Best Laid Plans

A Brother's Best Friend Standalone Romance
Narrated by: Lauren Sweet, Rock Engle
Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
4 out of 5 stars (188 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The summer before my senior year of high school I had only one goal: to make Alden Warner see me as more than his best friend's annoying little sister. 

Finally, my wish came true, and he noticed me - in a big way. Too bad the next morning he had no memory of our night together, leaving me heartbroken and, as I later discovered, pregnant. 

For the last four years, I've been rocking the single mom thing, making sure my daughter comes first. In fact, everything was going fine - until Alden storms back into my life…as my new boss. 

His reappearance wasn't something I planned for. Add in my nosy, meddlesome three-year-old and an overprotective brother, and I'm obviously in way over my head. 

My only hope now is that I can sway Alden to see things my way. But you know what they say about the best laid plans...

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Awful narration!

I really struggled to get through this book, story was good, but the narration was hard to listen to. Bad southern accents, the lead Male only in his late 20's , early 30's sounded like and old man and didn't read the right emotion when he read his part.

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The Male Narration Is Not Great!

The male main character, Alden, sounds like he is 70 years old. This is a turn off.

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Only halfway through and getting irritated

I'm half way through the audio and I am so irritated. We have a SEVENTEEN year old girl Natalie who gets pregnant by her older brothers best friend Alden who was a junior in college. He was so drunk that he has no recollection of the deed. She doesn't tell him because A. Shes scared and she was a virgin. B. He doesn't remember. C. When she finds out shes pregnant he has started a new relationship. And D. Shes afraid he'll get charged with statutory rape. She isn't an adult shes a freaking teenager. Again see reason A.

Fast forward 4 years and she tells him. He flips out. Ok whatever, it's kinda warranted. But EVERYONE forgets she was SEVENTEEN. When it all comes out he acts like she purposefully hid it from him for nefarious reasons and completely glosses over her age at the time. He was an adult, she was a minor. Who knows what her parents could have done to him. As it was, her dad wanted to beat the crap outta him when he found out who the father was 4 years later. That's right she wouldn't tell anyone who the father was, saying she couldn't remember. Making her parents and anyone that knew her think she was a whore who slept around and didnt know who the father was. Books words, not mine.

Then he makes her get a paternity test, ok not wrong but the way she felt when he told her. Kinda crap. Then he tells her she's not keeping the child from him. (Good on that part) I have no respect for women who would do that and I wish more men would drag the baby mommas to court for that crap when it happens) but when she asks to be there for the first few visits, his inner dialog pissed me off. The child is THREE YEARS OLD. She doesn't know him, shes met him once, and was surrounded by her family. And he wants to be alone with her, oh heck no, the visits should be supervised by someone she knows until she is comfortable. It's not about the parents, it's about the child. I realize it was inner dialog but man. That's pisses me off. It's not a teenager who can say something if inappropriate things happened. It's a three year old. So yeah. I'm almost to the point of not finishing the audio. I can't say I'm truly enjoying this book. I don't even know if Alden can turn it around for me to like him. He has baggage from the previous relationship. See aforementioned reason C. That we haven't been told about as of the point I am in the story. But do I even care? Hes known Natalie since she was a little girl trailing behind her big brother and hes painting her with the same brush as the demise of his recent relationship. Based on his inner dialog its for lying, and maybe a fake pregnancy? Who knows. But Natalie is still only 22 at this time. Freaking slow your roll and listen to her. Try and see it from a terrified seventeen year old girls perspective who hasn't graduated or even started her senior year of H.S. and a guy who doesn't remember sleeping with her and had just started a relationship.

Also I've heard the male narrator before and like others have said he sounds OLD like my grandfather old. I'm not exaggerating. Listening to him it brings back memories of my grandfather. And hes supposed to be in his mid 20s.

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Over descriptive of trivial details

The writer spent more time detailing insignificant parts, while only touching on deeper issues. I knew more about what the characters had a meals then their relationship or mindset. Also the readers made the female leader character so whiny that it was hard to keep going. Could have done a lot more with the Characters for sure.

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Loved the story

L.K. Farlow is a relatively new author to me and why that is , I have no idea. From the first to the last chapter she had me enthralled with the story she wove. The writing was strong and I found myself totally invested in Alden and Natalie’s story. I enjoyed the narration by Lauren Sweet but I felt that the male narrator Rock Engle did not do justice to the part of Alden, but then that is just my opinion.

There were times that I laughed and cried reading Best Laid Plans as the emotions were all over the place. However this story is totally heart warming and made me smile.
Both Alden and Natalie had a fling and no one was more surprised than Natalie when she wound up a pregnant teenager.
The chemistry between Alden and Natalie is electrifying but will Alden be able to forgive the secrets and move forward with Natalie?

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Unoriginal and bad accent

As a southern lady myself. This is the worst southern accent I’ve ever heard. The storyline is predictable. Overall waste of time read.

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Absolutely horrible narration

I’m 2 hours in and I don’t know if I can stand the female narrator enough to finish. I think this story has so much potential! Unfortunately some great stories are ruined by poor performances. Jury’s still out on finishing this book...

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So Good!!

OMG! This book is AMAZING. It was so good I couldn’t turn the pages quick enough. I love Nat and Alden. The love they share is beyond words and gives you all the feels. My heart broke for Nat when the truth finally came out but in the end things all worked out. oh, and let’s not forget Tatum. She was just a peach, so cute and funny. Im hoping Nate will have his own story and maybe Jenny will be involved?

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Loved it but...

Alden was Natalie's brother's best friend and four years older than her. She had a secret crush on him for years and tried to get him to notices her. When he did, it ended with him not remembering and her becoming pregnant at 17. To protect him, she lied to her family. She never told Alden about his child and he moved on with his life not knowing. When he enters her life again, it's time to fess up. But, how will he take it?

I loved every character in this book and the story. The little girl was the cutest thing. I did find Alden to be a little harsh on Natalie. I'm usually the first person to hate when a girl keeps secrets like this but she did have a good reason when it came to their age. I mean look how people reacted four years after the fact just imagine what it would have been like at the time. I felt like he blamed her for stuff his ex did and that really wasn't fair to her. And he never did understand how she was protecting him even when his own father told him how it was. But I still loved him and this book.

I didn't really like the narrators though. They kind of ruined the book. Maybe just read this one.

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Loved the story!

I really love the story, and Lauren Sweet is the best. I like Rock Engle but could not handle him doing the baby voice. He reminds me of Bobby Boshay from water boy!