Monday, July 18, 2016

REVIEW: "Six Month Rule" by A.J. Pine (Contemporary Romance)

by A.J. Pine

Publisher: Entangled - Embrace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: July 18th 2016

Series: The Kingston Ale House, #
Standalone: Yes

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Description from Publisher:
She created the game, but the rules are about to change.

Taurus: Hold fast to your single-minded nature today—no matter how long her legs or how lush her red lips.

Gemini: You were a shining star last night, but reality can be a real—well, you get the picture. Just remember: Tall, dark, and British equals no corner office for you.

Will Evans never wanted a reason to stay.

Holly Chandler wants nothing more than for him to go.

But neither one is prepared for what can happen in six months. Because it doesn't matter what you want when what you need walks out the door.

Holly’s been busting her butt to make partner at Trousseau and there’s no way she’s going to let some stuck-up British arsehole get in her way—no matter how drop-dead gorgeous he is. But that doesn’t mean she can’t have a little fun in the process. She has a six-month rule: date just long enough for the honeymoon phase to wear off, then walk away before anyone gets hurt. If they both know the rules up front, walking away will be a piece of cake. Or maybe not…

*SIX MONTH RULE is a stand alone book in a connected series.
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My Musings:
Loved sassy Holly, and charming - very British- Will. Their arrangement was good, the build-up of their feelings paced well. The months passing worked well for this story, not feeling as though I was missing anything important while keeping everything going at a reasonable pace.

I appreciated that Holly worked hard, but that the focus was on how possible that was with a real life. It was a very real and normal problem. Holly's klutziness was also a great touch and I seriously enjoyed her character.

All the supporting characters were great, including Will's mum, and especially Will's daughter, Sophie. Brynn and Jamie were enjoyable, and this made me want to go back and read their story again!

Another thing of note is how fashion is, sparingly, sprinkled in. I thought this was great as it was just the right amount. Too often, books with a heroine working in the fashion industry are littered with brand names and spend paragraphs describing the couture. Not this book - it focused on what the reader really wanted to read about: the adorable, sexy, sweet romance.

Which is also something to mention: the sexytimes here are far from "closed door" (read: HOT), but they don't consume the rest of the story either.

The balance of everything is spot on, the writing wonderful, the characters real.. Another awesome book by A.J. Pine!

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About the Author: A.J. Pine
AJ Pine writes stories to break readers’ hearts, but don’t worry—she’ll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and a librarian, AJ has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality–romance. Naturally, the books she writes have the same. When she’s not writing, she’s of course reading. Then there’s online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes). And a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires, superheroes, and a certain high-functioning sociopath detective. You’ll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago ‘burbs.

AJ Pine is the author of the If Only series, the Only You series, and the current Kingston Ale House series.
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