Book Review: The Half Baked Plan by Becca Jackson

The Half Baked Plan

Author: Becca Jackson
Series: Love in No Man’s Land, book 2
Publisher: Independent (April 19, 2023)
Kindle edition, 230 pages
Romance, Adult Contemporary M/M Romance



Fire took out my business, my apartment and almost my life a few weeks back, and now I’m living in my best friend’s house while I rebuild, and he travels the world. He found his perfect match and now It’s time I found mine.

After years on my own, I want a family, but I have zero hope in finding my match while I’m still completely crushing on the hottest builder in the world, and to make matters worse, he’s now my roommate.

I thought sharing a house with Carter would help me get over him. I’d see why he’s never had a boyfriend, or anyone worth bringing around town. I’d discover all of his faults up close and squash the perfect god-like image I’ve cemented in my mind all these years.

Problem is, no matter what annoying habits I jot down on my list, the more time I spend with him the more I’m convinced Carter is everything I will ever need. Now I just have to figure out a way to tell him.


With Michael traveling the world, it’s just Lucas and me in his house while we rebuild the café, bakery, and apartment. I’m happy for Michael. I really am, but seeing another friend get their happy beginning shines a light again on the fact that I might never get mine.

I’m sick of being everyone’s best friend, yet no one’s boyfriend. I want my happy beginning too. I want someone to pick me. To want me. To love me.

So I do what any single guy would do, I sign up for speed dating. Blind dates suck but I’m never going to find the one if I don’t start putting myself out there.

The problem is, the more time I spend living with Lucas the more I realize, I don’t want any of these random hookups. I want the sweetest guy I’ve ever met. The one who bakes me cookies to make me smile. So now I have to figure out a way to show him I can be an awesome boyfriend. I can be his happy beginning if he will just give me a chance out of the friend zone.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

I just LOVE this friend group. They’re a bunch of folks in this small town who play trivia (team name: the Crystal Queers). I just love them ALL so much, and would like all of their happy ever after stories please. 🙂

In book one of this series (Textual Connections), Lucas and Carter clearly have some chemistry going on, so I was sure this second book would be about them. And lucky me, it is!! They’re friends who have recently become roommates due to circumstances – so this one is friends to lovers AND roommates to lovers! I love the chemistry between these two – they’re so sweet to each other, even when they’re “just” friends.

The vibe is a sweet and funny, light-hearted and low angst small town romance, and it’s told from a dual POV.

This is the second book in the Love in No Man’s Land series, and can be read as a stand-alone. There are some spoilers for book one, but not really any more than just reading the back cover blurb for this book would be. I am already VERY eagerly awaiting book three, Whiskey Business!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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