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Against the Rules

(Gamer Girls #2)

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Holly has taken herself out of the dating game since breaking up with her cheating, thieving ex. She barely notices Marc, who comes into the game store every week, hoping to get her attention. Her friends insist it’s time to take on a new role, to leave Quiet Holly behind and embrace her inner flirt. And on paper, Marc’s great: cute, funny, and a ha
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Published October 15th 2019 by Lyrical Press
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Nen & Jen
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Against the Rules: A story of taking the chance at love and rolling the dice to risk it all.

As one of the people who fell in love with board games when I was young, I expected to have all sorts of sentimental feels with this book. Against the Rules certainly met my high challenge. Holly’s enthusiasm for games and the unbridled excitement when you play for the first time pulled on my heart strings. It reminded me of when I was younger and the most exciting part of my week would be playing board
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Sam (AMNReader)
Sep 25, 2019 marked it as life-is-too-short  ·  review of another edition
Remind me to stay off netgalley. The blurb was so cute but the style is incredibly tedious. Can't finish it.

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Against the Rules: A story of taking the chance at love and rolling the dice to risk it all.

As one of the people who fell in love with board games when I was young, I expected to have all sorts of sentimental feels with this book. Against the Rules certainly met my high challenge. Holly’s enthusiasm for games and the unbridled excitement when you play for the first time pulled on my heart strings. It reminded me of when I was younger and the most exciting
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Amanda Yates
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book!! I loved the first story and this one picked up seamlessly. So well written and you can totally see the story in your head as you read.
🌈⭐️RoseOfRainbows⭐️🌈💕
Gamers eat your hearts out with this marvelous gaming romance that's sure to please even the toughest critic. Fun, witty and funny. Let the games begin with the newest thrill on the market. 5/5 stars
Christine
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, dnf
2 disappointed stars. I wanted to like this so much more than I did. Despite the adorable cover, exciting hook (girls who game), and hint of a love triangle, I found Holly and her friends tedious and irritating.

The whole book was spent in Holly's head and her self-pitying, insecure mind was not a fun place to be. After Holly's ex-fiance was charged with operating a Ponzi scheme, Holly is working at a gaming store while on probation pending trial and renting a room from her best friend Gwen's go
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Vikkie Wakeham
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Holly, she’s so easily lift out of the book and fit in my friendship group. However, I’d have to bring Gwen and Shannon with her. I loved these characters in book one and I’ve grown more invested in them within this book. I cannot wait to read the next instalment.
This book has a fantastic plot; not only do we find out about Gwen and Cody’s relationship but we can also add friendship drama and hilariously awful men.
Laura has a way of writing that engages you from the beginning and makes yo
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Bethany
Aug 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
1.5 stars

This review is based on an ARC ebook received for free from NetGalley. I am not being paid to review this book and what I write here is my own opinion. My rating scale is below.

brief summary
When her first and only other relationship comes to a disastrous conclusion after fifteen years, prompting her to move in with her best friend, Holly finds herself struggling more and more to resist the crush she's always had on her friend's dad. A drunken night at said friend's destination wedding c
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Jennifer M.
Thanks so much to the author, Kate Rock Book Tours, NetGalley, and Kensington Books for the advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest thoughts and participation in this blog tour. All opinions are entirely my own.

Once again I am writing a review on a second book in a series without having read the first book. Come on, Jennifer, get it together. Right? Right. But, like with my last tour book, the description comes along and it just sounds too fun to pass up, even if I did miss the fir
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Smut Report
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc2019
Heat Factor: Some slow burning, all closed door action
Character Chemistry: Jealous and yearning glances are very convincing
Plot: Just as angsty as you’d expect
Overall: Heffernan writes heroes I want to marry and heroines I want to slap

I read the first book in this new “Gamer Girls” series, adored Cody and wanted to slap Gwen so much that she took the book from amazing to not amazing for me. But in She’s Got Game we got a little hint of Holly, Gwen’s gamer girl BFF, and Nathan, Gwen’s dad. And th
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Amanda
2.5 stars, rounding down

I finished this book 2 days ago and couldn’t even be bothered write a review. But honestly, I should’ve learned my lesson from the last book. I was hoping I’d like it more since the worst part of the last book was the childish behavior of the main character, and to be fair, I did like this one more. But whereas the last one made me kind of furious, this one was just... boring. Which is a shame because I like the main character Holly and I LOVE Nathan.

I don’t think you HA
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Sharon Tyler
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Against the Rules is the second book in the Gamer Girls series by Laura Heffernan and is currently scheduled for release on October 15 2019. I did not read the first book in the series, and while it is about a circle of friends I was able to fully enjoy the book without having read the first.

Holly has taken herself out of the dating game since breaking up with her cheating, thieving ex. She barely notices Marc, who comes into the game store every week, hoping to get her attention. Her friends in
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Stephanie Lunsford panach
I really really really wanted to love this book. I love the premise - a May-"December" type romance involving geeky gamers? sign me up!! But, this just didn't flow - and there was a heck of a lot going on. I did not read the first book in the series, but I truly felt like I was dropped into the middle of a situation I didn't understand. Obviously a lot had happened between the heroine and her ex - and his Bernie Madoff type schemes. The author explains it all - but it seemed such an important pa ...more
Sue Galuska
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book #2 in the Gamer Girls series and Holly McDonald's story. In book #1, Holly found out her fiance, Lucas, was cheating on her. He was also running a pyramid scheme and now he has been arrested. Holly agreed to fully cooperating with the Feds in exchange for immunity since she had no idea any of this was going on. With having her assets frozen and not being allowed to work in her field of IT for 18 months while she is on probation, Holly is working at Game On!, the local gaming store a ...more
Becca
"Gamer girl" Holly has been unlucky in love. She's been single for a year after she discovered that her ex cheated on her AND used their company to commit fraud. But, at the urging of her best friends Gwen and Shannon, Holly is ready to put herself back out there The only question is, with who? The obvious choice is Nathan, her attractive, compassionate roommate, who she's been crushing on for years. The problem? He's Gwen's father...albeit a young, attractive dad. Holly could never pursue Natha ...more
Julie
This is the second book in The Gamer Girls series.
In the last book (it’s not necessary to read, but it does give you a little background to take you into this book.) Holly finds out her fiancé had been cheating on her, and he’s stolen money from her, so she dumps him....
But that has given her confidence a huge knock, so she retreats Into the shop she works in (a gaming shop)
After her friends (Gwen and Shannon) convince her to go out and have a little fun, she plucks up the courage to go out,
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The Booked Mama
Holly has hit rock bottom in her life. Her ex-fiance has stolen all of their client's money, as well has her own personal savings, and is possibly heading to jail. Holly thankfully had no knowledge of the scam he was running allowing her to gain immunity by testifying against Lucas. Holly is lucky enough to secure a job at a local game store (no, not video games...actual games) while she waits out her probation which bans her from working as a programmer. One of the perks of this new job is gett ...more
Marsha
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A light-hearted 'forbidden' romance. Having a crush on your best friends dad isn't the best idea, but you can't control who you are attracted to or what the heart wants. The Hero/Heroine's characters aren't overly developed, but you know enough about them to form a solid opinion. He is a good guy, single dad who hasn't gone out in the dating world for years. The Heroine is a year(ish) into the single life after spending the past 15ish years with her high school sweetheart, only to be blindsided ...more
Jdlreads
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me weeks to start this book because life happened. (sigh) I was so busy past few days but its never too late, right?

I actually finished this book for only 4-5hrs (in 2 days) This was a page-turner. This book got my attention really good. I was hooked! There's something in it that would make you feel so excited all through out the book.

I actually didn't know that this is a book 2. I think they are still can be read as stand-alone? Not really sure but I didn't have any problem understandin
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Vanessa
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks to Lyrical Shine for the ARC!

I really liked Gwen and Cody's story from the first book, so I decided to continue this series, even though I had no idea what "Against the Rules" was about. This time, we get to know more about Holly and Nathan. Both stories are connected. So yes, you need to read book 1 first. Don't skip directly to this one.

Nathan is Gwen's father. He's 43.
Holly's one of Gwen's best friends. She's 28.
And she has a major crush on him.
Aaaand the feeling is mutual.

But Gwen w
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Daisy Dooley
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Against the rules is a sweet and modern tale of finding yourself again after heartbreak and ruin. Holly has been single for almost two years after her ex not only cheated on her, but also stole money from their business and their clients leaving her unable to pursue her career, and also reluctant to ever trust again. The only man she can see herself opening her heart for is off-limits as Nathan is her best friend Gwen's Dad. But when they are away in Mexico for Gwen's wedding, they both get drun ...more
Lee Ann
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
What's not to like about a main character with a love of board games? As someone that grew up before the age of ipads and tablets, board games were a mainstay of my youth and I felt more than a little nostalgic reading this book. Yes, this is a bit of a taboo/forbidden romance because of the age gap between Nathan and Holly, but both characters were so charming, considerate and open that it was refreshing. There was a good balance between conflict and fun, steaminess and sweetness, that's really ...more
Courtney
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book so much that I read it all pretty much in one sitting! I loved the interactions and witty dialog between the main characters, I loved the integration of the game into the story line, and I loved how much I could relate to the main character, Holly. She was in some bad situations and I loved the way she handled them and grew as a person. This is a stand-alone romance book that is part of a series - I didn't have a chance to read the first book in the series (this is actually m ...more
Kathleen Gray
Board games! Does anyone still play them? Clearly they do because Holly, after her ex fiancé blew her life up, is working in a game store and beta testing a new one. She's also testing the boundaries of her relationship with Nathan, father of her friend Gwen. This would have benefited from an early on explanation of how Gwen, who is older than 28 year old Holly, can have a 43 year old father. I have to admit that I sympathized with Gwen on this one. I liked her in the first book but she comes of ...more
LianaReads blog
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t read the first book but I do felt like I was missing something that important.
It’s a well written age gap story that has an interesting mix of characters and romance.
I was immersed in the story from the beginning because Molly it’s definitely a great heroine, a woman who is easy to relate to and her story can be of any friend of ours.
Nathan is a great man that loves his family and life but will still stand for himself to find his happiness with his choice of woman and not his daughte
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Erin Parisien
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
While there's nothing inherently wrong with this book, I just didn't particularly like it. I found the main character annoying and the plot completely contrived. It also felt like I was dropped in the middle of a story and was supposed to know what was going on (I had not read the first book in the series). I also find the whole 'I'm in love with my best friend's dad' sort of off-putting, even if he was only 15 when she was born. I'm also not a fan of first person, single POV, as I miss being in ...more
Averie Allwein
2 stars
This book sounded really interesting to me, since I’ve never read anything involving board games. I will say that I wish that the gaming part was better explained. When the characters played the game, I was sometimes very confused. I will say that the relationship between Holly and her ex wasn’t needed, and I don’t think added any importance to the story.
I honestly think that I would be more intrigued by the book if it was just about Nathan and Holly being in a relationship together. I c
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Rady Reads
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to get this story in my hands and wasnt disappointed at all. Ive loved Holly from the first book and again she showed her beautiful personality. She would struggle and almost throw her chance for happiness for her best friend. But at least in the end she was able to make the right decision for herself, not for everyone else. I was hoping just for this outcome since I read the first book in the series. I would say this story cant meet everyones satisfaction but for me it was greatly ...more
abdulia ortiz-perez
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
I received this free book for honest review.



4 stars ⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐

This is the first time reading anything from this author.


What a beautiful wonderful amazing read.

What a great read! This had me hooked from the beginning. The sitting, theme, and the Characters had me pulled so in. Everything was well put together and it was just perfect. This novel did just that to me.
Highly recommend everybody get this book and read it. Its so good!
Can't wait for her next book.
Farah
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is book 2 of the Gamers series and I was keen to hear how things would pan out for Holly.

Holly has taken herself out of the dating game since breaking up with her cheating, thieving ex. After being pushed by her best friends to try dating again, Holly finds herself falling for her best friend’s father...yikes!

The story is a tad predictable but fun nonetheless.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for my complimentary copy of this book.
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Laura Heffernan once broke up with her now-husband during a board game after realizing that he was ahead 96-3. She hasn't played that particular game since. Her best friend still talks about the Great Uno Card Throwing Incident of 2003. Yet, somehow, Laura insists that she is incredibly gracious whether winning or losing. She lives in the northeast with her husband, new baby, and two furry little ...more

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