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Great second book in the series.. and every bit as good as the first.
He's a very bad boy.. loves the ladies and is set to take over the 'family business' when his father retires - that's the super-stud Miller Hawes who only keeps women in his bed long enough to scratch his sexual itch.. and then he unceremoniously kicks them out because nobody sleeps in his bed but him. Behind the legitimate facade of bars, a restaurant and a Garage lurks illegal gambling and much much more.. and it's there that Miller first sees the beautiful intriguing Tess. Then surprisingly, with a winning poker hand, Miller gets to spend the night with her because Tess' boyfriend hadn't enough cash so included one night with Tess to make up his stakes. He'd mistakenly thought his hand couldn't be beaten.. but he was dead wrong - coz, with the turn of a few cards, he'd not only lost the game to a very smug Miller he'd lost Tess too who was hopping mad she'd been used that way. And, when the angry woman tried to leave, Miller let her go.. but then gave her a good reason why she shouldn't.
Behind Miller's rough bad-boy mask was a soft side few people got to see so he wasn't about to force anything on the lovely sassy Tess.. but, after good food, good wine and good company Miller and Tess couldn't keep their hands off each other. And, after a great night together for once, Miller had no plans to kick a woman out of his bed.. he wasn't one and done and was actually looking forward to a repeat performance in the morning. However, by then Tess would be gone.. and that was going to leave Miller unhappy, distracted, confused over 'new' feelings, mad at himself and determined to lose himself in willing women.. but it didn't quite go to plan.
Because of bad parents and a bad situation, Tess had left home as soon as she could and now she's studying to be a Nurse.. vowing never to rely on anyone to support her so she's working hard to achieve her goal. But her scumbag ex had a gambling problem and she'd been won in a card game.. yes it'd resulted in the best night of her life, but he also owed money to a very bad man who was getting impatient and physically threatening her - so, yet again, Tess had to dig herself out of a bad situation. Fiercely independent Tess moves and also takes on a lucrative waitressing job in a Bar.. but, unknown to either one, Fate has once again put Tess and Miller in the same orbit.. and Tess soon finds out just who she's working for when a sexy voice she'd heard once before growls in her ear. And now Fate's gonna sit back, put her feet up, relax, munch on popcorn and watch the fireworks - because things are about to get good.
A very entertaining and exciting dual POV storyline that hooked me in from the start with a delusional ex, a vicious loan shark, good family dynamics and a push/pull romance where the badboy turns good.. wants to give his woman everything and discovers that she's fiercely independent, isn't interested in his money or his name.. and has a will of her own. Good build-up to the HEA, great secondary characters, sexcapades, a wee bit of violence, drama and a lot of angst because over and over this droolworthy possessive hero has to learn the hard way that his woman can't and won't be bought.. and she has to learn to bend a bit too.
Worth a credit? Yes.. a very addictive plot and a good real life narration team who stuck to their own gender's voices which made this a smooth listen.. and definitely a creditworthy one too.
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Where does House Rules rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Top ten, easy. The other book in the series, Traded, makes the list too. I've been waiting for this follow up!
What other book might you compare House Rules to and why?
Traded, the first in this series. But this is still its own animal. The writer does a great job of giving this book the same yummy flavor as the first, but making it a great stand alone story with a different hero and heroine who are in their own conflict.
Which scene was your favorite?
Oh, when he wins her! In more ways than one...
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
How he finally figures out that he needs her and why. Rebecca Brooke is wonderful in creating character ethos and pathos, their needs and the obstacles that prevent them from getting there until the HEA hits. Looks like there will be more coming from this series, yay!
Any additional comments?
These narrators make the books for me. Honey and Leeroy can handle all manner of female and male voices, I keep thinking there's a bigger cast here than just the two of them. Leeroy's deep voice is sexy as hell and keeps me tuned in all the way! Really makes the story comes to life for me. Want more, more, more from these two, please!
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