Review: The Rules by Jamie Fessenden

I’m not going to lie—this book is a little bonkers. But in a strangely good way. It’s a romance that is almost too implausible to be real, but have you looked at the world lately? These days, anything is possible, including a gay married couple hiring a private housekeeper because one of the husbands won’t wear any clothes. And then they all end up falling in love.

It’s not quite so simple, and all the characters are put through a bit of an emotional wringer. However, this book does an excellent job of highlighting the importance of communication in any relationship (no matter the dynamics). Every love story can get a bit messy despite the best of intentions. I also appreciated that despite one of the character’s mental illness, there is no attempt to “fix” his idiosyncrasies beyond keeping him healthy.

The first sexy interaction between characters required a bit of suspension of disbelief for me (it could have so quickly verged into bad porn premise territory). Once beyond that, however, the evolving relationship took on a more natural tone. This is in large part due to the aforementioned communication and trust shown as a result.

There’s not much more I can say without verging into spoiler territory (especially taken together with the back-cover text). However, this was a fun stand-alone book featuring a sexy ride and the perfect amount of angst. Then again, I might be a bit biased—one of the main characters is an author and his writing patterns are delightfully familiar, even taken as part of escapism.

Rating: 4 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

Published by J.L. Gribble

Author, Editor, Worldbuilder

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