Published by Omnific Publishing
Publication Date: June 16th, 2015
1. Don’t sleep around.
2. Don’t kiss and tell.
3. Be nice.
4. Don’t text or call.
5. Don’t fall in love.
The rules are simple...until they aren't.
I have everything I ever thought I could want: a nice home, a job I love, two beautiful girls, and my husband, Gabe - my high school sweetheart who still rocks my world. If you ask anyone to describe me they would say, "Oh, Mirella? She's such a nice girl." And I was...until a mysterious, peculiar man and his beautiful wife enter our lives.
Weston and Bridget Hanson are no ordinary couple—they’re stunning, enigmatic, and sexy as hell. During the course of one unexpected evening, my ordinary world is turned upside down. How could it not be when Weston and Bridget propose the unthinkable? And when the unthinkable is so very tempting, giving in becomes inevitable.
It sounds so logical and simple. Just five rules and we can all have what we desire. But the heart doesn't follow rules, and now passion, jealousy, and confusion threaten to tear everything apart.
Two beautiful couples. Five simple rules. One hot mess.
“He tells me he loves me, and I tell him he’s the only one. I think both of us know, deep inside…our relationship is about to change.”
If you follow me on Facebook, then you know that June has not been my month for reading. It seems as if EVERY book I’ve picked up I end up shelving due to lack of interest or lack of quality. I should have known that some erotica would be the cure that ails me. Good erotica is so much more than just sex. It forces readers like me to step out of our comfort zone and test our boundaries. When I saw a few friends mention The Ground Rules in a reading group I had to find out what the hell the fuss was about. While books with cheating, or even open relationships, are not foreign to my Kindle, I have never really anything featuring couple exchange or wife swapping before. Let’s just say that the results are explosive.
“I still want him. As much as I wanted to end this, I’m still willing to put everything on the line – my sanity, my marriage, my heart.”
You ever read something and you’re like, uhhhh do I like this? This is kind of what The Ground Rules did for me. Don’t get me wrong, I did like it. It was edgy and sexy and completely different from what I’ve been reading lately, but OMG! This pushed all of my boundaries as a reader and as a romantic. When I think of romance books I love it’s usually because there is a hero that refuses to share part of his woman with anyone else. So imagine my conflict when I’m reading about 2 married couples that the men are alright with swapping their wives. I mean sure, Mirella’s husband Gabe has a couple of jealous moments but not really! He seemed perfectly fine with doing a little swap-a-roo. I would have loved to see what Gabe and Bridget were like behind closed doors because we only see Mirella and Weston’s interactions and those are equal parts sexy and cringe-worthy. Especially because Weston is a bit reserved, a little cold, and kind of wishy-washy with how he treats Mirella. And Mirella, well she’s kind of confusing. She’s parts innocent and romantic and yet she cannot control herself around Weston. There are moments where I really question the foundation of all these marriages because just how much can you really love your spouse if you are willing to fuck someone else’s?
“I’m in love with two men. I am royally messed up.”
This is one story that while leaving me hot, it also left me bothered. The intimacy between Weston and Mirella had me uncomfortable at times. Especially moments when View Spoiler »they broke the rules that were agreed upon by all four individuals. The biggest one that upset me was how Weston and Mirella had sex without condoms a few times. It wasn’t an issue of safe sex (both women are on birth control and everyone was tested) but the disrespect it showed to his wife and her husband, really bothered me. Fluid exchange is a big fucking deal and they both treated it with such a blase attitude. « Hide Spoiler I also had no idea that this was going to be a trilogy when I first picked it up. I do continue to read the next book but I am curious to see how much farther you can drag out this storyline for two books without it becoming too angsty. But if you are like me and in a slump and the same romance stories aren’t doing it for you, try this! It’s edgy, provocative and guaranteed to shake up your Kindle!