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The Rules of Persuasion

(The Rules of Persuasion #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  663 ratings  ·  74 reviews
1) Take things slow (her rule)
2) Make it believable (his rule)

After tragedy hit her family, Meg Matthews officially crossed the line from “good girl” to “bad girl.” Motorcycle? Check. Graffiti? Check. The only thing Meg hadn’t planned on was blackmail. Too bad now a certain infuriating boy holds Meg’s future in his hands…

When Luke Prescott—star pitcher and town golden boy—
ebook, 264 pages
Published August 14th 2017 by Entangled Publishing
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Aug 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, romance, contemporary, ya
ARC received from Netgalley for a fair review

The Story-The Rules of Persuasion was 95% predictable, but 100% full of angsty cuteness. Honestly, if you have read any YA contemporary where a boy or girl get’s someone to be their fake boyfriend or girlfriend then you have read this book. The only the thing that is different is the circumstances surrounding the initiation of fake relationship. This review may contain what is considered spoilers, but honestly I think everything I write in here sh
Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••
Seriously, what is it with me and fake boyfriend/girlfriend trope? I can’t seem to get enough☺️ This was so cute!
Monica Murphy
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute Crush read. You can't go wrong with this line.
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**
The Rules of Persuasion is a young adult contemporary romance from Amity Hope. It follows one of my favorite tropes...the fake relationship trope. But this one starts out with a little blackmail, which is always fun. The Rules of Persuasion was a cute read that I really enjoyed.

Meg and Luke are the main characters of The Rules of Persuasion, and I have to say they were really interesting. Together and separately. Fir
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
For me this was a quick distracting read. I really, really loved the writing style it was very addictive? in a way I would say and this is one of the main reasons why I kept reading this book.

I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either, it left me somewhere in-between. There are definitely some parts that could have been improved or written differently, but over all I did enjoy it.


-The writing style
-The cover
-The relationship between Meg and Luke
-The lack of sexualisation? not
Samantha (WLABB)
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, arcs, ya
Rating: 3.5 Stars

So much to love in this fake relationship turned true love story.

Five Things I Loved About The Rules of Persuasion:

1. I have read many books where a fauxmance turns into a romance, but I still love it. I really adored seeing Luke and Meg's relationship evolve and change. In an effort to make their relationship look "real", they began spending time together, but eventually, they began seeking solace in each other. It was all sorts of awww-sweet for me.

2. The sibling connecti
Desiree Shay
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Rating: 2/5
I received this E-ARC via NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

If I had not read To All the Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han in the last few months, I would have probably given this a 3 star instead. But the plot line comes off almost the entirely same story, but not as well written. Some of the characterization of the characters is problematic and there's no real development of the characters - things just sort of happen to them. And their story progresses. Bu
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I've been dying to read The Rules of Persuasion ever since I first heard about it! Late-night graffiti sessions, a fauxmance, and flirty baseball lessons? It sounded like the exact recipe for a perfect romance read! Luckily, The Rules of Persuasion was everything I hoped it would be and much, much more.

Meg Matthews knows she shouldn't have been tagging her high school that fateful night. It was risky and slightly careless, but she couldn't resist giving her sister such a public tribute. At first
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
I can say, without any regrets, that I love well written YA book. Even at my age of 38. I love, love, love relishing in first encounters and new love. I cannot get enough of that warm fuzzy, euphoric feeling that YA/first love romances bring. THE RULES OF PERSUASION brought on that feeling and so much more.

And another thing I never tire of is the whole “fake relationship” plot. At least the ones I have read have been fun and unique in their own ways. And this author did a wonderful job making th
Chelsea Fryou
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Original review can be found at Freeing Fantasy. You can also follow me on TwitterFacebook, and Bloglovin

ARC of The Rules of Persuasion provided through NetGalley for an honest review.

I LOVED The Rules of Persuasion! This story never had a dull moment which made it impossible to put down.

First, you have Meg, who is dealing with a serious family tragedy and tries to cope by driving around town on her motorcycle, spray painting graffiti. Even though her doing all this was the result of somet

Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Rules of Persuasion by Amity Hope utilises one of my absolute favourite romance genre tropes - the fake relationship! I absolutely love these stories. When the chemistry starts a-flowin' and the lines or "rules" start getting blurred and confused, they often end up like some sort of competition as to which character can carry on pretending they're pretending the longest! Think of some of the best ROM-COMs like The Proposal, The Wedding Date, Pretty Woman, Green Card - they all use this same them ...more
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

This book was one of the first I read from Entangled Teen, and it helped me to fall in love with all of the books they publish, as they are just perfect YA contemporary reads. The Rules of Persuasion follow Meg, who has become a 'bad girl' who loves going around town and vandalising different things, to leave her name on something, and cope with the tragedy her family have faced. When the 'good
Victoria Bunce
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA readers, NA, romance
Shelves: reviewed
Please note: I received a copy of THE RULES OF PERSUASION from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the Publisher and author.

I LOVED IT! Five stars and here is why:

First off, the sweet and sassy banter between Meg and Luke kept the book's pacing at a rapid rate. I read pages and pages without even reaching over to grab my cup to sip my coffee! Enemies to lovers or a faux-romance is a story I absolutely enjoy because there is so much an author can do with it and Amity Hope roc
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
The Rules of Persuasion follows town golden boy Luke Prescott, after he catches resident bad girl Meg Matthews post-graffiti job. Luke agreed to keep Meg's secret in exchange for her to agree to start fake dating him to get his parents and ex-girlfriend off his back. Romance, drama, and adorably angsty moments ensure. Rules of Persuasion is an addicting and entertaining read.

Things I Liked
The fake dating trope is always a win for me. Yes, it's predictable, but it's always a lot of fun too!

Jul 17, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I read this when I was in a reading slump & still cannot move on from one of my favourite read. It's cute, it has my fav trope and it's a fast read. I have no complaints!

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review,

GUYS I really loved this book! Meg and Luke are such couple goals they are so awesome. I really do love books from Entangled they have such awesome variety of contemporary romances they never fail to disappoint.

Luke the golden boy and star pitcher has everything or so it would seem, in reality he has a father who tells him what to do. Luke finds it hard to tell his father he has no desire in joining the business but he wants to be a
Sue Holmes
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
*I was voluntarily provided a complimentary review copy by the publisher.
A sweet story with an overdone, cliché storyline.
Great for a beach read.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-reads
I felt like I have read this book already, except the reason for the relationship is different. It wasn't any different from the countless pretend relationship, YA contemporaries populating the literary shelves.

The secondary characters were props; their presence added zilch to the story. Yes, they listened to Meg complain about kissing the guy she now likes but that was about it. I didn’t connect with any of the friends and I kept forgetting their names. What good are they for except listening
Jackie Turner
I think I'm learning that I might be a sucker for the fake dating tropes that are in some of the contemporaries I've been reading. Especially when there's chemistry between the two and just the right amount of angst. Because let's face it, no romance is ever completely perfect.

I'd like to thank Netgalley, Entangled Teen, and Chapter by Chapter book tours for giving me the opportunity to read this amazing read. As with every Entangled Teen read I've read, I'm going to have to get a physical copy
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I received an advance reader copy from Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Find the rest of my review on my blog!

This book, as much as I was rooting for it, did not ‘wow’ me as much as I wanted it to. Don’t get me wrong, it was still a pretty good book, but I did have a few issues with it. Before I talk about those, I do want to give it some praise. The Rules of Persuasion is an adorable story following badass biker chick Meg and trust fund future
Alison Rian (LovelyAlisonReads)
4 persuading stars

Meg and Luke were never on each others radar, until one night he catches her doing something bad and realizes he can use that to get her to be his fake girlfriend, easy right? With some rules set what could possible go wrong.

I felt for Meg and Luke. Both were dealing with major stuff, both completely different problems, but nonetheless they needed someone. I felt they were good together and I loved his caring side, always wanting to do nice things for her.

My only complaint is,
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love fake dating books.

Meg is a feisty rebel, but unfortunately for her, she has just been caught getting up to mischief. Meg has her reasons, but she is not big on sharing.

Luke needs to get his ex-girlfriend off his back. After catching Meg damaging school property, he decides she is the perfect girl to help him with his problem. He blackmails her into being his fake girlfriend.

This story has been written a million times before, but I really enjoyed this version. Luke may be popular, and g
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a digital copy of this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest and voluntary review

Rating: 2,5 stars

The Rules of Persuasion was a cute and typical YA contemporary. It was a fun read, but nothing special. The characters were likable enough, despite lacking some depth and the plot was very predictable yet still enjoyable.
Dee/ bookworm
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cute, fun read! I really liked how these two really got each other. There were a lot of serious issues going on in the book, but they found refuge in each other. Wonderfully written.

I recieve an advanced reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Hana Bilqisthi
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is perfection.
I am so happy I found this book.
Sweet and caring male MC √
Smart female MC √
Good and healthy friendship potrayal √
Pretend lover trope √
This book made me cry, made me smile.
The writing is page turner
I am so happy found this book
*hug this book*
I hate writing 3 stars reviews!
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Rules of Persuasion by Amity Hope is a sweet, fun, and delightful YA contemporary romance. I love this genre, even though I am far from a YA. There is something so innocent about first loves. Luke blackmails Meg into being his pretend girlfriend to get his ex off his back. I found this book to be a quick read, and recommend it to all YA romance readers, young and old.

This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Beneath The Covers Blog
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, alison, 2017-reads
Full review can be found HERE -->

Jessie Seymour
***I received an ARC from Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review***

I gave this book 4 stars. I flew through this book so quickly, mostly because it wasn't very long to begin with, but also because it was a very character driven book. What I love about contemporary novels is that the books are always about the people, so if you don't like the people, you won't like the book. I'm happy to say that I loved the main characters in this book, meaning I really enjoyed this book.

I’m stupid and I mis
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it
THE RULES OF PERSUASION is a quick, summer read that has a great dose of adorable mixed with just the right amount of family drama. It’s never overwhelming, but just enough to make you interested what’s going to happen to our two main characters.

The book centers on Meg and Luke. After a tragedy struck Meg’s family, Meg looks for release in a dangerous way, spray painting a mural on buildings. One night, she gets caught by the star pitcher of the baseball team, Luke Prescott. Luke strikes a deal
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