I am a sucker for a friend’s to lover novel and this was no different i absolutely loved every second was utterly engrossed in the story. I also enjoy a single dad storyline reading the struggles of being a single parent is relatable. The chemistry between Kate and Lucas is of the chart hot like steaming hot ladies had me rather hot under the collar. It’s a beautifully written story with some drama and very steamy scenes….fantastic.
Lucas and Kate have known each other most of their lives. Lucas is scarred from his previous failure of a marriage that ended in a nasty divorce but on the bright side a beautiful daughter. Lucas is afraid to try again but has always had a deep down want for Kate. After Lucas’s ex wife tries to paint him as a wild guy not fit to raise his daughter he is wary to do anything that can make him lose his daughter. I loved how these two blunder their way to hopefully find each other. I especially loved the sassy six year old Emma! She’s awesome.
Rules of Engagement: A Single Dad Romance (Platonically Complicated Book 3) by Mika Jolie
This is my second read by this author and it was written very very well. I love her style of writing and the flow of her stories are spot on.
I really liked the characters in this book but I had a hard time connecting with the storyline. I never felt the seriousness of what was going on and although a good Dad it just felt like the part Lucas should have been most worried about didn’t come through to me, it was more about constantly reminding himself he could not be with Kate and everything felt like it was too focussed on them than what was going on. This might have just been me and maybe if I read it again I would feel different but the inner thoughts got to be a bit too much for me in some parts.
Now in saying all of that, I still read every word and never even thought about putting it down and will absolutely read more by this author. This was simply a personal issue I had and does not reflect in any way on this author’s writing.
I do recommend reading it and I will read it again in the future.
Review by @debikircher
The Platonically Complicated Series is a fun one. I like that each book in the series can be read as a stand-alone and that there are storylines and characters that cross over.
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT checks the boxes of many different genres, all that I like to read. It’s like a dream come true. Told from the male point of view, both main characters break the fourth wall… Him by speaking directly to the reader and her through her blog.
This was a quick and easy read that I read in on sitting. It is filled with humor and romance, great friendships and a best friend’s sister. The story line is complete and the story flows well from beginning to end.
I recommend this story, this series and this author.
Review by @mauraharper
I am a full on suck for a single dad romance! I don’t know what makes me fall in love with them but they are the best and this doesn’t disappoint! This book was sweet friends to lovers romance that covered all the bases of everything I look for.
I loved Lucas. He didn’t want to give up the rights to his daughter so his BF, Kate, stood up, but quickly that muddled the feelings. His feelings turned to her but he was conflicted because he was burned before and he wasn’t sure he could trust again.
I’m always a sucker for the single parent romance probably because I’ve been there and even though I found my HEA, I thrive on books that have single parents because they always have a piece of me!
Mika Jolie hit this one out of the ballpark! I could not put it down until I had devoured every single word from beginning to end, and I loved every single uninterrupted moment of it! (Such a rare mommy occurrence LOL!) I have read several of her works before, but none of the Platonically Complicated Books and I am sad that I haven’t now, but bonus is I now have some to go devour while I wait for the next book to come out in the series.
Rules of Engagement is all about Lucas and Kate. Might I just say I absolutely adore Lucas! He is the perfect book boyfriend material ladies!! Step back I think I have claimed this one as my favorite of 2019 so far!! (Granted we are only in February LOL) He has a bit of it all! Including the hot swoony single dad vibes, gets me every time!
Both Lucas and Kate are best of friends. Their friendship has managed to stay platonic and the thoughts of more has been kept within the confines of their fantasies. Everything is about to change though when a plan to help out Lucas with his ex wife from hades starts to complicate things in all the right ways! These two were absolutely dynamite together! So much fun to read and I just couldn’t get enough! Definitely one to add to the re-read list! Can’t wait to find out what will come next! Thanks for such a fantastic read Ms. Jolie!!
Rules of Engagement: A Single Dad Romance (Platonically Complicated Book 3) by Mika Jolie is a friend to lovers romance story that leaves you with a big sigh and feeling good. I love Mika’s writing style and her characters are always realistic but this story I loved. It was told in the male POV and I loved the difference it placed on the whole feel of the story. It was fun and delightful and damn was it sexy. The plot is simplistic yet the complexity of the emotions involved show the real and true multiple layers our characters.
Lucas’s ex is making waves and threatens the one thing he loves more than life, his daughter. Just when things seem impossible one of his best friends offers their help. One that will change the course of his life. BUT Bro code stands in his way to true happiness.
I thoroughly enjoyed the journey from friends to lovers. Jolie’s writing is always a delight and I look forward to reading more from her in the future. Light, fun and easy, with a healthy dose of chemistry and attraction that steams up the sheets makes for a wonderful read.
If you love a forbidden romance story, then Rules of Engagement is just what you need.
Reviewed by @jennadb
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT A PLATONICALLY COMPLICATED NOVEL by MIKA JOLIE
Most people will go above and beyond for family and friends. This holds true in this story. Kate is Lucas’s best friend and things start to look a little different. I didn’t like how afraid Kate was to express herself to Lucas. I prefer my characters to have a backbone. This romance was thought out perfectly. The author took the time to build a relationship meant to last. Lucas is a perfect gentlemen. He doesn’t push Kate and let’s her find her way to him on her own. I dislike people who use their children as weapons to hang. I really enjoyed the relationships between the characters all have a bond and it made fighting for Emma easy.
Rules of Engagement, by Mika Jolie, is the third book of the Platonically Complicated series. This single dad romance that is sweet, witty, fully charged and a great read!! Lucas and Kate burn the pages of this story with their push and pull; their dynamic creates such a great story line, you cannot resist it. Lucas is a strong character; it plays well through the story with his strong values where they relate to his daughter and the lengths he is willing to go to ensure she has the best life. No wonder Kate is willing to stick up for him and give him the additional help he needs. Kate is sassy, spirited and her own individual that shines. She is magnetic and others cannot help but to admire her, as well as, be drawn to her. Mika Jolie is a talented writer and her stories are always a reading pleasure and Rules of Engagement sits firmly in a must read category for romance lovers that enjoy a little bit of drama, with a dash of hot/sexy and a pinch of something tasty to go along with it!
Reviewed by @hbahm
Rules of Engagement by Mika Jolie a five-star read that will engage you. This is the third novel in the Platonically Complicated books, and I have loved them all in order. Lucas has the outstanding job of telling us his story and he will tell it in a way that will make you fall so hard for him, he is just such a compelling character when he gives you his story he shows you everything including his heart and his love for his daughter he will warm even the darkest of hearts.
Review by @saraoxo