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The Rule Book - by Sarah Adams (Paperback)

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About the Book

"Dear reader, thank you wanting to spend time with Derek and Nora. Although this book is written in such a way that it feels light, and comedic, please be advised that there are heavier topics and themes portrayed such as late diagnosis of dyslexia and parental neglect. The story also contains adult language and sexual scenes. If you prefer to keep the bedroom door fully closed, please skip chapter 34."--

Book Synopsis

College exes break all the rules when they reunite years later in this enemies to lovers, second-chance romance, the highly anticipated companion novel to the TikTok sensation The Cheat Sheet--from Sarah Adams, the New York Times bestselling author of Practice Makes Perfect.

Nora Mackenzie's entire career lies in the hands of famous NFL tight end Derek Pender, who also happens to be her extremely hot college ex-boyfriend. Nora didn't end things as gracefully as she could have back then, and now it has come back to haunt her. Derek is her first client as an official full-time sports agent and he's holding a grudge.

Derek has set his sights on a little friendly revenge. If Nora Mackenzie, the first girl to ever break his heart, wants to be his agent, oh, he'll let her be his agent. The plan is simple: make Nora's life absolutely miserable. But if Derek knows anything about the woman he once loved--she won't quit easily.

Instead of giving in, Nora starts a scheme of her own. But then a wild night in Vegas leads to Nora and Derek in bed the next morning married. With their rule book out the window, could this new relationship save their careers or spark the romance of a lifetime?

About the Author

Sarah Adams is the New York Times bestselling author of The Cheat Sheet and Practice Makes Perfect. Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, she loves her family and warm days. Sarah has dreamed of being a writer since she was a girl, but finally wrote her first novel when her daughters were napping and she no longer had any excuses to put it off. Sarah is a coffee addict, a British history nerd, a mom of two daughters, married to her best friend, and an indecisive introvert. Her hope is to write stories that make readers laugh, maybe even cry--but always leave them happier than when they started reading.
Dimensions (Overall): 8.0 (H) x 5.19 (W)
Weight: .81
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 368
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Romance
Publisher: Dell
Format: Paperback
Author: Sarah Adams
Theme: Contemporary
Language: English
Street Date: April 2, 2024
TCIN: 89549778
UPC: 9780593723678
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-9723
Origin: Made in the USA
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4.5 out of 5 stars with 15 reviews
83% would recommend
6 recommendations

Not my favorite Sarah Adams

3 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Isabel - 21 days ago, Verified purchaser
I really wanted to love this book since I love a lot of Adam’s other books. That being said I paused reading a court of silver flame to read this after preordering… and I almost did not finish. Spoilers: I felt this book was a lot like cheat sheet in that the female lead had eccentric hobbies/tendencies ie walking around in her underwear. And although I did get past that I just didn’t like their character/couple development. I did however enjoy that it highlighted women in a “men’s only club” work place, we love to see it.
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Cute Story with highs and lows

3 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
SuPo - 2 months ago
THE RULE BOOK had me laughing during parts of it, and super annoyed at other times. A cute story about second chance love, this book had it’s highs and lows for me that left me not sure what I thought of it at the end. During the best of times…there is definitely chemistry between Nora and Derek, which makes their banter likable and fun. I’m also a sucker for tough guy MMC who become big teddy bears when they find a girl they really like, and Derek is definitely that softy. I LOVED the scenes of Derek and his teammates—it reminded me of an episode of the Golden Girls except with big burly men. The fact that they had board game nights had me smiling so hard. There were parts of this story, like during their honeymoon, where I was invested in their love story and cheered both Nora and Derek on. And now the worst of times…Nora is an eccentric character, and at the start of the book she was more than I could handle (I either got used to her or her quirks were toned down a bit as the book went). As a sports fan, I had a hard time believing the agent/player storyline at all. Nora was not believable as an agent at all, especially when it came to Derek’s comeback, and Derek’s comeback didn’t come off as realistic either. I also think there was some whiplash when it came to how Derek and Nora viewed their relationship. One minute they didn’t trust each other, and then they did. One minute they couldn’t be friends, next minute they want to stay married. Ultimately, if you like second chance love stories, there’s a good chance you’re going to at least like, if not love this book. Annoying parts aside, this was a fast read that kept me entertained and even smiling at times.
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Pretty cute!

4 out of 5 stars
AW - 2 months ago, Verified purchaser
This was a pretty cute, semi- enemies-to-lovers book. Pretty light and easy to read!
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Another cute RomCom from Sarah Adams!

4 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
hh151616 - 2 months ago
The Rule Book by Sarah Adams is a second-chance romance that finds Nora Mackenzie and her college ex-boyfriend (turned pro football player) Derek Pender forced to work together for the sake of their careers. Nora is an up-and-coming sports agent who just signed her first big client - a reluctant, just coming back from a near-career-ending injury Derek. They each have about a million things to prove in order to sustain their careers, but where Nora is excited to show how competent of an agent she is, Derek is defensive and angry about the prospect of a professional relationship given their heavy past. This is a dual-POV novel where we learned early on exactly what went wrong between these two way back when and get to watch them slowly (and then all at once) find their ways back to each other. While I still think Adams’ last two efforts were stronger - the When in Rome duology featuring the series’ namesake as its opener and ending with one of my favorite rom-coms of 2023, Practice Makes Perfect - this is a cute if not cheesy novel about getting another go-around at your soulmate. Die-hard fans of Sarah Adams were disappointed that she dipped her toe (barely, let’s be real) into writing an open-door romance with Practice Makes Perfect. So with this book also being (again, barely) more open door, Adams included a disclaimer at the beginning of this book with the chapter folks can skip if they wish to leave the door well and fully closed with this romp. I get why she did it but it’s also disappointing that an author exploring the bounds of her writing chops potentially feels like she has to tiptoe around her more pearl-clutching fans. Maybe I'm projecting here -- I just want Adams to write whatever she wants to write! Either way, this was certainly cute, as all Adams’ novels are but the dialog felt a bit forced-whimsical and a little over the top at times. I kept waiting for one or two really solid, beautifully written declarations of love and passion and was disappointed with remarks that made me internally groan a bit. Maybe my expectations were too high after the When in Rome duology. That’s certainly possible. Either way, I’ll keep reading what Adams writes and can still confidently recommend her work if comfort romances are your things. 3.75 stars. Thank you to NetGallery and Random House for this ARC. Tropes found in this book: second-chance romance, drunken elopement, lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers, forced proximity, single bed.
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A Treasure of a Book

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
abbyjeanco - 2 months ago
Again, I say, Sarah Adams can do no wrong! When I start a new book by her, I think, "This won't be better than the last one," and she proves me wrong. EVERY. TIME. Practice Makes Perfect was one of my favorite reads of 2023, so I was very excited for The Rule Book (which is set in the same universe as The Cheat Sheet). First let me just say that there are so many tropes in this book, but they are all so well done! Second, this book had me giggling, kicking my feet, and staying up late to finish it! (I also read this with the Super Bowl on in the background, so I think that was the perfect ambience for an amazing football romance book). I love Nora's determination and quirks, and I love Derek's protective nature and how obsessed he is with Nora. Read if you like: - Second Chance Romance - Enemies to Lovers - Sports Romance - Marriage of Convenience - Forced Proximity/One Bed - Grumpy x Sunshine Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for the ARC! 💙🏈
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My latest obsession

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
ajzewski - 2 months ago
OH MY LORD THIS BOOK IS A DREAM COME TRUE! Sports romance? Check! Second chance romance? Check! Marriage of convenience? Check! Grumpy x Sunshine? Check! Written by Sarah Adams? Check! Mrs. Adams does it again with another romance so sickly sweet to satisfy any sweet tooth! A quirky FMC reunites with a grumpy MMC ex and makes one heck of a duo. This contemporary romance had me staying up into the early hours of the morning because I was simply obsessed with this book. As I'm writing this review, I'm struggling to find the words to express how much I recommend this book. If you loved 'The Cheat Sheet', you'll enjoy this companion novel. Perhaps you'll love Mr. Derek Pender more than Nathan? I'll be racing you all to the bookstore on April 2nd to pick up my physical copy of this book with no regrets! In the meantime, I will continue to sit and wait for Derek Pender to come alive because dang how I wish he was real. A big thanks to both NetGalley and Penguin Random House for blessing my eyes with this ARC in exchange for an honest review
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4 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Mmirza - 2 months ago
Thank you Netgalley for the eARC of this book. SARAH ADAMS DID IT AGAIN AND CAN DO NO WRONG! I'm definitely a big fan of Sarah because she writes such lovable, vulnerable characters. The way Derek overcame his injury and truly realized that his teammates were his friends was so nice to read. Nora and her crazy antics were the best! She has this tendency to say the wrong catchphrase but it still gets the point across. She was very fun to relate to, and I love that she's still feminine in the masculine world of sports manager. The duo gave Jalen Hurts and Nicole Lynn vibes. I want Jamal anld Lawrence's weddings as short stories! I'm putting it out there! Bree and Nathan make appearances and they are adorable as ever.
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