Book: The Ground Rules
Series: Book 1 in the Ground Rules Trilogy
Author: Roya Carmen
Review by: Onnica
Basic story: Mirella and Gabe are very happily married. They adore their little girls and have been together since high school. After nearly 20 years together, the spark still burns bright between them. Mirella couldn’t wish for more.
On a date night at a swanky restaurant, the couple are obliged to share a table with sophisticated couple Weston and Bridget. Where Mirella and Gabe are down to earth, Weston and Bridget Hanson are straight off the cover of Vogue. Despite their social differences, the foursome hit it off. Mirella finds the enigmatic, nerdy Weston fascinating and Bridget clearly appreciates Gabe.
When the Hansons explain that they’d like to explore an ‘arrangement’ with them, Mirella is mortified. She can’t imagine sharing Gabe with anyone, nor can she imagine being with another man. But Weston’s eyes are so so green and he seems to get her in a way no-one else ever has. The rules are simple: don’t sleep with anyone outside the group, don’t tell anyone about the arrangement, don’t moan about your partner to the other person, don’t contact each other in between dates and above all – don’t get attached. Simple, right?
Why you should read it: This is seriously one of the sexiest stories I’ve read in a while. The characters were well-drawn and I adored Mirella. She’s so human and I understood her feelings and her irrationality only made her more human in my opinion. Weston is enigmatic and perhaps on a spectrum of genius – he doesn’t cope well in social situations so I found it really interesting that he courted this kind of lifestyle. Book one (yes I just found out it’s a trilogy) has set out the characters nicely and raised quite a few dilemmas already. I cannot wait to see how it will all pan out.
What you might hate: I don’t know. I know a lot of you hate cheating, but it’s not cheating if everyone’s consenting is it? Maybe this particular kink isn’t to your taste but I can only recommend it wholeheartedly.
Rating: I was bowled over by this story. In a sea of books that are just meh, this one beckoned to me like a beacon! I want more! 5/5