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Unwritten Rules

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  2,725 ratings  ·  173 reviews
Elle is an energetic, independent woman with a successful business and new start in the big city. The bustling streets of New York are not what she expected, yet she finds the freedom exhilarating. One interaction at the mailboxes with her shy, strikingly handsome neighbor is all it takes to turn the strong- willed young woman into a bumbling mess.

Jonah Quinn is withdrawn...more
ebook, 203 pages
Published January 27th 2011 by TWCS Publishing House
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Stacia (out of inspiration)
Adult review for erotic content

Take a guess as to which moment maxed out the meter for me :

What I needed was a sexorcism.

I was acting like a stalker.

I took a lung full of his scent and closed my eyes.

"Do you have my pussy? Oh God, cat!"

I whimpered. Jonah hissed.

"I promise, no more," he rumbled as I tried to spear myself onto him.

A slight tang floated in the air with a hint of his muskiness. It made my mouth water.

I needed a taste of him. I was like an addict craving a fix.

Seriously. Take a gu...more
Elena R a.k.a. Lunies R
Awe!! *sniffles* I wanna pass-out and be re-awakened by Jonah. *sighs*

Elle is intrigued and very well interested in her neighbor Jonah. Jonah lives in the apartment above hers,they run into each other almost everyday while retrieving their mail. But never once spoke to one another. There's something about Jonah she can't quite put her finger on.All she cares is that her, Blue-Eyed Neighbor swoons her with just his presence. I'd wanna jump on him the minute he says "Hi" too! I got all hot and bo...more
Rating Clarification: 3.5 Stars

Unwritten Rules by M.A. Stacie appeared to be a promising and engaging novel, but unfortunately it wasn’t as great as I thought it would be. I was hoping for something a little better and a little more captivating. Overall, I felt the story was missing something magical to make this book great rather than just okay.

In Unwritten Rules, Elle and Jonah jump feet first into a sudden relationship after several chance meetings in their apartment complex and an obvious...more
The plot line was good, the dialog was good. Easy banter and believable.

I guess spoilers ***

Now, the inconsistencies, this author comes from fanfiction. In FF it's ok, cause things change as you write, but this is a published book (I say published with humor seeing as it's the Writer's Coffee Shop, the fublished warehouse). The first time she sees him with his shirt off he has his back to her, there is only mention of his stars. Next time he all of a sudden has a tat on his ribs... the next afte...more
Oh be still my beating heart! Jonah Quinn - yet another fictional character to fictionally fall for!
Fantastic book with an actual resolution - It is sometimes nice to have the instant gratification of a satisfactory beginning, middle and end in one book rather than having to enforce delayed gratification over a series such as in twilight / FSOG/ crossfire etc. Saying that, come on M.A. Stacie - more JQ novels please!!!
“Oh God, help me!” is right! Jonah and Elle have an electric connection that will pull you in immediately and leave you gasping for more. Despite his overt darkness, Jonah’s allure is palpable and we are swept up along with Elle, and find ourselves eagerly urging them along - even as we see the potential for heartbreak. Jonah’s quiet nature, beautifully inked skin, and heroic nature cast him as a man worthy of the very graphic novels he creates. Add to that a talent as a dark, sexy night club si...more
Dec 07, 2011 Stephanie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who love a dark tortured hero
Let me start off by saying that I liked this book, for the most part. I disliked the heroine, Elle immensely. I thought she was immature, a bit shallow and pretty much unlikable from about chapter three on…

Please don’t let that stop you from reading, Jonah more than makes up for her. He is a true tortured hero with a painful past that puts him in self exile from everyone who loves him. His only real way of coping is through medication.

I really tried to understand the reason behind Elle's behavi...more
I took a deep breath, toying with my keys again, before blurting out, “Do you have my pussy? Oh God, cat! Do you have my cat?”

2 Stars

This book was soooo repetitive. I don't know how many times the same subject came up or the same lines were said but just in different orders. I thought I was going crazy at first and I kept trying to go back pages to make sure the text wasn't just cut and re-pasted. Now don't get me wrong it wasn't a terrible book but it needed work.

Sundays became my least favo...more
Ok, so I read this book and it was so hard. So, so, so hard! God, this guy - Jonah. I don't know what to think about it. He's been hurting and torturing himself for TEN effing YEARS. That's just too long to suffer for an accidental mistake. The book was so emotional and heart wrenching. And the girl - Elle - You. Have. My. Deepest. Respect woman!
I ask myself the question - Would I have been strong enough and willing enough to keep pushing, to keep going and trying - to stay with him and help him...more
Zemira Warner
Sep 19, 2011 Zemira Warner rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Thoughtless and Beautiful Disaster
I don't know what to say about this book...it may be a little predictable but I don't care. I enjoyed every second of it.

Jonah is a sexy,mysterious musician with some issues who draws graphic novels. How cool is that? What girl doesn't like to fix a broken hunk? :D

I can't even write something meaningful that will attract people to read it. Wait! There are nice not over the top sex scenes. Just the way I like it.
i'll make this short. what's not to love in a guy who has a dark secret, perplexing, has hot tattoos, a graphic artist and a musician? no wonder elle wants to fix his past, hell i'll do the same. enough said. to find out just read this....now!
Morgan: Read, Eat, Dream

Unwritten Rules by M.A. Stacie pulls you in at the very beginning. It’s addicting and suspenseful, and this book made me laugh out loud (especially in the beginning).

I loved Jonah and Elle’s personalities. I didn’t necessarily love their behavior.
Jonah is a sweet, shy mess. Elle is funny, compassionate and independent.
But, in my opinion, Jonah’s behavior was inexcusable at times, and Elle didn’t always beha...more
Stacy Eaton
M. A. Stacie describes this book as “A story of longing, love, and forgiveness” and that is exactly what it is.

Down to earth Elle, website designer spends much of her time dreaming of the man she sees at the mailboxes each day, carefully planning so that she will get just that moment to see him. I know this feeling, I doubt if there is any woman alive that hasn’t known this feeling at least once in their life. To want just that one moment longer to look at that person, to wish, to wonder whether...more
Not that this book wouldn't be good for some people, I prefer my books to be more realistic. The characters didn't seem real and some of the things they said were just unlike what a normal person would say. “Do you have my pussy? Oh God, cat! Do you have my cat?” Really? Who would say that?
Elle was just annoying, I thought. She nagged constantly and wouldn't leave Jonah alone about his past. I don't see how that helped him. (view spoiler)...more
Elle and Jonah live in the same apartment building and only see each other when they go to their mailboxes. They don't interact with each other except for chase glances. With the help of Elle's cat and Jonah coming to her rescue, they start to explore their feeling and she finds out that he's the one that needs to be rescued.

I like Elle and the fact she isn't a pushover. She wouldn't/couldn't give up on Jonah, no matter how much he wanted her to. There is a lot more to her attraction to Jonah th...more
In the romance world, Jonah is what's known as a Beta hero. He's sensitive and sweet, but tortured. When he's overly aggressive (cuz hello he's a GUY), he tends to regret it, sometimes immediately. A beta guy needs a strong woman, but not one who'll run over him or one who'll denigrate him for being the type of man he is. He needs a woman who'll cheer him on to fight his demons, who'll sometimes be willing to take on one or two of them for him.

That woman is Elle. First, this isn't a co-dependent...more
The book Unwritten Rules deals with some heavy stuff. A young man separated from his family by choice for reasons that don't become clear until you get further into the story, determined to not let anyone get beyond the walls he has erected around himself. Jonah has some horrible secrets he is intent to keep to himself. Devulging those secrets to anyone only means that they will leave him - or so he thinks.

Enter Elle, a web designer, who is intrigued by this shy man she meets at the mailboxes i...more
hmm not sure what to think about this book on one hand some of the emotions and feelings feel real and you can feel the heat between them when they are close and the kissing scenes are sizzling and so are the sexscenes

BUT and there really is a big BUT...the female character Elle is not likeable at all until close to the very end..

she is basically a bitch...she's known him for a few days maybe a week I can't even remember and I just read the damn book (I'm talking knowing not stalking here)... go...more
Unwritten Rules is a story of finding forgiveness in oneself and finding love in the process of healing. This story made me laugh, cry, and I'm not going to lie, I found Jonah Quinn very frustrating to read in the beginning of the story. The mysterious, angry Jonah was a roller coaster of raw, impulsive behavior, yet he is exactly how one would act if dealing with similar emotional issues in real life! The story is done in Elle's POV, so the reader feels disgruntled right along with her as Jonah...more
Oh how I loved this book....

A very well written, intense love story that was literally impossible to put down. Stacie incorporated some of my favorite things; Music, Art and a beautiful, sexy, complicated man with hot tattoos. An addictive page- turner for sure!
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
I really enjoyed this book. Our hero, Jonah is shy, tortured, sexy and extremely messed up. He's been living in a shell and refuses to let anyone into his life. He's hiding a dark secret and he's not ready to share it, until Elle comes knocking at his door, looking for her cat none the less:

I took a deep breath, toying with my keys again, before blurting out, "Do you have my pussy? Oh God, cat! Do you have my cat?"

Hahaha. I love that line. Elle lives in the apartment below him and has been tryin...more
Denise Strand
This book is amazing! A must if you love a story about raw emotion and passion. Jonah who is shy from the start and you wonder how he will ever come around from that. He's made a lot of self sacrifices based on things that happened from his childhood. Which on turn has left him very jaded about what he does and doesn't deserve. Enters Elle his neighbour. She a strong woman who takes a shine to jonah. She wants to get to know him in every way possible and basically she blows through Jonah's world...more
Bonnie (Words at Home Blog)

Unwritten Rules is an incredible love story and so different than many in its genre because it actually feels realistic. The focus is on the character’s emotional journey and not just their lust for each other, and I think it is because of this emotional focus that Elle and Jonah’s passion for each other comes across as so authentic. I am happy to finally be able to say I have found a romance author who does not equate lust and sex with love. It is the buildup of their relationship that makes th...more
I decided to read this book based on overwhelming positive reviews here & on Amazon. The storyline and progression of relationship were both ok for me. I was extremely irritated with Elle right out of the gate. For a 30 year old woman, she seemed extremely immature to me. I didn't understand her seriously weird obsession with this guy who she saw at the mailbox. Really? No interaction at all outside of seeing him collect his mail? It was just weird for me. I felt as though her reactions to s...more
Ugh...seriously. I wasn't going to write a review and just brush this novel aside, but the more I thought about it, the more I felt it was necessary to shout from the rooftops just how terrible this book is. This contains a few spoilers, but not the "BIG" secret.

First off - Elle is completely unlikeable and unbelievable. I seriously could not stand her for pretty much the entire story. She was beyond self-important in her own mind (which was annoying to be in) and if I was Jonah I would've run t...more
I should explain the two star rating since I really did like the story. There were just some things I could not overlook when reading this. This is an adult book but I felt like it belonged in the New Adult genre. Elle is 30 years old but sounds more like a 19-23 year old woman. Her inner dialogue was pretty amusing but it was really immature. I will get back to Elle because there is more that I want to say but I also want to get some other stuff out of the way.

Okay first, Elle's "best friend" w...more
I really wanted to like this book. I really did. Jonah's character was well written but Elle? I wanted to claw my eyes out every time she spoke. She was just too damn pushy! After having sex with the guy, who she barely knew at the time, she claimed that she ”deserved” to know all about his life and his problems/issues. They couldn't even have a nice date without her ruining it with all that nagging. If I was Jonah, I seriously would've kicked her to the curb. I don't think she really thought ab...more
As a first outing for an author, MA Stacie holds back no punches with her subject matter, and to be perfectly honest, the promise of angsty characters and plot lines always has my full attention.

Elle is plucky and likeable with realistic character flaws. As the reader spends the entirety of the book in Elle's head, MA Stacie was able to create a multi-dimensional character whom I enjoyed hanging out with every time I opened the book.

Jonah is dark and mysterious, and from Elle's descriptions of...more
There were some scenes and one liners there were good. That being said there was a lot about this book that I did not like.

The characters were shallow and the part of them that you get to know isn’t very likeable.
Elle is pushy and whiny. After knowing Jonah a very short time she is demanding that she know his “dark past and secrets”. Jonah might be “hot”, but you see so very little of his personality that isn’t clingy, throwing a temper tantrum, or wussy. J.J. is supposed to be a friend yet we...more
Bad. That's all I can say. The first 3/4 of the book was awful! It made me so mad. The only reason I gave it 2 stars was because the last 1/4 was good and made me feel a little better.
But I can't help but hate Elle. She was awful. I don't know how Jonah could have liked her. All she did was yell at him and to tell you the truth she was NOT understanding or helpful at all. I just did not get it. There was actually 2 times when I wanted to quit reading it but I thought I actually paid money for t...more
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M. A. Stacie is never without a book or her eReader. A voracious reader, with a love of sexy, yet angst ridden novels, she loves getting lost in new worlds. Her need to write did not grip her until after her second son was born, when her previous rambles became fully fledged stories.

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“I don't deserve you. I'm not made for relationships. I know I'm going to fuck this up. I'm going to drive you away or do something to hurt you, and you'll be added to my list of people I screwed over. You should walk away now.” 158 likes
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