Blog Tour + Review: The Ground Rules Undone by Roya Carmen

Thursday, February 25, 2016

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The Ground Rules were impossible to follow. It was hard not to become completely consumed by the beautiful and enigmatic Weston Hanson. The heart of a romantic was not fit for this kind of exchange. So, when it ended, I was shattered, but it was all for the better…or so we thought.

The Ground Rules were rewritten, and then bent. We lied to ourselves. We told ourselves we could handle this. Not a single one of us realized just how big this was...just how devastating it could become.

And now, there are no Rules.

Lust… infatuation…blinds you. It can tear everything apart. But sometimes, life needs to be completely torn apart before it can be mended – not just cracked at the edges, but utterly shattered, before you can truly see the mess you’ve become.

I love them both, but I can’t have them both. While one pulls me in, the other pushes me away. And when both eventually open their hearts, I must make the hardest decision of my life.

And now there are no Rules. We are Undone.

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Gabe buries his empty bottle of beer in the sand. And he studies me. His gaze lingers on me for what seems like an eternity. “Where have you been this weekend, Ella?”
I look up at him, not able to say a word.
“You seem distracted…distant. Are you not having a good time?”
I smile at him. “I am. It’s been the best trip.”
“It’s been great,” he agrees, looking up at the dark sky. And then he turns to me with a playful smile. “But I think it’s been missing a little something.”
I can’t help but smile. I know exactly what he’s saying.
He sits up and pulls off his fleece throw. “You think you have room on that chair of yours?”
I smile at him. “I don’t know…you’re a pretty big guy.”
He laughs. “I think you can make room,” he says with a wicked smile. “I think you want to make room.”
“Oh do I, now?”
He bites his lip. “Oh, you do,” he says as he stands and joins me under the purple blanket. The warmth of his body against mine feels amazing. I hadn’t realized how cold I was.
“Much better,” he says, his eyes glued to mine.
“Much better.”
Suddenly I find myself speechless. It’s so wonderful being close to him like this again. I try to forget about everything else. I just want to enjoy being next to him. He shoots me a playful grin – the kind of smile that says it all. Unsuspecting, he’s so carefree, so happy and it absolutely tears me apart. Maybe just tonight, I can pretend it’s just us two, like it used to be. I can let go of everything else and give him the fun wife he’s known forever. I don’t need to drag him down with me just yet.
I want him to kiss me. We haven’t kissed in ages. We haven’t touched each other in forever. I crave him, and I’m sure he craves me just as much.
He leans in and presses his mouth against mine. His kiss is soft and warm, and perfect. I trail my finger along the rough scruff on his face. I relish the feel of his tongue on mine. This is the kind of kiss which is really hard to stop. I get lost in it and savor it a little longer.
And when the sensation of his kiss travels to my sex, I finally manage to pull away. “You…better be careful…kissing me like that,” I warn him, the words caught between ragged breaths. “That kind of kiss usually leads places.”
His smile is playful. “That’s exactly the point.”
I smile a nervous grin. “We can’t…here…they can see us. Everyone can see us.”
“It’s pitch dark,” he whispers against my ear. “No one can see.”
The feel of his warm hand on the inside of my thigh is very distracting. “I don’t think…” I can’t really see us having sex here and now. Because I know the way I feel. Despite the crushing guilt, my body desperately wants him, craves his familiar touch. I’d lose control – I just know it. And people might definitely see that.

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Mom, writer, book junkie, doodle addict and hopeless romantic. I have been writing for over ten years, finding my passion for romance in 2008. When I'm not spending time with my family, I enjoy reading, painting, and writing - there is nothing I enjoy more than sitting down at my laptop and making up my own stories - and if those stories should include beautiful men, a little romance, and a few steamy scenes, all the better!

I write contemporary and erotic romance under the pen name Roya Carmen.

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4.25 Stars

The Ground Rules series has put me through the ringer. It was like watching a train wreck…envisioning the devastation that is to come, but waiting with bated breath, praying for some divine intervention, anything to prevent the impending catastrophe. Roya Carmen created a story and a group of characters, unlike any other. While I can see this as a love/hate series, there is no denying that it is truly unique, riveting and exquisitely written story.


For Mirella, ending the arrangement with Weston and Bridget has come a little too late. Instead of trying to move forward and revive her relationship with Gabe, she has to face the consequences of choices she and Weston made, the rules they broke.


To be completely honest, I have mixed feeling regarding the conclusion to this emotional roller-coaster. The main reason, Mirella. I have no love for this woman. Her indecisiveness was infuriating, she was selfish and I honestly, didn’t think she deserved either man. I went in to The Ground Rules: Undone, open-minded, I was not Team Weston or Team Gabe. What I was, was terrified for them both, I knew heartbreak was in the cards for one of these men, and I was preparing for it.

"Why? Why him and not me?”

Roya surprised me. I was not expecting things to end the way they did. All things considered, I think it was an ending many readers will find satisfying. While advantageous, I suppose it was the best possible outcome of all the characters, as a whole.

"I don’t know what we were thinking,” he goes on. “We have an amazing life…a perfect family.”

Every single word cuts me to the core. We do.

We did.
As far as who Mirella ends up with, and why I’m not sure of that relationship…

I'm exhausted. This series has been an emotional experience. Mirella-Gabe-Weston-Bridget and the hot mess they created, made for some stressful reading. I can honestly say - I've never read anything quite like it.


*ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review*

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