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Peek Inside The Backup Plan

Chase and I used to be friends. But after the accident, nothing was the same. He doesn’t smile anymore. It hurts me to see him this way, and I will do everything I can to get him back in the game. Whether he likes it or not.

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I’m beyond help...

I threw a football before I could walk. Everything in my life revolved around football–and I loved every second. I was a star. Until, suddenly...I wasn’t. Now everyone thinks I’m the monster who killed his best friend. I’m an outcast on campus, silent and alone. Then Taylor Selmer walks back into my life. When will she learn–I’m beyond saving.

I need to save him...

Chase and I used to be friends. But after the accident, nothing was the same. We used to have something special–until we didn’t. But he doesn’t smile anymore. Doesn’t talk. Doesn’t play. It hurts me to see him this way, and I will do everything I can to get him back in the game. Whether he likes it or not.

Praise

"The Backup Plan was the book I didn't know I needed until it kept me up all night reading!" International Bestselling Author Magan Vernon

"THE BACKUP PLAN is classic new adult at its finest. With plenty of angst, drama and emotion, I seriously loved this romance!" ~ NYT bestselling author Monica Murphy

"Chase and Taylor's story is perfection. I loved this friends (and crushes) to lovers story so much!" Author Crystal Perkins

"I really enjoyed Chase and Taylor's story and thought it was passionate, compelling and so addicting!" ~Bookgasms Book Blog

"I devoured this..." ~Reading with 2 Book Lovers

"This is a sweet intense romance about getting a second chance." ~Danielle, Goodreads

"There is just so much tension, drama, emotion, heartbreak and some laughter that this is just a wonderful romance novel." ~Up All Night with Books 

"The Backup Plan is without a doubt a fantastically well-written book that will grip you into the story right from the begging." ~Stars to Constellations

"This a special story that is definitely worth your time." ~Chris Carroll, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640634848
Series: Back in the Game, Book 1
Release Date: Mar 19, 2018
Page Count: 250
Imprint: embrace
Genre: contemporary, new adult
Tropes: across the tracks, coming of age/family/social issues, enemies to lovers, forbidden love/off limits, overcoming odds, redemption

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By Chris March 11, 2018

Great read. Even got a few misty moments from me too.
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One of the reasons I usually stay away from young adult stories is the amount of angst the characters go through. With some authors the entire book is filled with it and it can exhaust the reader. My l... ...more

By D.M. February 21, 2018

Chase stopped living his life the day his best friend died. He blames himself for the accident and now has lost his way. It doesn't help that others see it that way too but the court cleared him. He has no criminal record. He is still in college but he doesn't talk to anyone. As far as he's conce... ...more

By Bookgasms February 19, 2018

Anyone who knows me knows that second chance love stories are absolute crack to me and if the hero is a complete alphahole - then it's even better! I thought this story was fantastic! I really enjoyed Chase and Taylor's story and thought it was passionate, compelling and so addicting!

When Taylor... ...more

By Irene March 21, 2018

3.5 stars ...more

By Elaine March 18, 2018

This is a young adult second chance romance featuring main characters who have grown up in the same house - Chase as the son of the owner and Taylor as the daughter of the couple who are employed to run the house as chef and butler. Despite the disparity in their circumstances, they had been inse... ...more

By Heather March 09, 2018

Chase he's, well sexy in a broody kind of way, "he stood in the doorway, looking completely unfazed by the fact that he’d basically just felt me up, and glowered at the guy in the hallway. He was shirtless, and wearing nothing but a pair of black sweats." Chase likes to use actions to get his poi... ...more

By Cocktails and Books March 23, 2018

3.5 Cocktails

Ending felt rushed, but it was a decent story overall. ...more

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By Reading with 2 book lovers March 19, 2018

this is a first read for me by this author and wow what a good book.
I really enjoyed this new adult, college story about Taylor and Chase.
I devoured this in a fee days I enjoyed it so much
I volunteered to read a copy of this book ...more

By Stella March 05, 2018

This is my first read by Jen McLaughlin and I am looking forward to one-clicking some other books from her.

Well-written, college romance that will have you hooked from the beginning.

Chase and Taylor grew up together but, were in 2 different leagues.

Chase Maxwell, the all-american football pla... ...more

By Nicole August 10, 2018

Wow!!

I LOVED this NA story sol characters!! I think Taylor may be amongst some of my favorite heroines with her "take no crap" attitude. I also enjoyed her verbal sparring with Chase. The were so cute together. Awesome story, awesome characters, awesome plot!! Well done! ...more

By Ann (Fanni Ann) March 29, 2018

Oh my, I loved this story, this is a first time author for me and the writing was good, it flowed easily and the characters were great ...more

By Alina March 10, 2018

RTC ...more

By Sherry March 14, 2018

***Thank you to NetGalley for the free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.***

4.5 stars

The Backup Plan, by Jen McLaughlin, was a really pleasant surprise! The story started out a tiny bit slow, but by the end everything came together beautifully. Chase is a former football player... ...more

By Bec_BookMagicReviews March 20, 2018


Chase and Taylor were once really good friends, but with her parents being employees of his rich family, there was no way they could be anything more. However, with Chase going through a rough time after the death of a friend and being on the wrong end of accusations, Taylor may be the only perso... ...more

By Barb March 16, 2018

The Backup Plan by Jen McLaughlin is the first book in her Back in the Game New Adult series. I loved McLaughlin’s Sons of Steel Row series, and decided to check out her new series. I did enjoy this book, but it was a different type of read for me by McLaughlin.

In The Backup Plan, we meet our her... ...more

By Catherine February 27, 2018

I received a copy via NetGalley and voluntarily left a review and all opinions are my own.

From the moment I read the blurb, I just knew that I had to have this book. I am absolutely in love with best friend and college romance. To get both all wrapped in one sexy little story is a treat. But the... ...more

By Up All Night With Books March 02, 2018

*** ARC received in exchange of an honest review***

The Backup Plan by Jen McLaughlin, is one of those books that has a little bit of everything. Family, college, discovering yourself, friendships, romance, drama, and possible a happily ever after. If you went away for college you can probably rel... ...more

By Ana March 18, 2018

This is my first Jen McLaughlin read and I have to say that I enjoyed the writing, the characters, and the storyline. Chase is broken character. Because of a tragedy in his past he’s held in contempt by those who had been his friends and he’s no longer able to live his dream to play football. He’... ...more

By Christi March 19, 2018

My Review:
Taylor absolutely made this book. I love how she tells Chase everything and doesn't hide most the details although it would make easier to hide why she's at Villanova...because she was hired by Chase's dad to get him back on track.

Chase is in a really bad place. He is consumed by guilt... ...more

By Cynthia March 21, 2018

Chase had the whole college dream on his hands: football star, funny, hot. But when his best friend dies, he blames himself and starts only half living.

Taylor was a childhood friend, and she’s determined to bring the old Chase back.

I love me some broken hero and Chase the perfect example. He iso... ...more

By Kristen March 19, 2018

The Backup Plan is full of surprises - in the sense that from the synopsis I expected things to go one way and Jen McLaughlin took me another, far better direction

Chase hasn't been the same since the accident - he's guilt ridden, and feels the blame and judgement of everyone around him. He's give... ...more

By Frances April 04, 2018

A chance they were never given. Chase couldn't be dating the helps kid, but he could be her best friend, until they aren't anymore..
Chase's life changes one night. He goes from Mr. Popular to Mr. Pariah over night. No one knows the real story and he's not telling. He doesn't want the attention,... ...more

By Eden March 01, 2018

***Arc provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own***

I loved this book!

This book is not your typical romance in my opinion.
Usually with romance, it seems like it’s the same old, same old every time. Same age characters, best friends setting up oth... ...more

By Samantha March 14, 2018

Holy crap B atman. I have loved every book I have read by Jen and this is no exception. When offered the chance for an ARC in exchange for an honest review let me say I jumped up for joy.

The backup plan is Chase, rich boy who had it all until one night everything crashed...literally and Taylor th... ...more

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Jen McLaughlin

About the author

NY Times Best Selling, USA Today Best Selling Author

Jen McLaughlin

Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of sexy books with Penguin Random House. Under her pen name, Diane Alberts, she is also a USA TODAY bestselling author of Contemporary Romance with Entangled Publishing. Her first release as Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line, hit the New York Times, USA TODAY and Wall Street Journal lists. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and three cats. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

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