school. It was also time to let herself go and have a good time after her ex dumped her.  The first night there she goes to the local pub and meets the most amazing man she had ever seen, Connor.   Connor was attracted to Jamie the moment their eyes met. He could not believe the young woman that sat in his da’s pub and she mesmerized him with her beautiful brown eyes. There was a connection between them that said yes there really is such a thing as love at first sight.  The more time they spend together the more he wants to know about her and her life.  He knows that she will only be in Ireland for a short time and plans to spend as much of that time with her as she will let him.  Connor is aware that Jamie gave up everything for her ex and he knows that he cannot ask her to do the same for him.    Will Connor and Jamie find a way to be together?  Can Jamie put her past heartbreak and betrayal behind her and be with Connor?  Hero –Connor Kelleher: 4 stars Heroine –Jamie Webb: 4 stars Steam: 4 stars  Plot: 4 stars  Cliffhanger: No Would I recommend this book: Yes! Loved this novella about two lovers that find each other and fall in love in eight days! A sexy Irishman meets a feisty Jersey Girl and a beautiful relationship begins.  Would I recommend this author: Yes! This author writes books for everyone!  I have enjoyed many of her books and look forward to reading more! ***Received an ARC of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review***
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Cara McKenna delivers a fun and flirty short story that takes place in Ireland. You know what that means right? We lucky readers get a hot Irish hero! Conner Kelleher embodies all that women hope to encounter when they go on vacation. At the bar that his family own, this is where Jamie meets Conner. Since the story isn’t very long, you can expect instant chemistry between the two. McKenna plays it safe by keeping the banter light and flirtatious. However, I really thought that romance flitted across the surface of what it could have been if it had been longer. Just as we were introduced to both Jamie and Conner, I felt that they were instantly in love. I’m hoping for slower development so readers can sit back and enjoy before the book is through. Nevertheless, HER BEST LAID PLANS gives a taste of what Cara McKenna is capable of. If you are new to her writing or have been wishing to try one of her books but don’t know where to start, I believe this is a safe one to venture into. After all, who can resist an Irish hero who is charming AND dirty at the same time? While too short to really delve into deeper passion, HER BEST LAID PLANS is a fun, fast romp that will entice readers and have them begging for more. *ARC provided by publisher
lithe1 More than 1 year ago
An.auto-buy author for me, Cara Mckenna, does not disappoint with this novella.  I love how her characters just live in the moment.  This was the hottest thing I've ever read!