For Annemarie Whitted, her youngest sister’s engagement starts as a happy event, and ends as a slap in the face when she comes to the harsh realization that she’s a failure at relationships, a person in stasis. Annemarie is motivated and organized, a woman on a mission, and she’s getting married now.
Her Rules of Engagement ensure she’ll make the right choice, and her committee will find her potential eternal companions. She assigns the job to her closest sister, Lisa, and Lisa’s husband, Tanner. Of course, Tanner comes with baggage— his brother, Ben, Annemarie’s lifelong nemesis.
The war between the two of them gives a brand new meaning to Annemarie’s Rules of Engagement, and his presence isn’t helping her at all. Especially when he disapproves of her methods and questions every step she makes. Especially when their forced proximity makes each of them really see each other for the first time. Especially when she discovers that her heart has secret corners she never knew, and that the Rules might have been her biggest mistake of all.
What I have to say about it:
This was a pretty cute book. The characters were fun and lovable. I did wonder why Annemarie was so set on finding someone to marry, just because that's what good Mormon girls were supposed to do. She insisted on going about it in a way that matched her personality just right. And though I didn't agree with her personally on her motivations, I could believe Annemarie was doing it her way and she was fine with it. Ben was a cutie, and trying his best to be helpful in such unhelpful ways.
The way their relationship evolves from enemies to friends was organic and believable. And all those horrible dating experiences Annemarie goes through in the process of finding her eternal mate were fun and entertaining. It's a lighthearted story, that though silly, doesn't make light of a serious decision. Annemarie learns her way of finding an eternal companion might work, but will it really be what she wants in the end? If you are looking for a clean romance, this is for you.
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Amber Gilchrist lives in New Mexico with her husband and three children. She writes YA for upper teens, as well as LDS Romantic Comedies. She calls her lifetime of jumping from one job to another 'experience' for her books and not an inability to settle down. Amber loves mysteries and a good, happy romance. She also loves to laugh. Sometimes she likes all of them together.
A fan of quirky movies and indie books, Amber likes to be with her family, is socially inept, and fears strangers and small yippy dogs. She alternates between writing and being a mom and wife. She tries to do both at the same time but her kids don't appreciate being served lunch and told, "This is the hot dog of your discontent." So mostly she writes when everyone else is in bed.
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