Updated: Oct 9, 2020
Dani Petrillo’s friends are settling down faster than she can escape her latest one-night stand. After her best friend’s wedding, she decides it’s time to leave the single life behind and find true love. She joins a dating site that makes a bold promise—Eight Dates to Your Soulmate—if you can follow their dating bootcamp rules. The first one? No sleeping with any of your matches until the eight dates are over. Sure, she wants to find a good guy, but she also knows that no sex for months isn’t going to work for her. Luckily, she’s always been good at bending the rules.
Dylan Pierce doesn’t do commitment, and if his genes are any indication, he wasn’t made for it anyway. He’s also been trying to get his hot friend Dani into bed for years, so he’s ecstatic when she suggests a friends with benefits arrangement while she’s participating in some dating bootcamp nonsense. She gets her, um, needs taken care of while she looks for love, and he gets to sleep with Dani, no strings attached. Win/win.
But when lines start to blur, their arrangement feels more and more like dating and Dylan feels less and less like sending her off to some other guy when they’re done. It might mean breaking some of his own dating rules, but he wants Dani for himself. Convincing her he’s worth it is a lot harder than being her stand-in, though. Add in keeping the entire thing a secret from their tight group of friends, and the rules of the game just got a lot more complicated.
Rating: 5 Stars
I absolutely adored this book. I didn't think it was possible to love it more than I loved The Catch, but I did!!! I loved that it focused on Dylan and Dani's story (both of whom we already met and got to know a little in The Catch) but it still had Josh and Cat as part of the story as well!!! I loved Dani so much in the first book, so when I found out that she was the main character in book 2 I couldn't wait to get my hands on it!!! I was so so lucky to have been chosen to receive and review an arc copy and I dropped everything else I was reading to read The Rules instead!! Both books in the Summer Nights series are absolutely fantastic and I have been recommending them to everyone I can! I am praying that Lauren H. Mae continues on writing more books in this series because I honestly can't get enough of these characters! Regardless of whether she continues on with this group or branches off and writes another series, I will 100% be buying it. These two books have made me a HUGE Lauren H. Mae fan and I am so incredibly grateful that I was able to get an early copy of The Rules! Now I don't know what to read next because I'm going to have a major book hangover (but I am completely okay with that)!
If you are looking for a light and fun romance then I HIGHLY suggest checking out The Catch in preparation for the release of The Rules!