The Casual Rule by A.C. Netzel (Review by Kristin – #NerdGirlSoldier)


Title: The Casual Rule 

Author: A.C. Netzel

Published Date: May 15th 2014

Genre:  Romance


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Julia Conti is living the dream in New York City. She has a job she loves in publishing and shares an apartment in the Village with her lifelong best friend, Allie. Following a bad break-up, Julia swears off of men and relationships, until she meets Ben Martin, an up and coming author who is smart, sexy and very easy on the eyes. Fueled by their mutual attraction, close working relationship and fear of relationships, Julia and Ben embark on a purely physical affair, following the Casual Rule. As they bring each other further into their lives, their casual status blurs. Can she keep sex and love separate or will feelings take hold and Julia get her heart broken again?

A little sweet, a little smutty, a little snarky.
Recommended for readers 18+ due to sexual references and sex 


***Contains Graphic Sex, Strong Language and Adult Situations. Not for young readers***
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***Kristin – #NerdGirlSoldier’s  Review***
If you’re looking for a book with a little bit of smut, a little comedy and a ride on an emotional roller coaster, then pick up this book today. You will love Julia. She is incredible and I think she’s one of my new favorite female characters this year. At first you’ll think of her as a man hater, but you’ll see her grow and change into a woman who becomes comfortable in her own skin. I love that she has depth to her and has courage to do what needs to be done to protect herself. I also really love that she has a passion for life in general. I think too many books have female characters who pressure young women to be a size two or that dieting and exercising are the ways to catch a man. Julia isn’t like that. She has a health image of who she is and isn’t afraid to be herself with Ben.

When you first meet Ben, he’s a bit of an ass. He insults Julia’s ideas for his book, yet he can’t stay away from her. There’s no doubt that Ben is attracted to her but he doesn’t want a typical relationship with labels. While the book is told from Julia’s point of view, you do get to see Ben change and grow in his thoughts about what a relationship is. What I loved most about Ben is that he wasn’t afraid to show that he cared about Julia and her interests.

Overall I greatly enjoyed reading this book. I laughed, I cried, and cursed Ben several times. I may have cursed Julia too at one point. My only disappointment was how the book ended. I was hoping for a little more about where their future was headed, and I’m hoping that Ms. Netzel will write more about these two people.


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