Review of The Rules of Persuasion by Amity Hope

  • Title: The Rules of Persuasion
  • Author: Amity Hope
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC (crush)
  • Publication Date: August 14, 2017
  • Pages: 231
  • Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

1) Take things slow (her rule)
2) Make it believable (his rule)

After tragedy hit her family, Meg Matthews officially crossed the line from “good girl” to “bad girl.” Motorcycle? Check. Graffiti? Check. The only thing Meg hadn’t planned on was blackmail. Too bad now a certain infuriating boy holds Meg’s future in his hands…

When Luke Prescott—star pitcher and town golden boy—catches Meg vandalizing the school, she’s given two choices: face the consequences or enter into a fake relationship with him to get his parents and his ex off his back.

But as Meg and Luke grow closer, they both realize they’ve been keeping secrets from each other. Their fake relationship might be doomed from the start—if they can’t learn to open up to the one person they never thought they’d trust.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains late-night graffiti sessions, flirty baseball lessons, and a never-ending list of relationship rules just made to be broken.

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ARC of The Rules of Persuasion provided through NetGalley for an honest review.

I LOVED The Rules of Persuasion! This story never had a dull moment which made it impossible to put down.

First, you have Meg, who is dealing with a serious family tragedy and tries to cope by driving around town on her motorcycle, spray painting graffiti. Even though her doing all this was the result of something so sad, I still totally dug her bad chick vibe. Underneath her tough exterior though is someone who is really sweet, funny, caring, and hurt. I felt so bad for her and wished I could jump in the book and give her a hug. I do want to say this though, the girl that is supposed to represent her on the cover is all WRONG!  The cover chick should be wearing some bike leathers and some boots.

With Luke, I had a feeling right away that he wasn’t going to be what Meg thought he was. He seemed to be perfect, but when it came to his family life, I felt almost as bad for him as I did Meg. Luke was a sweetheart though, even if he was making jackhole decisions, like blackmailing her. He had a few moments in the book where he needed to be put in his place and I was so relieved that he realized that as well. In the long run, he really was a great guy.

Meg and Luke’s whole dynamic had me hooked from the second they bumped into each other, literally. The whole thing was like an exciting game of cat and mouse, where the cat already had the mouse by the tail. With the added drama of parents and a crazy ex-girlfriend, it was insane not to love this book. The chemistry and sparks practically flew off of each page, along with a lot of snarky banter and quick witted comments, those are always the best. Five stars to you, Amity Hope!



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