Book Review

Book Review : Unwritten Rules by M.A. Stacie.

Elle is an energetic, independent woman with a successful business and new start in the big city. The bustling streets of New York are not what she expected, yet she finds the freedom exhilarating. One interaction at the mailboxes with her shy, strikingly handsome neighbor is all it takes to turn the strong- willed young woman into a bumbling mess.

Jonah Quinn is withdrawn for good reason; he harbors a dark secret. He lives his life in the shadows, playing his music in late night bars and hiding himself from everyone but Elle’s cat. His tattoos bear his pain while his music is his outlet, but it is his silence that keeps his shame at bay.

Can one night of passion between the two of them lead to more than casual glances exchanged at their mailboxes? Will Elle be strong enough to help Jonah with his personal demons. And will Jonah break his silence regarding a past that haunts him?

The story follows Ellie as she falls in love with Jonah. To begin with he is the mystery man she sees at her mailbox each morning as she finishes her daily run, as she gets to know him he becomes more and more of a mystery. Whilst physically they get closer Jonah keeps his self built wall of secrets high. At one point he inadvertently shows Ellie how strong a hold his personal demons have over him leading, whilst he tries to push her away after showing his weakness she decides he’s worth the effort and tries her hardest to stand by him despite her best friend J.J.’s attempts to persuade her otherwise.

I liked Ellie, I found her easy to identify with and could understand her motivation for many of the difficult decisions she makes during the book. Jonah was an intriguing character, I found him very attractive and could completely understand Ellie’s desire to find out more about him. J.J. was an utterly irritating character for all the right reasons, her mission to protect Ellie was frustrating but carried out with the best of intentions.

I found the book very engaging and easy to read. Once I started reading I kept going, reading it in one sitting. I’m sure it wouldn’t be for everyone, I would describe it as a fluffy read – enjoyable though without a great deal of depth.

Unwritten Rules is published in paperback by The Writer’s Coffee Shop in the UK priced $15.50 (ebook priced $7.99). Whilst I was provided with a review copy of the book all of the opinions expressed are my own.