A brand new new romantic comedy by NYT bestselling author Annika Martin!
Max Hilton is my high school nemesis turned billionaire. And tomorrow I deliver his lunch order.
In a cat costume.
You know he’s going to love it. He’ll smile that smirky smile, sitting there all superior in his gleaming tower, the wealthiest and most notorious playboy in all of New York, the king of everything.
Turns out it wasn’t curiosity that killed the cat—it was mortification.
I’m almost ready to quit my lunch delivery job, but then my roommate tosses me a copy of The Max Hilton Playbook: Ten Golden Rules for Picking up the Hottest Girl in the Room.
It’s the book that catapulted him to stardom. And it’s my new bible.
I’m going to use his own techniques against him. I’ll wrap him around my little finger, bring him to his knees, and crush his steely heart. Call it payback for all the single girls who had to endure legions of losers wielding his legendary tactics.
But seeing Max every day, I’m discovering a side of him I didn’t even know existed--he’s not the jerky guy I thought he was. He has this smile he shows only to me, and it melts my heart. His touch sends shivers down my spine. And those forbidden kisses are driving me wild.
Falling for him was not in my plan.
Am I breaking his rules or will his rules break me first?
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Bringing the Billionaire to His Knees...Maybe
How to Write a Successful Rom-Com a lá Annika Martin
✅ Create a heroine who is sassy, witty, hilarious, and a knock out
✅ Incorporate a hero who is worth billions, make him look like a jerk, but then give him a heart of gold
✅ Build the most delicious chemistry between the main H and h, set it up as hate and make them fall in love
✅ Give the h supportive friends who help set up the funny of the story and walk with her when she struggles
✅ Put a bunch of funny dialogue in the h’s mouth and sit back, listening for the LOLs of the readers
Yes. All of these components are found in Breaking the Billionaire’s Rules. I highly recommend this read if you’re feeling sad, you’re feeling happy, or you just need a good laugh and a bit of a cry.
First and foremost, it’s been awhile since I’ve fallen in love with the male hero before the heroine in a book. Typically, I read rom-coms with women who impress me, even those who might be a bit “ditzy.” But in this book, I was a fan of Max Hilton. Not the image Max Hilton, the real Max. Why? He illustrates the reality of living in our 21st multi-media world. From the outset, after reading his book, we’re supposed to hate him. He’s a misogynist. He sees women as objects. His rules are demeaning. However, that image is one that is manufactured as a mask, much like the masks we create on our social media. The real Max is sensitive, really sensitive. His past is fraught with trauma and pain, yet he hides it behind a cool, confident exterior. It isn’t until Mia re-enters Max’s life that we finally meet the “real” Max. When that happens, there are fireworks and chemistry and all of the perfect “happily-ever-afters.” When Mia finally recognizes the true Max, this book becomes gold; Max becomes gold as a hero.
Mia is all of us: confident until someone makes her feel less. She is a theater actress. In that world, she struggles with finding success; however, she works a job that provides for her, even though it might be demeaning. In her day-to-day life, we can trust that Mia knows herself, and she’s happy with her life. When Max enters the picture, Mia sees her self as “not enough.” This insecurity fuels many of the funny moments in this story, but it also reminds us of the stress of relationships, about our simple want for love and acceptance. While her character exists to bring Max to his knees, we commiserate with her lack of confidence in taking on this task. And I empathized with her through the first part of this book.
Overall, this story has a little bit of everything: humor, heartbreak (the part where Max finds the chart broke my heart), and love. There were moments when I was laughing out loud (the cheese puff scene when Mia eats Max’s cheese puffs and shows the evidence on her body), tearing up, and feeling happiness for the beauty of their eventual HEA. Annika Martin’s Breaking the Billionaire’s Rules is the rom-com you need to read. It clearly checks all the boxes.
I loved this book so much!
This book is everything. I’m seriously still laughing my butt off. Mia is my spirit animal. This was everything I want in an enemies to lovers romance! I couldn’t put it down!
I loved breaking his rules!
This is a second chance rom-com, & I love this author’s rom-coms so this one is no exception! I laughed out loud reading the first page, & it didn’t stop there. The first part of the book is in Mia’s POV which I adored, but I was waiting on Max’s POV so when it happened I was so elated! This is also a slow burn, so when Max & Mia finally kiss I rejoiced. The book really took off for me when we find out the what, how & why of what happened in high school between Mia & Max, & why Max wrote the book. When they both showed their vulnerabilities, I loved both characters even more than I did. The end made me smile so much; the whole book left me smiling! If you love a quick, fun, romantic book with characters you care about that transports you for a few hours like I do, then read this book!