Against the Rules
Liberty Cove, #1
by Julia Black
Publication Date: May 1, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Rule #1: Do not get emotionally involved with any men for the next 15 years.
Rule #2: Do not bring any men home.
Rule #3: Read rules 1 and 2 again because apparently they aren’t working …
The most important thing in Kiera Arlington’s life is Luana, her four-years-old daughter. Though Kiera feels her life is a series of mistakes and disappointments, she knows Luana isn’t one of them. And she will do anything to keep disappointments from her little girl for as long as she can. After his harsh upbringing, Josh Wolfe has one rule: to make a name for himself after med school and enjoy his life–alone. No relationships, no marriage, no kids. But when he meets Kiera and Luana, everything changes. Kiera is like all the other girls he goes for–beautiful, smart–and yet it’s that glimpse of family that keeps her–and her daughter–on his mind. But surrendering to their increasing desire is against Josh’s and Kiera’s rules. Unless, they can keep their hearts out of the game. Oops. Too late.
**Graphic content and strong language (18+)
Eh... it was a sweet story. I have a soft part for single mom's in romance novels because I was one for quite a few years, but I had a really hard time bonding with Kiera. It might have been because some deep trauma/drama had happened in her past that caused her to be so closed off, but we don't find out what happened to her until over halfway into the book. By that point, I was already over her to a certain extent. I still wanted to see her and Josh (who I really did like from his first appearance) find their happily ever after and I like them together as a couple/family, but I really wasn't gelling with Kiera.
There were some interesting ups and downs and turmoils thrown in to the plot that made the book interesting overall. I think my favorite character (besides Josh) was Kiera's daughter Luana. I give the book 3 out of 5 wine glasses.
About Julia Black
Julia is an author of sexy contemporary romance with strong heroines and even stronger heroes. She lives in a small town in the Carolinas with her husband and their two kids.