Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"The Plan" By: Qwen Salsbury Review

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The Plan
By: Qwen Salsbury

Synopsis
Day of Employment: 359 11:05 a.m. Location: Cubicles outside Canon’s office.Co-workers: Betting on how long Canon’s new PA will last.Me: No doubts. Ms. Gum-smacker won’t last the day. I need to place my bet.Manolo Blahnik’s New Fall Shoes: Mine. As soon as Madeline hands over my winnings. Emma Baker has never spoken a word to Alaric Canon, nor has he to her. But she’s studied him every day across the office tundra for almost a year. Canon is hard and fierce, terrifying and beautiful. He’s also the most stern, unforgiving person Emma has ever seen. Emma’s co-workers run a betting pool for Personal Assistant terminations. There’s a separate pot for the day one leaves without crying. Not likely…Canon made a former Navy SEAL cry. He has high standards and low tolerance. Everyone knows it. Everyone stays away. Everyone who can, that is. Except Emma. She can’t look away. Alaric Canon is the single most attractive man she’s ever seen. Bar none. Canon has never noticed her. Not once in almost a year. She’s not even a blip on his radar. But she will be. His radar will be blipless no more. It is a goal. Emma has a plan


My Thoughts
    Emma has worked at her job for a bit more than a year and is no closer to making the notice of her hottie coworker than she was on day one. Alaric Canon is one of the bigwigs at her work, but nothing she does will ever make him actually see her. He’s grumpy and known for being a bear at work, the long line of assistants that have been fired will attest to that, but Emma thinks she knows the real Alaric. She knows his favorite drinks, how he likes coffee, and his penchant for admiring women’s footwear. She isn’t prepared for his it though when she herself is assigned as his new assistant and he really does notice Emma.
     Written in a diary format and from first person, The Plan was really different than what I’m used to. The story format allowed for us to go back in time seamlessly and I enjoyed how the different segments were broken up. The author would preface each section with a time or a date and it almost felt as if I was reading it in real time.
   The characters were hilariously funny and incredibly sincere. Emma has an absolute crush on Alaric and you yearn for his attention as she does. When she  goes with Alaric on a business trip to Kansas City, you wince when you think he’s shooting her down and may even hate him a little bit. Alaric is just as confused and uncomfortable as Emma, he just has a different way of showing his attraction. Handsome and Alpha, I loved Alaric and probably could have read another hundred pages I loved them so much.
     All in all, The Plan is an incredibly cute story of a personal assistant falling in love with her boss. Sounds cliche I know, but its a new take on the genre and sweet. There were a few typos that threw me for a loop and the story dragged in a few places, but overall these small blips are easily overlooked. Qwen is  a fantastic new voice in the romance genre and one I will be following closely!

Book Details
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Date of Publication: February 11, 2014
# of Pages: 260
ISBN: 9781623420
Source: Personal Purchase

Originally Published at The Brunette Librarian's Blog

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