ARC Review: The Man Plan by Tracy Anne Warren

Posted August 4, 2014 by Shari in Reviews / 4 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: The Man Plan by Tracy Anne Warren
The Man Plan

One StarOne Star

Series: The Graysons,
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Signet
Released on August 5, 2014
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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Well, I really didn’t like this book. It felt like both lovers were pushed into situations that felt very uncomfortable.

In book one of The Graysons series we meet the hero who is engaged to Madelyn Grayson. Well, it doesn’t end well for James Jordon, who gets dumped pretty much at the alter by Madelyn. While he thinks he is deeply in love with Madelyn, heart broken, he keeps up the family friendship. Even the friendship he has with Madelyn’s younger sister, Ivy. Ivy is a teenager who professes her love for James after the break up. While flattered, he knows he bounced her on his knee when she was a baby and nothing can come of her infatuation.

Speed up into the future and Ivy has dropped out of college to pursue her painting career. Her parents are frantic and beg James to help find her a safe place to live in New York City. He owns the building he lives in so he find one really fast and becomes involved in Ivy’s life. The two tiptoe around each other. Ivy is bound to make him notice her as she still loves him. He is bound to ignore her and keep it to friendship knowing she is too young for him.

And that is the theme of the story. She does everything she can to seduce him. He does everything he can to resist. In the end I just became bored with it all. James is so rich it isn’t even funny and I can’t identify with anything in his lifestyle.

The cover of the book seemed very wrong to me because that guy looks so young and James was in his late thirties. I struggled through 50% of the book really trying to read it and then spent the last half skimming to the end.

While age isn’t a big deal to me, this one got old with just how many times it is brought up. The love making was blah and in the end, I was so happy to put it down. Unfortunately, I am done with this series. There’s one more unattached sister left and she is a workaholic. I don’t live a high life and while most times I can get over that part, this time it felt thrown in my face and I moved on to a more exciting book.

 

Does age differences in romance bother you? Why? or Why not? Is love age-blind?

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Sophia Rose
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Ah, bummer about the theme being hit on so hard that it grew irritating for you. I don’t mind older/younger stuff and even like it, but I admit that if the people can’t get past it then it would wear on me too.

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It just got on my nerve and I didn’t even like the characters. It got old and while I liked the first book, I found the same problems with the writing. It had love scenes, but my socks didn’t get knocked off and it felt too much like her historical romances, which I thought were hotter.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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Oh that’s frustrating when they keep harping on age. I love when there’s a big difference but it has to be done right. That storyline is feeling fiercely familiar but dang if I can place the book right now.

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Shari Delighted Read

I don’t mind age differences, I just don’t like it taking over the story to the point where I really wish they would just part and not bother to get together. I liked the first book, but this just felt too much like it and I got tired of it fast. I don’t think I can got through it again for book #3.