WRITING THE RULES (The Dating Playbook #6) by Mariah Dietz
Release Date: April 29th
Genre: New Adult Sports Romance 🏈
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Poppy Anderson was nailing her sophomore year at Brighton University. She liked her classes, had the greatest best friend, and was finally ready to start dating again. Or she was … until her ex, Mike, transferred to Brighton and started exchanging long stares and inside jokes that Poppy thought he’d forgotten.
Paxton Lawson was long ago labeled ‘The Golden Boy.’ Starting quarterback and team captain at Brighton University, his future was brighter than the sun until a short path of indiscretions tarnished his name and potentially his future. When he learns that his sister’s best friend, Poppy, has backed herself into a corner and is facing as many doubts and uncertainties as he is, Paxton suggests the biggest ruse of the year: a fake relationship.
Writing the rules was supposed to make things clear, defined, and definite. Only, their relationship becomes increasingly complex as the lines are blurred, days become weeks, and kisses for show begin to feel like confessions.
Can lies lead to truths? And what happens when the rules they wrote begin to expire?
And fifteen years of friendship are about to be put to the ultimate test.
This is the last book in The Dating Playbook series and can be enjoyed as a complete standalone.
Paxton has been on the periphery of Poppy’s life for as long as she could remember. All of her memories of him are good, but she doesn’t think she knows him all that well. When she panics and ships them together, she begins to learn a lot more than just College Survival 101.
“My feelings were so much simpler and more manageable when he was just Rae’s brother.”
Paxton genuinely likes Poppy, his sister’s best friend. A gentleman at heart, and a man willing to go the extra mile to keep the peace, he offers to be Poppy’s fake boyfriend in exchange for her help with getting through the pressures of the last year of college. Their friendship grows, blossoms and develops into a relationship that surpasses all their expectations.
“You’re my favorite rule. You always have been, and you always will be.”
I enjoyed this romance. It reminds us that sometimes, the things we are searching the hardest for are right in front of us; we just need to look. Also, sometimes, we need to forget being nice to some people because they just weaponize it and continue to hurt us.
I loved how Paxton paid attention to Poppy. He was still her friend throughout. Poppy’s introversion had her feeling awkward and out-of-sorts initially, but as she just relaxed, and reduced her tendency to overthink, things just sort of flowed for them.
I recommend this read. It’s full of humor, love and unshakeable friendships – things we all need.
I enjoyed the books of this series that I read. The epilogue here was awesome, reminding me that I really need to catch up on the first three now.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.
Mariah Dietz is a USA Today Bestselling Author and self-proclaimed nerd. She lives with her husband
and sons in North Carolina.
Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon where she spent most of her time immersed in
the pages of books that she both read and created.
She has a love for all things that include her family, good coffee, books, traveling, and dark chocolate.
She’s also been known to laugh at her own jokes.
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