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Rules of the Game | [Sandy James]

Rules of the Game

Kathyrn West has it all - she's a confident, best-selling author living it up in New York City. Too bad she doesn't actually exist, and is only timid Maddie Sawyer's pseudonym. Determined to attend her high school reunion with a man right out of one of her racy romance novels, she plots to find a sexy bad boy who's up to Kathryn's standards. She finds Mr. Perfect shooting pool in a biker bar. He's a blue-collar hunk who just happens to look great in leather. But the mysterious Scott Brady has some rules of his own....
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Kathyrn West has it all - she's a confident, best-selling author living it up in New York City. Too bad she doesn't actually exist, and is only timid Maddie Sawyer's pseudonym. Determined to attend her high school reunion with a man right out of one of her racy romance novels, she plots to find a sexy bad boy who's up to Kathryn's standards.

She finds Mr. Perfect shooting pool in a biker bar. He's a blue-collar hunk who just happens to look great in leather. But the mysterious Scott Brady has some rules of his own: He won't agree to her deal unless she poses as his girlfriend in front of his family and friends first.

As the reunion nears, Maddie tries to maintain her carefree facade, knowing she'll soon face some old ghosts. She's torn between her growing attraction to Scott and the nagging feeling that he's hiding something important. Will she still want him when she finds out his secret? What about when he discovers hers?

©2012 Harlequin Enterprises (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 04-13-12
    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 04-13-12 Member Since 2011

    I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)

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    "Better that expected"
    Would you try another book from Sandy James and/or Cynthia Barrett?

    Yes I would. I enjoyed this story. I got it expecting a fluffy light Harlequin romance but I got a complex drama with very good romance who reminded me ofmy favorite Susan Mallery books. The reason I gave this book three stars is because I believe that both the author and the narrator are good and have potential but still need a little more experience to make and amazing story.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The premise of the book is just a cliche: girl seeks bad boy to "escort" her to her 15 year high school reunion. Read that and seen that before. About half way to the story the book goes exactly as I predicted. But once the reunion happens its OMG very unexpected things happen and it became quite intense. I don't like to give spoilers on reviews so I'll just say that I disagreed intensly on how Maddie handled her "situation" back in high school and back again once she was an adult. I felt like there were unresolved secrets all the way throughout the story and some relationships were not completely resolved, especially between Maddie and her mother. Also, no explanation as to how Eli found Maddie.


    What three words best describe Cynthia Barrett’s voice?

    Pleasant, appropriate, good.

    Ms. Cynthia Barrett did a good job but there was not much difference between male and female voices.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    The romance part was very very good. That aspect does not need changes. My issues were with the background story. The male hero was sooooo good!!!


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Susan Mallery books, then you should definitely give this author a try. Very good potential and I look forward for more books from her in the future.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Citrus Heights, CA, United States 09-18-12
    Maria Citrus Heights, CA, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2010

    To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

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    This was better than I expected. High School reunions can be poison if you weren't part of the in crowd, but to have to come back and face the one person who had hurt you the most, and to have a painful secret resurface during that reunion would send most people into a dizzying whirl of turmoil. Our heroine with help from her make believe boyfriend have their hands full. This was a very surprising story with a doubly sweet ending.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Devault Woodburn, OR United States 04-07-13
    Nancy Devault Woodburn, OR United States 04-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    The entire story was pretty predictable including the truth behind the hero's occupation. There really were no twists or turns so the story in itself was somewhat boring to me. The potential was there the author just did not execute it to its fullest.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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