posted on June 15, 2020 by Rebecca Brooks

When Plans Fall Through

by Rebecca Brooks

In my new release Wrong Bed, Right Brother, my hero Noah Miller is a Type A, pen-in-hand, map-the-course, Total Planaholic. Raise your hand if you can relate. (Me. It’s my hand that’s waving wildly in the air.)

Noah is a running coach full of discipline and drive. He’s completely focused on accomplishing his goals. He maps each race before he runs it. He plans every move in advance. Keep putting one foot in front of the other, he says, and you’ll eventually get to the finish.

(If this all sounds way too upright, just remember that as a running coach, he also has the abs, biceps, calf muscles, and fitted running shorts that go with the job. ;))

Noah starts the book off with the rest of his future mapped out. Having just gotten through a devastating breakup, he’s going to quit his coaching business, move from NYC to L.A., get a desk job with a salary and benefits, and restart his life.

What’s absolutely NOT in the plan is waking up to his brother’s best friend Amanda Perkins climbing into bed with him in the dark and discovering that the hottest make out session of his life is with a woman he doesn’t even like.


Amanda thought she was climbing into bed with Noah’s twin brother Luke, the guy she’s been crushing on for years. Finally getting into bed with him is even better than she’d let herself imagine… until the lights come on and she realizes the sparks have been flying with Luke’s no-fun twin brother, Noah.

It’s embarrassing. It’s awkward. The two of them swear never to tell anyone. There’s no question that it’s NEVER going to happen again.

Until the next time, up against a barn door. And the next time, in a conference room…

Before long, Noah and Amanda can’t deny that their chemistry is real. And it’s not just physical attraction. What started as an accidental hook-up is turning into a whole lot more.

But the clock is still ticking down on Noah’s move to L.A. And Amanda has her own life in New York. She’s a video game designer with big family responsibilities. She’s not looking for a capital-R Relationship with Noah, especially not something long distance. Double-especially not something that’s grown so serious so soon.

This whole falling-in-love business isn’t supposed to happen at all.

But life has a way of not going to plan, doesn’t it? Sometimes those upsets derail us in difficult ways—a job that falls through, a loved one we lose, a global pandemic that keeps us all at home. But there can be silver linings, too, and ways that closed doors open windows we’d never even looked through before. New opportunities, new relationships, new ways of being together.

I always learn something from my characters, and from Noah and Amanda I learned how to be more open to change, and to listen to what my heart is saying instead of telling it to be quiet and stick with the plan. I love seeing Amanda and Noah’s happily ever after and knowing how glad they are to have taken a risk on each other and jumped into the unknown together.

Next time I’m dealing with an unexpected change, I’m going to remind myself to think of them and smile.

Have you ever looked back on something didn’t go at according to plan and been glad with how it all worked out? One person who answers in the comment section will win a digital copy of Wrong Bed, Right Roommate (Accidental Love Book 1)

Rebecca Brooks

Rebecca Brooks

Rebecca Brooks lives in New York City in an apartment filled with books. She received a PhD in English but decided it was more fun to write books than write about them. She has backpacked alone through India and Brazil, traveled by cargo boat down the Amazon River, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, explored ice caves in Peru, trekked to the source of the Ganges, and sunbathed in Burma, but she always likes coming home to a cold beer and her hot husband in the Bronx. She likes outdoorsy guys with both muscle and heart and independent women ready to try something new.

7 thoughts on “When Plans Fall Through”

  1. Avatar Jessica Whitacre says:

    Yes, sometimes things don’t go as planned but it is part of a bigger plan to work out for our good.

    1. That’s a good way to think of it! Trusting things will work out in the end 🙂

  2. Avatar bn100 says:

    not really

  3. Avatar flchen1 says:

    I ended up switching majors kind of last minute in college, but that ended up working out in the long run! It was kind of painful at the time though 😉

    1. Avatar Rebecca Brooks says:

      I’ve definitely been in that kind of position! I’m glad it worked out even though it was hard to go through 🙂

      1. Avatar flchen1 says:

        Thanks, and yes, even years later I remember what a mess it was, Rebecca, LOL! Glad your situation worked out as well!

        1. Avatar Rebecca Brooks says:

          It’s funny how these things stay with us, even when we know it’s in the past!

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