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Published by Entangled Lovestruck on January 19, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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A satisfying category romance novella from Entangled's Lovestruck imprint…
Rule number one: don't fall for the wrong guy.
Gracie Green has a shopping list for men. Career, financials, family...and a long list of rules to determine a guy's suitability. She's already disappointed her socialite mother once—now Gracie needs to find Mr. Perfect. Too bad she keeps getting distracted by her super-sexy, six-feet-of-tattooed-hotness friend, Des, who is so many shades of Mr. Wrong…
Bar owner Des Chapman has vowed never again to get involved with society girls. Yet he's irresistibly drawn to Gracie—those lush curves, those lips, and her ridiculous ability to date the wrong guys. As Gracie's discouragement grows, Des realizes it's time to show her what she reallyneeds in a man—and it has nothing to do with a briefcase and generous bank account. He'll teach Gracie the Rules According To Des…even if it means breaking his rule in the process.
The Rules According to Gracie is the third release from the fabulous Stefanie London. I first met her at the Romance Writers of Australia conference in 2013, and have been happily following her progress as an author since then. I absolutely adored books one and two, but there is just something so good about The Rules According to Gracie, I’m going out on a limb to say it is my favourite so far!
Stefanie mentioned to me in a tweet, when I said I was reading this, that she had a major soft spot for Des. After reading it, I can totally understand why!
So, what did I think of The Rules According to Gracie?
I think you can guess that I loved this one, but let me tell you why. I just had the best time reading Gracie’s story. It may not be all that long a story (novella-length at about 100 pages), but it is funny, sexy, beautifully written and just….well, it has Des.
Gracie’s transformation from the rules-driven, emotionally conservative good girl to someone unafraid to embrace the imperfections of life was such a lot of fun to read. The battles between her head and her heart are surely ones every girl has had at some point. The tension between Gracie and her bar-owning buddy Des is simply delicious – believable, understandable and fairly crackling with electricity. Des…oh, Des, how he helps Gracie out of tight spots, and works his way under her skin, is super-sweet. He has that swagger, that confidence, and he has the tattoos – but there is blessedly no signs of assholic behaviour about him.
Happy endings abound in Romance-land, and I loved Gracie and Des as a couple so much that I actually wanted them to have their very own HEA.
With each book of Stefanie’s that I read, I can see her own wonderful and unique voice arising from the pages, and The Rules According to Gracie is a perfect example of it!