ARC Review: The Rules by Elizabeth Brown (Off-Limits #2)


The Rules (Off-Limits #2)
Author: Elizabeth Brown
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: February 2nd, 2016


An older-brother’s-best-friend romance

When you’re a guy, the rules are simple. Live by the Bro Code:
Rule #1: Always have his back.
Rule #2: Don’t ever leave him stranded.
Rule #3: Never, ever, touch his sister.

Aw, hell. Two out of three ain’t bad.
Warning: This story contains mature humor, a lot of cursing, and of course, sexual situations. It’s intended for adult readers who enjoy that kind of thing.


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The Rules is the second book in the Off-Limits series by Elizabeth Brown. This is also the second book I’ve read by this author. Unlike the first book, I snapped this one up, short blurb or not. Ms. Brown has a different type of writing style that I find both interesting and humorous. In particular, with The Rules, I sometimes felt as if the hero were actually talking to the reader, rather then going on in first person. It’s that or he has one heck of an inner monologue with himself.

Going into The Rules, I had no expectations what-so-ever, although I did quickly realize that the story was about two people that you know of from the first book in the series. Does this matter? No, not really. The book can be read as a standalone,  you won’t miss anything by not reading the first book.

Our hero, Lambo… actually makes me cringe? Not because of the guy himself, but that name. The name threw me off, however, there is a big of intrigue behind it because a big part of me finished this book just going through it to see if you’d ever find out his -real- name. He is your typical player, but he’s very honest about it, and I’m surprised his ego can fit through the doorway… well earned or not. On the other hand, it almost made him endearing, when I wasn’t wanting to box his ears.

Anisley, our heroine in The Rules is a bit different. I like the girl, so don’t get me wrong here, but I have to give a wee bit of a spoiler in regards to her. More of a cautionary thing because I can see some readers having this bother them. In fact, it tweaked my nose somewhat as well. Ains has bi-polar disorder, it is addressed in this book, and how she is dealing with it. She’s also been sexually abused when she was younger. If either of those trigger you, I would suggest you proceed with caution. Those things aside, I admired this character a lot. When you have lemons thrown at you by life, most of the time you don’t even make lemonade, but Ainsley struggles and you realize it’s real, it’s difficult, and you see how she perseveres through it.

As for the chemistry in the book.. it’s a bit off the charts. You find that out from the get go, although after finding out more into the story, that bothered me slightly. I had unanswered questions. Sometimes I would do a head tilt and have to question some things.

Overall, I’m giving the book a 4.5 stars, and yes, I’m rating up. The author makes me laugh at times when I really shouldn’t. So even with some of the few nose tweaks in there, I was still able to fully enjoy this book.


5 star

NetGalley ARC post

Want to read the first book in the series!? Click the book cover below!

You can also find my review of The Lessons by Elizabeth Brown here!


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