The Man Plan by Tracy Anne Warren

August 5th, 2014 Kimberly Review 56 Comments

5th Aug
The Man Plan by Tracy Anne Warren
The Man Plan
by Tracy Anne Warren
Series: The Graysons #2
Source: Publisher
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Man on Earth comes a delicious new novel about a young woman’s dreams of finding grand romance and success in the big city—and her schemes to make both come true...What’s a girl to do when the man she’s loved her entire life thinks of her as a little sister? Worse, her own big sister was the one who broke his heart years earlier. For Ivy Grayson, the chance to get him to see her in a different light comes when she receives an unexpected invitation to move into his luxury New York apartment building. Manhattan also just happens to be the perfect place to pursue her wish to become a successful artist. But how many dreams can one woman expect to come true? Billionaire financier James Jordon has everything a man could want—except love. When Ivy’s family asks him to keep an eye on their “little girl” in the big city, he agrees. But the innocent girl he knew is now a dynamic woman who knows what she wants, and how to get it. He may have promised himself to keep things platonic, but ignoring the game of love isn’t an option. Especially when Ivy is so eager to play.

Tracy Anne Warren’s Grayson series offers the perfect escape, and I laughed, swooned and cheered. The Man Plan is the second book, and it held me captive and I consumed it in a single afternoon. Warren created a hero and heroine readers will love.

Ivy Grayson has been in love with James Jordon since she was a toddler. At fifteen when her own sister broke his heart she asked him to wait for her. Now she is twenty and living in New York City pursuing her dream of painting. When her path crosses with James, she sees her chance. When Ivy’s parents ask James to keep an eye on their daughter he agrees and is shocked to find little Ivy all grown-up. The tale that unfolds was fun as they two tangoed.

The Man Plan, while predictable was sweet and romantic with just the right amount of angst and miscommunication to keep me flipping the pages. I connected with both Ivy and James. Ivy knows what she wants and is not willing to compromise. I wish more heroines refused to settle. James struggles with trust issues, but also with the fact that he is developing feelings for the little girl who idolized him. Ivy is all woman and does not make it easy for him.  Which of course made the story interesting. While this is a fade to black romance, Warren allowed us to feel the heat and lose our hearts. Friends, family and little side stories outside of the relationship made the tale well rounded and added depth.

Fans of feel good contemporary romances will adore The Man Plan, the newest addition to the Grayson series. I am looking forward to the next Grayson story.

About Tracy Anne Warren

Tracy Anne Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of ten Regency historical romance novels, including At The Duke’s Pleasure and The Husband Trap. Her books have appeared on the USA Today Bestsellers’ list and the Borders’ Group List of Bestselling Single Title Romance Paperbacks. She has won numerous writing awards, including Romance Writers’ of America’s prestigious RITA® Award, the National Readers’ Choice Award, the HOLT Medallion, the Golden Quill, and others.

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56 Responses to “The Man Plan by Tracy Anne Warren”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was such fun Sharon, and the characters had some depth which I appreciated.

  1. Berls

    Love Love Love this trope! Does it work as a standalone? Just in case, though I’m interested in the series as a whole. I love a feel good romance 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, this is a companion series and totally works as a standalone!

  2. Lola

    I love his smile!! *.* Sweet and romantic is perfect for a relaxing read. I guess I’ll have to check this series out! 😀

  3. Angela Adams

    I, too, can’t help but comment on the book cover because it grabbed my attention. That guy looks extremely sure of himself. Thanks for the post.

  4. Lupdilup

    I can do predictable as long as I enjoy the characters, and sometimes they are just what I need 🙂 This is another book Id not have given a second look because that cover doesn’t call me…The suit does, but not
    Thank you Kimba.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      psst *whispers* I prefer dark haired men, but he looks good in his suit

  5. Braine Talk Supe

    Books like this are the best types of reading vacation coz it doesn’t really require a lot from its readers. So easy to just kick back and swoon with the characters and feel all mushy from the story.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Totally agree..I can swallow them whole in a single sitting and close them with a smile.

  6. Heidi

    Sounds like a fun little read. The only thing I read that made me pause was miscommunication but it didn’t seem to be an issue.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      No worries, just enough to keep us hooked. It was well balanced Heidi

  7. Melissa (Books and Things)

    I like the sound of these characters and this looks like a fun little romance. This sounds like a series I would enjoy. Especially since there seems to be a good secondary character group going on. 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love companion series and these have been such fun Melissa:)

  8. Kris

    The premise alone had me hooked, and your review has me itching to pick up this book right now. Ivy sounds like an AWESOME character. From the description of her alone, I’m going “poor James.” He’s got no chance against this girl. I love when a girl knows her mind and agree that I’d love to see more women who don’t settle.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Poor James didn’t stand a chance..LOL This series is a lot of fun Kris and I hope you read them!

  9. Michele

    I love a book that I can consume in a single afternoon! I truly like the sound of this story! Wonderful review, my friend. Thanks so much for bringing this series to my attention.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was a lot of fun Michele and perfect for an afternoon read:)

  10. Tanja

    I haven’t heard of this one but yeah from the blurb I could see where this is going so I’m not surprised that it was predictable. Still it seems like a bit more than that and that it deals with some real issues. Great review, Kim 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was fun Tanja, and sometimes predictable is just what we need

  11. Cyn

    Ha, I love the title of this! And the story sounds really cute! I like that the heroine didn’t settle for any less than what she wants! Might need to pick up this series when I need a cute, quick contemporary (: Thanks for the review!

  12. Mary

    This sounds really cute! In love with the dude since she was a toddler? Um…er…okay. That seems a bit extreme but I can overlook it.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      No, she adored him as a toddler, he was a childhood friend and older than her. She followed him a teen she fell in love with him *crush*

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Agreed, both titles for this series have been clever

  13. Jenea

    I could use a feel good kinda of romance book right now. *sighs* Great review! I am glad that enjoyed it.

  14. Katherine

    This sounds like a fun romance! I love when characters have a history. It makes the whole fade to black bit more realistic. I’ll definitely have to give this and the previous one a read. Can I send you the bill when I have to build a room just to fill with books you recommend? You’re really the most terrible influence 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I loved the back story. Ha…I would love a library myself!

  15. Nick

    Oh this sounds like a perfectly cute and delightful book to read in between darker reads. I can definitely see myself enjoying this book. Ivy and James sound like a great couple! I’m glad you liked this, Kim!
    Lovely review! 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate are right this is fun and good for cleansing the palate.

  16. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    The only contemporary romances I can enjoy are the ones that have humor in them, and since this doesn’t have too much angst, it might just be a read for me. I don’t mind predictability in my romances, but angst I can’t deal with.

  17. Rashika

    This book sounds SO CUTESY! Seriously! I am glad to hear you liked this one and I may just have to check it out!

    I am glad you enjoyed this one, Kimba!

    Lovely review! 🙂

  18. Melliane

    I Looove the cover lol. I remember a review about the first one and it sounds perfect for a summer read. thanks for the nice review!

  19. Siiri

    Lol the guy on the cover reminds me of Jesse McCartney a little 😀 Anyhow, it’s a tad intimidating to read about a girl and guy having a relationship when the guy has previously been in a realtionship with her sibling, but seeing as I enjoyed Every Which Way where the MC dated 2 brothers throughout the book, and enjoyed it, perhaps I could like this one too. I’m glad you connected with the characters and that the book explored trust issues and whatnot. Yay for an adorable romance 🙂

    Siiri @ Little Pieces of Imagination

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I think this works because of the protagonists age at beginning. It was a really fun, cute romance Siiri