Initial reaction: Now this is the kind of romance I like to read - cute, flirty, funny and hot. Cara McKenna's an author I will definitely pick up more in the future.
Now this is the first time I've fully swooned over a romantic hero in a while, and I promise it's not just the fact that he's Irish (...that might be part of the reason). He's incredibly funny and easy to like, and I liked his chemistry with the heroine in this story as well. "Her Best Laid Plans" is the second story I've read from Cara McKenna, and it impressed me.
The novella starts with Jamie Webb housesitting for two weeks during a visit in Ireland. She meets a sexy bartender named Connor, and the two hit it off quite well almost instantly. I didn't feel like this was insta-lust or insta-love because they did quite a bit of getting to know each other and had some humorous exchanges in the mix, while also talking openly and honestly about their relationships. It felt real to me, and the sensuous scenes were hot. I loved watching their relationship develop, even in so brief a time, and I was rooting for the both of them to work.
It's a light, quick read overall - one that took me less than 30 minutes to read, and I enjoyed it immensely. Definitely recommended, and certainly a read that makes me anticipate more of McKenna's work.
Overall score: 4.5/5 stars
Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher Harlequin.