Published by Entangled, Lovestruck, Macmillan on January 19, 2015
Genres: contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
Rule number one: don't fall for the wrong guy.
Gracie Green has a shopping list for men. Career, financials, family...and a long list of rules to determine a guy's suitability. She's already disappointed her socialite mother once—now Gracie needs to find Mr. Perfect. Too bad she keeps getting distracted by her super-sexy, six-feet-of-tattooed-hotness friend, Des, who is so many shades of Mr. Wrong...
Bar owner Des Chapman has vowed never again to get involved with society girls. Yet he's irresistibly drawn to Gracie—those lush curves, those lips, and her ridiculous ability to date the wrong guys. As Gracie's discouragement grows, Des realizes it's time to show her what she really needs in a man—and it has nothing to do with a briefcase and generous bank account.
He'll teach Gracie the Rules According To Des…even if it means breaking his rule in the process.
The Rules According to Gracie is a quick feel good adult contemporary romance book. Just like all the books in Entangled’s lovestruck line, these stories are satisfying “feel good” reads. I normally like to turn to a book like this right after I read a darker or heavier story. It just helps to balance me out and put a smile back on my face. Or heck, sometimes I will grab one of these after a long work day. When you work 12 or 13 hours, sometimes you just want a book that you can knock out in under 2 hours and you know you will get your HEA at the end and everyone will walk away happy. The Rules According to Gracie is just that- a cute read that will get you smiling.
Gracie is a successful and independent young woman. She is on track in her professional life, but her dating life if kind of a mess. On the surface she seems to be very in control and type-A personality, and she carries that over to her dating life. Or she tries to. She has a pretty intense checklist for finding her “Mr. Right”. The funny thing is she always takes her guys to this same restaurant/bar, called First. Because she thinks it will be cute to say that she had her first date with her husband at First. So she keeps taking guy after guy there, and she doesn’t like any of them. Because they are all the same guy. Great for her on paper, but not what she wants in real life at all.
The story progresses through her friendship with the bartender and owner of first. He is always rescuing her from her bad dates, and trying to get her to break out of her shell a little bit. I really liked their easy friendship, and I thought it was really cute that they would email back and forth every day on her lunch break. Their banter was really cute. Though, the Rules According to Gracie was a quick and easy fun read, we did get a surprising amount of back story and insight into Gracie’s family and particularly her relationship with her mother. This helped to really flesh out why Gracie was the way she was.
Gracie and Des had great chemistry, even if they did go to some silly lengths to avoid and deny what they had. I thought Gracie was pretty awful to Des a couple of times, but the flaws in her were a big part of what made the book interesting. The Rules According to Gracie is a gret read for people that are looking for an instant gratification read, and for people that like the length of novellas, but also enjoy a little more “meat” to the details of the story.
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