“The Plan” outtake entitled “The Bane of My Existence”

by Maryse on February 23, 2014 · 10 comments

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So… remember how just a few days ago I went a bit crazy for a rom-com called The Plan? It actually set me on an urge to read more like it. Steeeeeamy office romance, an unapproachable hot boss, and internal thoughts and dialogue SO funny, that I laughed out loud for pretty much… hours as I read it. This book is awesome! In fact, a few of us have been having a hard time moving on to other reads.

But guess what I have?! The author just sent over an awesome POV scene that lets us into his head for just a few moments. And the ending of it had me grinning like mad.

Ready? Don’t read this if you haven’t read the actual book, yet. One of my favorite books this year! Instead, read my review of The Plan, and then read the book, and THEN this POV scene. ;)

The Bane of My Existence
(The Plan – outtake)

Test of Endurance – Day 2.2

She is sitting right beside me.

This woman. This…woe of man.

This man, anyway.

Not back in the office pool. Not safely tucked away among the steno or admin or whatever is the du jour PC term for PAs. Not on the other side of my door. Not scurrying about the break room, casting side glances and almost-but-not-quite looking away before I spy her spying on me.

And I do spy her spying.

A lot.

She is right beside me on this airplane seat for the next few hours and just as irritatingly, distractingly, unpredictably, infuriatingly…pretty.

Which truly should not be at issue as I cannot recall being bother by merely “pretty” girls. What has she accomplished? My attractions and pursuits need to be firmly centered, as ever, within the realm of accomplished females. Educated. Established. Exquisite.

Not simple…simply pretty.

What am I to do with someone like this tiny creature who works a barely above entry-level job? Who must have given up on the college in which she recently enrolled since she has nothing preventing her from taking this personal assistant position at a moment’s notice? Who appears to have wielded a flat iron for the first time this week?

Let it be noted: I deduct a modicum of self respect for noting Emma Baker’s hair and the care and maintenance thereof.

I imagine the feel of it wrapped around my fingers…

Damn it. Damn it all.

Focus. The forecast for this industry sector is promising and incorporating manufacturing in-house…

My hands still sting. The warmth of her waist as I caught her, caught myself from wrapping around her.  Smooth skin. Some unknown scent that still teases me.

A full scale production line of enhanced SPF offerings coupled with bio-degradable packaging…

Her seat shifts as she rifles through her carry-on bag that is roughly the size of a Buick. My accursed eyes drift to the sliver of skin that I touched a short while ago.

She shifts again, fidgets with the pair of shoes she’s wearing.

Profit margins on liquids between fifteen to twent-

Her finger slips absently between heel and arch.

Recyclable, er, reclaimed… reclaimed pack-

Smoothes hosiery from knee to calf.

Market reports…market reports…reports…want her knees on my shoulders…her shoes banging against my face like earrings…

I ponder the potential TSA reaction to a primal roar at 30,000 feet and vow to burn her shoe collection.

“Very well,” she says and slips her notes into the aforementioned Buick.

A shift in the cabin pressure and my ears clog. Her voice sounds like she’s standing giant in a glass of water.

“Very well, Sir.”

This is acutely painful. Forget earrings. Ear amputation seems in order.  I press my fingers strategically and sincerely wish I’d thought to bring a stick of –


She smiles (not convincingly) at me with a piece of wintergreen gum in her outstretched palm.


I am at a loss.

A capable assistant.

Long have I considered that an oxymoron.

Now, maybe I can focus on negotiation strategies.

Foreign market testing can be delayed until 2nd quarter. Print adverts in pre-launch across 17-35 female market readers. Online as early as-

The flavor has not even begun to fade when she nudges my arm with a book. “Have you had a chance to read this?”

Before me, she offers a copy of the new book by my favorite author. The book that I pre-ordered on the day it was announced. The book that was delivered yesterday. The book that I intentionally, and with a level of well-practiced restraint in which I can admit I take great pride, forced myself to leave on my nightstand at home so that I would not be distracted.

Custom-made, folks. She was designed in the mold to sabotage my productivity.

Oooooh that was perfect!!!

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Stella February 23, 2014 at 5:53 PM

I have to say that thanks to your recommendation on The Plan, I read it and loved it. It was great read. I just finished Neanderthal Seeks Human & I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this book. It was hilarious, smart & witty. I have to say that I couldn’t put the book down. I loved the main character Janie! I hope you get a chance to read it. I think you’ll enjoy it.
Happy reading

Jean February 23, 2014 at 8:39 PM

That was awesome! Thank you Qwen and Maryse! I would LOVE to have the whole book in Alaric’s pov….please Qwen!

Carolyn February 23, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Maryse- I have had a zero productive w/e thanks to the “The Plan” an “Can You Keep a Secret”! Did not want them to end! Thanks for the great recommendations!:)

Gabby February 23, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Love it! I read it in one day!! Great author, hope to read more from her in the near future!

Tessa February 23, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Hahaha. That’s brilliant. I loved the POVs at the end of the book. :-)

Maryse February 24, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Oh I’m so glad you guys love these books (especially this one) as much as I do. I’ve been craving more like it, and have been having a bit of a hard time getting into anything else.

These are just so lighthearted, smart and funny… but still have just enough of that romantic angst that keeps me hooked.

Thank you for the suggestion Stella! I’m on it! :D

stefanie February 24, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Hi maryse.
I don’t usually write comments and this is off topic from the book the plan.
I have just finished the third instalment of the fae chronicles couldn’t put them down from book 1.
I think it has got to be one of the most amazing series of books I have read yet.
It has everything EVERYTHING and more you could possibly want and has left me wanting book number 4 badly.
Such a fantastic series the author has just outdid herself with these amazing books I just hope book 4 will be just as amazing.
It’s one that you should definitely drop the book your reading now and one click.
I think I have developed a girl crush on synthia maybe just a little….
I can’t even compare it to anything I have read before the characters and their relationships with each other forever changing and so complex and all the hot steamy scenes thrown in for good measure.
Think that it’s one that you should consider I hope that you love it and the characters as much as I have and do.
Think I might go start book 1 again…..

Kit February 24, 2014 at 10:54 AM

I loved this book. I laughed, so hard I woke my husband up. His point of view is great as well!

Thank you, and Stella, for the recommendation of this book!

Georgia February 24, 2014 at 2:37 PM

The Title and the excerpt are awesome. Loved The Plan, this looks great as well. I’m currently though in my Kristen Ashley reading mode. Kaleidoscope is out in the Colorado Mountain series. Alpha Male abound….

Isadora March 2, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Loved this book!!!! I could not put it down!

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