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Peek Inside Rules of Protection

Rule breaker Emily Foster just wanted some action on her birthday. Instead she witnessed a mob hit and is whisked into witness protection, with by-the-book Special Agent Jake Ward as her chaperone. They end up deep in the Texas backwoods. The city-girl might be safe from the Mafia, but now she has to contend with a psychotic rooster, a narcoleptic dog, crazy cowboys, and the danger of losing her heart to the one man she can’t have. But while Jake’s determined to keep her out of the wrong hands, she’s determined to get into the right ones—his.

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It’s rule breaker Emily Foster’s birthday, and like everyone at The Jungle Room, she just wants to get some action. Unfortunately, she stumbles on the wrong kind, witnessing a mob hit. To protect her, she’s entered into the Witness Protection Program with by-the-book Special Agent Jake Ward as her chaperone.

When the location of their safe house is compromised, Jake stashes Emily deep in the Texas backwoods. The city-girl might be safe from the Mafia, but she has to contend with a psychotic rooster, a narcoleptic dog, crazy cowboys, and the danger of losing her heart to the one man she can’t have.

Jake’s as hot as he is infuriating, and she can’t help but push all his buttons to loosen him up. Their mutual, sizzling sexual attraction poses a dilemma: Jake’s determined to keep her safe and out of the wrong hands; she’s determined to get into the right ones—his.


"Jake and Emily ignited the pages! From the first sexy meet to the stand-and-cheer ending, I loved, loved, loved this book!" - Samanthe Beck, USA Today bestselling author

"I loved Emily's character. She was sassy and had a dirty mouth that could rival any trucker." - Night Owl Reviews

"I didn't want the story to end." - Twinsie Talk Book Reviews

"I was in the mood for something lighthearted and this totally hit the spot -- a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy with a dash of suspense mixed in!" - Aestas Book Blog

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633750623
Series: Tangled in Texas, Book 1
Release Date: Aug 26, 2014
Page Count: 392
Imprint: amara next
Genre: contemporary, law enforcement/firemen
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, fish out of water, forced proximity

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By Aestas Book Blog September 30, 2014


"Honey, you may have the face of an angel, but that halo of yours is awfully crooked."

Oh my gosh, guys!! This book was SO MUCH FUN!!! I was in the mood for something totally light-hearted and this hit the spot -- an awesome romantic comedy with ...more

By Angie August 10, 2014

How on earth can this be her first book??!! I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. Actually, they sent me this accidentally and then sent me the one they meant for me to read. After reading the other first and it being just ok, I decided to give this one a shot as a ...more

By Carrie August 12, 2014

~*~My Thoughts~*~
A 5 star rating
HOLY FREAKING COW!!! This book was absolutely amazing I didn't want to put it down and I didn't want it to end. Alison just skyrocketed to the top of my author list anything else she writes I am reading. These characters were absolutely amazing I love it when charact ...more

By Becky August 08, 2014

What a story! Full of suspense, humor, drama, love and good old fashioned country goodness. Emily sets out to enjoy her birthday. While there she bumps into a very sexy man (Jake). The attraction is strong but it's obvious from the start these two don't see eye to eye. Jake disappears from the bar a ...more

By Mackenzie August 07, 2014

I received an advance copy of this title in exchange for my honest review and wow. Just WOW! In my opinion, this book deserves more than a five. If you like a fast paced story with blood pumping suspense, steamy romance and in-your-face funny dialog that makes you pee your pants laughing, Rules of P ...more

By Jamie August 29, 2014

Alison Bliss – Rules of Protection
I received an ARC for an honest review so here it is.

Alison’s debut is amazing!!

It’s Emily’s 28th birthday and she is out with friends – they are trying to get her laid and she does not have much interest. While trying to avoid a guy, Sergio, who is creeping on her ...more

By Mike August 24, 2014

I just read Alison Bliss Rules of Protection. I don't usually read Romance novels, I like Sandra Brown. Alison sent a ARC to me to read I found Rules to be a great read and a wonderful story. I was drawn in by Alison"s style,humor and intriguing plot The book is fast
pace. I had a hard time putting i ...more

By Joanne August 09, 2014

Feels. This book made me feel them all. Laughter, happiness, sadness, love, hate, frustration, hope, shock.

The biggest one of all was relief. After a 3 months of anxiously awaiting the ARC I was so relieved that this book was a good as I hoped it to be and that Alison would hit it out of the park. ...more

By Tonya August 11, 2014

This book was fantastic! Right from the get get go, I was sure that I was not going to put it down until I was finished. It sucked me right in. Alison's style of writing, makes you feel like you are right there with each of the characters, and know them on a personal level. The chemistry between Mr. ...more

By Barbara August 08, 2014

I love a book that captures all my emotions, and this was one of them. Emily a city girl see something she shouldn't have and end up under witness protection being watched by the very sexy FBI agent Jake. The safe house being found they head to the country ... yep a city girl gone country. I couldn' ...more

By Bette August 18, 2014

Fantastic debut novel from author Alison Bliss. A great combination of small town romance, suspense, and snarky humor that kept me turning the pages. After witnessing a horrific crime our heroine is whisked away, given a new identity, and temporarily put under the protection of Jake Ward. When Jake ...more

By Megan August 26, 2014

Let me begin this review by saying that if I could give this book all the stars in the world, I would. It blew me away with its magnificently developed characters possessing some pretty distinctive personalities, its upbeat and highly engaging story, and the fact that it had more southern charm than ...more

By Dawn August 13, 2014

An astounding debut! As a writer myself, I've been told I write "witty banter" well, but Alison Bliss puts me to shame! This book is exciting, suspenseful, emotional, and laugh-out-loud FUNNY! I instantly connected with the characters, and I'm not ashamed to admit I miss them already now that I've f ...more

By Jody August 23, 2014

I absolutely loved this book from beginning to end!! I was hooked from the first couple pages and did not want to put it down! I fell in love with Emily from the start and the sexual attraction between her and Jake was electric!! It was so fast paced and full of suspense, there was never a dull mome ...more

By Joemichele August 11, 2014

Rules of Protection is a definite "Can't put down book"! Love when I get one of these and the whole world stops until I'm finished! If you're looking for a 5 star read.......this is IT! The author was able to combine humor, romance and a little suspense all in one. I highly recommend this book but a ...more

By Stacy August 10, 2014

Rules Of Protection is definitely a 5 Star book in my opinion!!! From the very beginning I was hooked.I Could not stop reading! This book has it all; Humor,Drama,Sexy Romance and Suspense.I fell in love with all the characters.I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book. I can't wait to read more from this author. ...more

By LJT June 25, 2016

Wow, what a totally awesome book from debut author Alison Bliss! Rules of Protection grabs you right from the beginning and the spine-tingling roller coaster never lets up. The two primary characters, Emily Foster and Jake Ward, have amazing yet complicated chemistry and their journey is replete wit ...more

By Morphys Book Blog August 08, 2014

Emily is put in the Witness Protection Program after witnessing a mob hit. Jake is part of her detail, duty bound to protect her with his life. What neither expected was to have to guard their hearts too.

I had so much fun reading Rules of Protection, it was action packed with the right amount of sar ...more

By Rachael August 17, 2014

Hooked from the first page to the last!

Alison Bliss brilliantly weaves a story that’s a masterful balance of laugh-out-loud funny and curl-your-toes-sexy. The heroine, Emily, kept me laughing at her sassy antics, and the hero, Jake, is completely swoon-worthy. He’s the FBI agent with an inner countr ...more

By Jenn August 08, 2014

I absolutely adore this book. It has everything I look for in a good book: humor, romance, characters that are a little peculiar, and suspenseful events. I love all of the oddness that made up this zany cast of characters. There were times when I laughed out loud and times when I cried. Alison Bliss ...more

By Samantha August 08, 2014

Wow...just WOW!! This is my newest favorite book! I laughed so hard I almost wet myself over and over again! This book made me long for someone to call me "Emily" and look at me the way Jake looks at her. Alison writes like a seasoned author and I can't wait to see what she puts down on paper next! ...more

By Crystal August 25, 2014

I absolutely loved this book! It's the first book in awhile that has actually made me laugh out loud. Love the dynamics between Emily and Jake. I feel like they are now personal friends. I love the fact that it is so realistic and that I can actually relate to everyday life. Truly a wonderful 1st bo ...more

By Stacy August 10, 2014

WOW! What an amazing debut for Alison Bliss. I received an ARC of this book and what a great book. Lots of steamy romance, suspense and a bonus, a main character who isn't afraid to go after what she wants. I love how she has NO filter and will tell it like it is. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and ...more

By Ashley August 09, 2014

WoW!!! I got an advanced copy of the book and i'm just in love.This book has sex, drama, humor, and suspense all rolled into one. You can't help but fall in love with emily and jake. Emily is a spit fire with a nack for breaking the rules while jake is a easy going play by the rules kind of guy. The ...more

By Amy August 15, 2014

I was gifted a copy from author for an honest review . This book is not what I normally read , however it sucked me in from the first page. Parts had me laughing , some had me mad as heck at both Emily & Jake. If you like a good suspense with a hard head female and a total Alpha male this is the boo ...more

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Alison Bliss

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Alison Bliss

Alison Bliss is a bestselling, award-winning author of humorous, contemporary romances. A born and raised Texan, she currently resides in the Midwest with her husband, two kids, and their dogs. As the youngest of five girls, she has never turned down a challenge or been called by the right name. Alison believes the best way to find out if someone is your soul mate is by canoeing with them because if you both make it back alive, it's obviously meant to be. She writes the type of books she loves to read most: fun, steamy love stories with heart, heat, and laughter. Something she likes to call, "Romance...with a sense of humor."

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