BENDING THE RULES - Christina C. Jones
Warm Hues Publishing
REVIEWER: Brenda Larnell | RATING: A
REVIEW: The Wright Brothers’ Trilogy comes to an end with an engaging contemporary story that centers around the third brother, Justin Wright, and his bestie, Toni Ross. Author, Christina Jones has penned a well-written story that explores the familiar theme of besties who fall in love. I think this story is one of the best friends to lovers stories around.
Justin Wright aka Mr. Bestseller has been friends with Toni since they were children. Throughout their friendship, they devise numerous rules that they live by. These rules work well for them until Jason breaks one. This catastrophe leads to Toni being angry with Justin for seven years. While Justin is becoming a best-selling author, a husband, a father, and a divorcee (in that order), Toni is traveling the world acquiring new talented writers to add to her successful publishing house. What brings her back home? Her parents, who own a bookstore, are planning to close shop and retire, but their one last hurrah will be to host a signing at their store for Justin spearheaded by Toni. Can Toni and Justin resolve their issues, and resume their “friends” status? Justin is ready to reclaim his best friend even if he has to bend the rules, and there, dear friends, lies the problem. I love the banter that Justin and Toni engage in with each other. It’s lively, real and at times comical as they finally learn how to get out of their own way.
One of the high-water marks of a Christina Jones story is the manner in which she interjects serious subject matter that affects one of the characters. We see it in the first two books, and this one is no exception. Toni is the character who struggles with a health issue that affects a number of women. Kudos to the author who showed how friendship, family, and love can conquer those fears that can erode one’s self-esteem.
As in the previous two novels, GETTING SCHOOLED, Book 1 and PULLING DOUBLES, Book 2, Christina Jones peppers her story with raw, emotion-filled contemporary dialogue, and no holds barred sex scenes. It’s a story about grown folk for grown folk. The secondary characters originate from the first two books of the series with a few exceptions. However, they all play a major role in the ups, downs and final outcome of the hero and heroine, either directly or indirectly. Although, technically this is the final book of the series, there’s something about the character, Joseph Wright, Sr., the father of the three Wright brothers, that would make a great backstory. I’m just saying.
I enjoyed this story. As a matter of fact, I’ve enjoyed the series. BENDING THE RULES is a winner, and I highly recommend that you grab a copy. I also highly recommend, if you haven’t already, that you read the series, beginning with Book 1. You won’t be disappointed; I guarantee.
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