Review and Sweepstakes: The Plan by Qwen Salisbury


Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on The Plan tour hosted by AToMR Tours.  Today, I have my review and a link to the event-wide sweepstakes for you.  Thanks so very much for stopping by RoloPoloBookBlog and have a fantastic day 🙂

Title: The Plan Author: Qwen Salisbury Age/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance Published: February 2014 Publisher: Omnific Publishing; Tour Organized by: AToMR Tours;
Title: The Plan
Author: Qwen Salisbury
Age/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: February 2014
Publisher: Omnific Publishing;
Tour Organized by: AToMR Tours;


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.

Source: ARC from author/publisher

My Rating: 3/5 stars

 My Review:

**ATTENTION: Slightly spoilerish!!**

Oh, dear reader, I am not sure how to approach this particular review.  Qwen Salisbury’s The Plan is one of those titles that I was immediately attracted to based on both the excellent cover and synopsis but by the end of the read, I found myself completely torn over how this book made me feel. 

Here’s what I liked:

*Emma’s attitude at the beginning of the read.  In the early stages of this read, Emma is confident and strong: she has very distinct goals, a strong work ethic, a serious amount of determination and, good wit and humor.

*The lists.  From time to time throughout the read, Emma lists, beginning with the time and/or number of days she has been employed, the things that are on her mind or are occurring in her life.  For example: “2:58 p.m. Location: Break room. Caffeine dependency: Approaching twelve-step program territory.” (Location 43 of 968)  It is in these lists that some of Emma’s funniest and most sarcastic thoughts and comments appear.

Here’s what I didn’t liked:

*Emma’s attitude throughout the rest of the read.  Though Emma maintains her sarcastic bent through most of the read, once she launches her grand plan to attract the attention of her boss, she loses/suppresses all of the other qualities and characteristics that initially attracted me to her.  I find it hard to root for any character, male or female who is willing to change their very basic nature just to attract the attention of another person.  Seeing Emma change her attitude, her wardrobe and her personality was seriously disappointing.

*Alaric Canon who is, quite likely the single most colossal asshole the world has ever known.  From beginning to end, Canon proves over and over what it is to be an asshole.  Sure, he is phenomenal at his job but he is so at the expense of the people around him.  Seriously, most of the office is involved in the near-daily bets on how long it will take Canon to fire or cause his personal assistant to quit.  Even in the moments when he is trying to be nice, he comes off as cold and somewhat cruel.  In this regard, Salisbury has managed to create a character so detestable that there is virtually nothing Canon could do to redeem himself.  For me, this type of character creation is actually a strength of the author – an ability to create such a real character in writing. 

*The naughty bits.  Even I can’t believe I just wrote that L  I am normally all over the naughty bits and love every second and every word but I actually found myself skipping over complete paragraphs of the naughty bits because of how slowly-paced they are.  In the moments of actual action, I enjoyed the read but the naughty bits become mired down in too much extraneous description for my liking.

The Bottom Line:  There are some really brilliant moments in The Plan especially when Emma finds her attitude and totally unleashes it but overall, I found myself disappointed in the read.  With that being said, I truly think once this book makes it into its final form, it will be much improved.  In all, The Plan feels like a debut novel from an author who has a ton of potential.  Though I wasn’t overly impressed with this read, those moments of brilliance give me hope that Salisbury will, in the future really hit her stride and produce some spectacular reads.

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DividerAbout the author and where to find her:

Author portrait 2Qwen Salsbury was born in Kansas and somehow keeps ending up back there.  Raised on her grandparent’s five acre homestead within the city limits, her imagination was honed during long days of quiet play and spartan access to a TV signal.  Now mother to handsome boys, she strives to ensure they appreciate potential adventures found within the pages of a book, an honest day’s work, and what ingenuity may yield from mundane objects like a string and a cup.  The boys prefer a PS3.

After spending time in corporate America, she returned to school and received a BA in English, Creative Writing and Poetry from Pittsburg State University, the alma mater of Pulitzer Prize winning poet, James Tate.  She worked on a Masters there until going on to receive a juris doctorate from Washburn School of Law.

A seven-time Sigma Tau Delta writing award winner, her fiction and poetry have appeared in literary magazines and have been selected by fiction communities as featured story of the month and year.  Predominantly a writer of romance, her romantic fiction varies from contemporary to historical to fantasy, though often with a humorous slant and poetic undertones.

For reasons she can’t even articulate herself, she decided to start writing fiction again while solo parenting and attending law school (during Constitutional Law class, to be exact.).

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