Tuesday, December 27, 2016

seriously romantic: the rule maker by jennifer blackwood

the characters in the rule maker have a lot going on. zoey is an up-and-coming interior designer who is looking to advance her career and loves a big job. ryder is a snowboarder who's broken leg has put his career on pause and has left him flailing. especially since his older brother, jason, also recently suffered a severe injury that left him paralyzed. zoey and ryder also have some history, since after spending one night together he basically ghosted her.

when jason hires zoey to redesign his latest acquisition and puts ryder in charge of the day-to-day handling of the project, all those things come to a head. zoey is still angry with ryder for how he disappeared after they slept together, and ryder is conflicted? okay, i'll be honest, i still am unclear on ryder's behavior and feelings about the whole thing. did he only intend their one night to be a one night? at certain points it does, but then he admits that he left zoey that night because jason was injured and then he was caught up in the fallout and then his own injury. so he has some valid excuses. in the end i suppose they are both behaving like irrational twenty-year-olds and since this technically a new adult novel, i'll give it to them. this is written like most new adult novels are, with the labeled alternating povs, but the plot just feels like a contemporary romance, so i'm not sure that this needed to be a new adult romance.

anyway, zoey and ryder figure their weird relationship out. basically they start communicating like adults and leave some of the teenage drama behind. the last obstacle to their relationship is a little over the top, but it's resolved in the end and everyone gets a happily ever after.

**the rule maker will publish on january 16, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (embrace) in exchange for my honest review.

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