Series: The Casual Rule #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Madly in love, Julia and Ben have taken their casual friends-with-benefits relationship to the next step... a committed relationship.
Can a snarky girl from The Village and a former commitment-phobe survive real life dating or do old habits die hard?
Recommended for readers 18+ due to sexual references and sex scenes
A little more sweet, a little more smut, a little more snark.
After reading The Casual Rule, I had to get The New Rule right away, wanting to spend more time in the awesome world and with the characters I’ve come to adore that A.C. Netzel created.
You might think it’d be boring to read more about them, now that Ben and Julia have figured their stuff out and are together.
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Just like in real life, getting together is the easy part for themÔÇöcompared to the challenges life brings along. And this is what this book is aboutÔÇötwo people who love each other deeply, but face bumps and holes in the road to happiness.
Again, the trials and tribulations weren’t extraordinary, not a figment of an author’s imagination. There were no killers, drug cartels, the mob or kidnapping. There was no big drama. It was the simple stuff, the things that life just brings with it and that can throw us for a loop, making us lose our footing.
That’s the stuff that Julia and Ben have to deal with in The New Rule. They need to make their peace with difficult situation or find a way out of it.
And the way they do felt genuine and real. It tugged at my heart-strings, making my heart ache for them.
It’s good to see an author do thisÔÇöwrite about the reality of relationships, and not just about the romantic, fairy-tale part. But A.C. Netzel did it in a way that keeps the balance, not forcing the reader into a bout of depression. It’s insightful, yet light at the same time. It’s serious, but also funny and witty. The story mimics the ups and downs of life perfectly by making up for the sad, painful parts with humor, with, sweetness and tenderness. And sexyÔÇölots of sexy.
I just felt compelled to keep reading, to spend more time with the characters. It was soothing and comforting, like a cozy blanket on a cold winter’s day.
I can already tell that there is no chance I’ll have enough of the story and characters at any point soon, not even once the third book is out.
5 real-life-was-never-so-charming stars.
~Review by Paula