WRITING THE RULES (The Dating Playbook #6) by Mariah Dietz
Release Date: April 29th
Genre: New Adult Sports Romance ?
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Poppy Anderson was nailing her sophomore year at Brighton University. She liked her classes, had the greatest best friend, and was finally ready to start dating again. Or she was … until her ex, Mike, transferred to Brighton and started exchanging long stares and inside jokes that Poppy thought he’d forgotten.
Paxton Lawson was long ago labeled ‘The Golden Boy.’ Starting quarterback and team captain at Brighton University, his future was brighter than the sun until a short path of indiscretions tarnished his name and potentially his future. When he learns that his sister’s best friend, Poppy, has backed herself into a corner and is facing as many doubts and uncertainties as he is, Paxton suggests the biggest ruse of the year: a fake relationship.
Writing the rules was supposed to make things clear, defined, and definite. Only, their relationship becomes increasingly complex as the lines are blurred, days become weeks, and kisses for show begin to feel like confessions.
Can lies lead to truths? And what happens when the rules they wrote begin to expire?
And fifteen years of friendship are about to be put to the ultimate test.
This is the last book in The Dating Playbook series and can be enjoyed as a complete standalone.
Mariah Dietz is a USA Today Bestselling Author and self-proclaimed nerd. She lives with her husband
and sons in North Carolina.
Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon where she spent most of her time immersed in
the pages of books that she both read and created.
She has a love for all things that include her family, good coffee, books, traveling, and dark chocolate.
She’s also been known to laugh at her own jokes.
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My Review: *****
Writing the Rules is the sixth book in The Dating Playbook Series, and I think my favorite so far.
Paxton Lawson is the starting quarterback, team captain, and overall golden boy at Brighton University and is currently being scouted by the NFL. His senior year family drama and his sister’s accident have brought about doubts, indiscretions, and self-destruction that tarnish his name and team. Paxton’s younger sister Raegan and her best friend Poppy Anderson are there to help out in any way they can, even if that’s a fake relationship.
Poppy Anderson and Raegan Lawson are inseparable and have been since kindergarten. Poppy is more of an introvert, and after going through a difficult breakup back in high school, she is ready to start putting herself out there again and trying to have a relationship. That was until her ex transfer to Brighton.
When we’re young and experiencing all of our firsts, first date, first kiss, first relationship, it’s all-encompassing. When things go differently than planned, it can be devasting to move forward, especially when you have all those memories holding on to your heart and mind. However, Mariah said it so eloquently with the following quote: “The thing is, memories are kind of strange. They’re basically lies, which is really disconcerting and terrifying, but our memories aren’t cameras or videotapes like they often feel. We remember salient aspects of things we deem are important or things that feel important to us.” You might be thinking that this story is just about young adults and that it doesn’t appeal to all, but I have to say that this series has enlightened my perspective.