Apr 23

The Virgin Rule Book by Lauren Blakely Review



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A sexy, brother’s best friend sports romance from # 1 New York Times bestseller Lauren Blakely!

Let me make a few things clear. I didn’t go to the wedding intending to dance with the best man, to dare him to show me a very sexy pic on his phone, or to accidentally kiss him in the hotel elevator after the reception ended.

But you know how it goes. Things just happen at weddings…

The next day, Crosby and I agree to put all those shenanigans behind us. The fun-loving, stupidly gorgeous, all-star baseball player might be my brother’s best friend, but he’s my friend too and has been for years, so it’s easy to move on, especially because I have a high-profile business to run.

But since he’s newly single and I’m always single, it turns out we both desperately need plus ones. We agree to “publicly date” over the next two weeks of galas, parties and events before his baseball season begins.

The only trouble is the more time I spend with Crosby, the more I keep imagining how much I want him to take my V-card.

And when I broach the possibility with Crosby, his answer surprises the hell out of me.

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I love a good sports romance as much as the next girl, and Lauren Blakely knocked it out of the park with the first book in the Rules of Love series. I listed to the audio, and Teddy Hamilton and Erin Mallon were perfection. Blakely doubled down with some of my favorite tropes – brother’s best friend and friends-to-lovers – in this sweet and sassy sports romance, and I was here for every word of it.

I loved Nadia. She’s a successful, powerful female NFL team owner holding her own in the male-dominated world of professional sports. But she also had a vulnerable, innocent side, too, that made her quite relatable, despite being a billionaire, and was something that caused problems in her personal life. Crosby, a professional baseball player, is Nadia’s brother’s best friend, and having grown up together, he and Nadia have their own solid friendship rooted in history, respect and a bit of what both assume is some unrequited crushing. With some events coming up that they’ll both be attending, they agree to be each other’s plus one, and this is where the fun begins. Their youthful crushes begin to resurface, and the chemistry begins to sizzle. There was a natural ease between Crosby and Nadia, and it played a big part in the organic transition to lovers. Their romance was positively brimming with all those can’t-keep-my-hands-off-you, crush-turning-to-more kind of feels, and it translated into a feel-good love story was heart-racing and heat-filled.

The thing I love most about Lauren Blakely’s romances is that they aren’t painfully angsty or overly dramatic–they’re the flipside of the coin. She pens love stories that are, cover-to-cover, an absolute pleasure to read. The kinds of books that you’re happy to start and that make you happier the more you read. That’s exactly what kind of book she gives her readers here in The Virgin Rule Book, and I didn’t want to pause this story! I was so totally swept up in Nadia and Crosby’s love story, I listened to it practically straight through. I’m so excited about this series – Lauren introduced several side characters whose stories I can’t wait to get my hands on! Five smooches from me for The Virgin Rule Book by Lauren Blakely!

~ Danielle Palumbo




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