Suzy Denton seems to have it all together. She loves her job as an event's planner for Danvers International, and she loves her high school sweetheart and fiancé Jeff. Fast forward a month and it's all gone to hell in a hand-basket. She finds out Jeff's dentist has been doing more than drilling his teeth, and Danvers is in the process of merging with Mericom creating the largest communications company in the US and also bringing Gray Merimon, the CEO of Mericom into her life.
Gray pursues her from almost their first meeting. Even though he looks like sex on a stick, Suzy is afraid of being hurt again, and she thinks Gray is just another stuffed shirt looking for a relationship. When he calls her bluff, Suzy agrees to one night of sex, hoping that he will be terrible in bed and she can finally get him out of her system.
When circumstances throw them together for more than one night, can Gray convince Suzy that two complete opposites can be a perfect fit?
Why I Read this Book: I got Not Planning on You the same time I got the first book in this series, Weekends Required. Both sounded like interesting contemporary romance novels by an author I hadn’t yet read.
What I Liked: I loved Suzy’s character, she was dynamite. She is her own person and doesn't care what other people think of her, nor does she apologize for it. And even though she dresses a little risqué, she dresses for herself and not for the attention.
I liked Gray’s tenacity. He wanted Suzy and he went after her full-force. Sadly, I didn’t like him so much in the second half of the book.
The little accident that interrupted Suzy and Gray’s first date made things interested. It was different and unexpected, and it put the characters in a unique situation. I liked that the author took a different approach here.
What I Didn’t Like: The story arc revolving around Reva’s character was too much unnecessary drama for me. The only thing it did was show Gray not at his best. What really disappointed me was Gray not coming through when he promised to be there for Suzy. By that point in the story, I had lost all faith in Gray and I really didn't like him from that point on. He did win me back a little (just a smidge really) at the end with his performance but ironically, that was really thanks to Reva.
The couple that I was most interested in was not Suzy and Gray, but Beth and Nick (whom are coincidentally Suzy’s sister and Gray’s brother). There was definitely something more going on between Beth and Nick than what they cared to admit to. They sort of stole the spotlight from Suzy and Gray. Something else that stole the spotlight from the main couple was the epilogue. The epilogue was more for Jason and Claire than it was for Suzy and Gray.
Overall Impression: Not planning on You had promise but the drama overload proved to be too much for this reader. For me, this is an example of the secondary characters outshining the primary characters.
Brianna’s reviews for other books in this series:
Weekends Required – 3 frogs