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Rules of the Game

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

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    When I first started reading this book, I wasn't really into to

    When I first started reading this book, I wasn't really into to it. In my mind I was thinking Rules of the Game was a cute read and didn't expect much more out of it. I thought maybe judging by the book's synopsis it would be a predictable read, and I would guess everything that was going to happen. Let me just say, holy crap was I wrong. This story was fabulous, and when I wasn't reading this book, I couldn't help but wonder what was going to transpire, and craved time to jump back into the story. Having a busy life is a dreadful thing when a great unfolding plot is calling your name.

    The thing I enjoyed most about this novel is the way the story unravels; or rather the way Maddie's life unravels. As you are reading this story everything that occurs takes you completely by surprise. I was mind blown when Maddie's skeletons leaped out of her closet to dance the night away with her at her high-school reunion. I literally had my mouth hanging wide open reading, as Maddie’s secrets are revealed in front of the very people she was trying to impress.

    The romance between Scott and Maddie isn't some intense romance with two people falling head over heels in love; you need to walk into this story very clear of that. Scott and Maddie's "relationship" is in the background of the story itself, adding-to but never taking away from the plot. This novel is more about Maddie and her life, and the things that have happened in her life. Scott, seriously ladies is the definition of the words great guy. Scott is willing to stand by Maddie's side through everything she is going through. Scott is ready to battle against all of Maddie's "demons", but Maddie can't seem to stop pushing Scott away.

    I really enjoyed watching Scott's character develop from some guy Maddie picks up at a bar; to this magnificent guy I want to meet (if I wasn't happily married of course). Scott is no angel in this novel he has secrets of his own, although they don’t really compare the crap storm that is Maddie’s life. I would of liked to know more about Scott’s character; you get a small glimpse into his life and it kind of fades under the spotlight of Maddie.

    Ah and now for the recommendation. I recommend this book to reader, but it is for adult readers only. Happy Reading!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Good book

    Enjoyed the book. Fast paced and kept me interested. Being a Hoosier, didn't care so much for the portrayal of Indiana. Was surprised to see the author was also an Indiana resident.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2012

    I'm not really sure what I expected when I got this book, but ho

    I'm not really sure what I expected when I got this book, but how the story actually developed surprised me a bit. I thought it was going to be a light hearted love story, but it turned out that the story went deeper than that. It is a love story, but Maddie's past plays a bit part in how the story develops.


    I loved that Maddie had an alter ego. Her writing allowed her to open a part of herself that I think she suppressed. The real Maddie was vulnerable and a bit insecure at times. The writer was less inhibited. I liked the combination of both personalities. I think Scott helped her open up a bit more too. Maddie had a major trauma as a teenager and she needed someone like Scott to help her heal. The relationship they developed was mature and loving. I liked that they took time to get to know each other before jumping into the physical connection that they clearly had.


    Overall, I really enjoyed the story. I think this a good contemporary romance for the summer. If you're looking for a romance that has a bit of a deeper story, this is a great pick for you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2013

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    Reviewed by: JoAnne Book provided by: Author Review originally p

    Reviewed by: JoAnne
    Book provided by: Author
    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book




    Rules of the Game was an unexpectedly quick read that kept me interested from beginning to end. So much so that I read it straight through in one sitting.




    Rules of the Game had tears, laughter, heartache, tension, family and friends along with lots of romance and ultimately love. There were so many surprising twists and turns to the story that I didn’t see coming but added multiple layers to the storyline. The chemistry between Maddie and Scott was so hot it burned the pages and the sheets. Maddie was so hard to read at times since she had so much baggage from her past that she carried with her that she had never worked through. Once Maddie let go of her prejudices and fears she was a different person and Scott’s calming influence gave her the comfort and balance she needed. Scott always seemed to “get” her and always knew when Maddie needed him by her side or needed his strength. The happily ever after gave closure but also let their love shine through.




    James is a new to me author but this won’t be the only book of hers I read. I will definitely be adding her other contemporary romance novels to my TBR pile.




    Favorite Quote: “Look, if a big ox like me can learn to dance, someone as graceful as you should have no trouble at all?”
    “Graceful? You think I’m graceful?”
    His smile always made my heart skip a beat. “Most of the time. Not so much when you’ve had a few beers.”
    He leaned in to kiss my cheek. “Trust me on this, okay? Let me do this for you, Maddie.”

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