Monday, August 1, 2016

BLOG TOUR, 4 STAR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Six Month Rule (Kingston Ale House #2) by A.J. Pine

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Six Month Rule

by A.J. Pine 

Kingston Ale House #2 
Publication Date: July 18, 2016 
Genres: Adult, Entangled, Select Contemporary, Romance

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She created the game, but the rules are about to change. 

Taurus: Hold fast to your single-minded nature today—no matter how long her legs or how lush her red lips. 

Gemini: You were a shining star last night, but reality can be a real—well, you get the picture. Just remember: Tall, dark, and British equals no corner office for you.

Will Evans never wanted a reason to stay.

Holly Chandler wants nothing more than for him to go.

But neither one is prepared for what can happen in six months. Because it doesn’t matter what you want when what you need walks out the door.

Holly’s been busting her butt to make partner at Trousseau and there’s no way she’s going to let some stuck-up British arsehole get in her way—no matter how drop-dead gorgeous he is. But that doesn’t mean she can’t have a little fun in the process. She has a six-month rule: date just long enough for the honeymoon phase to wear off, then walk away before anyone gets hurt. If they both know the rules up front, walking away will be a piece of cake. 

Or maybe not…

SIX MONTH RULE is a stand alone book in a connected series.

My Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Holly's life is great. She has a very successful career and is on path to make partner. She dates pretty regularly and has even been in more than her share of relationships. The thing is they always have an expiration date. She makes a point of only being in one for six months. The guys always know the score and she has yet to meet someone that really challenges her on that. That's how she does relationships and there are no exceptions. Or is there?

When Holly shows up to work after a successful event, she thinks that she is going to be promoted. What she gets instead is Will Evans, the man she had a not so great encounter with only moments before. They will be working together for the next six months on an event that will surely make Holly partner if it does well. 

I love me a sexy Brit and Will Evans is definitely one of those. As the two of them work together, they can't deny that they are extremely attracted to the other person. So when Holly suggests to Will that they are exclusive for the next sis months, he agrees. So they spend their week days working and their week nights as a couple. It is the perfect arrangement. The only downfall is that most of his weekends are spent back in London, where his adorable six year old daughter lives. 

I loved Will and Holly. They not only worked well professionally, but as a couple they were fantastic. There were plenty of really sweet moments between them that told me that their arrangement was much more than either of them wanted to admit. And it worked really well, until it didn't. Neither of them saw the other person coming and and their relationship turned into something that forced them to make some pretty serious decisions about their lives. 

This was a great follow up to the first book, The One That Got Away, and we did get a little bit of Jamie and Brynn in this book as well. You will laugh, swoon and maybe even get a little emotional. I know I did. 


“May I…?” he asked, his voice hoarse and expectant as he raised a palm toward one of her breasts.

She half smiled while biting her lip, then nodded, and Will brought his hand to her skin. As he made contact, they each drew in a sharp breath.

“God, Holly…”

“Say it again,” she whispered, her hands clasping around his neck.

“God, Holly?” he asked, teasing, because he knew what she meant, but he wanted her to say it one more time.

She shook her head, grinning, and gently tugged his head toward hers. “I want you to ask permission in that sexy accent of yours.”

He brought his lips to hers, not yet a kiss, but close enough to feel her breath on his skin. One hand was still on her breast, and the other had found its way to her back. Will was barely hanging on, but he wanted to do this right, put someone else’s needs first, give her what she wanted.

So he asked, “May I do this?”

He kissed her, featherlight, and she spoke softly against him.


His lips moved to her jaw and her neck, and all the while he spoke sweetly against her.

“And this? May I kiss you here?”

He felt her swallow as he peppered her skin with tiny kisses, and again he heard her voice, faint yet insistent.


Her breast was still cupped in his hand, and he lightly pinched the hard peak while asking, “What about this, Holly? May I do this?”

She gasped and rocked her hips against him, and he took that as a yes. God, it had been so long since he’d been with anyone like this, and the way she responded to himwas enough to drive him mad. He knew this was dangerous ground, that he wasn’t just attracted to Holly physically. He should be logical here, weigh the pros and cons, but her hands had left his neck and found the button of his jeans, and that was it. Will finally put his overactive brain to rest. It was all instinct from here, because Holly Chandler responded to his impulses, and he to hers.

“May I have the pleasure, Mr. Evans?” She undid the button. “Or can I call you Billy now?”

Will scooped her into his arms and dropped her over the side of the sofa so she now lay on her back. Holly yelped with laughter as he stepped around to meet her, sitting on the edge of a cushion.

“No to Billy,” he said. Then, “You first,” returning the favor, unbuttoning and unzipping her jeans. “If I may.”


The One That Got Away Cover


How far will one man go for the woman he's loved since high school?

Jamie Kingston has been Brynn Chandler's best friend since middle school. Only once was their friendship tested—when Brynn gave Jamie a single kiss. Since then, they've had an unspoken agreement never to cross that line again, and she’s ready to let go of the past and move on. But Jamie has loved Brynn for as long as he can remember, and now that he's ready to tell her, she has her sights set on someone else. 
Knowing this is his last chance, he asks Brynn to go on a two-week road trip. But their time alone brings old hurts to the surface, and Brynn has to decide if the one that got away lies at the end of the journey or if he's been by her side all along.



AJ Pine

AJ Pine writes stories to break readers’ hearts, but don’t worry—she’ll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and a librarian, AJ has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality–romance. Naturally, her books have the same. When she’s not writing, she’s of course reading. Then there’s online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes) and, of course, a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires and superheroes. And in the midst of all of this, you’ll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago burbs.


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