Title: Against the Rules
Author: Linda Howard
Publication Date: October 1, 1981/July 15, 2015
Synopsis: Cathryn Ashe is looking to make a quick trip back home to the ranch she’s owned for years since her father’s death before returning to her city life. When she was seventeen, she and Rule Jackson, the ranch manager, had a torrid entanglement after which she ran away. Now, eight years later, she returns, sure of herself and her newfound independence and ready to challenge him again.
But Rule had raised the stakes, and if she lost now the penalty would be high: her heart, the heart that she finally knew had always been his for the taking.
But Rule, once wild and now reformed, has never been as passionate about any woman as he is with Cathryn. However the two of them together always end up fighting and disagreeing. As she stays longer, Rule can’t help but fall in love with her. Can Rule show Cathryn that they are meant to be together?
Review: When I picked this one up at the library I did not realize that it was a re-release of one of her backlisted books. I knew they had been releasing a lot of them lately but I didn’t recognize this synopsis so I picked it up. I made it about three chapters in when the book game back to me, it’s definitely not one of my favorite of Howard’s books. I first read this about 10 years ago and it was incredibly dated THEN, reading it now? It’s bad, the outdated parts are glaringly obvious, and could be a huge turnoff to younger readers. Rule was in the Vietnam war and in their relaunching of the book they could have updated that, as well as some other small things. In my opinion, Cat needed a huge overall, she’s whiny, bratty, immature for a 25 year old woman who has gone through the things she has. I couldn’t find her likeable at all and I cringed way too many times at things she said or did. Howard has some really, really good books, sadly this is not one of them.
Recommendation: Try her late 90’s, early 2000’s books