Rules of the Game (Stardust, Texas Series #2)

Rules of the Game (Stardust, Texas Series #2)

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by Lori Wilde
     
 

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A jilted bride meets a superstar baseball player in  this newest Stardust, Texas novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde

Just uttering the word "wedding" makes Jodi Carlyle break out into a cold sweat. So a year after she'd been dumped at the altar, and two days after turning the big 3-0, she decides to break some

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A jilted bride meets a superstar baseball player in  this newest Stardust, Texas novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde

Just uttering the word "wedding" makes Jodi Carlyle break out into a cold sweat. So a year after she'd been dumped at the altar, and two days after turning the big 3-0, she decides to break some rules—by dressing to the nines, hiring a limo,and crashing a swanky wedding . . .

 . . . Where she catches the eye of the Dallas Gunslingers' new star hitter Jake Coronnado. He's hot. He's sexy. He sticks by her side all evening. He's the perfect fling. After a wild weekend, where they do everything and then some, Jodi thinks she'll never have to see him again . . . hey, she's even told him her name is Gwendolyn! But she thinks wrong.

Because guess who's the best man at Jodi's sister's wedding? And guess who's still as seductive as ever? And guess who's determined to turn their one-night fling into happily-ever-after?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062311283
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/26/2015
Series:
Stardust, Texas Series , #2
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
145,360
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lori Wilde has sold seventy-nine works of fiction to four major New York publishing houses. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and a certificate in forensic nursing from Kaplan University. She is a member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses.

Her first New York Times bestseller, the third book in her Twilight, Texas series, The First Love Cookie Club, has been optioned for a television movie. The town of Granbury, Texas, upon which her fictional town of Twilight, Texas, is loosely based, honors Lori with an annual Twilight, Texas weekend each Christmas.

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Rules of the Game (Stardust, Texas Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started off kinda slow, but all in all an enjoyable book. How enjoyable, you ask? So much so that I put the author on my "watch" last & am hoping there'll be at least 2 more books about the other sisters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4.5 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, suspense, and heartbreak.  If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first Back in the Game (Stardust, Texas #1) This is Jodi and Jake’s story. Jodi needs to crash a wedding.  What happens when you forget the invite you need to crash said wedding.  Jake sees Jodi is about to be kicked from the wedding and he adds her as his plus one.  They don’t exchange names so after a night of fun they go there separate ways.  Jodi and Jake still think about that one night but what happens when that one night just will not stay in the past?  Jodi is maid of honor and Jake is best man.  Sparks are about to fly!  Can they stay away from each other?  Or will Jake’s past relationship come back and ruin everything? I loved these characters and also the side characters. I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read.  I highly recommend this book and can’t wait for the next story from this author.
lrhubble More than 1 year ago
A Fantastic Read Contemporary Romance Stardust, Texas Jodi Carlyle breaks out into a cold sweat when the word “wedding” is uttered. It has been a year since she was dumped at the altar and two days after turning 30. She decides it is time for her to break some rules, which she does by dressing to the nines, hiring a limo, and crashing an upscale wedding. While there she catches the eye of Jake Coronado who is the new star of the Dallas Gunslingers. He is sexy and hot and he also stays by her side all evening. Jodi figures he is the perfect fling. She also thinks after a wild weekend where they do everything and then some and with him thinking her name is Gwendolyn she will never have to see him again. She thinks wrong. Jake is the best man in Jodi’s sister’s wedding. He is also just as seductive as ever. Jake is also determined to turn their one-night stand into happily-ever-after. This is a story that will pull readers in and also pull on their heartstrings. This one has some amazing characters that make for a book that is very hard to put down. Readers will both want to take their time reading it and also reading fast just to see how things turn out between Jodi and Jake. This is the second book in the series and while it can be read as a standalone readers will find it much more enriching and enjoyable if they read the first book first. It will also have readers wanting to return to Stardust and hoping to have another book from Stardust very soon. This is an author that never disappoints and writes some wonderful small town romances that will have readers remembering them long after they finish each book. This is definitely a must read. Receive a review copy
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SusanFrank More than 1 year ago
Very good book, with two people who have some pain from their pasts to let go of before they can have the future they want. Jodi is the maid of honor at her sister's wedding, but the mere thought sends her into a mental freeze. A year ago she was left standing at the altar and getting past it has been a challenge. On the advice of her therapist she blings herself up and crashes a celebrity wedding in Dallas. Caught without the invitation she swiped from her future brother-in-law, she is saved from embarrassment by Jake, who makes her his date for the evening. The attraction between them is instant and hot. Jodi has spent her life being the "good girl" and following all the rules. Indulging in a one night stand with a hot guy is not normal behavior for her, but she figures she'll never see him again. Jake has given up on casual hookups but something about Jodi has him ignoring that rule for this one night. He'd really like to get to know her better, but she isn't cooperating. After they part ways, neither has much luck in forgetting the encounter. Then Jodi is horrified to discover that her walk on the wild side is none other than the best man at her sister's wedding. That means she's going to have to work with him over the next few weeks, while keeping the truth from her family. I liked Jake right from the start. He doesn't want a meaningless fling and tries his best to get to know Jodi. He can't stop thinking about their night together and is thrilled when he finds her again. Being with Jodi makes him feel alive again after the tragic death of his wife three years earlier. At first he isn't sure if he's truly ready for a new relationship, but the more time he spends with her, the happier he is. He knows that it will be a challenge to overcome Jodi's reluctance, but he is determined. I loved seeing him try to follow her rules while still pursuing her the way he wants to. He's sweet and protective and wants to take care of her. The only thing holding him back is the grief and guilt he feels over his wife's death. As he gets closer to Jodi, he opens up to her about his feelings, which helps him but creates some misunderstandings with her. I loved his big moment at the end, which was sweet and romantic and really funny, too. Because of space limitations, review is continued at: http://susans2016readingblog.blogspot.com/2016/02/rules-of-game-lori-wilde-avon-june-2015.html
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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deeeee More than 1 year ago
Honest review for free copy. Jodi was left at the alter on New Year's Day and her therapist recommended she crash a wedding to help her get over her phobia before she plays maid of honor at her sister's Valentine's Day wedding. So she takes her sisters discarded invitation to the celebrity wedding of the season. There are security people everywhere and when it's time to show her invitation, Jodi trips and falls to her knees, spilling the contents of her purse which has lipstick, room key, , condoms, but no invitation. Jodi finds herself scooped up by a stranger who explains that she is his plus one. Jake is intrigued by the redheaded stranger who refuses to give him her real name. He knows part of his attraction is her resemblance to his deceased wife whom he lost three years ago. But he also feels that there is more. Jodi and Jake eat, dance, laugh and when Jodi attempts to leave, he follows her. They share pie and coffee at a diner across the street. One thing leads to another and they have a one night stand. Jodi leaves the following morning going back to her former life without telling Jake her real name. Yet, Jodi definitely felt something for Jake because she kept remembering that flabulous night and delightful smiles would often appear on her face at random times. Two weeks go by and Jodi and Jake meet again, at Jodi's B&B (all boxcars Jodi and her childhood friend have refurbished). Jake is in town to attend an engagement party for which he is the best man. Jodi is certain Jake somehow stalked her, until she shows up at her sister's engagement party and there stands Jake! They will be sharing wedding duties together! This story has a little mystery/mystical element, some humorous events, and a whole lot of heat! Jodi's sisters are a "force to be reckoned with" and I look forward to reading about them. All in all, Ms. Wilde has hit another one out of the park!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think it lacks passion. There was something missing from this book and i cant pinpoint it. Maybe its too wordy. I have read better books for a dollar. I usually read books over again, but will more likey archive this and not read again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great lighthearted read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First, there are way too many typos. Heck, even the author doesn't know if her leading man is named Jake or Jack! Second, the story is so unrealistic. Jake/Jack is so sensitive and understanding and able to read minds that he thinks like a girl.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this one night stand ... it was a fun read.
agardone More than 1 year ago
Always a great read. Can't wait for the next one.
CrystalCB More than 1 year ago
Rules of the Game is an awesome follow up to Back in the Game. There are both part of the Stardust, Texas series but you will have no trouble reading either of them as stand alone. I think I have found yet another favorite series from the very talented Lori Wilde. I'm loving this series and I can't wait for book three. This is one of those books I loved so much that I don't know where to start to tell you how much I enjoyed it. Let's start with the sisters.I LOVED Carlyle sisters are so close and from such a loving tight knit family. I love the family interaction in this series. They are all adopted and LOVE each other so much.  I was so happy to catch up with Breeanne and Rowdy. It's always nice to see friends when you are reading a series book. Jodi Carlyle has been through a lot. Her childhood was not good before she was adopted by the Carlyles. She remembers horrible things she went through as a young child. Then the fool she was about to marry ran off with some bimbo and embezzled money from his company. How could I not help but adore Jodi from the beginning. She tough, strong, independent, a wonderful sister, and very busy business owner.  Jake Coronnado is the new star hitter of the baseball team that Rowdy manages now.  Jake has suffered an unimaginable loss of his wife. The way she was taken from him is so heart breaking. My heart really went out to Jake. His trying to get on with his life and he really didn't feel the urge to do that until he meets the beautiful lady in the green dress.  I love how Jake and Jodi keep meeting in different situations. Their attraction to each other is hot and steamy. The chemistry between these two is wild. Even when they try they can not keep away from each other. Things keep pulling them back together.  These two injured souls just may be able to help each other heal. It's going to take time, patients, and a lot of understanding but they just might be what each other needs. Can you tell I LOVED this story. I was so engrossed in the story that I read over half the book the day I received it in the mail. That was in between trying to get other things done. I was completely captivated by this fabulous story and I could not wait to see what was going to happen next.  I am so excited to see what Miss Wilde has in store for the other Carlyle sisters. I can't wait to see what they may find with their keys. I don't want to tell too much about that because it's a really great theme to the series.  I know I will be impatiently awaiting the next story in this series. I love Lori Wilde's writing style. She writes fun, charismatic characters that have very dramatic stories to be told. She always has me engrossed in her books in the first chapter and hangs on to my attention all the way through out the book. I was given the opportunity to read this fabulous story so that I may share my thoughts with you. As always it has been my great pleasure to share my thoughts with you on Rules of the Game. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was sweet and sexy. Second in a series, but it does stand alone. However, most actions takes place surrounding the wedding from book 1. If your a stickler for series, you should start with Back in the Game. Jodi might have been a tad to hesitant, but it makes sense with her back story. This book had some of the steamiest (without being overly raunchy) love scenes that I've read in a long time. Call me hot and bothered.
julieford More than 1 year ago
Rules of the Game is the second in the Stardust, Texas series. Lori Wilde has continued her excellence in writing. This is the story of Jodi, who is maid of honor in her sister's wedding but Jodi has a wedding phobia due to being stood up to at the altar. Her therapist suggests crashing a wedding. Jodi follows this advice and crashes a high profile wedding where she meets Jake. Jake is a star baseball player and dealing with a tragedy of his own, his wife was murdered 3 years ago. The two have a one-night stand and think they will never see each other again, however, Jake becomes best man for Jodi's sister's fiancé. The sparks continue to fly between the two but they must overcome their past to find love everlasting. A wonderful story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great for beach and/or porch read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lori is a great author who writes small towns that you want to visit over and over again. In Rules of the Game I feel it's ability to stand completely alone didn't work for me. The characters seem to have some contradictory traits and Jodi's family dynamic doesn't seem very fleshed out. No one likes a repetitive book in a series but no one likes to be in the dark either. I loved the hope chest element. Lori always has some really interesting supernatural element that draws readers who love that flair and keeps readers like myself who l aren't fans of any supernatural influence. It's done in such a classy, fun, and reasonable way. I again, wish a lot of the secondary characters had been given a little more. I don't feel like I know Ham or Kash or Suki but I get the feeling at least Kash and Suki will be featured in the future and I didn't get a fiery desire to know them or their stories because I didn't get to know them very well through Jodi's eyes. This was a book that is definitely worth the time and read but best read as part of the series.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
Wedding crashing, Jodi, thinks it will help her let go of her feelings of being left at the alter. She meets Jake at the wedding and becomes plus one for Jake. Needless to say they have a wonderful time, for a one night stand. Jodi believes she will never see Jake again, but little did she know he is the bestman at her sister's upcoming wedding. There is an instant chemistry between these two broken hearted people, that Jodi does not want to admit to. She finally agrees to a no strings relationship, only sex, but can Jake win over. Loved the chemistry between these two characters, great banter that had me laughing out loud at times. Loved the hope chest theme, secret perfume. This book is a homerun out of the park, what's not to love baseball and romance. This is the second book in the series, but can be read as a stand alone. I highly recommend this book by Lori Wilde for a perfect summer read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rules of the Game by Lori Wilde was such a heart warm read. I highly recommend this book to those who have "loved" and lost. It tells us how Jodi Carlyle, the main character, had loved a man and was stood up at the alter. It had changed her into what I would call a bitter person relationship wise. Jake Coronado, a member of the Dallas Gunslingers baseball team, has lost a lot in his life. He was a happily married man until they day his wife was murdered while she was shopping in a convenience store. He is suffering still from the loss.  Set the scene with a still hurting Jodi needing to get over her fears of weddings that her ex had "given" to her. Her therapist suggest crashing a wedding to help her get over these fears, so Jodi would be able to assist her sister in her sister's upcoming wedding.  Now take Jodi, Jake, crashing a wedding, and see what they all have in common and how Love can bring two people together. Rules of the Game is a home run deep into centerfield of your heart! I loved it and hope you will too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Touching, and sweet, over all feel good ending for the 2 characters who really were meant to be. Opposites do attract, because their meant to compliment each other!
RhondaJ More than 1 year ago
Awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters and their chemistry