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Release Day Review! BREAKING THE RULES by Kendall Ryan (Hot Jocks #8)

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Title: Breaking the Rules
Series: Hot Jocks
By Kendall Ryan
Release Day: November 9, 2021

The bestselling HOT JOCKS series is back with a brand new novella. In this much anticipated return of the hockey team you know and love, you’ll see what the guys are up to now, and meet the hot new rookie on the team. This series by New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan has been called …

“PERFECT!” -Modern Belle


“Delicious and steamy hockey goodness!” New York Times bestseller Elle Kennedy

“Sexy, smart, fun, and just a damn good time.” USA Today bestseller Avery Flynn

Includes bonus material and deleted scenes from the original series.

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Breaking the Rules is essentially a collection of bonus material for Kendall Ryan‘s Hot Jocks series–the bulk of it is really meant for fans of the series since it features established couples, though roughly 40% or so is a short story featuring a new couple.

Roughly half of the book is a short novella giving readers a snippet of the “after” part of the HEA of Becca and Owen, hero and heroine of All the Way , who are approaching a defining moment in their lives and have major choices to make. What will they do, and will their relationship thrive, or merely survive? Are they actually Playing for Keeps? This *could* stand alone as a marriage-in-trouble story, but it will definitely have more meaning for readers who already love the couple.

Next is a short story, “Game for Love,” with rookie Preston and his roommate-with-sometime-benefits Essex. We see Preston briefly in the first novella ignoring puck bunnies in a bar, and in his story we find out why. He thinks he can have something special with Essie, but she doesn’t seem to want to go there. Can he convince her to take a chance on love? This is a new couple, and fun for newbies and series fans alike.

The last bit of the book is three bonus shorts–snippets of material originally meant to be in the books which give readers an extra look at some of their favorite couples–Owen and Becca are here again, as well as Justin and Elise ( Playing for Keeps ) and Asher and Bailey ( Crossing the Line ). They’re really short and cute, though not truly meant for new readers.

Overall Playing for Keeps is a quick read that could scratch an itch for series fans. This isn’t the book to start the series with, but if you’ve read some or all of the other books and can’t get enough of your favorite couples? This is the reading snack you might be looking for.

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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About the author:

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 3 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.

Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 100 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.

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