According To Plan by Madison J. Edwards
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (163 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Dahlia
What do you do when things don’t go According to Plan? For starters, you trick, deceive, and lie to the very person who ruined your best laid plans.
Welcome to the world of Shelby Stewart, P.I., who’s been hired to find Harrison Grant. To complicate matters further, her ex-partner, ex-lover, ex-everything Tank shows up looking for Harrison as well, albeit for a very different reason. Harry is the prime suspect in the grisly murder of a call girl, Lulu, in L.A.
That wouldn’t be so bad, but Tank plans on staying at Shelby’s house, and makes it obvious he’s quite willing to help her heat the sheets, again. Shelby knows that sex with Tank is dangerous, fast, and sometimes a little dirty. Now is not the time to become side-tracked. Besides, this job could launch her company into a whole new stratosphere, so it’s imperative she remain focused.
Frustration becomes Shelby’s newest partner as she makes plans to out maneuver Tank in their parallel quest. Tank, on the other hand, is always one step ahead of the game—and is not what, or who, Shelby thought.
The danger might be hot on their tails, but the sex is even hotter... strip pool, anyone?
In Shelby's line of work, elements of danger, secrecy, and deceit are to be expected. Spying on cheating spouses and apprehending bail jumpers is what pay the bills for this small-time private investigator. However, when her own cheating ex comes barreling back into town on the back of a Harley, danger, secrecy, and deceit become part of her personal life instead of just her professional one. It isn't long before complications between the case she's currently working on and her confused emotions for Tank converge leaving Shelby's heart, mind, and body at war.
From the moment he met her, he knew she was the one, but his profession had him doing something he never thought he would do. But now, Tank is ready to start-over with Shelby and right the wrongs that broke them up in the first place. He vowed to never lose her again, but this time he may not have a choice.
Fast paced with great emotional quality, this story keeps you on the edge of your seat with lots of plot twists and scorching love scenes. Shelby and Tank's physical chemistry is off the charts sizzling and undeniable from the moment they touch, but they are also each other's own personal brand of kryptonite. Shelby loses focus and distracts too easily while Tank loses his temper and becomes much more aggressive where Shelby is concerned. Part of me didn't like the lack of bodily restraint Shelby had when Tank comes back into town after the big hurts she suffered. It's clear early on in the story that there is a lot of baggage for them to sort through, which is why the relationship was never easily severed, but a bit more resistance now and then would've made it more believable.
I really appreciated that both Shelby and Tank's perspectives are given and nothing too revealing was allowed until it became necessary as part of the plotline. That being said, there were a few times it was hard to fully connect with the emotional turmoil the characters were going through; however there was a nice hum of suspense from the beginning. With the way the story wrapped up, there is potential for more in the future and I sincerely hope Ms. Edwards decides to write it with the same humor, mystery, and erotic romance that really makes this a fantastic read and re-read.