Rules of Payne by Elizabeth Lynx (Review by #NerdGirlJulie)

 Rules of Payne

Title: Rules of Payne

Author: Elizabeth Lynx 

Published Date: April 1st 2015

Genre:   Romantic Comedy


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***This is Book 1 of 2 so there is a cliffhanger at the end***
***WARNING – Steamy Sex Scenes – Cake addiction – Incorrect usage of the word Potatoes***
Morgana Drake has some problems in her life.
Problem #1: She has a boss she hates. Truth be told everyone at her company hates him, he’s a jerk.
Problem #2: Morgana fantasizes and has sex dreams about her awful boss because he is just sooo good looking. She may have done a lot more than fantasize, but please don’t tell anyone.
Problem #3: She wants to get into her company’s Executive Development Program, but there is one thing standing in her way. You guessed it, her boss.
Problem #4: Morgana needs to get laid by someone other than her boss. She feels if she likes someone else she will stop lusting after Henrik Payne.

Henrik Payne is very serious about his job. He has worked hard for over ten years to become VP of Sales and Marketing and make Mimir the third largest online retailer. He has rules he follows to make sure the company and his life run smoothly.
Rule #1: Know the company from the ground up and the people who make this place great.
Rule #2: Don’t do anything that might negatively affect the company or him.
Rule #3: It’s best not to date women. If he does, they are to be kept at a distance. Emotions cloud judgment and can cause harm to the company if he is with the wrong woman and reveals too much.
Rule #4: Don’t drink. It weakens people’s resolve, makes them act ridiculous and can make them do horrible things. Things that can’t be undone.
So, why does he keep breaking all his rules?


***Contains Graphic Sex, Strong Language Or Adult Situations. Not for young readers***
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***#NerdGirlJulie’s  Review***
Rules of Payne by Elizabeth Lynx is billed as a romantic comedy, and in the parts that read like a romantic comedy it is quite funny.  Ms. Lynx has inserted a number of detailed sex scenes that while key to her plot, I feel would have worked better without the detail because it disrupted the flow of the story.

The main characters Morgana Drake and Henrik Payne were introduced in a previous book, and their story will conclude in a future book.  Rules of Payne is not stated to be part of a series. There is sufficient information and backstory given that reading the prior book is not completely necessary, but I think Rule of Payne might be more enjoyable if The Payne in the Blog is read first.

The chapters of the book are alternatively Morgana’s rules and then Henrik’s rules.  Morgana is young and ambitious, but she lets her libido get in the way of her career plans.  Her perception of Henrik Payne is rather one-dimensional, and until the story moves to Henrik’s rules, the reader doesn’t have enough backstory to appreciate his character.

The plot is quick paced, and the book is an easy read.  Cake-obsessed Morgana is a cute and quirky character from the start.  This 20-something must “endure” an airhead roommate who doesn’t respect personal boundaries, a family who audaciously demands her time, and a gruff boss who she simultaneously lusts for and loathes.  The online dating scenes are particularly funny.

Morgana and Henrik might be brilliant retail moguls, but their personal choices lead them to one funny mishap after another.  I’m looking forward to the reading the conclusion of this story.


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