Blog Tour & Review: AGAINST THE RULES

Against the Rules

Liberty Cove, #1
by Julia Black
Publication Date: May 1, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Purchase: Amazon

Rule #1: Do not get emotionally involved with any men for the next 15 years.
Rule #2: Do not bring any men home.
Rule #3: Read rules 1 and 2 again because apparently they aren’t working …

The most important thing in Kiera Arlington’s life is Luana, her four-years-old daughter. Though Kiera feels her life is a series of mistakes and disappointments, she knows Luana isn’t one of them. And she will do anything to keep disappointments from her little girl for as long as she can.

After his harsh upbringing, Josh Wolfe has one rule: to make a name for himself after med school and enjoy his life–alone. No relationships, no marriage, no kids. But when he meets Kiera and Luana, everything changes. Kiera is like all the other girls he goes for–beautiful, smart–and yet it’s that glimpse of family that keeps her–and her daughter–on his mind.

But surrendering to their increasing desire is against Josh’s and Kiera’s rules. Unless, they can keep their hearts out of the game.

Oops. Too late.

**Graphic content and strong language (18+)

3.5 Stars

This book is the first in a new series by Julia Black.  This is a new to me author and I am always ready to support those who venture into the publishing world.  I was interested in the synopsis because I love the single parent trope in romance novels.  This one is about Kiera and starts with her hot one night stand with Josh.  Wonderful memories for the both of them.  Things get awkward when not only does Josh move in next door but he finds out Kiera has a beautiful little girl.  

The story is light at times although Kiera and Josh both have some dark baggage they are carrying around.  There are some steamy scenes--especially their first encounter. Overall it was a predictable storyline.  Doesn't make it bad, just a read for pure enjoyment type of book. We meet some of the secondary characters but not enough meat to them to make me interested in their upcoming story at this point.  A good start by this author.  Worth a second read.  

I do suggest a good editor for the nest books in the series.  I did get an ARC of the book, so maybe things were cleaned up by publication.  And I am not one to notice minor formatting issues--I just don't let them get to me.  However, there were enough spelling/grammer issues in this one that I feel it is worth the mention.  I interrupted the flow of the book.  

*Complimentary copy provided for an honest review. 

Julia is an author of sexy contemporary romance with strong heroines and even stronger heroes. She lives in a small town in the Carolinas with her husband and their two kids.


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