Rules of Entanglement, by Gina L. Maxwell is a 281-page contemporary romance novel and is the second book out of a 4-book series. I will be reading all 4 so expect to see lots of back to back from this author. It is written from a third-person POV, two-sided.
Spoilers Ahead ***
Once upon a time a lawyer with seven rules broke them all for one man…
Vanessa has worked hard to get to where she is in life. She escaped a mother who loved drugs more than her own children, she left her sister, Kat, behind…now, don’t take this to mean that she doesn’t love her sister or doesn’t care for her. When Vanessa left, her sister was starting high school, so she thought she was safe. But because of how she grew up she created seven rules, all of these rules were about maintaining control of her life. Rules like, don’t fall in love.
Jackson (“Jax”), an MMA fighter, was tasked to pick up his sister’s, Lucie, best friend, Vanessa. He lives the “island lifestyle” so you can expect him to be on time, right? Right. He was an hour late picking her up from the airport. The whole book is him fighting (get it, because he’s an MMA fighter?) against her seven rules. Unbeknownst to him he does break them all and when he learns about them and why they’re so important to her he creates his own set of seven rules countering hers. His aren’t about maintaining control, but are about being open for love.
Overall, I found the characters likeable.
Generally, here are my thoughts
- I really like the author’s pacing and flow in this book. The scenes flow together naturally, I don’t recall experiencing any awkward moments with the writing, even when the characters were weird with each other
- The author’s style of writing sucks you in, especially in the romantic scenes so their attraction to each other is palpable
- I really, really like this author. The more I read her, the more I want her to write something else on other characters in the book. She has a way of writing side characters in a way where you’re just thinking, “YES give them a love story!”
- The ending was nicely wrapped up. The book does read as a standalone, so you don’t have to read the others
In summary, I give this a 4 out of 5.
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