"The Rule Book" started out slow and I wasn't certain if I was going to like it at first. The blurb made it sound funny and light-hearted, but the opening felt crammed full of the usual modern Cinderella tropes. Evil supervisor, newly minted adult who can't quite get the ropes, mean colleagues, etc etc.
I'm glad to say it did get better and things fell into place. Mostly. I liked how Lainey stuck up for herself and I liked how she proved her worth as an employee rather than being "rescued". What I thought was problematic was how Brogan kept being a jerk to Lainey, over and over and over again, and I didn't feel like he groveled enough at the end. He made grand gestures, but I'd rather see his growth as a person over a period of time instead of making the same assumptions and having the same issues repeatedly.
Starr Media Second-Assistant Survival Guide
1. Don't call your hot boss the antichrist to his face.
2. Don't stare at hot boss's, um, package or his full sleeve of tattoos. (No. Really. Stop!)
3. Don't get on the malicious first assistant's bad side.
4. Don't forget to memorize the 300-page employee manual.
5. If you value your cashmere, steer clear of boss’s dog.
6. Boss’s dimples are lust-inducing. Do. Not. Give. In.
7. “The elevator ate your clothes” is not a valid excuse for showing up to important meetings half dressed.
8. Don't break seven of the rules within the first week of employment if you, ya know, are in dire need of money to support your sick mom.
9. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the boss. See rule eight about sick mom.
10. Never forget the rules.