Monday, May 9, 2016

The Rule Book by Jennifer Blackwood

Title: The Rule Book
Author: Jennifer Blackwood
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: -
Main Characters: Brogan and Lainey
Release Date: May 2016
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:
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
My Review:
This was a really fun and entertaining read. 

Lainey is starting her first real job in the adult workforce after earning her Master's degree and she quickly finds out that the real corporate world isn't like how it is on TV shows and in her romance novels. Although her boss is sexy as all get-out and is VERY lust-inducing, his list of rules and total black and white world doesn't allow for much in the way of leeway for this girl who's just trying to find her way in this new corporate jungle. 

Unfortunately, she has to fight through snotty, backstabbing co-workers, a boss who runs hot and cold, and a dog and an elevator that both seem to have it out for her. To complicate things, home life isn't easy for Lainey either. Her mother is three hours away and fighting for her life with chemotherapy...somethings that's exhausting her mother and Lainey's bank account since she's the sole provider for the family now that her mom is sick.

And if that all isn't bad enough, Lainey is fighting some serious chemistry with Brogan. And that's part of his rules...they are NOT allowed to fraternize, regardless of the fact he owns the company. He won't break his rules...they're there for a reason.

I really did like this book. Lainey has this ideal of what a single girl working a corporate job in the city should look like. Her life is NOTHING like that and that's a bit of a disappointment. I felt so bad for her. Her job is already tough enough, but then throw in the fact that she's virtually penniless because she's trying to pay off her mom's medical bills. I loved her for that, even when I wanted to hug her and loan her a few hundred bucks to replace her gorgeous cashmere pieces that keep getting shredded. 

While I understood to a certain extent why Brogan was the way he was, I wish there had been a bit more from him and his back story so I could relate better to him. He's a hard guy...he's so strict in what he believes and that's served him well in building a very successful company at such a young age, but gah...the guy needs to learn to be a *bit* more flexible. I won't post any spoilers, but I did like where the two of them finally ended up, even if it was really, really difficult getting there. 

The book was extremely fun and entertaining to read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and definitely recommend it. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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