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Peek Inside The Two-Date Rule

Willa Frank never goes on a date with anyone more than twice. But after their first date, Grady Billman isn’t ready to call it quits…and he’s found a sneaky way around the two-date rule.

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Willa Frank has one simple rule: never go on a date with anyone more than twice. Now that her business is providing the stability she’s always needed, she can’t afford distractions. Her two-date rule will protect her just fine…until she meets smokejumper Grady Billman.

After one date—one amazing, unforgettable date—Grady isn’t ready to call it quits, despite his own no-attachments policy, and he’s found a sneaky way around both their rules.

Throwing gutter balls with pitchers of beer? Not a real date. Everyone knows bowling doesn’t count.

Watching a band play at a local show? They just happen to have the same great taste in music. Definitely not a date.

Hiking? Nope. How can exercise be considered a date?

With every “non-date” Grady suggests, his reasoning gets more ridiculous, and Willa must admit she’s having fun playing along. But when their time together costs Willa two critical clients, it's clear she needs to focus on the only thing that matters—her future. And really, he should do the same.

But what is she supposed to do with a future that looks gray without Grady in it?

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640637443
Series: Smokejumper, Book 1
Release Date: Feb 25, 2020
Page Count: 400
Imprint: amara next
Genre: contemporary, law enforcement/firemen, romantic comedy
Tropes: opposites attract, overcoming odds

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By Chris February 06, 2020

Good but Willa is not my favorite...3.5 stars
The author gives us a bit of a different look at the two date rule. I’ve read similar stories and it’s usually the guy who has a restriction on dates. It usually isn’t just two.

The story surrounds an overachiever who is fiercely neur... ...more

By Shirley January 31, 2020

Original review

This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Entangled: Amara!

The Two-Date Rule
is the first book in the Smokejumper series and tells the story of Willa and Grady.

The Two-Date Rule is the first book I’ve read by Tawna Fenske and won’t be the... ...more

By Hannah February 17, 2020


Smokejumpers #1, A sweet and steamy book all in one. I'm new to Tawna Fenske and figured what better place to start that with a new series and it was a good start. I really enjoyed this one it was funny in all the right parts and romantically sweet and hot in the bedroom, but not limit... ...more

By Ayekah February 10, 2020

Spectacular start to a new series! Come meet Grady and Willa, and the rest of the smokejumper crew and good grief I hope they all get their own books!
Willa is one stressed out woman, she operates on overdrive every moment of the day. She'll date, but has a two date rule. No more. Anymore means in... ...more

By Beth February 16, 2020

“Your willingness to shove thirty bucks down a stranger’s pants for the good of others shows an admirable level of self-sacrifice.”

Another winning read from Tawna Fenske!

I have to admit, I opened this one when I was in a terrible mood, and several pages in, I was convinced I wouldn’t be able... ...more

By Cherie January 24, 2020

Willa Frank mistakes Grady Billman for a stripper at a local watering hole and immediately propisitons him. What starts out as an innocent enough mistake turns into various ways to get around the fact that neither of them are seemingly interested in a long term relationship, Willa's two date only... ...more

By Rosie January 21, 2020

What do you get when a woman with a "2-date max" rule meets smokin hot smoke jumper was avoids relationships like a dry forest avoids lit matches?

The answer: Total hilarity! And obviously another Tawna Fenkse rom-com.

Fenske introduces us to Willa and Grady, who couldn't be more opposite if they... ...more

By Erin January 28, 2020

Surprisingly serious for a Tawna Fenske novel. I’m used to her romantic comedy series. This had some hilarious moments, but also brought the psychological drama.

Willa is a hard-working web designer. She’s also single and likes it that way. That’s why she has a maximum two-date rule, to keep thin... ...more

By Sara January 24, 2020

The Two Date Rule by Tawna Fenske a read that you would give five dates for. Willa Frank is a complex character with a history that makes you understand her and feel for her. I identified with Willa so much, it scared me, but seeing her story unfold just made me. Grady Billman mmm I can almost sm... ...more

By Jo Reads Romance February 18, 2020

Fresh and fun and then some
4 stars

How cute is that blurb? It ticks all my boxes for a sweet and enjoyable romance. And by and large it lives up to that promise.

This book was quirky, fresh and fun. I enjoyed Ms Fenske’s writing style and it was very readable and kept you interested in the story... ...more

By Elaine February 14, 2020

This is the first in a new romance series featuring Smokejumpers. Living in the UK, I have to admit that I know little about these brave firefighters and I learnt a lot from reading this story.Grady Billman is the smokejumper hero in this story. He's one of ten children, the son of a smokejumper... ...more

By Misty (Reds Romance Reviews) January 18, 2020

Willa Frank is a woman of simple means, growing up the way she did taught her to not let material things hold too much weight in her life. She always made do with what she had, and somewhere along the line it made her a little more frugal than most, and she is more than okay with that. It also ta... ...more

By Tanisha January 19, 2020

I received this book as an Advanced Reader Copy, but the views are my own.

I first heard about Tawna Fenske in August of 2015 when her book "About That Fling" was featured as a "Kindle First." I have fallen in love with the way that she tells a story. Her characters are fun, and even ones you may... ...more

By Shawn January 21, 2020

Wow, just wow. Tawna really hits with this one.
Willa Frank has not had an easy life growing up. Living without a mother for most of her life and having a father that drank and/or gambled away what funds they did have, she's determined to make sure her life is financially secure. Running her own... ...more

By Avid Reader February 13, 2020

The Two-Date Rule (Smokejumper #1) by Tawna Fenske
4 stars
M/F Romance
Triggers: Alcoholism, Mental Health Issues
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

Grady loves his job. It runs in his blood. His father and brothers are all part of the smokejumping lifestyle. When he's out one... ...more

By Teresa January 19, 2020

**I received a copy of The Two-Date Rule from Entangled Publishing and Net Galley in exchange for a voluntary and honest review.**

The Two-Date Rule by Tawna Fenske is fantastic book and I hope there will be more because Kayla and Aislin need their own stories as well as some of the hot smoke jump... ...more

By B. February 16, 2020

Willa and Grady both have reasons to not want anything serious in a relationship. Grady is a smokejumper. He witnessed the difficulties his mother had bringing up children with her husband gone for long periods of time on such a dangerous job so he doesn’t want to put any woman he cares about thr... ...more

By Yvonne January 23, 2020

If you are looking for a quick , fluffy, rom-com, this one is not for your. But, if you are looking for a romance with depth that at times is heartbreaking but also heartwarming, this one is definitely the one for you.
Willa Frank is a web designer. To say that her childhood was not easy, is an un... ...more

By Marina February 02, 2020

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was funny, emotional and so well-written.

This is a story about Willa and Grady.

Willa is very serious about her work. She works non stop, never takes a day off, never misses a deadline. She also doesn't date. Not really, anyway. She has a two-date rule becaus... ...more

By Viper February 16, 2020

A hilarious rom-com with a lot of heart!

Fair warning - this book will make you laugh out loud enough that onlookers will question your sanity. There were more snort-laughs just in the meet-cute scene than most books have altogether. Willa and Grady engage in perfectly-synced banter throughout the... ...more

By Nicole January 25, 2020

The Two-Date Rule by the awesome Rom-Com author, Tawna Fenske, will have you literally laughing out loud!

Hot smokejumper, Grady Billman, AKA Smokey the Bare, is mistaken for a stripper, but earns a date in the process…a first date to be exact…the first of a maximum of two dates, according to Wil... ...more

By Linda February 12, 2020

This is book 1 in a new series and it is off to a good start. The story is emotional on so many levels. Fear of commitment. Fear of failure. Fear of poverty. Fear that there might not be a tomorrow. Both Willa and Grady have these fears and so many more. Willa is a planner. Her life is scheduled... ...more

By Stacy January 24, 2020

I really enjoyed this book.

Two commitment phobic individuals meet and realize that they are interested in each other. However, they both have rules that they live by. However, rules were meant to be broken or at least bent, right??

Grady was a fun character to read about. He comes from a large fam... ...more

By Marti February 14, 2020

I enjoyed this book quite a lot. I liked the main characters and the supporting characters as well. It's the first book of the Smokejummpers series, but it's a standalone with no cliffhangers. I had trouble putting this book down; it was well written and engaging.

I had three minor issues with the... ...more

By Urvashi January 19, 2020

Willa doesn’t want anything distracting her from her work, and so has a rule, she doesn’t date anyone more than twice. For Grady that’s perfect since his job as a smokejumper is not really conducive to relationships. The connection they feel after the very first date, has them both finding reason... ...more

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Tawna Fenske

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Tawna Fenske

When Tawna Fenske finished her English lit degree at 22, she celebrated by filling a giant trash bag full of romance novels and dragging it everywhere until she’d read them all. Now she’s a RITA Award finalist, USA Today bestselling author who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY has praised Tawna’s offbeat romances with multiple starred reviews and noted, “There’s something wonderfully relaxing about being immersed in a story filled with over-the-top characters in undeniably relatable situations. Heartache and humor go hand in hand.” Tawna lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband, step-kids, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets. She loves hiking, snowshoeing, standup paddleboarding, and inventing excuses to sip wine on her back porch. She can peel a banana with her toes and loses an average of twenty pairs of eyeglasses per year. To find out more about Tawna and her books, visit To learn more about all of Tawna’s books, visit

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