Published by The Studio on April 21, 2015
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The first rule of seduction is: don’t fall in love.
Fresh out of college, Dani Young heads for the LA sun to chase her dream of becoming a screenwriter-director. So when her former BFF turned actress Elise offers Dani the opportunity to work on the hit teen show Vamp Camp, Dani can’t refuse, even if it comes at a price: Elise wants Dani to seduce her boyfriend, Vamp Camp superstar Tate Lawrence. Turns out Elise has some major trust issues, and needs Dani to test Tate’s faith. The only rule: don’t fall in love with him.
Sure, Dani doesn’t mind occasionally glimpsing Tate’s megawatt smile…or accidentally-on-purpose brushing up against his perfect torso…but she’s no fool. There’s no way she’d ever fall for a shallow celebrity and no way one would fall for her, a lanky movie nerd.
But amidst vampire-crazed fans, a conniving fellow intern, and a devilishly handsome showrunner, Dani feels like all the rules she used to know have disappeared, except for one: Love doesn’t play by the rules.
Part The Devil Wears Prada, part How To Lose a Guy in Ten Days, this story of friendship and romance is sure to appeal to fans of Stephanie Perkins, Jennifer E. Smith, and Anna Todd.
Rules of Seduction is an adorable new adult novel about the inner workings of Hollywood and what it takes to make it in the business. With a fun cast of characters and an awkwardly cute romance, it’s a quick read for contemporary fans.
Dani is both the best thing about Rules of Seduction and the worst. She’s an adorably awkward girl who is so easy to relate to but she is also extremely naive. She’s on her own for the first time and she’s just moved to LA. She wants to be some big time director of indie films but to get there she has to start at the bottom. People tend to walk all over her and things I could see coming from a mile away came as a surprise to her. I loved her personality though. She was such a nerd and she was so clueless when it came to guys, especially Tate. Speaking of, Tate was so much more than I expected. He was not the typical Hollywood bad boy player. He had a great heart and he was quite a nerd too, deep down. He and Dani brought out the best in each other.
The secondary characters really helped tie things together too. Dani’s roommate, Brit, was a totally unique person. She had a mind of her own and she did what she wanted. She was good to Dani through everything, even when she knew Dani was doing something totally dumb. Elise, Tate’s girlfriend and Dani’s friend from back home, was not all that great but I feel like I just didn’t see enough of her to really come to like her.
The story was really fun. I have never really been all that interested in famous people or the Hollywood industry but Jenna Mullins did a great job of making it fun and easy to understand. The base of the story was definitely a romance but there was enough other stuff going on that it didn’t feel completely devoted to the romance. The details surrounding Dani’s job and her dreams were really intricate and made for a very interesting look at Hollywood.
Overall, I was definitely impressed with Jenna Mullins’ debut novel. I look forward to reading more from her and I wouldn’t complain if Tate and Dani made an appearance in future novels.
What others are saying about Rules of Seduction:
Book Flame’s review: “Rules of Seduction was a cute and light-hearted read.”
Swoony Boys Podcast’s review: “The idea for this story was amazing, and we loved experiencing Dani’s snarky, fun attitude coming off the page.”
Sleeps on Tables’ review: “First thing’s first, when I say this is a fun read, I mean it wholeheartedly.”
In fourth grade, Jenna put her classmates into a story about fire safety, and they laughed the entire time she read it aloud. Since then, she’s been writing with the sole purpose to entertain other people. Fire safety, however, fell to the wayside when she accidentally set her grandmother’s bathroom on fire when she was 12.
In 2010, she moved from Indiana to Los Angeles to intern at E!, and she is now a writer/editor/pop culture gatekeeper at E! Online. A Midwest girl who prefers Southern California weather, Jenna loves the Indianapolis Colts, saving Hyrule and training for her backup dream career: deciding what goes into the baskets on Food Network’s Chopped. She currently resides in LA with her nerdy, handsome boyfriend Kyle and their two fluffier-than-normal cats, Glenn and Zelda.