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Bending the Rules

(Sisterhood Diaries #2)

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Tall, dark and intense, Detective Jason de Sanges excites all kinds of fantasies in Poppy Calloway. But when she suggests the three teens caught spray-painting a Seattle neighborhood be given art-related community service and he just wants to see them pay�all bets are off.

With the men in his family always in and out of the slammer, Jase was raised in foster care. He knows

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Mass Market Paperback, 379 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by HQN Books
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Carmen
Sep 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No One
"So why not just relax and see where it takes you?"

"Because she's a good girl!"

"And you're a good boy!" Murphy roared.

"I'm a fucking de Sanges. I quit being a good boy around the time I turned eight."


Okay. This was better than the first book, I think. (Cutting Loose.)

Let's do a quick run-down.

Poppy is an artist and the child of hippies. She draws for a living. She's making it, but you know - tiny apartment, 12-year-old car, etc. She volunteers with at-risk inner-city youth in her spare time, te
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Mo
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable read in this series.


I love how the girls referred to their perfect man as "Mr. Sheik". I think most of us read about the "sheiks" on our romantic travels with books. I went to work in Saudi Arabia many years ago ... I kinda gave up on the "romantic sheik" dream after that! LOL.



Bit of a mystery element to it too... not much.

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Leah
Dec 17, 2009 rated it liked it
July 2011 Review - 3 stars


This is why I don't do rereads, damn it! The book rarely, if ever, is as good as I thought it was the first time around. And, when I read a book more than once, I start noticing little things that annoy the shitskis (I'll get to that in a minute) out of me. Even when I actually still like the book! So, yeah, never doing this again. All I can say is that I was clearly not as discriminating in my reading when I read this the first time. Clearly.


Leah's Observations Whil
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Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳
1.5 STARS
Reasons why I ended DNF'ing this oldie from 2009 at 71%...

▪︎ "her tongue slicked over the silky membrane of his lower lip"
▪︎ "...his strong tongue flattened against her most intimate tissues."
▪︎ "His thumb slid up and down her furrow"


Beside my lost of interest because of the neglected focus on the romance, the sex scenes lingo really made me feel like I was reading a surgery or veterinary notebook.
I had enjoyed the beginning of the book, I thought I'd be in for some animosity and bant
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Jul 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
"Bending the Rules" is book two in Susan Andersen's 'Sisterhood Diaries' series about three unrelated women who have been best friends since childhood. When their wealthy benefactress dies, her will provides the impetus that eventually sees each woman finding just the right man for her.

Poppy was, and still is, the 'hippie' of the trio. Raised on a commune and the benefits of granola, she uses her talents to work with 'at risk' children. But even she isn't sure how to react when her latest projec
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Aly
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Poppy Calloway and Jason de Sanges met only once, during one of the detective's investigation, but it was enough to leave a strong impression on each other. When three teenagers are caught doing graffitis on some business buildings, Poppy propose to their committee to let the kids paint a mural after they'll clean up their tagging. But the young woman never thought her idea of helping the teenagers would backfire on her when she suddenly have to team up with the rigid detective de Sanges. The co ...more
Splage
Jan 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. Read the first 100 pages, very average, skimmed a lot after that. I feel like I am cleaning house of all these books I have had forever and nothing appeals to me. Damn you Kristen Ashley:)
Jenn Scranton
Jan 17, 2013 rated it did not like it

My thoughts exactly... This book flat out sucked! I kept checking the spine to make sure it was an adult romance novel.

Remember the Sweet Valley High book series? If not, let me refresh your memory... It was a couple of teenage girls who have teenage girl giggle fests, and have teenage puppy love romances. Yea, that is EXACTLY what Bending the Rules was like. It was so frustrating!


The book focused so much on the crime and the situation with the kids that there really was no story between Poppy
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Cyndi
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good story! Our heroine is an artist who wants the whole world to find and express the art of their soul.
Our hero is a practical policeman who must protect her while trying to avoid falling in love with her free spirit.
Jocelyn No
Jul 06, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
...this author was on my auto-buy list. I think she's moving to my skim-at-the-bookstore list.

The plot for this book is solid. I love a good contemporary that doesn't get bogged down in idiot characters or motivations. Susan Anderson is always good for that. But her language choice is has officially crossed the line from "charming colloquialisms" to "irritating and dated." All the dialog is written in language that makes it sound like baby boomers are doing the talking. For god's sake, the hero
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ElaineY
Another enjoyable read from Andersen, though not quite 5 stars. I would have liked a little more tension between Poppy and Jason but it's still a minor want.

Sparks fly between the two when they meet and not just the sexual kind. Jason has his preconceptions about Poppy while she has decided he's the guy in her Sheikh fantasies. I guess I don't mind the way their romance developed as it's a nice change to be able to move from attraction to a slight bump then onto consummation smoothly without all
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Head in the clouds
Poppy: I only have a few words for you - you go girl! and I love you!

If only more female characters were like this - independent, strong, emotionally available and most of all honest and courageous about life and truth, what a wonderful role model for young women and girls everywhere.

As much as I want to sucker punch Jason in the face, I get where he is coming from - and it was worth the pain/angst because the ending was super romantic and sexy.

Susan Anderson is my more emotional Jill Shalvis
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Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
I really enjoyed this one. Bleeding heart do-gooder liberal meets conservative straight laced cop. I liked the tagger side stories. I didn't read the first in the series, but I'm likely to after this one. The third in the series is not out yet, but I'll definitely pick that one up.
Zel Polev
Mar 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
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Stephanie
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book
BENDING THE RULES: Vandals to Artists
http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201...

Audiobook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

I really enjoyed this book and the voice of the narrator but, if you want to order it, and play it on anything besides a player where you physically insert and play each disc, you seriously want to consider the download versus the CDs. The formatting of the nine compact discs comprising
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Patti TheLoveJunkee
Dec 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Poppy Calloway had two best friends as a child. They grew up inseperable, although their socioeconomic backgrounds were not the same. Once again, I unknowingly picked up the 2nd book in a series. I liked this book and will be going back for the first book, Cutting Loose. I found out today at Book Binge that Harlequin will not be publishing the 3rd book in the series, and all I can say is, WTF?


Poppy is on the neighborhood business board, and there was some vandalism by young spraypainters (tagger
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Jill Dunlop
Feb 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
Poppy Calloway is a free spirited artist with impulse issues and has the tenacity of a bulldog. She has the brilliant idea to have the three teens clean up their mess when they are caught vandalizing local businesses with graffiti. Being a local community volunteer, she agrees to work on this project with the teenagers. Detective Jason de Sanges has been assigned to oversee the project, as well. He is the exact opposite of Poppy with his surely disposition and dour countenance. His and Poppy's p ...more
Wendy
I am really enjoying SA's writing. She is a new author to me, and so far I have enjoyed her a lot. She is great at creating characters that you love and love to hate.

Jason de Sanges is a cop that isn't happy to have to be pulled fromm what he feels are important cases to look into something for some silly women that had an in with the mayor. When he is later called to sit in on a meeting of local buisness people who have had a problem with some local graffiti tagers, he is disgusted to find the
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Laura
3 1/2 to 4 stars
2nd in the Sisterhood Diaries.
I read this book without having read the first in the series Cutting Loose Sisterhood Diaries 1. This was not a good idea for the setup/beginning of the book. Although I had no problems liking the Poppy and Jason or understanding their relationship, there was a lot about the Wolcott Mansion and what went on in the first book with Jane. Jason and Poppy must have first met in the first book, but I wouldn't know since I didn't read it. Although the stor
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Jess (Gone with the Words)
Read this review on my blog! --> Bending the Rules by Susan Andersen

I was completely excited to start Bending the Rules after finishing Cutting Loose. This group of girlfriends was too fun not to continue with their stories.

Poppy was this fun, carefree, caring spirit that was completely opposite to Jason’s rigid, no-nonsense personality. I loved seeing them butt heads over so many things. But one thing that wasn’t a problem for them was their attraction to one another. If there was anybody that
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Andrea
Jul 09, 2014 rated it liked it
The problem I have with this book, taking away one star by the way, could very well be a problem of my kindle edition. The people who created the layout of this clearly didn't look it over when they thought "Hey, let's make it an e-book!" which - at least to me - is a big deal. I might be a little nit-picky about stuff like this, but it just really compromises my reading experience. Normally, the chapters – presumably - start with the first letter a little bigger than the rest. So far so good, b ...more
Amanda
Apr 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: andersen-susan
This is the second book in the Sisterhood Diaries series by Susan Andersen. This book was so amazing. Poppy by far is the all time best character ever written. I loved the tension between Jason and Poppy. I will admit at first I wasn't a very big fan of Jason and around page 99 I seriously doubted weather or not he could turn it around. I was nervous this might be the book to disappoint me. IT WASN'T. I fell in love with him right along side Poppy. I started having my own Sheik Dreams. These two ...more
Siany
Jan 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011
Wow! I am zooming through this series.
After reading Cutting Loose yesterday I couldnt wait to pick this one today and I didn't put it down :)

I was intrigued by Detective Jason de Sanges from the previous book and looked forward to reading his story. The same goes for Poppy who comes across as smart, but fiercely strong and independent.

Well....Jason was a fab male lead, he got a bit annoying in the end when he was all "i dont know how to love" when it was clearly obvious he did. I would have like
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Elisabeth
The romance itself was the poorest part of this book for me.

Poppy's project is to bring art to kids from dysfunctional and poor backgrounds. Jase is a by-the-book cop. These two met in the previous book and clashed. Poppy belongs to some sort of merchants board that is trying to decide what to do with 3 teenagers that were caught tagging the walls. Jase is sent to the meeting by his boss and eventually forced to help Poppy in her plan to have the kids clean up their mess and then channel their a
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Snigdha Prakash
Bending the Rules is a sweet story of opposites attract. The author has a sweet knack of weaving a sweet..innocent story if not a good then at least an interesting thriller.. The one exactly like a reader would love.

The story starts with Jase and Poppy butting heads with each other and having misconceptions about one another.. I seem to fall in love with books that have leads as Poppy..but, oh well..

So by some twist of fate, they end up spending time together and thus, their journey begins.

Thoug
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Julie Barrett
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Bending the Rules by Susan Andersen
The ladies are painting Agnes Walkett's house as she's taken them under her wing.
Giving back allows them all to gain inner peace.
Poppie is doing posters and greeting cards when she catches the teens defacing the town walls.
She wants them to do community service. This follows the sisterhood and their lives.
Jason approaches the task of what the teens should do from a different angle.
They compromise and get so much more from the teens.
Besides he as a detective he
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Willow Brook
Jun 30, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
A weak 3 stars mainly, because 2 stars feels like a D and I'm an easy grader. Way too much introspection going on in this book. The hero, Jase, going on and on in his head about how he isn't worthy of/right for Poppy who went on (but not on and on, she quit sooner) in her head about how what a jerk Jase is, though they are incredibly attracted to each other. Even the bad guy was conflicted for Pete's sake. Not that conflicted is necessarily bad in a book but I find it a drag if that is the major ...more
Stacy
Jul 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bodice-ripper, 2009
Fast read. Started it in the morning and kept coming back to it throughout the day. I got this book from my sister, who loves her smutty romance- and boy was this one smutty. But the main characters had a palpable chemistry and I was thrilled when the finally got together.

It has been a while since I have read romances though- they now apparently practice safe sex. Huh.

Also, could have done without the swearing. I guess my virgin ears were ringing.

Poppy (yeah her parents were hippies in a comm
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Nancy
Aug 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
I generally like this author but I just reread this book and I wonder why I kept it. This one is not nearly as good as her others. There is way too much unnecessary profanity, particularily after she is so emphatic that the teenagers not used it out of "respect" for each other. Obviously, she and her friends have no respect for each other. However, in one place, she uses the term "muttered obsenity". After using the graphic obsenities she used throughout the book, this phrase is ridiculous. Also ...more
Holly
Nov 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book overall, but the hero annoyed me quite a bit in the beginning.

Because his father and brother are "bad guys" who've spent more time in jail than out of it, he figures he's a bad seed too. At first I understood he had bad impulses, but as the story progressed I became increasingly annoyed with him. For more than 15 years he'd been on the straight and narrow. Seems like he should have given up on being an idiot long before he did.

I really liked Poppy. Her overall attitu
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