The Rule Book (Jennifer Blackwood)


Starr Media Second-Assistant Survival Guide

1. Don’t call your hot boss the antichrist to his face.
2. Don’t stare at hot boss’s, um, package or his full sleeve of tattoos. (No. Really. Stop!)
3. Don’t get on the malicious first assistant’s bad side.
4. Don’t forget to memorize the 300-page employee manual.
5. If you value your cashmere, steer clear of boss’s dog.
6. Boss’s dimples are lust-inducing. Do. Not. Give. In.
7. “The elevator ate your clothes” is not a valid excuse for showing up to important meetings half dressed.
8. Don’t break seven of the rules within the first week of employment if you, ya know, are in dire need of money to support your sick mom.
9. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the boss. See rule eight about sick mom.
10. Never forget the rules.

First and foremost, in something that shouldn’t come as a surprise by now, I read this book with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, so go here to read her review of this book.

People, look at that blurb!!! Isn’t it one of the most appealing blurbs ever?! I love it! Lists and rules are such an important part of this book, that it’s not only fitting that the blurb takes this format, but it just begs to be read.

I really enjoyed this one, because from the get go, this book is hilariously written. The book is told in Lainey’s POV, and she’s just hilarious! Her use of pop references, inner dialogues and breaking of the fourth wall, is super well done. Her rants are to die for! I absolutely loved the writing, it was enjoyable on itself.


This is such a cute story of office romance. Lainey is a great female protagonist, who knows her worth and is not afraid to fight for what she thinks she deserves. Also, the things that come out of her mouth? Amazing! Because the book is only told from Lainey’s POV, we only know how Brogan Starr is from her perspective, but it’s enough to swoon more than a few times! Brogan, and MIT graduate, built his own company from scratch, and believes that the only way to succeed is by following a strict set of rules… a lot of them. This all comes crumbling down when he falls for his assistant, obviously!


The conflicts in this book are at the same time kind of expected and heartbreaking, because mixing professional and personal lives is never easy… but I really liked how they came about, and how they were solved. It was kind of surprising and refreshing that the conflict didn’t go to a very expected path…

The side characters were interesting as well, mainly Lainey’s mom and BFF, Zoey, and of course Bruce, the slobbing-farting-half horse dog (he was amazing!).

I only had one complaint about this book and that was the lack of sex scenes. Yeah, I don’t expect every book to have explicit sex scenes, not at all, but the way she fantasized about her boss, and from the sexual tension between them, it would have benefited the book if we saw a lot more than what we did. The sex is implied, of course it is, but it was just lacking something.


And while I loved Lainey’s POV, because she was an amazing narrator, I would have liked to read about Brogan’s internal struggle, because breaking the rules that could affect his baby – aka, his company – had to be a hell of a struggle, and it would have been super interesting to hear his thoughts on it.

To sum it up, fantastic NA book! Super cute and fun office romance, with hardly any heat. I would highly recommend it.

16 thoughts on “The Rule Book (Jennifer Blackwood)

  1. says:

    100% what you said. I reviewed this a few weeks ago and we share similar opinions on what worked and what didn’t (where was the sex???). Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

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