My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: LDS Romantic Comedy
Book Description: For Annemarie Whitted, her youngest sister’s engagement starts as a happy event, and ends as a slap in the face when she comes to the harsh realization that she’s a failure at relationships, a person in stasis. Annemarie is motivated and organized, a woman on a mission, and she’s getting married now.
Her Rules of Engagement ensure she’ll make the right choice, and her committee will find her potential eternal companions. She assigns the job to her closest sister, Lisa, and Lisa’s husband, Tanner. Of course, Tanner comes with baggage— his brother, Ben, Annemarie’s lifelong nemesis.
The war between the two of them gives a brand new meaning to Annemarie’s Rules of Engagement, and his presence isn’t helping her at all. Especially when he disapproves of her methods and questions every step she makes. Especially when their forced proximity makes each of them really see each other for the first time. Especially when she discovers that her heart has secret corners she never knew, and that the Rules might have been her biggest mistake of all.
My thoughts: AnneMarie is 29. She is unmarried and looking at her life as a failure, a lack of progression, and that there is something wrong with her. She is determined that she will find a husband to remedy all of the things that she "lacks".
She comes up with a list, the rules of engagement. It is simple. There are only three things on the list. 1. He has to be over 25 2. He has to be a member of the LDS faith 3. He has to be intelligent. It is a sensible list. There isn't room for interpretation.
The chaos that her list brings to her life is comedic. He list continues to grow. The family and friend that she chose to help her find a husband are reluctant, yet determined to help her. That is until Ben, her brother-in-law's brother tries to derail her efforts.
I could see who she would end up with from the beginning. That wasn't surprising to me. I enjoyed the journey in her finding her way. She makes some huge blunders, she does some things right for the wrong reasons. There were times I almost put the book down because I would have smacked her across the head with it, if she weren't a fictional character!
This is a great book to pick up for Valentines Day. It's all about love. Realizing what love is and how important it is in a relationship.
This book contains kissing, otherwise it's squeaky clean. It also contains religious beliefs of the LDS church.
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A fan of quirky movies and indie books, Amber likes to be with her family, is socially inept, and fears strangers and small yippy dogs. She alternates between writing and being a mom and wife. She tries to do both at the same time but her kids don't appreciate being served lunch and told, "This is the hot dog of your discontent." So mostly she writes when everyone else is in bed.
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