Title: Rules of Entanglement by Gina L. Maxwell
Fighting for Love Series Book Two
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Imprint: Brazen (Special Edition)
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 397 pages
Book Rating: B
Complimentary Review Copy Provided by Publisher
Seven days. And seven rules to break…
District Attorney Vanessa MacGregor firmly believes that structure and order are the stuff that dreams are made of. Happiness can be planned—and it starts with the 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 forced 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.
Gina L. Maxwell’s Rules of Entanglement is a deliciously steamy romance between two unlikely lovers. There is an instant attraction between Vanessa MacGregor and Jackson “Jax” Maris but workaholic Vanessa finds everything about laidback Jackson irritating. Working together to help plan their friends’ wedding keeps this couple in close proximity and they decide to indulge in a three day fling.
Jackson and Vanessa are as opposite as night and day. Vanessa is uptight and controlled and she uses her rules to not only protect her heart, but to keep everyone at a distance. Jackson is serious when it comes to his career, but the rest of the time? He knows to relax and just enjoy life. Vanessa has a difficult time getting past her first (negative) impression of Jackson and in the beginning, she is a difficult character to warm up to.
The sexual attraction between Jackson and Vanessa is sizzling. The sparks continually fly as these two fight for dominance in the bedroom. Their sex scenes are playful and sensual with just the tiniest hint of kink. With an expiration date on their relationship, Vanessa lets down her guard and Jackson slips past her emotional barriers.
Rules of Entanglement is a long book, but only covers a few days so there is an insta-love quality to their relationship. Vanessa and Jackson barely know each other, and bam! All of a sudden they trust each other enough to reveal all their deep dark secrets and they are in love. There is a story arc with Vanessa’s sister that is never fully resolved and left me wondering exactly what purpose it served. Is Ms. Maxwell laying the foundation for a future book? Or is it simply a plot device to set the scene for the ensuing conflict between Vanessa and Jackson?
Although I had a few reservations, I did enjoy Rules of Entanglement. I loved the setting and Gina L. Maxwell brings it vibrantly to life. I enjoyed seeing Vanessa loosen up and break a few of her rules. I absolutely adored Jackson and even though he is less than honest with Vanessa in the beginning, he does feel remorseful for deceiving her.
All in all, a entertaining and sexy read. Rules of Entanglement is the second book in the Fighting for Love series, but it can be read as a standalone.
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