Rules of Engagement

Rules of Engagement is a sumptuous feast for the senses, brimming with colorful characters and sexual delights. Jake Duquesne is the delectable hero trying to retire from his dark past, and Katarzyna Delaney is the gorgeous cop who unwittingly stumbles along his path and disturbs his peace. Though their relationship development is a bit barren, their carnal intimacy is highly invigorating. Katarzyna is a spunky and enjoyable heroine, a nice complement to Jake's coolly temperamental disposition. The pace of their steamy affair moves along lyrically, if just a bit fast-but this keeps the pages flying. Their aggressive chemistry will definitely capture and engage the readers in many imaginative ways.

However, in tune with the obscurity that accompanies the hero's past occupation, not much is revealed about Jake-which greatly hinders the latter part of the story. Not enough emphasis is placed on the introduction of a villain, such that instead of surprising the reader with an unexpected twist of Jake's ugly past rearing its head, the ending sequence just seems unnecessary. But the vivacious strength of Jake and Karatzyna's bedroom acrobatics rescues the ending from being a total blunder of unwarranted violence. With Rules of Engagement, Bruce has done a wonderful job of crafting a sexy, pleasurable read-deliciously short and sweet, like any enjoyable dessert.

Book Blurb for Rules of Engagement

After being shot three times in the chest and left for dead by his last lover, Jake Duquesne decides the middle of nowhere is a good place to recuperate. And it's perfect…until someone decides to sneak up on him, gun drawn and cocked. Unfortunately for his would-be assailant, Jake's ability to overpower is legendary — in more ways than one.

Waking up handcuffed to a strange bed wasn't part of Katarzyna Delaney's plans to heal after being jilted at the altar for the third time. Jake's dark sensuality, however, makes her realize plans should be flexible. Even without a wedding, she decides she can still have all the intense sexual perks of a honeymoon — and there's no one more intense than Jake.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2008 4.00