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The Rules of Persuasion
by Amity Hope
Review Copy:
ARC
Published: August 14th 2017 by Entangled Crush
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Rating: ★★★★
Synopisis: 1)    Take things slow (her rule)
2)    Make it believable (his rule)

After tragedy hit her family, Meg Matthews officially crossed the line from “good girl” to “bad girl.” Motorcycle? Check. Graffiti? Check. The only thing Meg hadn’t planned on was blackmail. Too bad now a certain infuriating boy holds Meg’s future in his hands…
            When Luke Prescott—star pitcher and town golden boy—catches Meg vandalizing the school, she’s given two choices: face the consequences or enter into a fake relationship with him to get his parents and his ex off his back.
            But as Meg and Luke grow closer, they both realize they’ve been keeping secrets from each other. Their fake relationship might be doomed from the start—if they can’t learn to open up to the one person they never thought they’d trust.


Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains late-night graffiti sessions, flirty baseball lessons, and a never-ending list of relationship rules just made to be broken.    

REVIEW

“If this is happening, we need rules,” she said.
I relaxed now that her inquisition was over. “Agreed.” I tugged a notebook out of my backpack and slapped it down on the table. A pen was crammed into the spiral binding. I pulled it out.
“All right, Meg,” I started, keeping my tone light. “What are our rules of persuasion?”
She gave me a blank stare. “Our what?”
“How are we going to persuade everyone that this is real?” I tapped the pen against the paper.
“Those weren’t the sort of rules I was talking about. I was thinking more about rules for you,” she clarified.
Rules for me? What did that mean?
She twirled a lock of that fiery-red hair around her finger. “I don’t even know where to begin.”

Rules of Persuasion by Amity Hope utilises one of my absolute favourite romance genre tropes - the fake relationship! I absolutely love these stories. When the chemistry starts a-flowin' and the lines or "rules" start getting blurred and confused, they often end up like some sort of competition as to which character can carry on pretending they're pretending the longest! Think of some of the best ROM-COMs like The Proposal, The Wedding Date, Pretty Woman, Green Card - they all use this same theme.

I also especially love it when they're combined with a healthy dose of opposites attract, as is the case here.

The set-up: After Luke Prescott catches Meg Matthews graffitiing school property, he sees the perfect opportunity to solve two of his most pressing problems present itself in one pretty, red-headed package - he needs a fake girlfriend, and Meg will do nicely. For Meg, this proposition isn't exactly well-received, but what choice does she have? And so, a deal is struck - she'll pretend to be Luke's girlfriend for reasons unknown, and he won't tell the school who the town's mysterious graffiti vandal is.

I really enjoyed Luke and Meg, and Rules of Persuasion is narrated by both of them equally. As the fakery begins and their real relationship underneath the ruse progresses, we start to see who both of them really are, instead of the misconceived opinions they both start out with. For Meg, she kinda gives off bad-girl vibes with the black clothes and the motorcycle, and she's sure Luke is nothing but a spoiled little rich kid. There's much more to both of them, of course, and watching them discover this was highly entertaining and very sweet.

I've got to say as well - I absolutely loved the little green notebook where they'd write their rules for one another! I'd grin each time they whipped it out to add or amend something. So cute!

Rules of Persuasion would be perfect for fans of sweet YA Contemporary Romance, opposites attracts storylines, and romances based on some sort of deal, bet, or, as in this case, outright blackmail, that turn into more!

I'm giving Rules of Persuasion 4 stars ★★★★

An Advance Reader Copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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AUTHOR BIO



Amity lives in beautiful northern Minnesota with her two sons, two cats and their Rottweiler. She has a degree in elementary education and worked in that field for ten years before deciding to chase her dream. Her debut novel, Twisted, was listed by Amazon as a Top 100 Kids & Teens Kindle Book of 2012. If she's not writing, or spending time with her boys, she's most likely reading.

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