Blog Tour (Book Review): The Ground Rules Undone by Roya Carmen


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Title: The Ground Rules Undone
Author: @royacarmen
Reviewer: Michelle @Michelle6803
Length: 273 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 stars



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The Ground Rules were impossible to follow. It was hard not to become completely consumed by the beautiful and enigmatic Weston Hanson. The heart of a romantic was not fit for this kind of exchange. So, when it ended, I was shattered, but it was all for the better…or so we thought.

The Ground Rules were rewritten, and then bent. We lied to ourselves. We told ourselves we could handle this. Not a single one of us realized just how big this was…just how devastating it could become.

And now, there are no Rules.

Lust… infatuation…blinds you. It can tear everything apart. But sometimes, life needs to be completely torn apart before it can be mended – not just cracked at the edges, but utterly shattered, before you can truly see the mess you’ve become.

I love them both, but I can’t have them both. While one pulls me in, the other pushes me away. And when both eventually open their hearts, I must make the hardest decision of my life.

And now there are no Rules. We are Undone.

Michelle's Review

#Team Gabe or #Team Weston?  That’s the theme at the end of this three book trilogy. I know whose team I was in, but I’m not going to tell you lol.  Book 2 left a quite a cliffhanger to end all cliffhangers, don’t you think?  How the hell could Mirella and Weston can be so careless?  I’m trying to be a vague as possible in the event you haven’t read the other two books, which I suggest you do before reading any reviews.  A brief overview, Mirella, Gabe, Bridgett and Weston did a spouse swap, sort of like swingers, but not really.  Something about Weston, that really pulled Mirella in the other two books, but before the cliffhanger in book two, I felt she wanted out of that type of relationship.

I don’t know how I felt about Mirella in this book.  I was trying to be sympathetic, but at times she came of so damn flighty and needy.  Weston was hitting the stalker status pretty fast for me.  I will say this about Gabe, not a lot of men would be so forgiving and put on with the crap that transpired.  Although he had his fun with Bridgett, he really was devoted to Mirella and I did not feel she reciprocated as much as he did, in my opinion anyway.

After that cliffhanger in book two, I needed to find out what was going to happen with these couples.  Roya Carmen did keep me on the edge of my seat throughout this last book.  I was waiting for a “come to Jesus” moment for Mirella, seriously.  At times I felt like I was at a tennis match, going back and forth to see what the hell was going to happen next.  The way the author ended the series was different that I would have expected, but I’m not upset about it.  I may have mentioned in my first review that I have never read a book with spouse swapping.  All three books was only told in Mirella’s POV.  I would have love to have read the others POV, maybe it would have been a longer trilogy, I don’t know, I just felt I missing something. Overall, if you want some angst and hot sexy times, then add The Ground Rules trilogy and get lost in the world of Mirella, Gabe, Weston and Bridgett.

– Michelle

*An ARC was provided for an honest review.


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Gabe buries his empty bottle of beer in the sand. And he studies me. His gaze lingers on me for what seems like an eternity. “Where have you been this weekend, Ella?”

I look up at him, not able to say a word.

“You seem distracted…distant. Are you not having a good time?”

I smile at him. “I am. It’s been the best trip.”

“It’s been great,” he agrees, looking up at the dark sky. And then he turns to me with a playful smile. “But I think it’s been missing a little something.”

I can’t help but smile. I know exactly what he’s saying.

He sits up and pulls off his fleece throw. “You think you have room on that chair of yours?”

I smile at him. “I don’t know…you’re a pretty big guy.”

He laughs. “I think you can make room,” he says with a wicked smile. “I think you want to make room.”

“Oh do I, now?”

He bites his lip. “Oh, you do,” he says as he stands and joins me under the purple blanket. The warmth of his body against mine feels amazing. I hadn’t realized how cold I was.

“Much better,” he says, his eyes glued to mine.

“Much better.”

Suddenly I find myself speechless. It’s so wonderful being close to him like this again. I try to forget about everything else. I just want to enjoy being next to him. He shoots me a playful grin – the kind of smile that says it all. Unsuspecting, he’s so carefree, so happy and it absolutely tears me apart. Maybe just tonight, I can pretend it’s just us two, like it used to be. I can let go of everything else and give him the fun wife he’s known forever. I don’t need to drag him down with me just yet.

I want him to kiss me. We haven’t kissed in ages. We haven’t touched each other in forever. I crave him, and I’m sure he craves me just as much.

He leans in and presses his mouth against mine. His kiss is soft and warm, and perfect. I trail my finger along the rough scruff on his face. I relish the feel of his tongue on mine. This is the kind of kiss which is really hard to stop. I get lost in it and savor it a little longer.

And when the sensation of his kiss travels to my sex, I finally manage to pull away. “You…better be careful…kissing me like that,” I warn him, the words caught between ragged breaths. “That kind of kiss usually leads places.”

His smile is playful. “That’s exactly the point.”

I smile a nervous grin. “We can’t…here…they can see us. Everyone can see us.”

“It’s pitch dark,” he whispers against my ear. “No one can see.”

The feel of his warm hand on the inside of my thigh is very distracting. “I don’t think…” I can’t really see us having sex here and now. Because I know the way I feel. Despite the crushing guilt, my body desperately wants him, craves his familiar touch. I’d lose control – I just know it. And people might definitely see that.

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Mom, writer, book junkie, doodle addict and hopeless romantic. I have been writing for over ten years, finding my passion for romance in 2008. When I’m not spending time with my family, I enjoy reading, painting, and writing – there is nothing I enjoy more than sitting down at my laptop and making up my own stories – and if those stories should include beautiful men, a little romance, and a few steamy scenes, all the better!


I write contemporary and erotic romance under the pen name Roya Carmen.


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