Rule's Addiction

Rule's Addiction

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by Lynda Chance
Maria Alvarez is her own woman and always has been. She�s more than capable of taking care of herself, so when Garrett Rule storms into her life with inflexible demands and an agenda of his own, she has no choice but to fight back.
Garrett Rule has no room in his life for conniving women. When he finds himself inconveniently obsessed with Maria Alvarez, the most


Maria Alvarez is her own woman and always has been. She�s more than capable of taking care of herself, so when Garrett Rule storms into her life with inflexible demands and an agenda of his own, she has no choice but to fight back.
Garrett Rule has no room in his life for conniving women. When he finds himself inconveniently obsessed with Maria Alvarez, the most conspiring woman of them all, he doesn�t know which is stronger, his need to punish her or the need he feels to have her under his complete sexual control. Luckily for him, he doesn�t plan on choosing; he�ll take both.
EXCERPT: About to round the corner of the landing leading to the fourth floor, Maria�s nerves jolted when she heard the sound of the door above her opening and then closing with the loud, echoing slam of steel against steel.
She came to an abrupt halt and listened, knowing for a fact that someone was in the stairwell above her, just out of her sight.
The only sound she heard was her heart beating loudly in her ears, but she knew she wasn�t alone.
If she took two steps forward she�d be able to look up and see whoever was there. Two steps back might give her time to escape.
Unable to slow the raging pulse that was telling her that Garrett had found her, she took two steps backwards toward the wall, preparing to turn and run down, her stiletto heels clicking loudly against the bare concrete.
She never had a chance.
He sprinted down the half flight of stairs before she could even grab the railing that would balance her on the way down.
Freaking stilettos. Why had her vanity made her wear them?
His hands reached out and he caught her, dragging her backwards, and she found her back against the wall in the corner of the landing before she could even blink.
Breathing unsteadily, she looked up into the eyes of a madman as she fought for oxygen.
�What do you think you�re doing?� he raged, indomitable fury in every line of his body.
Breathe, Maria. Just take one breath and then let it out. For some reason, she had no idea why, it never occurred to her to lie to him. �Avoiding you.�
The look on his face seemed to say that he wanted nothing more than to shake her, but he didn�t. His fingers bit into the flesh of her upper arms, and his brows came down in a thunderous scowl of rage that was not scaring her. If she could just remember to breathe, then maybe she could convince herself of that truth.
He looked down at her, his height and breadth dominating her where she stood, as a small buzzing in the back of her brain told her that it probably wasn�t wise to take on a guy who was at least a foot taller and probably outweighed her by a hundred pounds of pure muscle. And that was without considering the aggressive river of testosterone that seemed to be flowing through his bloodstream at the moment.
Her eyes stayed glued to his, and as he moved several inches closer, her chin lifted and her neck arched at an uncomfortable angle to keep him in her sights as he loomed closer. All the while her heart was beating so rapidly that her head was spinning, and she was sucking in oxygen so quickly that she was beginning to hyperventilate.
�The stairwell, Maria?� he questioned in a yell, biting the words out.
�What . . . what?� she asked, confusion setting in.
Lines of ice-cold fury bracketed his mouth. �Do you not have a clue? Do you not have a single working brain cell in that head of yours?�
She jerked her head back, not caring for that question one freaking bit. She felt her blood pressure rise as her eyes narrowed, a returning anger filling her bloodstream. �Watch it, Mr. Rule. You�re beginning to make me mad.�
He leaned into her another intimidating inch. �I don't really care.�
�I promise, making me angry wouldn't be a good thing,� she challenged, ignoring the warning bells in her head.
A yellow spiral of heat began blending with the brown of his irises, surrounding the growing black circle of his pupils, telling of his own anger. �Yeah? We�ll get back to that in a minute,� he stated, as if her own anger was no more irritating than a fly buzzing around. �Why would you take the stairway?�
�Why . . . why shouldn�t I?�
He rolled his eyes heavenward and then looked back down. �Do you not give a crap about your own safety?�
�You think I�m going to trip and fall?� she asked sarcastically, beginning to get a glimmer as to where he was really going with this.
He hissed through gritted teeth, �You�re going to get assaulted, that�s what I think.�
�You think it�s dangerous in here?� she snapped, seeing no threat except the one standing in front of her.
One brawny hand released her arm and moved unerringly, forcibly, to the hem of her dress. �I don�t know, what do you think?� Without so much as a pause, he pushed the skirt of her dress up, out of his way, and seized her with his hand.

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Lynda Chance Books
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The House of Rule , #3
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Lynda Chance lives in Galveston County, Texas with her husband. They have two grown children who live in the Dallas area. When she's not writing, she's reading, although she should be cleaning.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms Chance certainly RULES! Ahem, THAT scene...? Pure class, like only she can do.  This is book 3 in the House of Rule series, all of which can be read as standalones. However, as they all take place concurrently and there are brief references to/appearances from the leads from the other tales in each book, it's best to read them in order for maximum enjoyment. And enjoyment is a total understatement.  In this tale, we meet Maria Alvarez - feisty, loyal, independent, proud and hard-working, who just happens to hate nepotism and a certain Garrrett Rule, who's bought the hotel she's worked at since her teens, and is now her new, unwanted boss. There was a brief glimpse of her temper in Rule's Property, and from those few lines, I knew there'd be sparks in this book, but I wasn't expecting the sexual fireworks and battle-of-the-sexes dialogue, or the scene where...he gives her a choice that really leaves her with no choice, and then proceeds to plough through every last one of her defences. Talk about a sexy, confident alpha male who's not scared about going after the woman he wants, because, after all, he's given her fair warning, and all's fair in love, lust and hate, right?  I loved that Maria was confident enough to stand up to Garrett, yet when she realised that she wanted him as much as he made it clear he wanted her, she decided to take what she wanted, without any unnecessary 'will they/won't they?' scenes, and when they (repeatedly, yum!) got down and dirty? It was erotic, sexy and possibly THE sexiest scenes the author's done to date. Ever.  I loved, too, that Garrett didn't live in the shadow of his older brothers' achievements, being a successful partner in the business in his own right, and in fact, I think that being the youngest made him the most daring. He certainly was willing to take risks for her, including a very big one for him, given an unfortunate experience that he'd had at the hands of a woman in his youth.  The tale ends perfectly, with a HEA several years down the line, with the leads as much in love and in lust as when they met, complete with family.  There's also a glimpse of a certain male...rival to?/competitor of?/wronged by? the Rules, who's certainly very interested to find out they've got a baby I'll be wishing impatiently for yet another sexy instalment in the House of Rules.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
**** 4 Stars **** As always I enjoy Ms. Chances books.. this one did not disappoint. Alpha & Steamy, but Im always left wanting more though :-( **112 pages**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book 3 was worth the wait! Intense & full of passion. My only complaint was that it ended too soon...seemed kind of rushed at the end. But its one of those books you read over & over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously hot book w a very dominating man I think the plot changed too quickly from will you marry me to kids and end of story but neverthe less a truly good story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Much better then the second one . I loved this one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Usually like this authors work, but our male in this book is a overbearing near rapist. Very disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in The House of Rule Series. I felt like Lynda Chance got back on track with this book. Loved Garrett! This is about Garrett & Maria. This is the type of alpha male usually written by Ms. Chance. Definitely one I enjoy reading about. Would I like this type of character for my daughters or in real life, heck no, but in fiction land come on baby! Garrett is relentless and bit overboard, but boy do I like him. I will admit in real life Garrett would have had several sexual harrassment suits slapped against him. I highly recommend this book! ENJOY!!!
micharch More than 1 year ago
Maria and Garrett meet after he buys the hotel she works at.  Maria and Courtney do not get along and Garrett has heard from Courtney that Maria tried to sabotage the refurbishment process at the hotel. Garrett can't get Maria out of his head and becomes obsessed with meeting her.  Upon meeting her, Garrett is even more intrigued and begins to pursue her.  Maria feels that the hotel is her home and does not want to change her life.  Garrett pushes and pushes until Maria has no choice but to recognize that he wants her and isn't going to give up.  Both of them have to learn the art of compromise and not playing games, but it was fun to read how they both tried to stubbornly get their way.  Overall a good read and another great addition to the series.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found Ms. Chance's book with Damian as the Alpha male to be interesting, however Garrett's story goes beyond acceptable and borders on abusive. I didn't find any reason for his obsessive behavior toward Maria, outside of being a control freak. She certainly should have hit him with a lawsuit. This book won't be in my saved pile.
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I love all of your books there are great hurry with another one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best author. Great story.
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I love lindas books
Jaebird More than 1 year ago
Good series
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Love the Rule men! Such cavemen. Can't wait to read the next book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another passionate, possessive, protective, compassionate, loving, loyal, and sexy as hell alpha male!!!! I love the way Garrett takes control and gives Garcia what they both want. While he is assertive, make no mistake Garcia has ultimate control!!! The ball is always in her court...his love, loyalty, passion and protective nature would never allow him or anyone else to hurt her. They are two strong personalities that create hilarious dialogue and sexy interactions that keep the pages turning...keep them coming Lynda!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love lyndas books but this one was a slow start....i stayed with it and the end was teriffic...can.t wait for the next
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was good, a little short.. but still liked it.. like the first book the best.