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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?


A fabulously entertaining story with just the right amount of sizzle and laughs.” -Rebecca B., NetGalley

A funny, heartwarming, and absolutely charming book, The Two-Date Rule introduces stories and characters that I can’t wait to revisit as this new series unfolds. Highly recommend!” -Beth C., Goodreads

“It is a heartwarming romance with plenty of laughs as well as drama along the way.” -Splashes Into Books

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 book, and it's one of the best rom-coms I've ever read.” -Viper S., Goodreads

“This was a super sweet and fresh romance from an author who never disappoints! Fenske's writing is as clever and charming as ever, and I look forward to more from her soon!” -Kaiylyn H., NetGalley

“The chemistry between these two leaps off the page. If you like your romance with humour and steam, you will love this book!” -Alexandra W., Goodreads

“Such a sexy and fun story!” -Linda B., NetGalley

A fast-paced, entertaining, sexy, yet at times serious story that I genuinely enjoyed reading.” Mags N., Goodreads

“There are plenty of those laugh out loud moments that you will love as long as those heart squeezing ones too. I loved this book so much and I didn't want to put it down at all. I can't wait for more Smokejumper books to come.” -Becky W., Goodreads

My favorite Tawna Fenske book to date!” -Kristine M., Goodreads

“Grady’s creativity in planning non-dates will keep you reading long after you should be turning out the lights.  But at least you will dream laughing.” -Toni L., Goodreads

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 neuroti ...more

By DJ October 25, 2020

Favorite Quotes:

“Yes, please.” Kayla’s attention was fixed on Tony, and Grady couldn’t tell if her response was for the beer or for the tall smokejumper with rumpled black hair and dark eyes that seemed to make women crazy.

Sometimes I feel like I’m wearing a gorilla suit and trying to tread water in ...more

By Jenn August 09, 2020

Want a sequel very very good ...more

By Aly March 03, 2020

For her defense, there was a policeman, a Tarzan and a cowboy gyrating on the stage, so no wonder Willa Frank mistook a stranger with a firefighter uniform for an other stripper at girl's night out in a bar.

Grady Billman is not offended. More like amused and intrigued by the vivacious woman. He spen ...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 las ...more

By Pelusa March 14, 2020

Have you ever read a story and then say I will review later and forget, that is what happened to me I read it before cruise and totally forgot, along with others..shoot I need to catch up...So I read this and immediately liked myself some hottie firefighter, I mean firefighter, who doesn't love one. ...more

By Wendy F May 14, 2020

Two Date Rule was as cute as I expected it to be. Grady and Willa had amazing chemistry right from the beginning, and an adorable banter to boot.

Initially I worried the chemistry between the two characters would be too lusty. There was a lot of time spent talking about swaying bums, hard abs, and br ...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 limited ...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 invol ...more

By T. February 25, 2020

4+ Stars!

This author is easily able to change the tone of her storytelling when switching from women's fiction, her Entangled-published rom-coms, and her indie-published small town rom-coms. While Fenske's women's fiction/romance are some of my favorites, I have had great success with her Entangled ...more

By Quirks March 02, 2020

I have once again ventured into the realm of heterosexual romances! Well, 'ventured' is a strong word. I've taken a peek at it. I just had a feeling, from the synopsis, that this would be a fun book, and that it wouldn't have a crappy female protagonist who would piss me off. And I was right!

The mai ...more

By Billy April 14, 2020

Very impressive!

Really enjoyed the fire jumpers aspect of the tale! Great character development.
Quite a believable tale! Surprisingly riveting! Read on! ...more

By Ruthie February 22, 2020

~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the first book in a new series, and I will definitely be looking out for future installments. I really enjoyed how the world building was done as the story progressed, so that we learned what we needed to know at th ...more

By Anna February 25, 2020

A free fall into an inferno of happiness!

Willa is a bit of a hard sell on things outside of her safe secure world.

She has her father, her not so reliable alcoholic father. Her two best friends. Her menagerie of broken animals. And her business.

But every so often the girls get her outside her comfo ...more

By Becky March 06, 2020

These two impressed me with their determination and avoidance, and that's a good thing. Lol. Both are afraid of life but for different reasons. Both will deny it. Both are exactly what the other needs....also heavily denied.

The Two-Date Rule is fun, funny, and heartwarming. Neuroses aside, Willa is ...more

By Kari February 26, 2020

Due to Willa’s past she is determined to ensure that she is successful in her career and financially stable. She isn’t about to be distracted by any man and she keeps her interactions with them short and casual. This arrangement has worked well for her in the past, but Grady is determined to show he ...more

By Nicole February 26, 2020

I enjoyed this one a lot. It has a lot of humor that will make you laugh, but this book also has plenty of heart and feels. My heart broke for Willa. She hasn't had the greatest of childhoods and it has impacted the way Willa lives her life. Grady is yummy, but he as some soul searching to do as wel ...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 t ...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 ni ...more

By Steffani October 09, 2020

There's more than 320 pages in this book. 338 ...more

By Sonny November 01, 2020

**Actually a 3.5-3.75-rating**

This is one of those books where the title can almost be a spoiler, as one sits here and fathoms ONE of these MCs on the cover has a "date rule". But which?

This time around it is the heroine, Willa. Her name is actually "William", but her Mom kind of chopped it off into ...more

By Susan March 18, 2020

I enjoy this author's books so much, I usually pre-order her new ones as soon as they're available. So yeah, I pretty much love her books.

I enjoyed this one, too, but alas, it didn't have as much humor as most of her earlier books, and I missed it. The double entendres and sexy banter in her other ...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 tr ...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 things ...more

By Stacy February 25, 2020

This book felt a little like it switched things up a bit; our hero, Grady, is smart and capable, even though his plans for the future are non-existent. Our heroine, Willa, on the other hand, has some serious baggage. Willa doesn’t do relationships, hence, the two-date rule. She’ll go out with a guy ...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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