My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Rules Regarding Gray is an emotional, sensual, and passionate story thats full of angst. The exact type of book that Elizabeth Finn writes perfectly. It’s a painfully beautiful romance that I devoured in one day. Could not put this one down! Is it a love triangle? Is there cheating? Well… it’s complicated. To me- small love triangle and no on the cheating. But I feel like it’s one of those stories that will be subjective to who ever is reading.
Our story begins with the beautiful ballerina named Gray-short-for-Gracelynn-but-never-Grace. Gray has spent most of her teen/adult life dancing. It is a strict profession. You have to dedicate so much of your time, energy and life to your craft. Because of that, she hasn’t dated much. She now has a boyfriend named Ian. A boyfriend who is interested in… sharing her with his best friend. At first, Gray is completely shocked and appalled. But Ian’s best friend Jasper is someone she is attracted to. And Gray’s life has been so structured and predictable… maybe this one time she wants to do something different, something risky and new.
What she didn’t expect is for Jasper to be so much more. To have any real feelings for him.
Jas is a much different man than his best friend Ian. Sure, he’s shared women with him before, but he knows Gray is different. She’s not a random girl, she’s Ian’s girlfriend. And as much as he wants her, he’s not sure if it’s something he’s comfortable with. So when Ian first asks him, he doesn’t jump at the opportunity. But the more time he spends with Gray and the more he gets to know her, the more he begins to want her, no matter who she belongs to. Jas and Gray actually have conversations, and it becomes more than just sex.
He wasn’t supposed to want her this much. He was supposed to want to play with her and nothing else, but every time he looked at her all he could think about was the word more. More. He needed more of her.
One night between the three of them will change everything between Gray and Jas. The connection they share is something so much deeper than anything either has felt before. It puts the both of them in a confusing situation. They both want more from each other, but where do they go from here?
Jasper knows Ian doesn’t deserve a girl like Gray, but he’s not sure he does either. It’s disconcerting to him. She makes him feel different. Better. Makes him feel much more than he’s ever felt before with anyone. And he doesn’t know how to handle those feelings.
He didn’t know anything about what he was feeling- nothing at all. It was at once painful and intoxicating, addicting and liberating. He felt so human and weak with her, and yet, he was more comfortable in his vulnerability than he ever imagined he could be. Why did she make him feel so many things?
Gray and Jas attempt to stay friends after their time together- to stay in each others lives. When given ‘permission’ to go farther with just the two of them, is it something that they will be able to handle? A night without rules and regulations… will their feelings get even stronger, more confusing, or both? It’s something that will complicate everything even more. That’s for sure.
I loved Jasper and Gray together and the relationship they had. And lets get one thing straight… I HATED IAN. Now that it’s out of the way, that is why this love triangle didn’t bother me. Because one of the people in it was a complete and utter manipulative tool. What Gray and Jas did never once felt like cheating to me.
Gray and Jas were both conflicted about their feelings, their actions, wants, needs and desires. I feel like that showed a lot of character. A lot of people don’t care enough to feel like they were doing something wrong in that situation but they did.
Jasper was a beautiful man inside and out. He had strong character, he was domineering and alpha, but also emotional and beautifully broken. As much as I loved Gray, Jasper stole the show for me. I loved the way he saw Gray- the way he made her see herself. And the way she showed him that he was worthy. They really complimented each other.
This is a story about choices- deciding to follow your head, or follow your heart. Following your head and sense of loyalty, or taking a leap and doing what your heart desires. It’s a struggle when your head and heart don’t match up. Gray and Jas both dealt with that struggle and it was heartbreaking to watch.
This author writes the best sensual and passionate romances. The steam was off the charts, but that wasn’t even the best part. I loved the growth that both main characters exhibited. I loved that they brought out the best in each other. Their connection was palpable. You could feel the strength in their bond. Elizabeth’s writing is fluid and flawless. I love the way she tells her stories.
If you’re looking for a beautiful romance that is emotionally charged, full of angst and will keep you on the edge of your seat, pick up The Rules Regarding Gray. It was an addictive read that captivated me from the start. Even though I was anxious while reading, the end left me completely blissed out. This is a book that comes highly recommended by me. A full 5 stars.
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