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Rules of Engagement
by J.T. Geissinger
Category: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Tags: Opposites Attract
Rules of Engagement was a fun, opposites attract, standalone romance that will have you rooting for Mason and Maddie to go the distance.
Mason Spark is an NFL quarterback who’s managed to get himself into enough trouble as of late that one more slip up will cost him quite a lot and possibly his job. His answer to this problem?
Find a wife, who cares if she’s only one in name, to give the impression he’s turned over a new leaf.
Poor Maddie McRae is the matchmaker of Perfect Pairings hired to do the job.
What this sweet, well-mannered woman doesn’t realize is that she has been given an impossible task since Mason is one rude, arrogant and impolite grump that doesn’t want to find a wife after one look at her.
“Honestly, I’ve never met a man with such a serious case of resting bitch face.”
Opposites attract stories are so fun because they often have the greatest banter between characters who rarely see eye-to-eye. Maddie has the patience of a saint when it comes to the antics of Mason.
She’s actually quick to forgive and actually starts to coach him out of his ill-mannered ways, even if it often comes with some sarcasm on her part!
I admit that I am a fan of the f-word myself and use it frequently. For some reason it’s the perfect word to convey my frustration sometimes, so the fact that we have the first few pages of this novel taking us into a deep dive on the varied uses of the word, I was hooked.
I approved of each use of the word by Mason in this novel. 😊
There’s more to Mason under his gruff exterior which we slowly got to see as the story unfolds. He was like a stray dog – quick to mistrust, misjudge and react negatively since he has never had anyone to actually see him and look out for his interests (with the exception of his agent).
But Maddie could see beyond his roughness and recognized that there was actually someone hurting inside and someone who didn’t have the self-love to realize he deserved love in return. He kind of broke my heart.
Both characters were wonderful though I would have liked to have learned even more about them or seen more heart-to-hearts between them. We got so many tidbits about each and I would have loved a deeper look into some.
I adore all of Geissinger’s books because they are so well written and have such depth, and yet I felt like Rules of Engagement was missing that “suck you right in and consume you” feeling I usually get from her novels.
It was definitely a great read and a cute story, but I’ve come to expect each of her releases to become my next all-time favorite when Rules of Engagement was good but probably not a reread for me.
Thank you J.T. Geissinger for the advanced reader copy. All opinions are my own.
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