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Bending the Rules (Sisterhood Diaries #2)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  3,707 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
He could be her fantasy man–if he could just lighten up... 


Tall, dark and intense, Detective Jason de Sanges excites all kinds of fantasies in Poppy Calloway. But when she suggests the three teens caught spray-painting a Seattle neighborhood be given art-related community service and he just wants to see them pay-all bets are off.  


With the men in his family always in an
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by HQN Books (first published December 13th 2010)
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Sep 10, 2015 Carmen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
"So why not just relax and see where it takes you?"

"Because she's a good girl!"

"And you're a good boy!" Murphy roared.

"I'm a fucking de Sanges. I quit being a good boy around the time I turned eight."

Okay. This was better than the first book, I think. (Cutting Loose.)

Let's do a quick run-down.

Poppy is an artist and the child of hippies. She draws for a living. She's making it, but you know - tiny apartment, 12-year-old car, etc. She volunteers with at-risk inner-city youth in her spare time, te
July 2011 Review - 3 stars

This is why I don't do rereads, damn it! The book rarely, if ever, is as good as I thought it was the first time around. And, when I read a book more than once, I start noticing little things that annoy the shitskis (I'll get to that in a minute) out of me. Even when I actually still like the book! So, yeah, never doing this again. All I can say is that I was clearly not as discriminating in my reading when I read this the first time. Clearly.

Leah's Observations While
Julie (jjmachshev)
"Bending the Rules" is book two in Susan Andersen's 'Sisterhood Diaries' series about three unrelated women who have been best friends since childhood. When their wealthy benefactress dies, her will provides the impetus that eventually sees each woman finding just the right man for her.

Poppy was, and still is, the 'hippie' of the trio. Raised on a commune and the benefits of granola, she uses her talents to work with 'at risk' children. But even she isn't sure how to react when her latest projec
Jan 05, 2011 Splage rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. Read the first 100 pages, very average, skimmed a lot after that. I feel like I am cleaning house of all these books I have had forever and nothing appeals to me. Damn you Kristen Ashley:)
Jenn Scranton
Jan 17, 2013 Jenn Scranton rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

My thoughts exactly... This book flat out sucked! I kept checking the spine to make sure it was an adult romance novel.

Remember the Sweet Valley High book series? If not, let me refresh your memory... It was a couple of teenage girls who have teenage girl giggle fests, and have teenage puppy love romances. Yea, that is EXACTLY what Bending the Rules was like. It was so frustrating!

The book focused so much on the crime and the situation with the kids that there really was no story between Poppy
Jocelyn No
Jul 06, 2009 Jocelyn No rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
...this author was on my auto-buy list. I think she's moving to my skim-at-the-bookstore list.

The plot for this book is solid. I love a good contemporary that doesn't get bogged down in idiot characters or motivations. Susan Anderson is always good for that. But her language choice is has officially crossed the line from "charming colloquialisms" to "irritating and dated." All the dialog is written in language that makes it sound like baby boomers are doing the talking. For god's sake, the hero
Head in the clouds
Poppy: I only have a few words for you - you go girl! and I love you!

If only more female characters were like this - independent, strong, emotionally available and most of all honest and courageous about life and truth, what a wonderful role model for young women and girls everywhere.

As much as I want to sucker punch Jason in the face, I get where he is coming from - and it was worth the pain/angst because the ending was super romantic and sexy.

Susan Anderson is my more emotional Jill Shalvis
Another enjoyable read from Andersen, though not quite 5 stars. I would have liked a little more tension between Poppy and Jason but it's still a minor want.

Sparks fly between the two when they meet and not just the sexual kind. Jason has his preconceptions about Poppy while she has decided he's the guy in her Sheikh fantasies. I guess I don't mind the way their romance developed as it's a nice change to be able to move from attraction to a slight bump then onto consummation smoothly without all
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
I really enjoyed this one. Bleeding heart do-gooder liberal meets conservative straight laced cop. I liked the tagger side stories. I didn't read the first in the series, but I'm likely to after this one. The third in the series is not out yet, but I'll definitely pick that one up.
Jun 23, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
BENDING THE RULES: Vandals to Artists

Audiobook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

I really enjoyed this book and the voice of the narrator but, if you want to order it, and play it on anything besides a player where you physically insert and play each disc, you seriously want to consider the download versus the CDs. The formatting of the nine compact discs comprising
Patti TheLoveJunkee
Poppy Calloway had two best friends as a child. They grew up inseperable, although their socioeconomic backgrounds were not the same. Once again, I unknowingly picked up the 2nd book in a series. I liked this book and will be going back for the first book, Cutting Loose. I found out today at Book Binge that Harlequin will not be publishing the 3rd book in the series, and all I can say is, WTF?

Poppy is on the neighborhood business board, and there was some vandalism by young spraypainters (tagger
Jill Dunlop
Poppy Calloway is a free spirited artist with impulse issues and has the tenacity of a bulldog. She has the brilliant idea to have the three teens clean up their mess when they are caught vandalizing local businesses with graffiti. Being a local community volunteer, she agrees to work on this project with the teenagers. Detective Jason de Sanges has been assigned to oversee the project, as well. He is the exact opposite of Poppy with his surely disposition and dour countenance. His and Poppy's p ...more
I am really enjoying SA's writing. She is a new author to me, and so far I have enjoyed her a lot. She is great at creating characters that you love and love to hate.

Jason de Sanges is a cop that isn't happy to have to be pulled fromm what he feels are important cases to look into something for some silly women that had an in with the mayor. When he is later called to sit in on a meeting of local buisness people who have had a problem with some local graffiti tagers, he is disgusted to find the
Jess (Gone with the Words)
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I was completely excited to start Bending the Rules after finishing Cutting Loose. This group of girlfriends was too fun not to continue with their stories.

Poppy was this fun, carefree, caring spirit that was completely opposite to Jason’s rigid, no-nonsense personality. I loved seeing them butt heads over so many things. But one thing that wasn’t a problem for them was their attraction to one another. If there was anybody th
The problem I have with this book, taking away one star by the way, could very well be a problem of my kindle edition. The people who created the layout of this clearly didn't look it over when they thought "Hey, let's make it an e-book!" which - at least to me - is a big deal. I might be a little nit-picky about stuff like this, but it just really compromises my reading experience. Normally, the chapters – presumably - start with the first letter a little bigger than the rest. So far so good, b ...more
3 1/2 to 4 stars
2nd in the Sisterhood Diaries.
I read this book without having read the first in the series Cutting Loose Sisterhood Diaries 1. This was not a good idea for the setup/beginning of the book. Although I had no problems liking the Poppy and Jason or understanding their relationship, there was a lot about the Wolcott Mansion and what went on in the first book with Jane. Jason and Poppy must have first met in the first book, but I wouldn't know since I didn't read it. Although the stor
Apr 15, 2009 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: susan-andersen
This is the second book in the Sisterhood Diaries series by Susan Andersen. This book was so amazing. Poppy by far is the all time best character ever written. I loved the tension between Jason and Poppy. I will admit at first I wasn't a very big fan of Jason and around page 99 I seriously doubted weather or not he could turn it around. I was nervous this might be the book to disappoint me. IT WASN'T. I fell in love with him right along side Poppy. I started having my own Sheik Dreams. These two ...more
Jan 12, 2010 Sian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
Wow! I am zooming through this series.
After reading Cutting Loose yesterday I couldnt wait to pick this one today and I didn't put it down :)

I was intrigued by Detective Jason de Sanges from the previous book and looked forward to reading his story. The same goes for Poppy who comes across as smart, but fiercely strong and independent.

Well....Jason was a fab male lead, he got a bit annoying in the end when he was all "i dont know how to love" when it was clearly obvious he did. I would have like
Snigdha Prakash
Bending the Rules is a sweet story of opposites attract. The author has a sweet knack of weaving a sweet..innocent story if not a good then at least an interesting thriller.. The one exactly like a reader would love.

The story starts with Jase and Poppy butting heads with each other and having misconceptions about one another.. I seem to fall in love with books that have leads as Poppy..but, oh well..

So by some twist of fate, they end up spending time together and thus, their journey begins.

Jun 12, 2014 Elisabeth rated it it was ok
The romance itself was the poorest part of this book for me.

Poppy's project is to bring art to kids from dysfunctional and poor backgrounds. Jase is a by-the-book cop. These two met in the previous book and clashed. Poppy belongs to some sort of merchants board that is trying to decide what to do with 3 teenagers that were caught tagging the walls. Jase is sent to the meeting by his boss and eventually forced to help Poppy in her plan to have the kids clean up their mess and then channel their a
Julie Barrett
Oct 28, 2012 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bending the Rules by Susan Andersen
The ladies are painting Agnes Walkett's house as she's taken them under her wing.
Giving back allows them all to gain inner peace.
Poppie is doing posters and greeting cards when she catches the teens defacing the town walls.
She wants them to do community service. This follows the sisterhood and their lives.
Jason approaches the task of what the teens should do from a different angle.
They compromise and get so much more from the teens.
Besides he as a detective he
Aug 18, 2009 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I generally like this author but I just reread this book and I wonder why I kept it. This one is not nearly as good as her others. There is way too much unnecessary profanity, particularily after she is so emphatic that the teenagers not used it out of "respect" for each other. Obviously, she and her friends have no respect for each other. However, in one place, she uses the term "muttered obsenity". After using the graphic obsenities she used throughout the book, this phrase is ridiculous. Also ...more
Willow Brook
A weak 3 stars mainly, because 2 stars feels like a D and I'm an easy grader. Way too much introspection going on in this book. The hero, Jase, going on and on in his head about how he isn't worthy of/right for Poppy who went on (but not on and on, she quit sooner) in her head about how what a jerk Jase is, though they are incredibly attracted to each other. Even the bad guy was conflicted for Pete's sake. Not that conflicted is necessarily bad in a book but I find it a drag if that is the major ...more
Jul 27, 2009 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bodice-ripper, 2009
Fast read. Started it in the morning and kept coming back to it throughout the day. I got this book from my sister, who loves her smutty romance- and boy was this one smutty. But the main characters had a palpable chemistry and I was thrilled when the finally got together.

It has been a while since I have read romances though- they now apparently practice safe sex. Huh.

Also, could have done without the swearing. I guess my virgin ears were ringing.

Poppy (yeah her parents were hippies in a comm
Nov 07, 2009 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book overall, but the hero annoyed me quite a bit in the beginning.

Because his father and brother are "bad guys" who've spent more time in jail than out of it, he figures he's a bad seed too. At first I understood he had bad impulses, but as the story progressed I became increasingly annoyed with him. For more than 15 years he'd been on the straight and narrow. Seems like he should have given up on being an idiot long before he did.

I really liked Poppy. Her overall attitu
Feb 25, 2015 Fedora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Four and a half stars.

Loved this one--the straightshooting, by the books detective more than meets his match in Poppy, who's got a huge heart and brains to match her looks. They're shooting sparks like nobody's business and when they finally succumb to their mutual attraction, it's amazing :)

Will definitely read more of Ms. Andersen's stories.
This novel mixes many ingredients to make a truly entertaining escapist tale: a hunky, brooding police detective, an altruistic, attractive art instructor working with at-risk youth, her gal pals, an endearing, troubled teen, and a group of threatening bad guys.

This is the second book in a series, and I am looking forward to continuing the other related reads.
Sabrina (Soter) Sally
Ok, forse sono stata troppo generosa con 5 stelle piene, ma era un bel pò che non trovavo una nuova autrice che scrivesse bei contemporanei e ancora di più che non mi capitava di fare le ore piccole per finire un libro =D Promosso a pieni voti, dunque!
Dec 07, 2013 20012206 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016-120
Me gusto mucho como se fueron enamorando estos personajes
May Mostly Romance
Oct 06, 2013 May Mostly Romance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
หนังสือเลมนีเปนเลมทีสองในชุด The Sisterhood Diaries ทีบอกเลาเรืองราวของเพือนสาวสนิทกันสามคนทีรูจักกันตังแตเรียนชันประถม ตัวเอกของเรืองกคือปอปปี หญิงสาวผูืทีมองเหนความดีในคนทุกคนทีเธอรูจัก

แตเมือเธอไดพบกับนักสืบเจสัน เดอซานเกส จากกรมตำรวจแหงเมืองซีแอตเติล การมองโลกในแงดีของเธอกแทบจะรับไมไหวกับความเถรตรงของเขา เจสคือทุกดานทีตรงกันขามกับปอปปี แตกระนันมันกยากมากทีจะหามใจไมใหเผลอไปกับนายตำรวจหนุมสุดหลอคนนี

ครังแรกทีไดเจอกัน (เหตุการณอยูในหนังสือเลมแรกในชุดเรือง Cutting Loose) เจสถูกเจานายสังใหมาสืบคดี
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