The Man Plan: Do Age Differences Matter?



The Graysons #3
by Tracy Anne Warren
Mass Market Paperback
ISBN 9780451466143
Mass Market Paperback, ebook
Penguin/Signet | 8/5/14 |336  Pages
Publisher: Recorded Books| 8/5/14 |Narrated by: Kate Turnbull | Length:8 hrs and 7 mins

Book provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.


What’s a girl to do when the man she’s loved her entire life thinks of her as a little sister? Worse, her own big sister was the one who broke his heart years earlier. For Ivy Grayson, the chance to get him to see her in a different light comes when she receives an unexpected invitation to move into his luxury New York apartment building. Manhattan also just happens to be the perfect place to pursue her wish to become a successful artist. But how many dreams can one woman expect to come true?

Billionaire financier James Jordon has everything a man could want–except love. When Ivy’s family asks him to keep an eye on their “little girl” in the big city, he agrees. But the innocent girl he knew is now a dynamic woman who knows what she wants, and how to get it. He may have promised himself to keep things platonic, but ignoring the game of love isn’t an option. Especially when Ivy is so eager to play.

square "my take"

I liked this book — I wasn’t totally obsessed with it but it was pleasant and had some meaningful interest outside the bedroom.  The relationship develops slowly with one or the other getting angry because of miscommunication or misunderstanding, and later in the story one or the other acting with maturity.
This book is very much about growing up; maturing a crush into love by maturing one’s self.

Ivy is an artist who leaves her  last year of college to paint. In wanting to do it without her connections she ends up learning that very often coincidence makes a career even when talent is present.   The family connections are very close and quite pleasant in an ideal family way.

The sex is not terribly graphic. Warren takes us through it but we’re left to connect the dots. I have a lot of friends who like a lot left to the imagination.

Another big theme is a rather large age difference of  fifteen years, compounded with James having been left at the altar by Ivy’s sister. He’s been dating women he doesn’t even really like, and she hasn;t been dating at all because  she has such a crush on him.  James never feels like a man of 35; in some ways Ivy feels more emotionally centered than he does.

The age and former relationship (Ivy was his former fiancee’s sister) seem pretty insurmountable and I still felt them as a problem at the end. I felt the fifteen year gap was pretty big, and the experiential gap would be a huge gulf. What do you think? Does age matter? What about that relationship?

For holiday romance, there’s some but you won;t drown in carolers and eggnog. It is romantic though.

I liked the book much more than I thought I would and I would recommend it as a light-hearted and slightly heated read.


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