Six Month Rule (A.J. Pine)


She created the game, but the rules are about to change. 

Taurus: Hold fast to your single-minded nature today — no matter how long her legs or how lush her red lips.

Gemini: You were a shining star last night, but reality can be a real — well, you get the picture. Just remember: Tall, dark, and British equals no corner office for you.

Will Evans never wanted a reason to stay.  

Holly Chandler wants nothing more than for him to go.

But neither one is prepared for what can happen in six months. Because it doesn’t matter what you want when what you need walks out the door.

Holly’s been busting her butt to make partner at Trousseau and there’s no way she’s going to let some stuck-up British arsehole get in her way — no matter how drop-dead gorgeous he is. But that doesn’t mean she can’t have a little fun in the process. She has a six-month rule: date just long enough for the honeymoon phase to wear off, then walk away before anyone gets hurt. If they both know the rules up front, walking away will be a piece of cake. Or maybe not…

*SIX MONTH RULE is a stand alone book in a connected series.

I read this book with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, as buddy read, so check her blog soon to read her review of this book.

As you can see above, this is the second book of the  Kingston Ale House series, and although you don’t need to have read the first book of the series, The One That Got Away, to understand the book at all, it still helps to get a better understanding of Holly and her group of friends.

I was already kind of familiar with A.J. Pine’s writing, and although it’s not exactly my favorite kind, it’s still pretty good. I think the book would have benefited if it had a bit more dialogue and a little bit less internal struggles, because the dialogue that existed was brilliant and showcased the characters amazingly well.

I absolutely loved the two main characters. I think I loved Will and Holly even more than Brynn and Jamie – and those were BFFs turned to lovers, which is a favorite of mine. I loved how sure Holly was of her priorities, even if she was wrong, because she didn’t take shit from anybody and she truly did shine. Will… I loved Will, I mean, the dude is british, hot and a dedicated single dad who uses 3 pieces suits?! Yeah… I’m a gonner… I really liked how dedicated he was to be a better father, even leaving his own wants and needs aside for it.

I really liked the progression of the romance and how it didn’t happen in 2 seconds. Yeah, there is an almost instant attraction, but their feelings develop through time and so does their relationship. I think Pine did this in a very smart way, showing glimpses of their relationship in the several months they were together, instead of making the narrative completely linear. The time jumps still allow for a complete understanding of their relationship, without it becoming too overbearing and repetitive.

The plot and conflict were kind of predictable, and so was the resolution, but it was very well written, so much so that it actually hurt a bit.

In the end, I really liked this book, and I enjoyed it more than the first book of the series – Holly is slightly less frustrating than her older sister. I can’t wait to see who comes next, I’m hoping it’s Jeremy’s book, and that maybe we’ll finally get a certain engagement? I do recommend this series, it’s good!