REVIEW – THE RULES (Off-Limits, #2) by Elizabeth Brown

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SYNOPSIS:

An older-brother’s-best-friend romance

When you’re a guy, the rules are simple. Live by the Bro Code:
Rule #1: Always have his back.
Rule #2: Don’t ever leave him stranded.
Rule #3: Never, ever, touch his sister.

Aw, hell. Two out of three ain’t bad.
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Warning: This story contains mature humor, a lot of cursing, and of course, sexual situations. It’s intended for adult readers who enjoy that kind of thing.
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Lambo and Ainsley’s story.
Dual POV with no cliffhanger.
Book 2 in The Off-Limits series. Standalone- but you’ll enjoy it more if you read Book 1.

*****Patty’s Review*****
*****3.75 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

This story contained two of my favorite tropes – second chance romance & romance with the older brother’s best-friend. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series and was anxious to get my hands on this one, but in my opinion, the first one is still my favorite.

Ainsley Andrews is the little sister of Ryan, the hero of book one. She works in the local library and lives with her brother and his girlfriend. Ainsley hasn’t been out with too many men. Things tend to fall apart whenever sex is introduced in her relationships. Something very traumatizing happened to her when she was a young girl and now she has this condition called vaginismus. Her vagina doesn’t open up and no man has been able to succeed in the penetration department. So here I was rolling my eyes because I have never heard of such a thing, but yes ladies, it is REAL!!!!

Lambo Christie is one of Ryan’s college buddies and he’s had an attraction for Ainsley for quite some time. The feeling is very mutual. They met once at a fraternity party. Lambo thought she was a college coed. He had no idea she was only sixteen and that she was Ryan’s little sister. Things got a little heated but quickly ended when Lambo discovered who Ainsley was. Years later they end up together at Ryan’s wedding in Vegas. One thing leads to another and Lambo learns of Ainsley’s sad predicament and offers to help her fix it.

Ainsley and Lambo secretly carry on a purely physical relationship for quite a while. Ainsley’s afraid that her over protective brother will flip if he learns that she’s been messing around with Lambo. But as they spend more time together, deeper feelings begin to develop and Lambo has his hands full with trying to convince Ainsley that he wants to take their relationship to the serious level.

I had a hard time connecting with the main characters. Lambo was thirty but seemed to behave like an immature teenager. I just didn’t get what was so attractive about this man. Ainsley definitely had a ton of issues but I wish she had been a stronger heroine.

Overall the story was ok but just didn’t wow me like THE LESSONS had.

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