ARC Review: The Ground Rules Rewritten by Roya Carmen

Posted October 19, 2015 by Francesca in Reviews / 5 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: The Ground Rules Rewritten by Roya Carmen
The Ground Rules Rewritten
by Roya Carmen

4 Stars


Released: October 20th 2015
Series: The Ground Rules Trilogy #2
Published by Omnific Publishing
Format: eARC

Recommended Read!

“This was an all-nighter read for me.  I thought I would just start this up at 10pm for a bit before I went to bed and I was compelled to read more until I finished it in the wee hours of the morning.”
~ Under the Covers

Wow!  I am pleasantly shocked at how much I enjoyed this.  Why shocked?  Because it tests my comfort levels to deal with all this emotional tangled mess.  There are a lot of blurred lines here and I would normally throw this out the window because I can’t take it but it’s a testament to a great author that instead of doing that I’m drawn and compelled to know how this will end.  And I honestly don’t know what outcome I prefer.

So if you’ve read the first book you know the arrangement between Gabe/Mirella and Weston/Bridgette had come to an end because feelings were starting to get involved.  But it was abrupt and too many things were left open.  When Weston reaches out and pushes (mighty hard) for a new arrangement, I was both thrilled and heartbroken.  I wanted to see these two couples heal from what they’d done but I also wanted to explore this new side of Weston that we were glimpsing.

And that is exactly what THE GROUND RULES REWRITTEN is about.  Yes, the arrangement is back, but this was so different than the first.  If anything, it’s only left me more torn about the whole situation.  My emotions were a mess!  This is told again from Mirella’s POV and we get to see more of her interactions with her husband as well as with Weston.  Let me just say this.  Both Gabe and Weston are amazing and Mirella has off the charts chemistry with both.  The sex scenes were killer and then when you get the jealousy involved and maybe let one watch…. *dies*

This was an all-nighter read for me.  I thought I would just start this up at 10pm for a bit before I went to bed and I was compelled to read more until I finished it in the wee hours of the morning.  It was unputdownable.  Yeah, I made that word up. 😉

I must warn you this ends in a cliffhanger… and it leaves me DYING for the next book!


Just Plain Dirty – Mirella and Gabe

He catches me staring and shoots me a playful smile. He knows exactly what I’m thinking. I walk over to the bedroom door and lock it – which is basically code for ‘let’s fuck…very quietly’.

He turns off the TV and slides to the edge of the bed, pulling me to him. “Tell me you didn’t fuck him.”

“I didn’t. I wouldn’t do that to you.”

He slides a hand under my tweed skirt. “But you wanted to. You wanted him.”

I grab his face and stare into his beautiful eyes. Words escape me.

He toys with my panties and presses his fingers against the cotton. I close my eyes. I’m already so aroused, and he’s barely touched me.

He teases. His stare is intense as he studies me intently – as if he’s trying to break through, to read my thoughts. He pulls at my panties, not taking his gaze off my face. I anticipate his next move. I want him so badly.

“Take them off,” I practically beg.

His smile is playful when he obliges. He doesn’t take his eyes off mine as he slides the cotton briefs slowly down my legs and over my feet. He kisses my knee, a soft peck.

His warm hand travels up the inside of my thigh. My breath catches when he reaches my sweet spot. He glides his fingers against my sex and I whimper at the sensation. His touch is so amazing.

His eyes close. A whisper of a growl escapes his mouth. “You’re so fucking wet, you dirty girl.”





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About Roya Carmen

Romance writer, mom, book junkie. I have been writing for over ten years, finding my passion for romance in 2008. When I'm not spending time with my family, I enjoy reading, painting, and writing - there is nothing I enjoy more than sitting down at my laptop and making up my own stories - and if those stories should include beautiful men, a little romance, and a few steamy scenes, all the better!


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Not a fan of cheating or cliffhangers but the cover is really pretty.


I was going to write the same thing!

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LOL I’m normally not a fan either. I guess the way this book is set up (with it being an agreed swap) the author is able to help me let go of some of my misgivings. I am however, not happy about the wait after the doozy of an ending. 😉


Thanks for the rec Francesca


I read book one because I was completely taken in by the blurb. I knew I would be taken right out of my comfort zone, but I could not help but keep reading. I like your use of the word compelled. Perfect! I was totally ok with how it ended and would have been fine if that had been the end of it. But the author, very smartly I might add, put in a teaser for book 2 and had me completely confused and intrigued. I have not read this one yet, but I will be. I’m more excited now… Read more »