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Their Rigid Rules (The Chemical Attraction Series Book 3) by [Thompson, Christina]
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Their Rigid Rules is the captivating, fast-paced romantic suspense prequel to Chemical Attraction, the first book in The Chemical Attraction Series.

Taylor Valentine, a senior at Western Michigan University, has had her life planned out since kindergarten. After her parents died while she was still in high school, she had perfected it to make them proud. Now with the help of her best friends, Joe and Eva, she focuses on graduation and a career with romance in the far distant future. However, when the visiting professor enters the lecture hall to a four-weekend Civil War seminar, her perfect plan hits a snag.

As a handsome history professor and former marine, Dr. Stuart Morgan has his own set of strict rules especially with infatuated students. He enjoys his boring yet pleasant life until he starts receiving death threats. With his unwanted bodyguard in tow, Stuart is unnerved by his reaction to Taylor. Their rigid rules discourage all but a flirtation.

As the death threats become evident, the FBI believes Taylor’s the culprit, hindering their budding romance. When Taylor inadvertently becomes the target, Joe and Stuart whisk her away to protect her. Meanwhile, Joe struggles with his feelings for Taylor. He’s loved her since grade school. He won’t let her go and stands in Stuart’s way. The men push her to choose between the lifelong love of her best friend and the true love of her new boyfriend.

With the threats from family and foe pulling them apart, Stuart wonders if they can sustain the stress. Trusting their love, he must somehow convince Taylor to break her rules and embrace a new plan.

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  • Print Length: 366 pages
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  • Publisher: 48fourteen (11 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars I read it with pleasure 18 October 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Maybe I should start saying that, even if this is the third volume of the series, Their Rigid Rules shows events that occurred waaaay before the action from first volume. But the fact that I read the first volume first and so I knew what would be the "outcome" of the relationships that seem to blossom now, didn’t reduce at all my curiosity and pleasure to read it. On the contrary. I was very curious to see how the author manages to meet my expectations that she created for me with the book #1. That's because in Chemical Attraction I met not only a man made from "book boyfriend" material, but three, and fortunately two of them have a great part in Their Rigid Rules.

From the book description you can figure out the plot, but what you cannot figure out is whether you will like the book or not. If you are the romantic type, I'm sure that you will. If you are not, I still believe you will like it because Christina Thompson has a pleasant style, knows how to challenge the characters, how to put them in wrong positions, dangerous or hilarious ones, or to take seemingly hasty decisions, but also knows how to overturn the situation, to create a romantic atmosphere, or a standoff tension in a (more or less) love triangle. Add a lot of humor brought by witty lines, ironies and sarcasm, and awkward circumstances.

It was a pleasure to discover Taylor and Stuart, so ... non-present in Chemical Attraction, to find out more about Joe and to see that the way he is presented now is a valid starting point for what he will become, but I think we deserve some more of Eva and Matt ... anyway the door remained open...

The secondary characters are colorful and their contribution will be another plus to the story.

About Chemical Attraction I said that I'm glad the suspense part of it is not only an easy vehicle for romance. About Their Rigid Rules I gladly can say that the author shows that she can avoid that again even if the suspense is not the foreground element of the story. That's because, even if it is not the main element, the suspense is what defines and sets the scene, is the one who dictates and influence the decisions of the characters, the one who can bind, break or make impossible the relationship between the main characters or/and secondary ones, or kill them. Here and there I could say that there are some small discrepancies and maybe exaggerations, but none of them stumbles the story line or diminish its impact ... because after all, isn’t it, we can find many examples where the expression "we live in a crazy world "applies to some looney situations.

With a direct message (starting with the title), but delicate woven between the lines, Their Rigid Rules was a book that I read with pleasure and breathlessly.

I received the book from the author, but this is my honest opinion

Go for it!
PS: Those bolts of lightning are real! Trust me!
5.0 out of 5 stars It was great to learn about Taylor and Stuart PLUS get to ... 4 February 2015
By Kass - Published on
I really tried to savor reading this book and take my time in reading it, but once I started reading, I couldn't put it down! Suspenseful and romantic. It was great to learn about Taylor and Stuart PLUS get to know the other characters from the previous books a little better. Just when I thought the series couldn't get any better, it did! Now....if Ms. Thompson would only write more about Eva and Matt....David...and what about Aunt Sylvia....I think there's more to her than we know!!! I absolutely love this series!!! I can't wait for more from Ms. Thompson....
5.0 out of 5 stars thoughts on their rigid rules 21 October 2014
By hello-booklover - Published on
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this is a great addition to the chemical reaction series. We see how Joe began his career, how Eva met Matt and how taylor found Stuart and became the strong woman she is in the series.

Stuart is Taylor’s professor for a class and in danger. Not knowing who is after him he doesn’t mean to fall in love. But one touch from Taylor, one look from Taylor and he was done for. Trying to keep it cool so neither gets in trouble, he gets to know her by watching football with her. Taylor the quiet girl with a plan sees it unraveling as she catches Stuart’s eye. She doesn’t want to disappoint and fears losing herself and all she has worked for but can’t stay away.

As their romance ratchets up so do the threats to their lives and the danger. Danger of both losing control and their rules, losing themselves to each other and their growing attraction and losing themselves to the danger of the threat to their lives. While this is happening we see Joe take stock in his feelings for Taylor and try to figure out how to keep a promise while letting go and allowing her to have someone in her life.

The danger element is wonderful. It has twists and turns and the one you think is the culprit isn’t. So much intrigue as the story revolves around these two breaking all their rules and going out of their comfort zone because of their love while dealing with threats on their lives and feeling guilt for bringing danger to one another.

A wonderfully written story in which the characters come alive and help drive the plot of the story forward over time. This is a great prequel to the series because it helps to give the background needed without giving anything away. a wonderful tale of intrigue and love showing us that sometimes when we break the rules the most amazing love and story can come about. We learn to adapt and grow while finding what we are missing if we just sometimes allow the rules to bend.
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't be disappointed 16 September 2014
By D.E. Haggerty - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Their Rigid Rules is the last (or first) book in The Chemical Attraction Series. It isn’t necessary to read the other books before diving into this one. Although the same characters are involved in the series, the stories are completely separate. Their Rigid Rules is my favorite in the series so far (I’ve read the first of the series and now this prequel.).

It is often difficult to get a romantic suspense novel just right. Often there is only suspense but the author adds just a bit of romantic chemistry – almost as if to add to his potential audience instead of to the story. Thompson got it exactly right in Their Rigid Rules. There was lots of romance and a storyline regarding the romance, but there was also lots and lots of suspense. Even I – who thinks I’m a reborn Agatha Christie – missed one of the suspenseful elements.

The characters were well developed and interesting. I really enjoyed watching the young Eva and Joe who figure prominently in the first book of the series. I’m secretly hoping for a book just for Eva as well. My only criticism with regard to the characters is Stuart’s military background. I personally felt this could have been represented better. He has flashbacks, but he immediately is able to pull himself out of the flashbacks. It didn’t seem very realistic.

This book is advertised as contemporary/young adult but, as a stated earlier, it’s really a well-written romantic suspense novel. If I’m being really picky, I’ll add that the book cover does nothing for me. Are the two men the same man but with different coloring? Is that on purpose?

I recommend this book to all lovers of romantic suspense. You won’t be disappointed.

I received the book from the author in return for an honest review.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great romantic suspense 23 August 2014
By KLV - Published on
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>Subject - book review - Their Rigid Rules

> Review

>I received this book from the author and from Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock.
>This book is a prequel in the Chemical Attraction Series and ends in an HEA.

>The story begins with close friends, Eva and Taylor in a history lecture in college. The professor, a former marine, named Stuart, notices Taylor right away. The attraction between Taylor and Stuart is instantaneous. It is so cute to hear Stuart's views on love at first sight. The rules against student / teacher romance makes this love somewhat forbidden.

>Enter another major character, Joe. Taylor, Eva & Joe grew up together and consider themselves siblings. Joe's relationship with Taylor gets confusing when she falls in love with Stuart. Stuart sees what Taylor doesn't and is not a fan of Joe being so close to Taylor. If the story continued with just this forbidden love story, it would be quite similar to another book, "Dante's Inferno". This story adds a whole lot of mystery and danger to the mix.

>Someone is trying to kill Stuart and anyone he loves, especially Taylor. There are a few red herrings and other creepy characters along the way and I swear every one of them gets a shot at Stuart or Taylor. The last few chapters of the book are exhausting! I do wish more was explored regarding Stuart's PTSD. His background was hinted at, but largely ignored.

>Fans of romantic suspense will love this book. The characters are fun, quirky and hot! It can be read independent of the other two books in the series.

> This book is for an adult audience due to sexual content.

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