Title: The Rules Regarding Gray
Author: Elizabeth Finn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 15 2014
Gracelynn is drowning in an existence that fails to fulfill her. A ballerina by trade, she’s devoted her life to the stage, sacrificing adventure for discipline. When her boyfriend gives her permission to want what she’s not supposed to want, can she walk away? Or will she leap?
Jasper isn’t a man with many boundaries, and “sharing” a woman with his best friend is hardly a new endeavor. But the moment he meets Gracelynn he realizes she’s different. She leaves him feeling alive in a way he’s not used to, and for the first time in his life, he understands what it means to be wanted… Cherished… And he needs more…
But there are rules—rules that forbid Jasper from truly having her. As forbidden desire spirals out of control, Jasper has to decide if he’s willing to fight for something that doesn’t truly belong to him. His best friend doesn’t deserve her, but is Jasper strong enough to believe he does?
4 “An Angsty Journey” Stars
“You wanna try her?”
The Rules Regarding Gray by Elizabeth Finn is the type of book that I normally would not touch with a ten-foot pole. I mean….love triangle…..cheating….um….nope! With this being stated, I adore this author. Therefore, reading this book was a no-brainer for me. Albeit, I did go into this book cautiously and hesitantly. The Rules Regarding Gray was not what I expected and it does not fit nicely into a romantic conventional box. Once again, Ms. Finn has produced a truly wonderful tale and has penned an intriguing, raw, gritty, angst-filled and insightful romance that had me screaming in frustration, wanting to commit murder by chopping off a certain someone’s gonads, had me happily sighing and also left me all hot and bothered seeking out a powerful industrial-sized fan.
Gracelynn Ellis (a.k.a. Gray) is a twenty-seven year old ballet dancer for the Ballet Austin Academy. She has worked hard, sacrificed and devoted her entire life to perfecting her skills and this has not left any room for much more. Gray has been dating Ian for the past four months, a successful business man who seems to have it all. When Ian introduces her to his best friend after one of her rehearsals, Gray can’t help but be intrigued by the blunt, hard-edged and rough looking man despite the fact that she has never been attracted to someone like him in her life. Ian unexpectedly gives Gray permission to act on her desires and to want what she should not want. Will she jump in with both feet and embrace the unconventional or will she continue living her safe and boring existence?
Jasper Drees (a.k.a. Jas) is taken aback when his best friend propositions him with a chance to share his girlfriend despite the fact that he is a man with little boundaries and the act of “sharing” a woman is something he has done before. When he meets Gray he is immediately drawn to her. Jas is a man who is not into relationships and is a self-proclaimed
man-whore bachelor but upon meeting Gray he begins to covet what is not his. Ian’s proposition of sharing Gray means that Jas can have a taste of the forbidden, even if that taste comes with a set of rules that Jas must follow in order to be given the chance to give into his desires. However, will one night, one taste, be enough?
Jas, Gray and Ian have one night but that one night changes Jas and Gray irrevocably and leaves them wanting more of each other. As they continue to be a part of each other’s lives, Jas and Gray form a friendship and even though they share an intense sexual attraction and a profound connection they both know that what they feel for one another is forbidden. They are both bound by the rules Ian created, the rules regarding Gray. Will Jas put at stake his life-long friendship in order to fight for the one woman who does not belong to him but has helped him understand what it means to be wanted and cherished? More importantly, will Gray be willing to take that leap forward with him?
I definitely want to state that this book was pretty darn angsty, at least for me it was. Jas and Gray felt this incredibly innate connection between the two of them but they were so guilt ridden about how they were feeling to pursue anything further than a friendship. This truly was a story about their journey to one another and I loved the fact that you got both Jas’ and Gray POVs; however, what a number this did on my heart. Shite! The pair have a number of personal demons to overcome as well as some other obstacles including Ian who remains in the picture. Their path to a happy forever was certainly not an easy one.
I also want to state that I hated Ian with all that is in me! Holy fuck! Hate may even be too pleasant of a word. What a douche-bag, sleaze-bucket, Captain skinny-dick, cock-juggling thundercunt! Boy, did I ever want to cut off a certain part of his anatomy!
Ian may have lost when it came to the “game” he seemed to be playing but I do feel he got off too easy in the end. I suppose that’s simply my inner sadistic bitch talking.
All in all, The Rules of Gray was a wonderfully written angst-filled journey about two people who must determine whether giving into the forbidden will be worth the price. It’s about making hard choices and having to face the consequences. And, it also about finding something worth fighting for. So despite doing a number on my heart with this one, I still love you Elizabeth Finn. ;)