Title: The Rule Maker
Series: Boston Hawks Hockey #4
Author: Gina Azzi
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: June 23, 2021
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Told in the first person. Alternating persons.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for review from Give Me Books and the author. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".
NHL Boston Hawks captain Austin Merrick used to be my boy-next-door. Now, he’s the man on my mind.
Our paths haven’t crossed in over a decade when I find myself back in Boston, desperate to save face in front of my ex-fiancé. With a devilish smirk and wicked blue eyes, Austin steps back into my life to be my plus one for a summer filled with weddings and events.
Should be fun and effortless, right?
Then why the need for rules?
And why do I crave his touch at the small of my back and wish for his kiss on a moonlit beach?
Suddenly, things begin to feel complicated, messy, and real. When I look at my first friend, I don’t see the boy-next-door, but the man I want to spend forever with.
If Austin learns the depth of my feelings, will he give us a real chance? Or are some rules better left unbroken?
Chloe wants to heal her broken heart. Austin is reconnecting with a childhood friend. The author sets her characters up with a situation that is either going to go very wrong or end up being very right. Once that set up is done, I was hooked.
Usually I’m all about getting involved in the book’s theme or setting. With this book, even though it’s a sports romance it takes a backseat to the romance. But the author has set part of the story off the coast of my home state. With that in mind, this would make for a great beach read. Or, since some of this takes place in Boston going to see what the city has to offer is never a bad thing. Our weather can be hot and humid this time of year so going back to the sports theme, you could find a hockey/skating rink, get out of the heat, and sit in the stands to read the book.
Our author makes it easy to become a part of Chloe and Austin’s circle. She also wrote the story in a way that if you haven’t read the previous three books that’s ok because you won’t feel lost. But I found myself wanting to see what characters came before and who their love interest was.
If I was going to be sad about anything it would be how quickly I finished the book. When you’re really enjoying what an author has created, you really don’t look forward to the ending even though it was perfect for our main characters. And I look forward to reading it again.
Gina Azzi writes emotional and captivating contemporary romance novels with heart-warming happily-ever-afters. She is the author of Second Chance Chicago Series, The Kane Brothers Series, Finding Love in Scotland Series, The College Pact Series, and Corner of Ocean and Bay. All of her books can be read as stand-alones.
A Jersey girl at heart, Gina has spent her twenties traveling the world, living and working abroad, before settling down in Ontario, Canada with her husband and three children. She's a voracious reader, daydreamer, and coffee enthusiast who loves meeting new people. Say hey to her on social media or through www.ginaazzi.com
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