Title: The Scheme
Author: Mia Kayla
Published Date: July 25, 2015
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Brian Benson is the nice guy every girl dreams of marrying.
Too bad he’s off the market—for good.
He’s sworn off women since the last girl he dated broke his heart.
Determined to start over in New York, his sole focus is to climb the corporate ladder—no distractions.
Until one minor collision propels him into the path of small-town-girl but bombshell babe, Kendy Miller.
Kendy walks with a sass she was born with.
Single and ready to mingle, she’s on the prowl.
Moving from her tiny town of Bowlesville to work as a nurse at New York Cornell Hospital, she is introduced to Dr. Hot Pants.
She feels it in her bones—he only belongs to her.
When Kendy formulates a grand scheme to land Dr. Hot Pants and uses Brian to do it, Brian is all in because he could use a little fun.
Things were going to plan, until one night lines were crossed, kisses were exchanged and clothes flew off.
Fate collides, fortunes are tested and plans backfire, but Kendy is still determined to land her doctor.
Problem is… Brian was only there to assist in the plot. Falling in love with the girl wasn’t part of THE SCHEME.
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 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” (how can you not love a male lead who 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.
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