Thursday, 3 September 2015

The Aubrey Rules – by Aven Ellis

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My own copy
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The blurb:

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 . . .

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Oh look! It’s a new Aven Ellis book! Most of you can probably guess that I was really really excited about it. I was lucky enough to Beta read this wonderful book and that has been an awesome experience. Reading the whole story in one go afterwards was just great.

When the story stars Aubrey is all over the place, she is let for a job interview (she is never late), she is nervous and then she also loses her keys. In the elevator someone comes to her rescue, this certain someone happens to be hockey star Beckett Riley, captain of the Chicago Buffaloes, only… she doesn’t know that. Yes you heard right, is another ice hockey book by Aven, The Aubrey Rules is the first book of her Chicago on Ice series.

Aubrey gets the job and now works for Chicago social as a social media … The story gets really interesting when they get a new client, she kind of knows him already…

Aubrey is an awesome main character, she is full of passion, energy and fun! She keeps a rule book about dating and live. Meeting Beckett makes her question these rules more and more. Working with beckett doesn’t make this easier. Every chapter starts with an entry in her rule journal and she changes more and more of them with amendments and notes to them. These changes are so fun to read and really come from the heart, I felt that strongly. Her character came through in an authentic and real way.

Beckett Riley is a big hockey star and hero of a lot of kids, groupies and other people. Beckett is a bad ass on ice, a fighter and always there for his team. When it comes to dealing with media he becomes shy and awkward, with Aubrey on his media account now he learns to loosen up and relax. It was very sweet to see, how different he was, when Aubrey was around. What he did for Aubrey, the way he treated her and his Valentine’s Day date made me fall in love with him as well. He’s smart, kind, loving, sexy, romantic etc. Aven is totally the “Queen of Book Boyfriends”.
Aubrey got the whole picture, was able to crack his shell and see the real Beckett. Their chemistry was there from the start, they developed a very deep connection, which was wonderful to follow. Their scenes had everything – romance, passion, fun, sweetness, deep conversations, authentic moments and much more. Aven found a great way to capture Aubrey’s feelings in the storyline and also with the journal entries.

As I said before, Aubrey works on Beckett’s account, getting this opportunity at her new job is fantastic, but it’s not all good, she has a nightmare of a boss, Mallory. Especially, when Mallory tells her not to get involved with a client. I felt drama coming from that side and was just hoping for the best.

At first Aubrey wants to keep their relationship a secret, because of her work. She only tells Livy. Beckett doesn’t tell anyone at first, not even his best friend Landy (also a hockey player), which makes Aubrey question Beckett’s feelings. So eventually he tells him.

Aubrey gets the possibility to go to several Buffalo games as well and one time she goes with her best friend Livy and two other friends. The happen to play the Dallas Demons (remember them?!). Ok well, I’m a hockey hockey fan and I just loved the way Aven described this hockey action. I felt like being at the game myself. She captures places, settings, but also moments so wonderfully.
The storyline never gets boring with her, it has a great flow and is very gripping and absorbing.

Aven always manages to put a huge smile on my face with her stories, she has a way to add the right amount of humour, passion, drama and romance in one story and create a wonderful magical masterpiece!

This is the story of a hilarious and passionate girl living by rules, but when meeting the right person she is learning to follow her heart!

The characters are genuine and so relatable, both Beckett and Aubrey, but also Livy, Aubrey’s best friend. Livy is an amazing friend. Beckett had a great friend in Landy as well, they are both so different, but their friendship is deep. A wonderful bunch of people, well lined out and perfectly described in this book. Be prepared to meet some of the characters again, just saying ;)

Aven really knows how to engage the reader and she finds a way to make each and every single moment in her books memorable, special and unique. She definitely knows how to touch a heart!!!


My possible cast:

Aubrey: Karen Gillan

Beckett: Jamie Benn

Aven on Twitter: @AvenEllis

About Aven:
Aven Ellis has been writing fiction since she was sixteen. She studied communications at a large Midwestern university, and after graduation, Aven worked as a reporter for a community newspaper, followed by a stint at a public relations agency.
But writing about city council meetings and restaurant franchises was not as much fun as writing for young women trying to figure out their careers and potential boyfriends. So Aven got herself a job in television that allowed her to write at night.  Connectivity is Aven’s debut novel; Waiting For Prince Harry and Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista (New Adult romantic comedy) will be published this year.
Aven lives in Dallas with her family. When she is not writing, Aven enjoys shopping, cooking, connecting with friends on social media, and watching any show that features Gordon Ramsay.

Connectivity - Waiting For Prince Harry - Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista - 
Surviving The Rachel - The Definition of Icing - The Aubrey Rules

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