Series: Rule Breakers #2
Published by Loveswept Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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New grad Anna Richardson works hard—so hard that she’s given up having a romantic life. Anna has even convinced her friends that she’s dating an amazing guy—who they’ve simply never met. But now Anna has a wedding to attend and needs to produce the hottie she’s been lying about for the past six months. Enter Jake Flynn, her infuriating, motorcycle-riding, jaw-droppingly gorgeous neighbor, who’s more than willing to fake it for a weekend. In fact, Jake won’t be satisfied until things get real.
Though Jake is only playing the role of adoring boyfriend, he’s starting to feel the heat, and judging by Anna’s sweet blush, so is she. Letting chemistry this intense go to waste would be a real shame. Soon, though, the thin line between fantasy and reality fades. Jake may not be what every buttoned-up fast-tracker wants, but he’s sure as hell what Anna needs. And if she takes a ride with him, their adventure never has to end.
This is the second book in the series, and I really did enjoy the first book, so I was more than happy to read this book as well. We were briefly introduced to the character Anna in the first book, but you definitely don’t need to have read the first book in order to enjoy this one, so feel free to step into the middle of this series.
The premise of this book is kinda cute, Anna has been talking up this guy to her friends, so they will stop trying to find her a match (basically she has an imaginary boyfriend). But now a wedding is coming up and she has to produce this boyfriend or everyone will know she lied. Enter the hot, motorcycle riding neighbor, Jake. Anna is hesitant about this newfound “relationship” and stays that way throughout the entire book. There were many times during the book where I wanted to shake her and tell her she needed to get her head out of the sand and start actually living her life. Anna works to much, like way to much, to the point where I don’t see how she is able to maintain any relationships with anyone. And another thing that really bothered me about Anna was that her ex works with her and he is a total dirt-bag who talks down to her and tries to make her look bad, and she lets him do it. I really needed her to stand up for herself. I liked Anna fine, I just didn’t love her, didn’t form a strong bond to her.
Jake I did like a lot. He’s a free spirit, he moves all over the place, and lives the way he wants. He doesn’t take crap from anyone, but at the same time he isn’t some hot head who goes after everyone, he really does have a moral compass and tends to stand up for people who aren’t or aren’t able to stand up for themselves. I liked that he was sure of himself. That he knew who he was, and even though he was haunted by some of his past, and there are definitely parts of himself that he doesn’t like, he is a confident guy, which just makes him sexy. I liked how attentive he was to Anna, like he really paid attention to every little thing about her. I just really liked him, was able to connect to him easily, and because of that I wanted everything with him and Anna to work out, because I wanted him to be happy.
I did like the book, but I am giving it a three star rating because Anna didn’t work for me nearly as much as I would have liked. That being said, I would still recommend this book to anyone who likes contemporary romance especially if you like her heroes with a little bit of bad boy in them.