The Man Plan

Tracy Anne Warren. Signet Select, $7.99 mass market (336p) ISBN 978-0-451-46614-3
Ivy Grayson has loved James Jordan since she was 15 years old. Her impeccably timed confession of her feelings for him just after he was jilted at the altar—by her own sister—confirmed James’s belief that Ivy had a mere schoolgirl crush on him. Fast-forward five years, and Ivy has definitely grown up. When she and James enter each other’s orbits again, James is pleasantly shocked to discover that Ivy is all woman, and still very much attracted to him. Their mutual dance of seduction plays out in a languorous, old-fashioned way, surrounded by old New York money and people who say “Heavens!” and “Oh my!” As James resists the pull of his emotions, Ivy falls even more deeply in love with him. Warren (The Husband Trap) uses a clunky misunderstanding to drive a wedge between the lovers, a lackluster attempt at conflict that does little to rev up a predictable story. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 06/16/2014
Release date: 08/05/2014
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