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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The 5-Year Plan by Cara Nelson (Blitz Tour / Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

In association with Goddess Fish Promotions, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book blitz tour event for The 5-Year Plan by Author Cara Nelson!

Book Review 

The 5-Year Plan by Cara Nelson
Book 1: Friends to Lovers Romance Series
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: October 17, 2014
Format: eBook - 151 pages
             Kindle - 3466 KB
Genre: Contemporary Romance

BUY THE BOOK: The 5-Year Plan

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book blitz tour event hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions.

Book Description:

Victoria is sticking to her five-year plan: get married, have children, and become the youngest vice president in town. Problem is, she’s four years in with no husband or kids in sight. She’s sure her coveted promotion is right around the corner, though. All she has to do is impress her boss by catching the person responsible for leaking confidential information.

Trent may be the head of the IT department, but he leaves himself plenty of time to have fun with no strings attached. Too bad his best friend Victoria is still following the ridiculous plan she created in college—she’s beautiful, smart, but far too uptight for his lifestyle. When Victoria takes the blame as the leak at the office, he’s determined to help clear her name and expose the person getting past his security measures.

Suddenly out of a job, Victoria is desperate to get her life back on track. When her childhood friend Trent—funny, good-looking, and completely wrong for her—suggests they team up to catch the culprit, Victoria jumps at the chance.

As the pair sorts through suspects, their mutual attraction becomes undeniable, and they find themselves struggling to remember that they’re just friends.

Sometimes life has other plans…

Book Excerpt:

Victoria Ashwood wasn’t the type to sneak around, lie, or get caught in a compromising situation. That was why, when she found herself using her keycard to access her office at TerraDyn, she could feel her heart pounding. Her palms slicked with damp and she pressed a hand to her churning stomach. But she was still going to do this. Outside the corridor’s pane glass window, she could see the round, silver moon, and the stars flanking it. The street below remained silent and empty. No one else would be in the office this late. This was the perfect time.

Once she stepped into the room, Victoria stood for a moment until her eyes got accustomed to the darkness. She dared not switch on the light. Sweat trickled down her cheeks as she gathered her breath for her next move. The office around her remained eerily quiet. She moved forward, avoiding a collision with a desk chair. Behind her, she heard the metallic click of the door swinging open.

Someone hit the light switches.

Bright lights blinded her for a moment. She covered her eyes with one hand and when she could finally look at the other intruder, she burst out with one word. “You?”

Trent stared at her, his mouth hanging open and a flash of anger in his eyes. “Tori! You’re the one who has been stealing information from the company and selling it?

Can’t believe it! Straight-laced Victoria involved in such underhand and scandalous activity? I don’t have words to describe my heartbreak at this evidence of your treachery.”

“Shut up! Don’t try to pin it on me.” She pointed her finger at him. She’d forgotten she had her shoes dangling from the same hand. With a muttered oath, she put down her heels and slipped her feet into them again. “I’ve caught you red handed.”

My Book Review:

The 5-Year Plan is an enjoyable friends to lovers romance story that follows childhood friends Victoria and Trent as they discover their love for each other, a love that was always right in front of them.

Author Cara Nelson weaves a lighthearted tale that easily draws the reader into Victoria and Trent's story with a wonderful mixture of drama, humor, and romance.

When Victoria's 5-year plan goes awry after she loses her job, she turns to Trent for help in finding the person who leaked confidential company information that cost her job. Working closely to search for the culprit leads Victoria and Trent to discover a mutual attraction for each other, one that proves to be undeniable. Can their longtime friendship turn into a romantic relationship?

This was such a fun story to read, I really enjoyed following Victoria and Trent's discovering their love for each other. The story will keep you in stitches with the witty dialogue and humorous interactions, while the drama of the investigation and the growing realization of their romantic feelings will keep the reader turning the pages to see how it will turn out for Victoria and Trent. You can't help but cheer them on as they finally give their love a chance to grow.

The 5-Year Plan is a delightful romance story that will make you believe in friends to lovers relationships, and will leave a smile on your face.


About The Author

Cara Nelson is the author of the bestselling Men of the Capital series. Her books hit the Amazon store in the summer of 2014 and have since been enjoyed by over 50,000 readers! She is known for her bold characters, hilariously witty dialogue and touching romances.

Born and raised in South Africa, Cara now resides in Denver with her loving husband, 3 boisterous sons and 2 huge Dalmatians. She loves chocolate oranges, her family and, of course, books!

Interested in a fun, light and breezy read? Her readers recommend you start with The Billionaire's Hotline.

To find out more about Cara, head over to her website:


Contest Giveaway

Win A $10 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

Author Cara Nelson will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning.

The tour dates can be found here: 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Virtual Book Blitz Tour

Tour Schedule:

December 29: Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews
December 30: Jersey Girl Book Reviews - review
December 31: Nancy Adams
January 1: Room With Books
January 2: Romance Novel Giveaways
January 5: Bunny's Review
January 6: 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, and Sissy, Too!
January 6: Long and Short Reviews
January 7: Kaisy Daisy's Corner
January 8: Booklover Sue
January 9: A Book Addict's Delight


  1. I like the book cover

  2. Hey Kathleen and all your readers! I hope everyone had a great Christmas break :)

    Thanks for having me here today - if you have any comments on the cover, excerpt or title i'd love to hear them! :)


    1. Hi Cara! Thank you for the opportunity to host your blitz tour event. :)

  3. Definitely sounds interesting. Worth a look.

  4. loved the excerpt

  5. I liked the Excerpt!