Title: Rule Bender

Series: Chicago First Responders
Author: BJ Harvey
Genre: Steamy Firefighter/Boss’s Daughter/Best Friends Romantic Comedy (Interconnected Standalone)
Release Date: July 21, 2022

REVIEW BY SHARON

I fell in love with these characters right from the start! 5 stars for this one!
London has had a crush on Luca forever, so when she finally decides she’s going to make her move, and it’s met with Luca not really returning her kiss, she decides it’s time to move on. While out on a blind date, there is a fire in the kitchen, and who comes in but Luca along with his fire company, and she hadn’t told him she was going out on a date, and when he see’s her with her date, he starts to realize hey, what are these feelings?
Luca will not date his best friend London, after all she’s his chiefs daughter number one, but she’s his bestie, that’s all he feels for her, but when another guy comes around, he starts to experience feelings he’s never felt before. Could it be true what everyone has been saying to him, that he does have feelings for her?
I enjoyed their story, Luca will annoy you while you will also swoon over him, and London, she’s the best! Don’t miss out on the last book in this great series!

 

London Kelly is in love with her best friend and has been for years.

 

Too bad he’s an adorably clueless idiot who a) just doesn’t see what everyone else sees and b) abides by the rule of ‘don’t screw the crew’s sisters, daughters, or exes.’ And since London’s dad is his fire captain, that puts her firmly in the do not touch category.
Then one night, London decides to throw caution to the wind and kisses him, finding her unequivocally placed in the friend zone.
That’s when London decides that maybe it’s time to move on.
Except fate decides to have the last laugh, calling Luca to the scene of a fire at the very same restaurant where London is on a secret blind date, bringing him face-to-face with the reality that he could lose his girl.
Suddenly all bets are off.
Besides, bending the rules isn’t the same as breaking them… right?
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USA Today Bestselling Author BJ Harvey brings you Rule Bender – Book 4 and the last book in a spin-off to the Cook Brothers steamy rom-com series featuring first responders in Chicago who are fighting the good fight and also finding love at the same time. This series can be read as a standalone and is set in the same world as the Bliss and Cook Brothers series before it.

 

 

“I’m not a child, Luc,” London pipes up. I look down at her mascara-smudged glare, my annoyance level dropping at the sight that’s more hilarious and adorable than menacing.

“Never said you were, Lonnie.”

“I prefer being called beautiful,” she grumbles.

I take a step forward and lift the clean corner of the towel and gently wipe around her mouth, my lips twitching as I look down at her gorgeous face. “Beautiful, you’re a cute drunk but you’re also a messy one, especially when you share your liquor with my turnouts and boots.” She giggles and my anger disappears completely. “I’m trusting Brock to—”

Perfect Brock.”

The corner of my mouth tips up. “I ain’t calling him that, beautiful. You know there isn’t a man on earth that’ll ever be good enough for my girl.” 

Her breath catches, a soft moan vibrating in her chest as her eyes flutter closed before slowly opening again. 

“But I want you to go home, grab some water and some Tylenol, and go to bed. I’ll take care of your car and will come get you tomorrow on the way to lunch at my parents’, yeah?”

She stares at me for a good long while, but when the truck’s horn sounds, I know I’ve got to get a move on. “Can you do that for me, Lonnie?”

“Yes, Luc,” she nods, slowly at first then more enthusiastically. 

“Good girl,” I say, earning a beaming, blinding smile this time. “And make sure you text me when you get home. Can you do that for me, beautiful?”

After she nods again, I lean in and touch my lips to her temple, ignoring how right it feels.

Before leaving her, I pin Perfect Brock with a knowing glare. “Straight home, man. I’m trusting you with something precious to me here.” 

He tilts his head, rubbing his chin and studying me. “I can’t work out if you’re an idiot or you just don’t see it,” he says, pulling London snugly into his side. He looks to Cohen. “C’mon. You see it too, right?”

Cohen purses his lips and shrugs, not exactly denying it.

“What the fuck?” I ask.

He leans in and lowers his voice. “One date with this woman and I already know she’s someone special.” 

I grind my teeth together so hard my jaw aches. 

“And I don’t owe you anything, especially not after your friendly disposition tonight. But just so we’re crystal clear, this date stopped being a date when she told me she can’t get over her stupid crush on her best friend, and because I’m a nice guy, a good guy, and not the asshole you seem to think I am, I’ll give you some free advice. You’ve got a choice to make, and you’re gonna have to make it sooner rather than later.”

“Oh yeah? Enlighten me, wise one, who seems to know everything about my girl here.” 

His eyes flash. “You can either open your eyes to what’s right in front of you and how good it could be, or you can let her go so she can get over you and find a man who’ll give her the world she desperately wants from you.”

Then, like he hasn’t just laid me out where I stand, he carefully turns London around and walks her down the sidewalk away from us, leaving me standing there wondering what the hell just happened.

 

 

BJ Harvey is the USA Today Bestselling Author of angsty contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and sometimes a little bit of romance suspense. She regards herself as a smut peddler, suspense conjurer, and a funny romance thinker upper. An avid music fan, you will always find her singing some hit song badly and loving every minute of it. She’s a miner’s wife, a mom to two beautiful teenagers, and was born in New Zealand and currently lives in Perth, Australia.
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