Title: The Rule Maker
Series: The Rule Breakers #2
Author: Jennifer Blackwood
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace
Publication Date: 16 Jan 2017
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Ten Steps to Surviving a New Job:
1. Don’t sleep with the client. It’ll get you fired. (Sounds easy enough.)
2. Don’t blink when new client turns out to be former one-night stand.
3. Don’t call same client a jerk for never texting you back.
4. Don’t believe client when he says he really, really wanted to call.
5. Remember, the client is always right—so you can’t junk punch him when he demands new design after new design.
6. Ignore accelerated heartbeat every time sexy client walks into room.
7. Definitely ignore client’s large hands. They just mean he wears big gloves.
8. Don’t let client’s charm wear you down. Be strong.
9. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the client. You’ll lose more than your job—maybe even your heart.
10. If all else fails, see rule number one again.
Linking to The Rule Book by way of Lainey, we get her roommate, Zoey’s story in The Rule Maker. If you have read The Rule Book do you remember Shirtless Guy!!!!! It’s time to find out just who Shirtless Guy really is!!!!
Zoey is an amazing interior designer and has the opportunity to take her career to the next level. Unfortunately, her is one tiny snag in her plan, her clients brother, Ryder, none other than Shirtless Guy!!! Following their one night together, Ryder did a disappearing act the next morning. Zoey takes it as a learning experience, although she hasn’t been able to forget about their amazing connection. Faced with working together to realise his brothers sentimental dreams and the rules surrounding client interactions, will Zoey and Ryder be able to work together or will their undeniable chemistry combust burning them both in the process.
Ryder is a professional snow boarder, currently recovering from a broken leg and carrying a ton of guilt concerning his brothers well-being, Ryder finds himself running the business project when he has previously avoided anything to do with the family business. Ryder is a very complex character; the pieces that make up his identity are revealed little by little. Viewing the events that has shaped who he is provides clarity and understanding on a deep level. He has let his career define who he is as a person, accepting the limitations of the women he comes into contact with and the affect his constant travelling has on relationships. No longer willing to risk emotional pain, Ryder limits his encounters to one night. Yet, he too is unable to forget about his night with Zoey.
While the story is told from both perspectives, for me, The Rule Maker is more about Ryder and his character development than Zoey. His progress from player to romantic in a brief period was endearing to witness, and his increasing level of self-awareness inspiring. I really liked how Ryde and Zoey brought balance into each others lives. They understood each other on a profound level with a shared connection over the loss of a parent.
The Rule Maker shows how perspectives and priorities can alter as we mature, especially recognising once in a lifetime opportunities when they occur and making the best of them whether professionally or personally.
I loved seeing Lainey and Brogan briefly and the way in which the time frame of The Rule Maker crossed over with The Rule Book providing a different viewpoint on some of the events in the first book.
The Rule Maker combines Jennifer’s humourous writing style with warmth and passion.