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Peek Inside The Rule Book

Lainey Taylor’s Second-Assistant Survival Guide: 1. Don't call your hot boss the antichrist to his face. 2. Don't stare at hot boss's, um, package or his full sleeve of tattoos. (No. Really. Stop!) 6. Boss’s dimples are lust-inducing. Do. Not. Give. In. 9. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the boss.

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Some rules are meant to be broken.

Starr Media Second-Assistant Survival Guide

1. Don’t call your hot boss the antichrist to his face.
2. Don’t stare at hot boss’s, um, package or his full sleeve of tattoos. (No. Really. Stop!)
3. Don’t get on the malicious first assistant’s bad side.
4. Don’t forget to memorize the 300-page employee manual.
5. If you value your cashmere, steer clear of boss’s dog.
6. Boss’s dimples are lust-inducing. Do. Not. Give. In.
7. “The elevator ate your clothes” is not a valid excuse for showing up to important meetings half dressed.
8. Don’t break seven of the rules within the first week of employment if you, ya know, are in dire need of money to support your sick mom.
9. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the boss. See rule eight about sick mom.
10. Never forget the rules.


"The Rule Book was a funny, sizzling romance with a The Devil Wears Prada feel. Only the "devil" was a hot CEO that I couldn't stop lusting after." -- Cindi Madsen, USA Today Bestselling author of Anatomy of a Player

"Pure joy! A hilarious, romantic romp that I seriously couldn't put down. Prepare yourselves ladies: your ultimate book boyfriend has arrived." -- Rachel Harris, NYT Bestselling author of the Love and Games series

"The Rule Book is Jennifer Blackwood at her finest. Refreshingly hilarious, heart-warming, and entertaining to the very last page." - Brooklyn Skye, author of A Moment of Weakness

"While I enjoyed the slow moving romance and mild drama inspired storyline, it's the heroine, Lainey Taylor, who really steals this show. Intelligent, hardworking, and delightfully self-deprecating; her internal monologue and witty snark kept me cheering as she heroically and hilariously struggles to get over every hurdle set in her way." - Tori, Smexy Books

"This book would have made a perfect romantic comedy movie. A great mixture of sweet, awkward, and heart-warming." -- Tonda, Goodreads Reviewer

"This was a laugh-out-loud read that I quickly devoured in one day. If you are looking for a feel-good, funny, sweet romance then I highly encourage you 1-click this book!" --Steph and Chris's Book Review

"Lainey. Omg. That woman was SO damn funny and relatable. She is hands down one of my favorite book heroines. " --Katie @ Goodreads

"This is my first book by this author but I will definitely look for more, she has a fresh voice and a great sense of humour." -- Alison @ Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633756311
Series: The Rule Breakers, Book 1
Release Date: May 9, 2016
Page Count: 320
Imprint: embrace
Genre: contemporary, new adult, romantic comedy
Tropes: boss and employee, coworkers

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By Katerina June 30, 2016

“Some rules are meant to be broken.”

Katerina's Rule of Life #3
Never read chick lit during exams.

You're right, this is the rule I break all the time (topped only by the "Stop devouring chocolate, your butt keeps expanding" rule). But I can't help myself! Chick lit is the distract ...more

4 stars!

Review at Of Pens and Pages.

This is my first Jennifer Blackwood book, and wow, what a hoot! She’s found a new fan in me.

Lainey Taylor is one step closer to reaching her dream job. Being second assistant to Starr Media’s CEO is giving her the chance to finally work on something she knows and ...more

By Katie May 03, 2016


"Lainey Taylor Rule of Life #46
A girl should be properly kissed in the snow at least once in her life."

What I loved:
*Lainey. Omg. That woman was SO damn funny and relatable. She is hands down one of my favorite book heroines. The amount of 'face-palms' I did during the book were to ...more

By Shannon September 26, 2016

*That awkward moment when you write a review in your blog and forget to post it to goodreads, then stumble upon said book months later and realize you forgot.... Yeah.... Hi!*

This book is kind of quirky and isn't really for everyone, I've seen some mixed reviews but personally, I loved it. Here's m ...more

***** 4 'Tired of Playing by the Rules' Stars *****

"Ovaries, meet arm porn, your new best friend."


There's a lot of things going on in Lainey Taylor's head. She has a new job, new home, and new crush. Brogan Starr is her delicious temptation at work. Too bad he's also her boss.

Brogan isn't just ...more

By Rachel April 29, 2016

Pure joy! A hilarious, romantic romp that I seriously couldn't put down. Prepare yourselves ladies: your ultimate book boyfriend has arrived. ...more

By Natalie June 05, 2016

This book was short and sweet. It's the story of Lainey, a young woman trying to find her footing, figuring out her place in the world.

Laney is quirky and with the help of her mom, she's quite knowledgeable about '80s pop culture. There are many references throughout the story, such as Breakfast Clu ...more

By BexLOVESBooks June 11, 2016

This was just a totally adorable read. A breath of fresh air in the midst of many (while amazing) gut wrenching books. I feel like I’ve had my heart torn apart and put back together again so many times this year. (But in all the very best ways, by some of the best authors) And while this book defini ...more

By Haidoulina February 09, 2017

I really enjoyed myself reading this book... After all I read it in one sitting...

Lainey is fun, I liked her character... She has sass, a funny mind to be inside and no filter in her mouth... What not to like about her, right?!?!

Brogan has a book full of rules and I don't say that as metaphoric at ...more

By Zoe January 14, 2018

Romantic, charming, and exceptionally funny. And even though there's not any steamy sex scenes the intriguing characters, palpable chemistry, and witty banter make this a delightfully, entertaining read! ...more

By Mandi August 14, 2016

Favorite Quote: “Screw the rule book. Maybe he could even smack your ass with it.”

What a cute book! Lainey Taylor is fresh out of college and starting her first job as a second-assistant to Brogan Starr, CEO of Starr Media – a company that manages social media platforms for the rich and famous. Besi ...more

By Irene May 12, 2016

4 stars

The Rule Book was a fun, sweet and entertaining read.

I really enjoyed being in Lainey's head. She was funny, cute, sarcastic, passionate, and very honest, loved her!
My interest was held all throughout the book, I enjoyed watching Lainey get past Brogan's rules and break down his walls. Once t ...more

By Cindi May 09, 2016

I laughed out loud, the romantic chemistry leapt off the page, and it left me with a huge grin on my face. Before I read this book I was in a bit of a reading slump, but this pulled me right out of it. Seriously, once I finished I wanted to go right back & read it all over again. Especially that fir ...more

By Naomi July 11, 2016

Original Review @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

4.5 Stars

I was browsing Amazon, looking for a lighter read when I came across The Rule Book... I snapped it up and it turned out to be a bit of quirky fun... exactly what I needed! I really enjoyed reading about Lainey and seeing her squirm due to her foot-in- ...more

By Riya June 29, 2016

3.5 to 4.5 stars!

Thats right ladies! I cannot for the love of this universe, make up my mind.

The things that won me over:

1. Another giggle inducing book ladies and gentlemen.

2. Thats right ladies, a tatted hottie in the covers. Who is btw, a sweet millionaire with trust issues ;) Cliche? Yup , bu ...more

By Susan (susayq ~) May 26, 2016


3.5-4 stars

Brogan Starr. As much as I really liked him when he was opening up to Lainey, he just about killed me when he quick to believe the worst. My heart broke for Lainey, but at the same time I was so very proud of her. Between Brogan and her mom, she had so much going on and s ...more

By Paige May 25, 2016


Review to come. ...more

By Melissa May 20, 2016

Within a few pages, THE RULE BOOK had me laughing out loud, pulling for Lainey, and eager to discover if she and Brogan would find their HEA. I absolutely adored it! ...more

By Sheila'S May 09, 2016

Starr Media Second-Assistant Survival Guide
So I have to say I signed up for this book at the last minute. AND LET ME TELL YOU I WOULD BE KICKING MYSELF IF I DIDN'T GET THIS!

THE BLURB GOT ME!! Let me tell you about my journey into this book!

1. Don't call your hot boss the antichrist to his face. ...more

By Carmen May 23, 2016

OMG Wow. When I saw this book on one of my favourite author’s, Lex Martin’s, facebook feed this morning, I immediately had to check it out on GoodReads. I mean if she reads books even half as good as she writes them then I knew I would love it.

Then I read the blurb and I had to one click it straigh ...more

By Rahmi June 30, 2016

"Ovaries, meet arm porn, your new best friend."


Short story :
Lainey Taylor adalah second assistant di sebuah perusahaan media, Starr Media. Ketika pertama masuk, Lainey harus membaca buku peraturan pekerja. Buku setebal 300 halaman itu berisi 700 peraturan yang tidak boleh dilanggar oleh semua pe ...more

That blurb, though.

How could anyone resist that blurb? And I promise you—the fun, quirky rom-com scenarios don’t stop there.

Lainey Taylor is a bit of a mess. She's awkward and filter-less and repeatedly finding herself in situations that are both uncomfortable and hysterical. She's trying to balanc ...more

By Vini June 17, 2016

Ha Ha.... Hilarious :D

I don't know where i first saw about this book or where i got it recommended from. But i do know i loved this book with all it's Funny rom-com glory even though its a lot tamer than some of the books i've read. It just kept me engaged. ...more

By Christy June 08, 2020

Great read!

This was such a cut book that had me cracking up most of the way through. Especially when it came to betsy! I wish Jacson would of been put I his place a few times but all in all I get where the author was coming from. To be the better person sometimes you just got to walk away and let th ...more

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People, look at that blurb!!! Isn’t it one of the most appealing blurbs ever?! I love it! Lists and rules are such an important part of this book, that it’s not only fitting that the blurb takes this format, but it just begs to be read.

I really enjoyed this one, because from the ...more

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Jennifer Blackwood

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Jennifer Blackwood

Jennifer Blackwood is an English teacher and NA author. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and poorly behaved black lab puppy. She writes about gray area issues with steamy tension and sizzling romance. Don't worry, her tortured heroes always get their happily ever after they deserve.

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