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Rules of Payne

(Cake Love #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  330 ratings  ·  126 reviews
I'm his dirty little secret.
I'm the person he can't control.
I'm the woman who caused him to start breaking his rules.

Morgana Drake may have had a few rough patches in her life, especially when it came to men, but now she is determined to focus on one thing: her job. If she can work hard enough as the assistant to the VP at Mimir, then she has a chance at getting into
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Published April 1st 2015 by Elizabeth Lynx
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Elizabeth Lynx Sorry for the delay in answering. I never get questions so I wasn't looking, lol!
To answer your question, I am busy working on it right now. I am…more
Sorry for the delay in answering. I never get questions so I wasn't looking, lol!
To answer your question, I am busy working on it right now. I am hoping (fingers crossed editor and my fast typing fingers) can have it out in July. I am hoping early July, but I will definitely say sometime in July.
I orginally was going to make this one book, but when I got about half towards the end of book 1 I realized it was going to be MUCH longer then I anticipated. I try to outline things, but once I start writing it takes on a life of it's own! So, since I had promised the editor by a certain date and the book release by a certain date, I chose to cut it in half.
So, to make a very LONG story short, I am sorry to make you wait and I am glad you want to keep reading. In the mean time I hope you are being distracted (ha, ha) by the weekly posts at The Payne In The Blog:
Thanks for your question!(less)

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Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)

This one didn't work for me at all. :(


Apr 12, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:** 

Rules of Payne is a new adult or adult (I think it could go either way) romantic comedy. I didn't really love the cover of the book, but I loved the summary of the book. I am a big fan of rules to follow type books, and office romances, especially in the comedy arena because it normally will lead to some very funny scenes. And I can see where some people would enjoy that aspect of Rules of Payne, but this book r
Bookgasms Book Blog
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ratula
Anyone who knows me knows that office romance is my jam. I absolutely love the back and forth and the sassy heroine who brings her hard-headed boss to his knees. We see that here in Rules of Payne. It was sexy, had banter for days and was a great start to the series.

Morgan is at a rough point in her life. After getting fired from a crappy job she is steadfastly determined to start her life and get her dream job. When she is hired on as an Assistant to Henrik Payne, she is well on her way to acco
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sometimes you just need to take risks at love and eat some cake!

This book is romantic comedy standalone that also debuts Cake Love Series. Telling us about Morgana and Henrik, we get fun, sexiness, office romance and hero with a Payne-ful past (sorry, but as cheesy as it was, I couldn't leave the pun went by).

I started this series backwards, since I read The Spy Ring first (and it's actually the last book of this series so far). And I loved that book so much! And when I read it, I get glimpses o
Moon Love
Jun 05, 2015 rated it liked it
I feel so bad. This book had almost all of the elements I love to read. It had humor, it had heat, and it had chemistry. Unfortunately for me, I just couldn't connect with it and I REALLY wanted to. Office romances are some of my favorites and throw in a hot and cold relationship and I'm all over it like Morgana is with cake. (Although I'm all over cake like Morgana too).

Allow me to explain. Morgana is the new assistant to corporate big wig Henrik Payne. This is her dream job to help her get ont
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Uff, no se si es el primer libro de la autora, pero la sensacion que me ha dado es que queria tocar todos los palos, humor, drama, comedia, erotico, blablabla yada yada, tanta duda, tanta conversacion interna con sus genitales, lo he acabado a duras penas. No lo recomendaria a alguien a quien apreciara.
Tamara Harrington
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it
It pains me to say this but I am completely unsure as to whether I love or hate this book. I did not want to finish it yet could not put it down. There are some parts that I absolutely love and then others that I am so unsure of and are absolutely cringe worthy in the worse ways.
I am not sure that I bonded with either of the main characters but their quick wit and randomness as to their internal dialogue and talking to inanimate objects is what kept me intrigued. As for Morgana and Henrik, I fe
Erin Dennis
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
**I was given this ARC in exchange for an honest review for Wicked Women Book Blog**

In Rules Of Payne we get to meet Morgana (the cake loving thirty year old assistant to a business exec) and Henrick (The hot and hot tempered exec Morgana has the “hots” for), and enjoy their hilarious yet tension filled on again off again (seeing each other but not really) relationship.

Part of the story is told from Morgana’s point of view, and the other part is told from Henrick’s. I really liked being able to
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-enthusiast
Surprise!! I am used to reading rocker, biker, and dark romance books so it took me a minute to think on the lighter side and I have to admit that once I did it was really refreshing. The humor in this book was extraordinary and it felt great for the laugh out loud moments, which I have to say, happened a lot. Then to top it off this book it was filled with some very hot scenes between Mr. Payne and Morgana.
Kudos to any author that can write like Ms. Lynx did with the mixture of steamy sex scen
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Can't really say I loved this book. I liked it...especially Morgana and her quirkiness. I was not a big fan of Henrik though. He just didn't click with me. So... yeah this book was a nice read but not my favourite.
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-read
A copy was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Rules of Payne was a different kind of book to read. It was quick-witted enough, but the structure of the chapters was split between the two major characters, Morgana Drake and Henrik Payne. Now a lot of books I read do that, but these were long blocks to read for one perspective before they bounced back to the other character and I had trouble sticking with the book because of that.

I loved Morgana’s POV which basica
Lustful Literature
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it

I have never read a novel by this author and after reading the synopsis I knew this book was for me. WARNING – Steamy Sex Scenes – Cake addiction – Incorrect usage of the word Potatoes. OK cake had me sold and I was curious about the use of potatoes, so once I got the book I dove in and fell in love with the characters and the author. This novel is a quick, funny and sex read. The story flows perfectly and the characters are developed really well. The author writes the
Nicole (loversinalibrary)
Received a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rules of Payne was one of those books that started out very promising, and then very suddenly – and very unfortunately – went downhill.

Morgana was so funny and adorable, it was pretty hard not to feel attached to her: she was quirky and independent, and while her narration could feel a bit ridiculous at times, she always made up for it with her humor and charm. I loved reading her chapters, and I think the novel would have done a lo
Heather / Obsessed With Myshelf
I have to admit, this was definitely pretty funny. This is by no means a serious read. Morgana doesn’t let you forget that she doesn’t take life seriously. Well, the stuff that doesn’t need to be taken seriously anyway. She has a serious cake addiction, except for lunch cake – because who has lunch cake?! She also has a serious issue with her boss. Her issue being that she let him finger fuck her a few times and started to get emotionally attached….and then he emotionally shut down after a near ...more
*I received a free copy to read & review for Wicked Reads Review Team*

Rules of Payne was a cute, quick, relatively fast paced book.
This story flowed well, even though it wasn't written like a traditional story. The first half was Morgana's point of view and explained a lot of the situation up to the current time. I enjoyed her character and her fearlessness -she's sassy, sarcastic, and full of life.
Being a 20-something single, career oriented woman has put Morgana out of the "social" scene
Paula  Phillips
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Morgana Drake has a lot of rules that she has placed in her life as often her brain and the rest of her body do not commute with each other and she ends up breaking all the rules and getting into deeper doo-doo. In this case it means that she keeps ending up fired from her job, which she is good at but her and her boss who try not to be attracted to each other keep finding themselves in either compromising positions or having sex in places they really shouldn't be. Hoping to get over this "thing ...more
Jane Zav
Jun 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Very Payne-full to read. It was like the author had ADHD where things went full throttle, then cold, then hot, I couldn't make it out. The hero I couldn't make out at all, the talking to his penis was annoying and his character was all over the place that didn't make sense. Morgana was a nutter that I didn't warm to her, and the story I just couldn't get into at all. DNF at 71%.
Suszet Roberts
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Omg the things that Morgana thinks up and the conversations she has are to die for, they will have you in stitches. Henrik oh I so wanted to smack him, although this book has a cliffhanger I couldn't wait to move on too the next one to see what happens, so good
Jun 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
This makes no sense whatsoever, the guy is ridiculous, the story is already started and has no interest at all...just no.
Crystal's Book World ~ Crystal Cordova
Rules of Payne is a Romantic Comedy that will have you laughing and loving these characters. This story will have you hot one minute, then left cold the next. I couldn't figure out my emotions with this one. But this book will keep you on your toes and that is a very good thing!

Henrik has been haunted from his past. He is the present day Grinch that stays around all year long! He is a very successful Executive and is in need of an assistant. He is not able to get someone to put up with his ways.
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very nearly made a BIG mistake, at one point I put the book down and then almost DNF it. But after reading another book I gave this a second try and I am VERY glad that I did.

I started reading this on the back of another book that was written only from the hero's POV. When I started this book the first 10 chapters were from the hero's POV and I just wasn't in the mood for that. Yes there was a nice mix of humour and angst, with some amusing internal dialogue, but Henrik doesn't always come acr
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Henrik Payne knows he's a pain. He's the 34-year-old Sales & Marketing Executive for Mirmir, an internet company. His personality has kept others at a distance from him - he does it on purpose. He has rules. Lots of rules. And he has a lot going on in his life besides his job that he's no longer fond of. He'd been accused of sexual harassment by a former assistant, he's taken responsibility for medical bills for a friends son, and his most recent assistant was just fired by him, so he's look ...more
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-2-blog
Hilarious! A fun, entertaining read

If I had to come up with one word to describe this book, it would be hilarious! Time after time, I found myself laughing out loud as I read and I may have gotten more than a few sideways looks from people around me.

Morgana was intelligent and sassy, and far more patient with Payne's eccentricities than I would have been able to manage. As for Payne, I have to say that I liked him a lot even at his worst. It was clear that he didn't feel worthy of having a rela
Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
4 Stars!

Elizabeth Lynx is brand new to me and boy did she give me a fun novel with loads of hilarious banter, two quirky characters, and tons of sexual tension...

Rules of Payne is the first standalone novel in the Cake Love series and an excellent rom-com that will have your smiling ear to ear. This book was so good... fun, light, sweet, sexy and unique. I loved every minute of Henrik and Morgana's story, savouring each bite they gave me.

His new assistant is gonna make him break all the rules..
Tracy- OMGReads
Rules of Payne is an interesting read. It's the story of Henrick Payne and Morgana Drake.

Henrick does everything he can to repel Morgana. He doesn't want to want her. He doesn't have time to date or have girlfriends. Morgana is so much fun in that she can roll with the punches. She's tough, aloof, and someone you just want to be friends with.

Henrick is one heck of a jerk. The way he is written, it just works for him. It's done in a way you love to hate. For it to work properly. You need a heroin
Marie  Brown (Marie's Tempting Reads)
Marie's Tempting Reads ARC Review:

A hot, succulent, scrumptious, dirty romance with just the right amount of humor and OMG the sex....WOWZA! Henrik and Morgana are a super-powered couple that BURN up the pages with their sizzling chemistry.

Elizabeth Lynx created a book that will leave you panting AND squirming AND laughing! Her writing had me biting my lip and eagerly flipping the pages. Her characters are interesting and developed and HOT. You can't pass up a book like this!

Rules Of Payne gets
RaChelle Holmberg
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is quite "different" from my regular fare - and I feel as if I should begin with the author's personal intro:

" This is dedicated to anyone who has told you anyone who told you you have no talent... tell them to su*k it. Tell them I have had " no" thrown at me so many times , I have told myself I have no talent, and with my learning disability I could never be a writer. Yet here I am, and here you are reading my words. Tell them that you can do it with hard work and belief. I
Christiann Igou
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-2017
3.75 - At first I had a hard time really connecting with the character by the second half of the book I had completely changed my mind and I couldn't put this down. I wanted to know what would happen next with Henrik and Morgana.

I loved the mixture of hilarious inner monologue commentary from Morgana and also the raw emotions from Henrik in the last 50% of this book. Rules of Payne was a great kickstart to the Cake Love series and I can't wait to see what will happen next...this did not end in
Maria Vickers
Mar 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Rules of Payne by Elizabeth Lynx pits Morgana against her boss Henrik. She wants nothing to do with anything, and wants to focus on her job, but Henrik Payne may have other ideas.

I will say that while there were times I enjoyed reading this book, more times than naught, the characters got on my nerves. The story did flow, however, I felt like the characters were slightly wishy washy, and I felt like there was potential for Morgana to be a stronger character than she was. She was run over too ma
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