The Rules Regarding Gray by Elizabeth Finn
on September 15th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Gracelynn is drowning in an existence that fails to fulfill her. A ballerina by trade, she’s devoted her life to the stage, sacrificing adventure for discipline. When her boyfriend gives her permission to want what she’s not supposed to want, can she walk away? Or will she leap?
Jasper isn’t a man with many boundaries, and “sharing” a woman with his best friend is hardly a new endeavor. But the moment he meets Gracelynn he realizes she’s different. She leaves him feeling alive in a way he’s not used to, and for the first time in his life, he understands what it means to be wanted… Cherished… And he needs more…
But there are rules—rules that forbid Jasper from truly having her. As forbidden desire spirals out of control, Jasper has to decide if he’s willing to fight for something that doesn’t truly belong to him. His best friend doesn’t deserve her, but is Jasper strong enough to believe he does?
I went into this book prepared to hate it and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.
I have previously read other books by Elizabeth Finn and I really enjoyed them. I was curious to see if she could make me like the story in spite of having two no-go factors for me. First off, it is set as a kind of love triangle, which in general I don’t like. All the going back and forth “I don’t know whom to choose” crap drives me crazy. Second, the boyfriend freely shares the h with his best friend. One of the girls calls this ménage for fun and I’m not down with that; give me a committed permanent ménage story any day of the week.
Anyway, I must admit that there were a few times when I would have clocked Gray, our h, in the head if she were standing next to me. Her reasoning at times bordered on TSTL, but Jas, the real H, had a few similar moments.
Gray’s boyfriend, who will be referred to as “The Douche” from now on, was an incredible piece of shit. I still don’t understand what on earth Gray was doing with him. But I guess he was the one to introduce her and Jas…so I’ll let it slide. Regardless of the general situation, Gray and Jas’s developing relationship and their growing feelings for each other make up for all the other stuff.
It is very well written and super engaging. If I could have, I would have taken a sick day at work to finish it in one go. So I’m very pleased to say I’m now officially a fan of Ms. Finn (no, really, I just started following her on Fb), and I will read anything she publishes.
5 Slightly Exasperating, Hot, Sweet, and Emotional Ride Stars
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