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Justin and Toni were friends. Besties, with a whole list of life rules developed over a friendship that started when they were kids. As long as they stuck to the rules, even when they blended a business relationship into the friendship, things went off without a hitch. But then one of them broke the rules - It was Justin. Justin broke the rules- and Toni has been mad abou Justin and Toni were friends. Besties, with a whole list of life rules developed over a friendship that started when they were kids. As long as they stuck to the rules, even when they blended a business relationship into the friendship, things went off without a hitch. But then one of them broke the rules - It was Justin. Justin broke the rules- and Toni has been mad about it ever since. She’s spent the last several years traveling the globe to cultivate her business, but now she’s back in town. Her only goals? Help her parents with “Mr. Bestseller’s” signing at the store, help them pack up their house to sell, and get out of town without too much interaction with her former best friend. Mr. Bestseller has different goals. He broke the rules - no getting around that, and he’s not trying to. His main goal now that Toni is finally home is to get her to hear him out… and get his friend back. Neither of them anticipated that the rift in their relationship would be the catalyst for seeing each other in a whole different light. But now that they do, they’re wondering if it may be time to make some amendments to those rules. Or at the very least… bend a few.


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Justin and Toni were friends. Besties, with a whole list of life rules developed over a friendship that started when they were kids. As long as they stuck to the rules, even when they blended a business relationship into the friendship, things went off without a hitch. But then one of them broke the rules - It was Justin. Justin broke the rules- and Toni has been mad abou Justin and Toni were friends. Besties, with a whole list of life rules developed over a friendship that started when they were kids. As long as they stuck to the rules, even when they blended a business relationship into the friendship, things went off without a hitch. But then one of them broke the rules - It was Justin. Justin broke the rules- and Toni has been mad about it ever since. She’s spent the last several years traveling the globe to cultivate her business, but now she’s back in town. Her only goals? Help her parents with “Mr. Bestseller’s” signing at the store, help them pack up their house to sell, and get out of town without too much interaction with her former best friend. Mr. Bestseller has different goals. He broke the rules - no getting around that, and he’s not trying to. His main goal now that Toni is finally home is to get her to hear him out… and get his friend back. Neither of them anticipated that the rift in their relationship would be the catalyst for seeing each other in a whole different light. But now that they do, they’re wondering if it may be time to make some amendments to those rules. Or at the very least… bend a few.

30 review for Bending The Rules

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Out of the three books in this series, this was my least favorite. This was a friends to lovers romance and Toni and Justin haven't spoken in 7 years after Justin betrayed Toni. I really liked Justin, but there was so much miscommunication on Toni's part. She would try to drop "hints" to Justin and then get super frustrated with him for not picking up on them. Ummm, JUST TALK TO HIM. This happened quite a bit in this book and I was annoyed by the end. I really did love Justin's daughter, though, Out of the three books in this series, this was my least favorite. This was a friends to lovers romance and Toni and Justin haven't spoken in 7 years after Justin betrayed Toni. I really liked Justin, but there was so much miscommunication on Toni's part. She would try to drop "hints" to Justin and then get super frustrated with him for not picking up on them. Ummm, JUST TALK TO HIM. This happened quite a bit in this book and I was annoyed by the end. I really did love Justin's daughter, though, and Toni's mom. Trigger warning for infertility.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    3 stars I've enjoyed reading about the Wright Brother's, but this book was sadly my least favorite of the three. There was so much miscommunication and secrets it just didn't work for me. I didn't love the 7 year gap they didn't speak or the fact that (view spoiler)[ The first time they were together Justin assumed she was engaged (hide spoiler)] . I did love Justin's daughter, getting to see some of the other Wright couples, and some sweet moments between this couple. Overall, it was just okay f 3 stars I've enjoyed reading about the Wright Brother's, but this book was sadly my least favorite of the three. There was so much miscommunication and secrets it just didn't work for me. I didn't love the 7 year gap they didn't speak or the fact that (view spoiler)[ The first time they were together Justin assumed she was engaged (hide spoiler)] . I did love Justin's daughter, getting to see some of the other Wright couples, and some sweet moments between this couple. Overall, it was just okay for me. Audio book source: Hoopla (library borrow) Story Rating: 3 stars Narrators: Sean Crisden and Adenrele Ojo Narration Rating: 4 stars Genre: Contemporary Romance Length: 6 hours and 55 minutes

  3. 5 out of 5

    Antonella

    I really enjoyed first & second book in this series..this one was just fine I guess..but not as enjoyable like the rest of the series... it has one of my pet peeves in books (view spoiler)[when one person who can't have kids gets with the single parent I know that help all happy ending and all but it just bugs me as very convenient thing (hide spoiler)] it doesn't affect my rating here is just something that is annoying to me... 2,5 stars I really enjoyed first & second book in this series..this one was just fine I guess..but not as enjoyable like the rest of the series... it has one of my pet peeves in books (view spoiler)[when one person who can't have kids gets with the single parent I know that help all happy ending and all but it just bugs me as very convenient thing (hide spoiler)] it doesn't affect my rating here is just something that is annoying to me... 2,5 stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mia.Mi.Jou

    My least favorite from the series... the lack of communication and the secret holding are not my favored tropes.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bookishrealm

    Bending the Rules is probably the weakest in the trilogy, but it still showcases Jones' excellent writing skills. 3.5 Stars Second chance romances can be tricky depending on the reason that the couple didn't work the first time. Bending the Rules isn't exactly a second chance romance since the characters were just friends, but it has that feel to it and the reason why they stopped communicating/being friends is absolutely ridiculous. Toni and Justin were the most frustrating couple to deal with i Bending the Rules is probably the weakest in the trilogy, but it still showcases Jones' excellent writing skills. 3.5 Stars Second chance romances can be tricky depending on the reason that the couple didn't work the first time. Bending the Rules isn't exactly a second chance romance since the characters were just friends, but it has that feel to it and the reason why they stopped communicating/being friends is absolutely ridiculous. Toni and Justin were the most frustrating couple to deal with in this series. It wasn't that their romance wasn't enjoyable or that they didn't have chemistry. I simply couldn't deal with how indecisive Toni was when it came to Justin. The cause behind the grudge wasn't worth the seven years that these two lost. And while I am completely aware that most grudges do not make sense, I think that it added a layer of character development for Toni that made her slightly unlikeable in some sections of the book. In my personal life, I'm a huge huge advocate for communication in any interpersonal relationship. It doesn't just have to be romantic and it's hard for me to adjust to romance books where the central conflict revolves around miscommunication. There were moments when a simple conversation could have patched up the issues between Toni and Justin so as a reader it was frustrating when they wouldn't just talk. This is why the miscommunication trope is probably one of the trickiest tropes for me to enjoy as a romance reader. Other than that, I enjoyed other elements of the book including Jones' writing and the chemistry between Toni and Justin. While they are determined to deny any feelings that they have for each other, it is clear to other characters as well as readers that they work well together. I loved that this particular book was centered on the literary world. I love books that are about people who love books especially when it deals with romance. The pacing was great and Jones has the ability to build empathy and room to have tough discussions about the experiences of others. This book in particular has a content warning for infertility. There were also moments for readers to get updates on the other characters from previous books which, for me, is a must when specifically creating family saga romances. Overall, this was a great read and I'm looking forward to reading more about the Wright extended family members.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amy | Foxy Blogs

    Toni and Justin have been best friends for 17 years. Except for the last 7 years when one of their rules was broken which caused Toni to cut off communication with Justin. During those 7 years, Justin had gotten married and divorced, and became a dad. Now, it's time for these two to bury the hatchet. This is their time to try and make a relationship work because in the past they've never been single at the same time. It seems like everywhere they look there are roadblocks keeping them apart beca Toni and Justin have been best friends for 17 years. Except for the last 7 years when one of their rules was broken which caused Toni to cut off communication with Justin. During those 7 years, Justin had gotten married and divorced, and became a dad. Now, it's time for these two to bury the hatchet. This is their time to try and make a relationship work because in the past they've never been single at the same time. It seems like everywhere they look there are roadblocks keeping them apart because of their miscommunications. BENDING THE RULES ♦ best seller author / business owner ♦ single dad ♦ friends to lovers ♦ miscommunication ♦ Dual pov ♦ standalone A continuing story where secondary characters from the first book become the main focus in subsequent books. Audiobook source: Hoopla Narrator: Sean Crisden & Adenrele Ojo Length: 6H 55M

  7. 4 out of 5

    Annette Williams

    Bending The Rules was my least favorite book in The Wright Brothers series. This book was so frustrating! Toni and Justin worked my last nerve! You have two grown azz adults who, for some unknown reason, refused to communicate their feeling to one another. And, this went on just about the entire book. I don't like story lines where the characters are this silly. Also, it was kind of hard for me to buy into the romantic aspect because, they'd fallen out with each other and hadn't spoken in seven Bending The Rules was my least favorite book in The Wright Brothers series. This book was so frustrating! Toni and Justin worked my last nerve! You have two grown azz adults who, for some unknown reason, refused to communicate their feeling to one another. And, this went on just about the entire book. I don't like story lines where the characters are this silly. Also, it was kind of hard for me to buy into the romantic aspect because, they'd fallen out with each other and hadn't spoken in seven years. Now, all of sudden, y'all are hot for one another?!!! I guess..... Then you had Toni not tellin' her mama her fiancee broke up with her because she couldn't have kids. I though that was a little ridiculous too but, I guess I can understand why she did it. The constant lack of communication and the secret holding made it hard to enjoy this book. I'm just glad Toni and Justin finally got their shyt together even if it took damn near the entire book to do it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Steph's Romance Book Talk

    3 Stars / 1 Steam Fan Ugh, urban contemporary obviously is not a subgenre that I can get behind. I have major issues with the use of the N-word in casual conversation and this author does that. Justin and Toni are childhood best friends that have a falling out over business choices then are put back together after years of not speaking. Both of them have life changes during their silent years but they decide to cross the friendship line. Once again the end was abrupt and I didn't really feel lik 3 Stars / 1 Steam Fan Ugh, urban contemporary obviously is not a subgenre that I can get behind. I have major issues with the use of the N-word in casual conversation and this author does that. Justin and Toni are childhood best friends that have a falling out over business choices then are put back together after years of not speaking. Both of them have life changes during their silent years but they decide to cross the friendship line. Once again the end was abrupt and I didn't really feel like there was resolution for the issues that were thrown into the storyline. This specific video review will be included in the September 2019 wrap-up. For other video book reviews check out my YouTube Channel: Steph's Romance Book Talk.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Crystal (Melanatedreader) Forte'

    Beautifully done. Christina has a knack for writing realistic characters and the sex is 😍 I loved the banter... the build up and the relationships between characters. Her work is a great palate cleanse between heavy reads.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lacey (laceybooklovers)

    3.5 stars! There's some miscommunication here but otherwise this was a good friends to lovers romance with lots of steam. 3.5 stars! There's some miscommunication here but otherwise this was a good friends to lovers romance with lots of steam.

  11. 5 out of 5

    julia ☆ [owls reads]

    #1 Getting Schooled: ★★★★☆ | 4 stars #2 Pulling Doubles: ★★★★★ | 5 stars * Mini-review time! Bending the Rules didn't really work for me. I was really excited about reading Toni and Justin story and finally! seeing how they got together, but the story started and went into a direction that I personally didn't enjoy. The writing was still great and I loved how Jones developed the different POVs. There were also quite a few steamy scenes, if that's your thing! Sadly, I had issues with Toni keeping rel #1 Getting Schooled: ★★★★☆ | 4 stars #2 Pulling Doubles: ★★★★★ | 5 stars * Mini-review time! Bending the Rules didn't really work for me. I was really excited about reading Toni and Justin story and finally! seeing how they got together, but the story started and went into a direction that I personally didn't enjoy. The writing was still great and I loved how Jones developed the different POVs. There were also quite a few steamy scenes, if that's your thing! Sadly, I had issues with Toni keeping relevant information to herself and refusing to discuss things with others and how, because of that, she ended up creating situations that made herself and other people feel bad. I also did not enjoy at all the context surrounding the first time Toni and Justin had sex since (view spoiler)[it could have been seen, on Justin's part, as him helping her cheat on someone. (hide spoiler)] That was cleared up right away, but it left a bad taste in my mouth and soured my reading experience.

  12. 4 out of 5

    J. Greene

    Why I liked this book: It had the perfect amount of angst. The characters were multi--dimensional, you got to really understand the characters, their background, and the motives for their behavior. The daughter:I don't normally like children in novels--please don't ask me to explain why, I don't know. However, the daughter served to soften the love interest, and also served as a catalyst for the main characters relational progression. The family dynamic: I loved to see fathers, black fathers specif Why I liked this book: It had the perfect amount of angst. The characters were multi--dimensional, you got to really understand the characters, their background, and the motives for their behavior. The daughter:I don't normally like children in novels--please don't ask me to explain why, I don't know. However, the daughter served to soften the love interest, and also served as a catalyst for the main characters relational progression. The family dynamic: I loved to see fathers, black fathers specifically portrayed as active, positive role models, so I was a fan of that. I actually liked the family and friendship dynamic in general in this book, it made me nostalgic for that time. I also loved that the love interest was a writer--because obviously. I was really pleased with the way the story flowed, how it was written--and even more so how it ended, I think my heart grew three times it size at the end. Another solid read, from the queen of black romance.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Candy

    Great Finish To The Series I loved Justin and Toni's story, even though Justin was a little slow to get with the program. This was a great wrap up to the series. Hopefully we will get to keep tabs on them in other stories. I love positive stories about black love that I can relate to. Mrs. Jones, keep doing you. I'm a fan for life! Great Finish To The Series I loved Justin and Toni's story, even though Justin was a little slow to get with the program. This was a great wrap up to the series. Hopefully we will get to keep tabs on them in other stories. I love positive stories about black love that I can relate to. Mrs. Jones, keep doing you. I'm a fan for life!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jerrika Rhone

    I finished all 3. Who would have thunk it. This is my least favorite of the series. I do like how CJC develops characters, scenes and of course the erotica is well done but her endings are thee worst. Best ending of the series. Overall they are fun, short, hot reads.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Leigh Kramer

    CW: infertility Not my favorite CCJ but it started out promising and it’s to her credit as a writer that I still gave this 3 stars. There were just too many things that didn’t make sense or that weren’t fully accounted for. For instance, much of the bookstore/publishing stuff was wrong. Publishers don’t pay bookstores to host author signings. Bookstores generally don’t cater the event and serve alcohol out of their own expense. There aren’t event planning meetings—the idea that Toni’s parents nee CW: infertility Not my favorite CCJ but it started out promising and it’s to her credit as a writer that I still gave this 3 stars. There were just too many things that didn’t make sense or that weren’t fully accounted for. For instance, much of the bookstore/publishing stuff was wrong. Publishers don’t pay bookstores to host author signings. Bookstores generally don’t cater the event and serve alcohol out of their own expense. There aren’t event planning meetings—the idea that Toni’s parents needed her to plan Justin’s signing and that they’d need to meet multiple times to discuss it…that just does not happen! If there’s a bookstore out there that does this, I want to know who they are because they’re a unicorn. I say this as someone who used to work at a bookstore and who works for authors now. Beyond that, I could not understand what Toni did for her job as the owner of a publishing company or why that entailed traveling around the world to meet with authors. Pretty much everything related to Justin’s book signing or Toni talking about how she had to travel annoyed me. But I had two main issues beyond that. Toni and Justin were best friends up until 7 years ago, when he left her publishing company for a bigger one and didn’t tell her. He has Reasons and they were okay but that didn’t justify him not telling her. Personally, I thought she forgave him too quickly once she found out the reasons because she was justified in cutting him out of her life. This is her MO though: she doesn’t deal with things. She doesn’t ever want to talk about painful situations. Case in point: she broke off her engagement a couple of months ago but she hasn’t told anyone because she doesn’t want to answer their questions about why. She ended the engagement because her fiancé wants to have kids and she had recently found out she would not be able to have them. (view spoiler)[She has an abnormal uterus and describes her fallopian tubes as “chopped liver”. (hide spoiler)] Her fiancé was not great about her diagnosis. And then her mom keeps pressuring her for grandchildren and she doesn’t want to disappoint her so Toni just keeps quiet. (General PSA for people to knock this off! Don't ask people about if or when they're going to have children. It’s so hurtful and aggravating.) And then she stays quiet when she realizes she’s attracted to her ex-best friend and needs some kind of guardrail against him. Only that doesn’t work. When they have sex, Justin believes she is still engaged and it doesn’t seem to really bother him. Afterward, she does tell him she’s been single the whole time. This is infidelity-adjacent. She might not be cheating but he doesn’t know that! Infidelity is one of my dealbreakers so my estimation of Justin went down quite a bit. Toward the end, it becomes clear Toni still hasn’t told her mom that she broke off the engagement or why. To be clear, Toni doesn’t owe anyone an explanation for why she’s no longer engaged and she certainly doesn’t need to tell everyone about her infertility. But her pattern of not dealing with things was super frustrating, especially so close to the end. Her mom thinks she’s engaged and catches Toni and Justin messing around and thinks Toni’s cheating. Frankly, I was relieved someone in this book was bothered by it! Then Toni has a breakthrough about her past that came out of nowhere, even if it made complete sense. It just wasn’t integrated into the plot at all. I also thought there were some consent issues, like (view spoiler)[Justin going into the bathroom where Toni is showering and getting into the shower with her when she has not invited him to do so and when they’re not in a relationship. They kept having conversations during sex that should have happened apart from that but the shower scene was the most egregious. I didn’t find it sexy at all. (hide spoiler)] I find it interesting that so many of CCJ’s books, at least of the ones that I’ve read, deal with pregnancy and infertility. I generally prefer not to read those stories but since those storylines weren’t indicated in the blurbs, I’m not able to avoid them and the ones that I do read don’t always land with me. But in defense of this one, at least there wasn’t a miracle baby. In the epilogue, Toni and Justin are planning to adopt and he does have a daughter from his previous marriage. Character notes: Toni is the 31 year old Black owner of publishing company Scattered Seeds. Justin is a 31 year old Black author. His daughter Bri is 6. CW: infertility (view spoiler)[heroine has an abnormal uterus and describes her fallopian tubes as “chopped liver”; she was diagnosed after an ovarian cyst burst; there is no miracle baby (hide spoiler)] , heroine has internalized ableism over her infertility, hero’s daughter has a congenital heart defect (view spoiler)[she had surgery as an infant and then again a couple of years ago but she is doing great. She does have a minor health scare, which involves hospitalization for monitoring, but she had just overexerted herself. (hide spoiler)] , hero is divorced, pressure for grandchildren(view spoiler)[this is in part because the heroine never tells her mom about her diagnosis. Once her mom finds out, she is upset but accepting. All the pressure for grandchildren got on my nerves. Your fertility is no one’s business but your own! (hide spoiler)] , unprotected sex, infidelity adjacent (view spoiler)[heroine hasn’t told anyone she broke off her engagement a couple of months ago. When she and the hero have sex, he believes she is still engaged and it doesn’t seem to really bother him. Afterward, she does tell him she’s been single the whole time. (hide spoiler)] , alcohol, inebriation, heroine’s parents adopted her when she was 7 (view spoiler)[at the end we learn her birth mother died when she was a baby, she bounced around various relatives homes until her birth father went to prison when she was 6. She then entered foster care until she was adopted (hide spoiler)] , past underage drinking, pregnant secondary character, secondary character with prosthetic leg, hero’s mother died 5 years ago, ableist language

  16. 5 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    I really enjoy being with this family, and it was great to see everyone either settling into or getting their HEA. Friends-to-lovers is one of my favorite tropes, and I like it even more when the characters have an abundance of history like Justin and Toni did. My heart broke, when I found out why Toni was no longer engaged, but I was happy, because she and Justin belonged together. Their story was hot and heartwarming and made me laugh quite a bit too. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | F I really enjoy being with this family, and it was great to see everyone either settling into or getting their HEA. Friends-to-lovers is one of my favorite tropes, and I like it even more when the characters have an abundance of history like Justin and Toni did. My heart broke, when I found out why Toni was no longer engaged, but I was happy, because she and Justin belonged together. Their story was hot and heartwarming and made me laugh quite a bit too. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  17. 4 out of 5

    Agla

    This was nice but there were quite a few problems again. Both MCs were thinking in circles and not making decision so the relationship was delayed artificially and characterization suffered. The reason they stopped being friends all those years ago was hidden from the reader for too long. Her relationship with her "ex" (yes another one...) was dragged out as well. The ending was nice but a few storylines felt unfinished again. She was presented as an independent woman again but she kept crying f This was nice but there were quite a few problems again. Both MCs were thinking in circles and not making decision so the relationship was delayed artificially and characterization suffered. The reason they stopped being friends all those years ago was hidden from the reader for too long. Her relationship with her "ex" (yes another one...) was dragged out as well. The ending was nice but a few storylines felt unfinished again. She was presented as an independent woman again but she kept crying for no real reasons. He was emotionally stunted and I wanted him to get a grip. They were basically both acting childishly when they are supposed to be 30... I'll still read the wrap up book because this world is nice and feels unfinished.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lindaisa

    Daaaaaamn Daisa. BACK AT IT AGAIN WITH THE WRIGHT BROTHERS (I can’t wait until I’m like 60 and hopefully these reviews will still be floating in the ether somewhere and I can remember how STUPID that Damn Daniel video was lol)I think this is the last book because there are no more brothers :(. Why couldn’t big Joe have more sons!!! I’m so sad right now because I love these books so much.Bending the Rules follows the last Wright brother Justin. Middle child, NYT Bestselling Author and sexy piece Daaaaaamn Daisa. BACK AT IT AGAIN WITH THE WRIGHT BROTHERS (I can’t wait until I’m like 60 and hopefully these reviews will still be floating in the ether somewhere and I can remember how STUPID that Damn Daniel video was lol)I think this is the last book because there are no more brothers :(. Why couldn’t big Joe have more sons!!! I’m so sad right now because I love these books so much.Bending the Rules follows the last Wright brother Justin. Middle child, NYT Bestselling Author and sexy piece of chocolate. Yes that is a part of his official title. Justin fucked up with his Best Friend Toni. Enough that she picked up and left their hometown to start her now very successful and blooming Publishing Company, Scattered Seeds and never looked back.... for seven years. Going from being Justins best friend for 20 years to complete static and lack of communication. But she’s back now, helping her parents with their bookstore and Justin with a signing for his final book with his current Publisher and of course grievances are revisited, hurt feelings revealed and new feelings explored?A story like this should be a HOT MESS! Everyone knows that relations between friends is a BAD idea but Christina C Jones man...I don’t know where she learned how to finesse these stories to make them just WORK...but she’s an expert at it. I found myself rooting for Toni and Justin to settle their BS and just GO FOR IT! I was cheering for them instead of cringing at what is usually a very awkward and annoying situation. Just like the previous two books, I just LOVED it. Toni is independent, smart, successful, sexy and headstrong. Justin is independent, smart, successful, sexy, a great father and stubborn. He and Toni are SO much alike, it would make one think that they would be on a similar page, the same radio station, a congruent wavelength. You get what I’m trying to say! But because they are so much alike...the miscommunication and missed signals were REAL. Sending these two on the most tension filled journey to figuring out what they wanted that I have ever read. But it was soooo good.I love that Christina always writes these characters that just exude Black Excellence but they always have a tablespoon of swag thrown in the mix. I know as women we always preach about how we want our men to be civilized and there is no reason to fight over us or treat us like we’re ‘theirs’ to appease their possessiveness. But there is just something about a man claiming his territory and knowing without a shadow of a doubt that if it came down to it he would be able to back it up. All I’m going to say is Justin and Russel in the doorway of Toni’s hotel. THAT SCENE! LOVED IT! I just...I need MORE! Christinaaaaaaaaaa. Write longer books I BEG OF YOU!!! Recommendation: Cmon...do I even need to say it? Well I will anyway. READ THIS TRILOGY. Read EVERYTHING by Christina C Jones. Especially if you’re like me, a young black woman looking for books with young black love. Above all that though, they’re just GOOD books regardless of race. So if you love a nice love story with fun and funny characters, you will LOVE these books.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Wilki

    Rules are important, especially when they govern a lifelong friendship. Well, at least that's what Justin and Toni had. Time has past and old wounds haven't seemed to heal. Can bending the rules get Justin and Toni back on the 'wright' track? Can I say, that I was in a blissful lil bubble reading this book! Jones has a way of cultivating unique plots that give you a new feeling every time. This plot's drama was low key but very in depth. Also quite unpredictable as well; I found myself saying "ah Rules are important, especially when they govern a lifelong friendship. Well, at least that's what Justin and Toni had. Time has past and old wounds haven't seemed to heal. Can bending the rules get Justin and Toni back on the 'wright' track? Can I say, that I was in a blissful lil bubble reading this book! Jones has a way of cultivating unique plots that give you a new feeling every time. This plot's drama was low key but very in depth. Also quite unpredictable as well; I found myself saying "aha" at a few scenes. Jones gives these characters a mind of their own which depicts great character development. The enemies...to..friends..to lovers theme was refreshing to read. Justin and Toni were beyond confused as they navigated their way through their newfound feelings. Their chemistry was through the roof and the build in this story was everything! Omg, the sex scenes!!! They were some of the most intimately-intense scenes I have read from Jones! For having written so many books, I'm in awe at how she can come up with new ways to infuse chemistry and intimacy between her characters. The shower scene had me sweating...I was like dam...!!!!!! As this is the 3rd and final book in the Wright Brothers' series, the epilogue concluded all the other books and gave us a lot on past couples. I was overjoyed to see them all and discover how they had progressed in their relationships. I loved that Jones didn't give the usual happy ending but more of a twist on it. It left me quite satisfied though I just didn't want to see it end. Get.this.book..hell get the whole series! You won't be sorry! Wright Brothers' Series order:  Getting Schooled Pulling Doubles  Bending the Rules

  20. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The friendship between Toni and Justin is great, I just didn’t buy into the romantic aspect. It seemed there was more lust than intimacy. Justin’s unwillingness to seal the deal was frustrating to read. He didn’t have a very good reason for not being with her except not wanting to ruin their friendship. It wasn’t because of his worry about how his daughter would handle it (she seemed on board actually). He just didn’t want to ruin a good thing. As old as they were I was hoping they wouldn’t play The friendship between Toni and Justin is great, I just didn’t buy into the romantic aspect. It seemed there was more lust than intimacy. Justin’s unwillingness to seal the deal was frustrating to read. He didn’t have a very good reason for not being with her except not wanting to ruin their friendship. It wasn’t because of his worry about how his daughter would handle it (she seemed on board actually). He just didn’t want to ruin a good thing. As old as they were I was hoping they wouldn’t play the annoying 20 something year old FWB trope. That scene where Toni cried after leaving the bowling alley and he just stood there and watched, reluctant to comfort her but perfectly willing to screw her after the fact just took me straight back to sophomore year in college and it’s not a time I’d like to relive. If they were younger I’d buy his wishy-washyness but they were in their thirties with established careers. At that point they just needed to grow up. Mostly Justin. He just needed to grow up.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christi (christireadsalot)

    I really loved this last book in the Wright brothers series! Justin and Toni have been best friends since childhood, they even have so many funny rules to their friendship. But 7 years ago they had a falling out when he went behind her back and signed a book deal with a bigger publisher without talking to her. Toni works with her parents who have a bookstore and for a smaller publishing house. They meet up again in current day and both are single for the first time at the same time. Justin is no I really loved this last book in the Wright brothers series! Justin and Toni have been best friends since childhood, they even have so many funny rules to their friendship. But 7 years ago they had a falling out when he went behind her back and signed a book deal with a bigger publisher without talking to her. Toni works with her parents who have a bookstore and for a smaller publishing house. They meet up again in current day and both are single for the first time at the same time. Justin is now a prosperous author and a single dad to his daughter that he co-parents with his ex-wife. I really enjoyed Justin & Toni’s history, it added so much to their chemistry and relationship. I loved that we get an epilogue in this book and see the rest of the Wright family too. This was just a great friends to lovers romance.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. CW: mentions of infertility Ugh, so cute... SPOILERS FOR EPILOGUE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I’m fighting ANYONE who proposes at my wedding, idc

  23. 4 out of 5

    EsquiredToRead

    DNF. I can’t. The Wright Brothers is just not for me but I’m going to continue to try reading Christina C Jones because I LOVED Equivalent Exchange!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dédé

    Rule #1 Read this book Bending the Rules by Christina C. Jones is about NYT Bestselling Author Justin Wright and Scattered Seeds publishing company owner Toni Ross. Justin and Toni were friends for 17 years before they had a falling out. For 7 years there has been nothing but radio silence between the two. Now they’re both single and after several years apart they’re seeing each other in a different light. The lack of communication/ miscommunication between Toni and Justin is crazy, these besties Rule #1 Read this book Bending the Rules by Christina C. Jones is about NYT Bestselling Author Justin Wright and Scattered Seeds publishing company owner Toni Ross. Justin and Toni were friends for 17 years before they had a falling out. For 7 years there has been nothing but radio silence between the two. Now they’re both single and after several years apart they’re seeing each other in a different light. The lack of communication/ miscommunication between Toni and Justin is crazy, these besties are clueless. Their chemistry and physical attraction downright steamy 🥵 They are uncontainable when the moment strikes but damn are they gun-shy about fully taking their relationship to the next level. Justin is also a single father, he has a daughter Bri aka Muffin she’s a cutie pie with her advanced reading self. It was great revisiting all the characters we’ve met previously! The epilogue is oh so sweet!

  25. 5 out of 5

    The Book Chick

    Just got around to this one to end the series. I listened to the audio version. I loved the female narration. The male narrator wasn't my favorite. His female impersonation was weird but that's how he is on all of his narrations. CCJ is one of my absolute favorites. This particular story was a bit frustrating. You know it seemed like I never got a breather from the tension that was built. It was like Toni was chasing him for an answer the whole book and he finally reciprocated and when he did it Just got around to this one to end the series. I listened to the audio version. I loved the female narration. The male narrator wasn't my favorite. His female impersonation was weird but that's how he is on all of his narrations. CCJ is one of my absolute favorites. This particular story was a bit frustrating. You know it seemed like I never got a breather from the tension that was built. It was like Toni was chasing him for an answer the whole book and he finally reciprocated and when he did it wasn't enough. The intimate scenes weren't really powerful, but they were okay. I think I like book one the best.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mia Morgan

    Great. Oh my, I so enjoyed this book. I have laughed. It was refreshing. I'm glad this couple decided to bend the rules. I was hoping just a little in the two years later that she actually ended up pregnant. Great read. Great. Oh my, I so enjoyed this book. I have laughed. It was refreshing. I'm glad this couple decided to bend the rules. I was hoping just a little in the two years later that she actually ended up pregnant. Great read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tamara

    I loved Jus and Toni!!! This was a great way to wrap up the last Wright brother getting hitched!! It was even more enjoyable because we got to see a glimpse from our favorite characters from the previous books! Full review to come.

  28. 5 out of 5

    The CurvyJones

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. An excellent finish to this series! Funny, warm, romantic, sexy..... and I take this book as a homage to being a black romance writer! Enjoy this one one... my soul needed it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Bending All the Rules.. Hate to see the series end!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jendayi Derisca

    Love it!!! You have done it again! I especially LOVED the author's note in the beginning. Thank you for continuing to write love stories for women like ME with happy endings! Love it!!! You have done it again! I especially LOVED the author's note in the beginning. Thank you for continuing to write love stories for women like ME with happy endings!

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