Audio Review Tour & Giveaway: The Best Laid Plans by Lauren Gallagher


Buy Links: Audible US | Audible UK
Length: 8hrs 46mins
Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo & Lia Langola


It’s a foolproof strategy…until the emotional balance shifts.

After yet another adoption falls through, Gabe is ready to give up, and Shahid isn’t far behind him. Apparently, being a gay couple – half of which is Muslim – is just one strike too many for the powers that be. When their friend Kendra offers to carry their baby for them, both men balk at first but gradually warm to the idea. Especially Gabe, whose bisexuality is open to the chemistry among the three of them.

The plan seems simple. Kendra and Gabe, foregoing the cold, impersonal IVF clinic, paperwork and red tape, will conceive the old-fashioned way. They’ll all share parenting responsibilities, and live happily baby after.

But as the heat flares between Gabe and Kendra, Shahid’s long-suppressed insecurities bubble to the surface. Then some unexpected news catches the trio off guard and derails their plans – and now one heart could be left out in the cold.

Warning: Authors subsist on the tears of listeners. Please recycle your hankies by wringing out and reusing. We’d hate to be the cause of a worldwide shortage of tissues.

My Review:

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

*I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review*

I have loved all the author’s books before and the narrator, Michael Ferraiuolo, is certainly one of my favourite American narrators. I haven’t listened to Lia Langola before, but I liked her too, so that was another great plus for the book.

The whole premise of the book is interesting. Gabe and Shahid are trying to adopt. They are always unsuccessful, and not because they are gay – which is what they expected – but because Shahid is Muslim. I don’t know nearly enough about Islam to be able to say whether representation was good or not, but it certainly felt authentic.

After one more unsuccessful adoption, Gabe is ready to give up, but his best friend Kendra realises she could help the two. And since Gabe is bisexual, they agree to try the ‘old-fashioned way’. I liked how Gabe gave Shahid time to decide whether he was okay with this, especially since Shahid had a lot of hang ups about dating a bisexual man in the beginning of their relationship.

Even though he decides to agree with it, especially as he can’t see any other way to get the child they so desperately want (and deserve), his fears flare up again. And of course, it wouldn’t be one of the author’s books if it didn’t have sad things in it. I mean, the blurb warns the reader about tissues.

I really liked the book, and the audio is amazing due to awesome narrators! 🙂

Lauren Gallagher is an abnormal romance writer who has recently been exiled from the glittering utopia of Omaha, Nebraska, to an undisclosed location in South America. Along with her husband, a harem of concubines, and a phosphorescent porcupine, she remains, as always, in hiding from the Polynesian Mafia. For the moment, she seems to have eluded her nemesis, M/M romance author L.A. Witt, but figures L.A. will eventually become bored with the wilds of Spain and come looking for her. And when that time comes, Lauren will be ready. Assuming L.A. doesn’t have her hands full keeping track of Lori A. Witt and Ann Gallagher, which she probably will.



Twitter: @GallagherWitt


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