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The Rule Book

Don't miss Sarah Adams funny and heartfelt companion to The Cheat Sheet

This book stole my heart!

This book stole my heart! A delightfully swoony read, it's a sports romance packed with fun tropes like second-chance romance, enemies to lovers, fake dating/marriage, and forced proximity. Nora and Derek dated in college but broke up before he was drafted into the NFL. Years later, Nora, who has been paying her dues to become a sports agent, is assigned her first client, Derek. So, they make a list of rules for working together, but rules are made to be broken!

The characters are lovable. Nora is an adorably quirky and very determined FMC, and I loved her. She works in a male-dominated profession and has to contend with a lot. Dreamy Derek is a big ol cinnamon roll MMC who is coming to terms with a possibly career-ending injury and a diagnosis of dyslexia in adulthood. Both have things to work through on their own and interesting backstories. Together, they share witty banter and undeniable chemistry.

The secondary characters are great too. Nora and her colleague Nicole's dynamic is awesome, and Nora's mom is lovely. Then there's Derek's teammates—oh boy, they are a riot! Their hilarious dialogue, antics, and unwavering support for each other bring a warm, found-family element to the story.

I enjoyed Adams's engaging writing style, which is full of light-hearted humor. The pacing was just right, and this feel-good rom-com kept me entertained from start to finish.

Hathaway Lee narrates the audiobook from Nora's POV, and Will Damron narrates Derek's. They were perfect for their roles and delivered performances with a range of emotions, adding nuance and dimension to their scenes. Plus, they both have voices that are easy to listen to for hours if you end up binging this like I did!

Thank you to Random House Ballentine and Penguin Random House audio for the free book and audiobook! #partner

My steep was Morning Mojo from The Tea Spot

This blend of pu-erh and black teas with orange peel and vanilla has been jumpstarting my mornings!



College sweethearts meet again years later, in this highly anticipated romance and companion story to the viral TikTok sensation The Cheat Sheet.

Nora Mackenzie’s entire career lies in the hands of famous NFL tight end Derek Pender who also happens to be her extremely hot college ex-boyfriend. Nora didn’t end things as gracefully as she could have back then, and now it’s come back to haunt her. Derek is her first client as an official full-time sports agent and he’s holding a grudge.

Derek has set his sights on a little friendly revenge. If Nora Mackenzie, the first girl to ever break his heart, wants to be his agent, oh he’ll let her be his agent. The plan is make Nora’s life absolutely miserable. But if Derek knows anything about the woman he once loved—she won’t quit easily.

Instead of giving in, Nora starts a scheme of her own. But then a wild night in Vegas leads to Nora and Derek in bed the next morning married. With their rule book out the window, could this new relationship be the thing to save their careers?

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