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Blog Tour (Book Review): The Ground Rules Undone by Roya Carmen

 

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Title: The Ground Rules Undone
Author: @royacarmen
Reviewer: Michelle @Michelle6803
Length: 273 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 stars

 

 

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The Ground Rules were impossible to follow. It was hard not to become completely consumed by the beautiful and enigmatic Weston Hanson. The heart of a romantic was not fit for this kind of exchange. So, when it ended, I was shattered, but it was all for the better…or so we thought.

The Ground Rules were rewritten, and then bent. We lied to ourselves. We told ourselves we could handle this. Not a single one of us realized just how big this was…just how devastating it could become.
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Blog Tour (Book Review & Excerpt): The Ground Rules Rewritten by Roya Carmen

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Title: The Ground Rules Rewritten (The Ground Rules #2)
Author: Roya Carmen @royacarmen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 284 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

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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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Ground Rules rewritten picks up where that last book left off.  In the last book, Weston and Bridget wanted to end the spouse swapping.  Things were getting too personal for Weston especially since he knew how Mirella really felt (breaking Rule # 5 (if you read the first book, you already know the rules).  Mirella was the most upset about the “break up” and the way the “break up” was handled.  Mirella is just trying to pick up the pieces and move forward with her life with Gabe and her girls and after three months, she receives a call from Weston.

 

After Weston’s many attempts, he finally convinces Mirella to give the spouse swapping another chance.  You get a sense that Weston has some deep feelings for Mirella.  After discussing it with Gabe, he’s all in again, but he wants to make certain that this is what she really wants.  Although Gabe is really in for the sex, he really loves Mirella, and he’s very alpha.  Mirella decides that she is making certain for the benefit of her sanity and her heart, that if she’s going to move forward, it will be on her terms and her terms only.  She will decide when and where she will meet with Weston.  I liked this new Mirella, but I sensed that this scenario may not last long either.

 

There was an all couples only vacation planned.  I am not going to lie, I was on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen with these couples.  Things were very interesting in Hawaii because the couples made sure they would only be with their own spouses during the trip, but that didn’t mean certain things wouldn’t take place.

 

There was another trip with just Weston, Mirella and their kids and oh boy that was a little interesting to say the least.  Coming back to Chicago though, Mirella was feeling her heart and emotions towards Weston.  She loves Gabe and does not want her relationship to change with her husband especially she is sensing her heart being torn.  So this time, she decides to end things, but more efficiently than the way Weston and Bridget did with them in the last book.  Yea, Weston didn’t take this well, the word stalker comes to mind. 

 

The author has captivated me even more so with the second book.  Her writing is superb, she makes you question what exactly is the heroine feeling.  Again, this book is written in Mirella’s POV, but you get more answers as to why Weston and Bridget decided to start having an open marriage.  But I really wanted to know how Bridget and Gabe are truly feeling for each other.  As I mention, I think Gabe is just in it for the sex, but he truly loves Mirella, I want to know if that is the case with Bridget.  This book ends in another cliffhanger and it was a doozy.  I need book 3 like now, but I will have to wait until the beginning of 2016. 

– Michelle

*An ARC was received for an honest review.
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Just Plain Dirty – Mirella and Gabe

He catches me staring and shoots me a playful smile. He knows exactly what I’m thinking. I walk over to the bedroom door and lock it – which is basically code for ‘let’s fuck…very quietly’.

He turns off the TV and slides to the edge of the bed, pulling me to him. “Tell me you didn’t fuck him.”

“I didn’t. I wouldn’t do that to you.”

He slides a hand under my tweed skirt. “But you wanted to. You wanted him.”

I grab his face and stare into his beautiful eyes. Words escape me.

He toys with my panties and presses his fingers against the cotton. I close my eyes. I’m already so aroused, and he’s barely touched me.

He teases. His stare is intense as he studies me intently – as if he’s trying to break through, to read my thoughts. He pulls at my panties, not taking his gaze off my face. I anticipate his next move. I want him so badly.

“Take them off,” I practically beg.

His smile is playful when he obliges. He doesn’t take his eyes off mine as he slides the cotton briefs slowly down my legs and over my feet. He kisses my knee, a soft peck.

His warm hand travels up the inside of my thigh. My breath catches when he reaches my sweet spot. He glides his fingers against my sex and I whimper at the sensation. His touch is so amazing.

His eyes close. A whisper of a growl escapes his mouth. “You’re so fucking wet, you dirty girl.”

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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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Release Blitz (Excerpt): The Ground Rules Rewritten by Roya Carmen

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Title: The Ground Rules Rewritten (The Ground Rules #2)
Author: Roya Carmen @royacarmen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 284 pages
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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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FIRST KISS – Mirella and Weston

I grab the umbrella and sprint off across the street, running surprisingly fast in my heeled boots. I shoot him a sly smile as I look back at him. He tries to keep up with me but he’s slowed down by a passing car. He’s caught in the rain and getting thoroughly drenched. I laugh at him as I make my way to the other side of the street. I retreat to the shelter of the alcove of a fancy apartment building, surrounded by Roman-like pillars, a satisfied smile on my face.

Of course, he does finally catch up with me, and when he does, he grabs me tight, dripping all over me. He looks adorable; face soaked, dripping hair plastered on his head. I could just drink him up. “Enough,” he says, his eyes serious. “Enough of these little games.” He grabs my face and presses his mouth against mine. I revel in his kiss. It’s so perfect; hot and sweet. He lets out a moan as I take his tongue in my mouth. I feel his kiss all the way through my core.

Well, there goes my ‘no kissing’ rule.

The heat oozes in me. It seems I’ve been waiting for this kiss all my life. His warm mouth shocks my senses, a sharp contrast to the coolness of the night. I moan into his mouth as I grab his cold wet face, and deepen the kiss. My kiss is hungry, clingy. I don’t want to let go. Despite myself, I respond to him thoroughly…uninhibited.

Our mouths our tangled in a hot mess. Teeth clanking, tongues dancing.

God, what the hell am I doing?

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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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Book Review: The Ground Rules by Roya Carmen

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Title: The Ground Rules (The Ground Rules #1)
Author: Roya Carmen @royacarmen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 284 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis

1. Don’t sleep around.
2. Don’t kiss and tell.
3. Be nice.
4. Don’t text or call.
5. Don’t fall in love.
The rules are simple…until they aren’t.I have everything I ever thought I could want: a nice home, a job I love, two beautiful girls, and my husband, Gabe – my high school sweetheart who still rocks my world. If you ask anyone to describe me they would say, “Oh, Mirella? She’s such a nice girl.” And I was…until a mysterious, peculiar man and his beautiful wife enter our lives.Weston and Bridget Hanson are no ordinary couple—they’re stunning, enigmatic, and sexy as hell. During the course of one unexpected evening, my ordinary world is turned upside down. How could it not be when Weston and Bridget propose the unthinkable? And when the unthinkable is so very tempting, giving in becomes inevitable.

It sounds so logical and simple. Just five rules and we can all have what we desire. But the heart doesn’t follow rules, and now passion, jealousy, and confusion threaten to tear everything apart.

Two beautiful couples. Five simple rules. One hot mess.

Michelle's Review

If you as a reader, like myself, you have to read the synopsis of a book to capture your interest.  As you may all know by now, if your follow the blog, I read a lot of romance, but add a little taboo into the mix and you will have an avid reader in me.  This baby right here was a different type of taboo, couple swapping.  Yes, you read correctly, but let me give you a little in sight this book.

 

Mirella and Gabe married couple with two beautiful girls, they were high school sweethearts.  She’s a Kindergarten teacher and he sells beautiful hand crafted furniture.  They are a very happily married couple and still have enough hot sex with each other.  Gabe and Mirella decide to have a date night without the kids.  Tickets to a show and a dinner at a fancy restaurant.  Enter “Ken and Barbie” as Mirella liked calling them, while the restaurant screws up their reservation, this hot couple decides to ask to join them at their table.  “Ken and Barbie” are actually Weston and Bridget.  Bridget is tall, classically beautiful and very flirtatious.  On the other side of spectrum, Weston, comes off very brooding and standoffish with some OCD tendencies.  Mirella can’t help to be utterly intrigued with this quiet man.  I mean the man exudes sex appeal very the instant Mirella saw Weston.  While Bridget and Gabe are intensely flirting, while Weston just observes Mirella and makes some pointed observations about her that had Mirella questioning how can someone like him see right through her. 

 

Well things gets pretty interesting for these couples.  Mirella and Gabe thought they wouldn’t ever see the hot couple ever again, until a beautiful arrangement of flowers arrive at Mirella’s work with an invitation to meet with Weston and Bridget.  Well, let the indecent proposal begin!  Weston and Bridget have an open relationship and would love to partake in the spouse swapping, but they all must keep five simple rules:

 

1. Don’t sleep around.

2. Don’t kiss and tell.

3. Be nice.

4 Don’t text or call.

5. Don’t fall in love.

The rules were simple…until they weren’t.

 

Now before you get your panties all in a bunch, is it cheating if all the adults are consenting?  Ponder that for a moment.  The story is told in Mirella’s POV and you sense that she is not only loving the sex with Weston, but her emotions come into play big time, breaking rule number 5.  I mean even Weston was breaking some of the rules himself.  And as uptight Weston can be in certain situations, I was seeing Mirella breaking some of his resolve. 

 

I did not want to put this book down and as you guessed it, it does in a cliffhanger of all cliffhangers.  I cannot wait to dive into The Ground Rules Rewritten because there is so many unanswered questions with these couples.  I am curious to see if the author will write from the others POV.  This book is very intense and it had its angst.  I am curious to see what book 2 has in store for me.

– Michelle

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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Synopsis

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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Excerpt

“The things I would do to you,” he whispers.

My breath hitches. Butterflies skitter across my belly, so swiftly it stuns me.

Damn you, Weston.

I turn to him. Suddenly there’s just the two of us. “Tell me.”

He smiles a wicked smile. “I’ll tell you,” he starts, his words impossibly slow, “the PG version. I’m sure you’ve noticed we’re surrounded by children,” he adds with a wink.

I smile up at him. “Sure. Tell me.” I want him to tell me all the exquisite details. If I can’t live it, I want to at least imagine it.

“Well,” he starts, a wicked grin plastered on his face. “First, I would take you to my room.”

I am all ears, glued to him.

“My room is quite nice. There’s a very charming old washroom.”

“Me too. Me too,” I blurt out. “It’s so cute.’

“Yes, well, as I was saying, I would take you to my room and draw you a bath. There’s a tempting claw-footed tub you would appreciate.” I close my eyes, imagining it. “I would pour in some of that nice bubble bath,” he goes on.

“Oh, it smells so good, doesn’t it?”

“Yes, it does,” he says with a smile. “You keep interrupting me, Mirella.”

“Yes, I’m sorry. Go on. I really want to know what you’d do to me,” I add in hushed tones.

“I would pull you to me, sweep my hands across your torso, peel your t-shirt off.”

I listen intently, no more interruptions.

He buries his hands in his pockets, a playful smile plastered on his face. He’s having fun. “I would twirl you around and kiss the back of your neck softly as I undid your bra. I would bring my mouth to the inside of your wrist and lick the soft skin there.”

I smile and close my eyes for a second, anticipating more.

“Then I would slide my hands down your hips and peel your jeans off,” he adds, his words soft. He’s not touching me, but his words do things to me.

“I’m naked now, aren’t I?”

“Yes. And in the bath you go.”

“Do you join me?” I ask playfully.

“No. I can’t. This is PG, remember?”

“Pity.”

He grins. His smile is deliciously huge and wicked. And for a second, I hope no one is watching us. And I decide I don’t really care if they are.

“Once you got out of the bath, I would wrap you in one of those big fluffy bathrobes. And kiss you. My tongue would tease yours, but just for just a split second. You’d want more, of course, but I couldn’t give you more, because, like I said, this is PG.”

I laugh, completely caught up in him.

God, I am so into him.

“Then you would close your eyes, and I would kiss each one of your eyelids softly. Then I would kiss the freckle in the middle of your nose. The one I love.”

The butterflies in my stomach are flying in a frenzy now. “Then what?”

He smiles again. “Then I would tuck you into bed, nice and cozy, and put on a movie for you.”

“Ugh, but I don’t want a movie,” I almost scream. “You know what I want,” I tell him, a sly grin on my face.

He laughs. “Sorry. Like I said…PG.”

I smile up at him again. “I really want to punch you right now.”

He laughs again, that contagious laugh.

I take a deep breath.

And I know I’m getting too caught up in him again.

But I just can’t help myself.

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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 of course, 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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