A brilliantly light and carefree romance that will leave you hot, wet and wanting more…

Where to begin? Honestly, I’m not quite sure— but, once again Cathryn Fox has left me feeling rather hot and giddy. When I decided to review Private Reserve, book #1 in the Dossier series, I wasn’t expecting to become completely hooked on these little adventures that delivered so much more than what they originally promised. This is really just a fab series and in all honesty what makes it even better is that you don’t have to hold an infinite amount of time to invest in order to fully enjoy very bit of it. Here I am reviewing book #2, House Rules, and I am completely unashamed to say that I’m already desperate for the next adventure.

House Rules is a lot tamer than Private Reserve when it comes down to taboo sex… however, it packs serious heat and id like me you love a forbidden/ friends to lovers/ childhood crush romance— boy you are in for a treat. This story delivers on all parts. By the way, when I say forbidden it is actually little out of tune, because even though Sean is Kennedy’s best friend’s brother (if you’ve read Private Reserve you’ll remember naughty Olivia, basically it’s her brother) they do have absolute approval from said best friend and sister. So, maybe it’s not completely forbidden, but they are somewhat unaware that they do have Olivia’s blessing at first and it’s something that they both, I wouldn’t say struggled, but they did consider it quite a bit. This plot is something that has been done plenty of times before, but I found that this was a fresh approach to it and quite frankly, I enjoyed the crap out of it, and once again Cathryn Fox made me appreciate the delight of a real short story. This isn’t a novella. It’s actually a lot shorter, I read it in one 90 minute sitting and I had re-read Private Reserve just before in about the same amount of time. House rules is a standalone, so you don’t have to read Private Reserve in order to fully enjoy it. However, like I said before, this is a brilliant series and you’re missing out if you miss any of the available instalments.

Again, Cathryn Fox’s character development is on point. Considering that the story takes place in the span of a weekend you get fantastic character insight, and is under 100 pages. You do get a great sense of their person and this is probably what makes this series a standout. I often struggle with short stories like this because authors don’t seem able to fully develop their characters and as a reader I am left wanting and unable to fully empathise with them. I absolutely loved Sean, there was no bull-crap from him and he knew what he wanted and went for it. There was a bit of cat and mouse, but very minimal and what there was of it really made this story more exciting. Kennedy, is smart and although she sees herself as this well put together woman, she is the complete opposite. You know that saying lady in the streets, freak in the sheets… that is exactly how I would describe her.

If you’re looking for a drawn out and angst filled romance where one of the leads has a dense skeleton in the back of their very deep, very dark closet— this isn’t for you. This isn’t some story that will change your life… or maybe it is. I think we could all do with losing our inhibitions and doing something a little out there once in a while. Be spontaneous and go for it. That pretty much sums this book up, oh— and it’s a guaranteed panty ruiner.

I cannot wait for the next book. I just know that it’s going to be such a great, care-free and enjoyable read. Come to think about it, I’m getting on a plane later on this week and I think that I may just have to re-read this series on my flight!

About the Book

The last thing I expected to fine in my dossier was sexy stockings, a plane voucher to London and an invitation to dance at a gentleman’s club. I’m a quiet museum curator for God’s sake. No way, no how am I going to slide down a pole for a bunch of over privileged, narcissistic men—until I see Sean Fraser, my childhood crush, enter the establishment. Since I’m no longer that overweight teen with braces and mousey hair, there is no way he’ll recognize me. Hmmm… Maybe I’ll give him a fake name—and a private dance. That ought to make him finally notice me, right?

What the hell is Kennedy Lane doing sliding down a pole in a private Gentlemen’s club? I’m not sure, and while I know she’s hands off, I want her. I’ve always wanted her. She might have been too young for me back in the day. Now, not so much. Hands off leads to hands on after a private dance, and while Kennedy spends the weekend pretending to be someone she isn’t, I know full well who she is. And I’m not quite ready to let her hand up her stockings when the show is over. 

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About the Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Cathryn Fox is a wife, mom, sister, daughter, and friend. She loves dogs, sunny weather, anything chocolate (she never says no to a brownie) pizza and red wine. She has two teenagers who keep her busy with their never ending activities, and a husband who is convinced he can turn her into a mixed martial arts fan. Cathryn can never find balance in her life, is always trying to find time to go to the gym, can never keep up with emails, Facebook or Twitter but loves to spend time writing page-turning books that her readers will love.

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Marta Aguiar
Written by Marta Aguiar
I'm a mid twenties mummy living in North London, a graduate in English literature and creative writing from the university of Aberyswyth in Wales. I love to bake, cook, read and watch films, and love spending time with my little toddler, Jasper, and our new addition, Mylo. I blog about our family life and my general interests, with the odd guest blog from my partner, Kayne.