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- Publication Date : April 19, 2018
- File Size : 2981 KB
- Print Length : 244 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B07C3F2XV4
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #79,626 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Mark is a divorced dad of an amazing 4 year old little girl, Emma. He has finally come to the point in his life where he is able to live fully as a gay man, but is sick of the constant hook ups. While out with his friends, he meets Justin, a man with rules: no repeats, no relationships, and no kids. He is completely attracted to Mark, and they have great chemistry, but they decide to move forward as friends instead of hooking up.
The book moves through the friendship and relationship of Mark and Justin as they move from strictly friends (but complete attraction) to friends with benefits and an expectation it will end to realizing that relationships aren't scary after all and they actually have been dating, even if they didn't want to admit it. Once Mark and Justin put words to what they feel and decide on a future together, everything moved fast, but it made sense.
I was totally in love with all of the characters. Mark and Justin were such a sweethearts. Emma was an adorable and amazing kid. Suzie and Tom were the best ex/new husbands, and I loved their relationship to Mark. It was so refreshing to see a divorced family keep the friendship and function in such a positive and healthy way. it worked for them and Emma, and it was perfect. Justin fit right in.
I absolutely loved this, and I really hope there will be a lot more books by Jacki! I'd really love to read about Matt and Linc!
I downloaded this book because I read the blurb for book two and wanted to read it, but I don’t like to read series out of order even if they are advertised as standalone (I have before by accident and always felt like I was missing something). Now I’m even more exited to read book two.
I’m looking forward to what else the author has in store for Justin and Marks friends.
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The book was a little stilted to start with, but the author soon found her rhythm and the storyline smoothed out. There were still quite a few cliched moments, and some very cheesy lines between the MCs that bordered on eye-roll worthy, but for some reason it worked. I did feel it was a little too light at times, and that some angst of any kind would have added some depth. Even Justin, who never wanted anything to do with being part of a stepfamily, didn't have any major freak out moments when he realises what he had gotten himself in for and what he was feeling for Mark. I would almost say it was Hallmark worthy, but there wasn't even the big 'lightbulb' moment that made him realise what he was going to miss out on - it all just evolved naturally and smoothly.
The characters were likeable - all of them! There was no antagonist in this book at all! The author has set up some of the other characters to pair up in future novels already too. Due to the super light nature of the book, I did feel the character development suffered. Even with the alternating POV, their inner thoughts were light and fluffy - they didn't have any freak out moments that warranted an inner argument or pull against themself. Their head and heart seemed to align every single time.
What is a shame is that based on the titles of the books, I can't tell which is next in the series - they all just say "A Breaking the Rules Novel". There is a definite read order, so why aren't they labelled as such? Even the back of this book didn't list out the authors other works so I can't tell which is next which is frustrating and means I haven't bought the next one yet. At the moment despite me enjoying this one, if the same easy flow is going to happen for the next books, I'm not sure it's worth my time to go looking for which book is next. Hopefully the author reads this and updates the titles to make it easier to 'one-click'.
He meets Justin at a club and their connection and chemistry is instantaneous. But Justin has 3 rules - no repeats, no coworkers and no men with children. So he sadly walks away from a hookup with Mark but can’t stop thinking about him.
The guys decide they’d like to stay friends though. Friends, just friends! But they’re unable to keep their hands off each other for too long so they become friends with benefits. This suits them both as Mark is scared of getting his heart broken as he knows Justin won’t be his long term and Justin, well he won’t be in a relationship with someone with children. But somehow 5 months later they’re still doing friends with benefits but both have accidentally fallen in love along the way, but can they be brave enough to tell the other how they feel and risk scaring them off.
It’s beautifully written, the MC’s are gorgeous and there is a fantastic supporting cast of characters in Tom, Suzie, Emma and also the MC’s wider circle of friends.
I don’t mind admitting that I might have cried a couple of times reading this book and I can’t wait for the next in the series!
What weirded me out was how weirded out people (both in the book and in some reviews) got by Mark's family's living situation. He and his ex-wife, who's also his best friend, live in houses next to each other so that their daughter has a big shared backyard and can switch between going to her dad and mom + stepdad. I thought that was super cute and worked perfectly for this family