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Best Laid Plans (Romantic Comedy) [Kindle Edition]

Elaine Raco Chase
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description


Meet Amanda Wyatt – she had an eight year plan and accomplished so much more. Attractive, talented, she was a success whether she was designing high fashion or running her own elegant shop in New Orleans. And she had a friend with benefits relationship with –

Lucas Crosse, her lawyer and the brother she never had for twelve years. He knew her intimately - well almost. Now, he's decided he wants that, too. And he's ready to fight for Amanda with –

Wade Lloyd. He entered Amanda's life by accident. Now he wants to be a permanent fixture. But can he handle her success? Can he handle Amanda? Can he handle her friendship with Lucas Crosse?

As for Amanda – she has choices to make. A new, exciting love? Or a best friend whose benefits she's begun to dream about.

This book is for mature audiences is the excerpt!

Her ancient cut-offs emphasized rounded buttocks and long, slender legs; the sleeveless cotton shirt was tied under full breasts to reveal a flat midriff and the delicate muscles that rippled along graceful, bare arms.

"Lucas-" Amanda's voice jarred his musings, his fork skidded against the syrup-slick plate, sending two squares of golden toast bread slopping onto the counter. "Sorry," she said and grimaced, turning her attention back to loading the dishwasher.

Her busy figure drew him like a magnet. His dark gaze flowed along her erogenous terrain, devouring each curve and soft swell. Hazel eyes traced the sinuous sweep of spine, the arched derriere and the firm thighs.

The pulse in his throat began to pound and grow, his breathing came rapid and shallow. The erotic atmosphere created by his mind began building tension again. His cock pushed hard against the zipper on his jeans. He desired her as a man desires a woman. While Lucas knew Amanda's mind, he had little knowledge of her body. Suddenly that was what he craved most. He wanted more. More than holiday kisses. More than casual hand-holding and brother-sister tussles.

He was anxious to taste and explore every inch of her. His tongue wanted to start its sensual tasting by outlining her full lips then dipping inside her mouth. From there he would blaze a slow nibbling trail down her neck, across her gorgeous breasts to suck the hardened peaks that were highlighted by the light cotton covering of her T-shirt. Oh, yeah, he knew he could spend hours lightly biting, licking, sucking those nipples. Before moving lower to taste and torment her clit with both tongue and fingers.

He'd take his time. It would be all about her. He'd make her forget any other man. And he knew there had been damn few. But he was determined to be the last. He'd make sure of that.

Best Laid Plans audio book - narrator Jill Arehart brings the story to life! It's already on audible's chick-lit bestsellers list & iTunes bestsellers list! Great audio reviews. If you own an eBook copy - you can get the audiobook for $1.99 and you don't have to join audible!

Also - this ebook can be autographed! Authorgraph dot com

Product Details

  • File Size: 384 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Elaine Raco Chase (September 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009FEDS1A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,531 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional read October 15, 2012
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This was just a delicious treat. The way Ms. Chase develops her characters, the likability of Amanda and Lucas is amazing, the unexpected chemistry that both experience gives the reader something that they will need to see to the end. And when a handsome addition comes on the scene . . .OMG you will be breathless to see what happens next. Of all the books of Ms. Chase that I have read, I have to say that this is my favorite (so far!) If you are new to this wonderful author, this would be in my opinion a great introduction. You won't be disappointed!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Nostalgia is what led me to this 80's romance. I miss the era of curvy figures and hair out to here. This is a simple, innocent, push-and-pull love story between friends that occasionally shines due to flirty interactions and characterizations provided through flashbacks. As a rule, I loathe flashbacks, but these were brief, and without them the story wouldn't have had much character context. This book is the perfect constitution of detail for fashion designers or interior decorators, regardless of the era. There are pages and pages dedicated to the description of clothing and furniture. But for the general romance reader, I don't think it meets modern expectations. Ms Chase devoted more words to inanimate objects than character attributes. The writing overall was skillful, however, I was put off by the disembodied appendages. The hand did this. The eye rolled this way. The lips tilted. Phrasing the action beats this way, losing the pronouns, just made me feel more disjointed from the characters. The result: a story that could have been better laid, wound up only kind of.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Abandon all plans and read this book January 30, 2013
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A beautifully written, steamy, romantic read. Interesting because of the era and the fashion angle, it also pulls you along into the lovely, fun, relationships between the characters. I enjoyed the descriptions of both the fashion and the feel of New Orleans in this story. There's everything you might want in a romantic comedy, including the love triangle. Original, and with threads of fate taking over lives, this book is very entertaining and I enjoyed it immensely. Highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Laid Plans March 17, 2013
By lucy
Format:Kindle Edition
This book had me hooked from the very first page, but then i wasn't surprised by that as i have found that with all the books i have read by Elaine Raco Chase so far.
This book is about Amanda and Lucas and how their friendship has gone from strength to strenght over 12 years from their first meeting at collage though to moveing in different careers, and hundreds of miles apart, then Kitty and Wade come on to the scene and Amanda and Lucas find their feelings have growen from brother and sister love to another level but what will come of any of these relationships.
i would highly recommend this Hot spicy book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Story!! April 9, 2014
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This book has a fantastic storyline about a strong business woman who is felling unchallenged in her life chose. Her best friend wants to help in more ways then one! The author has an exceptional way with the written word and the characters are well described and very interesting. I enjoyed this book immensly and will read more by this author in the future.

Was gifted a copy of this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A SWEET AND SEXY ROMANCE July 19, 2013
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This is an awesome beautifully written book BY Elaine Raco Chase...The story starts with two long time best friends Amanda and Lucas...
After Lucas persuades Amanda to design and decorate his house...She agrees and moves into his house.. they both notice a chemistry that has never before shown itself.. they both start thinking of what if's.. and they start to Question could their be more to their friendship..Of Course in their life is a casual girlfriend and a new admirer.. This book is a fun.. sweet and sexy romance Once started I had to finish.. I LOVED IT !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant July 1, 2013
By Amanda
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Loved this book, you can't beat old friends being lovers and getting the happy ever after. I wanted this book to never end :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars BEST LAID PLANS June 14, 2013
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Totally enjoyed this book. Amanda and Lucas were best friends that move in together so Amanda can redue his place. While she is there their feelings start to become much more. Just to keep it interesting Wade is there in her life to confuse her. And Lucas tries to distract himself but love is a calling. Ms. Chase makes you say, "Hmmm."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Friendship? Or a lifetime love relationship
The book starts with Amanda being tired, irritated even with her success.
Then Lucas walks in, her best friend for the last 12 years.
And asks her to take a break. Read more
Published 10 months ago by M
2.0 out of 5 stars name dropper
quit reading it, just a laundry list of designers, fabrics, name brands and other things. Too much name dropping took away from whatever story was there.
Published 21 months ago by amber
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit strange
This is one of those books that has pages of random details that don't build or contribute to the story. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Sandy Milan
4.0 out of 5 stars An Old favorite updated as an Ebook
I have the original paperback which is 20 years old. I kept all Chase's books.She had romance, great chit chat between characters, & lots of humor. Read more
Published 23 months ago by SpaceRanger
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and steamy
Amanda and Lucas have been best friends for twelve years. When Lucas comes to visit after not seeing one another for two years, they start to discover feelings they never noticed... Read more
Published on May 10, 2013 by WiLoveBooks
4.0 out of 5 stars Fashionista Heaven!
(Audiobook review)
Best Laid Plans is well written and Ms. Chase easily drew me into the story, with descriptions of people, places, and things that allowed me to feel like I... Read more
Published on May 6, 2013 by Jeannine
2.0 out of 5 stars too many descriptions
Good grief, I got all bogged down in the descriptions of each dress, scarf, pants, etc. I was beginning to wonder if it would ever end. Read more
Published on May 4, 2013 by Gatorfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Audio Book Review
Time travel back to the 1980's and let Elaine Raco Chase be your guide. Meet Amanda, driven and accomplished businesswoman, with a flair for all things fashion. Read more
Published on May 4, 2013 by Gaele
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant, but not too exciting
I almost stopped reading this book after the first three pages. The author's need to over-describe everything is a bit tedious ("taupe-tinted eyelids"... Read more
Published on April 24, 2013 by A. Pollard
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More About the Author

If you like sassy, laugh out loud, contemporary romances - some more explicit than others - you have found the right author!

Reviewers have called them: "cat & mouse" - "slow burn" - "hot and steamy" - "highly addicting" - "solid characters & lots of humor" - "amazing reads!"

I call them fun! My heroines are NOT: thin, petite, clueless or submissive. They are strong women who aren't looking for a man - until the right one comes along!

And those men! Tough-guy, alpha males who don't know what hit them! But do know they want MORE!

Whether you read my erotic romantic comedies (updated eBooks), my updated 'steamy' romantic eBooks, or my classic eBooks - remember there's never an expiration date on Romance!

I'm excited to announce: Double Occupancy has been on Facebook's "What to read after 50 Shades of Grey Top 50 book list" for nearly 3 years! And started 2015 at #13! While it's on FB's hottest list...there is no BDSM - no college 'twinkies' - just a fabulous explicit love story that readers say "wow, this is so real, I feel it can happen." What To Read After Fifty Shades - Top Fifty List for 3/3/2015 - makes it #12!

And Turning Pages announced that Rules of The Game (updated eBook edition only) was voted best erotic romance novel of 2012 from their website ( Psstt...did you know Rules hit #1 on Kindle Romance list!

Exciting news for audiobook lovers: One Way or Another (classic romance audiobook) was's "Best Reviewed Romance for October 2012" narrator: Janina Edwards

And Special Delivery, which has been on audibles erotic romance bestseller list since its debut in August, 2012, was #4 out of 10 Top reviewed romance novels for 2012! (PS it was the only audiobook not from a major publishing house!) narrators: award-winning team of Destiny Landon & Lee James from Bella Czar Productions.

My two new audiobooks: Best Laid Plans featuring narrator Jill Arehart has been on chicklit bestsellers list since it posted April 25th. Double Occupancy featuring dual narrators Destiny Landon & Lee James, with original music, hit iTunes New & Noteworthy list.

Narrator Janice Moss has just completed the audiobook for Caught in a Trap - and it hit audible and landed at #10 in the romance bestseller list in 2 days!! Janice does a fabulous job with all the characters and is garnering great reviews...give it a listen!

I also write explicit mystery/thriller's. My non-fiction "How to write the Amateur Detective Novel" which was nominated for the Agatha Christie Award is in the FBI Forensic Library at Quantico.

You can find me:
@ElaineRaco on twitter; and on and iTunes!

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