You Can't Plan Love

Synithia Williams
You Can't Plan Love
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Crimson Romance
Release Date
August 2012
Contemporary Romance

Knowing firsthand the heartbreak that comes when desire and emotion rule a relationship, Kenyatta Copeland assumes marrying Brad Johnson will lead to a safe and secure life. But as much as she believes she can plan her future, it's hard to ignore the way her boss, Malcolm Patterson, ignites her passions with just one look.

After Malcolm learns of her engagement, he makes a play for her heart and reminds her that passion between a man and a woman has its perks… but also its costs. When Brad confirms his suspicion that there's more than work between Kenyatta and Malcolm, he devises a sinister plan to keep Kenyatta by his side.

Torn between her promise to marry Brad and her irrepressible longing for Malcolm, Kenyatta must decide if she can live her life in a passionless marriage of convenience or once again trust her heart. Yet Brad does not intend to let her go easily, and by the time she realizes the depths of his treachery, it may be too late.

Book Review by CozyReader (reviewer)
Feb 27, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
242 people found the following review helpful
YOU CAN'T PLAN LOVE was a dramatic story but with lots of passion where one woman believes she can plan love. She has trust issues from the past and in order to never have to worry about being cheated on again, she settles for a safe man. There is one man that boils her blood up instantly with just one look, but he is everything she is trying to resist. Only you can't plan love, as love just happens.

This is truly not your typical romance story where man finds woman or vice versa, they fall in love, they have a spat, they reconcile and they live happily ever after. Kenyatta is a very smart, strong-willed woman and is determined to excel in her career. Only that Brad has a very different view of how he would like their marriage to be—her at home with their kids and him taking care of them. That sounds so sweet but only when you truly mean it. The only person that seems to boost her spirit is her boss, Malcolm. He praises Kenyatta about her work ethic and inspires her to continue with her career because she can and deserves it. Only Brad is a little possessive of Kenyatta but she can't see the signs. One of her best friends tries to tell her that there is something not right with Brad with the way he treats her but she makes excuses for him.

As time passes, it seems that Malcolm and Kenyatta's chemistry is intensifying and sparks fly when they kiss. Kenyatta feels guilt when she kisses Malcolm but her relationship with Brad is not going in the right direction. Then when she and Brad kiss, there is just no chemistry, no nothing. Then Brad does a 180 turn and surprises Kenyatta at her conference and actually praises her for her presentation. They reconciled and their engagement is back on. However, Brad shows his true colors soon, and they are not pretty. They are extremely dark.

Ms. Williams created a story that seems so realistic that I got lost in it. Yes, I have to be honest, I did have a bit of trouble getting into the story in the beginning but after it took off, it totally gripped me. I stayed up ‘til 2am to finish the story as I couldn't put it down.

The only problem that I had was Kenyatta's reasons for being with Brad. I understand that she had trust issues because of her past but she let them dictate her life and that is not a way to live. I loved that I was able to get to know the characters and see how they were able to make the choices they made. The sexual chemistry between Malcolm and Kenyatta was hot. Just reading how they looked at each other made you want to find a Malcolm of your own.

This is my first read by Synithia William and I will continue looking for her books in the future. I truly recommend this book to anyone that is ready to read a story where you will laugh, cry, want to kill someone and get insanely hot. I just wonder if Ms. Williams will contemplate writing a story for Jared, Malcolm's brother. The glimpses that I read of him and his history would make a great read.
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