Monday, November 6, 2017

Review: Playing by The Rules

Playing by The Rules (Portwood Brothers #2) by Emily Robertson
Published: published August 25th 2015)
*I received the book in exchange of an honest review*

Payton always had one rule she lived by, no boyfriends until after college. No one seemed to agree with her, even her own mother who had her at age sixteen. Returning to school after an accident that flipped Payton’s world upside down left her feeling out of control. Holding on to her rule seemed to be her only lifeline. Josh had been letting the past rule his life for too long. Finally being at school, he’d become his own man, and he’d been putting all that behind him. Just when he thought he had it all put together, life got crazy. Not only did his ex show back up, but Josh also found he couldn’t get Payton Whitmore out of his head. Once Josh convinces Payton to give him a shot, she’s so closed off that he wonders if it’s even worth it. Josh can tell there’s something special about Payton, though, and as soon as he goes all in, he’s ready to show her that some rules are made to be broken.


The portwood Brothers are something else. This books can be read as stand alones, but honestly? You'll want to meet the whole family. Josh is a really good guy. He's trying to get over his horrible ex when he meets Payton. He likes her instantly and starts trying to get her to go out with him.
Payton has rules. Lots of them. She has no time for dating until after college, that way she won't end up as her mom pregnant at a young age.

Payton is quite the character. After a car accident she has memory issues and constant headaches. That's something that I felt, ultimately, lead nowhere. Actually I feel like half her health issues didn't lead to anything or had no point in the story. It has nothing to add to their relationship. The rules do, even when Payton family never treats her like she ruined her mother's life she feels like a burden in a way and that's what holds her back.
I did want to shacke some sense into her a lot of the times. I was wondering along with Josh if all the effort was worth it at the end.

Josh made affort after effort to get Payton to trust him and open up to him. I loved how determined he was in making it work but I felt for him everytime Payton blocked him.

Hilary, Payton best friend is great! She's really supportive not only to her but to Josh and I don't thing the book would've been the same without her. Josh's brother, Jackson, makes an appearance and I loved reading about them and how they got closer after the book.

The author wrote a really compelling love story full of ups and downs. Josh and Payton's relationship has a rocky start but they really work together. He's carefree and a risk taker where Payton is controled and organized.

Playing by The Rules is a great love story. And I can't wait to read all about Josh brother.

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About the author
Emily Robertson graduated from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas with a degree in Theatre. She is an avid reader and enjoys reading New Adult and Romance as much as she does writing them. She currently resides in the Washington D.C. area with her husband and two children. She loves connecting with and talking to other readers.


 


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