The Rule Book by Jennifer Blackwood
Series: The Rule Breakers #1
Published by Entangled Publishing on May 9th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Starr Media Second-Assistant Survival Guide
1. Don't call your hot boss the antichrist to his face. 2. Don't stare at hot boss's, um, package or his full sleeve of tattoos. (No. Really. Stop!) 3. Don't get on the malicious first assistant's bad side.4. Don't forget to memorize the 300-page employee manual.5. If you value your cashmere, steer clear of boss’s dog.6. Boss’s dimples are lust-inducing. Do. Not. Give. In. 7. “The elevator ate your clothes” is not a valid excuse for showing up to important meetings half dressed. 8. Don't break seven of the rules within the first week of employment if you, ya know, are in dire need of money to support your sick mom.9. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the boss. See rule eight about sick mom.10. Never forget the rules.
Laney just landed the job of her dreams… ok, so maybe second assistant to the boss is not her dream job but it is in her field and it has the possibility of letting her work her way up to her dream job. That is, as long as she can keep up and not break one of the hundreds of mostly absurd rules they have at the company. Of course while not in the rule book, calling your boss the Antichrist to his face is still a big no-no. Between ridiculous rules, a co-worker who can’t wait to get rid of her and the hottest boss in the history of mankind Laney is not doing so well. Her sick mom back at home is not making things simple for her either.
Now Brogan is an uptight, tattooed bad boy and soon neither he nor Laney can keep fighting their attraction and rules start to get broken.
I really liked Laney. I’d go as far as saying if she were a real person I’d admire the fuck out of her, she was upbeat, kind, caring and could focus on the positive in almost every circumstance. She was also very loyal and honorable, so she was totally a girl I could get behind of.
Brogan at first came off as the aloof, hot guy with a hidden playful side. And well, he was, but he was also closed up tighter than a freaking fort. His inability to trust Laney and the way he reacted to situations took a couple of stars out of my eyes for him.
When the shit finally hits the fan, Brogan acts like such an asshole that I wanted to throat punch him. I also think he should have grovelled a lot more. But Laney, true to her character, is too good to make him suffer that much.
I think I would have connected to Brogan a bit better if we had been given some of his PoV. He could be very sweet and when he was open with Laney I could glimpse great possibilities, I just would’ve loved a bit more.
While it had great banter and some hot kisses, this was a “fade-to-black” and “morning-after” type romance. It takes them forever to finally get to some action. While it didn’t drag, it did feel it took them a bit too long for their relationship to start which took a tiny bit of the fun out of it.
Sparkles’ Rating: 3.5 “let’s throw the rule book out the window” Stars
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