Fantastic follow-up to Rule Breaker. More light-hearted than the first book, with laugh out loud moments, this story still has its serious moments. This is so well written, the author has found the balance needed to take serious subjects, keep them serious but not over shadow the story. The story flows between the fun and humorous moments and the deep, introspective ones. Neither one taking you out of the story.
The story here picks up with Jude, last seen in Rule Breaker as Dylan’s model roommate, in the afterglow of a casual hookup with Dean. Flaky Dean, who has a few very lonely working brain cells. Everything is good, until the ceiling collapses and the upstairs bathtub comes to rest in the middle of Jude’s apartment. Needing a place to stay, Dean offers up his step brother’s house, telling Jude that he’d make the arrangements. Of course, this never happened, so Jude shows up to find a pink house and finds Asa in that pink house. Asa, the famous actor. And his son, Billy. The house is in slight chaos, Asa has lost his assistant and needs a new one. In exchange of a room, Jude will fill in. If he’s capable. Asa has dealt with models before; his hopes aren’t high. The building of the relationship begins here and slowly builds with every misconception, conversation and interaction. The banter between Jude and Asa has a little snark and is fun to read.
The cast of secondary characters is amazing. Billy is wonderful, at times seeming older than his years. as is Peggy. Amos is such a curmudgeon that he’s a hoot! Dylan and Gabe make an appearance here, and it was wonderful to see them again.
This is book number two in the series. It could be read as a standalone, but you’ll get much more from the story by reading book one first. And actually, you want to do yourself a favor and read it. I loved it and you will too. This author has become an auto buy for me, she is that good.