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The Rules of Persuasion by Amity Hope

The Rules of Persuasion by Amity Hope
Publication Date:  August 14, 2017
Publisher:  Entangled Teen Crush
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1) Take things slow (her rule)
2) Make it believable (his rule)

After tragedy hit her family, Meg Matthews officially crossed the line from “good girl” to “bad girl.” Motorcycle? Check. Graffiti? Check. The only thing Meg hadn’t planned on was blackmail. Too bad now a certain infuriating boy holds Meg’s future in his hands…

When Luke Prescott—star pitcher and town golden boy—catches Meg vandalizing the school, she’s given two choices: face the consequences or enter into a fake relationship with him to get his parents and his ex off his back.

But as Meg and Luke grow closer, they both realize they’ve been keeping secrets from each other. Their fake relationship might be doomed from the start—if they can’t learn to open up to the one person they never thought they’d trust.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains late-night graffiti sessions, flirty baseball lessons, and a never-ending list of relationship rules just made to be broken.

 

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Blackmail? Everyone knows about it but no one wants to be on the receiving end of it. Our two main characters are in a game of cat and mouse. One uses the other for their own personal gain not knowing that their heart can get tangled up in the sham relationship they created.

We have a rebel girl ‘with a’ cause. Magyn doesn’t want to be at home. With the death of her little sister, Sydney, her family is falling apart at the seams. She tries to find an outlet sometimes it is radical and others are just breaking the laws. However; she feels closer to her sister when she does it. Problem is she gets caught by Luke Prescott one evening.

Luke hates his life. Everyone thinks his life is luxuries because of his families name and social statues. There may be some perks, but to him it feels more like a gilded cage. His family has expectations for him which include but are not limited to: who to date, what to wear, how to speak, who to socialize with, what college to attend, what degree to obtain, and what job he will one day have. All these things are shoved down his throat and he finally throws them back up at his parents. He needed to get his parents and “approved girl to date,” off his back, he decided to find someone to have a ‘fake relationship with him.’ But whom?

When he sees Magyn spray painting part of the high school one evening he finally saw his chance. Someone that won’t expect anything, but will pretend for him. He decided the only way to convince her to play this charade is by blackmailing her. The ultimatum of turning her into the authorities for vandalism and graffiti or her playing along as the dutiful girlfriend.

When Magyn sees no way to get out of Luke’s blackmail she is stuck pretending to be his for the school year. However, the more time she spends with the Luke the more she realizes he isn’t the cocky, rich, self-absorbed, snob that she always thought. He is actually kind, and funny, and annoyingly cute.

Luke has always appreciate and admire Magyn’s beauty from afar, but now he knows there is more to her then meets the eye. She has a secret reason for her crimes that she won’t tell him, but the more he gets her to pull back her layers the more he comes to like her.

I enjoyed this story. Is was cute, but not over the top. These two had some hard situations to overcome. You can tell Magyn just struggled so much because her family was literally being torn apart. Her parents were fighting all the time. Her mother was in a deep depression which was bleeding into the family. It was difficult to read at times because you can just feel the turmoil that Magyn was around.

With Luke he had some difficult decisions to make. His elder brother was someone he looked up to and used as a life line. I liked their relationship. Luke’s parents were SO messed up! And the way they would try to manipulate him was just wrong on so many levels.

Luke and Magyn had some really sweet moments that I enjoyed. The more they let down their walls and trusted each other the more it was obvious how much they truly cared for one another.

Good Read. Enjoyable.

4 hearts.

Parental Advisory: Active drinking, mild to moderate swearing, heavy kissing, nothing graphic, depression, breaking laws.

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Amity lives in beautiful northern Minnesota with her two sons, two cats and their Rottweiler. She has a degree in elementary education and worked in that field for ten years before deciding to chase her dream. Her debut novel, Twisted, was listed by Amazon as a Top 100 Kids & Teens Kindle Book of 2012. If she’s not writing, or spending time with her boys, she’s most likely reading.

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Guest Post

What is your favorite meal and the recipe for it. 

One of my favorite meals is stuffed tacos simply because I almost always have the ingredients on hand, and they are fast and easy to make. I have two teen boys who are always on the go. In the summer we have baseball almost every single night. I love meals that can be thrown together in record time.

Stuffed Taco Filling:

1 pound ground beef, browned, and drained

1 can of black beans, drained

1 can of corn, drained

1 packet of taco seasoning

Add the beans and corn to the ground beef, then add the taco seasoning and prepare per the package directions. That’s it!

Other:

1 box of taco shells

1 bag of shredded cheese, your choice

Sour cream

**You could add traditional taco toppings to this (lettuce, tomatoes, etc.). Since the tacos are already fairly “stuffed” we usually keep it simple and top with just cheese and sour cream.


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