Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Blog Tour: Rules of Entanglement (Fighting for Love #2)

Welcome to my stop on the Rules of Entanglement Book Tour!  Keep reading for a review of the book and a great giveaway.  One lucky person will win a Kindle FIRE HD or a $200 Amazon Gift card. 

Rules of Entanglement (Fighting for Love #2)
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.
Publisher: Entangled Publishing: Brazen
Publication Date: March 31, 2013
Kat's Review
This is the second book in a series, but it's a stand alone.  You don't have to read the first to understand what's happening in the second.  The storyline of this book has the potential to be seriously cheesy, but it's not.  The author does a nice job of making the initial deception on the part of Jackson to be plausible by having him immediately acknowledge it to himself and having it gnaw at him throughout the book.  The basic premise is simple: Jackson's little sister is getting married in Hawaii, where he lives.  She gets sick the week before the wedding and sends her best friend to Hawaii early to help finalize the plans.  Jackson and Vanessa get thrown together for the week, and find themselves falling for each other. 
Digging deeper, we find that there's more to each of them than meets the eye.  Jackson has a secret he's been hiding from his sister, and Vanessa has a past she's been hiding from everyone.  During their time together, they begin to chip away at their walls, while falling hard and fast for the other.  While Jackson tries to get Vanessa to open up and trust him, he knows that a lie he told her when they first met might be their undoing. 
I have to say, I liked this book more than I expected to.  This is a romance novel, but there is a lot of action that goes on, so if you're looking for a simple romance with only a bit of kissing, this is not the book for you.  There's nothing crazy here either, in case you're wondering, just two consenting adults having fun and falling in love.  The chemistry between Jackson and Vanessa is obvious right from the start, and I enjoyed the banter between them.  Vanessa is a strong willed woman, and Jackson admires her feistiness.  There was a lot of respect written into the story, and I liked that the author showed how the emotional side of their relationship developed over time. 
Rating: A Good Read
If you like contemporary romances between adult characters, this one is a good choice.  The romance is hot, the characters are likeable and the storyline is interesting.  Overall a fun read. 
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Entangled Publishing in return for an honest review.

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