Saturday, May 18, 2019

The Revenge Plan by Linda Kage ~ Review

The Revenge PlanSource: ARC provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Revenge Plan by Linda Kage

After I caught my boyfriend cheating, I tried to be mature about it with an amicable split. But he took his retaliation too far, and I have officially had enough. No more Miss Nice Haven.

No one is allowed to lie to me, betray, embarrass, and devastate me, fill me with self-doubt, or put my future at risk, and expect to get away with it. He is going to feel my wrath.

Enter Wick Webster, his archenemy.

Nothing would provoke my ex more than to see me moving on with the one guy he hates most, so that’s exactly what I plan to do.

The only hitch in my brilliant scheme is Wick himself. He’s just gotta be all love-not-war and peace-is-the-only-way. He’s more concerned about helping me heal than seeking my sweet revenge.

And what the hell is it about his soothing presence and yummy looks that calls to me until I forget how much pain I’m in? He’s making it awfully hard to use and abuse him for my malicious means. The damn guy is making me fall for him.

I was excited to dive into this book for two main reasons: 1) It's by Linda Kage, and her books tend  to be great to the point of favorites. 2) Just based on the description and first chapter preview I saw before I officially started reading I knew I was in the perfect mood for this one. And both of those reasons turned out to be solid because 1) The Revenge Plan was great to the point of a favorite & 2) I was in JUST the mood for it!

First and foremost, I've got to talk about my favorite part of this book which was WICK. The Revenge Plan has a fair few awesome characters, but Wick is the shining star. He's kind and loyal and caring and has such a great sense of humor. He's sweet with his sisters. So attentive with Haven. And honestly I could sit here singing him praises all day because he's one of my favorite characters--and love interests--ever.

As I said, there were more awesome characters too. I liked Haven. She was nice. Wick's sisters are so cool and funny. The cameos from Haven's family were a highlight of the book. Partly because it's fun to connect the dots to the Forbidden Men series (one of my favorite series of all time that is 100% not necessary to read before this one because this one truly does stand alone, but you SHOULD read that series anyway because it is so good) and partly because I laughed quite a bit during those scenes. Lastly there's Wick's football friends, especially Cannon. I loved Cannon as a friends to Wick, and I also looooved Cannon and Haven's development together.

The romance was so well done--which actually ties in with the well executed plot. Haven and Wick's relationship grew in a way that was organic and sweet and I was so invested in. From Haven's breakup to them becoming roommates then friends then more, I was here for all of it and loved it so much. Another aspect of the plot that was done well was the Henry chapters. At first I was confused as to why there was a third POV. Then I was kind of disappointed because I thought I'd figured it all out. But THEN I realized I did not, in fact, know everything and...I was a fan. It was a great addition to the story and a nice way to give some backstory without info-dumping or being boring.

Overall, The Revenge Plan is one of those books that really hit the spot for me. A character I'm now obsessed with, a romance I was head over heels for, and a solid favorite read of the year. Whether this would be your first Linda Kage book or your twelfth, I definitely recommend picking up The Revenge Plan!

5 stars  - A well executed romance that had me head over heels!

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