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Six Month Rule
     

Six Month Rule

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by A.J. Pine
 

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"A pitch-perfect blend of sexy and sweet, this office romance had me hooked from the first page." - Jennifer Blackwood, author of The Rule Book

The second I met Will Evans in his three-piece suit with that hot as hell British accent, I wanted him.

That is...until he insulted my shoes and stole my corner office.

Now I

Overview

"A pitch-perfect blend of sexy and sweet, this office romance had me hooked from the first page." - Jennifer Blackwood, author of The Rule Book

The second I met Will Evans in his three-piece suit with that hot as hell British accent, I wanted him.

That is...until he insulted my shoes and stole my corner office.

Now I have to work side-by-side with the surly British arsehole who just set my career back six months.

It's fine. That accent won't get to me, no matter how sexy it sounds when he asks permission to do things professionals shouldn't do. On the couch. In the corner office I still wish was mine.

Maybe we can't keep our hands off each other, but I'm sure as hell not falling for a guy who lives an ocean away. Because in six months, he's leaving for good.

I don't do broken hearts, but you know what they say...

There's a first time for everything.

Each book in the Kingston Ale House series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 The One That Got Away
Book #2 Six Month Rule
Book #3 Three Simple Words

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781633756601
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
07/18/2016
Series:
Kingston Ale House , #2
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
294
Sales rank:
2,444
File size:
2 MB

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Six Month Rule

The Kingston Ale House Series


By A. J. Pine, Karen Grove

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2016 A. J. Pine
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-660-1


CHAPTER 1

Gemini: You are what you wear, so dress the part. Today more than any other day, make sure your clothes tell everyone who you are. Only when you show your true self can you truly be seen.


Holly's smile faltered. What the hell did that mean? No one was truer to herself than she was, and she had the clothes to prove it. Okay, well, she had last year's samples to prove it, but even on her worst day, Holly Chandler's designer wardrobe was a force to be reckoned with. And she kept nothing hidden, yet her app seemed to be accusing her of quite the opposite. Despite what seemed to be a disapproving horoscope — which she insisted to her sister she only read for fun — Holly felt like a million bucks. And there was no question — she looked like a million bucks, too. After pulling off Saturday night's fashion show as head assistant director, Holly knew her meeting with Andrea this morning was the one she'd been working toward for five years. Maybe all-black wasn't Holly Chandler's norm, but her sister said the dress made her look like Audrey Hepburn, and paired with the perfect Jimmy Choo peep-toe booties, the vintage black frock was exactly what she needed to show her boss that she could be taken seriously as a partner rather than an employee. Holly was never one for business wear, but she was sure this look meant business, that it said she was ready to take on whatever Andrea threw at her. All she needed was her hazelnut soy latte, icing on the cake that she knew this day would be.

Yet just as the elevator doors were about to kiss, a polished, tan Cole Haan wingtip forced them back open. That would leave a scuff mark, which was why Holly was smiling when Charlie Tate, Trousseau's finance director, invaded her early-morning daydreams — and her private elevator ride.

"Morning, gorgeous," Charlie said.

Holly sighed. Conversations with him always seemed to circle back to when they'd been a we. But she wouldn't let herself get distracted. Not today. "Morning, Charlie."

She couldn't help but admire everything above the wingtips. The navy suit, one of the three buttons fastened over the periwinkle-and-white pin-striped button-down. Maybe the jacket could be taken in a notch at the shoulders, but who was she to judge? Charlie worked in finance, not in design. On any given day, he blew most suited men out of the water. And damn, she really did love a man who could dress.

"Everyone's talking about your home run Saturday night," he added, his grin spreading across his lightly tanned face.

"Really?" She innocently raised her brows while offering him a fuller response in her head. I know, right? Andrea gave me the reins, so I worked my ass off for that show. And guess what? I nailed it, and now she's going to make me partner. Not bad for twenty-six, eh?

Charlie nudged her shoulder with his.

"Celebrate later after Andrea makes it official?"

Holly's face erupted into the smile she'd been keeping at bay. Aw, screw it. Today was not the day for her poker face. Except her grin and Charlie's grin were probably not about the same things. So she dialed it back a few notches.

"Thanks, Charlie. But I don't think that's a good idea."

Ugh, why did he have to be all blond and designer suit wearing and, if memory served, pretty damned sexy out of the suit as well?

See? Distracting.

"Still on that six-month kick, huh?" he asked as the elevator made its first stop — Charlie's stop — on the fourth floor.

The doors opened.

"It's not a kick," she insisted, watching him back away. "You liked my rule eighteen months ago," she added, reminding him that he'd jumped at the chance for a six-months-or-less, no-strings-attached relationship.

Charlie was over the threshold now, and a handful of people pushed past him, again invading Holly's solo ride.

A sun-kissed wave flopped down over his forehead, and Charlie, laid-back as he was, let it hang there so Holly's fingers itched to push it out of the way. Jesus, it was like he knew that, rule or not, Holly was having a bit of a drought, which meant something as innocent as unruly hair could set her mind in directions it really shouldn't go on a Monday morning. The Monday morning when Holly would make partner.

There was a sobering thought. Work. Career. The reason for the rule in the first place. It wasn't that she didn't enjoy having someone to come home to at night. She quite liked that part. It was just that after the honeymoon phase — the part where everything was rainbows and puppy dogs and great sex all the time — then it became work. There were expectations that Holly couldn't meet. Can you stop bringing work home with you? Do you have to work on the weekend? What comes first, work or me?

The answer was always the same. Holly's passion for Trousseau always trumped her passion for other people or things.

Charlie shrugged.

"And I'd like it again for another three to six," he added with a wink. "Don't I get a do-over after nearly two years?" he asked, but Charlie's face was lost in the sea of people who didn't care about Holly's life enough to wait for her to finish a conversation with a man she used to sleep with and with whom she was considering — maybe — sleeping again.

As the doors made their way toward kissing again, she leaned her head back against the elevator's wall, smiled, and reminded herself that after stopping for her latte on the fifth floor, she was riding up to ten, to where her life would be forever changed.

This time it was a black Ferragamo loafer that parted the doors. Yet it was as if the elevator knew not to mess with this shoe, that it was far too precious to carelessly scuff. Or, she decided as the wearer of said shoe entered the dwindling space, perhaps the elevator knew who was attached to it.

Holly's eyes trailed from the soft, black leather of the loafer to the cuff of the slate-colored pants expertly cut to fit these legs and these legs only. Of this she had no doubt. Then there was the jacket and vest, same color, each buttoned snug over a lean, taut torso. Holly thanked the stars, every last constellation, for perfectly tailored suits. And vests. What was it about a man in a vest?

"Thank you."

Holly's head shot up to see the words directed at an older woman whose finger depressed the door-open button. The voice was deep and buttercream smooth. And was that ... an English accent?

Her ovaries might have just gone supernova, but she could hold it together for one more floor. Holly Chandler wasn't a girl to lose it in an elevator, no matter how much those two words, spoken in that voice, with that accent, melted her insides.

This drought was going to kill her. Maybe another go with Charlie wasn't the worst idea.

When the circle of white light lit up the number five, Holly let out a long breath. The doors opened, and she exited with all the other folk who were on their way to a caffeine boost. As she did, she caught Mr. Ferragamo checking out her four-inch peep-toe booties, and a surge of confidence jolted her back to the Holly she knew she was.

"Like what you see?" she asked, stopping to glance down the length of her own legs to where his eyes still rested. This brought his head up with a snap, and a dark wave tumbled onto his forehead before he finger-combed it back into place. He cleared his throat.

"You pull off last season's design well enough, but I'd have gone for the red," he said, and those words, despite the velvet ribbon they were tied up in, pieced her insides right back together.

Holly smoothed out a nonexistent wrinkle from her dress as she brushed past him, ovaries once again intact.

"Ass," she muttered under her breath, and then let the promise of a hazelnut double pump patch up the tiny puncture in her bubble. Of course she could pull off last season's design. She could rock the hell out of last season's freaking design, because all she could afford right now were the free samples. But in less than an hour that would all change. The first thing she would buy with her new salary would be next season's Jimmy Choos. But they sure as hell would not be red.

* * *

Bloody well done, Will Evans thought as he rode the rest of the way to the tenth floor in perfect silence. First full day in the States and he was already letting the jet lag get the best of him. Or maybe it was that he loathed being across the Atlantic altogether.

He scrubbed a hand over the stubble he was sure made him look as travel weary as he felt, and then, because no one else was in the lift anymore, he took a picture of himself to document his transformation and then texted it to Sophie.

As promised, he wrote, I've not shaved and won't until you see me again.

Will checked his watch to make sure he'd calculated the time difference well enough and let out a sigh when he realized it was early afternoon back in London. Surely she'd be awake. He just hoped Tara would respond.

Seconds later the response came through. Sophie says to remind you to send one each day. But I can't promise to respond each time.

Despite his ex's evident irritation, Will relaxed just a bit. And again, because he was the only one in the lift, he let out a soft chuckle. His six-year-old daughter was the only one capable of making him laugh these days.

Tell her I haven't forgotten, he replied. Each day. That's what they'd agreed upon. Then he added, Until your mum gets cross with me.

He'd already hit send when he decided that maybe Tara would take that last bit with offense. It wouldn't matter that he'd meant it in good fun.

"You talk as if I'm some overbearing hag," she'd say, exasperated with him once again. Christ, he knew he asked a lot of her with all the travel, but she complied each time. For Sophie. She was a good mum, and someday soon, he'd be a good dad.

For now, all he could give Sophie was a photo — one a day for the next six months. And he wouldn't shave until he saw her on his visits — as many as he could squeeze in before he was home for good. That's what she'd made him promise, so he'd think of her every time he looked in the mirror.

Sophie, Sophie. Didn't she know he didn't need a reminder to think of her? It wasn't Chicago's fault he could barely stomach stepping off the plane and into a city that would replace his home for half a year. He was sure it was a lovely place — as were New York, L.A., Milan, Paris — all the cities that served as surrogate homes for him in the past. But only the real thing — London — had what all the other cities lacked.

It had Sophie.

Right, then. He'd get through this meeting and head back to the hotel, where his suitcase sat still packed and the bed not yet unmade. It always took a day or two for his body to regulate to another country's time zone. He'd sleep tonight. Right now there was the matter at hand — his new client's account. If he pulled off this event without a hitch, he'd have enough time with the firm to take that yearlong sabbatical he'd promised himself. Time to spend with Sophie and be the father he should have been all along. But he had been too young and stupid when she was born to see past the money and the allure of travel, too afraid to step away from a competitive industry that would only replace him with the next up-and-coming young bloke.

Sophie had been an unexpected surprise, but it hadn't been enough to save their already failing relationship. Tara wanted stability, and Will had wanted the world. So she found Phillip, who loved Sophie as his own, and Will became a third wheel in his own daughter's life as the work kept piling on.

Give us another year, and we'll give you six months' leave.

Come on, Will. You're on fire. Another year and we'll up it to eight months.

Sign this contract, Evans. Five years, and you'll have enough in the bank to retire before you're thirty-five, mate. We'll even hold your position for a full year.

And so, like an arsehole, he'd signed on the bloody line.

Before he knew it, time had gotten away from him. Tara was happy with Phillip. Sophie was happy with them.

The familiar ding of a lift reaching its destination sounded in his ears. Seemed like he knew lifts better than the stairs to his own front door.

The doors opened on the tenth floor, and Will Evans strode into the offices of Trousseau, his office for the next six months.

He hadn't realized until it vibrated that his phone was still clutched in his hand.

Love you, Sophie had written back.

Love you, too, Will replied, then slipped the phone into his suit jacket pocket.

One day started, 179 to go.

CHAPTER 2

When Holly got to her office at half past seven — okay, it was a cubicle — Andrea had left her an email saying she'd be a few minutes late and she'd email again when she was ready. Holly spun back and forth in her chair, refreshing her screen again ... and again. Andrea was always punctual, and she had called their meeting for eight.

Refresh. Refresh.

Still no email, and it was twelve minutes after eight.

"Partner yet?"

Holly gasped as the Arts and Entertainment section of the Tribune dropped onto her keyboard.

"Shit, Charlie! You're going to kill me before I even have a chance!"

"Just thought you might want to see your name in a headline," he said, and Holly's eyes fell to the paper in front of her.

Holly Chandler: A Fresh New Name on the Chicago Fashion Scene.

"You beat out every concert, movie premiere, and even that high-end boutique opening with all those celebrity guests. Holly Chandler can't be beat," he added.

Her heart swelled in her chest. Maybe she'd never played competitive sports, but it still felt good to win. Sure, she was fresh as far as the newspaper was concerned, but Holly had been on the fashion scene since she graduated college. She was already a five-year veteran, but the recognition was something new — and definitely welcome.

She stared at the picture of herself standing center stage, dwarfed by all the models from the show, but there she was nonetheless: Holly was used to the spotlight. She'd been a theater kid all throughout high school and college. But this was different. This was the rest of her life, seeing something she created come to fruition. And even before she entered Andrea's office, someone had already recognized what she had to offer — what she'd worked so hard for.

"Aren't you lonely putting your personal life second?" her sister, Brynn, had asked more than once. But she didn't get it. Personal ... professional ... it was all the same to Holly. Making a name for herself would bring her happiness in all aspects of her life. The proof was in the headline, because, without even reading the article, that tiny puncture in her bubble sealed itself right up. Nothing could burst it now.

And just like that, up popped the email from Andrea she'd been waiting for.

Ready for ya, rock star, was all it said, and it was enough to permanently affix the grin to Holly's face.

"Thank you, Charlie," she said, grabbing the paper to bring with her, in case Andrea hadn't seen it yet. She stood and curtsied, giving him a wink. After all, she had beaten out all the other Chicago entertainment that weekend. Nothing was going to stand in her way now.

"Still around if you want to celebrate tonight," he said. "Kingston Ale House?"

There would definitely be cause for celebration. Besides, no one liked to celebrate alone. Why not?

"Sure, Charlie. I can always go for a pint."

With that she rounded the corner to where the reception desk separated the cubes from the full-sized offices — Andrea's and a space that served as a conference room but was big enough to be split into a meeting room and another office. Her office.

Andrea's door was open, so Holly walked right in, permagrin in place, heart swelling, and the article with her name in bold letters folded in her hand.

And then her impenetrable bubble started to squeal as that small puncture began to leak. Because Holly was now face-to-face with not only her boss but with Mr. British Elevator Ass, too. Or, she supposed, for him it would be arse.

"There's my superstar!" Andrea said, and Holly should have been beaming right along with her. "So glad you're here. Holly, this is William Evans."

Holly's palm began to sweat against the inky paper it held, and she was happy for an excuse not to be able to shake hands, not that he was offering her one. He stood next to Andrea, a cup and saucer in his hand as he sipped her boss's beverage of choice, straight espresso. His blue-eyed gaze betrayed nothing of their meeting in the elevator, so she did the best she could to shutter hers.

"I wanted to wait until Mr. Evans got to town to tell you the good news," Andrea continued, all grace and poise as if she still walked the runways. "We've landed the Tallulah Chan account. Her debut American show will be with Trousseau. Mr. Evans is her publicist and will oversee the planning of the event, which means you and he will be working together from now through the new year."


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Six Month Rule by A. J. Pine, Karen Grove. Copyright © 2016 A. J. Pine. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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Meet the Author

AJ writes stories to break readers' hearts, but don't worry--she'll mend those hearts with a happily ever after...maybe. The first book she wrote was YA, but now she's two-timing her first love with NA. She's always in the middle of reading two to three books, adores online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes), and she still loves vampires, whether it's Eric Northman or the Salvatore brothers. When she's not writing, AJ is sneaking off to her day job as a high school English teacher or hanging with her husband and kids in the Chicago burbs.

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Six Month Rule 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series.
Anonymous 12 months ago
This book was definitely addictive just what a great love story should be.You feel each Characters confushion and joy as if you had known them all your life. Author A.T.Pine,brings the story to life and draws you in.L.M.A.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Woooooooo hot guys here I come and I swear I sound like a gay guy right now but Im a girl lol
bhillson83 More than 1 year ago
As soon as I turned the first page of the Six Month Rule, I knew I was in for a great read. A.J. Pine did not disappoint with her funny but yet romantic tale of Holly Chandler and Will Evans. The instant the two meet, the chemistry was sizzling from the pages and as a reader, I knew I was in for a real treat. Let me tell you, if you are looking for a book full of romance, fun, and sizzling chemistry, then this is the book for you. I loved the concept of the six month rule and it was absolutely brilliant for Holly Chandler to make it for herself. However, sometimes as we all know, love gets in the way. Two people who were not expecting love found it in the most strangest of places. I loved the dynamics between Holly and Will, how they struggled for a while to stay away from the temptation, however, when it became apparent that there was no escaping what was brewing between them, I loved that Holly took the first step. A.J. Pine created a storyline that I knew I had to read right from the moment that I read the synopsis. The storyline was incredible, the book was fantastic and the characters were absolutely amazing. I am such a fan of contemporary romance, especially the fun, light reads such as this, that when you are looking to escape for that little while, something pleasurable and fun. Pine did that with this great read, two characters whom are easily likeable, with a dash of comedy and a whole lot of romance, will sweep you off your feet. If you are looking for a great read this summer, something fun, light and contemporary, then the Six Month Rule is for you. A.J. Pine knows how to keep a good storyline going and will have you swooning over Will Evans and his British Accent. Make sure you add the Six Month Rule to your To-Be-Read Shelf .... and don't leave it there .... make sure it get's added to your Read Shelf!
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
A feel-good romance! Will Evans is my new British book boyfriend--really, I think everyone deserves a Will. I loved all his adorable British-isms, and how he took such good care of Holly (bought her ice cream! and Nyquil! almost removed his fingerprints carrying hot deep dish pizza!) and was so determined to be a good dad to Sophie--even though that's what almost made him lose it all in the end. And Holly--as workaholic as Will, with her compulsive horoscope reading, and her darn "six month rule" about relationships--oh my gosh, did that girl ever need to get out of her own way to find happiness!--it was impossible not to love her anyway, in spite of the fact that she was the #1 person making herself miserable. Fortunately, Six Month Rule is a romance, so they both got their act together in the end and reached for their HEA. Because, day-um. Did these two need to have an HEA :) They were adorable, and steamy, and just so right together--so much fun to read. Swoon. Six Month Rule is the second in the series, but it would work fine as a standalone, if needed. If you have read The One That Got Away , though, you'll love seeing Holly's sister Brynn again, and Jamie (talk about two people who get in the way of their own happiness--at least it didn't take Holly and Will ten years...thank goodness. That might have killed me.) Here's hoping the Kingston Ale House series has a few more books in it--because I for one will read them all. Rating: 4 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I loved Six Month Rule, so many happy feels. The storyline was sweet, fun and very romantic. Will and Holly were truly perfect for each other. They both made me laugh, swoon and I just couldn't help falling in love them and their love story. I'm a huge fan of A.J. Pine's writing and once again she has delivered a well written, entertaining story with wonderful characters that will leave you with a heart full of happy feels.
CCarroll More than 1 year ago
Awww I loved this read. It is so true to life, how we try to compartmentalize our feelings and yet when you finally find the one, it is all blown to hell. This book is loaded with all of the things we love in a sweet romance. A steamy hot guy - with the English accent to boot; a hardworking gal trying to have it all; and a great group of friend that support and care. Plus lead you to other books in the series. Sexy and steamy, loaded with delicious scenes that titillate and make you even sweat a bit, this book delivers the goods in a lighthearted, fun read you will enjoy!
AmyHiggs More than 1 year ago
Neither Holly nor Will has time for emotional entanglements. They are both committed to their careers for different reasons. They agree to six months of a no strings attached relationship. They don't take into account that a lot can change in six months! I loved Holly and Will! Their path to a HEA was so fun to read! I loved hearing about Jamie and Brynn too! This was a great read and I would definitely recommend it!
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story! The characters were refreshing and fun to read about. Will is the quintessential Brit, with a dry sense of humor, a solid character and, in this particular case, a loving and devoted parent. I loved seeing him with his daughter on his trips home and his singular goal of being there for her whenever possible despite his long distance job was quite lovely to see. Holly is a workaholic with a good heart. She's been reaching ever closer to her goal of making partner at Trousseau and despite her disappointment at not being there yet, she's not going to give up on her dream. I really appreciated how once Will and Holly got over their initial meeting, he clearly appreciated and respected her talent and was willing to work with her to achieve their mutual success. Holly is a confident and strong woman who knows what she wants. Well, until she realizes that what she really wants is to somehow keep Will in her life and the idea of him leaving for good makes her feel things she shouldn't. It takes some bravery on both their sides to own up to their feelings for each other, and there are definitely some emotional times in the second half of the story as they come to grips with how deeply they are involved. Plus, these two are really hot together! There are some steamy scenes between them, and it's easy to see how after a few months they'll be hard pressed to give up what they've got between them. Overall, I found this story to be a wonderful contemporary romance. It's got characters with heart, challenges for them both to overcome without going too far on the angst scale, sexy and fun scenes and a plot that is unique and appealing. It's definitely one of my favourite reads so far this year. 5 stars.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Very different office romance . . . . What a lot can change in six months! Will Evans is a British publicist who has negotiated himself a sabbatical year but to earn it he has to complete six months jetting between his UK home and the events organising company, Trousseau, in Chicago. He can't wait for the time to be up so he can spend quality time with his six year old daughter, Sophie. He never imagined meeting anyone like the feisty, work focussed, highly talented events organiser, Holly Chandler - let alone having to work with her. She's reticent to commit to any relationship, always planning ahead with a get out clause after six months. Neither were looking for love or for commitment but life rarely works out as you'd planned - sometimes something much better is waiting just when you least expect it. . . Sometimes rules are just made to be broken! With two brilliant lead characters and a definite end date planned from the start, this is not a typical office romance. Add in that Will is handsome, with a delectable accent and way of expressing himself, as well as being a very caring father and you just know this is going to be different. Like in real life, things don't go smoothly, there are plenty of obstacles in the path to true love but this is a journey well worth following as AJ Pine takes the reader on the journey with her characters, encouraging empathy and understanding to develop between all concerned en route. This story also has the added horoscopes giving guidance and advice along the way. It is part of a series but you don't need to have read the previous novels to appreciate this one. Altogether this is a thoroughly enjoyable read - there again, I've not read anything from this talented author that I haven't relished escaping into - so I highly recommend getting yourself a copy to enjoy, too. Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
KaraS More than 1 year ago
This is the second book of the Kingston Ale House series but can be read as a stand-alone. This one follows Brynn’s sister, Holly Chandler who has a hard fast rule that no relationship lasts beyond the “honeymoon phase” which she’s determined lasts for six months. So she goes into each relationship up front about only being temporary and it’s worked great so far. She is committed to her work and doesn’t have the time or energy to “work” at a real relationship. Enter British William Evans who will be working with Holly for the next six months on a fashion designer’s American debut. Sparks fly from their first encounter in the elevator and they can’t deny their attraction. Will is a single father who will be returning to London after the show and we already know Holly’s relationship rule. What could go wrong?!? Of course, when love sneaks its way in – things get complicated. Sophie, Will’s daughter, is a delightful addition to the story and about as adorable as a six (almost seven) year-old can be. This time around – the characters weren’t quite as frustrating, but Will becomes quite the arse near the end. He’ll have some groveling to do if he wants to win Holly back. Of course, they still have to work out the long-distance thing, but somehow things all work out in the end. This was an enjoyable story from start to finish. A.J. writes charming, witty characters that you keep rooting for to get their act together even as they stumble their way through loves ups and down. The fact that Will is a swoony, British-accented hottie doesn’t hurt either!! Received ARC in exchange for an honest review.
repsgoddess More than 1 year ago
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Six Month Rule by A.J. Pine is Book 2 of the Kingston Ale House #2. This is my first time reading this author’s work and I was not disappointed; I love Ms. Pine’s writing style. Great world building and engaging characters are balanced perfectly with just the right amount of heat. What an fun and LOL read! Holly and Will had me rolling throughout the book...hated to come to the end of their story. Definitely going to check out the rest of this author’s books.
Musings_of_Madjy More than 1 year ago
Loved sassy Holly, and charming - very British- Will. Their arrangement was good, the build-up of their feelings paced well. The months passing worked well for this story, not feeling as though I was missing anything important while keeping everything going at a reasonable pace. I appreciated that Holly worked hard, but that the focus was on how possible that was with a real life. It was a very real and normal problem. Holly's klutziness was also a great touch and I seriously enjoyed her character. All the supporting characters were great, including Will's mum, and especially Will's daughter, Sophie. Brynn and Jamie were enjoyable, and this made me want to go back and read their story again! Another thing of note is how fashion is, sparingly, sprinkled in. I thought this was great as it was just the right amount. Too often, books with a heroine working in the fashion industry are littered with brand names and spend paragraphs describing the couture. Not this book - it focused on what the reader really wanted to read about: the adorable, sexy, sweet romance. Which is also something to mention: the sexytimes here are far from "closed door" (read: HOT), but they don't consume the rest of the story either. The balance of everything is spot on, the writing wonderful, the characters real.. Another awesome book by A.J. Pine! I received a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.com for an honest, unbiased review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is my 100% own.
Vicki101370 More than 1 year ago
Holly Chandler has a six-month time limit for dating. Her theory is that the honeymoon phase of relationships end at six months, and if both people go in with the agreement that things will end on a specific date they can enjoy their time together while it lasts and end things with no drama or hurt feelings. This arrangement works just fine for Will Evans, who's representing a British designer that has hired the firm that Holly works for to plan her first American fashion show. Will has a daughter in England and has no interest in staying in the U.S. any longer than he has to. The attraction between Will and Holly is stronger than anything either of them can deny, so he readily agrees to the six month dating plan. As the time speeds by Will and Holly develop a routine both in and out of the office. They click at work, and the banter is funny and witty from their first interaction. But that was nothing compared to the smoking hot chemistry when they're off the clock. There are so many moments in this book that stand out in my mind as pivotal in the development of Will and Hollys relationship. All of those small ah-ha moments are why I enjoy A.J. Pines writing so much. I was really rooting for this couple, I couldn't wait to see what happened, but I also didn't want it to end.
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
Another amazing visit to The Kingston Ale House! While this is book two in the series, it can definitely be read as a standalone. Holly Chandler is a career-focused fashionista. She has her sights set on a partnership at Trousseau. In order to achieve the goals she has set for herself, she has a six-month rule when it comes to dating. No relationship past the six-month mark when the "honeymoon period" typically ends. On the day she thinks she'll finally be named partner, she's informed that she needs to work a big international project with Will Evans to prove that she's ready. Will Evans only has to work one more publicity project before his bosses have promised him some much needed time off. Nothing will get in the way of his goal of getting this show done perfectly in the next six months so he can go home to his family in England. Will has no intention of starting anything that will make him like his time in the States but he didn't count on meeting Holly. I loved absolutely everything about this story. Will and Holly's banter had me cracking up so much. Will is dedicated to learning from his mistakes and flies back and forth to England every weekend to see his daughter. This showed such a dedication to being a good parent that you don't typically see of fathers in books. I love the author's style of writing and the dual POV. I was drawn in to the story from the first page and couldn't put it down until I finished. I can't wait for the rest of the series! *I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
FizzaYounis More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing romance novel. I loved the story, the characters, the romance, and the humour. It's quite enjoyable read. I'd recommend it to all readers who enjoy contemporary romance novels. This one is a must read for you. :) Holly never gets attached to guys. She knows that relationship don't last so what is the point of getting attached and then getting hurt. Hence the six month rule. So far it has worked like a charm for her. But when Will comes to work in USA and she tries to use her rule with him it doesn't go so well. Before long she is heads over heels in love and no idea what to do about it. There is no way their relationship will last. Most importantly Will has to return home and where would it leave Holly then. Will also knows that things aren't going to work but he is going to try at the very least... Soon they realise how much is at stake here but will they ever be able to deal with all the hurdles in their way? Time will tell... It's quite an interesting story with many laugh-out-loud moments and some make-you-cry moments, not to mention swoon-worthy-romance moments... All in all it's a pretty good read, totally worth my time. :)
PennySparkles More than 1 year ago
3.5 "hot guy with an accent" Stars Holly has been a fashion show director for the last five years, always with the promise of the next one being what will make her a partner. When the opportunity finally arrives, it is in the hand of her first international client and a New Year’s Eve show. The catch? She needs to work with said client’s publicist and he is one hunky piece of well-dressed Brit… a yummy distraction! William has a lot riding on this last assignment. If everything goes according to plan, he’ll finally get the year off so he can do what he was meant to be doing all the years his priorities were wrong. So when he finds the cheerful, upbeat and incredibly sexy director he’ll be working alongside, he decides the only way for it to work and not get sidetracked, is to be a complete arse. Holly and Will enter into one of Holly’s signature Six Month relationships: all the fun of a new couple but with an expiration date before things get complicated. So far, this has worked wonderfully for Holly, and Will doesn’t really need one more complication in his life now that everything is almost working out for him. Unfortunately for both of them, these pesky things called feelings begin to appear, and suddenly everything is not as simple as it should be. Now not only are their hearts at risk, but they can’t let their relationship get in the middle of work, or both of them might lose more than they bargained for. Six Month Rule was a light, quick read with some steam to it. There were some really sweet moments, especially regarding Will that put a goofy smile on my face. Although I enjoyed reading it, Holly’s unwillingness to reflect on her own feelings grew steadily tiresome. In the end, I didn’t feel she was worthy of Will, when her actions didn’t follow her own “rules” but she’d rather bury her head in the sand like an ostrich than inspect her own heart. Will obviously had some issues to overcome, but I felt that, if a bit blown out of proportion by his perception of himself, they still were weighty matters. He was beyond charming, adorable and really sexy and I wouldn’t mind one bit having to work with him. *I received a complimentary copy of this book*
Brigittehf More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in this series and I must admit that I enjoyed reading this one much more than I did the first one. Will is a successful publicist. He has worked really hard over the past six years to get to where he is now. These six years came with a price though. He is intent of putting things right over and above his own happiness. Besides, he is happy making up for loss time. Holly is an ambitious young lady who is set on becoming partner in Trousseau, the company she works for. To avoid distractions, she has a six months rule. She doesn’t do longterm relationships as the six months is like a honeymoon period and once this feeling wears off, she just moves on and "Bob is your uncle". Will is assigned to work with Trousseau as their publicist on this big contract. To do this, he has to travel back and forth between London and California. His home is in London where he would much rather spend his time with someone very precious to him. He has a plan! Complete this six months assignment, then take time out to make his wish come true. He starts on the wrong foot on the first time he meets Holly with some comments she doesn't like. He then finds out that he has to work very closely with Holly who is in charge for this project. Oops! Holly is quite taken by Will. She likes everything about him. His English accent, his broody self, his looks and sex appeal. Will quite likes her too. Holly decides to approach him with a proposition. Why not suggest the six months rules which is the duration of the project. He agrees but as they get to know each other, they find that their relationship is not so casual after all. There is more to them that meets the eyes. Will Holly break her own rules? Can Will divide his time between Holly and his life in London? I like the way Holly consults her stars on a regular basis even though she says that she doesn't really believe. Right! Will is a real sweetie. He is passionate about his personal and professional life. They make such a nice couple. I absolutely love the chemistry between Will and Holly. The storyline is unique, compelling and captivating. I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
“You can’t choose it. Or plan it–the person you fall for. It just happens, like a slap upside the head. A wake-up call.” “That’s not what loving someone meant. It wasn’t one-sided. Love was a give and take. And if you were lucky enough to earn the love of someone wonderful, you’d be willing to give more than you got–just for a tiny taste of that love.” I absolutely adored this latest release by A.J. Pine. Six Month Rule is a delightful and captivating read, that will make you swoon, fall in love and wish on stars. Told from dual points of view, Six Month Rule follows the story of Holly and Will. Holly doesn’t have time for relationships and believes that everything goes wrong after 6 months. So, she imposes a 6 month rule upon herself. She doesn’t believe that she is destined to have a lasting relationship and doesn’t have the time to put any effort into one anyway. She had no idea that when Will walked into her life, all her rules and everything she’s known is about to be thrown out the window…..Will has made a lot of mistakes in his life. He’s never gotten his priorities straight. So, when he finds himself in the states for work, he is determined to make things right. A relationship is the last thing that he is looking for. He needs to keep his eyes on the prize, but Holly might just be a distraction that he can’t ignore……. Six Month Rule was a joy to read. I found the story so refreshing. I love the no strings attached/we can stop at anytime story-line. Those types of stories are so much fun and great for summer reading. A.J. Pine certainly knocked it out of the park with this one. From the moment I picked up this book, I had a smile on my face. I just knew that I was in for a real treat and I was not disappointed. Six Month Rule was a lot of fun. It was well written and you could tell that a lot of heart went into it. The characters were so likable and easy to connect with. When I first met Holly, I appreciated just how focused and determined she was with her job. Her six month rule, had me shaking my head and waiting in anticipation for her to finally meet “the one”. And Will….What’s not to love. He’s smart. He’s sexy. He’s broody. He’s got an accent. He’s just what Holly needed in her life, she just had to open her eyes to him. And with a line like this: “I might devour you, body and soul”, how could you not swoon over Will? And can we talk about the sparks between these two? Wow!! I couldn’t get enough of the two of them and wild horses couldn’t stop me from rooting for them to get a HEA! There’s so much I want to say and just geek out on over this book, but I’m not going to ruin it for you. What I can tell you is, be prepared to fall in love. Six Month Rule is a fantastic read from beginning to end. It’s going to make you laugh. It’s going to make you swoon. It’s going to pull at your heart. But, most importantly, it’s going to make you fall in love. This book has a little something for everyone and is a great summer read. I loved every second of it and can not wait to get my hands on more of this series!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This book was captivating from the very first page. Second in a series but easily read standalone. Holly Chandler lives for fashion! Right now she has no time for relationships so she has a rule. Six months of dating and no more. She is ambitious, focused, and determined to make partner at her job and the assignment she's just been given is going to make her! That is if she can work with the obnoxious Englishman Will Evans. It's clear he doesn't want to be here but his reasons why are unknown to Holly. All she knows is that for the next six months she has to play nice with him to get this show done and just maybe have a little fun along the way! Can they each walk away when the six months are done??? It's no secret I'm a huge AJ Pine fan but truly this is some of her finest work. It's hilarious, heartwarming, and very sexy. Give it a try, I highly recommend it.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
A.J. Pine took every stereotype attributed to a man and gave it a pretty face. Sometimes a sister needs a little wicked in her life. After focusing on her career for so long Holly needs a little fun in her life. Enter studly British drink of water Will and more than her career is on the line. Six Month Rule is eye- opening, sexy and so much fun. Who knew a little fun could lead to forever. I thought Ms. Pine did a great job of allowing the reader to fall in love with this unconventional romance.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Who writes this trash
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She apears in her wagon. "Whats this? The Jokers hideout? This might accualy be fun! Onwards and upwards, backwards and forwards I say!"