ARC Review: The Ground Rules Rewritten by Roya Carmen

23 Oct 2015

Book Title: The Ground Rules Rewritten
Author: Roya Carmen
Series: The Ground Rules #2
Release Date: October 21st, 2015
Genres: Erotica Romance, Taboo
Five simple rules. And it was very simple…until it wasn’t.

It could have been much worse. We weren’t thinking straight and had put everything on the line – risking our marriages. So when Weston ended the arrangement, it was for the best – for all of us. But I was still heartbroken. I thought I’d shatter into a million pieces. I didn’t, I survived. Not only did I survive, I came out stronger and ready to move on with my life.

But then…

Weston reaches out to me. With a few soft words, a gentle touch and a lingering gaze, he crumbles all my efforts.

Neither Gabe nor I want to start this again, and we are determined to fight the temptation. But Weston and Bridget are not taking no for an answer, and the pull between all of us is still so strong.

I tell myself I can handle it this time. This time, I am in the driver’s seat. This time, I am rewriting the ground rules.


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I freaking LOVED this installment in The Ground Rules trilogy by Roya Carmen. After the "couples swapping" break-up at the end of book one, Mirella finds herself painfully missing Weston. Yet with each passing day it gets easier. Until Weston starts reaching out again. Weston is a pull she can't seem to resist so she and Gabe mutually decide to resume the open marriage deal. They'll have more control over the rules this time. Yet with this change of dynamics, it appears to make them weaker instead of stronger. Rules are gradually being broken as she isn't fully disclosing to Gabe her deep-seated feelings she has for Weston. She doesn't necessarily cheat on him. She's conscious about always being open and "honest" about what she does with Weston yet she leaves out one tiny detail..she's in love with two men. Yet Mirella is determined to make this 100% about secrets. No making love.

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Did I mention how much I loved this installment? Weston captured by heart hook, line, and sinker here. He's always been the rather reserved man (in comparison to the dirty talking alpha Gabe) yet in this book, we get a more open, honest and yet sad side to him. I didn't feel like the first book had much of a love story, but here, I felt that angsty tug of war of emotions deep in my gut. And I ate it up!

The Ground Rules Rewritten found me feverishly turning the pages for some kind of resolution to this couples-swapping relationship dilemma. Gabe readily admits he enjoys f*cking Bridget so it's all good, right? Tit for tat and all that jazz. But when a planned trip to Hawaii with just the two couples challenges their preset rules of no funny business, things get a bit tough- controlling their desires. And let me say, my experience in Hawaii with snorkeling lessons wasn't quite as enjoyable as Mirella's!

So what's it gonna be? Hot, dominating, tatooed, perfect husband Gabe? He's unwilling to give up on his wife Mirella and aside from his arrogant lady prowess and flirtation, is PERFECTION.

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Or the wealthy, suited man that truly loves her too, dotes on her, and fits her like a glove in the bedroom?

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Kudos to Roya Carmen for delivering a refreshingly different plot that has my naughty inner-Allison licking eating this book up. How sinfully kinky- swapping spouses. I can't seem to get enough of it. Love triangles and emotional cheating be damned- this book is hot! I'd at first worried it wouldn't keep my interest for three whole books yet Roya Carmen trickle feeds the story as if you're reading a diary in the pen of Mirella. The lines are getting blurry and who does she choose? Her loving dominating husband and intact family? Or the man who has set her world on fire and her heart has grown to need wholeheartedly? I found myself vacillating back and forth the entire book and I seriously hope Ms Carmen makes one of these men do something assholish to make me mad because I don't know who she should choose! Family or love?

Two words for Roya Carmen- GET WRITING. I need the last installment pronto!

Advanced copy received by author in exchange for my honest review.


Romance writer, mom, book junkie. I have been writing for over ten years, finding my passion for romance in 2008. When I'm not spending time with my family, I enjoy reading, painting, and writing - there is nothing I enjoy more than sitting down at my laptop and making up my own stories - and if those stories should include beautiful men, a little romance, and a few steamy scenes, all the better!

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