Blog Tour Review: The Rule Maker by Jennifer Blackwood

The Rule Maker

by Jennifer Blackwood
The Rule Breakers #2
Publication Date: January 16, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Embrace, Contemporary Romance


Synopsis: 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.



Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

It’s not often that one finds the second book in a series to be better than the first. Normally, the first is so good it outshines the rest of a series. This was not so with The Rule Maker. While I really enjoyed its predecessor, The Rule Book, I loved The Rule Maker even more.

In The Rule Maker, Zoey is disturbed when she’s forced to work with the one man she never wanted to lay eyes on again. Ryder is the brother of her current client…and the man who disappeared after an amazing night of sex.

What made The Rule Maker so much fun were the main characters. Zoey and Ryder were a hoot. There was a great post-hook up awkwardness to them that made everything uncomfortable between the two. That uncomfortable awkwardness made the story so funny. I loved how they pushed at each other and tried to avoid dealing with their feelings. They had such a cute and sexy connection.

Speaking of sexy…Ms. Blackwood upped the sexiness in this one. There was a definitely a sensuality the first book was lacking. I liked that it went a little further. I felt it was appropriate for the nature of Zoey and Ryder’s relationship and past.

I also enjoyed seeing a little bit of Lainey and Brogan. It was fun to see their relationship from Zoey and Ryder’s perspectives. I loved knowing where they were in their relationship.

The Rule Maker was such a fun read. Contemporary romance fans will definitely love the humor and romance. I’m really, really hoping this series continues. I want a story for Ryder’s brother, Jason. There is so much potential for his character and I would love to see him get a happy ending. Oh, and I can’t leave out the fact that I adore this cover. The pink adds a sexiness in a way I never imagined it could.


The Rule Book

by Jennifer Blackwood
The Rule Breakers #1
Publication Date: May 9, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Embrace, Contemporary Romance


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.


Jennifer Blackwood is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and poorly behaved black lab puppy. When not chasing after her toddler, you can find her binging on episodes of Gilmore Girls and Supernatural, and locking herself in her office to write.

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14 thoughts on “Blog Tour Review: The Rule Maker by Jennifer Blackwood”

  1. I remember now that after I read your review of the first book I wanted to read it, but the wait at the library was forever long and I ended up cancelling my hold to get something else that I could get sooner. I’m definitely going to be checking this series out, though!

    1. The first book might be on sale right now since this one just came out. Might be worth checking to see if it is. I think I remember seeing it for $.99.

      1. The nook book is $3.99 right now. I checked back at the library and the hold list isn’t nearly as long as it was before so I’ll probably try the first book there and then buy the second if I like it.

        1. That’s a great plan! You might check NetGalley for the second book. You might still be able to request it.

  2. I haven’t read these, but they sound so good! Definitely seem like they would be good books to pick up if you need a laugh! Glad you enjoyed them both!

    1. I think you might enjoy this series. It’s NA, but not a ton of sexy times. It’s definitely filled with humor. 😉

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