Sunday, December 27, 2015

Title: The No Bad Boy Rule
Series: Rule #2
Author: Ashley Erin
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: November 26, 2015

Six years ago, a positive pregnancy test destroyed Ava. Her goals, her relationship, the entire way she viewed her future. 
From the rubble, a rule was created: No bad boys. 
In their wake is chaos and destruction, something she could no longer risk. 
Ava has been happy with this rule, until now.
The bad boy across the hall makes her want to abandon it. Those hazel eyes piercing her, as though they can read her mind. That gentle smile as he interacts with her son. Dax awakens something in her that she’s never felt before.
Will she regret opening her heart to another bad boy? 
Dax is determined to earn back the respect he lost for himself years ago and create a future he can be proud of. He’s spent his life breaking rules and now he has a rigid set of rules to live by. 
Ava is a distraction he doesn’t need.
Nothing like the women from his past, everything about her from her adorable son to the paint constantly covering her hands reminds him of why he needs to focus. He knows the look in her eyes, he fights the urge to give in to that look. He doesn’t deserve it, at least not yet.
Will Dax ever feel like he’s earned it, or will a call from his past cause him to push her away for good?
Rules are meant to be broken. The No Bad Boy Rule is a standalone novel. It is Book 2 in the Rule series. NA Contemporary Romance.

The No Bad Boy Rule

Bonus Scene
Copyright Property of Ashley Erin 2015

Smiling as Noah sprinkles icing sugar onto the pancakes fresh off the skillet, I set the plate onto a tray and arrange it so it looks somewhat fancy.

“Noah, why don’t you grab the present and I will carry this?” He runs to the tree and digs out the gift we have hidden at the back.

Together, we walk down the hall and push silently into the bedroom. Ava sleeps peacefully, her lips partly open and her arm flung above her head. She’s so beautiful. 

Noah looks up at me, his eyes shining with excitement, and I nod. Racing to the bed, he jumps on Ava. “Merry Christmas, Momma!”

Ava blinks sleepily, a smile lighting up her face as she sits up. She kisses Noah on the forehead, her eyes locked on mine, before seeing the tray in my hands. “Oh wow. I’m so spoiled.”

“Open our present first.” Noah thrusts the gift bag onto her lap, bouncing in place as she pulls out the tissue paper. I set the tray down on her nightstand and move to sit beside her, pulling Noah onto my lap.

Ava pulls out the canvas Noah and I made for her. Noah painted the background a mixture of greens, blues and purples, all swirling together. He’s inherited his mom’s artistic talent. Together we glued a photo of the three of us and then added some paper flowers I found at a craft store.

“This is beautiful. You made it?” Her fingers run softly over the textures, eyes locked on the photo. It’s from one of our summer drives, we found this amazing waterfall just off the highway and a tourist was nice enough to take our photo.

“We fell down the rabbit hole that is Pinterest.” Grinning as she stares at the painting, every painful moment spent on that site is worth the look in her eyes. Ava sets it aside, curling into me. 

“This is the best gift I could have gotten. Thank you.” She tilts her chin up, her lips begging for mine. Kissing her gently, I wrap my arms around my family.

“You should have heard Dad cursing. Aunty Andie yelled at him.” Noah rats me out, laughing when I tickle him.

“Shh. You’re going to get me in trouble.” Laughing, I wink at Ava as she pretends to glare at me.

Handing Ava her breakfast, I watch her and Noah joke around. This is my gift, being with the two most important people in my life, my family. I couldn’t ask for more.

Ashley has a degree in Psychology and has worked in the Human Services field for five years. She loves reading romance, new adult, paranormal and fantasy novels.  She lives in Spruce Grove, Alberta with her boyfriend, two dogs and four cats. She also has a horse she loves with all her heart. When she is not working with the horses, reading and writing, you can find her on social media.


The No Asshole Rule


 I received and ARC for an honest review.

Everyone has a past but some are worse and more complicated than others. Andie has had it rough when it came to the men in her life making it hard for her to trust anyone with her heart. She's closed off and has the look that scares most men off. She's made it a rule to not date assholes and it's worked for her until Lucas slams the door in her face. 

Despite his asshole move he proves to her that her initial assumption of him is wrong. He doesn't give up but she fears that one day her crazy and her secrets will scare him off.

Lucas isn't looking for any kind of relationship. He's not even willing to look for a one nighter but when he sees Andie and just how hard she is trying to keep everyone at a distance he can't help but be drawn in and break his rule. But is her constant fleeing too much or is she worth the constant struggle to have a future with her?

I loved the characters and the way Lucas shows Andie how a real man treats his woman. In spite of her constant running and holding back from him he keeps pushing and makes him a perfect book boyfriend. Andie being skittish when it comes to men is understandable but the author still portrays her strength over her past as she struggles to push herself past her usual boundaries.


The No Bad Boy Rule


I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Ava is a single mother trying to get her life on track. She was hurt once by someone and doesn't want that to happen again.
Dax is a reformed bad boy trying to move on from his past. In order to stay focused on the future he keeps himself closed off.
This was a great story. I loved the fact that their relationship was not a conventional one. It's what made the book so good an believable. Dax and Ava were a perfect couple because they were able to thaw out each other's frozen heart.
My only critique is that the story ended too abruptly. I wanted more.

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