"The Rule Maker" is the second novel in Jennifer Blackwood's Rule Breakers series. All of the books in the series can be read stand alone. This is the follow up story to her first book "The Rule Book" and tells the story of Zoey and Ryder. Blackwood's writing is witty and captivating. The chemistry between her characters is off the charts, and the story is fun to read. She does a nice job world building and overall delivers a fun story that leaves the reader satisfied. I would note though that although this book is a stand alone I think reading the first book first would enhance the enjoyment as Zoey is also in that story and it gives the reader the opportunity to get to know her a little better.
Zoey Reynolds is in a delicate position. She's up for a promotion, her career is on the line, and she's in the unfortunate position of having broken her rule by sleeping with a client. Technically he wasn't a client at the time, and it was a one night stand, but now she's in a tight spot. She's going to have to work with Ryder Covington to renovate his brother's inn and he's hoping to explore that one night stand a little further. Zoey isn't sure how she feels about Ryder, she's really attracted to him while wanting to kill him at the same time, and it's going to take a lot for her to agree to explore a relationship with him when her career and livelihood is on the line. Is it worth taking the risk?
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.
Each book in the Rule Breakers series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.