The Rule Book by Jennifer Blackwood

I finished reading this book a few days ago and I am still feeling annoyed. The Rule Book could have been so much better! I simply don’t understand why authors write nasty dialogue and try to pass it off as sexy or romantic. Yelling, belittling and playing mind games with someone is not adorable – its abusive! It was extremely difficult to like a character who yells and bellows. If I ever met someone like Brogan Starr, I would slap him and call him a pig. I wouldn’t make up excuses for his behaviour, I would not repeatedly forgive him and I would never see him again.

What would you do if your boss gave you a key to his condo and asked you to walk his dog after work every day? Ok, he is cute and can be charming, maybe you would say yes? What would you think if you returned the dog to your bosses condo to find him home? It is your bosses home, naturally you would run into him there, right? But what would you think if he reacted like this – “What the hell are you doing here?” a loud, very unhappy Brogan Starr bellowed from across the room. Would you remind him of what he asked you to do, tell him to shove the dogs lead up his backside and walk out the door or would you stare at him, lusting over his body and day-dream of him naked and doing wicked things to you?

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It doesn’t matter how sexy the guy is, if he is an asshole then walk away! Brogan Starr yelled at naive and very stupid Lainey on more than one occasion. He was constantly being a prick and I found it extremely annoying. He was like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, one minute he was kind, considerate and nurturing – the next he was a short-tempered, selfish, single-minded prick! Lainey actually acknowledges towards the end of the book that he has a lot of issues he needs to sort out. Really?!? – nahhh?1?

So, I guess you know what I think of the book 🙂  Surprisingly this book has been given high ratings on Amazon. Out of 285 customer reviews 52% of readers gave The Rule Book 5 Stars. 38% 4 stars and 11% or readers gave it 3 stars and under. Have I got it all wrong? I don’t think so. That’s just how I feel about it. Have you read the book? If so, let me know what you thought of it.

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Starr Media Second-Assistant Survival Guide

1. 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.

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