Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Review: The Plan by Qwen Salsbury

The Plan by Qwen Salsbury

Day of Employment: 359

11:05 a.m.

Location: Cubicles outside Canon’s office.
Co-workers: Betting on how long Canon’s new PA will last.
Me: No doubts. Ms. Gum-smacker won’t last the day. I need to place my bet.
Manolo Blahnik’s New Fall Shoes: Mine. As soon as Madeline hands over my winnings.

Emma Baker has never spoken a word to Alaric Canon, nor has he to her. But she’s studied him every day across the office tundra for almost a year. Canon is hard and fierce, terrifying and beautiful. He’s also the most stern, unforgiving person Emma has ever seen. Emma’s co-workers run a betting pool for Personal Assistant terminations. There’s a separate pot for the day one leaves without crying. Not likely…Canon made a former Navy SEAL cry.

He has high standards and low tolerance. Everyone knows it. Everyone stays away. Everyone who can, that is. Except Emma. She can’t look away. Alaric Canon is the single most attractive man she’s ever seen. Bar none.

Canon has never noticed her. Not once in almost a year. She’s not even a blip on his radar. But she will be. His radar will be blipless no more.

It is a goal. Emma has a plan.




This one is more of a chicklit than a romance. The writing style reminds me of Sophie Kinsella, which might annoy some readers. The heroine spent most of the time having quirky inner thoughts, plenty of funny internal monologue, witty one liner and the hero was a complete mysterious enigma. 

Told in a form of Emma's journal, she recounted her daily life working in the same department as Alaric Canon, the huge jerk that she had a crush on for a year. Apparently, he was so demanding and such a perfectionist that he fired his PA almost daily, weekly or monthly. There was even a betting around for how long each new PA will last. Emma was on a winning streak due to her understanding and stalkerish behavior towards the man.

I had no idea why the title called 'The Plan'. Emma kept mentioning her 'plan' to get Alaric to notice her, but I didn't see any 'plan' at all. First half of the book was dedicated to Emma's interaction with her colleagues and her roommate, Clara. I'm beginning to think this might be another PG chicklit. 

Things finally got interesting at the second half when Emma was forced to be Alaric's temp PA and accompany him for a business trip. This was also when our dear hero finally have some dialog. But he was still as mysterious as ever and I'm wondering why he was such an asshole to everyone. Unfortunately, being at close quarter and treated like a slave didn't make Emma desire him any less. 

Alaric Canon was the kind of hot boss that you wanted to ogle at daily. He was very stoic, proper and uptight. It was rumor that he make a grown man cried. Scary stuff. However, the way he behave in front of Emma left me thinking what he really thought of her. There was one scene when he basically freaked out when Emma appeared at his doorstep in a sexy nightie after he summoned her.

Here I thought this might be PG, but suddenly we were treated to some really sexy time between these two. But I have a problem with the sex scene. I'm so used to reading erotica that all the play by play details can be easily imagined by the readers. But here I have problem following the scenes. There were times I wondered 'are they naked yet?' and 'are they still standing or laying down?'. Bottom line is, it was hard to follow and picturing it. Anyway, it was hot regardless, and maybe that's all I should care about. 

I'm dying to know more about Alaric, but it seems like his background story was just mentioned in a passing. Apparently, Emma didn't know him as well as she thought she did. The guy might just surprised you. When it ended, I hope it was longer and let us see how their relationship will work out in the office. Lastly, I think it was a really fun and sexy read if you are into the chicklit genre. 

Rating 4/5