Review: The Rule Book by Jennifer Blackwood

29478744The Rule Book
Series: The Rule Breakers, #1
Author: Jennifer Blackwood
Publication Date: May 9, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

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


The Rule Book is one of those e-books I picked up because it was on sale for $0.99 and the blurb was so dang cute. It sounded like a fun take on the office romance trope, and it totally was!

In The Rule Book, Lainey is starting her social media career at Starr Media and learning the ropes of her new workplace. It’s a tough task when she has an awful co-worker and a boss who is dedicated to making sure his employees follow his rules. Lainey’s determined to play by the rules and keep her job, but it’s easier said than done when her boss is the sexiest man she’s ever met.

There were so many things to love about The Rule Book. It was one of those cute slow burn romances filled with witty writing and interesting characters. Normally I like my romances to have dual points of view, but I actually loved that The Rule Book was told from just Lainey’s perspective. She had such a hilarious inner dialog, and I loved the way she expressed herself to everyone — especially Brogan. The way she came undone around him made me smile so much! I adored the way their relationship unfolded. The whole story was just so cute!

Another thing I enjoyed about The Rule Book was the setting. Being a Western Washington native, I love when a book is set in Seattle. I could envision Lainey’s surroundings perfectly, and imagine her running around the city.

The only thing The Rule Book was missing for me was a strong sex scene. It’s not that I think all romances need to have them, but I felt like this one did. There was such a build up to Lainey and Brogan acting on their attraction that it was a let down to miss this major event in their romance.

I truly enjoyed reading The Rule Book. It’s cute, funny, and subtly sexy. I would recommend it to readers looking for the perfect gateway book between young adult and new adult contemporary romance.

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