Monday, January 16, 2017

The Rule Maker by Jennifer Blackwood

Title: The Rule Maker
Author: Jennifer Blackwood
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Rule Breakers #2
Main Characters: Ryder and Zoey
Release Date: January 2017
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Ten Steps to Surviving a New Job:

1. Don’t sleep with the client. It’ll get you fired. (Sounds easy enough.)
2. Don’t blink when new client turns out to be former one-night stand.

3. Don’t call same client a jerk for never texting you back.

4. Don’t believe client when he says he really, really wanted to call.

5. Remember, the client is always right—so you can’t junk punch him when he demands new design after new design.

6. Ignore accelerated heartbeat every time sexy client walks into room.

7. Definitely ignore client’s large hands. They just mean he wears big gloves.

8. Don’t let client’s charm wear you down. Be strong.

9. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the client. You’ll lose more than your job—maybe even your heart.

10. If all else fails, see rule number one again.

My Review:
This book starts out in the worn out, worn down 70's style era lodge that Zoey has been hired to re-do. I have to admit, much from the 70's, especially the decor, gives me hives. But I loved those really tacky visuals to start out the book. It gave this lodge it's own quirky personality in the story. 

The book switches pov's between Ryder and Zoey, but Zoey's head is the funniest, snarkiest place to live. That's where this author's humor really comes through. Zoey is totally deprecating and I love her for it. She spent a single night with Ryder, but learned her lesson when he disappeared in the middle of the night. The sex may have been phenomenal, but she has more self-respect than to put herself in that place again.

But as the two work together on the lodge, Ryder begins to think he made a mistake with Zoey. Already after their single night, he's thought about her way more than anyone else he's ever slept with, but as they work together that gets worse. He wants more, but she won't even consider it. Even if he hadn't completely blown her off the last time they slept together, but now there's the addition of the fact that he's a client. To Zoey, her job is everything. She won't do anything to risk that. 

There were lots of little details that made this book a great read. Like I already said, I liked the tacky charm of the lodge. Also having a pro snowboarding hero was a different twist that I liked. It was interesting watching Ryder going through the recuperating of a broken leg and all the uncertainty that brought to his career. I also was really intrigued by Ryder's brother. I imagine it would be tough, but omg, I'd love to see Jason find his happily ever after, too. Zoey cracked me up...the kitchen fiasco was the best.

This was a fun book that was all about the entertainment value. Like the first in the series, I enjoyed it...a lot. I like this author's sense of humor and her dry wit that comes through on pretty much every interaction in the book. It made for a fun, uplifting read.

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

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