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Review: A Cunning Plan by Astrid Arditi [Blog Tour]

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Review: A Cunning Plan by Astrid Arditi [Blog Tour]

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A Cunning Plan

Review: A Cunning Plan by Astrid Arditi [Blog Tour]
by Astrid Arditi
Series: Sloane Harper #1
Also in this series: A Cunning Heist
Published by Crooked Cat Publishing
on May 6th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Suspense
Pages: 257
Format: e-book
Source: Blog Tour
Purchase: Amazon |B&N |Kobo |iTunes |Amazon UK
Rating: 4 Stars



Determined to put her family back together, Sloane Harper stalks her ex husband and his annoyingly stunning mistress, Kate Stappleton. But she’s not the only one.

Handsome IRS agent Ethan Cunning is surveying Kate too, but for entirely different reasons. He is attempting to nail Kate’s playboy boss.

Ethan and Sloane decide to help each other, which sends Sloane’s wobbly life spinning out of control. She’ll have to face danger, humiliation, and – scariest of all – the dating scene, to lure her daughters’ father home.

Losing control was the best thing to happen to Sloane…until it turned lethal.

Romance smart and funny Suspense

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She was funny, charming, sweet, and just a bit crazy.

I mean, stalking your ex’s new squeeze may sound serious, but trust me she wasn’t psycho. She was just insecure and thought with all her heart that she could win over her husband again. With two girls to take care of and just a little bit, or should I say, a lot of free time to herself, she had no choice but to stalk. The reader catches on that she is well to do. It’s all a little upper class shenanigans, but I felt that she had true problems.

I hated her ex.

It was obvious he was using her to pump up his nasty ego. Parading his relationship with his girlfriend in front of her and waltzing into Sloane’s house whenever he wanted. That really pissed me off. At both Sloane and her ex husband. She allowed it and he took advantage of it. The term desperate comes up a bit in this story when referring to Sloane and it might have actually been true. I sided with Sloane, even when at times I wanted to shake some sense into her.

In comes the intrigue and suspense!

Ethan! A sexy mysterious agent who sees Sloane as a way to help his investigation. At times a bit jerky, and I did question the romantic aspect of their relationship. It was a bit hate/love (Lot’s of hate on Sloane’s end with a bit of underlying attraction). So it wasn’t a cutesy love story. But their interactions with each other was funny and edgy.

Sloane ends up using her stalker abilities for a more serious situation and it was really fun to read.

This was a new-to-me author. But let me say that I tremendously enjoyed her storytelling and dialogue. I love stories that make me laugh and make me feel for the lead character. Sloane was kooky but had real life problems. She did grow as a character and finally comes to her senses. I can’t wait for more Sloane!


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So far, I have spent more than ten hours this week parked on the exact same street, in front of the exact same building, staking out my husband’s mistress. To be exact, Tom was my ex-husband now, but I was pretty sure he was still my husband when Katherine Stappleton started screwing him.

A sideways glance confirmed Claudia’s eyelids had finally closed, and I sighed in relief. If I had to listen to one more minute of heavy metal, I would hurl myself or my housekeeper extraordinaire out of the car window.

I shot my hand toward the Mini Austin’s radio. But just as the angry voices faded in favor of a monotonous radio show, Claudia’s hand lashed out and slapped my wrist away.

“Go back. I love that song.”

“But I don’t understand Polish,” I said with a pout.

“It’s music, you don’t need to understand it,” she countered, her eyes still closed.

My teeth hurt from the loud screeching she called music. I considered looking for Magic FM again, but Claudia read my mind first. She snapped open one fierce blue eye.

“Don’t,” she warned.

Heavy metal music wasn’t nearly bad enough to risk incurring Claudia’s wrath and chancing her leaving. Listening to any kind of music with her definitely beat sitting in the car alone.

I gave a last, longing stare at the radio then turned my attention to the dashboard’s digital clock. It was 3:43 p.m. according to the flashing orange numbers. Sighing, I thought again of how much time I’d spent here.

The details of my husband’s ‘infidelity’ mattered; they changed the way one perceived things. On one side, you had my ex’s new girlfriend, and on the other, the tramp who stole my husband. Doesn’t have the same ring to it, right?

The same way if you asked Katherine Stappleton, she might have described my endeavor as ‘stalking’ rather than ‘staking out’. If she knew I was hiding in front of her work place, that is, and I was extremely careful not be noticed. Plus, I never left the car or followed her home – the definition of stalking. Legally speaking, I was in the clear. I’d checked on Yahoo Answers.

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About Astrid Arditi

If Astrid Arditi could have one magical power, it would be to create time—to write, to enjoy her children, to unpack (she’s moved five times in four years), to sleep in, to learn how to cook, and to hit the gym. Or at least, to locate the one nearest her.

While waiting for her magic powers to manifest, she reads, eats way too many cakes, daydream, and thanks her lucky stars for her whirlwind, wonderful life.

Born and raised in Paris, Arditi recently moved to Brooklyn where she lives with her husband and two young children. A Cunning Heist is the second novel in the Sloane Harper series.


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Sounds like a fun read where anything can happen when you least expect it! Thanks for sharing!

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Thanks so much for hosting. Looks good.


I enjoyed the review and the excerpt! This sounds like a great read, thanks for sharing!! 🙂

chaotickarma23 recently posted: Hello world!

Really great post – I’ve enjoyed following the tour for A Cunning Plan and loved reading all the excerpts and reviews along the way. Thanks for sharing 🙂

Astrid Arditi

Thank you so much for your kind review! 🙂

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You’re welcome! I really enjoyed the story. Can’t wait for more 🙂 ~Aleen

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I really enjoyed reading the excerpt, thank you!

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