The Aubrey Rules by Aven Ellis

September 1, 2015 Author Bio, Review 0 ★★★★★

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
The Aubrey Rules by Aven EllisThe Aubrey Rules by Aven Ellis
Series: Chicago On Ice #1
Published by Soul Mate Publishing on August 26th 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Humour, Romance, sports
Pages: 256
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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Some of the Aubrey Rules to Live By:

*If I’m going to indulge in French fries, I must add extra time to the treadmill the next day.
*Always keep your work and private life separate.
*Being open to new experiences will never involve eating kale.
*Never, ever date a professional athlete.

For Chicago social media professional Aubrey Paige, the rules are everything. So much so that Aubrey has painstakingly written her rules for living into a polka-dot Kate Spade notebook that she carries with her at all times. It’s her personal guidebook to living her life. These rules are the Holy Grail—ones never to be broken. They guide her actions for everything, from dealing with workplace drama to finding a great guy to date. After all, these are her own rules, built from her life experiences and observations. So they have to be perfect, right?

Or are they?

Because when Aubrey meets a cute Canadian, she suddenly finds her rules being tested and challenged in ways she never dreamed possible. Beckett Riley is the shy, quiet, determined captain of the Chicago Buffaloes, a hockey team on the verge of turning the corner to becoming a winning organization. He’s Aubrey's opposite, with so many qualities that Aubrey had listed as ones she’d never want in a man.

Yet Aubrey finds herself drawn to Beckett in ways she’s never known. And when she unexpectedly finds herself working with Beckett, she wonders if rules are meant to be broken after all . . .

review

Reviewed by Joanne

*An E-ARC was supplied to me in exchange for review*

If you’re looking for a book that will leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling, and a smile on your face, then you can’t go wrong with an Aven Ellis book. 

The Aubrey Rules follows the love life of Aubrey Paige, a Social Media consultant living in Chicago. The title refers to Aubrey’s rule book, a book which contains a step by step guide she has come up with to help her through the minefield of dating. Do’s and Don’ts, types to stay away from… you get the drift. However rules are made to be broken, and the rule book is about to fly right out of the window when she meets Beckett Riley!

Beckett is the captain of the Chicago ice hockey team with an inferiority complex. I know, I know, what does he have to worry about?! He’s a hot hockey dude, he’s rich, he’s got girls falling at his feet, but the only place he has any confidence is on the ice. Cue Aubrey. She’s been drafted to be his social media person, to build up his on-line profile, help him show his personal side to his adoring fans and what not. 

I loved Aubrey, she was ‘normal’ to me. By that I mean she was a regular girl, she was an average size woman who loved fries and detested exercise! She wasn’t afraid to stand up for herself, even if it did sometimes take a while. She didn’t see herself in the same league as Beckett, and her rules made him off limits, but she couldn’t help falling for him anyway.

Beckett was just perfect. He wasn’t a ladies man, he was socially awkward, and classed himself as a dork, but he was also really sweet, he was kind, generous and patient. He couldn’t stand fake people and just wanted someone to love him for who he was on the inside, not for his job, status or money. He had been burned in the past and this left him guarded but Aubrey was perfect for him. She challenged him, made him laugh and brought out a different side of him.

I found myself flying through this book, by the time I put it down to make a cuppa I was already more than half way through. Aven’s writing just sucks me in every time. The characters are easy to relate to, loveable, some of them are even very hateable! Aubrey’s boss, Mallory, springs to mind here! The supporting characters are also well written, you want to read more about them, get to know them better. I loved Beckett’s best friend Landy, he may be a ‘player’ but I know he just needs the right woman to tame him. 

This is the first book in The Chicago on Ice series, and I was very pleased to see Harrison Flynn and Nate Johansson pop up from Aven’s Dallas Demons series. I love how she brings back characters from previous books so you can catch up with them too. I can’t wait for book two, which is going to be Landy’s book, because I’m sure I’ll get to see what Beckett and Riley are up to also.

About Aven Ellis

I have always loved to write. I completed my first novel at the age of 15—an angst driven high school romance (Boy meets girl! Evil girl likes same boy! A deception! Will true love prevail?) Though I truly wanted to be a fiction writer, I also knew it was more practical to pursue a job in the communications field and write fiction on the side. So I went off to Purdue University and earned a degree in communication, writing for The Exponent along the way (apologies to anyone who fought through reading those early attempts at journalism.)

After a stint writing for a community newspaper and a public relations agency, and not enjoying what I was writing at all, I found myself a non-writing job and continued writing at night and on weekends. I completed multiple manuscripts that found a home under my bed. Complete it, print it, stick it in an envelope, and slide it under the bed. It became a routine for me, similar to “Lather.Rinse.Repeat.”

Finally, years later, I wrote Connectivity. I loved this story; I loved writing for William and MK. I became brave enough to share this story with new friends who became equally as passionate about these characters and their journey. I ended up submitting Connectivity to Soul Mate Publishing, and it sold. Soul Mate also allowed me to explore this idea I had about writing a hockey-based series, and the rest, as they say, is history.

I live in the Dallas area with my family. I enjoy clipping out recipes I will never get around to trying, working out, and chatting with friends on social media. I’m a hockey nut and watch as much as humanly possible. I also love shopping and fashion and admit to being obsessed with whatever the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. In addition to be obsessed with the Duchess, I’m equally obsessed with any show or cookbook featuring Gordon Ramsay.

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