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Friday, February 14, 2014

Review - Rules of Harte (Harte #1) by Brooke Harris

A Review by Carol

Book – Rules of Harte (Harte #1)
Author – Brooke Harris
Publication Date – January 12, 2014
Type – Part of Series
Genre –Romance
Rating – 4 out of 5 Stars

Book provided by Author in exchange for an honest review.


Evangeline Andrews doesn’t want him, but she needs him. Julian Harte doesn’t need anyone, but he wants her. 

Eva has been passed over her whole life. A happy home, men, fashion sense…it all eludes her. She’s run away from New Jersey to find sanctuary in Dublin. But the office bitch, a nymphomaniac best friend and the nice-guy-she’s-just-not-sure-about all threaten to complicate things.

The company social event of the year is looming. Everyone who’s anyone in the office will be at the masquerade ball. Eva has been invited, well, instructed to attend by her mysterious boss - or else. But she can’t go alone.

Enter Julian Harte, a sexy escort with a fascination for games. Eva is about to learn the rules are complicated and Julian doesn’t do losing.

Will Eva’s thick skin be enough to protect her when all the masks come down? Or will she discover she’s not the only one wearing more than one mask?

Let the games begin. 

Recommended for 17+ years
Adult content and language


I have mixed feelings on this one….on one side – I loved this hot – steamy read….but then on the other hand – I had a hard time believing Eva would be so na├»ve and gullible along with an office not screaming SEXUAL HARASSMENT!

Now in a fantasy world…this would be the most spectacular read with shy – cardigan sweater wearers all walking around with their heads in the clouds never putting 2 and 2 together.  I also would have liked to learn more about Eva’s past. I keep going back and have to shake my head at the other girls in the office and their nonchalant attitude about boning their boss who they never even saw his face.  And Mr. Doe? If I was Eva…I would have ran for hills the first time stepping in Mr. Doe’s office and then learning the “ins and outs” (yes, that is a pun) of the office politics.

Putting the above aside….it was a very creative story and such a sensual read (I did cringe once-not going there) My libido skyrocketed while reading the things Julian said and did to Eva….yes, it was that erotic and panty-dripping!

I do want to read the next book in this series – I think I will enjoy that one more now that the bullshit is all out in the open.  Will Eva be able to put aside the past of Julian?  Will she be going back to New Jersey so we can learn more about her past?


Eva is not even a thought in the office – she is shy and prefers to blend into the woodwork, but there is a problem…..a masquerade party is coming up soon and she needs a date to stand out.  She puts all morals aside and looks into an escort service….in pops Julian….Julian likes to play games and the game he sets his sights on is Eva.  Can Julian bring Eva out of her shell and help her gain the self-confidence she needs in life?

Julian opens a new world for Eva and slowly she peels off the layers protecting herself – a ravaging beauty starts to emerge while Eva starts attracting the attention of a fellow co-worker along with the big head haunch-o.  What will Eva do?  Nick on one end is safe and dorky like she feels she is….Julian is just an escort who doesn’t believe in relationships…..Mr. Doe is so mysterious and rumors that float around the water-cooler would have anyone fanning themselves.

Eva has to make a choice – she is the pawn in this game but also the master of game!


A very unbelievable creative story that had my heart pumping and my thighs clenching and I just can’t wait for the next story in this series!

About the Author

Brooke has too many of a lot of things; shoes, books, and kids. Luckily she loves them all to pieces. She never has too much wine, if you believe that.

Rules of Harte is her debut into the steamy stuff and she's currently working on the second book in the series.

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