Series: The Casual Rule #1
on May 14th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Julia Conti is living the dream in New York City. She has a job she loves in publishing and shares an apartment in the Village with her lifelong best friend, Allie. Following a bad break-up, Julia swears off of men and relationships, until she meets Ben Martin, an up and coming author who is smart, sexy and very easy on the eyes. Fueled by their mutual attraction, close working relationship and fear of relationships, Julia and Ben embark on a purely physical affair, following the Casual Rule. As they bring each other further into their lives, their casual status blurs. Can she keep sex and love separate or will feelings take hold and Julia get her heart broken again?
A little sweet, a little smutty, a little snarky.Recommended for readers 18+ due to sexual references and sex scenes
**CAN BE READ AS A STANDALONE***
The Casual Rule by A.C. Netzel was supposed to be a cure for an epic book hangover. But it became so much more than that.
It quickly won me over with its quirky charm, witty characters, hot sex and realism that made it super-easy to the story.
I’m totally in awe and it feels as if I had to say goodbye to good friends. Thankfully, book two is already out cause I can’t wait for a reunion with Julia and Ben and the people that love them.
Julia is heart-broken and doesn’t want to take the risk of love again, so she doesn’t want a relationship.
Ben is not interested in investing time and energy into a relationship that complicates life, so he prefer to keep things casual.
They seem like the perfect matchÔÇöwell, except all their differences and a not-so-charming start.
They hit it off even outside the bedroom but vow to be just good old friends with benefits. Life could be so easy and fun, if not for all those pesky things like ex-lovers, families and worst of all, actual feelings.
Watching Julia and Ben maneuver their way through all of it was a weirdly comforting thing. A.C. Netzel managed to make everyday things exciting. Because that’s what the story is about – the everyday life of people falling in love. The small things that get in the way and annoy and the ones that make our hearts pitter-patter and put a smile on our face. The story does without any over-the-top drama and it does so really well. There are no crazy incidents, no surreal moments. Instead, the mundane becomes entertaining and drew me in from the start.
The humor is witty and made me laugh out loud many times. All this, without feeling like the author tried too hard or forced it. It was natural, and that takes real talent.
The charactersÔÇödamn, I totally love them. They have flaws, they have quirks and they are anything but easy to deal with at times.
But that’s what makes them so good. They aren’t cookie-cutter. They aren’t deeply troubled or broken. They are like most of us – some are nice, some are douche-bags. They wrestle their emotions and at times lash out at others. They love unconditionally and hate passionately.
Julia and Ben are a breath of fresh air in the romance world.
From Julia’s messiness (I so can relate), to her love for cupcakes and her loyalty to her family and friends – there’s not much to dislike about her. Does she sometimes act stupidly and make mistakes? You bet. But guess what, most of us do. Therefore, it’s nice to meet a heroine who isn’t a supermodel, perfect inside and out. But who also isn’t a doormat fawning over the guy without keeping some self-respect. She’s strong, but allows herself to be vulnerable. She’s real.
And so is Ben. He’s not perfect by any stretch. He can be arrogant and closed off or moody. But he also manages to be the sweetest and most attentive book boyfriend. He might be sexy as hell and just as smart, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have flaws or insecurities. Those things make him more likable though. Sweeter, betterÔÇöplain irresistible.
Oh and the side charactersÔÇösimply perfect. I love them hard.
4.5 nothing-mundane-about-this-story stars.
~Review by Paula