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Rules of Entanglement

Rules of Entanglement

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Rules of Entanglement (A Fighting for Love Novel) by Gina L. Maxwell
Seven days. And seven rules to break…

District Attorney Vanessa MacGregor firmly believes that structure and order are the stuff that dreams are made of. Happiness can be planned—and it starts with the seven rules she's laid out for her future. But as she's


Rules of Entanglement (A Fighting for Love Novel) by Gina L. Maxwell
Seven days. And seven rules to break…

District Attorney Vanessa MacGregor firmly believes that structure and order are the stuff that dreams are made of. Happiness can be planned—and it starts with the seven rules she's laid out for her future. But as she's organizing her best friend's wedding in Hawaii, all of Vanessa's best-laid plans are about to meet their match in a wickedly hot MMA fighter…

Jackson "Jax" Maris is focused on surfing, training, and fighting. That is, until he opens up his big mouth and finds himself having to pretend he's engaged to his little sister's best friend, Vanessa. When they're forced to share a romantic bungalow, however, their little charade suddenly takes a turn for the seriously sexy. And while Jax is definitely not part of Vanessa's long-term plan, he has seven days—and seven naughty nights—to turn her seven-rule plan upside down.

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Library Journal
In this second book in Maxwell’s “Fighting for Love” series, District Attorney Vanessa MacGregor is a woman who is so afraid of commitment that she lives by a set of immutable rules that no man could possibly live up to. She needs control but has to learn to let go. Her best friend’s brother, Jackson “Jax” Maris, learns that he needs to find a woman who doesn’t cling to him—in other words, someone who keeps control of herself, at least most of the time. So Jax breaks most of Vanessa’s rules, and only the forced proximity of standing in for his sister and her fiancé making last-minute wedding arrangements keeps them together long enough to get past their initial rocky start. But once Vanessa and Jax decide to play with the time they have, their relationship is hotter than the nearby Hawaiian volcanoes. The only question is whether they can get past the biggest broken rule of all.

Verdict There’s a reason that the “opposites attract” romance is so popular: it generates lots of tension and tons heat! Rules of Entanglement definitely has plenty of both. There’s also a bit of sweetness as this couple explore the reasons behind Vanessa’s reluctance to commit and Jax’s family troubles. Fans will love this steamy summer romance. Double your pleasure and read also the first title in the series, Seducing Cinderella.—Marlene Harris, Seattle P.L.
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Rules of Entanglement

A Fighting For Love Novel

By Gina L. Maxwell, Liz Pelletier

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2013 Gina L. Maxwell
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ISBN: 978-1-62266-794-9


Day 1: Sunday

"He's now officially an hour late."

And talking to yourself out loud makes you crazy as well as hungry and stranded.

Vanessa MacGregor sat on a bench next to her suitcase and carry-on outside the Honolulu airport, trying to ignore her grumbling stomach. She'd finished gaping in awe at the picturesque scenery about forty minutes ago when she realized her best friend Lucie's brother, who lived on the island, was running more than just a tad past the arranged pickup time.

Drumming her manicured fingernails on the back of her cell, she debated whether or not to call Lucie, but she didn't want to worry her friend the week of her wedding. She was already stressed out to the max. And that was before some bad sushi had her praying to the porcelain God from severe food poisoning.

Instead, Vanessa had kept trying Jackson's phone several times, but her calls went directly to voice mail. She was starting to worry something might have happened to him. And if he didn't show up soon, he might wish something had.

Vanessa pressed a button on her cell phone again to illuminate the screen and check the time. She couldn't spend all day at the airport. She'd flown down to the über-posh Mau Loa resort four days early, an entire week before her friend's wedding, to meet up with Jackson and stand in for Lucie and her fiancé with some crazed wedding planner who insisted on the happy couple being on site during the preparations.

If it weren't for the potential clusterfuck of missing Jackson while she was en route to the Mau Loa, she'd have taken a cab by now. Staring at her cell and releasing a heavy exhale, she decided to try his phone one more time. Hitting redial, she checked her manicure and listened to the rings mocking her.

"You must be Vanessa."

She looked up at the sound of a sexy baritone voice, but the sun instantly blinded her. Squinting from the sharp pain to her retinas, she shielded her eyes to try and make out the features of the man in front of her, wearing a pair of navy board shorts and a skin-tight wifebeater.

Dark and delicious. Those were the first words that popped into her head. His short, dark hair was damp, and his beard looked like it had at least a day of growth. Starting mid-bicep on his left arm, a Polynesian tattoo of ocean waves in black ink stretched up to the top of his shoulder. His skin was tan, but not the typical golden shade. It was just a tinge darker, almost like he'd lived here so long his body had adapted to the native heritage. The only part of him that didn't fit the dark motif was his topaz eyes, reminding her of caramels rimmed with thin lines of dark chocolate ... Shit, she needed to get something to eat before she tried licking his eyeballs.

She'd never met Jackson in person, but she'd seen plenty of pictures. Enough to recognize that the owner of the sexy voice was indeed Lucie's brother and champion MMA fighter. Hearing his voice-mail message come through her phone snapped her out of her momentary stupor long enough to take the phone away from her ear and end the call. The airwaves didn't do his vocal chords justice, she decided as she stood and held out her hand.

"Jackson, it's so nice to finally meet you."

He looked at her outstretched hand with what seemed to be an amused smile before finally grasping it in his own. His hand was rough with calluses and deliciously warm.

"Nice to finally meet the infamous best friend of my sister," he said with a boyishly charming smile.

Oh, he was definitely doable. Did Hawaiians have the saying "Save a surfboard, ride a surfer"? If not, she was totally starting it. She wondered if he even surfed.

Getting her head back in the game, she asked, "Is everything okay?" At his questioning look she added, "You said you'd be here at eleven and it's past noon. I tried calling but only got your voice mail."

Jackson shrugged. "Yeah, my phone died. I don't pay much attention, since I mostly use it to keep in touch with Lucie. I'm sort of a caveman in terms of technology."

Vanessa didn't point out that he'd told Lucie to have her call him on that phone when she landed. Which she had. Five times. "Huh. Must be nice to be that carefree." She mentally cringed at the judgment in her voice. Just because she was a little cranky from sitting in the sun while hungry for an hour didn't mean she could abandon all her manners. "So did you have car trouble or something?"

"To be honest, I was surfing and sort of lost track of time."

Well, that answers the surfing question. Glancing at his wrists, Vanessa noticed he must have sort of lost track of his watch before leaving home with his dead cell phone. All her pleasantries ground to a halt, and the smile on her face morphed from genuine to a tight imitation. Any warm and fuzzies her lady parts had begun harboring for the MMA stud in front of her went poof.

Rule #7: Never take your responsibilities lightly.

What happened to the responsible, shoulder-the-world man Lucie had always described?

"I wish I would've known it was going to be an issue for you to come and get me," she said, trying hard to keep irritation out of her tone. And failing. "I could've just as easily taken a cab."

He put his hands up, palms facing her in resignation. "You're absolutely right. I was a thoughtless jerk."

"I didn't say —"

"And I totally deserve a thorough tongue-lashing," he said with another smile, "but let's do it on the way to my Jeep because I'm double-parked and I'd rather be lectured by an angry woman over a burger and a beer. I'm starving."

Angry? She'd barely even portrayed miffed, much less angry. But he was on the fast track to front row seats if he kept feeding her bullshit and trying to push her around.

Without waiting for her response, Jackson popped up the handle on her suitcase and walked away. A potent cocktail of shock, panic, and indignation lit up her insides. Before he could take two steps with it rolling behind him, she pulled the bag from his grip. He looked at his hand as though stunned she'd taken her luggage back, then glanced up, a brow cocked in question.

"There a problem, princess?"

Princess? She gritted her teeth. Hell, yes, there was a problem. Several, in fact, not the least of which was him acting like he was running her show. Vanessa couldn't remember the last time she'd let anyone control her or her circumstances. And she sure as hell wasn't about to start now.

She'd waited for him out of respect for Lucie, despite wanting to find her own way to the resort. Then when he finally arrived, he thought to whisk her luggage from her, expecting her to fall in line behind him. Then apparently he had plans of stopping for lunch — which actually sounded pretty glorious, but that wasn't the point. He hadn't even bothered to ask if she was hungry. Then, after that, who knew, maybe he wanted to stop by his house and do some laundry before dropping her off at the resort so she could help his sister.

It was clear Jackson was the wrong guy to get involved with on any level. If she had time to get her itch scratched while on vacation, she'd have to find a different scratcher.

Vanessa sighed. Meeting the wrong men seemed to be the case more often than not over the last couple of years. Another one bites the dust, Nessie. But now wasn't the time to wallow in thoughts of never finding her own happily ever after. This week was all about making sure Lucie's fairy tale came true, and clearly her brother wasn't on the same page.

"You know what?" she began with a gracious smile — fake though it was. "You don't need to worry about me. I know Lucie asked you to pick me up, and I'm sorry for your trouble, but it's not necessary. I'll just take a cab."

"And risk the wrath of my baby sister the week of her wedding? No thanks. I'd rather fight a kickboxer without a cup. So come on." This time he slung the strap of her duffel carry-on over his shoulder and turned to walk away.

"Oh my God!" She jammed her hands on her hips, the incredulity at his arrogance preventing her from doing much else. "You really need to stop taking my things."

He lifted an eyebrow while holding back an amused smirk. Unsuccessfully, she might add. "Not big on chivalry?"

"There's a distinct difference between chivalrous and pushy. You are being pushy."

"Pushy?" He made a face like he'd never heard the word before. "I'm just trying to do what I came here for. I apologized for being late and now —"

"No, you didn't," she blurted out before she could stop herself. Remembering every word of a conversation could sometimes put a damper on social situations, but as a prosecutor in the DA's office it was a valuable asset. And calling dickheads on their "chivalrous" behavior? Priceless.

"Yes, I did."

She sighed. She'd already hopped on the damn train, so she might as well ride it out of the station. "Uh, no, you didn't."

"Yes, I —"

She crossed her arms in front of her and cut him off. "Your exact words were, 'To be honest, I was surfing and sort of lost track of time.'"

"Wow, nothing gets by you, huh? I'll have to remember that," he mumbled. Rubbing a hand over the back of his neck, he actually had the gall to grin at her from under his impossibly long lashes like a lying teenager who knew how to charm his way out of trouble. Un. Effing. Real. "Then I'm definitely sorry I didn't say 'sorry.'"

Vanessa bet there weren't many women who told Jackson Maris "no." Even with the irritation from his high-handedness still riding her, the idea of giving in to him sprouted in the back of her brain. Thankfully, she still had enough sense to squash it before it grew into a Garden of Dreamy Sighs and Head Over Heels. Squash.

"Let's just forget it. I'm going to take a cab to the resort, and you can do ..." She waved her hands around. "Whatever it is you do, and I'll see you at the rehearsal dinner on Friday."

There. That wasn't so hard. Despite being tired, hungry, and disappointed in her Welcome Wagon, she refused to cave in to the desire to be snippy and rude. Just because she lived by a certain code didn't mean the rest of the world did.

Forcing herself to remain civil for the sake of her friendship with Lucie — and to prove she had complete control over her emotions — she said, "It's been a pleasure meeting you, Jackson," and grabbed the strap to her carry-on, still perched on his shoulder.

His hand covered hers as he leaned in, eclipsing the sun and most of the world around her. When he spoke, his voice dropped an octave and the low vibrations snaked their way through her body, hitting every erogenous zone she didn't even know she had. "You don't sound all that pleased, V." He paused, his gaze flicking to her mouth a moment before offering a sinful smile. "Come with me."

Unbidden images of hot Hawaiian sex with Jackson flashed in her mind at warp speed, messing with the signals from her brain to the rest of her body. Certain parts of her clenched tight with need, while others, like her knees and jaw, slackened with lust.

Either her desperation for some adult one-on-one time was worse than she thought or this guy affected her way more than she could safely handle. Thankfully, both problems had only one solution. Squash, squash, squash!

"Good-bye, Jackson."

Grabbing her bags, she took off in the opposite direction. Luckily, a cab waited only a few yards away. She'd already put her things in the trunk and was reaching for the door handle when he called out after her.

"I'll just meet you in the lobby of the resort, then."

Civility dissolved in the acid now churning in her gut. Did he take some sort of sick pleasure in aggravating the hell out of people, or was he really just that clueless? Unfortunately for him, she assumed the former.

Turning around slowly, she addressed the man now leaning against a large concrete column, hands in his pockets, an easygoing smile gracing his face. "That won't be necessary. I'm quite capable of taking care of myself."

He pushed himself off and sauntered over into her personal space. He smelled like the island itself, of salt water and sun.

"I have no doubt of that, princess," he said. "But there's one little detail you're not aware of."

"And what's that?"

"The celebrity wedding planner Reid hired insists that for any destination wedding, the couple needs to be on location a week beforehand to meet with him and go over all the arrangements."

"I know that. Why do you think I came down this early? I know Lucie's tastes well enough to do this with my eyes closed."

He didn't even acknowledge her statement. "And due to the celebrity clientele at the Mau Loa, absolutely no one other than the guests registered to the room may claim the reservation."

She cocked a hip out to the side and crossed her arms over her chest. "Then why am I down here if I can't check in?"

"You can't check in," he said, "but Lucie can."

She was about to ask him if he was smoking something, for all the sense he made, when the way he cocked his eyebrow in her direction suddenly made everything clear.

And so completely messed up.

"Oh no," she said, hands rose to ward off his message already sinking its fangs into her brain. "Absolutely not."

"Absolutely yes."

"You've got the wrong girl, Maris. That's lying, and I don't lie. I'll simply speak with the manager and explain the situation." She turned and yanked the cab door open.

"That won't work. Look, the Mau Loa is the most exclusive celebrity resort in all of Hawaii. You need at least three forms of ID just to check in. The rich and famous like it because, with the exception of hanging out of a helicopter, it's impenetrable to the paparazzi and crazy fans when all they want is a little time to themselves and maybe a private wedding ceremony."

Her heart beat rapidly, trying to escape the confines of her ribs. "Then I'll stay in another hotel and go to the Mau Loa for the meetings with the planner," she argued weakly.

A grouchy voice came from inside the cab. "Hey, lady, in or out? You're costing me money!"

Jackson ducked in front of the open passenger window. "You want to say that again?"

"Yeah." The driver clearly intended on setting things straight. But as soon as he saw the hulking figure curling his fingers into a fist and shooting him a dare with his eyes, the cabbie's bravado fell dead away. Clearing his throat and shifting in his seat, he finished with, "I meant, take all the time you need."

"Appreciate it."

As Jackson straightened to loom over her again, Vanessa was reminded of the fact that he made a living from using his fists. And though she knew it was a sport and not the drunken beatings she'd grown up with, she had to wonder how much of that contained violence leaked into his personality.

"Sorry, where was I?"

Swallowing hard, she looked around, wanting to avoid the truth in those topaz eyes. She feared that, when everything was said and done, her closing arguments wouldn't be enough to avoid participating in this charade. Thank God she could depend on her sharp tongue to act as her shield. "I'm pretty sure you were about to impart more of your infinite wisdom and explain why I can't stay somewhere else for the week."


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Meet the Author

Gina Leigh Maxwell is a shameless romance addict with no intentions of ever kicking the habit. Growing up she dreamed of entertaining people with her acting abilities, until she came to the realization as a college sophomore that she had none. Another ten years would pass before she discovered a different means to accomplishing the same dream: writing stories of love and passion for addicts just like her.
When she's not writing or wrangling plot bunnies in her San Antonio home, Gina keeps busy with her wonderful family and their ever growing extra-curricular activities.

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author, Gina L. Maxwell, is a shameless romance addict with no intentions of ever kicking the habit.

Growing up, she dreamed of helping people escape reality with her sublime acting abilities. It wasn’t until college when she realized she had none to speak of, thereby derailing her lifelong plans. Another ten years would pass before she discovered a different means of accomplishing the same dream: writing stories of love and passion for romance addicts just like her.

Thanks to the support of her amazing family, Gina is now the Boss of the world’s first organized romance mafia, the Maxwell Mob, and living her dream of bringing a little romantic fantasy to the world—one steamy novel at a time.

Visit and chat with Gina on all her social media homes: www.ginalmaxwell.com

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Rules of Entanglement 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 139 reviews.
rn-writes More than 1 year ago
Five stars isn't enough! Jax and Vanessa's story has been long awaited, and does not disappoint. From page one you are drawn into the characters, the story, and Ms. Maxwell's gift for writing. The dialogue between the characters will one minute crack you up, and the next have you squirming in your seat. The way Ms. Maxwell describes the scenery is amazing. It's almost as though you're there, watching Jax on his surf board riding the waves, smelling the ocean breeze, feeling the sand between your toes.  I love strong characters who aren't afraid to go after what they want. Jax wants Vanessa, and her "7 rules" do not stand in his way. In fact, he thoroughly enjoys breaking each and every one of them. And the heat between these characters...it jumps and sparks right off the pages. This book isn't a special edition for nothing. Longer than the usual Brazen and a huge fist-pump for that! This reader was thoroughly pleased, and is anxiously awaiting the next installment of this wonderful series. Very well done, Gina!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant say anything bad about this2nd book in the series, cant wait for Kats story!!! Loved the first book and will be a fan of this author from now on!
acade More than 1 year ago
There are some books that you really love the writing right off the bat but the hero? Well you want to stab him in the toe. And the heroine? Yeah, she could use a good flick or two. Having that insta-connection right from the start with characters is awesome but sometimes it's a whole hell of a lot more entertaining when they actually have to work to win you over along the way. Jax and V. Well they had to work to win me over but man by the end of the book I was just as smitten and in love as they were. Vanessa and Jax were a trip. The two were basically put together and had to pretend to be engaged so they could handle last minute wedding planning at a super strict and exclusive resort for his sister and her fiance (they're the couple from book one, Seducing Cinderella). Yall know I love the "fake mates" set up so that was totally working for me. The two are such opposites personality-wise that it brought a bit of bite to their interactions which I really enjoyed. He's way too laid back and she's way too high strung and the two clash from the get go and aren't one bit hesitant about zinging the other now and again. I loved that little bit of snarky humor as the two got to know each other and dealt with their up close and personal living arrangements and their growing attraction to each other. One thing I really enjoyed about the book was that they're both a bit tweaked as adults. They have weird hang ups and "life rules" but as the book progresses you slowly find out what made them that way. Why they're a bit crazy or a little too laid back about things. They had me tearing up a couple times as things were revealed and they had to deal with the past. There are a lot of funny snarky moments and some sweet ones as well. And the sex? Flipping hot. Just a little edgy with a touch of dominance/submission. Don't fret for yall not into BDSM. This doesn't go there. Just a little alpha male coming out and taking control in a really hot and sexy way. Overall definitely a read I'd recommend. Will you love Jax and Vanessa the whole time? Eh, if you're like me maybe not. I had to resist the urge to pound on them a few times. But, watching these two win each other over and winning me over at the same time was a damn entertaining experience and made for a fun read that'll having me coming back for more from Gina L Maxwell.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed with this book. I didn't make it even halfway. I expected way more considering the long wait we had and the fact that seducing Cinderella got me into these types of books. The story (or the part i actually got through) didnt pull me in at all.But this is just my opinion not to be taken to heart considering I disliked it so much I didn't even finish the book. Though it is well written and the author still has my respect for her other story seducing cinderella this story didn't hold a candle in comparison. Better luck next time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## I loved, loved the 2nd half of this book. Really, I did. The first half had me frustrated and I had a hard time liking the hero. Gah. He was so arrogant and cocky. The worst kind of hero. I don't mind a confident alpha male that likes to take charge in the bedroom. In fact that's hot. But I just wanted to smack this guy. Then, BAM, something happens and all of a sudden he's this caring, playful, loving guy. HUH? Anyway, it was good, but not as good as "Seducing Cinderella". That book rocked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hoping for a little more of an emotional connection with the heroine, but the book was still a good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main characers got on my ever loving nerves! The chick was so flippin helpless and dumb! I wanted to kick her ass myself! Not a fan!
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
This was an intriguing story. The author did a great jobin developing her characters. I like books where main characters are really secondary to the story. Lucie and Reid are the ones getting married but the story carries through with Vanessa and Jackson. Gina Maxwell couldn't have come up with a better wounded hero and heroine. The sparks fly when easy going Jax is supposed to pick up strung tight Vanessa at the airport and arrives late. She needs to work with Lucie's wedding planner as Lucie is too sick to fly to Hawaii to go over things pre-ceremony.Jax flies as he sees fit and Vanessa follows strict "rules to live by". Jax also has majors issues among which is he is interested in Vanessa so badly that he lies and tells her they have to pretend to be Lucie and Reid.They finally get hooked up and from there on it's all spice! This book flowed smoothly from one catastrophe to another. The sex is fairly graphic so be prepared. The publisher should be proud to have Gina on their team!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Living in Hawaii I can picture the scene so perfectly. I can't wait for the next one to come out later this year. I may have to reread 1 & 2 again, but I don't mind. I enjoyed Jackson,Vanessa, Lucie, and Reid. Mahalo nui loa.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just never connected with the main character. Her list felt contrived and too many things just fell into place. Not realistic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked Seducing Cinderella but was very disappointed with this sequel especially the character development of Vanessa. She came across silly, immature and b#@$&y. No self respecting man, especially one protrayed as Jax, would have given her the time of day after hearing her "rules". Maybe Ms. Maxwell's next book will be more realistic or at least a nicer heroine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt wait for this author to come out with another book! I absolutely loved seducing cinderella. That being said, of course i am going to compare this book to her first book. I really liked this book, but i LOVED Seducing Cinderella so much more. This book was good and would recommend it for sure. Just wasnt as good as i thought it was going to be. It was definately a good story though :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There was just something missing in this book. Very predictable. Nothing distinguishable about the characters or the story line. I had to skim read more than half the book.
Brandynit2 More than 1 year ago
WOW, Gina L. Maxwell does it again! I never thought I could love another book boyfriend quite like Reid in Seducing Cinderella but boy was I wrong. Jax stole my heart! I was so impressed with Rules of Entanglement. It was a fantastic read! It had everything I was looking for…..angst, humor, love, smokin’ hot sex, a feisty woman, and a sexy as hell MMA fighter! This story had me at MMA fighter!   Jax is the brother of Lucie from Seducing Cinderella and Reid’s best friend. Vanessa and Jax are standing in for Lucie and Reid when it comes to planning their wedding in Hawaii. Jax is so intrigued with Vanessa that he tells a little fib! Are you intrigued yet? You should be!  I fell in love with Vanessa’s character. She was a strong, independent, sexy woman who didn’t depend on anyone in life. She lived by her 7 rules and made sure to stick to them. That was until Jax came along. He was everything her rules represented. Hmm, can Jax show Vanessa that her rules shouldn’t be enforced and break down Vanessa’s walls? You will have to read this tantalizing read to find out :)*Sigh* Jax I love him! Yes, I may seriously be in love with a fictional character! He was sweet, considerate, sexy, an MMA fighter, a surfer, and had a smile that would drop any woman’s panties (mine included.) *Swooning over Jax*I highly suggest Rules of Entanglement! It was sinfully sexy and I was so enthralled with this story! I cannot wait for more from Gina L. Maxwell! 
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MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
Gina Maxwell provides another swoon-worthy novel with a super hot MMA fighter as our starring hero. Vanessa MacGregor is no stranger to the hard life. And to ensure that she never has to live through it again, she develops her seven rules to live by. Rules that will keep her safe and secure. That is until she arrives in Hawai’i and meets her best friend’s hot-as-hell older brother. Jackson, or Jax, is supposed to be helping Vanessa make sure that all the details are in order for Lucie and Reid’s upcoming wedding, but all he seems to be doing is turning her on and making himself a nuisance. The more time she’s around him, the more rules she finds she’s ready to break. So when she learns that they are supposed to be pretending to be Lucie and Reid, she realizes there is no way she’s going to be able to share a bungalow with this man and keep her distance too. So why not engage in an ultra-steamy fling with the sexy male that seems to be around her all the time? As long as she sticks to her rules, she’ll be fine…..right? The moment Jax laid eyes on the beautiful red-haired Vanessa, he knew he wanted to get to know her better. And when Vanessa opened her mouth? He knew that the only way he stood a chance at that is to make her be around him. Vanessa not only was confident, sexy, and a tad bit bossy, she was the only woman he’d ever met that dismissed him….HIM! A MMA fighter who can have any girl he wants. So what if he tells her a little lie like saying they have to pretend to be Reid and Lucie in order to make sure all the plans are in order? It can’t be that big of a deal right? But when Vanessa and Jax spend time together, Jax realizes that there is so much more to Vanessa than what she presents to the world and he begins to fall for her….hard. Jax knows he should tell her that he lied to her, but he can’t seem to find the right way, or time and he’s not willing to give her up a moment before he has to. But when a phone call comes in with a family emergency for Vanessa, the truth will come out. But can Vanessa allow herself to break her rules for a chance at love with Jax or will she push him away and continue with her life, business as usual? Looking for a picturesque location with breath taking romance and a whole lot of fun? Then Gina Maxwell’s next “Fighting for Love” novel is the one for you. This one will provide you with lots of steamy love scenes with comical dialogue and sexy banter. I enjoyed Vanessa’s desperate attempt to hold onto herself and her rules, while ultimately losing that battle and falling for Jax. The backstory of her life is so heartbreaking, yet inspiring, that I felt like it gave her character a great sense of realism. I also enjoyed getting to know Jax’s character with his hard edge yet protective and loving side toward both Vanessa and his little sister Lucie. I couldn’t help but turn page after page to find out what was going to happen between Vanessa and Jax and how their story would end. An exceptionally well written and entertaining novel by Gina L. Maxwell. Rating: 4.5 Heat Rating: Hot Reviewed by: AprilP Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, believable characters, plenty of hot sex scenex, HEA ... liked it
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tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
The heroine, Vanessa McGregor has had some crap during her life so she came up with her 7 rules to live by and she has never broken one of those rules for any reason or anyone! Her best friend and old college roommate, Lucie is getting married to Reid on the island of Hawaii. Lucie was sick and asked her best friend to fly to Hawaii a few days earlier before the wedding to handle the last minute details for her. Jackson "Jax" Maris, Lucie's brother and Reid's best friend lives in Hawaii. He is suppose to pick up Vanessa from the airport. Of course with Jax's laid back lifestyle, he is too busy surfing to get to the airport on time. Of course by the time he gets to the airport, Vanessa is ready to explode, and she does! She thought something bad happened to him and instead he tells her he was surfing. Vanessa tells him she will take a cab to the hotel herself! Jax makes it to the posh hotel first, which he is part owner of. He convinces his friend who works at the check-in counter that he will have to pretend to be Reid and Vanessa will have to pretend to be Lucie and that she should just play along. Once Vanessa shows up he does a great job convincing Vanessa that they have to pretend to be Lucie and Reid or the hotel won't let them have their wedding there. Vanessa agrees to do it because she wants Lucie to have the wedding of her dreams. As Jax tries to break through with Vanessa, she keeps sticking to her 7 rules. The storyline of these two pretending to be Lucie and Reid is great! It makes you laugh and makes you swoon. Jax's goal is to get Vanessa to break everyone of her 7 seven rules. By the end you can't help but root for the two of them to be together! Another great story from Gina Maxwell.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these characters! Vanessa is so strong, but Jackson helps her to let down her guard and just live!
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Love it
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