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For Annemarie Whitted, her youngest sister’s engagement starts as a happy event, and ends as a slap in the face when she comes to the harsh realization that she’s a failure at relationships, a person in stasis. Annemarie is motivated and organized, a woman on a mission, and she’s getting married now.
Her Rules of Engagement ensure she’ll make the right choice, and her committee will find her potential eternal companions. She assigns the job to her closest sister, Lisa, and Lisa’s husband, Tanner. Of course, Tanner comes with baggage— his brother, Ben, Annemarie’s lifelong nemesis.
The war between the two of them gives a brand new meaning to Annemarie’s Rules of Engagement, and his presence isn’t helping her at all. Especially when he disapproves of her methods and questions every step she makes. Especially when their forced proximity makes each of them really see each other for the first time. Especially when she discovers that her heart has secret corners she never knew, and that the Rules might have been her biggest mistake of all.
Amber Gilchrist's novel Glitch was a lot of fun to read, so I jumped at the chance to review her new novel, Rules of Engagement.
I really enjoyed the characters. They were quirky, and there was a lot to laugh at. Some were creepy, but I loved a lot of the interaction and bluntness.
The person Annemarie was going to fall for was pretty obvious right from the beginning, but the journey was still enjoyable. The amount of pain the lack of honest communication brought on was somewhat frustrating, but it kept things exciting too.
I was a bit distracted by what felt like an overuse of a thesaurus in the first part of the book, some typos, and the main character's unusual last name, but the great characters and sweet romance made up for that.
This is a clean romance that I'd recommend, and I would read more from this author.
If it tells you anything, I've read it twice already. I love the way Amber Gilchrist writes. It's serious and real, but still entertaining. While I don't understand Annemarie (I'm not OCD or Type A) my heart breaks for her. Ben's character I can relate to a little better because I know some people like him, and they make life interesting, that's for sure.
When I get really into a book I don't notice things that might bug me if the book wasn't so good. So, the "overuse of a thesaurus" I didn't notice, and the main character's last name didn't slow me up at all (although I have read books where the names totally did that). There are some minor grammatical errors, but nothing huge.
Content wise there was no swearing or violence, and romance wise there is some french kissing. Overall it is a clean sweet romance, that not only would I read again (for the third time), but I would highly recommend it to others and actively seek out more from this author.
About the Author:
Amber Gilchrist lives in New Mexico with her husband and three children. She writes YA for upper teens, as well as LDS Romantic Comedies. She calls her lifetime of jumping from one job to another 'experience' for her books and not an inability to settle down. Amber loves mysteries and a good, happy romance. She also loves to laugh. Sometimes she likes all of them together.
A fan of quirky movies and indie books, Amber likes to be with her family, is socially inept, and fears strangers and small yippy dogs. She alternates between writing and being a mom and wife. She tries to do both at the same time but her kids don't appreciate being served lunch and told, "This is the hot dog of your discontent." So mostly she writes when everyone else is in bed.
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Title: Rules of Engagement
Author: Amber Gilchrist
Published: January 2014
Source: I received an eCopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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