No Rules

Starr Ambrose
No Rules
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Entangled Publishing, LLC
Release Date
August 2014
Book 1 of An Omega Group Novel
Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Jess Maulier's estranged father was more than the quiet professor of linguistics he appeared to be – she is shocked to discover he was also an operative for a covert group that rescues hostages. Before he died he left Jess a vital clue to a rescue. Unfortunately, it's in the form of a children's story, and she has no idea what it means. Though she resents the close professional and personal relationship the handsome and dangerous Tyler Donovan had with her absentee father, she turns to him for help.

But Tyler doesn't know how to interpret the story, either. An attempt to decipher it takes them to Egypt, where danger ignites sparks between them. Tyler can't get involved, though—Professor Shikovski advised him never to risk emotional attachments—and Jess tempts him more than could ever be safe. No matter how enticing she is, he has to maintain his distance to preserve his focus. But only mutual trust can save them from encroaching danger.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Aug 12, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
108 people found the following review helpful
Do not start this book if you've got anywhere to be or chores to do, because once you dive into the fast-paced treasure hunt/covert ops story and its amazing characters, you will not want to put the book down for any reason.

When children's author Jess Maulier's estranged father dies suddenly and leaves her millions, she's shocked. Even more surprising is the strangely compelling man who was the only other beneficiary in her father's will. Tyler Donovan claims to be a student of the late professor, but after all but kidnapping Jess and taking her to a group of people she's never met, she quickly learns everything she thought she knew about her father was wrong.

Tyler knows that the shock of finding out that her father was the founder of the Omega Group, an elite covert special ops group that rescues hostages, is too much for her, but the team knows that Wally gave Jess the clues they need to find two grad students who've been taken and held hostage in Egypt.

Jess is afraid of...everything. With a schizophrenic mother and a father who abandoned her at a formative age, Jess is unable to deal with situations that take her out of her comfort zone. Like meeting a group of special operatives who claim she holds the key to locating hostages. In Egypt. And they need her to go there. Immediately. It's enough to make a sane woman pop some Xanax!

Inexplicably drawn to the terribly dangerous Tyler, the two of them partner up to figure out the clues left to her by her dad, racing through the streets of Luxor and the deserts of the Valley of the Kings while they attempt to find the missing students...managing their growing attraction and hoping it doesn't get them killed.

HOLE-LEE crap this book is AWESOME! NO RULES is the debut book in The Omega Group series featuring a series of covert operatives tasked with rescuing hostages. I was immediately captivated by the incredible storyline, which started off with a bang and didn't let up until the very last page. The way that Ms. Ambrose created this thread of danger, deception and intrigue was just so fabulous that I couldn't put my e-reader down for hours.

I think everyone knows someone like Jess, who has so many issues and fears that it makes them scared of doing just about anything outside of their comfort zone. She's got some serious daddy issues, but her willingness to reach back into her childhood memories to try and figure out the solution to the riddles he left her just touched me a lot. She is forced to remember the good times with him while trying to reconcile the fact that what she thought she knew wasn't even close to the truth.

Tyler was a kick-ass character, too. He's like a steamroller in Jess' life, forcing her to face her fears and to step outside of her little box for the greater good. His dangerous and deadly "wolfish" persona was the complete opposite of the timid "bunny" personality of Jess, but the two of them together made for a seriously combustible atmosphere.

The plot of NO RULES was tightly woven and featured a high level of tension, but also a lot of humor and fun. With riddles and red herrings thrown out everywhere, this treasure hunt story was a real treasure to me, and the incredibly hot sex didn't disappoint either. When Tyler tried to dissuade Jess' budding interest in him by pushing her up against a dresser and playing tonsil hockey, I cracked up at the inner monologue of both of them. I really just loved every single thing about NO RULES, and I'm already jonesin' to pick up the next book in The Omega Group series.
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