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A sexy, brother's best friend sports romance from # 1 New York Times bestseller Lauren Blakely! Let me make a few things clear. I didn’t go to the wedding intending to dance with the best man, to dare him to show me a very sexy pic on his phone, or to accidentally kiss him in the hotel elevator after the reception ended. But you know how it goes. Things just happen at weddi A sexy, brother's best friend sports romance from # 1 New York Times bestseller Lauren Blakely! Let me make a few things clear. I didn’t go to the wedding intending to dance with the best man, to dare him to show me a very sexy pic on his phone, or to accidentally kiss him in the hotel elevator after the reception ended. But you know how it goes. Things just happen at weddings... The next day, Crosby and I agree to put all those shenanigans behind us. The fun-loving, stupidly gorgeous, all-star baseball player might be my brother’s best friend, but he’s my friend too and has been for years, so it’s easy to move on, especially because I have a high-profile business to run. But since he’s newly single and I’m always single, it turns out we both desperately need plus ones. We agree to “publicly date” over the next two weeks of galas, parties and events before his baseball season begins. The only trouble is the more time I spend with Crosby, the more I keep imagining how much I want him to take my V-card. And when I broach the possibility with Crosby, his answer surprises the hell out of me.


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A sexy, brother's best friend sports romance from # 1 New York Times bestseller Lauren Blakely! Let me make a few things clear. I didn’t go to the wedding intending to dance with the best man, to dare him to show me a very sexy pic on his phone, or to accidentally kiss him in the hotel elevator after the reception ended. But you know how it goes. Things just happen at weddi A sexy, brother's best friend sports romance from # 1 New York Times bestseller Lauren Blakely! Let me make a few things clear. I didn’t go to the wedding intending to dance with the best man, to dare him to show me a very sexy pic on his phone, or to accidentally kiss him in the hotel elevator after the reception ended. But you know how it goes. Things just happen at weddings... The next day, Crosby and I agree to put all those shenanigans behind us. The fun-loving, stupidly gorgeous, all-star baseball player might be my brother’s best friend, but he’s my friend too and has been for years, so it’s easy to move on, especially because I have a high-profile business to run. But since he’s newly single and I’m always single, it turns out we both desperately need plus ones. We agree to “publicly date” over the next two weeks of galas, parties and events before his baseball season begins. The only trouble is the more time I spend with Crosby, the more I keep imagining how much I want him to take my V-card. And when I broach the possibility with Crosby, his answer surprises the hell out of me.

30 review for The Virgin Rule Book

  1. 4 out of 5

    Flor ❁

    3.5stars This turned out to be a sports romance so I feel ✨blessed✨ We have: - virgin h - friends to lovers - brother's best friend - Did I say sports romance? nothing different from other romances but it was a light read and a good start for this new series. 3.5stars This turned out to be a sports romance so I feel ✨blessed✨ We have: - virgin h - friends to lovers - brother's best friend - Did I say sports romance? nothing different from other romances but it was a light read and a good start for this new series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elisa ❀

    summary: friends to lovers with low angst. the more i read, I start to notice that I love mutual pining. I don't like it when one has always been in love with the other, and out of nowhere, the other person decides they love him too. in this one, he's her brother's best friend (me rolling my eyes to this trope), but the age gap is just 2y, and even when they were younger he also had a thing for her. Now, they are both on a ''dating break'', and decide to do the 'friends with benefits', and you kn summary: friends to lovers with low angst. the more i read, I start to notice that I love mutual pining. I don't like it when one has always been in love with the other, and out of nowhere, the other person decides they love him too. in this one, he's her brother's best friend (me rolling my eyes to this trope), but the age gap is just 2y, and even when they were younger he also had a thing for her. Now, they are both on a ''dating break'', and decide to do the 'friends with benefits', and you know how that goes...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carmen Rae

    I really picked the wrong time to read this book. But in my defence, I didn't realise that until I was about 30% in and by then I had to finish it. Because if I put a book down, even if it is a good book, I can't come back to it, I don't know why my brain just won't let me. So, I pushed on and read the book, in the middle of school holidays, with a house full of kids. And I was entirely distracted the whole time. I have this issue where I know the book was good, I enjoyed the book. I liked the ch I really picked the wrong time to read this book. But in my defence, I didn't realise that until I was about 30% in and by then I had to finish it. Because if I put a book down, even if it is a good book, I can't come back to it, I don't know why my brain just won't let me. So, I pushed on and read the book, in the middle of school holidays, with a house full of kids. And I was entirely distracted the whole time. I have this issue where I know the book was good, I enjoyed the book. I liked the characters, but I feel like I didn't connect with it like I ordinarily would have. I kind of hate myself, but I also know it would have been the same no matter what I read. And at least with this story it was relatively drama free and just a fun, happy read. So, I didn't miss out on all the emotions, I just feel like I would have enjoyed it better next week. Nadia and Crosby were both great characters who, although I couldn’t really relate to them, I liked. They had their own quirks that made them interesting, and I had a good laugh at their banter. The chemistry was so hot and there were a few scenes in there that I was fanning my face so the kids wouldn’t notice my blush. I liked the secondary characters and I love knowing that there are a heap of stories there, both told and still to come, that I can read when the mood hits me for a hot, drama free read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Corinne

    3.5 stars When in the mood for a light, low angst, sexy romance, Lauren Blakely's stories are always a good choice. I've read quite a few of her books over the years. Tropes in this book: - childhood friends to lovers - brother's best friend - virgin heroine - strong and sassy female lead - sports romance Nadia has been friends with Crosby since they were kids. She is now the owner of a football team and he is a star baseball player. Neither of them had much luck in their dating life. She only finds men 3.5 stars When in the mood for a light, low angst, sexy romance, Lauren Blakely's stories are always a good choice. I've read quite a few of her books over the years. Tropes in this book: - childhood friends to lovers - brother's best friend - virgin heroine - strong and sassy female lead - sports romance Nadia has been friends with Crosby since they were kids. She is now the owner of a football team and he is a star baseball player. Neither of them had much luck in their dating life. She only finds men that are affraid of her success and he makes the worst choices when it comes to women. They meet after a long time apart at her brother's wedding and things ensue from there. What I liked most: - the positive message about discovering your sexuality - Nadia is a virgin by choice. She is by no means a damsel in distress. She is strong, courageous and sassy. - the non-issue of Crosby being Nadia's brother's best-friend - there is no taboo here and it was really refresing for a change - the fun moments - the side characters This story was short, fun, easy to read. I'm sure a lot of you will enjoy it. ***ARC generously provided by author in exchange for an honest review***

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tammi

    Another fantastic love story from Lauren Blakely. She never disappoints books to give me a book that reminds me why I love the the Romance genre. Our couple hit a few of my favorite tropes Friends to Lovers and Bestfriends Little Sister and a Sports romance. It was a sweet story with characters I really liked. We met our heroine in other books but now we get her story and I am so glad. They were a cute couple that steamed up my Kindle when they connected. We also meet the characters and get sneek p Another fantastic love story from Lauren Blakely. She never disappoints books to give me a book that reminds me why I love the the Romance genre. Our couple hit a few of my favorite tropes Friends to Lovers and Bestfriends Little Sister and a Sports romance. It was a sweet story with characters I really liked. We met our heroine in other books but now we get her story and I am so glad. They were a cute couple that steamed up my Kindle when they connected. We also meet the characters and get sneek peeks at up coming books and I can't wait.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jodi

    Lauren Blakely has written another amazing book! The Virgin Rule Book was a fabulous start to the new series, Rules of Love. This book had great characters with sweet and undeniable chemistry, that made my heart feel good! I loved every bit of it! I loved that Nadia was a woman on a mission and a powerful lady boss. Even though she didn't have much luck with men, it didn't stop her from owning her own professional football team in a man's world. I loved her confidence! Crosby might just be my new Lauren Blakely has written another amazing book! The Virgin Rule Book was a fabulous start to the new series, Rules of Love. This book had great characters with sweet and undeniable chemistry, that made my heart feel good! I loved every bit of it! I loved that Nadia was a woman on a mission and a powerful lady boss. Even though she didn't have much luck with men, it didn't stop her from owning her own professional football team in a man's world. I loved her confidence! Crosby might just be my new favorite book boyfriend! I loved how his character evolved from playboy to Mr. Charming indeed! Nadia and Crosby's chemistry was off the charts, and I just adored how their relationship evolved from friends to lovers. Overall, I adored this book! I loved the story, and the memorable characters with their witty and fun dialogue. The lucky socks and the Corgi butts may have been my favorite. If you are wanting a story that just makes your heart swoon and super happy (plus some delicious steamy scenes), read this book! I'm looking forward to many more characters in this series getting their HEAs soon!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    DNF. I didn't hate this book nor do I think it is badly written. I personally can't stand romances where there are no real reasons for the couple not to be together, but they still don't get together. One 10 minute conversation at any point in the last decade would have made the rest of the book irrelevant. Others seem to love this, and I truly thought the banter was well written. However, I rolled my eyes way too many times in the first 50 pages to read further. DNF. I didn't hate this book nor do I think it is badly written. I personally can't stand romances where there are no real reasons for the couple not to be together, but they still don't get together. One 10 minute conversation at any point in the last decade would have made the rest of the book irrelevant. Others seem to love this, and I truly thought the banter was well written. However, I rolled my eyes way too many times in the first 50 pages to read further.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Prerana

    This is exactly what I expected from a Lauren Blakely. Short, sweet, formulaic, but good. The characters in all her books read the same. The tropes are well-worn but cute. Overall, you go in knowing what you're going to get, and you come out with exactly that. And I'm out. This is exactly what I expected from a Lauren Blakely. Short, sweet, formulaic, but good. The characters in all her books read the same. The tropes are well-worn but cute. Overall, you go in knowing what you're going to get, and you come out with exactly that. And I'm out.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    EDITED TO ADD: There is a prequel novella that gives you more of an insight with this couple. It is best read beforehand but if you’re as forgetful as I am, afterwards, still was great as I wanted more from them. 4.5 🌟 There are three things you need to know about a LB novel, it's going to be fun and flirty with great intimacy, the storyline will keep you intrigued with amazing characters that all connect up somehow, and they are great easy reads with little angst. Oh wait.. I miss counted.. ther EDITED TO ADD: There is a prequel novella that gives you more of an insight with this couple. It is best read beforehand but if you’re as forgetful as I am, afterwards, still was great as I wanted more from them. 4.5 🌟 There are three things you need to know about a LB novel, it's going to be fun and flirty with great intimacy, the storyline will keep you intrigued with amazing characters that all connect up somehow, and they are great easy reads with little angst. Oh wait.. I miss counted.. there's four things and the most important one for me is that when reading any LB book, you will have a huge smile on your face and probably snorting out loud with her humor. The banter between the couple or secondary characters is very witty. This being the first book in a new series, we are getting some brand new characters to get to know and I feel they will all be connected to baseball in some degree. Crosby and Nadia have been friends for some time, he is her brother's best friend and has been around the family since high school. After a series of bad dates and girlfriends, Crosby has taken himself out of the dating league to focus on the next season. Nadia is back in San Francisco and owner of the football team, she's a smart and business savvy woman but has little experience with men, so she too is not dating to concentrate on getting the team to the next Super Bowl. These two make a pact to be each others Plus One to the next few events that they need to attend but the more time they spend together, getting to know the adult version of themselves, the harder it is to keep it hands free and not 'accidentally' feel the other one up. But who needs rules when the chemistry is so strong and feelings now come into play. One thing that shined so bright for me in this book was the way the sexuality of all the characters weren't or didn't need to be stated. They are a bunch of people, living their best lives, and no labels need to be attached to who they love. I loved that Crosby didn't have to communicate that he had a gay friend, Grant was his friend, full stop. And I think a line from Crosby is so potent....."I try to operate under the assumption that I don't assume anyone's orientation at all - it's not up to me to try to glean who people love." This is something we all should follow. Once you get to the end of this book, we get a little glimpse to who and what is to follow with the next books. I am very captivated and can't wait for more!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    4.5 stars Nadia doesn’t have time for relationships- her focus is business and reestablishing her football team in her hometown of San Francisco. She didn’t mean to ramp up the banter with her brother’s best friend, but it just happened. She also didn’t mean to hold on to her V-card for this long, but without letting too many people close, she just hasn’t found anyone that she connected with enough to share that level of intimacy with. She is driven, career focused, and confident in her abilities 4.5 stars Nadia doesn’t have time for relationships- her focus is business and reestablishing her football team in her hometown of San Francisco. She didn’t mean to ramp up the banter with her brother’s best friend, but it just happened. She also didn’t mean to hold on to her V-card for this long, but without letting too many people close, she just hasn’t found anyone that she connected with enough to share that level of intimacy with. She is driven, career focused, and confident in her abilities. Settling the team in their new hometown is something she wanted to do to honor her father's legacy, and for now that's all she needs. Crosby has decided to take some time off from dating after several disastrous relationships. He wants his focus to be on his game, not on fixing mishaps with a date gone wrong. His friends are behind his vow, serving as judges towards his vow to remain unattached, including Nadia’s brother. Though he has promised to avoid entanglements, he needs a date for several upcoming functions, and what better person than his best friend’s sister, who is also not looking for anything beyond company at events. I loved these two together. From the “buddy” stage to more, their banter and friendship are at the core of everything they do. These are not brand new acquaintances, these are two people who have a platonic history testing the waters of close quarters. Though they are trying to avoid feelings, the angst level is low - for the most part they are great at communicating their thoughts and needs. This was a fun read from start to finish. A brother’s best friend with a twist. A virgin who knows what she wants and isn’t shy about asking. There was so much to love about this story. I enjoyed getting a glimpse at a few new characters with this new series centering around a baseball team. Crosby’s friends were a great support for him and I can’t wait for more of their backstories. Follow Me: Blog: Reviews by Tammy & Kim (Rachel and Jay) | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

  11. 5 out of 5

    B.

    Crosby & Nadia’s Brother’s Best Friend Romance Pairs A Pro Baseball Player With A Billionaire Heiress Who Owns A Pro Football Team. Their Story Is A Slow Burn. Mantras & Baseball Analogies Keep Things Interesting, & The Couple’s Banter Is Phenomenal. The Story Is About Lucky Socks & Superstition As Well As Secret Rules & Pacts. Accidental Squeezes Lead To Deliberate Kisses In This Sweet Story. Crosby Cash, twenty-seven, has devoted his life to baseball. It is his first love. His years of hard wo Crosby & Nadia’s Brother’s Best Friend Romance Pairs A Pro Baseball Player With A Billionaire Heiress Who Owns A Pro Football Team. Their Story Is A Slow Burn. Mantras & Baseball Analogies Keep Things Interesting, & The Couple’s Banter Is Phenomenal. The Story Is About Lucky Socks & Superstition As Well As Secret Rules & Pacts. Accidental Squeezes Lead To Deliberate Kisses In This Sweet Story. Crosby Cash, twenty-seven, has devoted his life to baseball. It is his first love. His years of hard work and dedication beginning at a very young age paid off when he got signed as third baseman for his hometown team, the San Francisco Cougars. Self-discipline and routine are an important part of Crosby’s success, as is superstition. He trains ad nauseum and adheres to a strictly organic diet. He has a thing for lucky socks, and gives credit where credit is due to them. Studying games and analyzing every mistake made is necessary if he hopes to learn from the past and improve his game. On a personal level, Crosby is a people person with a big heart. He also loves the company of women. He is a serial monogamist, but is finally coming to terms with the fact that he always picks the bad girls. It explains why none of his relationships work out and why so many end so explosively. Named in too many crazy headlines, Crosby’s name is becoming toxic. Recognizing the need to make a change, he went cold turkey two months ago with the hopes of detoxing those bad girls out of his system. It is now February in San Francisco, and training camp down in Arizona is soon approaching. He has vowed to remain uninvolved with women through spring training at the end of March, but he fears he will succumb to temptation. He enlists his buddies as no-date sponsors, and they vow to take the request seriously. Nadia Harlowe, twenty-five, is unapologetically sassy and a ball full of energy, but when it comes to business she can hold her own in any boardroom. After months of negotiations, she is moving back home to San Francisco. It is a controversial move, but one her father would have approved of. His biggest regret had been moving the team to Vegas. He had passed away a year ago, leaving the ownership of the Hawks in Nadia’s hands much sooner than either had contemplated. She had been groomed to run the pro football organization ever since she can remember and cannot imagine doing anything else with her life. The team is in her blood. She only recently finished her graduate degree but she is bound and determined to show everyone that she has what it takes to succeed in a man’s world. Nobody that encounters the supremely confident young woman would ever doubt her ability. She is tough as nails in meetings and has perfected her poker face. She is perhaps too good at working in a man’s world, though, which she discovered after some rather unsuccessful dating efforts over the past year. With her billionaire status and take-charge attitude, the few dates she had managed to snag considered her too much of a challenge. Nadia lacks experience when it comes to men and dating, but apparently they prefer the submissive and dependent type over powerful and independent women. But with the move from Las Vegas to San Francisco this year, it is perhaps just as well that none of her dates had panned out. Her focus needs to remain on the Hawkes and making their transition a huge success. Crosby’s best friend since childhood, Eric Harlowe, is about to get married. Unfortunately, that poses a small problem. There will certainly be a brigade of single women at the wedding eager to snag the bachelor once they catch wind that he is single. But Crosby has the brilliant idea of asking for Eric’s little sister’s help, proposing they buddy up. They have only seen one another a few times over the last several years, but Crosby and Nadia have known one another since childhood. And while they always had an easy banter, when Crosby calls to ask for her help their flirting seems just a little heavier. The two forge a plus-one pact, agreeing to accompany one another to events up until Crosby leaves town for spring training, but things start to get rather complicated when they accidentally kiss. It awakens feelings that they had both buried but cannot deny. In order to survive the possible transition to a friends with benefits scenario, Crosby lays out some basic rules. Games require rules, obviously, but sometimes rules are made to be broken. There are unfortunately no clear lines. As the couple decides to have some fun, they are both living in denial. Their situation is complex, and neither is in a position to be in a relationship. Crosby had made a vow to give up women, and he finds himself failing miserably. The couple has an uphill battle ahead of them, but eventually they earn a happy ending. A few issues merit mention. The story feels a tad on the busy side. With players from two San Francisco pro baseball teams and a New York pro baseball team as well as management from a San Francisco pro football team represented in the story, there are a lot of athletic teams and several interconnected parts. The second baseball team in San Francisco (the Dragons) and the New York baseball team (the Comets) are thrown into the story to introduce books that will follow. Further, those subsequent books are set up here in more detail than necessary. Often a book will set up the next in a series, but there are at least three here. The level of detail sometimes feels like a little detour from the Crosby and Nadia’s story. Much of that was irrelevant to the story here and cold have been revealed in a later book. Crosby’s character might be successful on the diamond, but for years he had bumbled from woman to woman in a reckless manner. It is as if all his common sense was applied to baseball, leaving little for personal use. He wants to find love, but his poor judgement gets in his way. Still, he is very personable and likable, and makes an excellent male lead. Nadia also has two sides. Her work ethic is remarkable and she knows how to hold her own against any man. She channels all her energy into the job. In her personal life, however, Nadia can cry at the drop of a hat, much like a pregnant woman might. She is fiery and wild. She loved following around Eric and Crosby when they were small, always trying to keep up. And she and Crosby could become quite animated in conversation. But since college and careers had separated them, Nadia had been focused almost exclusively on her studies and more recently her job. She hasn’t had much of a personal life at all, and hasn’t been able to translate her academic and professional success into anything more personal and fulfilling. Both Crosby and Nadia have a little learning to do if they have any chance of success as a couple. Fans will appreciate a hint at the next book in the series. Holden is good friends with Crosby and his Cougar friends, but he plays for the rival cross town team, the Dragons. He was just traded from L.A. but is setting into his new home. When he runs into his what-if woman, the woman he met two years ago and always wondered about, things promise to get interesting. Crosby and Nadia’s brother’s best friend romance pairs a pro baseball player with a billionaire heiress who owns a pro football team. Their story is a slow burn. Mantras and baseball analogies keep things interesting, and the couple’s banter is phenomenal. The story is about lucky socks and superstition as well as secret rules and pacts. Accidental squeezes lead to deliberate kisses is this sweet story. It is nicely written. The plot is fairly simple. The main characters are intriguing. It is lovely to see them work through all their feelings and finally get it right. There are a number of minor characters. The story is written in first person. The POV alternates between Crosby and Nadia, with one epilogue in Holden’s POV. I rate this book four stars.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Alcazar

    LISTEN, I’ve had the time of my life reading these last couple of weeks and this book is part of the reason! There’s no one out there that can read the synopsis to this book and just walk away. I mean … right? Just me? okay … lol Well, I loved every word of it and as soon as I read shenanigans, I was a goner. The story did not disappoint! Crosby and Nadia have a spark that just got me in the heart from the very beginning. Their friendship and knowledge of each other made their connection that muc LISTEN, I’ve had the time of my life reading these last couple of weeks and this book is part of the reason! There’s no one out there that can read the synopsis to this book and just walk away. I mean … right? Just me? okay … lol Well, I loved every word of it and as soon as I read shenanigans, I was a goner. The story did not disappoint! Crosby and Nadia have a spark that just got me in the heart from the very beginning. Their friendship and knowledge of each other made their connection that much more heartfelt and when they added a little sexy-sexy to it it blasted to the heavens and made for a ridiculously fun story to read. Every plot point and turn this story took just did it for me. I was happy and on cloud nine reading it and I cannot wait to devour this audio over the weekend! WELL DONE! I have to tell you guys something … in the last 5 or 6 weeks, I have found a love for audio books that I never had before and that is 100% due because of Lauren. In this time period I have listened to 17 of her books on audio and I can tell you guys with 100% certainty that Lauren Blakely is the queen of audio and she needs some sort of award!! That’s it. That’s my 2 cents off topic comment on my review LOL Carry on … From #1 New York Times Bestselling author Lauren Blakely comes an all-new sports romance series that will feature virgins, athletes, and weddings—OH MY!! THE VIRGIN RULE BOOK, a sexy, friends-to-lovers standalone sports romance from #1 New York Times bestseller Lauren Blakely, is AVAILABLE NOW! Grab your copy TODAY! ✦ Kindle ➜ https://blkly.pub/VirginRuleAmazon ✦Apple ➜ https://blkly.pub/VirginRuleApple ✦Kobo ➜ https://blkly.pub/VirginRuleKobo ✦BN ➜ https://blkly.pub/VirginRuleNook ✦Google ➜ https://blkly.pub/VirginRuleGoogle ✦Audible ➜ Sign up for an alert for this Teddy Hamilton & Erin Mallon audiobook: subscribepage.com/LaurenAudio

  13. 5 out of 5

    READ ME ROMANCE

    Nadia Harlowe is a young, savvy, powerful business woman in the midst of moving her professional football team from Las Vegas to its original roots in San Francisco. It is there that she reconnects with our hero, her brother's best friend and the boy next door all grown up, the charming and talented Crosby Cash, a pro baseball player for the San Francisco Cougars. I loved that these two shared a history, were genuine friends since childhood, and how well they got along. They were both searching f Nadia Harlowe is a young, savvy, powerful business woman in the midst of moving her professional football team from Las Vegas to its original roots in San Francisco. It is there that she reconnects with our hero, her brother's best friend and the boy next door all grown up, the charming and talented Crosby Cash, a pro baseball player for the San Francisco Cougars. I loved that these two shared a history, were genuine friends since childhood, and how well they got along. They were both searching for something and found it with each other. Loved how she was reserved and respectable at work, but could let loose and be confident with Crosby. Loved how he made her feel desired and sexy. She was vulnerable being inexperienced, and Crosby was the perfect mix of a gentleman with patience, while possessing loads and loads of genuine charm and charisma. And his super sexy dirty talk let her know without a doubt that he only had eyes for her. Loved their flirty texts and “rules” they set which were abolished one by one as they navigated their friends with benefits situation. Most of all, I loved how Crosby wasn’t intimidated by her position or wealth. He admired her, supported her, and cherished her. Loved his lucky socks, his easy-going personality, their witty banter, and how they were open and honest. Blakely writes the best sexy times and The Virgin Rulebook is a delicious slow burn of the best kind. Just the lightest of kisses on her neck and shoulders, a slow dance that leaves her breathless and wondering what could be...but could there be more? Should there be more? The answer is a resounding "yes" and readers are treated to Nadia and Crosby’s entire journey. Everyone needs a bestie and her friend Scarlett always had her back. I loved the relationship she had with her mom and siblings as well as Crosby’s relationship with his mom and friends, many whom are also professional athletes. Loved how both their moms were good friends as well as matchmakers and supported their union. Lots of potential love interests are brewing in the first book of this new series with his single buddies Holden, Chance, Grant, and Declan, each looking for love. Readers are also treated to a sweet bonus novella, The Rules of Blind Dates, featuring Crosby’s cousin’s Rachel, and Matthew, the CEO of the football team who happens to be a sexy Brit. But hurry the bonus novella is only available until April 30th!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Teneisha (Teesbookjourney)

    I love a virgin Trope... No matter what anyone says... Lol And I especially appreciate a woman whose her own boss doing the damn thang... Nadia is trying to live her best life. Crosby is a sweet funny man who had some bad relationships experiences.. With Nadia and Crosby living in the same city now and both taking a break from dating things can only heat up. My only problem with this book is at times I found the banter between Crosby and Nadia trying too hard to be witty and funny. And the wedding I love a virgin Trope... No matter what anyone says... Lol And I especially appreciate a woman whose her own boss doing the damn thang... Nadia is trying to live her best life. Crosby is a sweet funny man who had some bad relationships experiences.. With Nadia and Crosby living in the same city now and both taking a break from dating things can only heat up. My only problem with this book is at times I found the banter between Crosby and Nadia trying too hard to be witty and funny. And the wedding scenes dragged on waaayyy to long. The sex scenes were fire! ...High five to that...

  15. 4 out of 5

    WycEd Reader

    Check out our full post for THE VIRGIN RULE BOOK on Wicked Reads. Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team Mary – ☆☆☆☆☆ 4.5 stars Nadia and Crosby have been friends forever; well, he has been her brother's friend forever. She has really liked him forever. But they have been close, could talk about anything and everything. When he called asking for her to be his plus one at her brother's wedding, she couldn't refuse. Crosby is trying to focus on his baseball career and lay off women and bad relation Check out our full post for THE VIRGIN RULE BOOK on Wicked Reads. Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team Mary – ☆☆☆☆☆ 4.5 stars Nadia and Crosby have been friends forever; well, he has been her brother's friend forever. She has really liked him forever. But they have been close, could talk about anything and everything. When he called asking for her to be his plus one at her brother's wedding, she couldn't refuse. Crosby is trying to focus on his baseball career and lay off women and bad relationships, so he asks Nadia to be his plus one to all up-and-coming functions. That way it would be safe, with no distractions. Or so they thought. Seems they both have had feelings for the other for years. What will happen when she tells him she wants him to take her V-card? They come up with a set of rules, can they follow them without falling in love? This story was great, it was filled with a couple that was fun, flirty, loving, sexy, and all-around perfect. I cannot wait for book two. Ruthie – ☆☆☆☆ This is the first in a new series, and as a huge sports romance fan, this is definitely going to be one that I will enjoy! It was refreshing that Nadia, owner of an NFL team, was the lead in this story, along with her brother's best friend, Crosby, the still able and very successful, but ageing-out-of baseball player. Add in the fact that she had been incredibly unlucky in finding a boyfriend due to their expectations of how she would be given her role and wealth, and this story had a lot of interesting things to share. It wasn't laboured in any way, but given just the right level of prominence. It was also fun to square off football with baseball, and deal with the views of fans of each sport – as a Brit, I am pretty agnostic about both, so found it very amusing. Friends for years, but always abiding by the best friend code of honour, it is funny that they finally find themselves in the right place at the very moment that they are both sick of the dating game. So starts their pact. The need for the rules being put in place, in part due to Nadia not having yet done the deed, played out really well, especially between two successful people dealing with an unusual and slightly complicated situation. I laughed, I wanted them to find out that the other felt the same way too, and I was delighted when they recognised the importance of what was growing between them. Lovely, lovely book which put a smile on my face and brightened up my day – really, what more could anyone ask for? (Other than the next book in the series!) Avid Reader – ☆☆☆ M/F Friends-to-Lovers Romance Nadia and Crosby have known each other for years. They have shared interests, friends, and Nadia’s brother. When Crosby has another bad experience with dating, he decides he needs a diet. No dating for him. Despite needing to attend his best friend’s wedding, he knows that he can call Nadia and see if she wants to be his plus one. After all, it’s her brother’s wedding. Nadia is a virgin by choice. She needs a man who isn’t afraid of her status. Now that she’s moving her football team back to California, she’s ready to buckle down and bring home the trophy. Despite their shared, self-imposed diet of dating, Nadia and Crosby can’t help but feel their attraction. And after dancing, literally, around the subject, neither can really find a reason why they shouldn’t begin a friends-with-benefits relationship. This is a sweet, fun story with fun characters. While the main characters are figuring out whether or not they can truly become a couple, the secondary characters are hilarious, but caring. I enjoyed the banter between Nadia and Crosby and can’t wait to see who gets the second book. Reviewers received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    4.5 stars! I knew Nadia and Crosby would have a wonderful love story after meeting them in The Rules of Friends with Benefits and I was right! The Virgin Rule Book is a fun, fresh take on the friends-with-benefits trope and I adored the story. Crosby hasn’t had the best track record when it comes to woman so he decides to try out being single until after spring training. Nadia has only had a few relationships but they didn’t really go anywhere, and recently she has struck out with every date s 4.5 stars! I knew Nadia and Crosby would have a wonderful love story after meeting them in The Rules of Friends with Benefits and I was right! The Virgin Rule Book is a fun, fresh take on the friends-with-benefits trope and I adored the story. Crosby hasn’t had the best track record when it comes to woman so he decides to try out being single until after spring training. Nadia has only had a few relationships but they didn’t really go anywhere, and recently she has struck out with every date she has gone on. Taking a break from trying to find the one, she is all for being single. Unfortunately, as the owner of a football team, there are a lot of functions to attend and going solo isn’t always fun. The same is the case with Crobsy who is a successful baseball player, so they both decide to help each other out by being the other’s plus one when needed. Little did they know it would change their lives forever! Nadia and Crosby have known each other for ages and they have been there for each other for all of the ups and downs that life brings. Hanging out at sports functions is easy for them and they always have a wonderful time together. However, they have only ever been just friends so when they start to feel something stirring, they don’t exactly know what to do about it. Crosby is supposed to be resisting women but when Nadia is around he can’t stop from thinking about the chemistry they have always had. There are sparks that are natural and the sexual tension starts to skyrocket as they try to fight the inevitable. When they give into the first kiss, it is electric. They can’t stop thinking about it and they only way forward is to try out being friends-with-benefits with the end date of spring training. Therefore, they can indulge but don’t have to risk falling in love and ruing everything. If only things are that easy. A charge rushes through the air, but it’s not buzzing with lust this time. It’s humming with…something else entirely. She flashes me a soft smile. “You look good, Crosby,” she says, and her words send an unexpected tingle down my spine. That tingle – it doesn’t feel sexual. It feels…warm and I don’t know what to make of that either. So, I offer her my arm, and she takes it. As we enter the gala together, my heart beats a little faster. A little harder. A rhythm that’s less like we’re friends with benefits and more like that other thing. The thing I don’t know how to name. But it feels hopeful. And it feels dangerous. Nadia and Crosby are perfect for one another. Not only do they have so much fun together, they can be honest and open, and they can rely on each other. They are hilarious and their banter is entertaining. They care about each other and are there for each other always. They know how much their friendship means but they know that they are only pretending that they don’t feel more and they emotions were well written and believable. Why the hell did I have to be in a self-prescribed time-out when I reconnected with the woman of my dreams? There is little drama and mostly lighthearted fun and feels. It was so good to get more of Nadia and Crosby. Though you don’t need to read The Rules of Friends with Benefits first, I did enjoy getting more of the backstory and I do recommend reading it first. Overall, I loved this book. It’s a great start to the Rules of Love series and I can’t wait for more! *ARC generously provided by the author and Candi Kane PR*

  17. 5 out of 5

    Books, Booze & Bon Voyage

    This is a brother’s best friend, friends to lovers sports romance about Nadia Harlowe and Crosby Cash. It is the start of the Rules of Love series about this group of sportsmen, their friends and families. There is a free prequel novella: The Rules of Friends With Benefits, which gives an insight into their friendship but if you’ve not read it don’t worry as it won’t affect your pleasure of this one. Nadia is a smart, confident, outgoing and fiery woman who doesn’t swear. She runs the Hawks afte This is a brother’s best friend, friends to lovers sports romance about Nadia Harlowe and Crosby Cash. It is the start of the Rules of Love series about this group of sportsmen, their friends and families. There is a free prequel novella: The Rules of Friends With Benefits, which gives an insight into their friendship but if you’ve not read it don’t worry as it won’t affect your pleasure of this one. Nadia is a smart, confident, outgoing and fiery woman who doesn’t swear. She runs the Hawks after she inherited the NFL team from her father. Crosby is a cocky, fun loving, successful all star baseball player. They have been friends since she was eight years old and he became her brother Eric’s best friend. She’s had a crush on him for years and has always been happy having him as a friend. His interest first piqued when he saw her ready for her graduation but he’d locked those feelings away a long time ago. They have always had fun, flirted and chatted over the years but never crossed the friends boundary. Nadia is moving both the team and herself back to San Francisco and Crosby is going to be Eric’s best man at his wedding to Mariana. They are both single so decide to buddy up for the wedding and help each other up. The banter between them is so amusing but they both know the other is forbidden. Nadia doesn’t know that his dating life has been as horrendous as hers recently. She can’t find a man who accepts that she has a high profile business to run and earns more money than them. His relationships have been a nightmare and he makes a deal with his mates to not date until after spring training. He fed up of only meeting bad girls and really wants a sweetheart for a change. However, the wedding is a success so they continue the arrangement for the other events they both have to attend the following week. She is surprised when her body starts to react to Crosby when they together and he can’t believe he is having naughty thoughts about her. Under the influence of champagne she admits she needs her V-card taken and suggests Crosby does the honours for her. This leads to the rules as in the title of the book. They make up hilarious rules to define their friends with benefits arrangement and struggle with the chemistry sizzling between them. Eric warns Nadia not to date Crosby and gets their mates to check Crosby not breaking his end of the deal and staying away from all women. I laughed so much at his lucky socks antics and enjoyed seeing his sweet side when he was coaching the kids. Her mantra is ‘Don’t be afraid to speak up’ and she lives by her father’s good advice. Crosby certainly enjoys the benefits of it when they finally give in to their attraction. If you have read One Week Husband then you will have met some of Nadia’s friends already so for me it was nice catching up with Scarlett. I really liked the Hawks CEO Matthew and his chats with Nadia that I hope we hear more about him. We are also introduced to his team-mates and friends who are all great fun and interesting characters. The author cleverly gives the reader just enough information about each guy that you get a good idea about them ready for their books. At the end of this book we get two epilogues; the first is about Holden and his mysterious woman which leads to the next book in the series: The Virgin Game Plan. The second gives us the HEA for this couple in an exciting and swoon worthy way. An enjoyable story with some sexy scenes and very little drama. The thing that stood out the most was the banter between all the characters which was so relatable and regularly made me giggle. A very good start to the series and I am looking forward to finding out how all the other guys get on.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This is a start to a new baseball romance series and I could not be more excited! LB fans will remember Nadia Harlowe the football team owner previously in Vegas. She is now moving her team back home to San Francisco. And her brother happens to be best friends with Crosby Cash who is a baseball player on the San Francisco Cougars. So bring on the hot baseball player friends as well. Nadia is confident, sassy, outspoken, and wealthy. Her high power job and income are intimidating to many men so he This is a start to a new baseball romance series and I could not be more excited! LB fans will remember Nadia Harlowe the football team owner previously in Vegas. She is now moving her team back home to San Francisco. And her brother happens to be best friends with Crosby Cash who is a baseball player on the San Francisco Cougars. So bring on the hot baseball player friends as well. Nadia is confident, sassy, outspoken, and wealthy. Her high power job and income are intimidating to many men so her love life has been in the dumps. She has never gotten close enough to anyone to even lose her V card. She is leaving Vegas to return herself and her football team home and has a lot of work to do. And she is also ready to attend her brother's wedding. Crosby is charming, easygoing, fun, and superstitious. He has made a string of bad choices in women that have affected his reputation and trust. He tends to let women in too soon and ends up getting hurt. So he has decided to bench himself from dating and make his friends act as accountability partners. He has the brilliant idea of buddying up with his best friend's sister to attend the wedding and other sports-related events in the near future to keep him out of trouble. Unfortunately, the buddy thing does not seem to be working so well. Old crushes, witty rapport, simmering attraction, and genuinely enjoying each other's company starts to blur the lines. A kiss, some naughty text flirting, and an idea of possible friends-with-benefits sends thoughts skipping down another path. These two are absolutely not supposed to be getting involved...but tell that to their bodies, minds, and hearts. They can't lose their friendship, but what will this mean for them? This is a low angst, sexy, witty, best-friend's-sister, friends-to-lovers, ready-to-lose-virginity rom-com. I loved Crosby and Nadia. They were so much fun together and I could feel their connection and chemistry. I enjoyed that they had history, but they had never really addressed any of it. So there was some old stuff to unpack along with the newness of spending time together now. They trust and respect the other enough to be vulnerable, and are flirty, and even a bit dirty. Nadia might be inexperienced, but she is not pure and innocent, and Crosby oozes sex appeal, but also has a soft heart. They have their rules but they seem to be changing too. I liked his large group of friends and the fact some were from different teams. There is camaraderie, ribbing, support, competition, and only a bit of rivalry. And it was fun getting more with her friend Scarlett, and meeting some new ones in San Francisco. I am excited to read more with all of these guys...Holden, Chance, Grant, and Declan...Batter up! Follow Me: Blog: Reviews by Tammy & Kim (Rachel and Jay) | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jackie (Jackie's Book World)

    ***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)*** RATING: 4.5/5 From the eye catching cover to the intriguing synopsis, The Virgin Rule Book by Lauren Blakely had me intrigued from beginning to end. This steamy brother’s best friend sports romance was steamy, emotional and swoon worthy. At the beginning we are introduced to Nadia Harlowe, a twenty-four-year old football team owner of the Hawks. The sport runs in her blood and now that her dad’s passing left her a majority stake in the team ***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)*** RATING: 4.5/5 From the eye catching cover to the intriguing synopsis, The Virgin Rule Book by Lauren Blakely had me intrigued from beginning to end. This steamy brother’s best friend sports romance was steamy, emotional and swoon worthy. At the beginning we are introduced to Nadia Harlowe, a twenty-four-year old football team owner of the Hawks. The sport runs in her blood and now that her dad’s passing left her a majority stake in the team, Nadia is finally turning her dream of running a football team into a reality. But the team was never based in Las Vegas where she resides, but in San Francisco where it was originated. As the owner of the team, she has huge responsibilities of making her family and fans proud. So when her best friend and baseball star, Crosby Cash, suggests for her to move the team back to San Francisco, Nadia makes the leap knowing that she’ll be closer to him as well. They’ve known each other since they were kids and she has always had a connection with him. Although she tried dating, it wasn’t as successful as she wanted it to be and she is ready to embrace single hood in San Francisco. But when Crosby asks her to be his plus one at events, things start to shift between them. It would take crossing the line with a kiss to make her see that she might just be falling for her best friend. Yet, there is something that she has to tell Crosby before crossing the line of no return and she isn’t sure how he is going to react. As a baseball star, Crosby Cash is used to having women around him all the time and it’s that accessibility that often gets him to attract the wrong women for him. So he decides to not date for a while and instead get his friend, Nadia Harlowe to be his plus one at events. Seeing and having her close again has completely changed his view of her. He loves the fire in her and that she knows what she wants, making it hard to him to stop having thoughts about turning their friendship into a friends with benefits one. It’s the closer they get closer that it’s hard to not be with her that makes Crosby begin to fall for the one that should be off-limits. Now he has to decide if it’s worth putting their friendship on the line for an actual relationship or not. Lauren Blakely knows how to deliver romantic stories filled emotions and depth. Once I started reading the book I couldn’t stop, the dynamic between the characters was sizzling and full of chemistry. They are comfortable with each other and they are able to lean on one another when they need a plus one. He understands that Nadia wants to focus on the team and not let the fans down. Meanwhile, Crosby wants to learn not to move too fast when it comes to relationships. Once they crossed the line everything completely changed between them and they have to figure out if they are willing to giving in to their feelings or remain friends. I loved the ending, it was cute and romantic. It fit the story very well and I would highly recommend checking out the prequel novella, The Rules of Friends with Benefits to get an insight look into what happens before Nadia moves to San Francisco. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series! **I received an advanced copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.**

  20. 5 out of 5

    REKH

    How do I love The Virgin Rule book and the incomparable Lauren Blakely? Let me count the ways: ~ The way she takes care of her loyal listeners by making us feel like we're in a special world just for us as each story unfolds. Like how she just build a luxe hotel in San Francisco area real quick like for this book. Like how Dr. Insomnia's Tea & Coffee Emporium has a new San Fran location that serves wonderful organic black tea. See also, Nadia's favorite artist & the song she jams to getting ready How do I love The Virgin Rule book and the incomparable Lauren Blakely? Let me count the ways: ~ The way she takes care of her loyal listeners by making us feel like we're in a special world just for us as each story unfolds. Like how she just build a luxe hotel in San Francisco area real quick like for this book. Like how Dr. Insomnia's Tea & Coffee Emporium has a new San Fran location that serves wonderful organic black tea. See also, Nadia's favorite artist & the song she jams to getting ready for her first date with Crosby that neatly ties into that picture of Crosby's she asked to see. ~ I'm pretty sure she uses "climb him like a tree" in every book, and I'm here for it. ~ The number of different names for Dick Pic is just one of the MANY, MANY witty turns of phrase that either make you giggle or paint just a clear picture you can't help but feel like you've fallen into the story. (Phallus photo was a missed opportunity there, though.) ~ Feminism. All the Feminism. I found the broader romance genre after stumbling into the romantic suspense sub-genre, but I stayed for the feminism, and few people bring it as well as Lauren. The Virgin Rulebook has a female NFL team owner, a female lead sports network anchor, a female NFL general manager, and a shopping trip for books about powerful women for an 8 year old. ~ Inclusive romance the way the world should be. Lauren writes people who are real and who love in all the real ways people love. The worlds she creates where all the experiences of love and of sexual orientations are NORMAL is such a wonderful place to be. Gay pro athletes? Check. Pansexual parent finding second-chance love with the opposite sex of their first marriage? Check. And it all just flows through the story like it's an average Tuesday. As it should be. ~ No one knows their core audience better. Casting Teddy Hamilton as a pro athlete. It's the best Teddy there is. Dropping in a few uses of "dope" because IYKYK. ~ She puts her heroes in henleys. I appreciate her picking my fave color of navy this go-round. ~ The foreshadowing! Lauren's followers know what's coming, but even if you don't the drops and hints and tidbits that become full-blown stories are the greatest little breadcrumbs. I'm looking at you Holden, Declan and Grant. ~ Her audiobook casting is second to none. Teddy Hamilton saying “sweetheart” the way he does is why fainting couches exist. Erin Mallon voicing a bad-ass boss lady is the only way to do bad-ass boss lady in audio. The Virgin Rule Book is a fun and heartwarming romance. Somehow Lauren once again makes you feel like you're listening to your bestie's new friend tell you how she met the one and not listening to a tale of true fiction. Lauren hits all the notes you need in stellar contemporary romance: love, lust, insecurity, friendship with fidelity, conflict that doesn't make you want to throw the book, and a happily ever after. The bonus short story epilogue is icing on the cake as are the sweet teasers of books to come from these various Bay Area ballers and their hive. Yet another 4.5 stars for an author and narrators who consistently deliver without becoming candidates for the same-old-same-old file.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Krista Webster

    This is a brother’s best friend, friends to lovers sports romance about Nadia Harlowe and Crosby Cash. It is the start of the Rules of Love series about this group of sportsmen, their friends and families. There is a free prequel novella: The Rules of Friends With Benefits, which gives an insight into their friendship but if you’ve not read it don’t worry as it won’t affect your pleasure of this one. Nadia is a smart, confident, outgoing and fiery woman who doesn’t swear. She runs the Hawks afte This is a brother’s best friend, friends to lovers sports romance about Nadia Harlowe and Crosby Cash. It is the start of the Rules of Love series about this group of sportsmen, their friends and families. There is a free prequel novella: The Rules of Friends With Benefits, which gives an insight into their friendship but if you’ve not read it don’t worry as it won’t affect your pleasure of this one. Nadia is a smart, confident, outgoing and fiery woman who doesn’t swear. She runs the Hawks after she inherited the NFL team from her father. Crosby is a cocky, fun loving, successful all star baseball player. They have been friends since she was eight years old and he became her brother Eric’s best friend. She’s had a crush on him for years and has always been happy having him as a friend. His interest first piqued when he saw her ready for her graduation but he’d locked those feelings away a long time ago. They have always had fun, flirted and chatted over the years but never crossed the friends boundary. Nadia is moving both the team and herself back to San Francisco and Crosby is going to be Eric’s best man at his wedding to Mariana. They are both single so decide to buddy up for the wedding and help each other up. The banter between them is so amusing but they both know the other is forbidden. Nadia doesn’t know that his dating life has been as horrendous as hers recently. She can’t find a man who accepts that she has a high profile business to run and earns more money than them. His relationships have been a nightmare and he makes a deal with his mates to not date until after spring training. He fed up of only meeting bad girls and really wants a sweetheart for a change. However, the wedding is a success so they continue the arrangement for the other events they both have to attend the following week. She is surprised when her body starts to react to Crosby when they together and he can’t believe he is having naughty thoughts about her. Under the influence of champagne she admits she needs her V-card taken and suggests Crosby does the honours for her. This leads to the rules as in the title of the book. They make up hilarious rules to define their friends with benefits arrangement and struggle with the chemistry sizzling between them. Eric warns Nadia not to date Crosby and gets their mates to check Crosby not breaking his end of the deal and staying away from all women. I laughed so much at his lucky socks antics and enjoyed seeing his sweet side when he was coaching the kids. Her mantra is ‘Don’t be afraid to speak up’ and she lives by her father’s good advice. Crosby certainly enjoys the benefits of it when they finally give in to their attraction. If you have read One Week Husband then you will have met some of Nadia’s friends already so for me it was nice catching up with Scarlett. I really liked the Hawks CEO Matthew and his chats with Nadia that I hope we hear more about him. We are also introduced to his team-mates and friends who are all great fun and interesting characters. The author cleverly gives the reader just enough information about each guy that you get a good idea about them ready for their books. At the end of this book we get two epilogues; the first is about Holden and his mysterious woman which leads to the next book in the series: The Virgin Game Plan. The second gives us the HEA for this couple in an exciting and swoon worthy way. An enjoyable story with some sexy scenes and very little drama. The thing that stood out the most was the banter between all the characters which was so relatable and regularly made me giggle. A very good start to the series and I am looking forward to finding out how all the other guys get on.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Maddie (Bookaholic_Dreamer)

    3.9 ⭐️ The Virgin Rule Book by Lauren Blakely is a Friends with Benefits and Friends-to-Lovers Contemporary Romance told by Nadia and Crosby through dual POV. Nadia Harlowe and Crosby Cash have been friends forever, seeing as Crosby is best friends with Eric (Nadia’s older brother). However what neither of them don’t realise is they have liked each other more than friends, but never said anything. Having gone through many failed relationships, Crosby has decided to swear off women and focus o 3.9 ⭐️ The Virgin Rule Book by Lauren Blakely is a Friends with Benefits and Friends-to-Lovers Contemporary Romance told by Nadia and Crosby through dual POV. Nadia Harlowe and Crosby Cash have been friends forever, seeing as Crosby is best friends with Eric (Nadia’s older brother). However what neither of them don’t realise is they have liked each other more than friends, but never said anything. Having gone through many failed relationships, Crosby has decided to swear off women and focus on his baseball career. As for Nadia any relationship (in Vegas) had ended before it has even began. Leading her to focus on her work with moving her football team back home to San Francisco. When Crosby needs a plus one for Eric’s wedding, Nadia agrees to his request and go as friends. But what neither of them don’t expect is old feelings to reappear blurring the lines of their friendship. Which goes from friends with benefits to something so much more, something they’re not sure they are ready for. It was a fun story to read, watching two strong characters with even stronger personalities come together and build onto their friendship. Only to lead to something so much more. I loved that even though Nadia was inexperienced, that didn’t necessarily mean she was innocent and pure. And that she didn’t let that (her inexperience) stop her from going after she wanted and/or needed and would tell it to Crosby straight whenever they got together. As for Crosby, I loved that though he had been around the block. He never really acted that way around Nadia, of being cocky or arrogant. He always tried to truly be there for her in what she wanted and needed in their moments of lust and passion. My issues with the story was that I felt it was prolonged when it came to the build up of leading to their passion and lustful moments. On top of that the ending was very rushed, with it all coming together in a short chapter, which so happened to be the very last chapter at the ending of the book. Something I just wasn’t a fan of at all. Overall, it was a sweet story seeing Crosby and Nadia's friendship blossom into love overtime, all while giving us introductions in other characters who will be getting their own stories in the Rules of Love series. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Franci Neill

    5 Plus One-ing With the Best Man Stars!! I absolutely adore friends-to-lovers books and when it’s a sports romance AND written by Lauren Blakely I know I’m going to have a GREAT time reading, listening to and/or doing both. The Virgin Rule Book is the latest example of why whenever she releases a book that it’s a no-brainer for me. In this example, I was able to listen to Erin Mallon and Teddy Hamilton do a phenomenal job of bringing Crosby and Nadia to life for me. I listened with glee as the 5 Plus One-ing With the Best Man Stars!! I absolutely adore friends-to-lovers books and when it’s a sports romance AND written by Lauren Blakely I know I’m going to have a GREAT time reading, listening to and/or doing both. The Virgin Rule Book is the latest example of why whenever she releases a book that it’s a no-brainer for me. In this example, I was able to listen to Erin Mallon and Teddy Hamilton do a phenomenal job of bringing Crosby and Nadia to life for me. I listened with glee as these two maneuvered around an attraction they’ve both been hiding from each other for years when they decide to up the ante so to speak and become friends with benefits. I mean it makes sense. Both of them are single and have events both professionally and personally (Nadia’s brother is getting married) they’re attending so why not be each other’s Plus One? Seems simple on paper, but not so simple in real life. The chemistry between these two is intoxicating. I laughed so many times while listening. Their text messages alone had me snort laughing more often than not. I loved how their friendship, already pretty solid, grew in leaps and bounds as they spent more and more time together. As they’re navigating their way to the physicality of their relationship, Nadia has a surprise for Crosby that was a shocker and hence the reason there’s rules!! I fell madly in love with Crosby when he didn’t let Nadia’s disclosure fluster him. He’s on board 100%!! And these two are SMOKING HOT together!! What’s clear to me as I listened my way through this book that there’s no way these two don’t belong together on an every single day basis. But there’s rules and promises that have been made… are they willing to risk their friendship? Will broken promises lead to tension with other friends and families? Can they both have the forever love they thought they’d never find? This book is sensational. Ms. Mallon and Mr. Hamilton are brilliant in their narration of this book. They truly brought Crosby, Nadia and the cast of secondary characters to life for me. The minute I finished it I was ready to listen again! I appreciate so much how Ms. Blakely picks the exact right narrators for her books allowing me to gleefully listen to her words the narrators bringing them to life!! If you’re looking for a great listen that will consistently bring a smile to your face and have you swooning all over the place, the The Virgin Rule Book is your next read/listen!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa (bookfairy95)

    Oh my… 💖 Ever since I read my first Lauren Blakely book ( #MyOneWeekHusband ) I wanted to read more by that author and now I finally did with #TheVirginRuleBook and it was wonderful!😍 And actually The Virgin Rule Book is - in a way - the “continuation” of My One Week Husband. Because remember that very good friend Scarlett had? The one that lived in the US? Yes? Well, that is Nadia and throughout this book she actually talks to Scarlett every now and then. Now, I had no idea. I didn’t go into this Oh my… 💖 Ever since I read my first Lauren Blakely book ( #MyOneWeekHusband ) I wanted to read more by that author and now I finally did with #TheVirginRuleBook and it was wonderful!😍 And actually The Virgin Rule Book is - in a way - the “continuation” of My One Week Husband. Because remember that very good friend Scarlett had? The one that lived in the US? Yes? Well, that is Nadia and throughout this book she actually talks to Scarlett every now and then. Now, I had no idea. I didn’t go into this book expecting to get Nadia’s story. I was actually surprised when all that clicked in my mind - but it was a great surprised and made me even more invested in the story. This book was just pure and lovely and full of mushy romantic goodness. It is pure romance, no drama, no big plot twist. From the beginning you know exactly where this story will lead. Of course the plot is very predictable, but that’s what I love about those types of books. You know what you’re getting into and you can simply lean back and enjoy the show. We have a very romcom setting where these 2 friends decide on a #friendswithbenefits type situations and OBVIOUSLY they break all the rules they set up in the beginning and that was really funny to witness. What I loved most about this book was the chemistry though. From the first interaction I could see the chemistry Nadia and Crosby had. I could feel the spark. Their conversations were funny and witty and sassy and made me smile and on more than one occasion I found myself reading with a big grin on my face. Thank God, I don’t need to commute to work, because people would’ve looked at me and probably thought I was crazy.😂 The chapters in this book are really short, which makes the story really fast paced and gives you that “Just one more chapter” feel. Because how could you resist when the next chapter is only 6 minutes long, right?! I flew through this story and I am already excited about the next book as we already got a little teaser about who it is about and about what exactly is happening in the next book #TheVirginGamePlan in one of the epilogues - I have a feeling it’s going to be good!💖 And yes you read correctly “one of the epilogues”, because we didn’t get one epilogue. We didn’t even get 2. We got 3! And Lauren, if you read this: I love you for all the epilogues. These are exactly the things I need to hear to be satisfied with a #happilyeverafter 😂😍🥰

  25. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    This book has all of my favorite things. Friends to lovers, best friends little sister, strong confident woman that goes for what she wants, hot ball player that ooozies sexiness, oh and lots and lots of back and forth funny banter that is a buildup for what is to come. Fantastic. Nadia has inherited her fathers football team and is determined to make her father proud. She has everything she needs except a man. It seems in the love department she is a failure, or so she thinks. When her brothers This book has all of my favorite things. Friends to lovers, best friends little sister, strong confident woman that goes for what she wants, hot ball player that ooozies sexiness, oh and lots and lots of back and forth funny banter that is a buildup for what is to come. Fantastic. Nadia has inherited her fathers football team and is determined to make her father proud. She has everything she needs except a man. It seems in the love department she is a failure, or so she thinks. When her brothers best friend, and her friend too, ask her to be his plus one at her brothers wedding she suddenly gets little tingles in all the right places and maybe what she has been missing all these years is Crosby Cash. Crosby has a trail of bad choices of crazy women. He has decided to take a break from dating and needs his best buds to help him. When he needs someone to join him at his best friends wedding the only person he can think of that won't be a problem for his female diet is his friends little sister and his buddy, Nadia. They can go as buddies, no problem that is, until he sees her and smells her and all bets are off. I absolutely loved this book. Everything about it is great. It shows us that sometimes we find what we really want but we need time to figure it all out and grow up enough to make the timing right for the long haul. I love Nadia's character. She is powerful and a confident woman that goes toe to toe with the big boys but yet she is all woman too. She is sexy and sweet and needy for a good man and can give up the control where it counts. I love Crosby's openness to loving a strong woman. Not all men can do that and he embraced Nadia's female power. This book also shows us that love is love and we can love anyone we choose. Teddy Hamilton and Erin Mallon are terrific as Crosby and Nadia. They bring it and deliver a great story that I loved listening to. There is also a bonus narrator in the end, James Joseph gives us a glimpse of Matthew and his meeting with Rachael (you will learn of these two throughout the book). Another great story to come from Ms. B. That's another think I love about her books. The characters are all linked together in one way or another just like real friends are. It makes them more real. This is a great book and I highly recommend it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jen Franklin

    You just can’t go wrong with Lauren Blakely - Great stories with low angst, excellent dialogue, humor, and super sexy characters voiced by excellent narrators. The Virgin RuleBook kicks off a new baseball series with a bang! Nadia handles her high-powered job in a male-dominated world as a female NFL team owner while being her brilliantly sassy bad-ass self. The one thing she has struggled with is dating, mostly because men are intimidated by her money and position. She just moved her team to Sa You just can’t go wrong with Lauren Blakely - Great stories with low angst, excellent dialogue, humor, and super sexy characters voiced by excellent narrators. The Virgin RuleBook kicks off a new baseball series with a bang! Nadia handles her high-powered job in a male-dominated world as a female NFL team owner while being her brilliantly sassy bad-ass self. The one thing she has struggled with is dating, mostly because men are intimidated by her money and position. She just moved her team to San Francisco, so it’s time to focus on work instead of men anyway. Crosby is Nadia’s brother’s best friend and that guy that women want and men want to be around. Unfortunately, he has a knack for dating the wrong women who are really bad for him. It’s so bad that he has decided to swear off women and handed the controls over to his friends to keep him out of trouble. We meet other members of his team in the supporting characters, seeding our desire for more books in the series… I want to live in Lauren’s world! Basically, all of her characters need their own book! Some of my favorite tropes are friends to lovers and the forbidden best friend’s sister. Lauren brings these both together with that exquisite virgin twist that I just adored in this book. It’s no surprise that they fit together, having known each other for many years, but when that spark hits them both it is magic. They connect in the most adorable and delicious ways that really hit me in the feels! I just love the way they communicate, both in and out of the bedroom. Just when you think you know what Lauren will throw at you, you are proven wrong. This book is fun, funny, sexy, adorable, and just plain wonderful! Lauren and her team always pick the best narrators for each job, including the voices we love and wonderful new talent. Erin and Teddy are perfect together in every book, but they really bring out the best in these characters. James Joseph is a new voice to me. He narrates the epilogue, and I can’t wait to listen to more of him! You get all of the snarky, fun personality quirks and passionate energy in this one! I received an #AdvancedListenerCopy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jenn Amy

    4.5⭐️ The Virgin Rule Book is the first book in Lauren Blakely’s new series, Rules of Love and what a start to the series it was! It has amazing characters, sexy, flirty banter, laugh out loud antics and just the right amount of romance and steam. Nadia is the owner of a football team that she recently inherited from her father. She is a powerhouse of a woman. Wealthy, sexy and confident. After a series of unsuccessful dates she vows to herself to give up men and dating and focus on her career an 4.5⭐️ The Virgin Rule Book is the first book in Lauren Blakely’s new series, Rules of Love and what a start to the series it was! It has amazing characters, sexy, flirty banter, laugh out loud antics and just the right amount of romance and steam. Nadia is the owner of a football team that she recently inherited from her father. She is a powerhouse of a woman. Wealthy, sexy and confident. After a series of unsuccessful dates she vows to herself to give up men and dating and focus on her career and the success of the team since making the decision to move the team from Las Vegas to San Francisco. Crosby is a pro baseball player for the San Francisco Cougars and he is also Nadia’s brothers best friend. He has just made a promise to himself to take a break from women and dating as he is just about to start training camp for 7 weeks. All of that changes when Nadia and Crosby decide to be each other's plus one at Nadia’s brothers wedding and she ends up confessing that she is a virgin and wants Crosby to be the one she gives her virginity to. This is where they decide to enter a friends with benefits situation but neither can stick to their agreement for long, as they realize fairly quickly that there is much more than friendship between them. Crosby and Nadia have fantastic chemistry. The build up between them was so addicting between their flirty text messages, accidental touches to so much more. Once they stop fighting their attraction and let their guards down it was pure magic between them. I loved the moments with Nadia’s best friend, Scarlet (from My One Week Husband) she is that supportive, encouraging best friend that I love. This is going to be a fantastic series. LB dropped just enough hints to keep us guessing and wanting more of the rest of the characters in the book. I am particularly excited for Holden’s story after that little teaser at the end! If you love a good romantic comedy, sport romance, or friends to lovers story this is the one for you! Highly recommend. *Advanced reader copy received in exchange of an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Red Cheeks Reads

    5 SMOOCHES! I love a good sports romance as much as the next girl, and Lauren Blakely knocked it out of the park with the first book in the Rules of Love series. I listed to the audio, and Teddy Hamilton and Erin Mallon were perfection. Blakely doubled down with some of my favorite tropes – brother’s best friend and friends-to-lovers – in this sweet and sassy sports romance, and I was here for every word of it. I loved Nadia. She’s a successful, powerful female NFL team owner holding her own in th 5 SMOOCHES! I love a good sports romance as much as the next girl, and Lauren Blakely knocked it out of the park with the first book in the Rules of Love series. I listed to the audio, and Teddy Hamilton and Erin Mallon were perfection. Blakely doubled down with some of my favorite tropes – brother’s best friend and friends-to-lovers – in this sweet and sassy sports romance, and I was here for every word of it. I loved Nadia. She’s a successful, powerful female NFL team owner holding her own in the male-dominated world of professional sports. But she also had a vulnerable, innocent side, too, that made her quite relatable, despite being a billionaire, and was something that caused problems in her personal life. Crosby, a professional baseball player, is Nadia’s brother’s best friend, and having grown up together, he and Nadia have their own solid friendship rooted in history, respect and a bit of what both assume is some unrequited crushing. With some events coming up that they’ll both be attending, they agree to be each other’s plus one, and this is where the fun begins. Their youthful crushes begin to resurface, and the chemistry begins to sizzle. There was a natural ease between Crosby and Nadia, and it played a big part in the organic transition to lovers. Their romance was positively brimming with all those can’t-keep-my-hands-off-you, crush-turning-to-more kind of feels, and it translated into a feel-good love story was heart-racing and heat-filled. The thing I love most about Lauren Blakely’s romances is that they aren’t painfully angsty or overly dramatic–they’re the flipside of the coin. She pens love stories that are, cover-to-cover, an absolute pleasure to read. The kinds of books that you’re happy to start and that make you happier the more you read. That’s exactly what kind of book she gives her readers here in The Virgin Rule Book, and I didn’t want to pause this story! I was so totally swept up in Nadia and Crosby’s love story, I listened to it practically straight through. I’m so excited about this series – Lauren introduced several side characters whose stories I can’t wait to get my hands on! Five smooches from me for The Virgin Rule Book by Lauren Blakely! ~ Danielle Palumbo

  29. 4 out of 5

    Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)

    Sometimes weddings inspire people to act out of character, they get wrapped up in the love, the celebration of two people finding their happily ever after, and it has them craving their own. Which pushes them to be braver than normal, take chances on the dance floor, let their alcohol induced mind go after a perfect stranger in hopes that it leads somewhere. No one knows this to be truer than Nadia, she was a little tipsy, feeling the love, shared a few dances with a handsome friend, and then to Sometimes weddings inspire people to act out of character, they get wrapped up in the love, the celebration of two people finding their happily ever after, and it has them craving their own. Which pushes them to be braver than normal, take chances on the dance floor, let their alcohol induced mind go after a perfect stranger in hopes that it leads somewhere. No one knows this to be truer than Nadia, she was a little tipsy, feeling the love, shared a few dances with a handsome friend, and then took a leap... and it lead her somewhere she never expected! The Virgin Rule Book stars a heroine and hero that aren't necessarily in the market for love, but when a relationship of convenience is spawned from a night of fun at a siblings wedding the two just go with it. Both Nadia and Crosby have very busy lives, he a famous baseball player, and she owner of a football team, which leaves them with very little time to date. Not that Crosby really wants to be tied anyhow, he's too busy sowing wild oats and whatnot. But Nadia would love to find someone to share her life with, the problem is she can't pick a good man to save her life. When she does find time to date they always end in disappointment. But this thing she finds with Crosby works perfectly, they be each others plus one at events, and take the frustration out of having to find a date and then deal with them all night. They are comfortable with one another, it's a no-strings, no-fuss, no complications kind of relationship... but somewhere along the way they start to enjoy it a little more than they ever intended. And that is where things start to get a little steamy and a little more emotional. I loved watching these two try not to fall for one another, they gave it their best shot, but as always their hearts eventually won the war. Their story came brimming with emotion to put a squeeze on the heart, steam to curl the toes and spawn a few blushes, and of course a happily ever after destined to leave it's mark! Highly recommend this one, it's bound to leave you singing it's praises! I requested an advanced copy of this title from the publisher, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest and unbiased opinion.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jeeves Reads Romance

    Sigh. This just wasn’t what I was hoping it was going to be based on the blurb. Brother’s best friend? LOVE. Friends with benefits? HATE. Honestly, it felt like your typical, cookie cutter, “friends with benefits” romance where the couple is clearly already in love when they make those ill-fated plans. It’s one of the tropes I like the least, so when you add in the fact that she still has her v-card while he’s a serial dater (and they’ve clearly been harboring feelings for awhile)… this just did Sigh. This just wasn’t what I was hoping it was going to be based on the blurb. Brother’s best friend? LOVE. Friends with benefits? HATE. Honestly, it felt like your typical, cookie cutter, “friends with benefits” romance where the couple is clearly already in love when they make those ill-fated plans. It’s one of the tropes I like the least, so when you add in the fact that she still has her v-card while he’s a serial dater (and they’ve clearly been harboring feelings for awhile)… this just didn’t work for me. The writing is still solid, and it’s a light, sexy, easy kind of read, but it definitely didn’t win me over. The story follows Crosby and Nadia, two longtime friends who have been close for years. While they haven’t spent much time together recently, that changes when Crosby decides to take a dating hiatus. He always seems to choose the wrong girls, so he’s committed to taking a break from dating for a few months. When Crosby needs a plus-one for a wedding, he asks his best friend’s sister, Nadia. She’s perpetually single because men find her wealth, power, and strong personality to be intimidating. But it’s a turn-on for Crosby, so that means it’s not long before he’s seeing his gal pal in a different light. I don’t really have a lot to say about this; I didn’t like it, but it wasn’t poorly written. If you like friends with benefits storylines or steamy, easy reads, then this might work better for you. It’s got Blakely’s classic style, and it’s the kind of low angst book that can be read in one sitting. I did like Crosby – he’s a sweet, caring guy, and it was easy to see how much he cares about Nadia. Their chemistry is one of the best parts of the book, and I enjoyed the playful tone. I just feel like I’ve read this book 100 times before. There’s a definite predictability to the storyline, and it felt pretty basic to me. Not one of my favorites from the author, that’s for sure. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this brother’s best friend romance.

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