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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  276 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Rule No. 1: Do not enter the game unless you intend to finish. Once accepted, there is no escape.

This is a love story, one that comes with rules, expectations, and dark shadows. One where the man who challenges me the most is cloaked in deception. I had no choice but to accept the terms, nowhere to run once the clock started ticking.

Donovan Stone was a man few people dared
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Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)


descriptionMan oh man do I LOVE this author. Every book I have read by her has been fabulous and completely different from the last and this one was no different in that regard. It was probably the tamest book I have ever read by Lily but I was sucked into this story from the first word and I skipped lunch so I could read it straight through. I was just SO SO good.


So deets...I will be a little vague with this review. I don't want to give anything away that would spoil the plot. The writing was FANTAST
Five years as an executive assistant with a degree in marketing earns Mia a pink slip. She spots an intriguing ad while job hunting:

Get paid to play. Starting bonus of up to five thousand dollars. Only serious applicants need apply.

Mia’s desperation and curiosity cause her to jump in headfirst and pay attention to possible regrets later.

The game is simple. You pick a fantasy. We arrange for the fantasy to occur. All of it will be available for the audience to watch. Only certain games are for p
Melanie (mells_view)
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Mia just received the dreaded pink slip from her job. She is desperate for money, so she gets busy applying for every job possible. When an advertisement pops up for a unique way to get paid, she brushes it off, but it doesn’t leave her mind. Without very much interest from any of the places she applies to, she goes on an interview in a not so hot part of town. The run down building is hiding the dark and broody man inside of it. AKA her new boss, Donovan Stone. That’s when the games be
Clumsy Storyteller
i finished this book in one sitting. total page turner, so why 3 stars? well i have some issues with the last third of the book. the ending as rushed and nothing made sense. i don't want to spoil anything for anyone.... but Goddamn i have to talk to someone cause that shit pissed me off more than it should.

Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person - Dual

Mia Jennings was playing a dangerous game. Desperation pushed her to do something that would haunt her life. But it’s too late for her to back out and it didn't help that her new boss was determined to break her.

Donovan Stone was as hard and cold as his name suggested. When he saw something in Mia, he wanted to exploit it. His mysterious persona reeled her in but how long will it take until the truth unraveled?

I started thi
4.5 Stars!

Mia Jennings is trying to support herself in the big city but losing her last job has created a financial crisis. Feeling desperate, she enrolls in an interactive cyber game with viewers on the dark web. Adding to her dilemma, Mia accepts a position at a company with a seriously enigmatic boss.

“But desperation has a heavy price. It’s a toxic poison that makes you do things you would never normally do.”

Donovan Stone is the owner of Stone Industries a large, multinational software comp
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama, suspense, thriller, arc

Are you all ready for this ROMANTIC SUSPENSE from Lily White?

When Mia Jennings unexpectedly finds herself in great financial trouble, she made a rash decision to participate in a dark fantasy game for the sign up bonus.

Rule №1: Do not enter the game unless you intend to finish. Once accepted, there is no escape.

Signing up for a stalker fantasy, Mia quickly realises that the money does not compare to loosing her sanity.

On top of being on edge, looking over her shoulder and afraid of her own sha
3* attention STARS!

Financially broke and desperate, Mia Jennings blindly signed up to a dangerous game. It was too late to stop because the game already begin. Mia also luckily landed a job as assistant to Donovan Stone. A boss who refused to talk and always push her limits. Seriously. Can I get any worse?

Honestly, I couldn't connect with both Mia and Donovan. They have a platonic relationship. Donovan is all about business; cold and calculated. Mia seems to ready to 'murder' her boss anytime. B
Laura- BookBistroBlog
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rules of Engagement
By: Lily White
5 Thrilling Stars

Lily White is known for her dark books, written so well they question your sanity. With Rules of Engagement, we see that not only can Lily White write dark, she can also master the Thriller/Suspense book too!!!

Mia has just gotten the dreadful termination notice at her job of 5 years. Kicked to the curb like an unwanted puppy. Having exhausted her ways to come up with the rent that is due, she contacts her parents one last time to see if they wil
Wow! I really enjoyed this book! It had some incredible undertones of darkness to it and the promise of evil lurking around the corner at every turn.

Mia is insecure and uncertain in everything she does in life. Her past history made her that way. When she loses her job and finds herself days away from eviction, she plunges into a game that she knows very little about except that it will benefit her financially. Donovan is the cold hard mute man who is her boss and pushes her constantly in his o
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well damn...

I actually liked this one....very much...

And it's kinda untipical work by Lily White and yet it has that familiar creeping sense of suspenseful build up that I just couldn't escape it and it brought a special grin on my face...

(Yeah, I believe I sound a bit crerpy myself right now LOL but those are the twisty side effects I get while reading her fuck it and roll with
Di Covey/TwistedBookReviews
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Stalker Stars!

I loved every suspenseful moment! It's a Lily White book, right? Yet, this was not a dark novel in comparison to her others. I went in totally blind, only saw a few teasers and such, I wanted the full experience with a blindfold on. Now that we got that outta the way.

Hex Yes. I wanted to swallow all the words. You know how you read so fast, wanting to get to the final moment of clarity, you think you might be missing a clue. Yup, I re-read parts to dissect meaning, only to come
Tianna✸loves books✸
I'm not sure how I feel about this book..

I was completely engrossed that's for sure. Donovan was one of those cold heros, who doesn't show many emotions and is rude (view spoiler). Mia was jobless & moneyless that she had to opt for wrong things(view spoiler).

If you are familiar with this author's work then you know she writes Dark stories.
Bookgasms Book Blog
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ratula
Lily White honestly can do no wrong in my eyes! Her books always make you feel and allow you to escape into an amazing story. Whatever the genre she will pretty much stop your heart and consume you. That is exactly what we got with Rules of Engagement. Honestly to just call this an office romance is a crime as it was so much more!!

Without giving away ANY spoilers, we open the book to find Mia down on her luck. With no job prospects on the horizon, she decides to take part in a game where the dan
***5 ‘The Rules’ Stars***

Having only read one other book by this author (The Director, which was all kinds of WHOA!) which I absolutely loved, I was more than ready to dive into anything she created, so when Rules of Engagement was announced I pounced and was like most where I thought it would be a dark romance, I mean read the description, not a difficult conclusion to come to, but when Ms. White set the record straight by saying that it wasn’t a dark romance, but romantic suspense I was even
Dirty Dayna
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
341 pgs4 The Rules Stars

This book is harddd to rate! So going in I knew it was suspense which I am accepting that means nothing happens till the last few chapters which is fine!

Mia is suddenly fired from her longterm job and is desperate for money. Her dad is a real shit for a person and a father and tells her she sucks . Mia is desperate and while job hunting discovers a website that is very intriguing and very dark net like. She discovers she will be paid $5,000 if she allows a man to stalk
Kim BookJunkie
The following is a review of the ARC which I received for free from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Lily White once again demonstrates that there are no limits to her creativity! Very different from her typically darker, more erotic books, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT is a lot tamer yet just a suspenseful and entertaining. Totally different from anything else I’ve ever read (and I read a lot), RULES OF ENGAGEMENT had me wondering what was going on from page 1!

I did not give this book 5 stars
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Unfortunately this wasn't as dark as I thought it would be. It involved stalking, but half of the time that part of the story was shoved in the background. Both of the MCs had tragic things in their pasts, but neither of those things were as screwed up as I thought they'd be based on each of their unusual responses to their pasts.

Mia got a pink slip. She had no resources to fall back on aside from going to her parents whom made her miserable.
Curious Reader
So many mixed feelings about this one, but overall, I found it hard to put down.
Two damaged people that find a light in all the darkness. Proof that something good can come from bad and that one person can make all the difference in someone's world.
Recommended for someone interested more in a psychological dark romance, rather than a kinky dark romance.

Note: I received a free e-copy of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Special thanks to the author and publisher for givin
 Charlie  ✰ WLTB Blog ✰

Fantastic book
This has to be one of my favourites from Lily I was on the edge of my seat while reading I could not put this book down.
Just when I thought, this story was going one way Boom! It went another, twists and turns were good. This is not Dark Book from Lily but don’t let that stop you reading if you are a fan of Lily you are going love this one.
I do not want to go into details of the story I think you should experience it for yourself.
It starts with a game, one that has rules ...

Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tbh, any word written by Lily is my Auto Fave word. This book I was eager to read , cause it's #LilyLite and I wanted to know how does a toned down, unicorn & Butterflies Lily feels like. The talent is a genius at the end of the day and I was engrossed in the story which has two parallel tracks running. It spans twenty days in the office where Donovan is the Boss and Mia is the Admin assist

Twenty-one days. That’s all it took for me to conform to a life of being stalked. Twenty-one days and
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-arc-n-r2r
YAY! Received an ARC! 😊 Thank you!

ARC provided by the author in exchange for my honest review.

We all know Lily White is very talented; I know she writes beautifully and eloquently and this book was no exception. The story was a little different than her other books; this was more mystery and suspense. Although I kinda knew before reading it (through discussions on the Facebook Group), I was disappointed about the absence of explicit sex scenes. The sexual tension was palpable, so why not 'finis
Wit & Wonder Books
***ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review***

If you are craving your next thrilling, edgy, scandalously addictive all nighter, then Rules of Engagement by Lily White is a must read! Wow, this was my first experience with a book by this author, and it will surely not be my last.

Mia, who has recently lost her job is desperate to make it in the city. Her only options are to find a way to pay her bills, or move back home with her parents, which she is determined not to do. When
Tricia Bartley (iScream Books)
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
What would you do for money?? Well, Rules of Engagement is going to make you question your morality at what would you do for money when your down on your luck?

Hell yeahhh...Lily White has a new book releasing and I am all over that!!! Mystery Thriller..ummm even better!! Rules of Engagement had me wanting to smack somebody while reading!! lol

Mia has found herself down on her luck. She doesn't want to have to go back home to mommy and daddy to get help living out on her own. She has lost her job
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.
Literati Literature Lovers
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rules are made to be broken, and no one breaks the rules better than Lily White. Rules of Engagement is a fast paced romantic thriller. While edgy with darker tones, it is tame for a Lily White book. Still amazing, still unapologetically Lily with fantastic twists and surprises, I think this is the perfect novel for those who want to read this author but are too afraid of her work.

Author Lily White brings us the intriguing characters of Mia Jennings and Donovan Stone,  in this cat and mouse stor
The Smutbrarians
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Storyline: 5
Angst: 3
Tissue: 0
Value: 5
Panty Scorching: 1
Over All Rating: 4.5 Stars
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Robin

When Mia loses her job she finds herself sucked into a dark reality game willing to do almost anything for money. Her new boss is a mystery and darkly intimidating. Her co-worker Jackson comes across as both accommodating and resentful. Thrown into a hostile new workplace with rules she doesn’t quite understand, Mia tries to navigate this sadistic game while trying to g
Ashley Hastings
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lily White starts Rules of Engagement off with “Rule #1: Do not enter the game unless you intend to finish.” I would like to tweak this statement to warn readers not to enter the book unless they intend to finish. And by finish, I mean read the entire book in one sitting.

I climbed into bed with the intention of reading one or two chapters of Lily’s latest book, and then I was going to sleep. Instead, I read the whole book and stayed up very late because I had to know how it was going to end.

Robin Powers
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars of Whoa! I did not want to put this book down and was "engaged" from rule number one! My mind was running all over the place with this story. Mia is a timid woman that has just lost her job and on the verge of losing her apartment/independence. When you are in a desperate situation, sometimes you are willing to do unexpected things. What a crazy, sadistic game she found herself caught up in. Many times I would catch my breath just like when you watch a horror movie and yell at Mia "don ...more
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
White has entered and has successfully claimed another genre, mystery! BEFORE you begin, erase your dark expectations that naturally build when thinking about White’s writing. White took another path with this story and OWNED it!

White stayed true to the main characters unconventional initial meeting. Mia and Donovan get off to a rocky start. Mia’s pity party is a bit distracting in the beginning but she evolves as the story proceed. Donovan gives new meaning to the “strong and silent” type. The
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