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Pre-Release Review! BEST LAID PLANS by Roan Parrish (Garnet Run #2)

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February 15-26

Title: Best Laid Plans
Author: Roan Parrish
Series: Garnet Run #2
Imprint: Carina Press (Carina Adores)
Contemporary Romance
Romantic Leads: Male/Male
On-Sale: February 23, 2021
Format: Trade Paperback
Price: $14.99 US
ISBN: 9781335924803

A man who’s been moving his whole life finally finds a reason to stay put.

Charlie Matheson has spent his life taking care of things. When his parents died two days before his eighteenth birthday, he took care of his younger brother, even though that meant putting his own dreams on hold. He took care of his father’s hardware store, building it into something known several towns over. He took care of the cat he found in the woods…so now he has a cat.

When a stranger with epic tattoos and a glare to match starts coming into Matheson’s Hardware, buying things seemingly at random and lugging them off in a car so beat-up Charlie feels bad for it, his instinct is to help. When the man comes in for the fifth time in a week, Charlie can’t resist intervening.

Rye Janssen has spent his life breaking things. Promises. His parents’ hearts. Leases. He isn’t used to people wanting to put things back together—not the crumbling house he just inherited, not his future and certainly not him. But the longer he stays in Garnet Run, the more he can see himself belonging there. And the more time he spends with Charlie, the more he can see himself falling asleep in Charlie’s arms…and waking up in them.

Is this what it feels like to have a home—and someone to share it with?

Garnet Run
Book 1: Better Than People
Book 2: Best Laid Plans

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You guys–this series! It takes me apart in the absolute best ways!

Rye and Charlie are absolutely amazing together. I loved Charlie in his brother Jack’s book ( Better Than People ) but being able to see inside his head here? Heartbreakingly beautiful. From the first scenes where he wonders about the newcomer who is making questionable purchases from his hardware store (do we ever find out why he bought two flashlights?) to the one where he admits to Rye that…well, I’m not going to tell you, but trust me, it’ll get you right there his story absolutely delivered on all I’d hoped for for him and more.

And Rye? Ohmygoodness, he’s so much more than what he seems at first glance, and I absolutely loved how he is always so fierce about making sure that Charlie gets taken care of too, instead of always being the one who is meeting the needs of everyone else.

And the cats…well. They’re pure gold. It really shows that Ms Parrish wrote this one while in quarantine with her cat, because she has got the personalities of each feline down to a t. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if her character sheets for her animal characters were almost as long as the ones for her human ones.

Murder cat the second. Hee hee hee.

Best Laid Plans is the second in Roan Parrish‘s Garnet Run series, but it could be read as a standalone–though honestly, I can’t imagine not wanting to binge them both. If you love *love* and enjoy reading about animals with questionable (but explained to the reader–I’m telling you, lengthy character sheets!) names, then this series is for you. I am not ready to leave Garnet Run behind anytime soon, so fingers crossed that Ms Parrish will be bringing us more books in this delightful series!

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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About the author:

Roan Parrish lives in Philadelphia, where she is gradually attempting to write love stories in every genre.

When not writing, she can usually be found cutting her friends’ hair, meandering through whatever city she’s in while listening to torch songs and melodic death metal, or cooking overly elaborate meals. She loves bonfires, winter beaches, minor chord harmonies, and self-tattooing. One time she may or may not have baked a six-layer chocolate cake and then thrown it out the window in a fit of pique.

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