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Peek Inside The Rule Maker

Things I want to say to Ryder Covington... I hate you more than a hole in my favorite pair of leggings.Your smirk makes me want to yell in all shouty caps. Saying those things to him would be the whipped cream on top of my rocky road ice cream, but I can't

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Things I'd love to say to Ryder Covington...

I hate you more than a hole in my favorite pair of leggings.

Your smirk makes me want to yell in all shouty caps.

You're really gorgeous...until you open your mouth.

Stop looking at me like that. You're not ripping my panties off.

Saying those things to him would be the whipped cream on top of my rocky road ice cream, but I can't, because he's my client. And I'm up for a promotion. Oh, and the little fact that my boss told me to give Mr. Covington everything he wants.

But the only thing he wants is me. And he can't have that.

Each book in the Rule Breakers series is STANDALONE:

* The Rule Book
* The Rule Maker


"Witty, sweet, and hot, it was the perfect read. I could not put it down!" - Kristen Callihan, New York Times Bestselling Author

5 Stars: "Of course, another sexy winner from Jennifer Blackwood!" - A.J. Pine, author of If Only
5 Stars: "Jennifer Blackwood has written a great,feel-good romance. The characters are fun and witty, the plot interesting and dealt with some life issues, such as disability, family dynamics, and more." - Susan, Mytimeoutbookblog.
"...if you're looking for a sweet sexy romance, this book is for you."- Vicki, review
5 Stars: "The writing is funny as hell and I laughed most of the time... I loved every second of it." - Radka, review
"....'The Rule Maker' is quite a witty (and dare I say 'sparkling'?) take on contemporary romance; it's pacey, light-hearted and generally filled with little hilarious moments that I'm almost convinced I can see this happening on the big screen."- Dîsir,
5 Stars: "What a fun rom com! The first chapter had me laughing out loud....This was a great read!" - Christine F. - Goodreads.comreview
"I stayed up all night reading this one as I just couldn't put it down. Every time I did, I would pick it right back up again. It's sweet, funny and sexy and everything that I love when reading a Jennifer Blackwood book." - Danielle, Ramblings from this Chick
5 Stars: "This was my first Jennifer Blackwood novel I've read and trust me, I'll be back for more!! Just LOVED her writing style! She totally made me laugh and then made me swoon!! This is one definitely to check out!! ...definitely a 5 star read!" - Jennifer D., review
5 Stars: "What made The Rule Maker so much fun were the main characters. Zoey and Ryder were a hoot.... They had such a cute and sexy connection. Speaking of sexy...Ms. Blackwood upped the sexiness in this one."- A Novel Glimpse

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633757998
Series: The Rule Breakers, Book 2
Release Date: Jan 16, 2017
Page Count: 279
Imprint: embrace
Genre: contemporary, new adult, romantic comedy
Tropes: coworkers, forced proximity, second chance

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The Rule Maker is the second book in The Rule Breakers series by Jennifer Blackwood. If you are like me and haven’t read the first book, don’t worry. This can be read as a standalone without feeling like you are missing anything important.

What if one day you walked into work and found out that an i ...more

4 stars!

Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway at Of Pens and Pages.

This Rule Maker is a fun, light-hearted second chance romance between Zoey Reynolds and her client’s brother, Ryder Covington. Unlike The Rule Book , this standalone novel was told in alternating POVs of the MCs. Plus, sexy timeeees!

Zoey an ...more

By Wendy'sThoughts February 07, 2017

3.5 Breaking Rules and Understanding it All Stars
* * * 1/2 Spoiler Free It's Live!!!
This was a hoot and second book of a series. This had smart banter, sexual tension and heart lessons. This worked on many levels.
So...there was the first encounter between the two main characters...

It was...Hot, Sexy

By Shannon January 15, 2017

Complete honesty, that's our premise at the Sisterhood, so let's have it. Ryder is what made the story for me and without him, I don't know if I could've gotten through it. He's swoony, he's sweet, he's thoughtful and persistent; all the makings of a good romance hero. My one question about him thou ...more

By Francoise February 12, 2017

4 Stars!

New-to-me author Jennifer Blackwood really impressed me with this fresh, fun and romantic story. I didn’t know what to expect going into this book and what I found are vibrant characters, top-notch humor, witty dialogue and a great story.

Zoey Reynolds has landed a renovation project that co ...more

By Elaine February 06, 2017

This is an emotional romantic comedy with a strong male lead, Ryder, a hunk of an injured snowboarder with a very soft heart that he tries to hide and protect. Mind you, when you get to meet his grandparents you start to understand why! He's also a very caring brother, highly independent but also wo ...more

By Katie January 16, 2017

4 rule breaking stars

Overall, I enjoyed this book. Like The Rule Book, the heroine was very relatable. Zoey is a very strong heroine and there were so many mannerisms and things she did that totally reminded me of myself!

And like the first book, the back and forth banter is totally what made this b ...more

By Irene February 08, 2017

4 stars

The Rule Maker was a sweet, funny and very entertaining read.

I enjoyed the storyline, I found myself connecting with both Zoey and Ryder.
They were likable, passionate and relatable characters, that entertained me with their banter and antics.


And the chemistry between them was smoking!


If you' ...more

By Mandi February 06, 2017

I adored The Rule Book last year and was excited to try another from Jennifer Blackwood. This one is just as good - maybe even better. And just to put out there - there are sex scenes this time! I know a few people who didn't read the first book due to fade to black scenes. That book had such great ...more

By Bj February 06, 2017

3.5 "Breaking Rules for 2nd Chances" Stars for the story and 4.5 Stars for the narration.

In a somewhat predictable but nonetheless, entertaining and humorous romance challenging the rules against dating a client, Jennifer Blackwood brings us a 2nd chance at love trope romance. Enhancing this quick a ...more

By Melanie February 10, 2017

I love it when they break the rules...
The Rule Maker was one of those books that made me smile right from the start. Rules were made—then bent and broken, and left by the way-side—fast. The situations Zoey got herself in, constant warring with right and wrong in her head, her legging purchasing comp ...more

By February 06, 2017


3.5 “Break a leg, a wall and some rules while you're at it” Stars

ARC via NetGalley.

Thank you, Entangled (Embrace)!!

I’ll start with this: the second book in The Rule Breakers series is steamier than the first one, so hurray for that!

As I learned by reading The Rule Book, my first Jennifer Blackwood ...more

By Maria Rose February 05, 2017

This is a sexy and entertaining second chance romance. Zoey, an interior designer/architect and Ryder, a professional snowboarder had a one night stand while she was working on a project for Ryder's brother Jason. It ended rather abruptly when Ryder took off before morning light without explanation. ...more

By Carol February 04, 2017

First let me state that I am a Jennifer Blackwood fan and her quirky, witty banter really appeals to me. So I wasn't surprised that I enjoyed this contemporary romance and loved both Zoey and Rider's character's. This is the second book in her rule breaker's series but the rules here seem to be desi ...more

By Paula February 06, 2017

One of my favorite Entangled Publishing authors that I have seemed to enjoy is Jennifer Blackwood. So when I saw that she had a new one out, I knew I had to read it, and I was guaranteed that I would enjoy it. If you love a bit of romantic comedy with your reads and laugh out loud moments throughou ...more

Read an EXCERPT here

I am often lured into a book with a cover or the blurb alone... that's how I find myself writing this review. Answer: it was the blurb, the VERY hilarious blurb!!! It held so many hilarious promises. Spoiler alert (not really!) but the book delivered on those Romantic Come


By Pamela December 19, 2016

This is the second book in The Rule Breakers series and it is equally as addictive as the first book. It can be read as a standalone, but why miss out on book one? The story, told in dual POV, follows championship snowboarder, Ryder Covington, who is recovering from a broken leg, as he tries to woo ...more



The Rule Maker by Jennifer Blackwood is so much fun! It is light, it is sweet, it will have readers smiling and laughing. The characters, the story, the antics that ensue will certainly have readers engaged from the first chapter.

What makes this story s ...more

By Three February 06, 2017

Review by Trinette Dungee

Short, sweet and to the point…Any book that can have me giggling less than twenty percent into the book is a must read.

Zoey Reynolds wants to move up the ladder in the design firm she works for and she’s well on her way. She gets a call from a client the she knows can reall ...more

By Jeanne February 06, 2017


I have two words to sum up this book - pygmy goat. It's been forever since I laughed that hard at a scene in a book. Creative and priceless, that's all I can say. From the beginning, you feel the connection between Ryder and Zoey, and though they both try to fight it, neither are able to deny ...more

By Jennifer January 05, 2017

This was my first Jennifer Blackwood novel I've read and trust me, I'll be back for more!! Just LOVED her writing style! She totally made me laugh and then made me swoon!! This is one definitely to check out!! Full review to come but definitely a 5 star read! ...more

By Chasing Away Reality February 05, 2017

My reviews can get a little long winded sometimes, but for this one, it's going to be short and sweet. This was a fun, light-hearted, and sexy read. It's my first by Jennifer Blackwood, and I will be back for more. I loved everything about this story and the characters. I can't wait to go back and r ...more

By diana marcela August 09, 2019

Una historia entretenida y fácil de leer, con algo de humor y un pilin de drama. ...more


Book Review: 4.5 Flash stars!!!

I knew that this book would be really goooooooood since I first read the blurb, but the end result took me by complete surprise. It’s unbelievable how much fun and how totally enjoyed reading it.

The Rule Maker is the ...more

By Naomi April 17, 2017

Original Review @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

What a fun read The Rule Maker turned out to be!! Although the story was set around refurbishing a ski resort on Mount Rainier, it was anything but a chilly read! The chemistry between Zoey and Ryder was intense, the banter was amusing and when these two final ...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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