Title: The Rules of Dating
Authors: Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 19, 2022
It all started when I hosted a little party for a bunch of new friends.
Though “friends” might not be the right word since the invitees were all the women I’d found out my boyfriend was talking to behind my back. When the guest of honor walked in—aka my now ex—things took a turn…
Unfortunately, a stranger witnessed the whole blowout. I was in a mood that night and ended up giving this gorgeous guy an attitude, too. As if my night could get any worse, before he stormed off, he informed me he was actually my landlord.
Colby Lennon, along with three of his friends, owned the building where my tattoo shop was located. He and I were total opposites. He wore a tie, oozed confidence that came with years of women falling at his feet, and wasn’t afraid to say what he wanted, which lately—was me.
I hated that I found myself attracted to him. Especially since I was supposed to be on a self-imposed dating hiatus. Yet the two of us couldn’t seem to stay away from each other. We started hanging out, as friends. I even went as far as making rules for what he’d dubbed our “undates.”
But eventually, our explosive attraction became too much to bear, and we broke our resolve. I let my guard down and started to really fall for Colby.
Nothing could have prepared me for the ride he took me on. And I certainly wasn’t prepared for where I’d wind up when the ride was over.
All good things must come to an end, right?
Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.
I was looking for something light-hearted, easy read and this book did the trick. Super cute friend-to-lover, single dad, opposite attract romance. Billie is a tattoo artist. She thought her life was going great until she found out her boyfriend was a major douche. Billie staged a revenge and cause a big commotion at her shop. Colby just walked in the shop and happened to be caught in the middle of Billie’s furry – not so great first impression J. Just when Billie thought things could not get worst in her life, she found out the man she sent running out of her shop was none other than her hot landlord. Time for Billie to grovel and get back in Colby’s good grace. Fear not – Colby was drawn to Billie from the start. Maybe it was her fierceness, her independent, and the way she stood up for herself. Billie is not ready to jump into another relationship but it is hard to resist the handsome swoony single dad landlord. They tried to have uncomplicated non-dates but the chemistry was too much and in the end the heart wants what it wants J I did not care much for the second part with the other woman but I guess that was the “down” part of the story. Love is not so easy and every couples go through it – I guess that is what makes the hero and heroine relatable. Over all, I enjoyed the slow burn, adorable, flirty, and plenty of swoon (for the single dad hero). I am looking forward to the next book – sounds like a reformed manwhore coming our way soon.
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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.
She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.
With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over thirty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.