Rules of Entanglement (A Fighting for Love Novel)



Series: Fighting for Love

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperback

Published date:  February 25, 2014

ISBN-10: 1250050367

ISBN-13: 978-1250050366

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Source: Received for a honest review

Book Description

Seven days. And seven rules to break…

In this romance novel from Gina L. Maxwell, District Attorney Vanessa MacGregor firmly believes that structure and order are the stuff that dreams are made of. Happiness can be planned—and it starts with the seven rules she’s laid out for her future. But as she’s organizing her best friend’s wedding in Hawaii, all of Vanessa’s best-laid plans are about to meet their match in a wickedly hot MMA fighter…

Jackson “Jax” Maris is focused on surfing, training, and fighting. That is, until he opens up his big mouth and finds himself having to pretend he’s engaged to his little sister’s best friend, Vanessa. When they’re forced to share a romantic bungalow, however, their little charade suddenly takes a turn for the seriously sexy. And while Jax is definitely not part of Vanessa’s long-term plan, he has seven days—and seven naughty nights—to turn her seven-rule plan upside down.

My Thoughts

Gina Maxwell provides another swoon-worthy novel with a super hot MMA fighter as our starring hero.

Vanessa MacGregor is no stranger to the hard life.  And to ensure that she never has to live through it again, she develops her seven rules to live by.  Rules that will keep her safe and secure.  That is until she arrives in Hawai’i and meets her best friend’s hot-as-hell older brother.  Jackson, or Jax, is supposed to be helping Vanessa make sure that all the details are in order for Lucie and Reid’s upcoming wedding, but all he seems to be doing is turning her on and making himself a nuisance.  The more time she’s around him, the more rules she finds she’s ready to break.  So when she learns that they are supposed to be pretending to be Lucie and Reid, she realizes there is no way she’s going to be able to share a bungalow with this man and keep her distance too.  So why not engage in an ultra-steamy fling with the sexy male that seems to be around her all the time?  As long as she sticks to her rules, she’ll be fine…..right?

The moment Jax laid eyes on the beautiful red-haired Vanessa, he knew he wanted to get to know her better.  And when Vanessa opened her mouth?  He knew that the only way he stood a chance at that is to make her be around him.  Vanessa not only was confident, sexy, and a tad bit bossy, she was the only woman he’d ever met that dismissed him….HIM!  A MMA fighter who can have any girl he wants.  So what if he tells her a little lie like saying they have to pretend to be Reid and Lucie in order to make sure all the plans are in order?  It can’t be that big of a deal right?  But when Vanessa and Jax spend time together, Jax realizes that there is so much more to Vanessa than what she presents to the world and he begins to fall for her….hard.  Jax knows he should tell her that he lied to her, but he can’t seem to find the right way, or time and he’s not willing to give her up a moment before he has to.  But when a phone call comes in with a family emergency for Vanessa, the truth will come out.  But can Vanessa allow herself to break her rules for a chance at love with Jax or will she push him away and continue with her life, business as usual?

Looking for a picturesque location with breath taking romance and a whole lot of fun?  Then Gina Maxwell’s next “Fighting for Love” novel is the one for you.  This one will provide you with lots of steamy love scenes with comical dialogue and sexy banter.  I enjoyed Vanessa’s desperate attempt to hold onto herself and her rules, while ultimately losing that battle and falling for Jax.  The backstory of her life is so heartbreaking, yet inspiring, that I felt like it gave her character a great sense of realism.  I also enjoyed getting to know Jax’s character with his hard edge yet protective and loving side toward both Vanessa and his little sister Lucie.  I couldn’t help but turn page after page to find out what was going to happen between Vanessa and Jax and how their story would end. An exceptionally well written and entertaining novel by Gina L. Maxwell.

Rating: 4.5

Heat Rating: Hot

Reviewed by: AprilP

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