Rules of Engagement
Love is a battlefield for a quirky matchmaker and the cocky football star who hires her to find him a wife. As the owner of Perfect Pairings matchmaking service, Maddie McRae earns her living helping others fall in love. And one thing the sweet Southern belle knows for sure is that the foundation of wedded bliss is built on similarities: opposites might attract, but they don’t stay together. Enter Mason Spark.Rude, arrogant, and notoriously allergic to monogamy, the hottest quarterback in the NFL is Maddie’s polar opposite. He’s also her new client. Her gorgeous, infuriating new client who’s paying her an outrageous sum of money to find him a wife. With his multi-million dollar contract on the line due to his behavior on and off the field, bad boy Mason is willing to pretend to settle down. But when he starts to fall for the adorkable matchmaker who can’t stand him, the playboy finds himself in the game of his life to keep something he never thought he’d lose—his heart.

Rules of Engagement Details

TitleRules of Engagement
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 28th, 2020
PublisherJ.T. Geissinger, Inc.
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance, Sports, Humor

Rules of Engagement Review

  • Carol [Goodreads Addict]
    January 1, 1970
    Rules of Engagement is a stand alone romcom by J.T. Geissinger. Usually in a review I would tell you how much you are going to fall in love with the Hero, and yes, you definitely are going to. But even more so, you are going to fall in love with Maddie. Maybe most of all, you will fall in love with Maddie and Mason together, because these two are like toast and jam, bread and butter, or maybe more like oil and water. I’ll let you decide.Mason Spark is a quarterback for the Pioneers. He’s been Rules of Engagement is a stand alone romcom by J.T. Geissinger. Usually in a review I would tell you how much you are going to fall in love with the Hero, and yes, you definitely are going to. But even more so, you are going to fall in love with Maddie. Maybe most of all, you will fall in love with Maddie and Mason together, because these two are like toast and jam, bread and butter, or maybe more like oil and water. I’ll let you decide.Mason Spark is a quarterback for the Pioneers. He’s been with the team for six years and has spent those six years gaining the reputation of being quite the bad boy. Drinking, womanizing, and just general bad behavior. His agent, Dick, who I also loved by the way, is determined not to let his client ruin his life. So he has decided that Mason needs a wife and has hired a matchmaker to find him his perfect mate. Maddie McKee believes in love. She owns her own matchmaking business, Perfect Pairings and spends her life helping people to fall in love. Only it never happened for her. When Mason and Maddie first meet, sparks are flying, but maybe not in a good way. They both seem to have the immediate ability to push each other’s buttons. Maddie’s business is love, and Mason doesn’t believe in love. He’s grumpy and rude, she’s a southern lady, all prim and proper. They couldn’t be more different. “I’ve already ruined too much in my life, I don’t have to ruin her too.” These two don’t seem to be able to be in the same room together without driving each other crazy. But they also don’t seem to be able to walk away. This book made me spontaneously laugh out loud so many times. And the rest of the time, I was smiling. Maddie’s Auntie Waldine was so much fun. The whole book was just adorable. As you can imagine, there is so much more to these two and I loved discovering what they kept buried so deep while they navigated the mine field between them. “If gentlemen are wolves, does that mean ladies are bunny rabbits?”“Don’t be silly! A true lady is the most ferocious creature you’ll ever meet.”“I’m beginning to get that.” I really did love everything about this. It was fun but not in an over the top way. Just a pure pleasure to read. J.T. Geissinger continues to amaze me with every single book she writes. Each is so different from her others. If you want a sweet, fun, feel good book that just makes your world a little bit brighter, or maybe in this case, I should say, pinker, than I highly recommend this book. I hope you love it as much as I did.For more about this book and so many more, come and visit me at Carol's Crazy Bookish World.https://www.facebook.com/groups/Carol...
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  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, I had a wonderful time reading this awesome romantic comedy. I really needed it after all the heavier books I have been reading and I definitely feel much lighter after finishing this one. I still have a huge smile on my face...This is one of the funniest "opposites attract" stories I have ever read and I fell in love with both the main characters.Maddie runs a matchmaking business, and being a believer in "true love", she really enjoys her job, helping people finding the love of their Wow, I had a wonderful time reading this awesome romantic comedy. I really needed it after all the heavier books I have been reading and I definitely feel much lighter after finishing this one. I still have a huge smile on my face...This is one of the funniest "opposites attract" stories I have ever read and I fell in love with both the main characters. Maddie runs a matchmaking business, and being a believer in "true love", she really enjoys her job, helping people finding the love of their life. It's a bit sad she hasn't found her own prince yet, but she isn't bitter about it...there is still plenty of time.Mason is a famous quarterback and he is looking for a wife to clean up his image...all his womanizing and causing trouble is finally catching up to him. So his agent, Dick, signs him up at a matchmaking agency...Perfect Pairings, which is owned by Maddie of course. The banter between these two left me in stitches. I still have some muscle cramps from all the laughing I did. Both of them were hilarious. This book was the perfect amount of "funny" without getting to the point of being ridiculous or OTT. If you enjoy slow-built romances with a huge amount of fun, sarcasm, and chemistry, then you should definitely give this one a go !!I also want to give some extra credit to Maddie's aunt Waldine and Mason's agent, Dick. They were pretty awesome in their own way ;)  An ARC was provided to in exchange for an honest review  
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  • Isabella.R
    January 1, 1970
    5 Prince Charmless Stars Rules of Engagement was everything I hoped and more. Rom-Coms are my weakness, yet I don't find many of them funny, go figure! So, when my dear friend Annie gave it the thumbs up, I was a little anxious. Only because she is the class to my trash. We always agree on the love of reading but not always the reading material. But then there's the moment we both adore the same book and we both happily grin.....Southern Belle, Maddie McRae is at wits end. After building her 5 Prince Charmless Stars ⭐Rules of Engagement was everything I hoped and more. Rom-Coms are my weakness, yet I don't find many of them funny, go figure! So, when my dear friend Annie gave it the thumbs up, I was a little anxious. Only because she is the class to my trash. We always agree on the love of reading but not always the reading material. But then there's the moment we both adore the same book and we both happily grin.....Southern Belle, Maddie McRae is at wits end. After building her matchmaking service ‘Perfect Pairings’ to the reputable business it is, she is ropeable knowing that her latest client is a sham. You see Maddie believes in true love and happily ever afters. What she doesn’t offer is an escort service. Taking on quarterback Mason Spark as a client was a huge mistake. Especially when he admits to only needing a wife for PR purposes. But Maddie is no quitter. She is dead set on proving that a love match can be found even for the biggest cynic.My mistake was presenting lovely, intelligent, gracious single women who desired to meet equally lovely, intelligent, gracious single men. What Mason Spark needs is a lady gorilla.Bless his heart, Mason Sparks is misunderstood. Not really, he’s an insufferable asshole with a temper and a massive ego to match. However, as Maddie and Mason begin spending time together (since she has nominated herself as his dating coach) we quickly begin to see that maybe their perfect matches are both under their noses and there is more than meets the eye. “You’ve both got a lot of broken pieces. But if you give it a chance, you might find that all your broken pieces fit together perfectly to make a beautiful whole.”These two were amazing. Their banter was the best foreplay and with the helping hand from their own personal cupids (Auntie Waldine and Dick) watching them realise how perfect they were together, was hilarious and magical!“Like me? So you admit it. You do have feelings for me.” “So many feelings.” His voice turns rough. “Yeah? Like what?” I try to hide my smile. “Annoyance. Frustration. Exasperation. The list is long.”
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  • Carvanz
    January 1, 1970
    This book is f-wording fantastic!!! This is one of the most charming, fun and witty books I’ve read in a long time and I literally devoured it in one sitting, late night and all!When Mason needs to clean up his public reputation, his agent sets up a meeting with a matchmaker to find him a wife. Mason is not on board with this idea, but he’d do anything for Dick. The minute Maddie walks into the room, Mason is a goner. ’She smiles.I feel that smile all the way down to the darkest corner of my This book is f-wording fantastic!!! This is one of the most charming, fun and witty books I’ve read in a long time and I literally devoured it in one sitting, late night and all!When Mason needs to clean up his public reputation, his agent sets up a meeting with a matchmaker to find him a wife. Mason is not on board with this idea, but he’d do anything for Dick. The minute Maddie walks into the room, Mason is a goner. ’She smiles.I feel that smile all the way down to the darkest corner of my soul, the place where light never shines and I keep all the monsters hidden under lock and key.She smiles with her whole body. With her whole being, like she’s a conductor of light itself and all that’s good and pure in the universe is being channeled through her on its way to me, where it surrounds me and bathes me in golden rays of sunshine, so warm and sweet I could almost cry.’ But, Mason, being Mason, does the only thing he can. He f-words it up.I have huge amounts of adoration for Maddie. She’s a Southern lady to the very marrow of her bones. (Notice the f-words?) But lord have mercy can the girl bring you to your knees if you cross her, and do so without ever breaking one of her momma’s rules. As Mason soon learns. She was just as much fun as Mason and definitely a favorite heroine of all time. ’I fold my hands in my lap and smile, because Southern girls don’t need a gun to shoot you dead.’ Mason was just hilarious, despite his grumpy, rude ways. He’s a complete womanizer, has no friends, drinks too much and can’t be relied upon by his teammates. But under all of that beats a heart of gold that would do anything for the people he loves. The problem is, he doesn’t believe in love. To say his past has left him scarred would be an understatement. The fact that Maddie is determined to find him a wife drives him crazy but he’s quick to turn it around and use it as an advantage. This book had me laughing out loud, my cheeks hurting from all the grinning both at this couple and their antics as well as the secondary characters that added so much to this couple’s finding happiness. The humor was perfect without ever being juvenile. The chemistry between Maddie and Mason was felt from their first meeting and simmers throughout the story making this one sizzling slow burn. I loved everything about this book. EVERYTHING! I can’t recommend this enough if you enjoy rom-coms. And if they sometimes don’t work for you, try this one because if one could change your mind, this would be it.Multi POV - mostly hero and heroineSafe (view spoiler)[a bit of ow/om drama - om is definitely the catalyst of some drama and tiny separation but it completely backfires on him - ow is a date that insinuates herself into a meal with h/H but it backfires on her as well; no cheating; h is not a virgin; H is a manwhore but he can only see h once he meets her and her insistence on finding him a wife drives him crazy but he uses it to his advantage. (hide spoiler)]Triggers (view spoiler)[no apparent triggers (hide spoiler)]
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  • Dilek VT
    January 1, 1970
    5 and many more stars from the bottom of my heart I LOVED this book. This was the kind of book I am used to getting from Ms. Geissinger. Actually, after the disappointment of "Perfect Strangers", I was hesitant to try this book. Also, I am not a fan of heroines that are matchmakers. I thought it would be a cheesy book. God, I was so wrong! It was wonderful – it was just the book I needed. This book is Ms. Geissinger’s signature work: A wonderful romance with smart and fun banter, deep 5 and many more stars from the bottom of my heart ❤❤❤❤❤ ❤❤❤❤❤ ❤❤❤❤❤ ❤❤❤❤❤ ❤❤❤❤❤I LOVED this book. This was the kind of book I am used to getting from Ms. Geissinger. Actually, after the disappointment of "Perfect Strangers", I was hesitant to try this book. Also, I am not a fan of heroines that are matchmakers. I thought it would be a cheesy book. God, I was so wrong! It was wonderful – it was just the book I needed. This book is Ms. Geissinger’s signature work: A wonderful romance with smart and fun banter, deep emotions and super hot chemistry. As in all her books, it gives you all the feels. I wanted to read every page twice - and did that sometimes 😊 - my book is so full of highlights.********************************************* I read the book with HEARTS in my eyes and with an enormous SMILE on my face.Towards the end, I slowed down just because I didn’t want it to end but well, as all good things, it ended in the blink of an eye. Now, I need to reread it asap… yeah, asap. I started craving it as soon as I finished it.I loved this book as much as I did “The Hating Game” or “Tangled”. It has a similar vibe and a similar sweetness. If you need a sweet, funny, emotional book with awesome characterization and a non-stop fun plot line, this is the book for you. The characters are really awesome… I adored both of them. I wanted to hug both of them. I also loved the hero’s agent Dick, and the heroine’s aunt Waldine. They even have their own chapters.In short, I loved everything about this book.Now, let’s talk about the book in a bit more detail. Let me start with the SAFETY information as I know it is important for many readers. The book was totally safe for me but you should check if it is safe enough for you, too.The hero, Mason, is a football star and we are given information that he sleeps with many women. He has casual hook-ups only. He doesn’t believe in love. He has a sad and traumatic past and it has made him the bitter person he is now. For readers who hate OW scenes, let me say that at the beginning of the book, he wakes up in his bed and there is a woman there that he slept with. Nothing happens in the morning but we just know that he slept with her the previous night and now he regrets it. I have no problem with man-whore heroes or OW scenes; thus, neither bothered me but if you are unhappy about these things, here I am giving you a mild warning. As for safety after they meet, it is totally safe because neither of them touches another person after meeting each other. Thank God, there is safe sex and there is no unplanned pregnancy.A few times, the heroine’s ex causes some drama but she never feels anything for him anymore so no problem.********************************************* CHARACTERS & PLOTOur hero, Mason, is a grumpy as*hole at the beginning of the book. He is angry and rude. Mason has no friends or family. He is a lonely man. The only person he cares about is his agent Dick. Mason was living a reckless life and now his agent wants him to get married and settle down so that he can improve his image and keep his job. Enter Maddie, the matchmaker. She has sent a few girls’ information to them but Mason refused them all without even going on a date. He just talked to them on the phone and decided they were not OK.Maddie is an interesting character. On the outside, she looks prim and proper – like a librarian, as Mason says. She wears her hair in a bun and her clothes are plain. But the colors she chooses are weird. She has an obsession with pink. Maddie is a control freak. She needs control for reasons we later learn. When she thinks she is losing control, she freaks out and starts to tidy up the place or clean the house. She has many obsessive traits. She is also very smart and funny. She is loving, affectionate and sincere. She is adorable. She is cute. She is beautiful. In short, she is all the good things you can think of with a bit of an obsessive and controlling side.Mason sounds like an unlikable person at the beginning of the book but I soon changed my mind and loved him. The way he sees himself is sad. He thinks he doesn’t deserve anything good. He can’t let go of the things that happened in his past and therefore, they all cast a shadow on his life today. He is lonely and unhappy until he meets Maddie. Maddie shakes his whole world to the bottom of its foundation. Maddie is also shaken by both Mason’s beauty and his beast. She smiles. I feel that smile all the way down to the darkest corner of my soul, the place where light never shines and I keep all the monsters hidden under lock and key. She smiles with her whole body. With her whole being , like she’s a conductor of light itself and all that’s good and pure in the universe is being channeled through her on its way to me, where it surrounds me and bathes me in golden rays of sunshine, so warm and sweet I could almost cry.I stand there stunned, stupidly gaping at her, until she speaks.***I’ve never had an out-of-body experience before, but today is a day of firsts. First time meeting the infamous Mason Spark. First time seeing size eighteen feet in real life. First time wanting to commit murder.*** “Bed head” doesn’t even begin to cover it. It looks like his preferred hair styling method is sticking his head into a blender and setting it to puree. That would account for his beastly attitude, too. His brains are obviously scrambled. I’ve met bears nicer than him. As soon as they meet, the awesome banter between them starts and it never ends till the end of the book. My face hurt after a while because of the non-stop big smile on my face. “You’re not blinking.” “Funny, I was just thinking the same about you.” “Really? I could’ve sworn you were thinking about stabbing me in the neck with that letter opener on your desk.” “Don’t be ridiculous.” I pause for a beat. “I just had the carpet cleaned.” His lips do that twitching thing again. “You’re right. A neck wound would produce a lot of blood. You could push me out the window.” “I would, but we’re on the ground floor.” “Good point. Rat poisoning?” “Tempting. However, I have no interest in going to prison.” Mason doesn’t believe in love. Maddie is a true believer of love. So, there begins a fight between them. Maddie is adamant that she will find a woman he will fall in love with and Mason is sure that it won’t happen. During this sweet struggle, they fall for each other but each of them is so dense that they cannot believe the other person feels the same thing. So, many funny things happen till they come to their senses. “Would you like me to tell you why I called now, or do you have more shouting to do? If so, I can wait. Just checking.” There’s a noise—a chuckle? No. Impossible. He blurts, “What’s with the pink ?” And we’re off. “The pink what?” “All the fucking pink at your office. It’s really fucking weird.” Now I understand why pious Catholics are always crossing themselves. They’re praying to God to come and take them to heaven, because they’ve got their own Mason Spark in their lives and they’re this close to sharpening that hatchet in the garage and burying it in his skull. They are so cute while fighting that both the monologues in their heads and the dialogues between them cracked me up. “Oh, look, we’re growling again. Have you thought of taking one of those DNA tests to see if there’s a bear somewhere in your family tree?” Mason and Maddie are not the only fun characters. All of them are.The agent Dick and Auntie Waldine play an important role in the book, as well. They make plans behind their backs so that they can see that they are perfect for each other. They are so very funny. Especially the aunt was something else. She sees people’s aura, she is interested in astrology and people’s chakras. She also has friends and they gather at night and have sessions, talking to the dead. Some crazy woman she is! Her interactions with Maddie were all super fun.All characters are very-well portrayed and they each contribute to the story a great deal. Even Mason’s coach was awesome, giving him wonderful advise, saying he needs to be the man Maddie deserves.********************************************* The ex-boyfriend of Maddie causes some drama every now and then. But it was OK, some jealousy is always good at the beginning. “Is that robot we saw at church the only man you’ve ever slept with?”Shocked, I pull my arm from his grip and say icily, “That’s none of your business.” “He is, isn’t he?” “See my previous answer.” ********************************************* Maddie and Mason seem to be fighting all the time but it also shows how strong their chemistry and attraction is. In time, the emotional bond between them also grows strongly. Maddie sees the good man behind the angry façade and Mason is amazed that she sees him, the real him. If you hate Mason in the first few chapters, please go on because he will definitely win your heart. Mason’s opening his heart to love and Maddie’s already generous heart will make you fall in love with these characters, too. Watching her laugh - knowing that I made her laugh - makes me want to pound my fists on my chest like Tarzan. But I only sit there beside her, drinking in the musical sound and resisting the violent need to cut it off by crushing my mouth against hers. Christ. This is getting pathetic. I need to get away from her before I make a complete fool of myself and start spouting poetry.***“I suspect the way you deal with your anger is to drown it, and I hate to think of you angry and alone shooting whiskey when you could be angry and with me doing something more productive. We could go bowling. Work off some of that rage. Stop staring at me like I just landed on your lawn in my spacecraft.” He murmurs, “I can’t picture you bowling, Pink.” “I don’t. But I’d learn for you.” “I’m sorry for teasing you about your ego. It’s not nice. And I don’t want you to think that I think there’s anything wrong with you, because I don’t.”His face goes through several different emotions before it settles on something I can’t identify. It’s part pain and part pleasure, with a whole lot of ambivalence thrown in. He says softly, “I know you don’t think there’s anything wrong with me. Which is what makes me assume your parents must’ve dropped you on your head a lot when you were a baby.” “We definitely don’t work on paper. And don’t forget you can’t stand my manners.” “Exactly!” “Plus, you’re hell on my blood pressure.” “I’m bad for your blood pressure? Ha! I’ve been flirting with heart failure since the day we met!” And finally, when they started to kiss and make love, the book in my hand exploded with their sweet and hot chemistry. I admire Ms. Geissinger’s talent in writing kissing/love-making scenes. Not every writer can write those scenes with all the feels. All those scenes makes you feel a lot… He straightens, takes my face between his big rough hands, and stares down at me with entire cities burning in his beautiful eyes.***Before I have a chance to feel self-conscious, Mason pops open the remaining buttons on my blouse, pushes aside my bra, and latches onto my nipple, drawing it into the wet heat of his mouth. The sound I make isn’t human.He sucks a little harder. In response, I wrap my legs around his waist and start to rock my hips against him, whimpering helplessly in pleasure and pulling on his hair. “Wow,” he says, chuckling. “This really makes up for all those jabs you took at my ego.” See how hot and cute they are at the same time? Just the way I like 😊 With his face buried in my neck and his arms tight around my body, he whispers, “You can’t hide. I see you. I see you, do you hear me?” “I see you, too,” I whisper, fighting tears. “I know you do.” He lifts his head and gazes into my eyes with a look of wonderment. “And you can’t imagine what that means to me.”***I’ve never seen anything as beautiful as her, unbound. Her beauty is made all the more sharp at this moment because the rest of the time, she’s always so controlled. Formal. Body contained within buttoned-up blouses and sensible skirts, hair wound tightly in businesslike buns. But now she’s unraveled… Because of me. I did this. I feel like a god. And I want more.***She says my name over and over, chanting it like a prayer, and I can’t remember ever feeling so happy. Or so terrified. This is everything I could ever want. This connection. This fire. This honesty, too, the knowledge that I’m seen and accepted, even appreciated, despite all my shit and my failings. She’s the only person who’s challenged me in years. The only one who’s gotten under my skin. *********************************************Well, as you see, I am in love with this book. - I recommend this book highly if you need a book that is sweet, fun, emotional and hot. - I recommend this book if you want to read one with good characterization and a meaningful plot line that is developed enough. - I also recommend this book if you want to laugh out loud and feel all the feels that you need in a romance book. I recommend it – period.*********************************************Thank you, Ms Geissinger. You made it again… This is my type of book and you are one of the few writers who can do it the best. Please continue to write such books. I will be looking forward to many more like this. And please, don't upset us like you did in "Perfect Strangers", it left a bitter taste. Well, this book has already made up for it :)And, dear Ms. Geissinger, I am sorry for your loss. May your mother rest in peace 🙏And I really admire you more now because you lost your mother while writing this book but still you were able to continue and finish it in this cheerful tone. Thank you.
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  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing, funny, sweet... This one! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Many of us have read the similar tropes over and over. Big sports star meets uptight female who is supposed to be helping them. I’ve read a few that we are very good and were quite engaging.However, Rules of Engagement is definitely above the bar. The story started with me rolling my eyes just a bit but then as I progressed I found myself completely loving their battle of wits and fun interactions.Geissinger pulls all the stops out on this Amazing, funny, sweet... ❤️ This one! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Many of us have read the similar tropes over and over. Big sports star meets uptight female who is supposed to be helping them. I’ve read a few that we are very good and were quite engaging.However, Rules of Engagement is definitely above the bar. The story started with me rolling my eyes just a bit but then as I progressed I found myself completely loving their battle of wits and fun interactions.Geissinger pulls all the stops out on this hilarious romantic comedy of errors. It’s lighthearted in many aspects with the underlying understanding of how people can cover up their unhappiness and broken soul.But it also shows how the right person can help put you back together. That’s the best part of the entire story for me.A delightful story that you definitely don’t wanna put down. Rules of Engagement is witty, laugh out loud and roll your eyes at the same time! It’s an amazing heartfelt and very loving story. A definite favorite for me!* copy received for review considerationFull Review - https://amidlifewife.com/rules-of-eng...
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  • Alba and Her Secrets..♥
    January 1, 1970
    4 'Pink halo' Stars!ARC provided via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.I wasn't expecting this surprise from J.T. Geissinger! I discovered and got hooked to her writing after reading her Wicked Games series which happen to be amazing contemporary erotic romances, full of sexiness and drama. What we got this time though it's a slow burn enemies-to-lovers romcom, written in different perspectives, that made me laugh and fall in love with these hilarious characters!Rules of 4 'Pink halo' Stars!ARC provided via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.I wasn't expecting this surprise from J.T. Geissinger! I discovered and got hooked to her writing after reading her Wicked Games series which happen to be amazing contemporary erotic romances, full of sexiness and drama. What we got this time though it's a slow burn enemies-to-lovers romcom, written in different perspectives, that made me laugh and fall in love with these hilarious characters!Rules of Engagement is, as I said, a standalone romantic comedy and it focuses on Maddie McRae, a Southern belle and quirky matchmaker, and Mason Spark, a hot and grumpy football star and Maddie's new client. According to his agent, Mason needs a wife immediately to redeem his public image. Mason is so not having it. Enter Maddie. She is stubborn as hell and she is decided to find Mason's soul mate. But what happens when chemistry starts burning between them instead? Read this and find out! The heart-shaped sign out front reads “Perfect Pairings. Because You Deserve Your Happily-Ever-After!”Sweet Jesus. I’ve wandered into hell. I really enjoy a good romcom and J.T. Geissinger did a very good job with this one! I loved the different (and hilarious) POVs and how the love story was developed, especially towards the end. I did find this a bit slow at the beginning but after pealing the layers of Maddie and Mason's personalities, I fell in love with them (individually and as a couple). The chemistry was there from the very start but it was definitely a slow burn romance. But it surely got HAWT when that exploded! “You’ve both got a lot of broken pieces. But if you give it a chance, you might find that all your broken pieces fit together perfectly to make a beautiful whole.” I loved these two together and I loved how they are so funny and so vulnerable at the same time. There is so much more than what the eye can see, especially when it comes to Mason and his past. You truly understand why he is the way he is and why it takes him a while to accept his feelings for Maddie. But, trust me, when that happens that beautiful connection is unstoppable. I really did love this couple (together with Auntie Waldine and Dick), they were so funny and so adorable! “You can’t hide. I see you. I see you, do you hear me?”“I see you, too.” Therefore, I am rating Rules of Engagement with 4 STARS because it was a very enjoyable read that made me laugh so much, melt all over and swoon. I love me a good hate to love story with hilarious comedy and fantastic characters! J.T. Gessinger did a very good job with this one. Definitely different from what I’ve read from her before but still so addicting! I do recommend this to anyone who enjoys romantic comedies!CHECK OUT MY BLOG HERE:
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    I am giving this book 4.5 stars.for content but also 5 smiley faces for pleasure factor (I was totally beaming while reading).Hell yes, I am just going to round it up to 5 "so in love with this story and it's characters" stars.This book was a wonderful return to the quirky, witty, hilarious type of read that I so love from Ms. Geissinger after the major disappointment of her previous release "Perfect Strangers"(sorry but that one totally sucked for me).This was a complete zinger of a rom-com.I I am giving this book 4.5 stars.🌟🌟🌟🌟for content but also 5 smiley faces 😊😊😊😊😊 for pleasure factor (I was totally beaming while reading).Hell yes, I am just going to round it up to 5 ❤❤❤❤❤ "so in love with this story and it's characters" stars.This book was a wonderful return to the quirky, witty, hilarious type of read that I so love from Ms. Geissinger after the major disappointment of her previous release "Perfect Strangers"(sorry but that one totally sucked for me).This was a complete zinger of a rom-com.I adore snarky, sassy, sarcastic banter so much and this book was a smorgasbord of such delightfully wicked humor .ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!!!👍
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  • Jacob Proffitt
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this, though I had a rocky start. Geissinger starts out with some clichés for her main characters and seemed like she was going to follow the standard path. Mason is the dark and brooding guy carrying a load of self-loathing and Maddie is the buttoned-down and serious girl dedicated to self-control and everything bland. You've seen that template a thousand times, right? And it's always predictable and sometimes tedious and the best you can hope for is some good banter.Well, I really enjoyed this, though I had a rocky start. Geissinger starts out with some clichés for her main characters and seemed like she was going to follow the standard path. Mason is the dark and brooding guy carrying a load of self-loathing and Maddie is the buttoned-down and serious girl dedicated to self-control and everything bland. You've seen that template a thousand times, right? And it's always predictable and sometimes tedious and the best you can hope for is some good banter.Well, Geissinger does deliver the banter. But she also judos those elements into actual, interesting parts of the characters that have both meaning and reasonable effect on the story. This is strongest manifested in Mason's self-loathing. I hate this in my romantic leads because it's almost always overblown and a break with reality (in addition to being a huge negative motivation* putting the brakes on plot). Geissinger makes it much better-founded than that, so that while it remains a break with reality, it's both reasonable in origin and handled reasonably in his character. There are two bonuses she throws in that had real impact with me. One is that Maddie recognized his self-loathing and corrected for it appropriately in their interactions (supporting his advances while still calling out his missteps), but second is that his main progress against it is catalyzed by his coach rather than through "true love". Loving Maddie and giving her what he felt she deserved became his goal without coming from her or a dark moment or ultimatum or any of the other romance tropes that are often thrown at the self-loathing hero.Maddie's blinders weren't handled nearly so well, unfortunately. They persist way too long, even as she gets endless feedback from others that she has a fundamental misread in place blocking her up. I found this uncharacteristic, even as it served as a balance preventing her from being over-idealized as the woman-as-goddess. Countering that at least partially is her actively fighting the whole princess/pedestal thing and calling it out as the broken, borderline misogyny it tends towards. Still, she persists way too long with insisting she'll find the perfect girl for Mason even as she sublimates terrible jealousy while doing so.So this was heading for a solid four stars going into the last quarter. And normally that lead-in to a paragraph is a bad sign and signals a coming down-grade. Not this time. The final conflict/show-down was such a wonderful twist on a dark moment that I read it in wonder and appreciation. I don't care to go into spoilery details, so I'll just go with how wonderful Maddie is and how together, they prove exactly what has been communicated the rest of the way—kind of like a capstone project in a demanding graduate course where they display what they know and how far they've come and it was glorious.So I'm ending this with 4½ stars that I'm rounding up on how much I loved that ending, both on a straight-up emotional level and on an appreciation for the storycraft that went into producing it. And I'll conclude by acknowledging that my read is a possibly-idiosyncratic one where I found things I wanted to see because I liked both leads so well and was thus able to simply roll with things that were weaker or might throw out other readers. I don't think that's the case because I really do have a hatred of that self-loathing nonsense. But there you go.A note about Crude language: Mason has a mouth on him and a deep and personal relationship with the F-word. So he swears a lot. Maddie doesn't swear and some of the great banter centered around their sparring over "appropriate" expressions. Which was fun. I didn't, however, find any of it to be "crude" as I internalize the term. It just didn't rise to the level of sexuality or degrading that actually bothers me, sometimes. It's a subtle distinction, I know. Which is why I'm including this section even without the tag.A note about Steamy: There are a couple explicit sex scenes near the end of the story that are long enough to push this into the middle of my steam tolerance. I kind liked how well they dovetailed into the story and intimacy arc of both characters, though, so I appreciated that they were there.* Negative Motivations: I kind of hate that the term "negative motivation" isn't widespread, yet. Since it isn't, I'm going to save off this little jag to append to my reviews that feature the term. Jennifer Crusie blogged about it a bit back (or, if that link doesn't work, here's a cache of the original) and it changed how I understand story. The problem with the term is that if you've never heard it before, you'd assume it meant motivations that are harmful or immoral. Not so. What it refers to is motivations not to do something. The thing is that many of us are motivated to not do things for a lot of different, perfectly valid and reasonable, reasons. The problem is that in a story motivations to not do things are a huge drag on the plot—particularly considering the fact that most negative motivations are overcome by the character simply deciding they don't care any more (or, rather, that they do care and are now motivated to do the thing). So not only do you have a counter to action but you also have a situation where to overcome it, all a character has to do is change their mind. Which means eventually, the reader is rooting for the character to get over him/herself already and do the thing we want them to do. Conflict drives story. Conflict between a reader and a main character drives readers away from story.
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  • D.M.
    January 1, 1970
    The matchmaker and the difficult client. Mason needs a wife. Not because he wants a women to love or a family to share his time with. Not because he’s ready to settle down or wants to build a future. Mason wants a wife for his public image. He’s a bad tempered playboy with too much money and not enough emotions. His manger wants to change all that. Dick is like a family member to Mason. He only wants what’s best... and the way to get it, is to trick him into thinking it’s his idea. Maddie has a The matchmaker and the difficult client. Mason needs a wife. Not because he wants a women to love or a family to share his time with. Not because he’s ready to settle down or wants to build a future. Mason wants a wife for his public image. He’s a bad tempered playboy with too much money and not enough emotions. His manger wants to change all that. Dick is like a family member to Mason. He only wants what’s best... and the way to get it, is to trick him into thinking it’s his idea. Maddie has a new client. He’s difficult, cocky and a pain in the ass. She needs to find him a good match. The problem is he’s undatable. He wants a perfect wife but for show. What he’s going to get is a lesson in the rules of engagement. This book is funny, witty and swoon-worth. Mason is an arrogant alpha and Maddie is a strong willed female. The combination makes for an interesting read. This is my first book by J. T. Geissinger and I really enjoyed it. The chemistry was good and the story was entertaining. 5 out of 5. * I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Mindy Lou's Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    Rules of Engagement is an enemies to lovers romantic comedy. NFL player Mason Sparks and matchmaking owner Maddie McRae have only one thing in common, a past that has defined them. These two couldn't be more opposite if they tried. When they meet for the first time, you can visualize the sparks flying. Their constant battle of wills was hilariously entertaining. Mason is not exactly Prince Charming but the more the story progresses the more you learn what great guy he really is. He had a pretty Rules of Engagement is an enemies to lovers romantic comedy. NFL player Mason Sparks and matchmaking owner Maddie McRae have only one thing in common, a past that has defined them. These two couldn't be more opposite if they tried. When they meet for the first time, you can visualize the sparks flying. Their constant battle of wills was hilariously entertaining. Mason is not exactly Prince Charming but the more the story progresses the more you learn what great guy he really is. He had a pretty rough childhood and he hasn't been able to shake the negativity he was exposed to for so long. It took no-nonsense Maddie to shake some truth into his life. Maddie has also had a pretty traumatic event from her childhood that has held her back. It took Mason to push every one of her buttons to wake up to what's right in front of her. I liked how she didn't bow down to the great NFL player but treated Mason as the man that he is.I loved the chemistry between these two. Their banter was fun and made me laugh. I also loved her aunt. What a character she was! This was a cute story.
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  •  Leo (Queen of the Rants)
    January 1, 1970
    I’m so tired of books like this one. Authors writing their heroine with barely any sex experience and if she has any she has had the most horrible sex ever. And meanwhile here we have a “hot as fuck” hero with experience as high as Mount Everest. It’s not cute or funny. It’s stupid how many authors view women when they are women themselves. Oh but you can write OWs as sluts? Oh but let’s not forget how the author is trying to stereotype women, if she doesn’t have sex she must be a cat lady with I’m so tired of books like this one. Authors writing their heroine with barely any sex experience and if she has any she has had the most horrible sex ever. And meanwhile here we have a “hot as fuck” hero with experience as high as Mount Everest. It’s not cute or funny. It’s stupid how many authors view women when they are women themselves. Oh but you can write OWs as sluts? Oh but let’s not forget how the author is trying to stereotype women, if she doesn’t have sex she must be a cat lady with many cats. Don’t get me started how you authors always write a heroine who’s mousy, looking like a librarian with plain or “ugly” looking clothes because she can’t be as beautiful or hot as the “hot as fuck” hero. You authors, give women a bad name. You make me sick.
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  • Amy Dickinson
    January 1, 1970
    Overall Grade: 1/2Rules of Engagement is my entree into J.T. Geissinger’s world of books. As a newer blogger/book reviewer (I’ve only been doing this for two years), there are so many authors whom I have yet to read. I’ve seen Geissinger’s name in various promos over the past year, but Rules of Engagement is the first book of hers that I’ve had the honor to read. I know that she writes both contemporary romance and romantic comedy. When I saw the promotion of Rules of Engagement, the blurb drew Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2Rules of Engagement is my entree into J.T. Geissinger’s world of books. As a newer blogger/book reviewer (I’ve only been doing this for two years), there are so many authors whom I have yet to read. I’ve seen Geissinger’s name in various promos over the past year, but Rules of Engagement is the first book of hers that I’ve had the honor to read. I know that she writes both contemporary romance and romantic comedy. When I saw the promotion of Rules of Engagement, the blurb drew me in instantly. I mean, c’mon, a Southern lady matchmaker and a rough, gruff hero who is looking for a wife. This seemed like rom-com dynamite. And it is every bit of it. The story follows Maddie and Mason (can we acknowledge our love for alliterative pairings). Mason is a professional football player who has found himself in trouble time and time again due to his less than stellar attitude towards life and relationships. As a way to appease his agent and football team, his agent decides that he needs a wife to tame his image. Mason is the variety of hero who is beastly and gruff. Finding him a wife proves difficult. Mason’s agent, Dick, enlists the help of a matchmaker: Maddie. Maddie is every bit the Southern lady, well mannered, a little uptight, and controlled. When these two meet, fireworks ensue as each challenges the thinking of the other. The question of their story becomes will Maddie find a wife for Mason, or will she fall for him herself? Every single page of Geissinger’s story kept me engaged. There is a depth to the story that underlies the hilarity and aggression of Mason and Maddie’s journey. The only way to describe it lies in the word “dense.” Geissinger lends a density to their hate-to-love evolution. Each word felt intentional whether it was to examine Mason’s underlying motivation in life or to highlight Maddie’s need to control all the details of her life. There is simply an intentionality to Geissinger’s storytelling and prose even when it’s disguised as a witty rom-com. Rules of Engagement is a modern-day Beauty and the Beast tale. Mason has chosen beastly attributes as a means to hide his insecurity and beliefs about love. From the first page, it’s clear that Mason hyperbolizes his responses to people because he simply doesn’t feel “good enough” for meaningful relationships. This realization can be felt by Geissinger’s readers. Maybe we don’t act as grizzly as Mason, but we hide behind ineffectual coping mechanisms to escape our inner traumas. This is probably my favorite part of rom-coms, especially Geissinger’s. There is always something deeper beneath the surface of the seemingly light-hearted machinations of the hero and heroine. It’s a constant reminder that humor can act as a mask for a deeper issue. It’s the reason that a well-written rom-com holds the same power as an angsty, dramatic contemporary romance. For me, Maddie is my favorite character. Yes, she’s controlled, and, as her aunt notes, walks as though she has a stick up her butt. However, it’s easy to see that it has become her defense mechanism in life. Beyond that, it becomes clear early in the story that she has the ability to see deeper into other people. She struggles with personal introspection, yet Maddie’s superpower, at least for this story, is “seeing” the real Mason. As such, she pulled at my heart-strings every time she articulated his feelings that he couldn’t tell her. That’s usually one of my favorite plotlines: when a hero or heroine sees his/her love interest completely. Maddie’s ability to move past Mason’s defense mechanism makes her the ultimate hero in Rules of Engagement. Lastly, this story incorporates points of view other than Maddie’s and Mason’s, offering us context to the progression of their relationship. Incorporating Dick and Aunt Waldine’s perspectives not only helps us better understand Maddie and Mason; they also act as further hilarity in the romance. Aunt Waldine’s seances coupled with Dick’s meddling add the right amount of flair to keep the reader further engaged in Mason and Maddie’s journey. For my first J.T. Geissinger book, I’m thankful for the opportunity to have read Rules of Engagement for an honest review. In reading her acknowledgments that she wrote this book during a difficult time in her life, it’s amazing that she was able to infuse so much comedy into the gravity of a story about self-love and finding completion by allowing yourself to love fully, and it highlights Geissinger’s storytelling genius. Once I began reading Rules of Engagement, I couldn’t put it down. It’s a story of finding a deep love even when we tell ourselves that our pasts have damaged us too much for anyone to love us. That we can be more than we ever allow ourselves.
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  • ABookLover73
    January 1, 1970
    FIVE FUNNY STARS for Maddie and Mason !!!This is the first book that I've read by J.T. Geissinger and I loved it!It was a sweet and funny book to read and it got my heart."Rules of Engagement" is a romantic comedy that will totally make you laugh through the whole book.Maddie and Mason are characteristically different but how it says: "The opposites attract" !If you looking for a funny book, then you should read this one next!Highly recommended!!! FIVE FUNNY STARS for Maddie and Mason 💖💙💖💙!!!🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟This is the first book that I've read by J.T. Geissinger and I loved it!It was a sweet and funny book to read and it got my heart."Rules of Engagement" is a romantic comedy that will totally make you laugh through the whole book.Maddie and Mason are characteristically different but how it says: "The opposites attract" 😉!If you looking for a funny book, then you should read this one next!Highly recommended!!!
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  • Nova Brantley
    January 1, 1970
    If at chapter 1 you loose me then I must stop. This guy was so not for me. I don’t like being in his head at all. I’ve moved on.
  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    At the beginning, I was enjoying and open for possibilities. But I lost interest when I figured, it's the usual story about the stereotypical and cliched MCs; the big, troubled, lonely, playboy and the petite, clueless (which is stupid considering she is a matchmaker), uptight, Mary Sue. And, even though they are opposites, there is one thing they have in common, they are both so dumb, it gave me a headache. If you can look past that, you may enjoy the story and find it cute. The characters At the beginning, I was enjoying and open for possibilities. But I lost interest when I figured, it's the usual story about the stereotypical and cliched MCs; the big, troubled, lonely, playboy and the petite, clueless (which is stupid considering she is a matchmaker), uptight, Mary Sue. And, even though they are opposites, there is one thing they have in common, they are both so dumb, it gave me a headache. If you can look past that, you may enjoy the story and find it cute. The characters though not the brightest, are kinda sweet. So, it's okay considering all the garbage out there. And the writing is flawless. I might come back to it later, probably not.
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  • Ilaria 81
    January 1, 1970
    Meh ...read worst and better 3.5 stars
  • abire
    January 1, 1970
    dnf at 27%.too rushed, too clichee, too stereotyp-y... wasn't interested in either character let alone the kind of forced romance... there is no depth or build-up whatsoever... i'd rather read something i actually like than waste my time on something that feels like pulling teeth.
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  • Brittany from Can’t Quit Books
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a fun book to read. Maddie was stuck in her ways, but it was the way she was coping with pain. Mason thought that he deserved all the bad in his life, and didn’t try to fight for anything good. Watching these two come together was so intriguing. Their fighting and bantering had me laughing so hard, and you could feel the chemistry coming off the pages. It was only a matter of time before they combusted. This slow burn romance it a must read if you love witty banter, broody heroes, This was such a fun book to read. Maddie was stuck in her ways, but it was the way she was coping with pain. Mason thought that he deserved all the bad in his life, and didn’t try to fight for anything good. Watching these two come together was so intriguing. Their fighting and bantering had me laughing so hard, and you could feel the chemistry coming off the pages. It was only a matter of time before they combusted. This slow burn romance it a must read if you love witty banter, broody heroes, and sassy heroines. I honestly couldn’t wait to see what they said to each other next! -An Arc was generously provided in exchange for an honest review.-
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    This book was hilarious and refreshing! This is an opposites attract/sports/fake relationship(not your typical fake relationship romance)/opposites attract, romantic comedy. It is a standalone with an HEA. The first couple of pages had me questioning whether or not the book was going to be good. I am happy to admit that I was so wrong! I LOVED IT! Mason was a growly, broody, smart, and sexy football player with a penchant for trouble and a chip on his shoulder. He is a player in and out of the This book was hilarious and refreshing! This is an opposites attract/sports/fake relationship(not your typical fake relationship romance)/opposites attract, romantic comedy. It is a standalone with an HEA. The first couple of pages had me questioning whether or not the book was going to be good. I am happy to admit that I was so wrong! I LOVED IT! Mason was a growly, broody, smart, and sexy football player with a penchant for trouble and a chip on his shoulder. He is a player in and out of the bedroom. As the hottest player in the NFL, he has no problem getting the ladies, but that is one of his biggest problems. Now he is in need of a reputation overhaul. His agent/manager, Dick, is more like a father to him and insists that he needs to get married if he doesn't employ the help of a private agency to help him find a wife. Mason's childhood was far from ideal and a bit tragic. He overcame that and is one of the best players in the league but not without the internal scars. Maddie McRae is not what Mason expected and definitely isn't his type but there is something about her that he finds attractive, even if he won't admit that to himself. I loved Mason because there was so much more to him than meets the eye. He was funny and smart and endearing. Maddie McRae! There is so much to say about her. I loved her as well. She was the owner of Perfect Pairings, a matchmaking service. She was prim, proper, puritanical, sweet, a hopeless romantic, a little clueless, funny, quirky, witty, and has sass that rivals the best of them! She has experienced tragedy at a young age but she is one of the most positive people around. After meeting Mason, she finds he may just be her biggest challenge but she is up for it! Her heart is in the right place but Mason is testing her patience. Maddie sees through him though and refuses to let him hide behind his growly, broody personality that he uses as a shield. I loved that she was patient with Mason but also gave him back what he dished out.This book was witty, funny, sexy, steamy, heartwarming, and entertaining with a boatload of charm! I gobbled this book up in one sitting. There were so many laugh out loud moments but also sweet and touching moments! The plot was engaging, well-written, well-paced, and I couldn't get enough! The characters were beyond wonderful! I loved every single one of them. Aunt Waldine and her crew were the best. She almost steals the show. I enjoyed her shenanigans, meddling, and conspiring with Dick as well as her witchcraft. I think it would be hilarious to read a book with Aunt Waldine and Dick getting together! The banter and push and pull between Mason and Maddie was hilarious and entertaining. Their chemistry sizzles. If you like romantic comedies, this is the book y'all! You need this in your life! I loved every minute of it, including the "afterword" and acknowledgments. There were touching and heartfelt. This is my first read by this author but definitely won't be the last.****ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.****
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  • Eli
    January 1, 1970
    * arc provided by social butterfly*if you want to read this I'll tell you to go to the 80% of the book and start there, because before that, nothing really happens.we basically know all about the characters since the first chapter, there's no development whatsoever in any of them.the relationship is slow, and I actually liked their interactions, but not enough to like this book.plot wise is a disaster, I don't care about the 763622 clichés here because I think that clichés can become great * arc provided by social butterfly*if you want to read this I'll tell you to go to the 80% of the book and start there, because before that, nothing really happens.we basically know all about the characters since the first chapter, there's no development whatsoever in any of them.the relationship is slow, and I actually liked their interactions, but not enough to like this book.plot wise is a disaster, I don't care about the 763622 clichés here because I think that clichés can become great books, but this book feels like reading a wattpad fanfiction from 2012.and I don't even want to start to talk about the main character being so "quirky and feminist" but judging every fucking woman, and the way the author narrates the story to make her look "perfect" and "not like other girls"... imagine how tired we are of that trope.overall, I will say that it was actually funny and cute sometimes, but it's nothing memorable and I'm probably never picking this again
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    4 PINK Stars!!!This book is a super sweet read with a big dollop of sexual tension. It was sexual tension at first sight! It had me grinning through the whole thing, and I enjoyed every second of it. Mason.He is just so grumpy! And delicious! I love him! He’s got some PR issues, so his manager connects him with a matchmaker. He doesn’t want one, but he goes along with it. From the moment he meets Maddie, there are sparks and chemistry and delightful frustration. Mason has some anger management 4 PINK Stars!!!This book is a super sweet read with a big dollop of sexual tension. It was sexual tension at first sight! It had me grinning through the whole thing, and I enjoyed every second of it. Mason.He is just so grumpy! And delicious! I love him! He’s got some PR issues, so his manager connects him with a matchmaker. He doesn’t want one, but he goes along with it. From the moment he meets Maddie, there are sparks and chemistry and delightful frustration. Mason has some anger management to deal with (along with basic dating etiquette), and Maddie is there to keep him in check and determined to find the right match for him, despite all of his outward emotional flaws. Maddie.She runs a matchmaking business and believes in true love. She’s got the sexy librarian look going on, but she is a tough pink cookie. Despite Maddie being the polar opposite of Mason, she still sees the good in him. She goes toe-to-toe with him in every verbal battle, and I loved her.Mason and Maddie have both been hurt in the past in different ways (I appreciate that the author didn’t spend too much time on this), which makes them connect on a deeper level and need each other that much more. It’s the perfect haters to lovers romance. The sweet sexual tension. The slow burn. I’m not usually a fan of slow burns, but this one had me hooked and I just couldn’t stop reading because of all the grinning. I’ll read anything J.T. writes. p.s. I didn’t care for the multiple points of view (match-making behind the scenes). It was cute, but it just wasn’t for me.ARC courtesy of publisher in exchange for an honest reviewFind me on
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  • Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 PINK STARS! I LOVE romantic comedies, but lately I haven't been able to find one that makes me laugh more than the need to roll my eyes... until I started this book! This slow-burn story was just what I needed - funny, sweet, witty and so hot!!! “𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩’𝙨 𝙬𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙢𝙮 𝙡𝙞𝙥𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙠?” 𝙎𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙘𝙧𝙪𝙣𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙨 𝙪𝙥 𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙛𝙖𝙘𝙚. “𝙄𝙩 𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙙𝙖 𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙠𝙨 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙡𝙤𝙨𝙩 𝙖 𝙙𝙖𝙧𝙚.” 30-Years-old Maddie McRae runs a respectable matchmaking service named "Perfect Pairings" (even though she is single). She's optimistic, polite, 4.5 PINK STARS! 💕 I LOVE romantic comedies, but lately I haven't been able to find one that makes me laugh more than the need to roll my eyes... until I started this book! 💕This slow-burn story was just what I needed - funny, sweet, witty and so hot!!! 🏈🔥📚 “𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩’𝙨 𝙬𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙢𝙮 𝙡𝙞𝙥𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙠?” 𝙎𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙘𝙧𝙪𝙣𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙨 𝙪𝙥 𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙛𝙖𝙘𝙚. “𝙄𝙩 𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙙𝙖 𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙠𝙨 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙡𝙤𝙨𝙩 𝙖 𝙙𝙖𝙧𝙚.” 📚30-Years-old Maddie McRae runs a respectable matchmaking service named "Perfect Pairings" (even though she is single). She's optimistic, polite, sweet - but also a control freak and has a serious obsession with the color pink. 😂💕Maddie believes in true love, that's why she does what she does... What she doesn't do is offer an escort services to her clients. 😱So, when she finds out that the quarterback Mason Spark has paid for her services to find a fake bride just to save his reputation - she is furious! Yet, she will do anything to prove that even the most cynical person can find true love ... 💕💥📚 "𝙄𝙩’𝙨 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙞𝙛 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙙𝙤𝙣’𝙩 𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙜𝙡𝙚 𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙩𝙤 𝙝𝙞𝙙𝙚 𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙙𝙚𝙖𝙙 𝙗𝙤𝙙𝙮 𝙖𝙩 𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙩 𝙤𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮 𝙛𝙚𝙬 𝙢𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙝𝙨.” “𝙊𝙠𝙖𝙮, 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩’𝙨 𝙙𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙗𝙞𝙣𝙜. 𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙤𝙛 𝙢𝙚𝙣 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙗𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙙𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜?” 📚28-Year-old Mason is grumpy and rude, he has no family or friends and doesn't believe in love. His traumatic past has made him cynical, one who doesn't believe he deserves anything good... 💔🏈😭Until Maddie arrives and turns his life completely up-side-down! 💣💥Oh my god, their banters were so much fun... even their inner monologues made me laugh out loud! 😂📚 “𝘿𝙤𝙚𝙨 𝙞𝙩 𝙜𝙚𝙩 𝙩𝙞𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙙𝙧𝙖𝙜𝙜𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙝𝙪𝙜𝙚 𝙚𝙜𝙤 𝙖𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚?” “𝙉𝙤,” 𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙖 𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙛𝙖𝙘𝙚. “𝙈𝙮 𝙗𝙞𝙘𝙚𝙥𝙨 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙡𝙚 𝙞𝙩.” 📚Besides Maddie and Mason, the other characters were also wonderfully written and each contributed to the story in its own special way (Especially Maddie's aunt and Mason's agent, who even have their own chapters in the story). 💕💥The only thing I didn't like was the drama at the end. Of course every romantic comedy needs some sort of crisis, but the way the author turned Maddie's ex into the "bad guy" was too exaggerated... I could imagined him rubbing his hands and laughing in an evil voice. 😂 What I love most about J.T's books is her talent for building sexual tension that makes me want to pluck my hair off and drool all over the place - and than finish it with hot scenes that was totally worth the wait! 🔥So if you want to fall in love, swoon and tear with laughter... this is just the book you should read!!! 💕▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️📖 ᖴOᒪᒪOᗯ ᗰE Oᑎ IᑎᔕTᗩGᖇᗩᗰ: 🎉 https://www.instagram.com/the_romanti...📖 ᐯIᔕIT ᗰY ᗷᒪOG ᖴOᖇ ᗰOᖇE ᖇEᐯIEᗯᔕ: https://books-romance.com/
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  • TheSassyNerdBlog
    January 1, 1970
    Rules of Engagement is a standalone rom-com, and a book I couldn't put down. I wasn't always into rom-com's I leaned more towards the darker side of romance, but after reading the blurb I knew I had to give this book a chance and I am so glad I did. This was funny, unique, and enticing read that had me laughing my ass off. Mason and Maddie are complete opposite, they couldn't be more different. Mason is rough, he's miserable, he lives a miserable life too. You could say he's an alcoholic, or Rules of Engagement is a standalone rom-com, and a book I couldn't put down. I wasn't always into rom-com's I leaned more towards the darker side of romance, but after reading the blurb I knew I had to give this book a chance and I am so glad I did. This was funny, unique, and enticing read that had me laughing my ass off. Mason and Maddie are complete opposite, they couldn't be more different. Mason is rough, he's miserable, he lives a miserable life too. You could say he's an alcoholic, or close enough. He uses the drink and endless hookups to try and shut out any kind of emotion, he's trying to avoid the fact his life is miserable so he numbs everything out. The thing is though, there is so much more to him. He's smart, and I mean really smart, and he does have a soft side, but that was so buried under his drunken hazed hookups. It wasn't until Maddie came into his life that he started to grow as a character and it was awesome to read. Maddie is outspoken, she's quirky, she's feisty and witty and she didn't put up with his bad habits and bad behavior, and everything that Mason needed but didn't know he needed. She kept him guessing yet in a way she looked after him. She was perfect for him and the way she was able to bring this softer side out. I am not diving into this plot but I do want to say a few things. Get ready to laugh your head off, swoon, sway and fall in love with these characters. This book is full of charm and love and passion and quirkiness... It was heartwarming and had my heart fluttering throughout the book. Just an uplifting and fun kind of read. It was truly a breath of fresh air to read and I managed to devour it in one sitting!BUY THE BOOK! You will not be disappointed 5 Stars
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  • Malene
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this wonderful romantic comedy which was so much more than a comedy. It’s also an enemies to lovers and slow burn romance. An awesome package that just made me feel so damn good from start to finish. Every character in this story just shined. Especially Maddie and Mason because their chemistry and bantering were gold. So much fun and heat sizzling beneath the surface. Maddie’s auntie Waldine and Mason’s agent Dick were terrific additions to the story and definitely had their I really enjoyed this wonderful romantic comedy which was so much more than a comedy. It’s also an enemies to lovers and slow burn romance. An awesome package that just made me feel so damn good from start to finish. Every character in this story just shined. Especially Maddie and Mason because their chemistry and bantering were gold. So much fun and heat sizzling beneath the surface. Maddie’s auntie Waldine and Mason’s agent Dick were terrific additions to the story and definitely had their role to play in the story.Maddie helping Mason with finding the right woman for him turned out to be a game changer for the both of them. The dialogue was witty and the story entertaining. Rule of Engagement was a wonderful and unexpected surprise.4 Pink Stars
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  • Snow
    January 1, 1970
    Yeah, I loved it...hmmm, you might wonder why, when the storyline is so worn out by now...well, the answer is simple - it's about making it fresh, taking the old, known, familiar and turning it into smth exciting, thrilling and presenting it new...How? Simple, for those who write, it's a challenge and it's a craft too and J. T. Geissinger is a true craftswoman! She owns it!hence, this is one of the quirkiest, wittiest, funniest, soulful, warm and insightful freshly made "enemies-to- lovers" Yeah, I loved it...hmmm, you might wonder why, when the storyline is so worn out by now...well, the answer is simple - it's about making it fresh, taking the old, known, familiar and turning it into smth exciting, thrilling and presenting it new...How? Simple, for those who write, it's a challenge and it's a craft too and J. T. Geissinger is a true craftswoman! She owns it!hence, this is one of the quirkiest, wittiest, funniest, soulful, warm and insightful freshly made "enemies-to- lovers" romance comedies I have read lately!and one of my fave sentences: You've both got a lot of broken pieces. But if you give it a chance, you might find that all your broken pieces fit together perfectly to make a beautiful whole.
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  • Sandy S
    January 1, 1970
    4 starsABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date January 28, 2020Love is a battlefield for a quirky matchmaker and the cocky football star who hires her to find him a wife. As the owner of Perfect Pairings matchmaking service, Maddie McRae earns her living helping others fall in love. And one thing the sweet Southern belle knows for sure is that the foundation of wedded bliss is built on similarities: opposites might attract, but they don’t stay together. Enter Mason Spark.Rude, arrogant, and notoriously 4 starsABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date January 28, 2020Love is a battlefield for a quirky matchmaker and the cocky football star who hires her to find him a wife. As the owner of Perfect Pairings matchmaking service, Maddie McRae earns her living helping others fall in love. And one thing the sweet Southern belle knows for sure is that the foundation of wedded bliss is built on similarities: opposites might attract, but they don’t stay together. Enter Mason Spark.Rude, arrogant, and notoriously allergic to monogamy, the hottest quarterback in the NFL is Maddie’s polar opposite. He’s also her new client. Her gorgeous, infuriating new client who’s paying her an outrageous sum of money to find him a wife. With his multi-million dollar contract on the line due to his behavior on and off the field, bad boy Mason is willing to pretend to settle down. But when he starts to fall for the adorkable matchmaker who can’t stand him, the playboy finds himself in the game of his life to keep something he never thought he’d lose—his heart.•••••REVIEW: RULES OF ENGAGEMENT by J. T.Geissinger is a stand alone, contemporary, adult, erotic, romance story line focusing on thirty year old owner of Perfect Pairings matchmaking service Maddie McRae, and twenty-eight year old, professional football player Mason Spark.Told from dual first person perspectives (Maddie and Mason) RULES OF ENGAGEMENT follows the building relationship between thirty year old owner of Perfect Pairings matchmaking service Maddie McRae, and twenty-eight year old, professional football player Mason Spark. Mason Spark’s reputation is a mess, and his agent thinks it is high-time Mason settles down, and finds a wife but our hero wants nothing to do with love or a happily ever after. Enter match-maker Maddie McRae, and the woman with whom Mason will fall in love. What ensues is the building but tempestuous relationship between Mason and Maddie, and the potential fall-out as Maddie’s past comes looking for a second chance threatening Mason in the process.Maddie McRae is a spitfire shrouded in an uptight, librarian kind of façade but their first meeting finds Maddie on the offensive against Mason’s attitude and less than cooperative stance. Mason doesn’t want a wife or a relationship but something about Maddie draws Mason like a moth to a flame. With every attempt to match Mason, Maddie’s heart breaks a little bit more.The relationship between Maddie and Mason begins acrimoniously as both take a stand about the current situation but Maddie refuses to ‘supply’ Mason with the type of women he wants, and Mason refuses to accept anyone Maddie presents. The back and forth banter between our leading couple is fun, flirty and often heart breaking. Maddie reveals a little bit about her past, and Mason’s past is about to threaten his relationship with the woman with whom he is falling in love. The Sex scenes are intimate and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text.We are introduced to Maddie’s eccentric Aunt Waldine; Mason’s agent Dick; and Maddie’s former boyfriend Robert Cavendish.RULES OF ENGAGEMENT is a story of opposites attract; a war of wills; a sexy, romantic comedy. The premise is lively ; the romance is provocative ; the characters are feisty and spirited.Copy supplied for reviewwww.thereadingcafe.com
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  • Aaly
    January 1, 1970
    **ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. **4.5 stars!So.Damn.Good!Review to come *** ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review *** When the matchmaker meets the football player, sparks will fly… but not the ones you might looking for! Maddie Mac Rae believes in happy endings and true love and Mason Spark was the opposite.As a new client, it was a challenge on so many levels, to this behavior and opinions about relationships.On paper they seem like a disaster in the **ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. **4.5 stars!So.Damn.Good!Review to come *** ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review *** When the matchmaker meets the football player, sparks will fly… but not the ones you might looking for! Maddie Mac Rae believes in happy endings and true love and Mason Spark was the opposite.As a new client, it was a challenge on so many levels, to this behavior and opinions about relationships. On paper they seem like a disaster in the making but in real life? The chemistry was there but as you might guess, these two are stubborn like no one else and they are always trying to have the last word, creating this tensed and so entertaining banter. The characters were true to themselves, giving to the other a run for their money, pushing the other to reveal the part of themselves they didn’t show to the world.The quirky matchmaker meets her match with this hot tempered and arrogant football player who knows how to push her buttons but she can definitely reciprocate. Every discussion turns into an argument, with this strong hint of smoking hot chemistry. Oh my...I adored the vehemence and passion the author gave to the narrative throughout the characters’ relationship, not only giving just an entertaining banter but developing so greatly the main characters, how they became that way. And trust me, they definitely had more in common. They just had to take that leap of faith that would change everything. They made me smile so hard, laughed a lot and frustrated tons, but it was so worth it. The rules of engagement were definitely not the usual ones with these two, creating their own, falling in love unexpectedly.   The magic was operating, the banter and sexiness on point, a rom-com right up my alley! 
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  • A Klue
    January 1, 1970
    The gloves come off and a war of words breaks out over love in this nose to nose, then lips to lips, opposites attract, relationship angst, romantic read by J.T. Geissinger. Maddie and Mason, the main couple, seemed to have their minds made up on the meaning of matrimony and those opinions do not match, folks. Lucky for us, Mason’s jaded, very outspoken view doesn’t stand a chance against the simple truth and shining example Maddie sets for him. She makes him start to want things he never The gloves come off and a war of words breaks out over love in this nose to nose, then lips to lips, opposites attract, relationship angst, romantic read by J.T. Geissinger. Maddie and Mason, the main couple, seemed to have their minds made up on the meaning of matrimony and those opinions do not match, folks. Lucky for us, Mason’s jaded, very outspoken view doesn’t stand a chance against the simple truth and shining example Maddie sets for him. She makes him start to want things he never thought possible.Ill tempered, quick to curse/fly off the handle, and speak before he thinks, Mason even seems to have had enough of himself. Yeah, this guy is getting on his own nerves. Maddie is like a life line he didn’t realize he needed until now. Not that he plans to let her know that. You’ll have to put up with his bimbo point of view though until he completely sees the light. He obviously has earned his previous manho reputation, btw. We are eventually given the full scoop on his hard luck past that made him this way. Maddie has a sad past, as well, which makes Mason admire her even more. I’d consider this a slow burn read as the hilarious at times bickering and banter steal the show for quite awhile as these two knuckleheads barb back and forth heatedly as they fumble their way into love.As usual, this author’s writing flowed and kept me fully engaged. I couldn’t help but think of Anna from the movie Leap Year (played by Amy Adams) as the sassy, quick with a comeback heroine. Chris Hemsworth as Mason, of course, because, well, he can play any manly role, in my opinion. So if you are up for a womanizing hero set straight by a sassy, doesn’t back down lady love, you might want to consider this new release by J.T. Geissinger. Brace yourself though for frequent use of the f-word in the very beginning. The spiel of all the ways that word can be used was funny yet rather crass at the same time. Romance Safety Gang: (view spoiler)[ You may not like what a jerk he is at first and his manho reputation. He doesn’t have sex with any OW after meeting Maddie. Nor does she. Her ex tries to cause trouble. (hide spoiler)]Title: Rules of Engagement, Author: J.T. Geissinger, Pages: 290, stand-alone, ill tempered/gruff on the outside NFL football player hero, sweet/sassy matchmaker business owner heroine, manho until her, lots of back and forth banter/bickering, opposites to in love, some steamy scenes, slow burn, ex tries to cause trouble, sad pasts.(I read and reviewed an ARC version of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not given any payment or compensation for this review, nor is there any affiliation or relationship between this reviewer and the author/publisher/PR firm.)
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  • BlueSeal
    January 1, 1970
    Have you ever been fixed up with a person whom your friends thought would be perfect for you due to similar interests and beliefs? Maybe you have done the online dating thing and were matched with the perfect person based on a questionnaire. I think that’s is what the term “perfect on paper” means. So what happens, when you meet that person and there is no chemistry? What if you meet someone that is your complete opposite yet the chemistry is undeniable and everyone around you can feel the Have you ever been fixed up with a person whom your friends thought would be perfect for you due to similar interests and beliefs? Maybe you have done the online dating thing and were matched with the perfect person based on a questionnaire. I think that’s is what the term “perfect on paper” means. So what happens, when you meet that person and there is no chemistry? What if you meet someone that is your complete opposite yet the chemistry is undeniable and everyone around you can feel the sizzle? That is the interesting conundrum that Maddie McRae and Mason Spark (I am NOT kidding) find themselves struggling with in J. T. Geissinger’s newest book, “Rules of Engagement”. Grab a sweet tea and let’s chat about “Rules of Engagement”. Quarterback Mason Spark has spent years running from relationships. Don’t get me wrong, he has plenty of relationships of the one-night variety but he doesn’t have friends or family for that matter. A product of a broken home and years in the system followed by a stint in juvie, Mason is a hurt, broken man who conceals it by being an ogre...to everyone. His coach is tired of it. His teammates are tired of it. His sponsors of tired of it. His last chance to prove that he is cleaning up is life is to get married to a woman who can reign him in a little bit. It is Maddie’s job to find the perfect match for Mason but so far her “perfect on paper” matches have not gotten past the introductory phone call. Upon the first face-to-face meeting with Mason, Maddie fantasizes about committing murder. After getting to know Mason, Maddie’s fantasies begin to turn a little more x-rated which is so confusing because Mason is not Maddie’s “perfect on paper” man. J.T. Geissinger has, all in one book, quoted George Carlin, The Princess Bride, as well as Harry Potter. She has also made me fall in love with tattoed hunk, Mason Spark who will be playing quarterback for the Atlanta Pioneers in Super Bowl LIV (wink wink). I can’t wait to watch the game! Go Pioneers (but only for the purpose of this review because this girl right here is hoping that Kansas City goes all the way - GO CHIEFS!!) BlueSeal’s rating of Rules of Engagement by J. T. Geissinger - 5 out of 5 propellers.
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