Title: Rules of Engagement
Author: J.T. Geissinger
Rating: 4 stars
Where I got it: Kindle Unlimited
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.
I love a good story about an athlete, and I was excited when I came across this book (I featured it on my blog about a month ago, but didn’t actually request an ARC – which I now regret).
Mason Spark is the quarterback of a football team in Atlanta. He is a seriously broken man. He had a rough upbringing, which he has carried with him into adulthood. His manager, Dick, feels that in order to save his career, Mason needs to find a wife and settle down.
Enter Maddie McRae, owner of Perfect Pairings. Maddie is tasked with finding a wife for Mason, but they immediately DO NOT hit it off. She finds him rude and annoying, and he finds her prim and prissy. Thank goodness Maddie’s wacky Auntie Waldine sees what neither Mason nor Maddie can see – that they are perfect for one another.
One thing I found interesting about this story was that both Mason and Maddie was kind of loners. In that I mean that they didn’t have that “best friend” that can rely on for everything. Mason’s best friend is his manager, Dick, and Maddie’s is her Auntie Waldine. I found that dynamic very interesting.
Mason and Maddie were both very well written characters. You could feel Mason’s pain from his childhood, and while at times he acted like a total dick, you could get where he was coming from. Maddie had issues of her own, and she held everything in – or cleaned everything in sight. I could relate to that as well.
Mason’s transformation during the course of the book was what I found most fascinating. I’m a hopeless romantic and believe in true love, and that when you meet “the one”, you know. This book proved that.
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend. It’s a bit of a slow burn, but really worth it.