Friday, March 20, 2015

Review/Tour: The Best Laid Plans by Amy Vastine with Giveaway

A themed tour through Prism Book Tours.

The Best Laid Plans (Chicago Sisters, #2)The Best Laid Plans
(Chicago Sisters #2)
Amy Vastine
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback, 368 Pages
March 1st 2015 by Harlequin Heartwarming

She planned on falling in love. Just not with him!

Emma Everhart's life is going according to plan. Finish nursing school with flying colours? Check. Get a great job in the ER? Check. Marry a handsome doctor and have two babies, three years apart? Not quite yet. But with a dreamy new doctor joining the hospital staff, she's so close she can almost taste the wedding cake. Now is not the time to let the tall, dark and flirtatious paramedic Charlie Fletcher distract her! He may be the best date and best kiss she's ever had, but he's definitely not part of her plan. No matter how he makes her feel?

My Review:
Plans changed. Not her plans, but other people changed their plans all the time.
Emma is a very plan-oriented woman. If she has a plan, life is fine, but when she ventures from it, life goes crazy and she blames the bad things that happen on herself. I could relate to Emma because I like to have a plan in my life too, although I am more open to change than Emma is. I just like to feel in control and know what to expect. But life doesn't always dish out what we expect it to. She's beautiful, brave, and independent. As a nurse, the obvious choice for a spouse for her is a doctor. And that's the plan.

Charlie is a paramedic who is really friendly and flirtatious. Can I just say that I absolutely adored him? He's everything that Emma could ever want--except that he's not a doctor. Charlie has a great sense of humor and is very good at making friends with everyone around him. He makes up nicknames for everyone, his quirkiness is refreshing, and he is very tall and good-looking. There is a strong attraction between them, but...he's really not the plan.

I was immediately drawn into the story and fell in love with all of the characters. I loved seeing another side to Max and Kendall (from Book 1) and getting to know Lucy, another sister, a little better as well. Charlie's sisters were so much fun with all of their competitions and bickering, yet they would be exhausting to deal with. I enjoyed the family-oriented feel to the story and camaraderie that Charlie has with his co-workers. I loved the chemistry and the realizations that are made. This is recommended to all those readers who love a good, clean, fun romance. This is Book 2. It can stand alone, but makes more sense if read in order. I'm definitely looking forward to more!
Content: Clean romance; mild violence (very mild descriptions of an accident and hospital-type stuff); no language or religious elements.

The Better Man (Chicago Sisters)The Better Man
(Chicago Sisters #1)
by Amy Vastine
Adult Romance 
Harlequin Heartwarming
January 1st 2014

Kendall Montgomery's six-year-old son has barely spoken in the past year, locked in his world of silent grief. Then one day, he spots his dead father across a crowded street.

Max Jordan moved to Chicago to be closer to his own son and prove he can be a better father than his deadbeat dad. His striking resemblance to Kendall's husband and his track record with fatherhood make her determined to keep her distance?until Max helps her little boy come out of his shell. But can she trust him with their future? How can she be sure he won't take off just when they need him most?

Author picAmy Vastine has been plotting stories in her head for as long as she can remember. An eternal optimist, she studied social work, hoping to teach others how to find their silver lining. Now, she enjoys creating happily ever afters for all to read.

In September of 2012, she saw a tweet about Harlequin?s So You Think You Can Write contest. She entered, hoping for nothing more than a little feedback from some people in the business. Amazingly, The Weather Girl made it into the semi-finals, thanks to the many wonderful voters out there! The manuscript didn?t make it to the finals, but the editors over Harlequin were still interested. A few revisions later and The Weather Girl was contacted for publication with Harlequin Heartwarming ? a dream come true!

Amy lives outside Chicago with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband, three fun-loving children, and their sweet but mischievous puppy dog.

- $50 Amazon gift card & signed paperback of The Best Laid Plans (ebook if international winner)
- 5 copies of The Best Laid Plans (paperback to US winners and ebooks to international winners) and Chicago swag and Sweet and Heartwarming Bracelet for (US winners only)
Ends March 29th

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  1. This looks like a real good series! I have never read anything by this author. I love finding new authors.

    1. I've read all of hers and have loved them!

  2. Thanks so much, Katie! I am so glad you're on the tour :)

    1. You're welcome! I'm glad I'm on tour too. :)

  3. Hi Amy. You are new to me, but liked your page. I like book tours and would love to win this book. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  4. Yay - I am excited to find a clean books blog! This book looks interesting. Thank you for reviewing it.