• Rules of Protection

  • Tangled in Texas, Book 1
  • By: Alison Bliss
  • Narrated by: Mackenzie Cartwright
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (128 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It's rule-breaker Emily Foster's birthday, and like everyone at The Jungle Room, she just wants to get some action. Unfortunately she stumbles on the wrong kind, witnessing a mob hit. To protect her, she's entered into the Witness Protection Program with by-the-book Special Agent Jake Ward as her chaperone.

When the location of their safe house is compromised, Jake stashes Emily deep in the Texas backwoods. The city-girl might be safe from the Mafia, but she has to contend with a psychotic rooster, a narcoleptic dog, crazy cowboys, and the danger of losing her heart to the one man she can't have.

Jake's as hot as he is infuriating, and she can't help but push all his buttons to loosen him up. Their mutual, sizzling sexual attraction poses a dilemma: Jake's determined to keep her safe and out of the wrong hands; she's determined to get into the right ones - his.

©2014 Alison Bliss (P)2015 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"[A] laugh-out-loud romantic comedy with a dash of suspense mixed in!" ( Aestas Book Blog)

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Awful!

The heroine in this book makes all women sound dumb, weak and selfish. I couldn't even finish it! Totally wasted purchase.

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Frustrating

There was a lot of funny dialogue but the heroine allowing the continued verbal abuse by hero without calling it out and blaming herself became frustrating. I enjoy good verbal barbs when they are clever and equal. But constantly calling someone stupid without remorse is abuse.

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Action/Humor/Romance

I loved this story. It dragged a little but overall it was great. I hope Cowboy is the next Hero she writes about.

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Hilarious!!

I thought this book was so cute and funny I cracked up out loud several times. Highly recommend it for people who like witty funny characters.

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Female lead kind of a dimwit

Ugh I am having a hard time writing this. I want to say I liked it. The first half was better than the second half, which fell flat.

It didn't help that the heroine does some really stupid things. I dislike it when a heroine jumps to conclusions and acts upon them without thought. It's really not a good plot device.

Also, every single time I heard the hero's name spoken, my brain added "from State Farm"

The book had it's moments, the narration was decent. The side characters felt more fleshed out that Jake and Emily, which is odd since you are in Emily head the whole time.

The sex is a bit flowery and light on the sexiness. So if you are looking for some steam, there is not a lot to be found here.

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Wth

I abhorred the main character in this novel, multiple times I wanted to crawl into the book and slap her silly and stomp on her. She was immature, stupid and an attention whore. I know this is harsh but I literally wanted to slam my head against the wall… damn.

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loved it

the narration was perfect for the story. my full review is on Goodreads.
I purchased this audiobook.

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I love I give it five stars

Makes you laugh makes you cry it is a really really good luck you need this

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Immature female lead/ angry male lead

The female lead is infuriatingly hot-headed, immature and so antagonistic. Pair that with a male lead who has some anger and control issues and lashes out in the name of trying to protect an uncooperative victim. The romance aspect just seemed like the foundation for a toxic relationship with juvenile jibes and manipulation from her side and constant man handling from his side. On the one hand, the woman took too stupid to live to a whole other level with her selfish and reckless actions. On the other hand, there was so much questionable dialogue around consent eg "what if I don't want to" "I know you want to but you're just being difficult". And iffy dialogue around the way a woman is supposed to behave, like she was supposed to magically be a perfect southern belle. Overall, I found many parts of the story entertaining and enjoyed life on ranch and all the supporting characters who were well developed. But the frustrating interactions between the h and H could have been toned down a whole lot.

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Gives women a bad rep

Just horrible. Couldn’t finish it. The narrator was the only good thing. The heroine was just so wishy washy and the hero nothing but a Neanderthal.

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  • Susan Rogerson
  • 02-26-17

Brilliant

I really enjoyed this book , i have never laughed so much it was that good.