Beth's Review: The Rules Series by Hanleigh Bradley
Author Provided Copy
Released: April 1, 2016
Genre: Romance, Erotica
Length: 407 pages
The whole of The Rules Series in one place... Broken Rules Aurora Stone knows what it means to keep the rules. She's lived with the expectations of the people around her. The only person who's expectations aren't met? Hers. On the spur of the moment, Aurora decides to break the rules. Only the list seems endless and Aurora is a little overwhelmed by it. When she sees Landon sat at the bar watching her, she makes a split second decision that might just change her life, one broken rule at a time. The list of broken rules quickly exceeds the number of rules they keep as they embark on this whirl wind adventure of control and chaos. Enforced Rules: When Landon Peters met Aurora Stone everything changed. His world began unravelling and his sense of control seemed lost. Aurora's ability to make his rules seem completely irrelevant terrifies him, especially when he rashly invites her to his parents' house for dinner and he accidentally allows her to see more than he would like. With control out of his reach though he might just push to enforce the rules between himself and Aurora in a desperate attempt to reclaim the control he craves. After all, he told Aurora he would help her break her rules but he hadn't planned on it being at the expense of his own. Revised Rules: Now that Landon and Aurora are together they try to put their rules behind them but it might be easier said than done. Living together so early on in their relationship seemed like a great idea when Aurora first moved in, but a few weeks in they are beginning to realise that they both have flaws. Especially when life gets even more complicated and neither one of them feels in control of what's happening around them. Together, they learn that control is often fleeting but those moments of control can be hot and extremely intense, especially when the person you love is giving you that control, and losing control can be even more exhilarating when you lose it together.
Four Boundless Stars
The Rules Series is three separate novelettes, giving it a total of 406 pages; which includes Broken Rules, Enforced Rules, and Revised Rules. The series follows the relationship of two young adults, Landon and Aurora. I guess the easiest way to describe their relationship is; a tamer version of 50 Shades of Grey, with both parties equally rich and equally in control, with a lot more mentioning and involvement of the parental figures in the story. Which is OK; however, I find it extremely unbelievable that there are any 22 year old, college senior, virgins in the world; yet, these books keep writing about them. LOL
I’m really glad I was asked to review all the books as a series, instead of reviewing them separately. This makes the review much better; the first two were not as good as the third one, and I would not recommend reading any of the books as stand-alone novels. If you’re planning to get the first or second book, you might as well just spring for the series.
The first two books were extremely repetitive; the different POV’s were a good idea, but not when they are done in a way where the entire dialog is repeated with every single conversation. We get the conversation and event from Aurora’s POV with her inner thoughts shared, directly followed by the EXACT conversation and event again, from Landon’s POV with his inner thoughts included. This was a bit annoying to read, but the story was still intriguing enough to push through it. Then it felt as if the third book was written by someone else completely; it was so much better. The POV’s were written in a better format without repeating anything!
The characters were well developed; the banter between all the friends was hilarious, and mostly realistic. I’m sure everyone will find at least one character they can relate to. The story was a cute love story for young adults, and, with the exception of the repetitiveness, the writing was good.
If asked to rate the books separately, the first two would be 3.5 stars, and the last would be a 5. Overall; this gives the three books a rating of 4 Boundless stars.