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Kate Adams expected to return home from Paris with a ring on her finger. Instead, her French boyfriend, Alain, breaks up with her right before she leaves for Australia.Unwilling to show up at her high school reunion desperate and dateless, Kate asks her best friend's brother, handsome Josh Marchant, to pretend to be her fiancée.Josh has always had a soft spot for his sisteKate Adams expected to return home from Paris with a ring on her finger. Instead, her French boyfriend, Alain, breaks up with her right before she leaves for Australia.Unwilling to show up at her high school reunion desperate and dateless, Kate asks her best friend's brother, handsome Josh Marchant, to pretend to be her fiancée.Josh has always had a soft spot for his sister's friend and happily takes on the role. And as they spend time together, the lines between fact and fiction blur and they're soon struggling to remember it's all just an act. But will the arrival of an unexpected visitor shatter the illusion they've created?...

Title : Playing by the Rules
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Playing by the Rules Reviews

  • Imelda Evans
    2019-04-05 12:45

    Argh! I accidentally rated my own book and now I can't unrate it! Sorry for the apparent narcisissm!

  • Court
    2019-04-13 14:24

    I reviewed this at MustReadBooksOrDie with my friend Shelley! Shel: We've been reading dark and dirty so this was like a palette cleanser...nice and sweet and light and funny. Court: It really was! Shel: Kate has been recently dumped and is expected at her high school reunion... with her "fiance" (never existed in the first place). She's mopey and miserable and doesn't even know if she wants to go but her bestie, Jo, decides it's time for Kate to move forward. Jo does what any best friend would do--she dolls up Kate and hooks her up with a fine fling (just so happens he's Jo's brother, Josh, and Kate's secret high school crush). Court: This is what made me love Jo. She wasn't all "do not date my brother" crazy about it. Very mature, she I loved Jo right away! She was funny and very independent. I honestly can't say if I ever felt that way about Kate! I liked her character, but she killed me! Shel: The first half of this book is dedicated to that night at the reunion--reliving horrors and remembering friends..and making some new memories too. Turns out to be an eventful night for Kate and Josh...seems like she wasn't the only one with a secret crush. As this one time event turns in to a week-long getting to know you session (due to an interesting elevator scene) and by the end of that week things are drastically different than they were at the beginning...and this is what encompasses the last half of the book.Court: I liked the reunion parts for the simple fact that it was a very good way to set the scene for the story. And for most of it Josh is an absolute saint. Kate again has to battle every insecurity and spends a lot of time inside her own head. Which again made me crazy but on another hand was definitely just her *personality* I guess. Had me banging my head on the wall for her to pull her head out of her Again. Shel: Kate and Josh only slightly annoyed me--mainly because they were too much in their heads and not talking to each other and saying how they felt. And Kate and her "planning"..I thought I was bad..she borders on neurosis. I mean have some f-u-n every once in a while!Court: They did make a lot of assumptions as to the other's intentions, yeah? I liked the writing and I loved the story and the Aussie-ness of this book...which helped me like it a lot. Kate again, will make you insane, but I never stopped wanting to see where their crazy journey would end! Shel: This is a good, clean read..I could even recommend it to some of my students and not feel awkward about it! Court: Ah, were you waiting for the heat too? No heat, but I loved their entire dynamic and was rooting for them! The casual sex girl is not Kate...but I'm wondering if in the next story if Jo might be!! Shelley: 3 1/2 Stars Courtney: 4 Stars

  • Daisy
    2019-04-03 11:34

    This was definitely my kind of a book! Kate, a young professor at Sorbonne expected her boyfriend of one year to propose to her when he took her out to dinner at one of her favourite restaurants. Instead, what she go was a shocking admission that he is in love with her friend and that he is breaking up with her. Now, back home in Sydney, Kate is not really convinced she can face her classmates at her 10 years high school reunion. Lucky for her, her best friend's older brother, who she had a crash on while in high school, happens to drop by for a short vacation and agrees to play Kate's fiancé for the night. Little did she know, he also had a crash on her... I totally got into this book.I loved the whole high school drama resurfacing even after 10 years. The catty bitch, the homy, caring friend, the outcast who found herself and is now successful, the wonderful teacher that made the difference in her life. Even though I never went to my high school reunion, it surely hit close to home. I loved Kate. Intelligent, driven, level headed, and not willing to give up everything she has been working hard for and her entire security for love. I found her character to be very realistic and likeable. Even though she became more confident and self assured throughout the book, it didn't change her core believes and values. And I admired that in her.I really liked Liam. I found him charming and confident, but respectful, kind and well mannered. A perfect gentleman. I found the relationship between the two very exciting as well. Kate - a total planner, security loving respected professor and Liam - totally spontaneous, commitment fearing vagabond, with interesting job that takes him all over the place. How much more different can they get? Yet the chemistry, the sparks and the passion are there from the moment Kate literally falls into his arms. And the unexpected twist Evans took with Kate's chat with her ex, although a little far fetched, was very interesting and intriguing.Overall, a very good read, well worth 4 STARS!ARC provided by the publisher via NetGally for an honest review.

  • Teri Beth
    2019-03-21 15:29

    Review included in my Week in Review at Lives and Breathes Book Blog.Wow. I feel like it took me WEEKS to read this book when in reality it was just a few days. It was wordy. It took me quite a while to get into the story but when I finally did I enjoyed it! It kept me wondering what would happen between Josh and Kate. I always do love a good best friend’s brother story. Kate, she was a tad bit annoying but I understand her, I understood her need for plans and how bent out of shape she was from things not going by the plan. I’ll admit I’m the same way. Josh is care-free moving around often, following no plan, and he’s a total sweetheart. “Take one old crush, pass him off as a new fiancé, mix in a broken heart, a couple of mothers and a best friend with ideas and things were bound to get complicated.” This sums of Playing by the Rules perfectly. It was a bit of a mess and a little complicated but enjoyable too!ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-05 14:23

    Even though this book was fast paced and way too short I absolutely loved it!!! Kate does have a tendency to get on my nerves a tiny bit but that can only be expected when we find out she has a plan and if life doesn't go by the plan she feels like it's all her fault and the end of everything. That is a teeny bit dramatic and that is only complaint I have with the story. The characters are amazing and very lifelike. I love Josh, who is Kate's best friends brother. She knew him years ago and had a crush on him and now when she is in town for her school reunion and alone since her boyfriend dumped her for another friend she finally gets her chance. However, she almost ruins everything with her plan mentality and I was so happy with the way it ended because if it had ended any other way I would have had to jump in that book and beat the tar out of her lol. Love the book, love the way the author draws you into the story, would love to read more by this author. Overall I am rating this cute little story with four stars.

  • Negar Arvanaghi
    2019-04-12 09:47

    I thought this was very well-written. I found hardly any grammar mistakes, which was a relief. I liked that both the H & H made me mad at them at times, but I could always understand why they felt the way they did. I have to say, H's sister was a good sibling, but not always a good friend. At several times while reading I wanted to tell the heroine to give her up as a friend. Then again, that is a sign of good writing, so...I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sam Still Reading
    2019-04-11 15:33

    Imelda Evans first appeared on my radar unknowingly when I heard ‘The Trouble With Men’, a submission at the Romance Writers of Australia conference this year. I was really impressed with the story – it was fun, feisty and funny. So when Imelda let me know that the submission was hers, I knew I had to get my hands on one of her books straight away! Lucky for me that Playing By The Rules was published this week.This romance has all the traits that I enjoyed in ‘The Trouble With Men’, plus some. It’s a sweet romance primarily set in Melbourne, Australia with some glamorous international destinations thrown in. We are introduced to Kate, who has just returned to Melbourne in time for her school reunion. A serious and quiet student, she not looking forward to reuniting with some of the girls who were horrible to her, but now everything has just gotten worse. Her French boyfriend has just dumped her for her best friend! Kate’s plans (which up ‘til now have gone very well – university, doctorate, post-doctorate and now a lecturer at the Sorbonne) are in tatters. Plus, she may have mentioned to her mother that she had big news to tell on her return home…Fortunately, Kate’s best friend Jo has a brother, who has just jetted home from his wonderfully chaotic life reorganising hotel eateries. Josh is gorgeous, funny and a truly nice guy. In fact, Kate has had a crush on him since school. Now Josh has agreed to pretend to be her fiancé at the school reunion – will real sparks fly?Some people have mentioned that Kate is not their ideal heroine, but I think she rocks. She’s realistic – I can completely relate to her. Kate is a meticulous planner (look at the academic success she’s achieved by her late 20s) but can’t quite grasp that you can’t plan love to the nth degree – it’s got to just happen. And ‘just happen’ is the way it does with her and Josh. Kate is also a bit insecure (she’s amazed at how popular she is at the reunion) – she can’t understand why people even remember her! Plus, after Alain dumps her, she’s without a plan at all and this to me is probably the worst thing that can happen to someone like her! (I think I speak a little from personal experience here).This is why it’s fantastic that Josh steps in. He’s much more adroit at going with the flow and acting spontaneously than Kate – his actions at the reunion clearly show this, right down to the dancing! The juxtaposition between their careers also show how worlds apart they are – but don’t opposites attract?What happens after the reunion is beautiful to read – a growing love affair with some wonderful descriptions of sightseeing in Melbourne and surrounds. However, obstacle after obstacle are thrown in Kate and Josh’s path, right through to the end. I was on tenterhooks wondering if Kate’s rules were finally going to break her!After finishing, I was excited to find that there is a second book about Josh’s sister Jo. Can’t wait to read this one!Thank you to Destiny Romance for the eARC.

  • Lee
    2019-03-22 16:31

    Playing by the Rules is the story of healing a broken heart, trusting in the spontaneous and taking a chance.Kate flew home for her high school reunion after being dumped by her year long French boyfriend, Alain. A boyfriend she thought was in love with her, someone whom she thought she would be introducing to her classmates as her fiance. Instead she finds herself contemplating going to the reunion as her friend's tag along, and facing a barrage of questions about her relationship she did not want to face, and then answer. Kate has lived her life like a well planned event. She has everything efficiently planned"Planned. Plans. Planning.........She was good at plans. Planning was how she had go that great job and the flat in Paris............Not all plans succeeded. That didn't mean the plans were bad. She just needed a new plan."Kate is staying at her best friend Jo's apartment, and one morning answers the door to find her school age crush in the form of Josh Marchant, the handsome brother of Jo, standing in all his glory on the doorstep. Kate is thrown for a loop, not expecting to see Josh after all these years, feeling torn because all the old feelings have rushed to the surface when she has just broken up with Alain. Kate felt the years dissolve and her adolescent crush came rocketing up out of her subconscious, as fresh and vivid as it had ever been.Josh is a jet-setter, travelling the world, never in one place for too many years at a time due to his job. He is just as surprised to see Kate on his sister's doorstep. What follows is a funny chain of events that sees Josh pretending to be Kate's fiance for the reunion, helping her to save face. What then happens is a story of two people who fall in love, with one believing in fate that brought them back together, while the other is reluctant to let go and be spontaneous enough to see where this journey takes them.I really enjoyed the relationship between Kate and her best friend Jo. it was honest, down to earth, full of no-nonsense humor and had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion. When Kate tells Jo she is not sure if she can go to the reunion, Jo tells her in no uncertain terms to suck it up "Rubbish! you're just having an attack of the LBBs'"................." What do you mean LBBs, anyway?""LBB stands for Loser Boyfriend Blues. it is caught from Loser Boyfriends - naturally - and is what you have been indulging in ever since you got here."Jo is such a loving, loyal, supportive friend and I would love to have a friend like this in my corner should my life go pear-shaped. "It never occurs to the LBB sufferer that, in fact, there is nothing wrong with her, apart from a regrettable taste in loser men."Jo tells it like it is. She also is fiercely loyal to Kate and would do anything to cheer her up, even if it means suggesting a quickie with her brother while they pretend they are engaged. I thought the relationship between Josh and Kate was great and I loved the banter between the two and the heart stealing moments when Josh is determined to keep Kate in his life and show her that they are meant to be together. I loved how he wooed her and I thought that her reluctance and self protective streak was understandable considering what she had been through. Overall, while this was a quick short read, I didn't want to put it down once I started it and was invested in finding out whether Kate would go against her plans and take a chance. I liked the authors writing style and would love to read more from her. My only want at the end of the book is an epilogue although having a snippet from the next book gave me an insight into the future that left me more satisfied than had it not had that bonus extra. i look forward to the next book in the series.Copy kindly provided by Netgalley

  • Roz ~ My Written Romance
    2019-04-12 11:23

    This and other reviews can be found on my blog, My Written Romance.Playing by the Rules is such a gorgeous, fun romance. I love that it is set in my adopted home town of Melbourne, and that it is unabashedly Australian in tone. That being said, the story is one that is universal in its theme, so readers from other parts of the world should have no problems at all understanding it.Kate’s really not looking forward to her high school reunion. Always on the periphery, Kate was a serious girl, studious and smart. There were those who made her high school experience rather unpleasant. Encountering them once more is not high on her list of priorities. She has also just been dumped by her boyfriend for her close friend, just as she thought he was going to propose. Now the Paris-based academic not only has to face the nasties, she has to face them without the fiancé she had fully expected to have with her.Thanks to her best friend (and eternal champion), Jo, Kate’s reunion experience may just be back on track. Jo’s brother Josh is also back in the country and somehow Jo fixes it so that Josh is willing to act as Kate’s other half for the evening. Things quickly get out of hand – the attraction between them that had bubbled under the surface when they were teenagers roars back to life, and what started with an expiry date is beginning to look like something that could last forever. But with lives on opposite sides of the world, will these two ever find their way to each other?Gee, I loved these two. Kate is wonderful – she’s real and smart, and totally relatable to planners like myself. I totally get that whole “I need to plan” aspect of her personality. Josh is just adorable – he is funny and sweet, and cares deeply. I found myself cheering them on throughout the course of the story. You can just see that they are so beautifully matched, and it would have near broken my heart if they couldn’t have worked it out.This takes place in a world prior to Rules are for Breaking, where Kate’s wonderful best friend Jo is the heroine of that book. Despite this being the case, I think you should read them in the order they were published.Imelda was one of the first authors I had the chance to review when I started My Written Romance, and I was super-excited to get the chance to meet her at RWA this year. When she mentioned that this story was on its way, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I was wondering how Imelda would be able to top the sexiness of Declan, the man who irons from Rules Are for Breaking. She has definitely managed it with the gorgeous Josh in Playing by the Rules.My rating: 4.5 out of 5Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Destiny Romance, an imprint of Penguin Australia, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Emily (Mrs B's Books)
    2019-03-25 10:43

    **Provided by Netgalley and Penguin Books Australia | Destiny Romance for an honest review**OMG I soooo have a new book boyfriend. So. We have Katie Evans who is currently staying with her friend Jo back home in Australia. She has come back without the fiancé she thought she would have and is currently moping around not knowing what to do with herself. Her plans (and she plans everything) has gone down the toilet.She has her school reunion to attend to and said that she would be bringing a plus one (her fiancé). Feeling crap early one morning she opens the door, only to find her friends brother standing there. She goes to let him in, but promptly steps on the cat and ends up in his arms. This is the man that she had a teenage crush on when she was fifteen.Jo in all her bossiness and love, prods her until she finally gives in and wears what she is given to their school reunion. Jo also tells her that she will be going to the reunion with her brother who has agreed to act the part of her fiancé. And when he arrives, the man looks delish.Josh plays the perfect fiancé, he provides all the affection, anecdotes and fun she could need. His tales so true that she wonders at how he can even remember all the stuff, and by her expression, her friend Jo thinks the same. He spins in tales about how he fell in love with her back when she would come around the house.Pulling him into a room she has it out with Josh and they end up kissing. A kiss that rocks her world. He manages to get her to stop thinking and just be happy, or completely flustered with his touch. When they get back to Jo's apartment they are found kissing in the lift by both their parents along with Jo.Her mother, who believe they have got together invites them to a meal at the end of the week to meet her boyfriend. This then leads to more dates and getting-to-know-you dates and of course more kissing. After the meal they are then caught kissing again by Kates ex-boyfriend and Jo.The next day after talking, Alain and Katie have sorted their differences and go their separate ways, in her rush to leave the building she knocks Josh to the floor. They go the beach where the commitment fobe asks her to marry him, where-upon she is promptly sick. Things go downhill from there and they part ways.Katie a week later has her butt kicked by Jo and goes to LA to find Josh to make things better but he is not there. She goes back to home to Paris with a heavy heart and struggles to cope. Weeks later, Josh arrives tells her he's made plans to live and work in Paris and he wants her.Now how could a girl NOT fall for that!! :)This book was witty, had me laughing and actually made me feel better. The author has a wonderful style of writing and I look forward to reading more from her.Would loved to have had an epilogue though!

  • Nancy❤The❤Bookaholic
    2019-04-08 13:31

    ~~2 HEARTS~~It seemed like it took me forever to finish reading this book. It keep on going on about nothing and the storyline felt like it was dragging. There were a few times I contemplated DNF'ing it. Now that I finished it I would've have been fine DNF'ing it. I received a copy of this book a while back from NG and I've been putting off reading it and I think now I know why now. It's bad when you're reading a book and you can't remember what the story is about five minutes later. Well at least I tried. On to the next.

  • Irene
    2019-04-12 16:19

    3 starsI enjoyed Playing by the Rules, it was a fun read and even though I found Kate a little irritating at times I'm happy to have read it. Looking forward to reading more from Imelda Evans in the near future, especially looking forward to reading Jo's story :) Thank you to NetGalley and Destiny Romance for the ARC.

  • Jen Malone
    2019-03-21 13:32

    This was a really sweet story and I adored the Australian setting. It was a formulaic romance but the voice was so cute that I really got sucked into the story. I'll be keeping my eye out for the next in the series.

  • Theresa Ann Casper Nelson
    2019-03-28 12:30

    "Kate Adams expected to return home from Paris with a ring on her finger. Instead, her French boyfriend, Alain, breaks up with her right before she leaves for Australia. Unwilling to show up at her high school reunion desperate and dateless, Kate asks her best friend's brother, handsome Josh Marchant, to pretend to be her fiancée. Josh has always had a soft spot for his sister's friend and happily takes on the role. And as they spend time together, the lines between fact and fiction blur and they're soon struggling to remember it's all just an act."Kate is someone who is what I would call an "extreme planner." If she doesn't have it mapped out step by step.....well, let's just say "spontaneity" is not Kate's middle name. Kate works for the Sorbonne, she was planning on her hot Frenchie boyfriend proposing so she could plan a wedding and a life for herself. On the opposite side of the coin, Josh is definitely not stuck in one spot. His job allows him to travel around the world to different hotels every couple of years or so and up until he comes home for a visit and agrees to be Kate's date to her reunion, he wasn't exactly looking to stop moving around from place to place nor was he looking to settle down.I copied the teaser above to point out a few things about it. First, Josh doesn't have just a "soft spot." People who read the book are going to figure out what Josh thinks of Kate early on in the book. Kate is Josh's sister's best friend and they've known each other for many years but Josh's feeling go a little deeper than that. If Kate were the homely best friend, I could see the "soft spot" description being a fair one but in this particular case, it's not.The point that they're struggling to remember it's all an act refers to the reunion in the book. That's misleading as well. I get that it's a teaser to get people to read the book and it worked on me as well but it's also not exactly a fair description. These two don't struggle at all. At least not to me.I liked this book. I liked the story and the ending as well. There wasn't anything I particularly disliked either. However, I thought the book spent too much time at the reunion and too little time with Kate and Josh getting to know each other again.I also thought everyone was so nice. Too nice. Kate's Frenchie ex shows up at one point int his book and it's really not much of a spoiler. Kate gets some closure from it. But she's way too nice to him. Or, maybe Australian women are just more polite????Overall, I recommend reading it if you like a good, solid straight romantic book. If you don't want retching agony and a nicely wrapped happily ever after, then definitely read it. It's something I'll definitely recommend.(I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review in return)

  • MarciaB - Book Muster Down Under
    2019-04-10 16:36

    Kate Adams expected to arrive back home from Paris in time for her high school reunion with a fiancé in tow. Unfortunately, for the “planning life down to a t” Kate, she now has to embarrassingly attend that reunion alone, after responding that she would be bringing her partner.Desperate, dateless and utterly shattered that her marriage plans, and therefore her life, have fallen apart, when Jo’s brother Josh arrives on the scene, plans are hastily made for Josh to go along as Kate’s date … and pretend to be her fiancé.Josh is gorgeous. Having just flown in from the USA where he has been working, he’s eager to spend some time with Kate as, unbeknownst to her, he’s always had a soft spot for his sister’s best friend.Kate soon realises that she couldn’t have asked for a better partner to attend the reunion with her. He is attentive, funny and shares all kinds of memories from their teenage years with their former peers. And their first kiss … it’s earth shattering.However their new found friendship appears about to blow up in their faces when they can’t keep their lips off one another and rather embarrassingly get caught in the lift, after which she remembers that she was meant to tell her mother about the surprise that she had for her.When Kate’s ex-fiancé arrives in Australia and Josh makes some startling revelations and an unexpected proposal, we see Kate floundering and can only hope that she will realise that not even she can plan love. I first met Kate Adams in Imelda Evans’ debut novel, Rules Are For Breaking which tells the story about the “three strikes and you’re out” Jo Marchant and how she met Declan. I was therefore thrilled when Imelda contacted me and requested a review on Playing by the Rules and immediately sank my teeth into it.Imelda's characters are well-crafted and Kate, who is seriously flawed, managed to annoy me intensely with her constant planning for everything in her life. Josh, on the other hand, is the total opposite, being almost flawless and just so darned nice and there were a few times in the novel where I really felt sorry for him and wanted to shake some common sense into Kate with all her little insecurities. The story about the rabbit, was just fabulous!Once again, Imelda hasn’t disappointed with her humour and wit bringing us this sweet and light-hearted read which kept me entertained and one which I would recommend to those lovers of romance looking for a bit of escapism.I wish to thank Imelda Evans for requesting the review (as well as the lovely mention in her acknowledgements).

  • Ashley
    2019-03-31 12:22

    This review may also be read at is the first book I read for Galleynet, and I must say while it was not the best book I've ever read, I would recommend it a few people who love this kind of story.My over all impression was that Ms. Evans had a good start but she would get distracted by the details or would forget something only later to remember that it was important. This was made the flow of the story a little off, but not so horribly that I couldn't finish it in a few days. That being said, had it flowed a little better I would have been able to finish it in a day, not a few.The plot to this book was a VERY good idea, and somewhat believable. Kate Adams and Josh Merchant have known each other for years through his sister Jo, they never really acknowledged that they like each other back in when Kate was still in high school. It's been ten years since they've seen each other and Jo just thought that it was Kate who had a crush on Josh, so when she suggests that Josh escort Kate to the reunion she never imagines the can of worms she is opening up.Something I didn't like in the book and really cause flow problems for me is that for the first 10-15% of the book its all in Kate's perspective and then suddenly at the reunion I'm reading Josh and his thoughts, while I'm used to this, the technic is used in many books, I was thrown off by the use of it when it hadn't been used when we are first introduced to Josh. Also the fact that more than 50% of this book takes place on the reunion kind of drove me nuts. Yes, there were important things that happened at the reunion, and they both discovered that there they had feelings for each other. I just personally felt like it was taking forever to set up the basic story.Josh and Kate are cute together, they are trying to figure out how to make sense of the fact that they liked each other back when they were still gangly teenagers and now they are both attractive adults. They are also have very different personalities, Kate is a planner and Josh is the spontaneous one. It isn't easy for these two to get along, and yet it is the best possible way to have a relationship because they even each other out.Now there is a second book to this and I can say that I'm waiting for it. Kate and Josh are officially together and now it's Jo's turn.

  • Jeannie Zelos
    2019-03-27 14:25

    Playing by the Rules. Imelda Evans.ARC supplied by Netgalley. A straight romance, just what I was in the mood for having read three paranormals back to back. So I picked up this one and began to read.The scene is pretty simple, the description covers the basic premise and to be honest that's pretty much the whole book. I liked Kate, loved Josh but the formula was so simple that I felt I was reading one of mum's old M & Bs from the sixties. At times when the group were at the re union I felt they were still acting like teens rather than the ten years older people they were supposed to be. Same goes for the way they faced the parents...for heaven sake they weren't teenagers any more and yet weren't acting like adults despite wanting to be seen and treated like them. Alain – I was expecting more but...and Morgan, I though we might be ion for a good bitch fest...but no, they were “sweet” people in the end. That was my main problem – everyone was so nice, so likeable and there were no big surprises or angsty moments. Even the sad parts were sort of tempered so we didn't get too upset. I really felt that this was a “nice” book, one where we won't get too emotional, sadly though I WANT all that emotion, angst, tears, high spots were I want to hug someone, to have a smile right across my face and I didn't get it :( If you want a romance to challenge you, one that plays with your emotions this book won't suit, but if you’re looking for a quick, single paced, easy to read, feel good romance this may be just what you want. Horses for courses etc gives us a range of books that suit the range of stories we readers want. This one wasn't for me but may be just what you're looking for. Stars: it was ok, nothing wrong with the book, well written but just not strong enough for my taste so three from me.

  • books are love
    2019-04-12 08:45

    I love Josh. He is so precious and funny. The story of fluffy buns his rabbit and why the story means so much to him is a ahh and tissue moment Kate is this plan everything girl. She plans done to the last miniscule detail even boyfriends and marriage. This all gets knocked out when Alain leaves her. So she’s distraught, angry and humiliated and leaves to go home to Australia to lick her wounds and go to her high school reunion. Only problem she needs a +1.Josh’s sister suggests Josh and he is happy to oblige since he likes Kate. Josh and Kates first encounter will crack you up. Josh is hysterical throughout this book but he is also so sweet and kind as well.Josh is the ultimate ladies man and loves the single life or does he? Kate the planner is thrown off course by Josh and her mom. So let’s get back to the nitty gritty. Josh and Kate go to the reunion and he is great. she is shocked and happy but there are some miscommunications that lead to some funny scenes. there are also moments that you say aahh at Josh’s sweet kind ways. anywhoo, Kate learns something from her mom when they get back from the reunion and it puts her in a loop. Kate asks for Josh’s help and he gladly agrees. They spend a wonderful week together. Too good to be true? Yup! Alain shows up and all goes in a tailspin.How does it end? Do Josh and Kate end up together like you hope? You just have to read this wonderfully sweet and funny book to find out.

  • Ashley
    2019-03-21 08:24

    This review can also be found at http://chiquitablogger.wordpress.comI can safely say this is my very first book that I've read that was set in Australia. I was a little leery before starting it that I wouldn't understand the lingo or slang, but it really wasn't that bad at all.Kate is a broken hearted Australian whose boyfriend broke up with her two weeks before her high school reunion. Left without a date, her friend, Jo, sets Kate up with Josh, Jo's older brother. Little did Jo (and Kate) know, Josh's been in love with Kate since high school and vice versa. Their "pretend" relationship starts to feel very real, and a big surprise happens that may just throw them off course.I really liked Jo in this story, and from what I hear, she has her own book being released soon so that's a major plus. Kate was a little too stick-in-the-mud for my liking, but in order for the story to work, she kind of had to be. Josh was alright, but I did get confused with the back and forth of viewpoints without any breaks or segways in between. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for something just a little different from the normal romances, and I'm really looking forward to the next one.*ARC received from the publisher for an honest review.*

  • Book Chatter-Cath
    2019-04-09 13:27

    Received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest reviewPlaying By The Rules is a little more vanilla than my usual read, but that being said, I quite enjoyed it. It was easy to read, well structured, and had interesting elements of deception, lust and jealousy that had me laughing out loud at times.Kate is believable and real, if slightly whiny. She's also a little too insecure and self indulgent for my tastes but likeable none the less. Kate has her life planned out and can't handle it when those plans are turned completely upside down, in desperation she enlists a fake fiancée, maybe he can help put things right.Josh comes across as a bit of a softie, he was often easily swayed and pushed around by Kate. I do prefer my leading men with a bit more backbone; but he has a long standing crush on Kate and can't resist the chance to get closer to her.What ensues is not a new scenario in romance books, but it is what it is; an entertaining and escapist read.Overall, I really enjoyed Playing by the Rules. It's a well written, strong story with interesting main characters and situations. A great lazy Sunday afternoon read, it gets 4 stars from me.

  • Crystal
    2019-03-30 08:34

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in place of an honest review.Kate has moved to Paris and teaches. It is something that she has wanted to do since her high school French teacher made a big impression on her. She was thinking that her boyfriend of over a year Alain was going to propose but he ended up breaking up with her and seeing her friend. She goes to Australia for her two week vacation to stay with her friend Jo.They are going to their ten year high school reunion and Jo says her brother Josh will take Kate and pretend like they are getting married. Josh seems to have fun playing the part. Kate doesn't know if he is speaking the truth about being in love with her in their teens.I loved this book. When I first thought about reading this book I didn't know that I would enjoy it as much as I did. I enjoyed the author's writing style and the way she brought her characters to life. This was a sweet romance and I was surprised how much I got into it. Sometimes when you think you love someone you are only in love with what you see in your mind and not what is really there.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-13 09:19

    I received a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Kate plans on going to her high school reunion engaged but her boyfriend ended up breaking up with her instead. Her best friend Jo decides to get her brother to take Kate to the reunion. Kate has Josh pretend to be her Fiancé. Lines begin to blur and they start having a hard time keeping track what is real and what was pretend.I absolutely loved this book. Kate is a planner and tries to plan everything about her life but it backfires on her. Josh like to go with the flow and make snap decisions. These two should be like oil and water but everything about it was extremely well done. I loved every minute, even when Kate annoyed me with her plans. Playing by the Rules made me feel so much emotion and at points made my chest ache.This was a must read for me and can not wait to read Jo's story in the next book!!!

  • Yazmin
    2019-03-20 14:38

    In Playing by the Rules by Imelda Evans, Kate Adams expected to return home from Paris with a ring on her finger and a fiancé to show off at her high school reunion. Instead her boyfriend broke up with her right before she leaves for Australia and she returns brokenhearted that her plans didn’t come through and afraid of being humiliated at the reunion.Josh Marchant has always had a soft spot for his sister’s best friend. Ever since they met in high school and Kate made friends with Jo. Josh has been grateful to her and secretly attracted too. Good thing that neither Jo nor Kate new about his crush. But when Josh shows up unexpectedly at Jo’s apartment, the last thing he expects is to see Kate or have her fall on him after she opens the door, even if Jo’s cat was the culprit. Read More...

  • Nancy
    2019-04-05 08:30

    **ARC provided by NetGalley via Penguin Books Australia / Destiny Romance for an honest review**Kate thinks her french boyfriend is going to propose, but instead tells her he is in love with a colleague/friend of hers. She was all set to go to her back home to her 10 year reunion with her fiancé. Now with a broken heart, she arrives back in Australia from Paris for the reunion. Jo her best friend, decides to have her brother Josh play Kate's fiancé for the reunion. Little did she know her brother had a crush on Kate when she was 15 and was happy to go along with the plan. As their week together continues and their fake relationship, feelings start to change. I enjoyed this story. The author does a great job with the history of the characters and their new found romance.

  • Lily (Hopelessly Devoted 2 Books) Wallis
    2019-04-18 11:35

    ARC given for honest reviewThis was a nice straight forward romance that I rather enjoyed! I liked the characters, Josh for one is ultimately swoon worthy! The story had me captivated! I quickly found myself wanting to blitz through to the end to see how it panned out! I couldn't put it down! The story had so many twists and turns my head was spinning! I was laughing, smiling and occasionally shouting because of the situations Kate and Josh found themselves in! Overall I really enjoyed this book

  • Erika
    2019-03-31 12:43

    This was a fun, quick read. The story was a bit predictable but it was still a good story. I enjoyed this book.

  • The Nauti Vixen
    2019-03-30 10:23

    Title: Playing By The Rules Series: N/AAuthor: Imelda EvansRating: CReview: This is an easy read, well written, but not something that really stands out from the crowd. Kate is a woman that has just discovered that her long term boyfriend is leaving her to be with her best friend, and she has come home to try to regroup from the pain. Especially since she is expecting him to propose instead! Unfortunately, she was still with her loser of an ex when she set up her RSVP for her high school reunion, and they already think she is engaged! To ashamed to show up and confess what happened, she gets set up with her best friend's brother as a stand-in. But when they are inundated with questions, the tales that fall of Josh's tongue are a little believable - could it be true that he has had a crush on her all along?While the book was okay, there were a few things that irritated me about this book. First off was Kate herself. I found her very whiny, and almost childish in her behavior. There was stomping her foot down like a toddler when she didn't get her way, to throwing herself across the bed and crying and wailing when she was upset. I found her very annoying for the most part. Josh, on the other hand, was very bland. We are supposed to believe that he has had a crush on her for years and years, and while he does go along with the plans his sister to cooks up for him to pretend to be Kate's fiancée, that is pretty much all he does - go along with it. He didn't really jump at the chance, or try to convince her that they are meant for each other, or anything like that at all. I just did not feel like there was this huge crush that he had for Kate - either in the past or in the present. I more or less felt like she was there, convenient, and already got along with his family, so why not her to try and fall in love with? I also thought the whole fiancée and best friend thing was a little to convenient to the story.A good read, but a few things that irritated me enough that it was a bit of a struggle to care about what happened to these characters.

  • 2019-04-10 08:38

    I really wanted to like this book more than I did. The basic set up seemed fun - a recently dumped Kate needs a date for her high school reunion and ends up taking her best friend's hot older brother - but it just didn't come off as well as I hoped it would.I think the biggest problem I had was that the story takes place over only a couple of weeks with the majority of the story occurring at the reunion itself. As Kate and Josh were both playing the part of devoted lovers during the reunion, there was little of them getting to know the real person behind their loving facade. Even when Josh was telling true stories from their teen years about how'd much he'd been crushing on her, Kate wasn't sure how much was truth and how much was just the role he was playing. Hard to develop a romantic relationship when you're trying to sort fact from fiction.Another issue was the constant head hopping between the two leads. Sometimes this occurred in the middle of a page without any break, so it was a bit jarring and pulled me out of the story.Finally, I was very frustrated at the end of the book. Kate had been portrayed as a person who needs order and planning in her life - with very valid reasons for that need. Without spoiling things too much, I thought Kate reacted very normally and practically to Josh and was really upset when she is pushed to change her thoughts as though she was in the wrong. Maybe I'm just too practical and risk averse myself, but a two week relationship is not something I would trust to last to make major life changes.I realize that this review comes off as very negative, but truthfully, I did enjoy the story. The characters were likable and fairly well drawn (at least Kate was) and the dialogue was well written. I believe that Josh's sister, Jo's story is next up for this author and I'm definitely looking forward to reading it.

  • Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws
    2019-04-17 12:18

    Kate Adams has always had a plan. Her latest was to return to her reunion with a ring on her finger and her french fiance in tow. But plans have a way of falling apart at the most crucial points. So when she finally returns to Australia, she has no ring on her finger and her boyfriend was off to a vacation with her close friend and colleague. Slumming it with her best friend Jo in her apartment, Kate comes face to face with her crush Josh who volunteers to be her fake fiance for the night of the reunion. But things escalate and their paths take twists and turns – will they be able to find their way back to each other in time?The thing about such romance novels is that the plot is usually pretty much predictable and this was no exception. But what makes a reader like them is the character building and the journey of the protagonists to find their way to each other. It’s the small magical moments and their individual quirks that make a romance novel what it is. I didn’t particularly enjoy this book because both Josh and Kate, living different lives in different parts of the world, come together and in one evening their lives change forever. Their love story could have been a sweet one, instead its portrayed in a sort of ‘in your face’ sort of way. After spending couple of hours with Kate – Josh is declaring his love for her – especially in a situation where Kate has just broken up with her year long boyfriend, whom she was expecting to propose her! I know that they had a history, but I still wish they would have had a few moments of friendship/companionship atleast before they claimed their undying love.But then it could be just me… The author’s language is pretty simple an easy to get into. So if you don’t mind the insta-love declaration sort of thing, you can give this book a go.

  • Neliey
    2019-04-01 14:44

    Kate needs a break to regroup and pull herself together so she returns home. What should have been the time for her to grieve the loss of her relationship with her ex turns into a steamy week with her best friends brother. She has always been about plans but for one week she throws caution to the wind and lets herself explore in a way she could have never imagined. She eventually has to go back home and face reality a reality that doesn't involve Josh, Or does it?Josh has always had a crush on Kate and when a chance to get close to her presents itself he can't say no. He soon realizes that what he feels with Kate is completely different than anything he has ever felt before. He can't help but wonder if what he feels is a new development or something he buried and is rediscovering, but truth be told it doesn't matter he just wants the chance to explore it and that might not happen. Can he convince someone who always has a plan to stray from it and be spontaneous or will he lose her?In my mind Kate is the typical woman. She has a list in all the ways she falls short in life and she doesn't realize how amazing she is. I really liked that from the very beginning Josh is telling her how great she is. He brings up things from the past that most men would forget and he uses it to prove his point. Its just sweet to see how much he cares even though thirteen years had past since they met. I really enjoyed the main characters but I wasn't a really big fan of the secondary characters. I felt like they added excess drama that wasn't necessary in Kate and Josh's story. Aside from that the ending of the book was really cute, I wasn't really expecting it which made it even more romantic. Its the kind of ending people wish for in real life.