5 Prince Charmless Stars Rules of Engagement was everything I hoped and Rom Coms are my weakness, yet I don t find many of them funny, go figure So, when my dear friend Annie gave it the thumbs up, I was a little anxious Only because she is the class to my trash We always agree on the love of reading but not always the reading material But then there s the moment we both adore the same book and we both happily grin..Southern Belle, Maddie McRae is at wits end After building her matchmaking service Perfect Pairings to the reputable business it is, she is ropeable knowing that her latest client is a sham You see Maddie believes in true love and happily ever afters What she doesn t offer is an escort service Taking on quarterback Mason Spark as a client was a huge mistake Especially when he admits to only needing a wife for PR purposes But Maddie is no quitter She is dead set on proving that a love match can be found even for the biggest cynic.My mistake was presenting lovely, intelligent, gracious single women who desired to meet equally lovely, intelligent, gracious single men What Mason Spark needs is a lady gorilla.Bless his heart, Mason Sparks is misunderstood Not really, he s an insufferable asshole with a temper and a massive ego to match However, as Maddie and Mason begin spending time together since she has nominated herself as his dating coach we quickly begin to see that maybe their perfect matches are both under their noses and there is than meets the eye You ve both got a lot of broken pieces But if you give it a chance, you might find that all your broken pieces fit together perfectly to make a beautiful whole These two were amazing Their banter was the best foreplay and with the helping hand from their own personal cupids Auntie Waldine and Dick watching them realise how perfect they were together, was hilarious and magical Like me So you admit it You do have feelings for me So many feelings His voice turns rough Yeah Like what I try to hide my smile Annoyance Frustration Exasperation The list is long. Love Is A Battlefield For A Quirky Matchmaker And The Cocky Football Star Who Hires Her To Find Him A Wife As The Owner Of Perfect Pairings Matchmaking Service, Maddie McRae Earns Her Living Helping Others Fall In Love And One Thing The Sweet Southern Belle Knows For Sure Is That The Foundation Of Wedded Bliss Is Built On Similarities Opposites Might Attract, But They Don T Stay Together Enter Mason SparkRude, Arrogant, And Notoriously Allergic To Monogamy, The Hottest Quarterback In The NFL Is Maddie S Polar Opposite He S Also Her New Client Her Gorgeous, Infuriating New Client Who S Paying Her An Outrageous Sum Of Money To Find Him A Wife With His Multi Million Dollar Contract On The Line Due To His Behavior On And Off The Field, Bad Boy Mason Is Willing To Pretend To Settle Down But When He Starts To Fall For The Adorkable Matchmaker Who Can T Stand Him, The Playboy Finds Himself In The Game Of His Life To Keep Something He Never Thought He D Lose His Heart 5 and many stars from the bottom of my heart I LOVED this book This was the kind of book I am used to getting from Ms Geissinger Actually, after the disappointment of Perfect Strangers , I was hesitant to try this book Also, I am not a fan of heroines that are matchmakers I thought it would be a cheesy book God, I was so wrong It was wonderful it was just the book I needed This book is Ms Geissinger s signature work A wonderful romance with smart and fun banter, deep emotions and super hot chemistry As in all her books, it gives you all the feels I wanted to read every page twice and did that sometimes my book is so full of highlights I read the book with HEARTS in my eyes and with an enormous SMILE on my face.Towards the end, I slowed down just because I didn t want it to end but well, as all good things, it ended in the blink of an eye Now, I need to reread it asap yeah, asap I started craving it as soon as I finished it.I loved this book as much as I did The Hating Game or Tangled It has a similar vibe and a similar sweetness If you need a sweet, funny, emotional book with awesome characterization and a non stop fun plot line, this is the book for you The characters are really awesome I adored both of them I wanted to hug both of them I also loved the hero s agent Dick, and the heroine s aunt Waldine They even have their own chapters.In short, I loved everything about this book.Now, let s talk about the book in a bit detail Let me start with the SAFETY information as I know it is important for many readers The book was totally safe for me but you should check if it is safe enough for you, too.The hero, Mason, is a football star and we are given information that he sleeps with many women He has casual hook ups only He doesn t believe in love He has a sad and traumatic past and it has made him the bitter person he is now For readers who hate OW scenes, let me say that at the beginning of the book, he wakes up in his bed and there is a woman there that he slept with Nothing happens in the morning but we just know that he slept with her the previous night and now he regrets it I have no problem with man whore heroes or OW scenes thus, neither bothered me but if you are unhappy about these things, here I am giving you a mild warning As for safety after they meet, it is totally safe because neither of them touches another person after meeting each other Thank God, there is safe sex and there is no unplanned pregnancy.A few times, the heroine s ex causes some drama but she never feels anything for him any so no problem CHARACTERS PLOTOur hero, Mason, is a grumpy as hole at the beginning of the book He is angry and rude Mason has no friends or family He is a lonely man The only person he cares about is his agent Dick Mason was living a reckless life and now his agent wants him to get married and settle down so that he can improve his image and keep his job Enter Maddie, the matchmaker She has sent a few girls information to them but Mason refused them all without even going on a date He just talked to them on the phone and decided they were not OK.Maddie is an interesting character On the outside, she looks prim and proper like a librarian, as Mason says She wears her hair in a bun and her clothes are plain But the colors she chooses are weird She has an obsession with pink Maddie is a control freak She needs control for reasons we later learn When she thinks she is losing control, she freaks out and starts to tidy up the place or clean the house She has many obsessive traits She is also very smart and funny She is loving, affectionate and sincere She is adorable She is cute She is beautiful In short, she is all the good things you can think of with a bit of an obsessive and controlling side.Mason sounds like an unlikable person at the beginning of the book but I soon changed my mind and loved him The way he sees himself is sad He thinks he doesn t deserve anything good He can t let go of the things that happened in his past and therefore, they all cast a shadow on his life today He is lonely and unhappy until he meets Maddie Maddie shakes his whole world to the bottom of its foundation Maddie is also shaken by both Mason s beauty and his beast She smiles I feel that smile all the way down to the darkest corner of my soul, the place where light never shines and I keep all the monsters hidden under lock and key She smiles with her whole body With her whole being , like she s a conductor of light itself and all that s good and pure in the universe is being channeled through her on its way to me, where it surrounds me and bathes me in golden rays of sunshine, so warm and sweet I could almost cry.I stand there stunned, stupidly gaping at her, until she speaks I ve never had an out of body experience before, but today is a day of firsts First time meeting the infamous Mason Spark First time seeing size eighteen feet in real life First time wanting to commit murder Bed head doesn t even begin to cover it It looks like his preferred hair styling method is sticking his head into a blender and setting it to puree That would account for his beastly attitude, too His brains are obviously scrambled I ve met bears nicer than him. As soon as they meet, the awesome banter between them starts and it never ends till the end of the book My face hurt after a while because of the non stop big smile on my faceYou re not blinking Funny, I was just thinking the same about you Really I could ve sworn you were thinking about stabbing me in the neck with that letter opener on your desk Don t be ridiculous I pause for a beat I just had the carpet cleaned His lips do that twitching thing again You re right A neck wound would produce a lot of blood You could push me out the window I would, but we re on the ground floor Good point Rat poisoning Tempting However, I have no interest in going to prisonMason doesn t believe in love Maddie is a true believer of love So, there begins a fight between them Maddie is adamant that she will find a woman he will fall in love with and Mason is sure that it won t happen During this sweet struggle, they fall for each other but each of them is so dense that they cannot believe the other person feels the same thing So, many funny things happen till they come to their sensesWould you like me to tell you why I called now, or do you have shouting to do If so, I can wait Just checking There s a noise a chuckle No Impossible He blurts, What s with the pink And we re off The pink what All the fucking pink at your office It s really fucking weird Now I understand why pious Catholics are always crossing themselves They re praying to God to come and take them to heaven, because they ve got their own Mason Spark in their lives and they re this close to sharpening that hatchet in the garage and burying it in his skull. They are so cute while fighting that both the monologues in their heads and the dialogues between them cracked me upOh, look, we re growling again Have you thought of taking one of those DNA tests to see if there s a bear somewhere in your family treeMason and Maddie are not the only fun characters All of them are.The agent Dick and Auntie Waldine play an important role in the book, as well They make plans behind their backs so that they can see that they are perfect for each other They are so very funny Especially the aunt was something else She sees people s aura, she is interested in astrology and people s chakras She also has friends and they gather at night and have sessions, talking to the dead Some crazy woman she is Her interactions with Maddie were all super fun.All characters are very well portrayed and they each contribute to the story a great deal Even Mason s coach was awesome, giving him wonderful advise, saying he needs to be the man Maddie deserves The ex boyfriend of Maddie causes some drama every now and then But it was OK, some jealousy is always good at the beginningIs that robot we saw at church the only man you ve ever slept with Shocked, I pull my arm from his grip and say icily, That s none of your business He is, isn t he See my previous answerMaddie and Mason seem to be fighting all the time but it also shows how strong their chemistry and attraction is In time, the emotional bond between them also grows strongly Maddie sees the good man behind the angry fa ade and Mason is amazed that she sees him, the real him If you hate Mason in the first few chapters, please go on because he will definitely win your heart Mason s opening his heart to love and Maddie s already generous heart will make you fall in love with these characters, too Watching her laugh knowing that I made her laugh makes me want to pound my fists on my chest like Tarzan But I only sit there beside her, drinking in the musical sound and resisting the violent need to cut it off by crushing my mouth against hers Christ This is getting pathetic I need to get away from her before I make a complete fool of myself and start spouting poetry I suspect the way you deal with your anger is to drown it, and I hate to think of you angry and alone shooting whiskey when you could be angry and with me doing something productive We could go bowling Work off some of that rage Stop staring at me like I just landed on your lawn in my spacecraft He murmurs, I can t picture you bowling, Pink I don t But I d learn for you I m sorry for teasing you about your ego It s not nice And I don t want you to think that I think there s anything wrong with you, because I don t His face goes through several different emotions before it settles on something I can t identify It s part pain and part pleasure, with a whole lot of ambivalence thrown in He says softly, I know you don t think there s anything wrong with me Which is what makes me assume your parents must ve dropped you on your head a lot when you were a baby We definitely don t work on paper And don t forget you can t stand my manners Exactly Plus, you re hell on my blood pressure I m bad for your blood pressure Ha I ve been flirting with heart failure since the day we metAnd finally, when they started to kiss and make love, the book in my hand exploded with their sweet and hot chemistry I admire Ms Geissinger s talent in writing kissing love making scenes Not every writer can write those scenes with all the feels All those scenes makes you feel a lot He straightens, takes my face between his big rough hands, and stares down at me with entire cities burning in his beautiful eyes Before I have a chance to feel self conscious, Mason pops open the remaining buttons on my blouse, pushes aside my bra, and latches onto my nipple, drawing it into the wet heat of his mouth The sound I make isn t human.He sucks a little harder In response, I wrap my legs around his waist and start to rock my hips against him, whimpering helplessly in pleasure and pulling on his hair Wow, he says, chuckling This really makes up for all those jabs you took at my egoSee how hot and cute they are at the same time Just the way I like With his face buried in my neck and his arms tight around my body, he whispers, You can t hide I see you I see you, do you hear me I see you, too, I whisper, fighting tears I know you do He lifts his head and gazes into my eyes with a look of wonderment And you can t imagine what that means to me I ve never seen anything as beautiful as her, unbound Her beauty is made all the sharp at this moment because the rest of the time, she s always so controlled Formal Body contained within buttoned up blouses and sensible skirts, hair wound tightly in businesslike buns But now she s unraveled Because of me I did this I feel like a god And I want She says my name over and over, chanting it like a prayer, and I can t remember ever feeling so happy Or so terrified This is everything I could ever want This connection This fire This honesty, too, the knowledge that I m seen and accepted, even appreciated, despite all my shit and my failings She s the only person who s challenged me in years The only one who s gotten under my skinWell, as you see, I am in love with this book I recommend this book highly if you need a book that is sweet, fun, emotional and hot I recommend this book if you want to read one with good characterization and a meaningful plot line that is developed enough I also recommend this book if you want to laugh out loud and feel all the feels that you need in a romance book I recommend it period Thank you, Ms Geissinger You made it again This is my type of book and you are one of the few writers who can do it the best Please continue to write such books I will be looking forward to many like this And please, don t upset us like you did in Perfect Strangers , it left a bitter taste Well, this book has already made up for it And, dear Ms Geissinger, I am sorry for your loss May your mother rest in peace And I really admire you now because you lost your mother while writing this book but still you were able to continue and finish it in this cheerful tone Thank you. Overall Grade 1 2Rules of Engagement is my entree into J.T Geissinger s world of books As a newer blogger book reviewer I ve only been doing this for two years , there are so many authors whom I have yet to read I ve seen Geissinger s name in various promos over the past year, but Rules of Engagement is the first book of hers that I ve had the honor to read I know that she writes both contemporary romance and romantic comedy When I saw the promotion of Rules of Engagement, the blurb drew me in instantly I mean, c mon, a Southern lady matchmaker and a rough, gruff hero who is looking for a wife This seemed like rom com dynamite And it is every bit of it The story follows Maddie and Mason can we acknowledge our love for alliterative pairings Mason is a professional football player who has found himself in trouble time and time again due to his less than stellar attitude towards life and relationships As a way to appease his agent and football team, his agent decides that he needs a wife to tame his image Mason is the variety of hero who is beastly and gruff Finding him a wife proves difficult Mason s agent, Dick, enlists the help of a matchmaker Maddie Maddie is every bit the Southern lady, well mannered, a little uptight, and controlled When these two meet, fireworks ensue as each challenges the thinking of the other The question of their story becomes will Maddie find a wife for Mason, or will she fall for him herself Every single page of Geissinger s story kept me engaged There is a depth to the story that underlies the hilarity and aggression of Mason and Maddie s journey The only way to describe it lies in the word dense Geissinger lends a density to their hate to love evolution Each word felt intentional whether it was to examine Mason s underlying motivation in life or to highlight Maddie s need to control all the details of her life There is simply an intentionality to Geissinger s storytelling and prose even when it s disguised as a witty rom com Rules of Engagement is a modern day Beauty and the Beast tale Mason has chosen beastly attributes as a means to hide his insecurity and beliefs about love From the first page, it s clear that Mason hyperbolizes his responses to people because he simply doesn t feel good enough for meaningful relationships This realization can be felt by Geissinger s readers Maybe we don t act as grizzly as Mason, but we hide behind ineffectual coping mechanisms to escape our inner traumas This is probably my favorite part of rom coms, especially Geissinger s There is always something deeper beneath the surface of the seemingly light hearted machinations of the hero and heroine It s a constant reminder that humor can act as a mask for a deeper issue It s the reason that a well written rom com holds the same power as an angsty, dramatic contemporary romance For me, Maddie is my favorite character Yes, she s controlled, and, as her aunt notes, walks as though she has a stick up her butt However, it s easy to see that it has become her defense mechanism in life Beyond that, it becomes clear early in the story that she has the ability to see deeper into other people She struggles with personal introspection, yet Maddie s superpower, at least for this story, is seeing the real Mason As such, she pulled at my heart strings every time she articulated his feelings that he couldn t tell her That s usually one of my favorite plotlines when a hero or heroine sees his her love interest completely Maddie s ability to move past Mason s defense mechanism makes her the ultimate hero in Rules of Engagement Lastly, this story incorporates points of view other than Maddie s and Mason s, offering us context to the progression of their relationship Incorporating Dick and Aunt Waldine s perspectives not only helps us better understand Maddie and Mason they also act as further hilarity in the romance Aunt Waldine s seances coupled with Dick s meddling add the right amount of flair to keep the reader further engaged in Mason and Maddie s journey For my first J.T Geissinger book, I m thankful for the opportunity to have read Rules of Engagement for an honest review In reading her acknowledgments that she wrote this book during a difficult time in her life, it s amazing that she was able to infuse so much comedy into the gravity of a story about self love and finding completion by allowing yourself to love fully, and it highlights Geissinger s storytelling genius Once I began reading Rules of Engagement, I couldn t put it down It s a story of finding a deep love even when we tell ourselves that our pasts have damaged us too much for anyone to love us That we can be than we ever allow ourselves. If at chapter 1 you loose me then I must stop This guy was so not for me I don t like being in his head at all I ve moved on. Wow, I had a wonderful time reading this awesome romantic comedy I really needed it after all the heavier books I have been reading and I definitely feel much lighter after finishing this one I still have a huge smile on my faceThis is one of the funniest opposites attract stories I have ever read and I fell in love with both the main characters Maddie runs a matchmaking business, and being a believer in true love , she really enjoys her job, helping people finding the love of their life It s a bit sad she hasn t found her own prince yet, but she isn t bitter about itthere is still plenty of time.Mason is a famous quarterback and he is looking for a wife to clean up his imageall his womanizing and causing trouble is finally catching up to him So his agent, Dick, signs him up at a matchmaking agencyPerfect Pairings, which is owned by Maddie of course The banter between these two left me in stitches I still have some muscle cramps from all the laughing I did Both of them were hilarious This book was the perfect amount of funny without getting to the point of being ridiculous or OTT If you enjoy slow built romances with a huge amount of fun, sarcasm, and chemistry, then you should definitely give this one a go I also want to give some extra credit to Maddie s aunt Waldine and Mason s agent, Dick They were pretty awesome in their own way An ARC was provided to in exchange for an honest review 4 Pink halo Stars ARC provided via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.I wasn t expecting this surprise from J.T Geissinger I discovered and got hooked to her writing after reading her Wicked Games series which happen to be amazing contemporary erotic romances, full of sexiness and drama What we got this time though it s a slow burn enemies to lovers romcom, written in different perspectives, that made me laugh and fall in love with these hilarious characters Rules of Engagement is, as I said, a standalone romantic comedy and it focuses on Maddie McRae, a Southern belle and quirky matchmaker, and Mason Spark, a hot and grumpy football star and Maddie s new client According to his agent, Mason needs a wife immediately to redeem his public image Mason is so not having it Enter Maddie She is stubborn as hell and she is decided to find Mason s soul mate But what happens when chemistry starts burning between them instead Read this and find outThe heart shaped sign out front reads Perfect Pairings Because You Deserve Your Happily Ever After Sweet Jesus I ve wandered into hell I really enjoy a good romcom and J.T Geissinger did a very good job with this one I loved the different and hilarious POVs and how the love story was developed, especially towards the end I did find this a bit slow at the beginning but after pealing the layers of Maddie and Mason s personalities, I fell in love with them individually and as a couple The chemistry was there from the very start but it was definitely a slow burn romance But it surely got HAWT when that explodedYou ve both got a lot of broken pieces But if you give it a chance, you might find that all your broken pieces fit together perfectly to make a beautiful whole I loved these two together and I loved how they are so funny and so vulnerable at the same time There is so much than what the eye can see, especially when it comes to Mason and his past You truly understand why he is the way he is and why it takes him a while to accept his feelings for Maddie But, trust me, when that happens that beautiful connection is unstoppable I really did love this couple together with Auntie Waldine and Dick , they were so funny and so adorableYou can t hide I see you I see you, do you hear me I see you, too Therefore, I am rating Rules of Engagement with 4 STARS because it was a very enjoyable read that made me laugh so much, melt all over and swoon I love me a good hate to love story with hilarious comedy and fantastic characters J.T Gessinger did a very good job with this one Definitely different from what I ve read from her before but still so addicting I do recommend this to anyone who enjoys romantic comedies CHECK OUT MY BLOG HERE Amazing, funny, sweet This one Many of us have read the similar tropes over and over Big sports star meets uptight female who is supposed to be helping them I ve read a few that we are very good and were quite engaging.However, Rules of Engagement is definitely above the bar The story started with me rolling my eyes just a bit but then as I progressed I found myself completely loving their battle of wits and fun interactions.Geissinger pulls all the stops out on this hilarious romantic comedy of errors It s lighthearted in many aspects with the underlying understanding of how people can cover up their unhappiness and broken soul.But it also shows how the right person can help put you back together That s the best part of the entire story for me.A delightful story that you definitely don t wanna put down Rules of Engagement is witty, laugh out loud and roll your eyes at the same time It s an amazing heartfelt and very loving story A definite favorite for me copy received for review considerationFull Review This was such a fun book to read Maddie was stuck in her ways, but it was the way she was coping with pain Mason thought that he deserved all the bad in his life, and didn t try to fight for anything good Watching these two come together was so intriguing Their fighting and bantering had me laughing so hard, and you could feel the chemistry coming off the pages It was only a matter of time before they combusted This slow burn romance it a must read if you love witty banter, broody heroes, and sassy heroines I honestly couldn t wait to see what they said to each other next An Arc was generously provided in exchange for an honest review. arc provided by social butterfly if you want to read this I ll tell you to go to the 80% of the book and start there, because before that, nothing really happens.we basically know all about the characters since the first chapter, there s no development whatsoever in any of them.the relationship is slow, and I actually liked their interactions, but not enough to like this book.plot wise is a disaster, I don t care about the 763622 clich s here because I think that clich s can become great books, but this book feels like reading a wattpad fanfiction from 2012.and I don t even want to start to talk about the main character being so quirky and feminist but judging every fucking woman, and the way the author narrates the story to make her look perfect and not like other girls imagine how tired we are of that trope.overall, I will say that it was actually funny and cute sometimes, but it s nothing memorable and I m probably never picking this again
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- 290 pages
- Rules of Engagement
- J.T. Geissinger
- 15 March 2018 J.T. Geissinger