Monday, April 1, 2013

Book Review: Rules of Entanglement by Gina L. Maxwell

Title: Rules of Entanglement
Series: Fighting for Love #2
Author: Gina L. Maxwell
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published: 03/31/2013
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Genre(s): Contemporary Erotic Romance

DESCRIPTION

"Seven days. And seven rules to break...

District Attorney Vanessa McGregor firmly believes that structure and order are the stuff that dreams are made of. Happiness can be planned - and it starts with 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 force 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."

 MY THOUGHTS (Short and Sweet)

I've read and enjoyed a fair number of "new adult" books over the last year, but this, ahem, "old adult" sure appreciated the more mature characters in this 'smexy' book! There is tons of sexual chemistry between Jackson and Vanessa, but the banter?! I LOVE their verbal volleys BIG TIME! Vanessa has a sharp mind and a sharp tongue to match. Jackson is no slouch when it comes to thinking on his feet and delivering power-packed responses to the "Red Viper."

I read Seducing Cinderella last October, and had this second book in the Fighting for Love Series on my watch list from the beginning. I snagged it first thing on its release day yesterday, and hated having to put it down til I finished a few hours later.

I'm a happily-ever-after addict, and the epilogue in Rules of Entanglement was the perfect one for Jax and V!

Fighting Irish, the third book in the series, is due out in the fall.

HIGHLIGHTS

"Did Hawaiians have the saying 'Save a surfboard, ride a surfer?' If not, she was totally starting it."

~*~

"What was wrong with this guy? He should be backing down, talking her down, or at the very least, toning it down. One of those downs."

~*~

Jackson: "You know, as your personal host, I feel I'd be shirking my responsibilities if I allowed a bunch of jerks to circle you like sharks around chum."
Vanessa: "'I'm sorry,' she said with a look of disbelief, 'did you just refer to me as fish guts?'"
Jackson: "'You are a lawyer.' Wink. Drink."

~*~

"Besides that, her dating pool had dwindled down to more like a dating puddle, and even that was drying up."

~*~

Vanessa: "I thought you said there wouldn't be any removal of clothing."
Jackson: "No, I said the loser wouldn't be required to remove any clothing. However, the winner can remove anything that gets into the way of him doing a shot in the location of his choosing."
Vanessa: "'Holy shit,' she said with wide eyes. 'You lawyer loopholed me.'"