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Peek Inside Rules of Survival

Every bounty hunter on the Eastern Seaboard is after Mikayla Morgan—but when she returns to the scene of her mother's murder, Shaun Denver and his partner snag her. She's a piece of work, and Shaun can't decide if he wants to kiss her or kill her. When things take a sharp turn south, Shaun does the only thing he can think of to keep her close—he handcuffs them together. But as the killer closes in, Shaun and Kayla will need to break all the rules if they hope to get out of this alive.

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A 2015 Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence finalist in the New Adult category

If you want to survive, you have to follow the rules…

Mikayla Morgan is wanted for her mother’s murder. She’s been on the run for almost a year now, avoiding not only the police but the real killer. Tired of running and desperate to clear her name, she breaks one of the most sacred rules: never return to the scene of the crime.

Every bounty hunter on the Eastern Seaboard is after the Morgan girl—but Shaun Denver and his partner snagged her. She’s a piece of work, and Shaun can’t decide if he wants to kiss her or kill her. When things take a sharp turn south, Shaun does the only thing he can think of to keep her close—he handcuffs them together.

As the danger mounts and the killer closes in, the chemistry between them threatens to explode. Shaun and Kayla will need to break all the rules if they hope to get out of this alive.


"Well done Miss Accardo, on delivering another book that I have enjoyed!!" --Nomi's Paranormal Palace

"The Rules of Survival took me on a ride! Not only was it suspenseful and thrilling, It was also very sexy." --Nemo, Goodreads

 "Gosh, I just LOVED this book! I think this is Jus Accardo's best book yet, she just killed this one!" --Jena, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622666409
Release Date: Jun 2, 2014
Page Count: 300
Imprint: embrace
Genre: mystery & suspense, new adult, paranormal
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, forced proximity, overcoming odds

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By Sammy December 08, 2015

4 Handcuffed stars

Thrill- Action - Fun : Thats exactly what this novel is made up of >>>

This is such a fresh piece of young adult , I loved reading it ...

Heroine is a runaway girl , part of a fraud yet an innocent , Classic beauty with Brains , follows her mom's set of rules for survival , which is ...more

By Nemo June 12, 2014

For a full and edited review go to: Blame it on the book

The Rules of Survival took me on a ride! Not only was it suspenseful and thrilling, It was also very sexy. We follow the story of Kayla, whose mother had died and she was being blamed for it.

While trying to clear her name she get caught by b ...more

By Elodie September 06, 2016

He let go and raised our cuffed hands. "This is kinda the best thing that's ever happened to me."

Finally a romance/thriller novel where I don't guess the whole intrigue within the first few chapters, thank god! Oh aaaad Shaun... Shaun, Shaun, Shaun...


By Laura December 05, 2019

This was a fun book. Mikayla has been on the run her whole life. First with her mother, then after her mother was murdered, on her own. She returns to the scene of the crime to get evidence to clear her name but is captured by bounty hunters. Then in a twist, Shaun one of the bounty hunters also bec ...more

By Melliane June 10, 2014

Mon avis en Français

My English review

I heard several times about Jus Accardo but it’s true that I never tried one of her books so far. I did not read a lot of New Adult novels, but this book gave me the opportunity to return to the genre and I must say I took a lot of fun with it.

Kayla ran away all ...more

By Erin June 22, 2014

This was a clever and captivating story, with a heroine who was on a fast track to nowhere thanks to a rather twisted childhood and the tragic loss of her mother. Mikayla’s life had been a covert operation of chaos, with her mom keeping them on the move in order to stay hidden from her past. But wh ...more

By christine danielle December 24, 2014

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Rules of Survival

Cover: 4
Plot: 5
Characters: 5

Overall Rating: 5

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I meant what I said. I like you. A lot. I want to get to know you…all of you. Every stupid little detail about your life. You don’t have to run anymore. You can give this a

By Jena May 28, 2014

Gosh, I just LOVED this book! I think this is Jus Accardo's best book yet, she just killed this one! Don't get me wrong, her other books are absolutely fantastic, but this one just takes the cake for me. Rules of Survival is filled with so much thrill, so much action, so much heat and I just couldn' ...more

By Sharon June 11, 2014

Review: 4 ½ out of 5 stars

I’m a huge Jus Accardo fan so the moment I saw Rules of Survival on Netgalley it was an auto click! I devoured this book from the moment it arrived on my kindle, I loved the thrill ride we were taken on, the amazing characters and wonderful romance; it was one of those book ...more

By Kirstyn July 01, 2014

Being on the run for a murder you didn't commit must be hard; but add in the murder is your mom and I can't imagine what that would be like. That's Kayla's life, and it sucks. When she winds up being caught by bounty hunters Pat and Shaun (!), things start to change up fast!

The action in Rules of Su ...more

By Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms September 12, 2014

*I received a free ARC of Rules of Survival from Entangled Embrace via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

Fast-paced, filled with action and some romance, Rules of Survival brought me on a whirlwind trip alongside Mikayla and her rules...

This and all my other reviews are originally posted on ...more

By Jenea June 07, 2014

Rules of Survival is my second book from Accardo and this one pulled me right in just like Ruined did. The whole bounty hunter aspect is what caught my attention and something different. It center around Mikayla who has been on the run for a year now, and this suspect in her mother’s murder. Followi ...more

By Emily♥ June 01, 2014

I love Jus Accardo’s books. She writes such fast-paced, action-packed, sexy romantic tales. Whether it’s Cain and Abel descended twins or a bounty hunter shackled to his hit, I’m never bored.

And she also writes some strong willed women. Women who don’t let no man decide their life choices. Women who ...more

By CassandraG February 06, 2015

Suspenseful, with very likeable characters, that held your attention. You like Mikayla Morgan and Shawn Denver and they were an interesting couple. Especially when they try to discover the truth and stop a killer who just might try to stop them anyway they can. If you like fast paced action, you'll ...more

By Barb May 18, 2014

Another wonderful book by Jus Accardo. Rules of Survival had me hooked from the beginning to the exciting race to the climax. full review to follow soon. ...more

By Booknut May 23, 2014

This book was totally badass in every way possible. Jus Accardo has done it again!

Hopefully I'll get the chance to post up a full review once my end of term assessments are out of the way :) ...more

By Michaela June 07, 2014

Love the characters. Love the plot. Love the banter between Mikayla and Shaun. Love this more than the Denazen series. ...more

By Damaris (GoodChoiceReading) June 14, 2014

Love it! Non-stop action from beginning to end!!! ...more

By Jessica January 02, 2019

I was nervous to pick this one up because I have already read it when I was about 16 and I had absolutely loved it. And I was scared that I wasn't going to love it as much as I used to since my reading tastes have grown tremendously. I am so glad that I was wrong, because this book is still going to ...more

By Lindsay October 03, 2020

I actually really enjoyed this book a lot! It was a quick page turner, I finished it in two days, and the action was almost non-stop which i really liked. It kept the plot flowing towards somewhere, and the mystery woven throughout was intriguing enough to keep me reading. The main characters are pr ...more

By Nastassja June 04, 2014

Entangled Publishing has graciously provided me with a complimentary copy of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Melissa and Mikayla Morgan have spent Kayla’s whole life on the run, but from what she doesn’t know. Kayla’s mother never told her what or who they were ...more

By Poy August 14, 2017

Sometimes you have to break the rules to survive. This is my first book of Jus Accardo and he doesn't disappoint. A must read. ...more

By Dylan June 05, 2014

*I received a ARC in exchange for an honest review. And honestly...Shaun is HOT!
Rules of Survival
I will start by saying I LOVE Jus Accardo's characters. I recently read Ruined and am anxiously waiting on its follow-up so when the opportunity to review Rules of Survival came along, I jumped on it.

On ...more

By Jenny - Book Sojourner June 03, 2014

Overall: 3-1/2 Stars.

Rules of Survival is the story of Mikayla (aka, Kayla), on the run for the past year for the murder of her mother, that she didn't commit. Bounty hunters, some of which have been after her and her mom all her life, are after her now. When Kayla is cornered by Patrick and Shaun, ...more

By Jennifer July 30, 2014

4.5 stars
Mikayla (Kalya) has been on the run for over a year already. She is tired of running. Everyone believes she killed her mother. The truth is that the true killer is still out there and ready to finish the job by killing her. She's used to life on the run and her mother taught her rules in li ...more

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Jus Accardo

About the author

Jus Accardo

JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food. Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing, as well as the Darker Agency series, and the New Adult series, The Eternal Balance. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

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