I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Playing by the Rules by Reese Ryan
Series: Playing by the Rules #1
Published by Sinfully Sweet Publishing on January 10, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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When Meredith Jane encounters her ex's elder brother at a saucy Valentine's Day party for singles, the last thing she expects is to spend 'seven minutes in heaven' with him or to discover that he has feelings for her.
Hunter Westbrook adored Merrie long before his competitive younger brother asked her out. Now that their relationship is over and done, he faces the hardest decision of his life. Will he risk his relationship with his brother and jeopardize the future of their family's luxury resort empire by pursuing the woman he loves? Or will he suffer in silence to keep peace in the family and risk losing her forever?
Merrie has spent her entire life playing by other people's rules. One of the few women on the management team at her firm, she can ill afford to get caught up in the gossip and scandal sure to come if she chooses to be with Hunter. Nor does she wish to hurt Liam's family or disappoint her own. Nevertheless, she has discovered a startling truth: She's been with the wrong brother all along.
In a society where perception is everything, is true love worth risking everything they've both worked so hard for?
It’s been six months since Meredith (Merrie) Jane broke up with Liam Westbrook after a five-year relationship. She’s clear that it’s really over this time and the first step in moving on is attending her cousin Daphne’s Valentines Day party for singles. When she runs in to Liam’s brother, Hunter at the party, things move in a direction she never saw coming.
I’ve read the first book in the Pleasure Cove series (this is also the prequel for that series), which is Liam’s story, and never thought these two could redeem themselves. Boy, was I so wrong. You’d think it would be impossible for a brother (Hunter) who takes up with his sibling’s ex to dig out of this kind of hole but not so here.
I really liked Merrie and Hunter, their romance and how maturely they faced the issues created from them just being in a relationship. I loved how honestly Merrie faced her feelings, especially those related to Liam. Both characters were extremely well written. The scenes at Daphne’s party were hilarious, bringing some needed comic relief to a touchy situation.
I’m a big fan of Reese Ryan and will read whatever she chooses to write. Even so, I was skeptical about this relationship and was thrilled at how wonderful their story turned out to be. This was outstanding.