Saturday, September 13, 2008

Best Laid Plans

Book Title: Best Laid Plans
Author: Cat Kane
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
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ISBN: 978-1-59578-483-4
Genre: Gay Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Wedding coordinator Elliot Bailey has a black cloud of doom handing over his head and it doesn’t appear that he has any chance of getting out from under it, or salvaging his flagging career. He doesn’t think life could get any worse and then it does when a hawk kills a dove right in front of a screaming bride. Certain his business is finished, he’s surprised when he’s selected to coordinate the wedding of a woman whose richer-than-sin father wants a huge wedding with all the trimmings. Elliot couldn’t be happier, except for the little problem with his attraction to the hunky groom who keeps giving him the eye.

When Dylan and his “fiancée” Veronica chose Elliot as their wedding coordinator, it was for no other reason than his recent reputation for disasters. The problem is Dylan never thought he’d fail for the man and he can’t bring himself to tell Elliot the truth, despite the encouragement of Veronica. Dylan isn’t normally a coward but he’s afraid that if his lover learns the truth behind the wedding, everything will be ruined and he’ll never see Elliot again. As the weeks pass and the two men grown closer, it’s harder and harder to pretend that his wedding is nothing but a convenience. The big question is whether Elliot will understand why Dylan lied or walk away forever.

Best Laid Plans is a fun and light-hearted gay romance that’s perfect for an afternoon read. While the plot isn’t anything new, Ms. Kane has created two lovers, Elliot and Dylan, who make the book enjoyable. I thought originally that Elliot was a sad character, whose life never went as planned. He’s kind, friendly, devoted, hardworking, attractive, and his most endearing characteristic is that he likes making people happy. How can you not like this guy? I quickly found that he wasn’t sad, just prone to bad luck, and it didn’t help that he was a klutz. Dylan, on the other hand, I had to warm up too. When I realized why he and Veronica had picked Elliot, not caring how their little plot would affect him, I didn’t like him. It wasn’t until later when he came to care for Elliot and didn’t want to hurt him that I decided he wasn’t such a jerk after all, just desperate. Things get a little rocky for our lovers as the story progresses but it still gives us a lovely happily-ever-after at the end.

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