A Perfect Plan by Alyssa Drake (review by Kristi)


About the book:  Samantha Hastings lived a quiet, peaceful life on her family’s country estate. With no man to order her around and no stifling society rules to follow, she considered herself blessed. However, when her brother’s ship sinks during a short trip to France, Samantha receives a request from her sister-in-law to return to town and manage the late Earl’s finances. Suddenly thrust into society, Samantha faces an unfamiliar world and a pair of very familiar green eyes.

Lord Benjamin Westwood never intended on following through with his rash promise to his best friend. Now, with Edward’s death, Benjamin becomes the unwilling guardian to Edward’s bratty little sister, who has grown up considerably since the last time they met. His intention to marry her off to the first available suitor is thwarted when he finds himself falling for Samantha’s unique demeanor. He lights upon the perfect plan; a marriage of convenience, giving him the opportunity to romance Samantha without distraction.

However, when they discover Edward’s disappearance was due to foul play, Benjamin’s prefect plan begins to quickly unravel. Now, Samantha is in more danger than either of them realized and Benjamin is running out of time.

Kindle Edition, 240 pages                      Published May 20, 2016, by Dream Big Publishing


My review:  For a debut novel, A Perfect Plan is not a bad read. It has likable and fairly well-developed characters who are fun to read about. The storyline is a combination of mystery and romance.

I found myself liking most of the characters in this book with the exception of a couple and perhaps those for good reason. I thought the characters were complex and dimensional and written to make the reader feel a familiarity with them from the beginning. Samantha was a fun character because though she was the sister of a Lord she wasn’t exactly the most ladylike at times and was a bit of a handful for those watching out for her. Benjamin, while being a Lord, didn’t really take himself too seriously and didn’t come across as uppity or stuffy. He was enjoyable from the moment he was introduced. Honestly, though, at times I was a bit perplexed at the chemistry between Samantha and Benjamin. Something just seemed off between the two and their relationship seemed a bit awkward from time to time.

While the story starts off as a mystery it soon turns to the budding romance between Samantha and Benjamin and the mystery doesn’t really pick back up until the story is well into its telling. I found this to be different and had almost forgotten about the mystery laid out in the prologue of the story. There were times I didn’t care for the changing POV storytelling as I thought it slowed down the pace of the story. Thankfully though the changing POV didn’t make the storytelling repetitive as can sometimes be the case.

Reading this on my Kindle I was able to tell when I was approaching the end of the story but it didn’t seem as if the story was coming to a close. I was afraid of a cliffhanger and was not really too surprised that the story ends with a major cliffhanger. I was disappointed in this as I do like closure to a story. If not for the cliffhanger I would have given the story a higher rating.

Time will tell if I read the next story in the series. I liked the characters well enough to wonder what happens next and the story was interesting enough to have me wondering if I know who the murderer is. All in all the book was a pretty decent read.

I received a free copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review.


About the author:  Author Alyssa Drake has been creating stories since she could read, preferring to construct her own bedtime tales instead of reading the titles in her bookshelves. Enraptured with all types of writing, Alyssa has tried her hand at short stories, collaborations, and poetry.  However, her first love has always been books.  She thoroughly enjoys strong heroines and often laughs aloud when visualizing conversations between her characters.

Alyssa graduated from the University of the Pacific, with a B.S. in business and a concentration in French literature.  Currently, she resides in Northern California with her blended family, where she works full-time at a chocolate factory.

She believes everyone is motivated by love of someone or something.  One of her favorite diversions is fabricating stories about strangers surrounding her on public transportation.  Alyssa can often be found madly scribbling notes on a train or daydreaming out the window as the scenery whips past.

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