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Hi I'm Janna and I am a book whore! I started this blog after being a part of another for years. While being a big blog may be nice I like to stay true to me having a love for books, that's why I blog. I love books and I want to share that love with my readers of this blog. I love to read, books are my escape and a huge part of my life besides my husband and two children. I am honest and sometimes sassy in my reviews but never mean. Some of my favorite authors include Kristen Ashley, Penelope Douglas, T.M. Frazier, M.N. Forgy, Rachel Van Dyken, Meghan March and Vi Keeland to only name a few!

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Monday, May 16, 2016

ARC Review! The Rule Book By Jennifer Blackwood

Starr Media Second-Assistant Survival Guide
1. Don't call your hot boss the antichrist to his face.
2. Don't stare at hot boss's, um, package or his full sleeve of tattoos. (No. Really. Stop!)
3. Don't get on the malicious first assistant's bad side.
4. Don't forget to memorize the 300-page employee manual.
5. If you value your cashmere, steer clear of boss’s dog.
6. Boss’s dimples are lust-inducing. Do. Not. Give. In.
7. “The elevator ate your clothes” is not a valid excuse for showing up to important meetings half dressed.
8. Don't break seven of the rules within the first week of employment if you, ya know, are in dire need of money to support your sick mom.
9. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the boss. See rule eight about sick mom.
10. Never forget the rules.

The Rule Book really reminded me of a tamed down at times version of the move The Devil Wears Prada.  I loved that movie so when I saw what the book was about I couldn’t wait to start reading it. The Rule Book needed to have a few more rules added.  The first being that rules are made to be broken for the right people.  The second is to have a damn backbone and not allow others to get away with the shit they do that not only hurts you but your career as well.  And the third rule needs to be the most important and that is you have to do what is best for you, don’t live your life for someone else because if that is all you do then your life will end up being pointless.

I know you are wondering why I am saying it needs these other rules well it is because of a couple of reasons.  Let’s start with the first shall we.  Brogan aka the Antichrist, has his rules in place for a reason, one that we never got a solid answer to even by the end of the book.  He slowly starts to break his rules only to backtrack and enforce them but by doing so hurting Lainey.  Brogan may be the boss and Lainey may be the second assistant but you can’t always help who you fall for or what their job title may be. 

On to the second rule I believe needed to be added.  Lainey allows herself to be bullied in a sense not only by Jonathan the first assistant, but also by Brogan as well as others she considered to be friends.  I am sorry but Lainey needed to grow a backbone and a set of balls and stand up for what they did at times instead of just allowing it to happen and not standing up for herself.  That quality or lack of one I guess I should say made me slowly begin to not like her character.

Now lastly to the third rule and I think I wanted this rule to be put in place because I have lived my life, pursued a career to help and please someone else, not for me.  The reason why Lainey went to work at Starr Media is for a good reason; don’t get me wrong but at the same time she was living and working for someone else, not for her life.  There was one scene that I hoped would set the pace of the book in a direction of do what you need to do for you, but it was quickly swept under the rug and Lainey once again was working for a reason that shouldn’t have been only on her shoulders.

I had such high hopes for The Rule Book, I had hoped for a sexier version of the movie that I love but in reality we got a watered down version that lost my interest on more than one occasion.  Will I continue on with the series?  I plan to see what the next book will be about, and I hope that it is an improvement on the series so I will want to continue to read it but if not then obviously I will chalk this up to me just not liking the series and move on.

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