A STARLET REVIEW: THE GROUND RULES UNDONE BY ROYA CARMEN

A STARLET REVIEW: THE GROUND RULES UNDONE BY ROYA CARMEN

A STARLET REVIEW: THE GROUND RULES UNDONE BY ROYA CARMEN

Synopsis:

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.
The Ground Rules: Undone
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An Excerpt from The Ground Rules Undone

 

He stood back up to his full height, and leaned into me, tucked a strand of my hair behind my ear, the gesture so gentle, but in contrast, his words were harsh. “This didn’t mean anything,” he said, his eyes dark, as black as coal. And I knew this wasn’t him speaking. This was the man he became when he was angry. But still, the words still cut deep.

“This doesn’t change a thing,” he went on with that same dark blank expression. “We’re still done, Mirella.”

“How can you say that?” I asked, my words pleading. “We just made love.”

He jerked back. “That was just sex, Mirella,” he scoffed. “You made me hard. I wanted to fuck you…get one last taste of you. That’s all it was.” And with a turn of the handle, he added, “I’m sorry if you thought it was more.”

His words hit hard, a sharp blow to my stomach. But I wasn’t done fighting for us. I reached for the handle, my hand pressed hard over his and I slammed the door shut. “You’re lying. You’re being hurtful on purpose.” After all these years, I couldn’t believe he didn’t realize how well I know him. “You’re still mad at me,” I pointed out, not letting it go.

He wiped the heel of his hand against his forehead and grabbed a fistful of his hair. “You’re fucking right, I’m still mad,” he growled. “But I’m angry at myself more than I am at you right now.”

I pressed my hand against his stomach. “Why?”

He grabbed a hard hold of my wrist and pulled my hand away. “Because you do this to me and I can’t just turn my back and move on.” His beautiful eyes almost did me in, there was so much emotion in them.

“I can’t turn my back on you and the girls. And I still want you. I still want to fuck you… and you,” he added, not quite looking at me. “You know this. And you took advantage.”

He was right. I did. I knew he wanted me. And I took advantage of a moment of weakness. I spotted it, pounced and dug my teeth in. But I wanted him just as much as he did me.

“I’m sorry,” I told him. I knew it wasn’t much, but I was at a loss for words. My eyes were drowning in tears as I pressed my hand against him again. “I just miss you so much, Gabe. I wanted to be close to you again.”

He tore himself from me. “I should go.”

 

My Review

How do I LOVE this series…let me count the ways…Seriously, y’all, The Ground Rules was my couldn’t put it down,left me stuttering and curled up in a fetal position, #1 book of 2015. I have stalked poor Roya after every book demanding (nicely, of course) to know the release of the next book cause girl likes to leave us HANGING! So with all of that said, I jumped right on poor Jenn and begged her to sign me up for The Ground Rules Undone because I just couldn’t wait another second to see what was gonna happen after that major BOMB was dropped on us at the end of The Ground Rules Rewritten. This is your warning…SPOILERS to follow about TGR and TGRR. You must read those 2 before you can read The Ground Rules Undone. This shit show (and I say that with the utmost praise and awe) ain’t no stand alone read. You need to read the whole hot, WTF inducing mess before you can read this one! I do, however, promise not to give anything “major” away in my review about TGRU ;) Ok, deep breath and here we go…

As you all know from the end of book 2, she is pregnant…let me repeat that, Mirella is mother effing PREGNANT!! And we all know that Gabe had a vasectomy…and that some naughty couple didn’t use a condom a certain time…and that this is the absolute worst thing, short of murder, death and torrential tsunami that could possibly happen to this woman and her family! I remember reading the end of TGRR and thinking “holy sweet baby Jesus in a wicker basket….she went THERE!!” I couldn’t stop thinking about it for WEEKS! I mean, where was she gonna GO with this? There could be no HEA…somebody was going to get hurt…bad :(

So, Ella is pregnant and she has to tell her husband. Oh and she should probably mention it to Weston as well since he is the baby’s father. The first ⅓ of the book deals with Mirella’s internal struggle on what to do and how to tell her husband and Weston about the baby. I have never truly felt the turmoil for a character the way I did for this poor, conflicted woman. She loves her husband and her family. She and Gabe have finally started finding their way back to each other and then this happens. This huge thing that she knows will destroy her marriage and her life as she knows it. It was almost painful to be privy to her thoughts and the utter hopelessness of the her situation.

“But sometimes, your life needs to be completely torn apart before it can be mended-not just cracked at the edges, but utterly shattered, before you can really see…truly the mess you’ve become.”

This quote pretty much says it all. And once Ella finally summons up the courage to tell Gabe, it does NOT go well…at all. At this point I’m a sobbing hot mess because I now have to feel the pain of both of them. Poor, sweet, sexy Gabe. He loves his wife, of that there is no doubt, but it’s hard to not place some of the blame of this situation on him as he was more than willing to go along with the agreement to step outside their marriage. Once he was able to process and come around a bit, I found his understanding of her situation and her feelings for Weston almost admirable. Not many men would be able to step back and let their wife interact with the father of her unborn, conceived through an extramarital affair baby. This is when I truly felt how strong his love for her was.

And I suppose we need to talk about Weston. His reaction to the news wasn’t quite what I expected, but I also wasn’t totally surprised. He is truly smitten with Mirella. There is no doubt about his love for her and sometimes it was painful to witness.

“There are a million women out there, Mirella…some even more beautiful than you. But you are the only one who has fully captured me, who has intoxicated me, whom I can’t stop thinking about, no matter how hard I try.”

This man is a smitten kitten for sure!! No doubt about it. I could go on and on about the back and forth, the angst…this book had more angst than any other book I can ever remember reading. I can’t go into many more details because it would give away some major stuff…and what would be the fun in that?? I don’t make it any secret that I have been #TeamGabe from the get go, but I did feel for Weston and this messed up, crazy situation. I know a lot of people might not agree with the ending, but I think Roya gave us closure in the best way that she could. It definitely wasn’t anything I would have ever imagined or dreamed up but it worked and I applaud her for going there.

If you can’t tell by now, The Ground Rules Undone was a HUGE 5 star read for me as is the entire series! Definitely one of my favorite series I have ever read and I recommend it daily. Therefor, I’m telling you that you don’t want to miss out! Pick up this amazing book TODAY!

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Previous Books in the Series….


The Ground Rules #1

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The Ground Rules : Rewritten #2

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About Roya Carmen

roya carmen

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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