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Rules of a Rebound

(Breakup Bash #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Natalie Winters thought she’d married the man of her dreams…but her marriage ended way too soon in a nightmarish divorce. She even has to share custody of the dog! The stress is killing her, so she decides to take a night off and attend the Breakup Bash—a private party for women celebrating their breakups—with her friends.

Former executive security specialist turned bartend
ebook, 200 pages
Published August 12th 2019 by Entangled: Brazen
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Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars.

What do you do when you’re newly divorced and very single? Have fun, crazy, no-strings rebound sex.

description Excuse me, bartender. I’ll take an orgasm.”

Light and steamy, Rules of a Rebound is fairly low on the drama and high on the romance as Natalie and Rome’s one-night hook-up rolls into the next day and the next day and the get the picture.

description Nothing complicated. Just the two of us enjoying each other.”

Whilst it did go through a bit of a lull for me around the halfway point, over
Ivy Deluca

The Sitch: Natalie is at the Breakup Bash with her two best friends, and yes they’re all coming out of bad relationship breakups. Natalia’s ex is your typical douchenozzle who couldn’t handle her success and worse yet, she has to share custody of her dog Betsy because he’s not just a douchenozzle, but a greedy one who wanted a bigger settlement. Rome is one of the bartenders at the club and he’s at loose ends himself, as he’s recuperating from a devastating incident that happened while he was wo
Kate Meader
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Steamy and heartfelt, RULES OF A REBOUND is a fabulous page-turning read. Nina has hit it out of the park with this sexy tale!
Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Natalie thought that she was marrying the man she would have for the rest of her life. What she got was a nightmare in the form of a cheating ex who took out his misgivings and lack of success on her. She never expected that going to a breakup bash would put her in contact with her future. Rome was working the bar as a bartender providing the naughty drinks to women overcoming heartaches. When he makes contact with Natalie, sparks are flying and he hasn't spoken to her yet. Is she the woman that ...more
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rules of a Rebound by Nina Crespo follow the first of this series The First Rule of Hook-ups. With that being said this is an easy stand alone novel. Love and Life has ups and downs, good and bad, but both take courage and trust to look ahead and try to make the most of life. Natalie has resolved herself that her marriage is over; but...when he wants to take Betsy from her that is heart break city. Bar hopping with her two girl friends puts Natalie in a collision course with a relationship that ...more
Sarai Henderson
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh, hot pocket!!! This was a steamy book. The story started quickly throwing me into a weird situation where the main character happens to be the only person in the packed bar that the bartender thinks is worth his time and of course they have sex right off the bat. If you can get past the quick as F relationship, the story is super intense. The characters are cute and blend well together and the story progresses well. If you want an easy sexy read, this is the book for you.

Received an advance r
Stacy Jordet
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I want to be Natalie!!!

Natalie is a very strong woman who is coming out of a really bad situation. She is strong, focused, driven and for one night just wanting to let her hair down and forget about her life. This is where she meet Rome. Rome was just suppose to be a delicious distraction but it turned into more. I loved that she owned herself and took what she wanted. The confidence she had was amazing to read.

Rome is a man who is just coasting in life. His last job made him question himself an
Skye Yanovsky
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rules of a Rebound by Nina Crespo is quick, fun, sexy and sweet romance. Natalie and Roman have the most intense and perfect chemistry from the first second they meet. You are rooting for them the entire time because they are just perfect for each other. Roman was so sweet and caring. Natalie has been hurt but you could see she was still hopeful in finding her soulmate. The dialogue was on point and I never found the story lacking in any way, there was a bit of drama, some self-discovery and som ...more
Sara Oxton
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rules of Rebound by Nina Crespo a fast paced five-star read. This is number two in the Breakup Bash series, but I didn’t think I missed anything not reading number one first, however I will be going back to pick it up as I adored this one!! Rome Collier is great, he is such a deep man, he has his scars both on the inside and out, but he is still a strong man. Natalie needs the strength of Rome even if she doesn’t want to admit it. This is a great story and Nina Crespo is definitely going to be o ...more
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Natalie and Rome meet when he is bartending at an event for the newly single that she is attending after her divorce. They have an instant connection but Natalie doesn’t want to rush into anything after getting out of her marriage. When Natalie faces a difficult situation Rome steps in to help and they start spending more and more time together. This book was a nice distraction after a busy day. Rome was the type of genuinely nice hero that you wish you could meet in real life. The conflict betw ...more
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, contemporary
Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 8/16/19.

Ms. Crespo's Breakup Bash series focuses on three friends--Natalie, Alexa, and Cori--who have all gone through recent breakups. Even though none of them really feel quite ready to jump into relationships yet, they all agree that a "Breakup Bash" at a local hotspot sounds like a great way to let off some steam and maybe start to get their groove back. This book is Natalie's story, when a quick hookup with a bartender that night turns into something
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-read
I was pleasantly surprised to find that Rules of a Rebound is a notable romance novel. Rules of a Rebound by Nina Crespo is book two in her Breakup Bash series. This novel is a standalone, as are all the books in the series.

Natalie Winters thought she had it all when she met and married Dorian Hall. Just three years later she’s in the process of getting a divorce.

Former security specialist, Rome Collier, is working as a bartender at a popular local club to distance himself from the ghosts of h
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
*•*ARC copy was provided by netgalley.*•*
•I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.•

This is a short read and lighthearted.

I enjoyed reading this book but didn’t find it to be the page turner I hope for.
It took a lot longer to finish than it should have.
Natalie is getting to know herself again after her divorce in a three year marriage. She is determined to be where she wants to be at work and is equally determined to live that single l
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"She wasn’t interested in a serious relationship, and she didn’t have the bandwidth in her life for a time-consuming fling. Work was her priority."

Natalie was getting over a messy divorce and thought she just wanted a one-night stand, but that same night she came home to a robbery and Rome was there for her when she needed someone. So they agreed on an “extended hookup with benefits” until her burglar alarm was installed. Why didn’t she want that day to happen any time soon?

"No. It wasn’t his pl
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
the breakup bash is the party that keeps on giving when it comes to sexytimes for alexa, cori, and natalie. in rules of a rebound, natalie is looking to move on from her ex-husband dorian. she's got a pet to share custody of, a job to kick ass at, and a new home to make her own.

when she meets rome, the bartender at club escapade, she figures one night of steamy sex is what the doctor ordered. but when her home is broken into and he helps her through the ordeal, things get complicated. she's not
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-read
3.5 Stars

Rules of Rebound is a quick, light-hearted, insta-love romance. After her divorce was finalized, Natalie went to a break-up bash with her girlfriends to celebrate the start of her single life. What she never expected was an insta-attraction to the handsome bartender, Rome. What started as a one-night stand grew into so much more as they spend more time together due to some situations that arise. Their chemistry was intense and their sexy times were explosive. However, I find that the
Cassandra Haywood
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it

This is my first time reading a book by this author. I enjoyed the storyline of the main two characters Natalie and Rome, how they first met at a club that was hosting an event for people to celebrate their breaking up from a relationship and/or a divorce. Natalie was there with two of her best girlfriends and Rome was a bartender there at the club. Once Natalie and Rome hooked up together in the clubs storage room. They figured that would be it, but as unforeseen circumstances happened Natalie
Jamie Peterson
Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it
I received an arc of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I read the first in this series as a paid read, so when I saw this come up for an advance read, I was very excited to be approved. These are the only two books that I have read thus far by this author and I have liked them both. A lot of very big similarities between the two books, however I read the stories far enough apart that it wasn’t as if it was the same story with different names. The characters are very l
Erin Lewis
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Star review of Rules Of A Rebound (Break Up Bash #2) by Nina Crespo

Nina Crespo is a relatively new author to me. Rules Of A Rebound is not a particularly long book but Ms. Crespo certainly kept me entertained. This is Natalie Winters and Rome Collier’s story and what a great story it was.
Natalie is left reeling after a nasty divorce however it hasn’t stopped her from being feisty and determined to move on with her life. Rome is the bartender that lends an ear and a shoulder.
The chemistry be
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was great. First off, I love that the author wrote about three friends finding their HEAs, giving each woman their own book but making the storylines happen simultaneously. A very clever idea. The three women attend a Breakup Bash, celebrating their breakups and the brand new opportunities ahead of them. Natalie is still stinging from her recent divorce. There is no love lost for her ex, but he put her through the ringer. He even demanded shared custody of her dog. She figures a night ...more
While I am sometimes in the mood for a long drawn out romance, most of the time I love short, sweet, and sexy romance novels that I can devour in one day by the pool or snuggled up in bed. Rules of a Rebound by Nina Crespo delivers on that desire in all the right ways.

While not the most thought-provoking book, if you're looking for a fun time with a tiny bit of angst thrown in, look no further. Natalie and Rome clash with sex appeal, and compliment each other outside of the bedsheets, as well. S
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Rules of a rebound is my first book by this author and it's probably going to be my last. I thought the concept of this story was very fun and sexy. Rome was a great book boyfriend and the smut was very sexy. However I couldn't connect with Natalie's character. But I believe that is because of the writing style, it's very hard for me to create connections when the book is written in that perspective. Plus I couldn't get past all the unnecessary character development of inconsequential co-workers ...more
Kari Hansen
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Natalie got married three years ago she thought she had met her Prince Charming but he turned out to be a frog. The divorce is finally final but the devastation of having joint custody of her beagle Betsy was what hurt the most. While celebrating with her girlfriends she can’t help but be attracted to the bartender and believes that one nigh with him is just what she needs.

Rome is working as a bartender for a friend as he is still trying to deal with the regret and guilt from his last job.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rules of a Rebound is the second book in Nina Crespo's Breakup Bash series. This book can definitely be read as a standalone - I haven't read the first book and had 0 issues following the story.

Natalie, a recently divorced marketing account manager, and Rome, a former security expert turned bartender, meet while Rome is bartending at Escapade's Breakup Bash. Neither of them want a relationship at first but neither can deny their chemistry. This was a fun, quick read. I really liked all of the ch
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed the dynamic between Rome and Natalie. They meshed really well together and seemed very supportive of each other, both physically and in a friend like manner. I loved their first beginning sizzling meeting. Talk about some serious heat! Did not take long for them to connect. But for me, this is where I started really liking Rome more. He was there for Natalie in whatever capacity she needed him and he was so encouraging of her career. Natalie was very appreciative of all Rome did ...more
Athena Mae Rupas
Jul 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
Rules of a Rebound by Nina Crespo is a very fun and easy read. Perfect for a lazy day. The storyline was entertaining and a bit intriguing. Natalie is a strong independent woman and Rome is ex-military recovering from an injury. They meet at an event for women getting over their exes. Rome was the bartender for the event. There was definitely instant chemistry between the two of them when they meet. Natalie needs to convince Rome that this is more than a rebound. That he's the man she's always w ...more
Zoe Forward
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Steamy story. Sweet. Easy read.
Natalie and Rome... they hooked up while she’s at a rebound bash after a terrible divorce. Their relationship was slam-bam (in all senses); very sudden, unexpected and then they were in a relationship neither planned for. There were nods to both of them having historical issues but they clicked and they jumped into it. Overall sweet story with hot sexy moments that steam up the pages.
Their historical issues were the only major conflict holding them apart. Sure the
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An exciting lighter read with just a bit of everything! So there are rules to a rebound--who knew? LoL, love didn't get that message either.
Loved Rome, he seemed to be the real deal and a hottie to boot, even tho he was dealing with what he thought was his past failure, he was still sweet!
Natalie had a lot of rules, maybe a bit off from reality, but she was trying to stay away from emotions. I wouldn't be so forgiving if she hadn't just had a mega ton of crap dealt to her.
Anyway rules are mad
Kali McQuillen
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read, 2019-arc
Natalie and her friends go the "Break Up Bash" to have fun and celebrate Natalie's divorce. She celebrates all right. She celebrates with Rome who is the hunky bartender who smiles and charms all the other women but never hits on them. He sees something in Natalie that just does it for him. It was only supposed to be one night, never supposed to be more for Natalie. She's determined to focus on her career and that's it.

Rome though starts to consume her thoughts and their one night turns into so
Pelusa Rivera
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in this series, and I really think you need to read the first one since it coincides with this one. We have hottie Rome who is working as a bartender on the night of break up Bash where he meets Natalie who is celebrating with her besties Alexa (first book) and Cori. Rome and Natalie have a hot night together that turns into more nights together but due to not speaking there minds, Natalie and her fears and insecurities have some misunderstandings and some hurts happen an ...more
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Nina Crespo lives in Florida where she indulges in her favorite passions -- the beach, a good glass of wine, date night with her own real-life hero and dancing. Her lifelong addiction to romance began in her teens while on a "borrowing spree" in her older sister's bedroom where she discovered her first romance novel. Let Nina's sensual contemporary stories and steamy paranormal tales satisfy your ...more

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