The Rule Book by Sarah Adams Book Review

The Rule Book by Sarah Adams Book Review

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The Rule Book by Sarah Adams is the amazing sequel to The Cheat Sheet. This is a contemporary romantic comedy with a second chance romance, only one bed, and the cutest characters. Continue reading to find out why this is my favorite romance ever!


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The Rule Book

Author: Sarah Adams

Pub. Date: Apr. 2, 2024

Series: sequel to The Cheat Sheet

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 368

Rating: 5 stars

Spice: 2 hearts

Content Warnings: swearing, blood, injury, fainting, & sex


Nora Mackenzie’s entire career lies in the hands of famous NFL tight end Derek Pender, who also happens to be her extremely hot college ex-boyfriend. Nora didn’t end things as gracefully as she could have back then, and now it has come back to haunt her. Derek is her first client as an official full-time sports agent and he’s holding a grudge.

Derek has set his sights on a little friendly revenge. If Nora Mackenzie, the first girl to ever break his heart, wants to be his agent, oh, he’ll let her be his agent. The plan is simple: make Nora’s life absolutely miserable. But if Derek knows anything about the woman he once loved–she won’t quit easily.

Instead of giving in, Nora starts a scheme of her own. But then a wild night in Vegas leads to Nora and Derek in bed the next morning married. With their rule book out the window, could this new relationship save their careers or spark the romance of a lifetime?


Book Review

Thank you to Random House Publishing for this ARC of The Rule Book by Sarah Adams. All opinions are my own.

Sarah Adams is my favorite author, and The Cheat Sheet was my favorite book I read in 2022. When I saw that she was writing a sequel to it, I knew that I wanted to read it as soon as possible.



The Rule Book is now my favorite romance book of all time! It’s THAT good!

I don’t know how she managed to top The Cheat Sheet, but this book just had everything I could’ve ever wanted in a romance: witty banter, shenanigans, romantic declarations of love, only one bed, and a hilarious and supportive friend group.

The entire time I was reading this book, I had the biggest grin on my face and was constantly giggling because of how it made me feel.

Derek and Nora are THE couple. They had amazing chemistry and hilarious conversations. Nora is so smart and great at comebacks. Derek is so charming and protective, and I just really enjoyed them together.

Derek’s teammates were so funny, and I loved how they reminded me of the Bromance Book Club from Lyssa Kay Adams’ series. Their constant barging in and advice added to the story so much.

I also loved how Nathan and Bree from The Cheat Sheet were part of this story as well. I loved how they kept trying to help Derek and Nora get together.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I would recommend this book to everyone. If you only read one book this year, it should be this one.


Where to Read & Purchase

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Have you read The Rule Book or any other books by Sarah Adams?

I would love to hear your thoughts! Comment down below.


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