Aubrey Rules by Aven Ellis
Some of the Aubrey Rules to Live By:
*If I’m going to indulge in French fries, I must add extra time to the treadmill the next day.
*Always keep your work and private life separate.
*Being open to new experiences will never involve eating kale.
*Never, ever date a professional athlete.
For Chicago social media professional Aubrey Paige, the rules are everything. So much so that Aubrey has painstakingly written her rules for living into a polka-dot Kate Spade notebook that she carries with her at all times. It’s her personal guidebook to living her life. These rules are the Holy Grail—ones never to be broken. They guide her actions for everything, from dealing with workplace drama to finding a great guy to date. After all, these are her own rules, built from her life experiences and observations. So they have to be perfect, right?
Or are they?
Because when Aubrey meets a cute Canadian, she suddenly finds her rules being tested and challenged in ways she never dreamed possible. Beckett Riley is the shy, quiet, determined captain of the Chicago Buffaloes, a hockey team on the verge of turning the corner to becoming a winning organization. He’s Aubrey’s opposite, with so many qualities that Aubrey had listed as ones she’d never want in a man.
Yet Aubrey finds herself drawn to Beckett in ways she’s never known. And when she unexpectedly finds herself working with Beckett, she wonders if rules are meant to be broken after all . . .
Nicole’s Review 4.5 stars
I can’t help myself. Really, I can’t. There is something about hockey players that makes my heart go pitter-pat. I mean, truly. I don’t know if it’s my love for the sport or my love for romantic heroes that just happen to be hockey players that gets me all excited. I guess it doesn’t matter when the romantic hero comes from a book that Aven Ellis wrote. She can write both VERY well! The Aubrey Rules is the first book in her new series Chicago on Ice. For those of you who’ve read Ms. Ellis’ books, you will notice that she now has, not one, but 2 HOCKEY SERIES!! (My heart just fluttered a little.) Bless you, Ms. Ellis. Bless you. In the Aubrey Rules, we meet young, smart and slightly naive, Aubrey Paige. She’s sweet, funny and all about playing life by the rules…her rules. Aubrey has a whole notebook chocked full of rules to live by. Things like keep your work and personal lives separate, non-negotiable qualities needed in a boyfriend, and a rule that perhaps all of us should aspire to: if you’re going to eat french fries, you must add time on the treadmill the next day. Aubrey’s rules are quirky and funny, but they are, more than anything, a look into her soul. Little did she know that when she met Beckett Riley, the Captain of the Chicago Buffaloes’ hockey team that her rules would need a serious overhaul! On the ice, Beckett is a beast. He’s big and powerful, and the leader of his team. Off the ice, he’s more like a mouse. Quiet, shy and awkward, Beckett really doesn’t enjoy being the center of attention. His world collides with Aubrey’s when she is hired to manage his social media accounts and help him become more accessible to his fans. Their first encounter has Aubrey breaking rules left and right, while Beckett watches amused. From the get-go, their chemistry is powerful. Not just the sexual tension that at times is palpable, but their banter and compatibility, as well. Theirs is a love story that gives you the giggles, the butterflies and the “oh my’s!” Once again, Aven Ellis tells a love story that leaves the reader satisfied and happy. Who doesn’t like a sweet love story that ends with a happy ending?
Coffee with cream? Check. Soundtrack for work in progress pulled up on Spotify? Done. Ready to write another romantic comedy with a swoonworthy good guy hero, a heroine you cheer for, and a guaranteed happily ever after? You bet.
Hello, I’m Aven Ellis. I work in sports television production during the day and write romantic comedies at night. In addition to writing, I’m passionate about reality cooking shows, Project Runway, the latest scent from Jo Malone (whatever it is, doesn’t matter, I want it) and hockey. Or is that hockey players? Because they’re hot.
But I digress.
*Clears throat for reset after thinking of hockey players* But I truly find joy in writing romantic comedy. I love crafting characters, their words, their heartbreak and triumph, with laughs along the way. There is no bigger compliment to me than having someone tell me they laughed when reading one of my books. I want my books to be easy reading, a beach read, an escape when you need one. Writing them is my escape, so I hope reading them provides you with one, too.