Review: The Virgin Rule Book by Lauren Blakely (Rules of Love #1)
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.
Okay, I admit it; the friends-to-lovers trope is one of my personal favorites, and Lauren Blakely is a master at creating romances around said trope. Her latest release, The Virgin Rule Book, is the first full-length novel in her new Rules of Love series, and aside from the main characters doing the whole friends-to-lovers thing, there's the addition of the falling-for-your-sibling's-best-friend aspect. There's a free prequel novella, The Rules of Friends with Benefits, that I highly recommend be read prior to diving into the novel as it provides a look-see at the two endearing main characters, Nadia Harlowe and Crosby Cash, before they decided to create their "rule book" only to break those very same rules.
At twenty-five, Nadia Harlowe is a trailblazer. She owns the Hawks, which is an NFL team, and has no qualms making changes which include a homecoming for both her and the team as they return to San Francisco. Nadia knows continuing her late father's legacy and creating her own will require almost all her time. She takes pride in being prepared and staying steady on her feet. What she wasn't prepared for, however, is to be swept off her feet by the best man at her brother's wedding. The same best man who happens to be a good friend: twenty-seven-year-old baseball player Crosby Cash. He's sworn off dating, and she has no time for a relationship--but who says they can't be friends with benefits?
Lauren Blakely delivers yet another entertaining and endearing read, and with this being the first in her new series, she succeeds in introducing a cast of characters that readers like me can't help but become curious about. This series starter was very much a friends-to-lovers romance, and there wasn't a whole lot of drama with regards to the transition of Crosby and Nadia's relationship from platonic to flirty to romantic. The story pretty much plays out as I imagined it would, and while Crosby and Nadia get their happily-ever-after, I'm also looking forward to seeing the notable supporting characters work their way towards their own in future Rules of Love books. I'm giving The Virgin Rule Book 4.5 stars.
Release Date: 16 April 2021
Date Read: 15 April 2021
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