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House Rules

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  183 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Rules are meant to broken, not hearts.

Rules. Follow the House Rules, Emma.
Growing up, that’s all my mother would say.
In order to find love and happiness, follow the rules...
I believed those rules. I followed them, lived by them, loved by them.
But at the end of the day, I'm still not happy. Alone.
Always trying to help everyone else find their happiness as I fall
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Published 2017 by Lyssa Cole Books
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This book as so many good and great reviews, don't let mine get to you. I highly recommend to give it a chance, seeing for yourself if it works or not. It might be just me for whom it didn't work out!

House Rules was my "Blind Date" for January. Even though I picked the surprise-me-book I really thought this might be working for me. The blurb sounds intriguing and so I dived into this book with my hopes up high.

Sadly this time I got quite disappointed. Not sure if it's because the book itself or
Jan 22, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Rules are meant to broken, not hearts.

Rules. Follow the House Rules, Emma.
Growing up, that’s all my mother would say.
In order to find love and happiness, follow the rules...
I believed those rules. I followed them, lived by them, loved by them.
But at the end of the day, I'm still not happy. Alone.
Always trying to help everyone else find their happiness as I fall further down into a deep, dark hole.
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well written, well developed story with characters worth falling in love with and caring about. The drama escalates throughout the story, leaving the story unpredictable and a page turner!

Rules were made to be broken, not hearts! Knox and Emma's love is a rollercoaster of emotion! Hang on tight and read until the end! You don't want to miss this 5 Star read!
Rebecca Whaley
Loved it! Emma and Knox are amazing! So perfect together! I loved the story so much! I couldn't put it down! I love the chemistry and interaction between these two! Emma seems stuck in her ways until she meets Knox. I know what that's like and I had my own hubby pull me out of my shell. Sometimes you get caught up in the way things have always been, that you don't stop to think how they could be. I love seeing characters eyes get opened like that. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I can't wait ...more
Kelly Fountain
Oh how I love Emma and Knox. This book leaves you longing for these two and togetherness for so long. Each of them have issues. Emma has been brainwashed her entire life with the “house rules”. Rules she should follow and live by if she ever wants a happy ever after type of relationship. It hasn’t worked for her so far.
Knox was burned badly by love and doesn’t believe it’s in the cards for him again. Everything about Emma pulls him in but he fights it w dry step off the way.
They come together
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emma and Knox are such a power couple, whose being held back by invisible forces: Emma's house rules and Knox's previously broken heart. As the two overcome their own internal battles, as well as the hurdles Emma's family keeps tossing out, the two still manage to come together to, to claim what they have known to be true since the moment they laid eyes on each other. This emotional roller coaster ends in a happily ever after that is swoon-worthy!
Atlanta Whitlock
Lyssa Cole is a new author to me and this is the first time of me reading her work. I’m so glad that I got the chance to because honestly, this book was amazing. You are first drawn in by the cover and then the story itself. Lyssa knows how to keep her audience gripped to the story and not lose interest at all. If you haven’t read any of her work before then I suggest that this be the book that you start with. I know for a fact that I will be reading more of her work as it’s pretty unique.

I rea
Dawn Marie Pennington

Stars: 5 (out of 5) for overall story
Chilies: 5 (out of 5) for heat between the sheets/or anywhere else
Chapters: 26 + Epilogue
Ending: No cliffhangers, No cheating, HEA

Review: Have you ever read a book that had you rooting passionately for them to succeed? I mean, literally scream at your iPad/Kindle when they f*ck up, cry at their losses, want to fight their enemies while wishing they would just decide to be together and live happily ever after? Well, this one will have you doing all of that.
Elizabeth Neal
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
**3.5 Stars**

Emma, from a young age, has had it ingrained in her to always follow the rules. Her mom assures her that to do so will mean happiness and success will come her way. So, believing her, Emma lives her life as such, only to find herself alone and unhappy. And then she meets Knox.

Knox has always been told that love is everything, but to him, it's brought nothing but pain, leaving him feeling cold inside and he refuses to experience it again. Then, despite his surety that he doesn't need
Dora Harvey
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

This book was hot and has some steamy sex scenes. An engaging story and passion continue to keep Lyssa Cole’s readers glued to the pages of this fascinating storyline. This book held my attention and was entertaining, but also was heartwarming and emotional. I enjoyed reading this story because it was full of emotional angst, scorching love scenes that burned through my iPad, and a compelling storyline. From the very first page, I was sp
Ida Jolley
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
House Rules

This book was such a pleasure to read. I loved the two main characters, Knox and Emma, both who dealt with healing people and their problems to cope while having their own situations of their own to handle. Emma has a mother and sister who believe in ten 10 House Rules that are used to date and to find a husband. Which by the way are totally off the wall and probably date back to the 18 century. Plus they spy on Emma to make sure she isn’t breaking the rules, they set her up on dates
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
House Rules is an incredible and very emotional story between Knox and Emma. While reading you will be all over the place, one minute everything is happy and then the next moment all hell has broken loose. This book will literally draw you in and with all the surprises and changes you won’t be able to put it down till you are done.

I fell in love with Knox and Emma from the start, even though there were times you just wanted to smack them. Knox with all his “I can’t do this, but I can’t resist
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Knox & Emma = Breathtaking & Off The Charts Chemistry

House Rules is the story of Knox and Emma. The reader will go on a journey through every emotion while enjoying this story. Knox and Emma are realistic and fascinating characters. House Rules has a well developed storyline, captivating romance, breathtaking chemistry and a happily ever after.

Emma was raised to follow the house rules. She was told that without the rules, Emma will not find love and the right husband. Knox is raised to believe
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Emma, she was living the life her mother wanted her to with rules. She had 10 rules that her mother said she must live by. Her sister agreed that although she hadn't lived by the rules at first now was happier as she lived by them.
Against her mothers wishes Emma trained to be a psychiatrist and she decided to open up her own practice, this was a complete success until...
Meet Knox the psychiatrist who came to work at Emma's practice. He went against all of the rules her moth
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh the house rules....poor Emma and her mom and sister...they live by those rules and expect Emma to also. She grew up hearing them constantly and while I wish she fully throw those rules out the window long before she does, I get why she has trouble with it. Knox and Emma play a game of trying to avoid feelings, but you can see that there is something there instantly and I love watching their relationship play and then watching them break all the rules. Of course you understand them wanting to ...more
Teresa Juckett
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic story by Lyssa. I absolutely loved it. Would you follow your moms rule's or House Rules on finding a husband? This story pulled me in right from the start and kept me turning pages until the very end. I just loved Knox and his ole romantic self he knew he needed to stay away from his co worker Emma, but the old saying where's there's a spark you know there's a flame just waiting for a match to light it and boy howdy any time these 2 were around each other thing's started sparkin ...more
Cali Gals
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emma and Knox are therapists who meet when Knox starts a practice at the same place as Emma. From the beginning you feel what good people they strive to be and how they want to help others. The insta-attraction between these two is very steamy right from the start. This author does a beautiful job taking me inside the head and heart of both these characters. As I continue to read, the mantra I kept thinking is, "Physician Heal Thyself" especially when hearing Emma's internal dialogue. I felt so ...more
StinaA (Book Haven Book Blog)
Emma Russe, working as a therapist in a private practice. Living her life around 10 specific rules her mother has "brainwashed" her and her sister with. Rules about dating, what to do/what not to do, who to date/who not to date..and so on.
But one disaster date after another, Emma is starting to question her mothers rules. Especially when Knox Rothwell, her new co-worker, is a pantie-dropping god! But what will happen if Emma breaks the rules?

"Love shouldn't have rules. It shouldn't have boundari
Megan Murphy
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sexy, stand alone romantic life angst book though I’m hoping it’s part of a new series because I really want to know more about Jane and even Melissa. Leave Emma’s crazy mom out though. She’s a hot mess that should be left alone. There were parts that I struggled with like why a highly educated woman - a therapist for pete’s sake - took so long to realize the House Rules were crazy. In the end, I’m happy both Knox and Emma realize the only rules that matter are the ones we make for ourselves whe ...more
Emma has grown up with “house rules” that must be met when finding a husband. Her mother has instilled these rules all her life so she believes them even though everyone tells her that they are ridiculous. When Emma meets Knox there is instant chemistry but he doesn’t fit the rules. Knox is coming off a horrible relationship and not looking for a new one any time soon but he finds it hard to stay away from Emma. The two are both therapists who deal with people’s problems every day but these two ...more
Fran Auq
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful boos by Lyssa.

This time she brought us a beautiful story about the most insane house rule you can imagine. At the same time somebody that only wants to find somebody to fall in love.
Emma grows up with her mother insane rules, she only needs it to follow them, but they never helper to find a good relationship.

She was ready to give up until the most handsome men started working at the same office and he stole her heart with one glance.

Knox didn’t trust easily, he suffers from a
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
House rules is an emotional rollercoaster. Emma has grown up with her mother enforcing a set of rules about who she must date if she wants to find true love. Knox breaks the rules. He is not what her mother approves of in so many ways, but Knox is not looking for a relationship. He has been burnt by a past girlfriend and he is not prepared to fall in love. Emma and Knox have a chemistry that can not be denied and even though they deny they are attracted to each other and try to stay away from ea ...more
Jojo Reeves
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books you just comfortably slip in to, Emma and Knox are perfect for each other and the secondary characters add to the story not just feel like padding. I have laughed cried got frustrated with Emma and Knox and wanted to slap her mother and sister. I really enjoy Lyssa’s writing , it’s warm and friendly .... sounds odd for writing style I know but once you start reading you’ll understand, the characters feel real , they could be that woman over there in the coffee shop or ...more
Ann Marie
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
House Rules

I voluntarily read an arc of this book for a fair and honest review. If you have a mother in law who doesn’t like you this book is perfect for you. It’s like reading the last 40 years of my marriage. She’s still hoping we will divorce. Emma’s mother is diabolical and some of her house rules a really familiar. It’s like Ms. Cole took a photo of my m-I-l’s refrigerator door! What makes no sense is why is a psychiatrist acting like an imbecilic child? Why is following her mother’s rules
Wendy Livingstone
Emma has been brought up to believe the strict rules her Mother has brainwashed into her, and after one disaster after another; she begins to question these rules. Knox is a new co-worker, and he breaks every rule that is going. Both of these characters have heartbreaking pasts, and have to work hard to overcome issues in their path. This story is filled with drama, emotional, and is a well developed plot. In my opinion, this is this authors’ best work to date, as this is a beautiful and phenome ...more
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lyssa Cole has crafted an intense, drama filled, angsty read that I was sucked into from page one!!

Emma has been brought up and pretty much brainwashed by her erratic, bat$h*t crazy mom!! Her strict rules have been embedded into her brain since as far as she can remember. She knows the rules aren't fitting her life, but she doesn't know any different. Then she meets Knox, and HE BREAKS ALL THE RULES!!! Knox comes with a past as well. Not wanting to date or be involved with women after a really
Wow, Emma's mom gave the term "helicopter mom" a whole new meaning! Emma, a successful therapist, is constantly being harassed by her mother, who has indoctrinated in Emma the ten House Rules. Emma's more than fed up but can't seem to get mom off her back, and her sister is no help either. When she meets the new therapist Knox, she is tempted to throw every Rule out the window, but she's still holding back, unsure and not ready to trust her heart. Knox has already been burned, and though he's a ...more
Evelyn Nicolett
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a lot going on in this story. Insta-lust, family dysfunction, hot sex, great friends, successful adults and so much more.

Emma and Knox work in the same practice and have instant chemistry. She has been ingrained by rules to dating since she was a young girl - Knox describes it as being her doctrine for living. Even though Emma is a Ph.D. she still can't get away from the thought that she still had to follow them. This story is her journey as told in a dual POV with lots of action.

This w
Anne Baker
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First book for me to read of this fantastic author. I loved it from the start. Thank god I haven’t got a mother or sister like Emma had in this book.Emma is a mental health therapist who meets with a new therapist at the practice. Enter Knox what a sweet temptation he is to Emma. He is afraid to take the risk of heart break again and Emma has always followed the rules set by her crazy mother. This perfectly written book has everything, angst, intrigue, obsessed stalker and panty melting sex scen ...more
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Lyssa Cole has been in love with books for as long as she can remember. Escaping into a story is her favorite pastime. Wanting to be a writer for a couple years, she is now crafting her own stories. She loves to write angsty sexy romance with lots of heat and some suspense to keep you guessing and wanting to turn that page! She lives in Southeastern Mass with her two kids and two dogs. Lover of co ...more

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