Monday, June 9, 2014

Rules of Survival Blog Tour: Review of Rules of Survival by Jus Accardo + Interview with Jus Accardo + GIVEAWAY

I'm so excited to be a part of the blog tour for Rules of Survival by Just Accardo! Please check out the rest of the tour HERE. Also, if you want to know more about Entangled Embrace, here are some links: Facebook & Twitter.

Goodreads rating: 4.16
ebook, 290 pages
Published June 2nd 2014 by Entangled Embrace
Genre: New Adult Mystery Thriller

If you want to survive, you have to follow the rules…

Mikayla Morgan is wanted for her mother's murder. She's been on the run for almost a year now, avoiding not only the police but the real killer. Tired of running and desperate to clear her name, she breaks one of the most sacred rules: never return to the scene of the crime.

Every bounty hunter on the Eastern Seaboard is after the Morgan girl—but Shaun Denver and his partner snagged her. She's a piece of work, and Shaun can't decide if he wants to kiss her or kill her. When things take a sharp turn south, Shaun does the only thing he can think of to keep her close—he handcuffs them together.

As the danger mounts and the killer closes in, the chemistry between them threatens to explode. Shaun and Kayla will need to break all the rules if they hope to get out of this alive.

This novel is New Adult! That means that it contains coarse language and adult situations, including explicit sexual scenes. Suggested for 17+ readers.

I'm really into the idea of New Adult, but I have yet to find very many books in the genre that 1) pique my interest, and 2) that are actually well-written with a semi-believable storyline. This book has both of these things and so much more. Don't hate me, but this is actually my first Jus Accardo book. I know, I know, where have I been? I do have the first book of one of her series for review, I just haven't gotten the chance to pick it up. But I'm definitely going to soon because I really enjoyed her writing style and her badass characters. Of course, when they're badass, it also means that they're severely damaged somehow (which seems to be the theme of New Adult), and these characters are no exception. Kayla never makes mistakes. She's been on the run from the cops for supposedly being her mom's killer, as well as running from her mom's killer himself, for over a year now. Thinking it's safe, she goes back to the last place her and her mom had been together to find a piece of evidence that her mom said would tell her who her mom's real killer is. But she gets held up there by a couple of bounty hunters, one of them a man that's been following Kayla and her mom for years, and the other his hot apprentice. Needless to say, shenanigans ensue.

I enjoyed Kayla's character. Even after her mom is dead, she's following all the rules she set out for them for being on the run. Kayla and her mom had been on the run since she was born, though Kayla never knew the real reason why. Her mom was a con artist, so they had to move a lot to keep from getting caught. But that's not even the half of it. I loved how stubborn she was, especially about letting people in on an emotional level. But you can't help yourself when you're handcuffed to this super hot buff guy who's not sure whether he really wants to turn her in to the guy that hired him and the older one that's been following them. Patrick and Shaun were an interesting duo. I kind of wished we'd gotten to see more of them together, but, understandably, it couldn't happen that way. I can't say more about Patrick, otherwise I'll be giving stuff away, but Shaun... Shaun I can talk about. He's definitely the typical romantic lead where he's annoying, but somehow that makes him hotter. He seems like such a archetypal character, but then you get to know him and he's anything but. I loved how these two grew, both as individual people and together, finding a way to sort of heal each other from bad pasts without even knowing it. And all while being chased by people that want to kill them.

Overall, though a bit predictable at times, I really enjoyed the dynamic between the characters. It was very well-written; I hope to read more Jus Accardo soon!

People who enjoy well-written New Adult! Sadly, there's so little out there that can be considered good NA (mostly because the genre itself is so new) that when you find a gem like this one, you tell EVERYONE!

The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Dante Walker series by Victoria Scott
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover


JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food.

Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing, as well as the Darker Agency series, and the New Adult series, The Eternal Balance. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

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Was there any research involved in writing Rules of Survival?
Actually, there was. I wanted to make sure I had the restrictions of being limited by handcuffs, so I actually convinced my husband to let me cuff us together several times. Once I even convinced him to do it in public! FYI, people look at you strange when you walk through the mall handcuffed to someone... It was fun though. One of the less crazy things I've done in the name of research...

Out of all your books, who has been your favorite character to write and why?
To date, I think it's still Jax Flynn from Ruined. He's so tormented and twisted by the way he' forced to live his life, yet he's got a good heart. He's a nice guy at the core of things. It was SO much fun to write such a conflicted soul.

What are you working on now?
Right not I'm working on another NA contemp, as well as edits for the next book in the Darker and Eternal Balance series.

What's your writing process? Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I can't plot. If I try, it messes me up. Like, I stall out completely. I have to start with a basic idea and let things go from there. Anything more than that and I choke up.

Favorite book so far this year?
Sixth Grave On the Edge by Darynda Jones!

Favorite TV shows right now?
I'm not much of a TV person, but I loved Warehouse 13 (It sadly just ended). Actually, most anything the SYFY channel pumps out. *sigh* I miss Eureka...

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