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Release Day Blast: The Rule Maker by Jennifer Blackwood

Posted in Blog Tour/ Features 16th January 2017

Cover Design : L.J. Anderson / Mayhem Designs
Model: Kamil Nizinski
 Release Date: January 16, 2017

Synopsis

Ten Steps to Surviving a New Job:

  1.  Don’t sleep with the client. It’ll get you fired. (Sounds easy enough.)
  1.  Don’t blink when new client turns out to be former one-night stand.
  1. Don’t call same client a jerk for never texting you back.
  1. Don’t believe client when he says he really, really wanted to call.
  1. Remember, the client is always right—so you can’t junk punch him when he demands new design after new design.
  1.  Ignore accelerated heartbeat every time sexy client walks into room.
  1. Definitely ignore client’s large hands. They just mean he wears big gloves.
  1. Don’t let client’s charm wear you down. Be strong.
  1. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the client. You’ll lose more than your job—maybe even your heart.
  1. If all else fails, see rule number one again.

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About the Author

Jennifer Blackwood is an English teacher and contemporary romance author. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and poorly behaved black lab puppy. When she isn’t writing or teaching, she’s binging on Veronica Mars episodes and white cheddar popcorn.

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The Rule Maker by Jennifer Blackwood

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Netgalley/ New Adult/ Reviews 24th December 2016
The Rule Maker by Jennifer BlackwoodThe Rule Maker by Jennifer Blackwood
Series: The Rule Breakers, #2
Published by Entangled Publishing (Embrace) on January 16th 2017
Pages: 280
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four-stars

Ten Steps to Surviving a New Job:
1. Don’t sleep with the client. It’ll get you fired. (Sounds easy enough.)
2. Don’t blink when new client turns out to be former one-night stand.
3. Don’t call same client a jerk for never texting you back.
4. Don’t believe client when he says he really, really wanted to call.
5. Remember, the client is always right—so you can’t junk punch him when he demands new design after new design.
6. Ignore accelerated heartbeat every time sexy client walks into room.
7. Definitely ignore client’s large hands. They just mean he wears big gloves.
8. Don’t let client’s charm wear you down. Be strong.
9. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the client. You’ll lose more than your job—maybe even your heart.
10. If all else fails, see rule number one again.

‘The Rule Breakers’ series has loads going for it: the funnies, the comedic timing and a very timely reminder that the flimic romantic comedy can indeed translate very well into the written form when put in the right hands. Just like its predecessor, the blurb was already intriguing but I hadn’t realised it was Lainey’s friend Zoey who was going to have her turn in the limelight in this one with Ryder Covington, a one-night stand turned client until I saw the first chapter.

It’s not to say that Zoey and Ryder aren’t stereotypes, because to some extent they are: the superstar snowboarder using the excuse of travelling to keep his one-night stands going vs the woman who got angry when he left (because it was the best sex ever) and then realising that they can mean more to each other under different circumstances. Both Zoey and Ryder do teeter on the edge of irrational at times, though I do recognise that those form part of Jennifer Blackwood’s trademark humour that sometimes straddles satire/parody. Throw in difficult relatives, an angry roommate who is still sucking in her own HEA and Blackwood has got women’s night pat down.

By and large however, ‘The Rule Maker’ is quite a witty (and dare I say ‘sparkling’?) take on contemporary romance; it’s pacey, light-hearted and generally filled with little hilarious moments that I’m almost convinced I can see this happening on the big screen. There’s just a slight bit of angst and a point where the laughs stop and though the conflict and subsequent resolution felt a little rushed for me, the HEA after the grovelling is expected but always welcome.

four-stars

The Rule Book by Jennifer Blackwood

Posted in Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ New Adult/ Reviews/ Young Adult 10th May 2016
The Rule Book by Jennifer BlackwoodThe Rule Book by Jennifer Blackwood
Series: The Rule Breakers, #1
Published by Entangled Publishing (Embrace) on May 9th 2016
Pages: 290
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four-stars

Starr Media Second-Assistant Survival Guide1. Don't call your hot boss the antichrist to his face. 2. Don't stare at hot boss's, um, package or his full sleeve of tattoos. (No. Really. Stop!) 3. Don't get on the malicious first assistant's bad side.4. Don't forget to memorize the 300-page employee manual.5. If you value your cashmere, steer clear of boss’s dog.6. Boss’s dimples are lust-inducing. Do. Not. Give. In. 7. “The elevator ate your clothes” is not a valid excuse for showing up to important meetings half dressed. 8. Don't break seven of the rules within the first week of employment if you, ya know, are in dire need of money to support your sick mom.9. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the boss. See rule eight about sick mom.10. Never forget the rules.

‘The Rule Book’ is definitely one of the more enjoyable reads I’ve had in a while, worthy of all the crazy (if not always realistic) antics of a typical romantic comedy.


Cleverly written with shades of Bridget Jones klutziness in it, I liked the humour, the absolutely believable lead characters, and even the antagonists because they didn’t magically turn into honey and lovingkindness. My only quibble – which I’ve surprised even myself by saying – is the sudden but very surprising slam of the bedroom door in my face after all the build-up and the fantasising that got me hot and bothered.

four-stars
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