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- Print Length: 328 pages
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- Publisher: MAM Books LLC (25 July 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B012LE38CO
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- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,325 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is my first book by Mia Kayla and i've gotta say i really enjoyed it!
This book follows the story of Brian and Kendy. Brian is a career guy. He had his heart broken and moved away from home to New York. He made the decision to throw himself into work and to climb the corporate ladder. Kendy also new to New York left home for a new life in the city after having her heart and soul broken by her first love.
The story starts with Kendy setting her sights on a Doctor that she works with. She is determined to make him hers as years ago a fortune teller predicted her broken heart would be mended by someone she meets at work. On one of her shifts she meets someone from her past, Brian. They had met through her cousin and best friend Beth who had dated him for a while. Brian attended the ER after agreeing to go out with his roommate and best friend Trey who had to convince him to go out and have fun. Unfortunately a little too much fun was had and Brian ended up in a fight which required him getting stitches. After meeting Kendy he can't get her out of his head and ends up attending a club he knows she will be. As the night ends they reach an agreement to be FTFing (you'll find out what that means in the book) and the story goes from here.
This is such a feel good book. Most of the book i read with a little smile on my face and a warm heart. Brian was so sweet but also hot. He's just such a good guy, the one you root for to get the girl. Kendy had a great sense of humor that had me chuckling but i gotta be honest i could have smacked her upside the head on more than one occasion for not seeing what was in front of her!Read more ›
Mia dishes up a beautifully warm and charmingly funny read and I have to say that like many others who have read the story, I read it with a grin on my face and a smile in my soul.
Honestly this is one of those books that gives romance a not just a good name but a great one!
Brian is one of life’s good guys but his track record with the ladies is woeful and isn’t for the want of trying.
Really he always seems to be on the back foot – I was pleading for someone to cut him a break!
But when he decided to take the bull by the horns so to speak and move to the city, I had a hankering that he would be in a happier place, plenty more fish in a larger pond and all that.
But what if the fish you never knew you wanted has jumped ponds too?
Brian ends up in the accident and emergency room and is promptly confronted by a blast from his past… who would have thought it?
Kendy is a nurse at the hospital, and her tie to Brian is I suppose what could be described as being tenuous at best but nevertheless it is there. When I say tenuous I really should say friend of a friend – he dated her friend until as per the usual pattern of events, he got jilted for another man.
But Kendy isn’t just willing to muddle along for the rest of her life, she is a small town girl with big dreams and now she is in the city she is working on her game plan and while Brian isn’t the end game for her, she has a happy ever after with a big time doctor in her future or so she thinks, she may just need a little helping hand and who better than the man that is used to coming second…Brian.Read more ›
I found this book a little harder to get into than Marry Me For Money, it didn't have the same pull for me but I think that had more to do with some of the characters than it did the storyline or the writing since I really enjoyed both.
I loved Brian, I felt so sad for him after the whole ordeal with Beth! I couldn't understand why he thought Kendy was worth the hassle! She treated him like s*** even when it was her best friend who broke his heart! There is as just something about Brian that completely melted my heart and made me swoon!!
I'm sorry but Kendy wasn't for me!! I really couldn't warm to her at all and she is the only reason I struggled with this book!! The story was good and the writing was great but it was her character I couldn't relate to at all. No matter how much I tried I couldn't warm to her.I found Kendy to be very hard work and at times, I really could have happily left the book down! There were a few times in the book that made me completely cringe at how into herself she was and it was not attractive in the slightest!!
I love the fact that this one was in dual POV, i really enjoyed hearing Brian's thoughts and feelings throughout it all.
Thank you for the opportunity to review.
I have to admit, I was a little hesitant when I started this book. The prologue with the psychic made me a little uneasy, and I thought it was going to be "just another friends to lovers story." However, it didn't take long for me to be hooked and rooting for the nice guy to win the girl! The plot was well written, and the characters were fully developed without feeling like the same tired stereotypes. I liked Kendy's bouncy personality and Brian's determination to win her over.
I enjoyed this book so much that now I am going back to read the previous book, Marry Me for Money, so I can find out what happened with Beth and Brian in the past.
I reviewed this book on behalf of A Book Lover's Emporium book blog.
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In this book, we have Kendall (Kendy), a small town girl with an attitude. She is not a “one-size fits all” girl, but a girl with many layers. Just like Beth (from Marry Me for Money), she is spunky as hell. She is hilarious, knows what she wants and goes for it. She also has a childlike innocence about her that you just can’t help fall for. For all her bravado, on the inside, she is just as scared of falling in love and letting someone else in – just like the rest of us.
As for Brandon, I LOVED that he was a NICE guy. Too many times, books and movies have told us that it’s only the bad boys that get the girl. But fear not, in this book, the GOOD and NICE guy gets the girl. Just like in Christina Lauren’s “Beautiful Secret“, but I digress.
Anyways, it was pleasure watching Brian and Kendy realize just how much they mean to each other, but it was definitely a treat watching Brian fall first and so determined to “court” Kendy – so to speak.
This book wasn’t all fun and games, as there are some heavy topics dealt with. I LOVED how Ms Kayla didn’t gloss over said issues. They were dealt with with honesty and grace and compassion.
But most of all, what I LOVED about this book was the lesson that love, indeed, can cure all. It has the power to elevate and heal us. The lesson is that when it comes to LOVE, we need to trust in it, because it truly is the greatest gift of all
She constantly refers to her mom as "mamma" and has this weird little girl attachment to her. I could write it off as the whole "two of us against the world" deal, but the author took it a bit further than that in just the amount of references and use of "mamma". What 24 year old says that so often? The same is actually done a few times with Brian and his roommate, referring to the roommate's dad as "daddy." I felt like I was reading about a bunch of pre-teens who were trying to play sweet little kids.
Kendall (I can't even write her kiddy nickname again), is also supposed to be this bright and bubbly, but tough girl. This came off as a girl who tries way too hard and goes from over-the-top bubbly to sad or distant in a heartbeat. Even when she's happy she's way too happy; lots of bouncing, hair flipping, pouting, more use of words/phrases only a kid would say (case in point: "I need to potty.") and even some third-person references to herself. It was just all too much and had me wondering what in the world this author is thinking and if she either talks like that in real life or isn't around actual adults much. Kendal reminded me of those really annoying girls who twirl their hair, pout and then cock a hip and talk in a high-pitched baby voice. There was no actual substance to this girl.
There was also a lot of repetitive thoughts between Brian and Kendall that worked more as filler to make the book longer. I didn't need to read for the hundredth time how Brian was mesmerized by Kendall's bright aura or how just being around her soothed him. If I were him I'd be looking for the quickest way to leave old crazy-eyes.
Kendall's almost cult-like belief in what a psychic told her years ago is another point of contention for me. For almost the entirety of the book she doesn't stop to even think that she's interpreted the prediction incorrectly, but blindly continues in her quest to make some doctor fall for her. Her stalking of him and saying he'll be slayed by the "Power of the P" is beyond creepy. She's this freakily obsessed girl who has this whole marriage and life deal mapped out when she barely knows the guy... can you say delusional?
It ends how you's expect, but if you like heroines who have more brains and common sense than a cucumber and who have actual depth then avoid this one.
The Scheme by Mia Kayla is a 3.5 – 4-star feel-good romance. It is a sweet funny version of the friends to lovers premise.
Main characters Kendall and Brian have both recently moved from smallish, Midwestern towns to the bright lights of the big city. New York City is a fresh start after failed relationships for both main characters. Kendall and Brian have met previously, but their chance meeting in NYC is not a welcome one for Kendall.
She has her eyes set on a hot doctor based on a psychic’s reading of her palm when she was in high school. To say that Kendall is focused on this outcome is an understatement. Her myopic devotion to snagging the hot doctor, makes Kendall blind to all other possibilities. The character is rather unlikeable in her immaturity, shallowness, and apparent gold-digging. For some readers, she will become more likable as her character is developed.
Brian is focusing on reestablishing his career and has no interest in a relationship. He is a lovable, handsome, good guy. He’s definitely not the hot bad boy that makes the girls’ engines roar. Brian is a stand-up guy, and a character you can’t help but love. He’s the definite of “the one”—as in “the one” you stay with forever.
When Brian and Kendall accidentally meet again at a bar, Brian agrees to play the role of Kendall’s suitor in order to make the hot doctor jealous. Kendall is “in it to win it”, and Brian doesn’t mind taking advantage of the friends-with-benefits relationship that Kendall has proposed. At least he doesn’t have a problem with it at first.
Brian struggles with his obvious growing attachment to Kendall. He doesn’t want to get hurt again, but as his mother tells him, “you’ll follow your heart just as you always have” (and how can you not love a male lead that has such a warm, honest relationship with his mother!?!). It takes Kendall much longer to appreciate what Brian has to offer, but when she realizes how great Brian is, she fights the feelings. She just can’t risk being deeply hurt again by vulnerability that love brings.
Ms. Kayla’s character banter is quirky and fun. The secondary characters are not developed much, and their interactions with Kendall and Brian are used primarily as segues in the story. I would have loved to get more of Sarah, Kendall’s sassy co-worker. The primary characters’ chemistry really carries the story. Ms. Kayla’s descriptiveness and style envelop the reader in her stories. Even though the storyline is predictable and has been done before, The Scheme by Mia Kayla is an enjoyable read with engaging characters.
This review was done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official.
A solid 4 STAR read
The Scheme is one of those 'feel good' books - it's sweet, funny and enjoyable - it's perfect for the summer and not only. If you're looking for a wonderful 'friends-to-lovers' who's plan backfires story and not only you should give it a chance.
This is the story of Kendall aka Kendy and Brian - she's a a girl from a small town working as a nurse in NYC and he's a smart guy from the same area who's a banker.
Kendy has a plan that 'included a house, marriage, and a baby carriage', but Brian is not the man for her - she has her sight set on 'Dr. Hot Pants', James Klein. Why, you wonder...because a psychic told her in her teens that she'll marry the man who'll give her the 'moon', and James did that in the form of a notepad.
Brian is coming out of a recent break up that left him devastated. He left his old life behind and moved to NYC in order to forget the one that got away. But little does he know that here he'll meet her BFF, who soon enough will enlist him in her plan to get her crush's attention. Long story short - like all this type of plans this too might have its flaws ;)
I truly enjoyed it - the writing is easy to follow and engaging - I felt like I was following these two protagonists around and seeing them in 'action' first hand rather than be told what they were doing. Both Brian and Kendy were amazing - they were smart, working individuals, with 'real' friends and problems. This is a story that could happen to anyone and they are the type pf characters that you could have as friends in real life.
I hope that there will be more books about other characters as I really want to read more about them.
Brian and Kendy have a bit of a history together seeing as they have a very significant mutual acquaintance, but both are now in New York and trying hard to leave the past behind. When they run into each other under less than ideal circumstances, an unexpected friendship begins and soon Brian finds himself part of a scheme to help Kendy win the man of her dreams. But you know what they say about the best laid plans....
Brian is everything I hoped he was going to be and then a little bit more. He is sweet and funny and kind with just the right amount of hot, bad, dirty boy thrown in. I absolutely loved watching Brian navigate his way through a mine field of feelings and circumstances he swore he'd never deal with again. And I am SUCH a sucker for a book where the main character's have a great friendship and Brian proves himself to be a great friend. But the "friends with benefits" arrangement they come up with just might not be enough.
Kendy is a fun, funny girl, but she has things hidden in her past that she's trying hard to forget. She's determined to snag the doctor she's had her eye on, convinced that he is her "meant to be." And when Brian agrees to be her wingman, Kendy can't help but accept the offer. Though spending time with Brian turns out to be more than Kendy expected, she's sure about the her future and determined not to get off track.
This book just hit all the right notes for me. A great, fun, sincere friendship is perfectly, believably portrayed. It's romantic, it's heartwarming and heart breaking all at the same time. This book is sweet and funny and bitter and sad. It's just really, really good.
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