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?
The Casual Rule by A.C. Netzel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
So how do you know when a book is good? Like really, really good? When you start and finish it in the same day. Yep, that totally happened! Which says a lot, considering it’s literally been months since I’ve done that. Once I got hooked into the story I just couldn’t put it down! Lately, very few books have captured my undivided attention, so it was a pleasant surprise when I started reading and was immediately drawn in.
This book had everything I could possibly want. Humor that had me laughing out loud, romantic moments that me swooning/tearing up, and some oh-so-steamy moments that had me…squirming. And all of it was executed perfectly! The writing was on point, the character development was very well done, and each scene flowed seamlessly to the next.
I absolutely loved the idea of Julia and Ben from the very beginning. Their personalities meshed so well together, and it was always more fun than serious, which I guess is what a friends with benefits deal is supposed to be. I’m not going to lie, I totally had hope that their arrangement would turn into something more. Each exchange left me all warm and tingly inside, unabashedly clinging to the possibility of “what if”. Of course I won’t spoil it for you, but let me just tell you it’s a wild ride!
Without a doubt, I HIGHLY recommend The Casual Rule. If you’re in the mood for a fun romantic comedy with a bit of smut, then look no further!
The New Rule by A.C. Netzel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I read The Casual Rule in one sitting, and if I had another day to devote to reading I would’ve done the same with The New Rule. Even though I spaced it out over the span of a couple days I was still hooked and anxious to read every chance I got. I couldn’t wait to see what was in store next for Julia & Ben!
The same laugh out loud humor and tear inducing drama that made me fall in love with book one was even more intense than ever! I laughed, I cried, and I did a celebratory fist pump every time Cam-eel was put in her place. Again, I got everything I wanted in one book! AC Netzel blends humor & drama together like no one else. Even when you’re crying you’ll be laughing.
I loved everything about this book; Julia’s family, Allie and her relationship with Vince, the bonus chapter at the end, the rats with wings (you’ll understand once you read). It all worked together perfectly! There’s never a dull moment in this fast paced roller coaster ride of emotions.
I don’t know if it’s in the works, but I seriously hope there will be a book 3. I can’t get enough of Julia & Ben! And that extra chapter has me craving more scenes from Ben’s POV!