New Adult / College Romance / Romantic Suspense
Date Published: 7/11/14
Their Rigid Rules is the romantic suspense prequel to The Chemical Attraction Series.
Taylor Valentine, a senior at Western Michigan University, has had her life planned out since kindergarten. After her parents died while she was still in high school, she had perfected it to make them proud. Now with the help of her best friends, Joe and Eva, she focuses on graduation and a career with romance in the far distant future. However, when the visiting professor enters the lecture hall to a four-weekend Civil War seminar, her perfect plan hits a snag.
As a handsome history professor and former marine, Dr. Stuart Morgan has his own set of strict rules especially with infatuated students. He enjoys his boring yet pleasant life until he starts receiving death threats. With his unwanted bodyguard in tow, Stuart is unnerved by his reaction to Taylor. Their rigid rules discourage all but a flirtation.
As the death threats become evident, the FBI believes Taylor’s the culprit, hindering their budding romance. When Taylor inadvertently becomes the target, Joe and Stuart whisk her away to protect her. Meanwhile, Joe struggles with his feelings for Taylor. He’s loved her since grade school. He won’t let her go and stands in Stuart’s way. The men push her to choose between the lifelong love of her best friend and the true love of her new boyfriend.
With the threats from family and foe pulling them apart, Stuart wonders if they can sustain the stress. Trusting their love, he must somehow convince Taylor to break her rules and embrace a new plan.
Having not read the previous novels in the series, I was a bit worried I wouldn’t understand this one. But it is a true Prequel that can be read even if you haven’t read the Chemical Attraction series and honestly I am not even more tempted to read more about the characters in the Chemical Attraction Series.
I enjoyed the characterization and writing style of Christina Thompson. I felt like I knew these characters and understood them. They were both likable and frustrating in a good way.
I enjoyed the balance between Suspense and Romance and the age group that is on the cusp of Contemporary Romance.
As a former holistic practitioner with a science background, Christina Thompson enjoys writing about the physical science, the emotional workings of our mind and heart, and the spiritual energy that taps into our passions.
Her degree in biology from Nazareth College in Kalamazoo gave her a love of science and a background into the physical realm of the body. Her diploma in Traditional Chinese acupuncture from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine taught her that the mind and spirit affect the body in powerful ways. The healing power of LOVE is incredibly profound.
She currently resides with her husband, Kraig, in Michigan.