Five simple rules. And it was very simple…until it wasn’t.
It could have been much worse. We weren’t thinking straight and had put everything on the line – risking our marriages. So when Weston ended the arrangement, it was for the best – for all of us. But I was still heartbroken. I thought I’d shatter into a million pieces. I didn’t, I survived. Not only did I survive, I came out stronger and ready to move on with my life.
Weston reaches out to me. With a few soft words, a gentle touch and a lingering gaze, he crumbles all my efforts.
Neither Gabe nor I want to start this again, and we are determined to fight the temptation. But Weston and Bridget are not taking no for an answer, and the pull between all of us is still so strong.
I tell myself I can handle it this time. This time, I am in the driver’s seat. This time, I am rewriting the ground rules.
****4.5 Irresistible Stars****
(ARC Kindly Provided by Author)
The most accurate way I can describe this book is by saying it’s deliciously addicting. When you read this novel you will battle with both your morals and emotions. You might not agree or be able to relate with the characters and their behaviors, but I promise you, the emotional tug and intensity of the story will completely pull you under, making it impossible to stop reading. I enjoyed it tremendously.
Mirella is picking up the pieces after the heartbreak Weston caused her. He was like a hurricane that came and left just as quickly causing major devastation in her life, but with the help of her husband and best friend she’s pulling through. Just when everything is starting to settle, the gorgeous and enigmatic Weston starts reaching out to her again.
Mirella is very skeptical about letting Weston into her life again. But when her husband Gabe shares his thoughts about wanting to try it again, the foursome decides to resume their sexual arrangement .
This time Mirella is determined to keep her heart and emotions out of the equation. She just wants to enjoy the sex and nothing else. On this second attempt they change some of the rules to try to give Mirella and Gabe more control since it was Weston and Bridget who had the upper hand the last time. The relationship is supposed to be more casual and relaxed this second time around. They can talk to each other directly without the assistance of Weston’s secretary. They can travel together and even try to hang out as friends, but its easier said than done and the emotions and the jealousy will get very intense, making the relationships dangerous and the rules harder to follow.
I really loved Gabe in this second installment. He is definitely more my style with his Alpha Male personality, but I also get the appeal of Weston, and understood Mirella’s struggle. We see a different side of every character. The ones that seemed so strong at the beginning are starting to crumble, making the dynamics change and infusing a lot of intensity to the plot. So don’t worry because this book is NOT more of the same, but completely different and totally thrilling.
In The Ground Rules: Rewritten, Roya Carmen brings it up a notch; everything feels more passionate and deliciously elicit this second time around, making it hard for the reader to pick a side. I was team Gabe more often than not, but Weston’s more vulnerable side was very present and he definitely made me swoon for him on more than one occasion. The only complaint I have is that I would like to learn more about Bridget. She’s the only character who still remains a mystery in my eyes. I crave to know what drives her, what she wants and how she loves.
At this point I really don’t know how this story will end. After that cliffhanger that definitely complicated things, I’m very eager and curious to know who will end up with who, and whose marriage will ultimately survive. I give props to Roya Carmen once again for creating such a deliciously sinful story and I highly recommend it to anybody who’s not afraid to delve into a world where love is not enough and lust makes you break the rules.
My The Ground Rules: Rewritten music playlist:
*Morning Sun by Robin Thicke
*Song For A friend by Andreya Triana
*Lay me Down by Sam Smith
*When It Comes To Us by Frances
*Last Request by Paolo Nutini