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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books; Original edition (June 30 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373773935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373773930
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #414,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Poppy Rules! July 2 2009
By Deborah Verlen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
After reading Cutting Loose which is Jane's story of the three friends: Jane, Poppy and Ava--I almost did not pick this book up as Cutting Loose was incredibly boring with very little chemistry between the hero and heroine.

I'm glad I gave Poppy's story a chance. The chemistry between Poppy Calloway and the hero Jason de Sanges is there from the beginning. As Poppy and Jase over come their first impressions of each other which had them thinking each other was hot, but not what they were looking for in a date; you find yourself involved in the story and caring about the two main characters as well as the secondary ones--not only Jane and Ava (her friends), but the troubled teenagers she is trying to save.

Jason de Sanges, a child of the foster care system, comes from a family where the men are in and out of jail. He is the exception due to the caring intervention of a crusty cop. Jase lives by the rules in order to manage his surroundings and in his mind not become like his father and brother. Enter Poppy Calloway, a free spirited artist, who challenges Jase's rigid unbending rules. When the two are thrown together overseeing three young artists who defaced public property, the sparks fly!

Throw in some mystery with the romance and Susan Andersen has produced a great read! This is Susan Andersen at her best.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Bending the Rules by Susan Andersen July 20 2009
By jjmachshev - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Bending the Rules" is book two in Susan Andersen's 'Sisterhood Diaries' series about three unrelated women who have been best friends since childhood. When their wealthy benefactress dies, her will provides the impetus that eventually sees each woman finding just the right man for her.

Poppy was, and still is, the 'hippie' of the trio. Raised on a commune and the benefits of granola, she uses her talents to work with 'at risk' children. But even she isn't sure how to react when her latest project acquires an overseer...Detective de Sanges. This would be the same man who makes her girly parts not just hum, but break into full operatic arias! If only he wasn't so...by the book...frustrating...really, really HOT.

Jason comes from a family of cons and he's pretty sure the only thing keeping him from the same fate is his devotion to rules and regulations. So when his boss orders him to take part in Poppy's program for some 'good ink', he goes...but not happily. He's already had one run-in with Ms. Liberal and doesn't want another...no matter how smoking hot she is.

I like plots where the main characters are very different, yet manage to find a compromise. The electric attraction between these two almost singed my fingers and Andersen can definitely 'bring the heat' when it comes to love scenes. She also manages to focus on the problems of 'at risk' kids without preaching to the audience and that takes a fairly deft touch.

There were no real stutters or holes in Susan Andersen's latest. My biggest beef was with Jason's refusal to grow past his teen version of his character. There was a time or two when I wanted to smack him upside the head...or was praying that Poppy would! Other than that minor annoyance, it was a very fun read with a good bit of humor.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A sizzling good book July 1 2009
By Judy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Susan Andersen pens an absolute delightful book in her latest story...Bending The Rules.

Poppy Calloway always believed in giving back to her community and letting others have a second chance. When some first time offenders spray paint some walls in the community, Poppy wants to give these teens a chance to make it right. This doesn't sit well with Detective Jason de Sanges.

Detective Jason de Sanges doesn't see much good in the world around him. The males in his family seem to spend more time in jail then out of it. Luckily Jase had a met a cop who took an interest in him growing up and Jason walks the straight and narrow 24/7. He tries everything he can to get out of helping Poppy with her little "community art project."

Jason grudgingly gets in the spirit of working with Poppy and her teens. But spending time with her has him rethinking some of his strict by the book rules. She gets under his skin and makes him think he can have it all. Poppy sees more in Jason then just the strict layman, can she help him to see that they have a chance to beat the odds?

Bending The Rules is a book you will want to re-read several times. It stays with you long after you are done. It is very sexy, sweet, and emotional and has well written characters. Susan Andersen books are keepers for me. I can't wait to read the next book in this delightful series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
strong upbeat contemporary romantic suspense July 1 2009
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In Seattle, three teenage graffiti artists are caught by the cops vandalizing storefronts. Artist Poppy Calloway suggests that besides cleaning up the spray paint mess they made, they receive community service to paint a neighborhood mural. Police detective Jason de Sanges is outraged with her soft response to the crime; he wants them punished as a deterrent from them committing future acts of vandalism.

Jase is further upset when his superiors think Poppy's idea is terrific. Making matters even more poisonous to the cop is he is named to supervise the teen artists. Finally the topper to his anger is his attraction to Poppy upsets him further. That is until a series of accidents that he believes were intentional makes him feel the need to keep his pain in the butt woman safe even if she is a flying liberal.

The incredibly deep cast including tertiary characters makes for a strong upbeat good contemporary romantic suspense. The story line is fast-paced from the moment the lead pair butt heads and never slows down as free spirit Polly teaches by the book Jason CUTTING LOOSE (Poppy's friend Jane's story) is okay in moderation unlike the men in his family who spent time in jail while he grew up in foster care. Though similar in tone to CUTTING LOOSE even with the suspense subplot, fans will enjoy the education of Jason.

Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great romance! April 1 2012
By Jessica (Peace Love Books) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Holy crap. Susan Anderson sure knows how to create the perfect man. Detective Jason de Sanges is a hot, caring, funny, hard-working man who has chemistry with Poppy Calloway that is so strong, it's undeniable from the moment they laid eyes on each other. Though the book started off slow (maybe because I didn't read the first book of the series), the storyline eventually picked up and pulled me in, captivating me with Poppy and Jason's relationship and their desire to help troubled teens in their neighborhood. I love contemporary romances and this book is one of the better one's that I've read. The characters are likable and plot is both original and engaging. Oh, and not to mention there's an extremely sexy guy who I could (and do) only dream of having as my own. So if you want a fun, light romance book to lay and out read, this should be one to consider. A good plot, hot romance, and sexy guy are really what makes this book a good read.

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