Rating within series: N/A
Individual rating: 3.2/5
Series rating: N/A
I received an advance reader copy from Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
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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.
This book, as much as I was rooting for it, did not ‘wow’ me as much as I wanted it to. Don’t get me wrong, it was still a pretty good book, but I did have a few issues with it. Before I talk about those, I do want to give it some praise. The Rules of Persuasion is an adorable story following badass biker chick Meg and trust fund future lawyer Luke. I loved the diversity in their characters. I don’t think it is something we see often. Meg was badass without being too reckless and disinterested, and Luke was entitled with good self awareness. I thought the author completely hit the perfect middle when coming up with these characters.
The only real problem I had, unfortunately, was that the entire book lacked depth. I don’t know how to describe it, exactly, but something felt like it was missing. I liked the plot of the story, but I felt like this book was trying to accomplish too many things at once. On one hand, we had Luke, dealing with his own issues and demons, mainly his ex girlfriend and overly involved parents. Then we had Meg, with her issues with her sister dying and major familial crisis. It was a lot of negative to try to add into one book. I felt that it was all kind of rushed and tried too hard.
I also wish that the characters had more depth to them. I’m a sucker for descriptive books, and this one just didn’t do it for me. I felt like I couldn’t connect emotionally to either Luke or Meg, which is why I had somewhat of an issue. I like to be able to feel a connection. It was a very light and quick read with no real emotional scenes that I felt.
All in all, I would recommend this book to those looking for a quick, very simple romance. I would also recommend this to younger kids as it does seem to be a coming of age type book. I did enjoy it, but I probably would not read it again or recommend it to someone who wants an immersive and detailed story with a strong emotionally romantic plot line.
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: August 14th, 2017
Genre: YA Romance, Teens & YA
Author: Amity Hope