Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Book Review: The Rule Book

By Melissa Smoot

Nora Mackenzie’s entire career lies in the hands of famous NFL tight end Derek Pender, who also happens to be her extremely hot college ex-boyfriend. Nora didn’t end things as gracefully as she could have back then, and now it has come back to haunt her. Derek is her first client as an official full-time sports agent and he’s holding a grudge.

Derek has set his sights on a little friendly revenge. If Nora Mackenzie, the first girl to ever break his heart, wants to be his agent, oh, he’ll let her be his agent. The plan is simple: make Nora’s life absolutely miserable. But if Derek knows anything about the woman he once loved—she won’t quit easily.

Instead of giving in, Nora starts a scheme of her own. But then a wild night in Vegas leads to Nora and Derek in bed the next morning married. With their rule book out the window, could this new relationship save their careers or spark the romance of a lifetime? (Synopsis courtesy of Amazon.)

This was a great story! I really felt like I related to the main character, Nora, in what it is like to work in a typically male dominated industry. Like Nora, I have also been fortunate to have some amazing and supportive female bosses, that helped me to navigate my industry and made it bearable. I loved how the author made Nora so kind and loving but also gave her a fun and cute personality. Her quirky antics and sarcastic comments made me laugh a lot. I found myself rooting for her throughout the entire book. 

The plot of two college sweethearts that find each other again, years later, really kept me interested. I never felt a lull in the story and found myself cheering out loud at points. I also thought it was interesting how Adams worked in late diagnosis dyslexia. I know several people who were not diagnosed until adulthood, and I can’t imagine how hard they must have struggled in school, and my heart goes out to anyone that has been through that. I was happy to see it brought to light and hopefully it will help more people to realize that they aren’t alone.

Overall, I really loved The Rule Book. I could see this being a great summer or beach read (some of it takes place in Mexico). I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fun but heartfelt story with great characters that make you wish you knew them in real life. Can’t wait to see what Sarah Adams come out with next.

Thanks to Random House for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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