House Rules by Cathryn Fox

Posted June 1, 2017 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments

House Rules by Cathryn FoxHouse Rules by Cathryn Fox
Series: Dossier #2
Format: eARC
Published by Entangled Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Best Friends Sibling, Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Fake Relationship, New Adult, Romance
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The last thing I expected to find in my dossier was sexy stockings, a plane voucher to London and an invitation to dance at a gentleman’s club. I’m a quiet museum curator for God’s sake. No way, no how am I going to slide down a pole for a bunch of over privileged, narcissistic men—until I see Sean Fraser, my childhood crush, enter the establishment. Since I’m no longer that overweight teen with braces and mousey hair, there is no way he’ll recognize me. Hmmm… Maybe I’ll give him a fake name—and a private dance. That ought to make him finally notice me, right?

What the hell is Kennedy Lane doing sliding down a pole in a private Gentlemen’s club? I’m not sure, and while I know she’s hands off, I want her. I’ve always wanted her. She might have been too young for me back in the day. Now, not so much. Hands off leads to hands on after a private dance, and while Kennedy spends the weekend pretending to be someone she isn’t, I know full well who she is. And I’m not quite ready to let her hang up her stockings when the show is over.

I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting this book to be. I mean of course I read the blurb, or more likely just glanced at it. The thing is all I really need to see if the whole best friends sibling thing and I’m pretty much guaranteed to pick up the book. I think what was most interesting about this blurb is the the whole dossier thing. This is the second book in the series so I assume in the first book they outline what the dossier is in more detail, or at least how they came to make the pact, but what I worked out was that a group of friends each picked a name and on the birthday of the name picked they would make a dossier of activities for that person to do all arranged for. I think it was a way to give their friend a great experience while also pushing them outside of their own boundaries, and honestly if anyone needed to be pushed outside of their boundaries it was Kennedy.

So Kennedy is museum curator in Chicago and she seems to pretty much have no life. She lives in her own well crafted bubble. So when he dossier sends her to London and tells her that they have arranged for her to be a stripper for a night at one of the most exclusive gentlemen clubs in the city, well let’s just say she’s not exactly on board. I thought the stripper thing was not necessary, and maybe too far out of the comfort level for the character to be believable, but thankfully it’s a pretty small portion of the book so it’s easy to let go.

So the backstory of course is that when Kennedy was growing up she had a huge crush on her best friends older brother, but he never really gave her much of a second look. So when Kennedy sees Sean going into the hotel and then the club, it gives her the push to go through with the dossier. The thing I had a hard time with about this book is that Kennedy really believed that Sean didn’t recognize her, I mean these two grew up together, so how could she possible believe that he didn’t recognize her. From Sean’s point of view, I get that he thought she was just playing a game, and that was okay, but from Kennedy’s point of view I couldn’t buy it.

Ultimately I felt like this book was a lot of flash. I needed more of an emotional connection to the characters, or in the absence of emotional connection some other strong emotion would work too. But this was mostly two people not being on the same page at all, and making up for that with time in the sheets. Don’t get me wrong they had some good chemistry, but for me chemistry can only take you so far, I wish these two had developed a strong emotional connection during the course of the book, and then maybe the ending may have worked a bit more for me.

About Cathryn Fox

New York Times and USA today Best selling author, Cathryn is a wife, mom, sister, daughter, and friend. She loves dogs, sunny weather, anything chocolate (she never says no to a brownie) pizza and red wine. She has two teenagers who keep her busy with their never ending activities, and a husband who is convinced he can turn her into a mixed martial arts fan. Cathryn can never find balance in her life, is always trying to find time to go to the gym, can never keep up with emails, Facebook or Twitter and tries to write page-turning books that her readers will love.

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