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House Rules by Cathryn Fox
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bookshelves: arcs, second-chance, friends-brother

House Rules is scorching hot! Kennedy is off to London to dance at the Carleton House, one of London's most exclusive gentlemen's clubs. All because 2 years ago on New Year's Eve, she and her friends came up with the crazy idea that when each turned 25, they'd allow one of them (to be kept a secret) to send her off to celebrate her birthday in epic style, to have "an epic adventure--where the words "epic" and "sex" can be interchanged." What Kennedy didn't expect was to bump into her best friend, Olivia's, older brother, Sean, at her hotel when she was checking in. She's freaking out because she's always been in love with the man, and he's gotten even hotter since she last saw him. But, she figures he doesn't recognize her. She looks different than she did as a gawky teen, the teen he rejected when she mustered up all her courage and offered herself up to him with a sweet "Be Mine" candy heart.

Sean does recognize her, though, and the attraction he's always had for her has gotten even stronger. When he sees her at the Carleton House, he's blown away. And the encounter between the two at Carleton House is off the charts hot, even if they don't even physically touch each other.

When they fall into a seriously sexy relationship, one where Sean, like the dominant, dirty, bossy man he is, takes charge of her, her pleasure and her body, she's ecstatic, but she knows it's only temporary. After all, she knows he doesn't even recognize her, and she's set to head back to Chicago soon, while he lives here in London. She underestimates Sean, though, and how far he'll go to not only keep her in his bed, but to play the game she thinks she's controlling. Not only does he know who she is, but he's been in love with her as long as she's been in love with him. But, only he gets to make the rules for their dirty little game. "You're in my territory now, Kitten. This is my playground, and you're my toy. I get to play with you any way I want. Only my rules apply here."

Kennedy is all to happy to fall into line, because she knows epic sex is guaranteed, but she needs to guard her heart, so it doesn't get broken the way it got broken when he rejected her all those years ago. So she plays his sexy game, lets him be so bossy that he gets to make up dirty rules where he ties her up, spanks her a little, uses naughty toys on her and makes her body sing. But, her heart of course, can't help but go and fall even harder, so she does the smart (safe) thing, and bails after their tryst in London, and leaves Sean high and dry. But, will he chase after her? Will he allow his sister to help him get back the woman he's always loved? Read and find out, you won't regret it because House Rules is steamy, well written and Kennedy and Sean are a smokin' hot couple who are well drawn and realistic. If best friend's older brother or second chance romances are your things, then House Rules should be on your TBR list!

I received an ARC through NetGalley for an honest review.
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Started Reading
May 11, 2017 – Finished Reading
May 12, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
May 12, 2017 – Shelved
June 6, 2017 – Shelved as: arcs
September 7, 2017 – Shelved as: second-chance
May 18, 2018 – Shelved as: friends-brother

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