Forgetting the Rules (The Dating Playbook #5) By Mariah Dietz

FORGETTING THE RULES is the fifth instalment in Mariah Dietz’s contemporary, new adult THE DATING PLAYBOOK erotic, college romance series. This is Brighton College football linebacker Ian Forrest, and columnist / student Rose Cartwright’s story line. FORGETTING THE RULES can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous instalments is revealed where necessary.

WARNING: Due to the nature of the story line premise, there may be triggers for more sensitive readers.

Told from dual first person perspectives (Ian and Rose) FORGETTING THE RULES follows twenty-two year old Brighton College seniors, football linebacker Ian Forrest, and columnist Rose Cartwright. The new school year finds Rose Cartwright assigned to the sports desk at the Brighton College paper, placing her in the direct line of fire of Brighton linebacker Ian Forest, the man who left months earlier, without looking back but Rose’s latest assignment is to get up close and personal with the football players, an assignment that is about to spiral of control-someone is releasing personal and damaging information about the members of the team, and Rose will get pulled into a journalistic nightmare when she is targeted by the same people targeting the Brighton players. As she desperately tries to avoid the man that broke her heart (Ian Forrest), Rose’s rules for dating will be pushed to the side when Ian reveals his true feelings and emotions towards our story line heroine. What ensues is the rebuilding romance and relationship between Rose and Ian, and the potential fall-out as Rose’s life is exposed threatening any hopes of a future with the man with whom she is falling in love.

The relationship between Ian and Rose is one of second chances, of a sort, as Ian’s return to Brighton comes with mixed feelings for our story line heroine. Rose has a rule to never date any man more than once but Ian ghosted our heroine, just as she was falling for our story line hero. Refusing to give into her attraction, Rose desperately tries to avoid Ian but both are members of the same circle of friends. Struggling with the family dysfunctional nature of her family, and a betrayal from the past, Rose refuses to fall in love, fearing betrayal and heart break. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and seductive.

We are reintroduced to Arlo’s friends and fellow teammates: Lincoln Beckett and Raegan Lawson (Bending the Rules #1 / Breaking the Rules #2); Arlo and Olivia (Defining the Rules #3) ,Tyler and Chloe ( Exploring the Rules #4). team captain Paxton Lawson; Caleb , Luis Garcia, Poppy Anderson; Olivia’s father Coach Harris; newspaper editor Anthony Albright: school reporter Amita Patel, fellow students Chantay, Janet, Isla Zimmerman ; Rose’s sister Anna, their father; and Ian’s parents Grayson and Michelle.

FORGETTING THE RULES is a story of betrayal, secrets, lies, slut-shaming and revenge; a story of family, friendships, relationships and love. The character driven premise is inviting, intriguing and inspiring; the characters are sassy and energetic; the romance is spicy, sensitive and compelling. English This book, this couple, and specifically Rose, hold a special place in my heart and I could not have loved this book more!

Rose has a tough exterior but a kind heart, and I personally found her to be so relatable, feeling everything she felt. She wears a mask that hides her vulnerability...her rules in place so she doesn’t get hurt. As she tries to leave behind her rules, be a better person, and seek out something she never thought she’d have, circumstances keep getting in the way.

Ian is tired of respecting her stupid rules...he wants her to forget them and not regret it, not run. Liking Ian has Rose unsettled and wanting to run from the possibilities because he just might be the one to break down her wall built of rules!

Bullying, rumours, hateful words and having to deal with it all sends a very powerful message. The friendships in this series are true and loyal and something everyone should know they’re worthy of.

An impassioned love story with slow burn, witty banter, conflicted feelings, sizzling heat, and so much emotion...I was was tearing up, laughing, swooning, and totally invested! English I was lucky enough to win an ARC copy!! I was so excited to read about Rose and Ian’s story I have been anticipating reading this book since Olivia and Arlos’s story! It did not disappoint me, I had a love and hate relationship with the low burn of their love story but I appreciated why Mariah did that! Rose was written in a beautiful way I appreciated her willpower and willingness to talk about sex without same but also tackled the issues surrounding why women feel the need to hide their sexuality! I really loved the storyline about the rumour website and I loved that it had many surprising elements while also tackling a lot of pressing issues! Overall I really enjoyed this love story it was written so beautifully and I loved seeing other characters and couples from past books in this series! I cannot wait for the next book in the series which Paxton’s book I am a hardcore poppy and Paxton shipper but I honestly just want Paxton to be okay and happy so I’m super excited to read what Mariah has in store for us! English I could not put this book down. This book has all the feels. So many parts of this book bring to light things a lot of readers may have felt at one point or another. Rose and Ian warm your heart and makes you believe in romance again with the right amount of sweet and sexy.

Rose’s sass and strength are something every woman could use a little more of and Ian is the strong man who is the definition of a gentleman every mother would strive their son to be and every father dreams their daughter finds.

Not only does it deliver a delicious romance, it digs deeper and shows characters dealing with inner demons while growing up in a world of social media and how stories can be bent and twisted to turn rumors and half truths into something worse.

There are highs and lows and keeps you engaged until the last page with not just the main characters getting a second chance. There are several offshoots in this book that are tied in really well and leave no open ends but help you to know the character’s layers better.

This book teaches you to not let fear and the unknown to determine your fate or rule your destiny. Fall in love with Rose and Ian, I know I did! I have loved every book in this series and they just keep getting better! I can’t wait for the next and last book of this series featuring Pax which we’ve gotten to know through these books.

I was chosen to receive this book as an ARC and to give an honest review. English Forgetting the Rules is book 5 in the Dating Playbook series and I’m here for it! Each book in the series is a standalone but I can guarantee once you finish one you’ll consume the others just as quickly.

In Forgetting the Rules we follow Rose and Ian’s story. Fear can lead you to do some pretty dumb things and walking away when you feel the pull of attraction can be one of your biggest regrets.

Rose has watched too many people walk away so she has a nice set of rules to keep her heart safe. Ian can’t seem to forget Rose but with it being his senior year and possibly his last playing football he tries to get his head in the game.

When a series of events happen, Ian and Rose get pushed together. When lies and rumors start, they need to decide if keeping their well built walls around their hearts will stay up or come crashing down.

I love Ian and Rose’s story. I loved the message of how we should empower and support each other and not let the lies told behind a screen carry any weight.

One click this book! I can’t wait for Paxton’s story to come out next. English


Having just read Arlo&Olivia’s story, I was vvvv excited about Rose and Ian’s. And I’m so surprised by the direction she took the story in, but I also love it. I’m also a much more petty/vengeful person than the characters here are, so my only complaint at this point in time is that they should’ve thrown the book at the other person.

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It all started with a lie.
I met Ian Forrest, middle linebacker and Roman God reincarnated last winter.
Dark hair and steel eyes, granite stacks of muscles, and a secret smile that made me weak.

You see, once upon a time, I Rose Cartwright, believed in happily ever after’s.
But life had taught me too quickly that rules are necessary and that gilded cages won’t protect your heart.

Yet, our lives began to weave together—a seamless and beautiful tapestry of ‘non-date’ dates.

By the time summer arrived, so had my nerves.
He was leaving for two months, so I drew a hard line in the sand and labeled what we shared a friendship, though we’d both known it was more.

Now, it’s the beginning of senior year, and once again, everything is bringing us together.
Only now, the secrets are bigger, the lies greater, and the stakes are even higher.

Will the pressure break us apart
Or will I be able to forget the Rules?

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Release Event Sign Up: English 5 Stars for this slow burn romance!

This series just keeps getting better and better. No one writes a slow burn better than Ms Dietz! I just loved Rose, she's full of sass and doesn't take crap from anyone. And then there's Ian ... I thought I loved Arlo from a previous book, but Ian has him beat. Ian is this mountain of a man who never smiles, but he's really just a big teddy bear with a heart of gold. Will Rose be able to forget her rules that she has protecting her heart and let Ian in? This book also has a mystery attached to it that will have you guessing till the end.

Rose was hurt by a precious boyfriend and now she only sleeps with a guy once and then she kicks him to the curb. But when she meets Ian, everything changes. Ian is in his senior year and he has to concentrate on football so he can be drafted into the NFL ... between classes and football, he doesn't have time for a relationship. But when he meets Rose, he knows he's in trouble ... big trouble. Ian and Rose have an instant chemistry ... they just don't know what to do with it. Then a website pops up siting rumors about the football players and whether they are true or not, these rumors can change their futures.

I can't wait for the next book Writing the Rules ... it's Pax's story. He has been in every book and in this book he's in serious trouble and I can't wait to see how his story unfolds. I highly recommend this book ... and the whole series!

I received an early copy courtesy of the author in exchange for a honest review. English Rose Cartwright, a 21-year-old college student with her act together than most older adults, myself included. She is beautiful, caring, and intelligent. Rose is carrying the weight of her parents' divorce on her shoulders, and she made promises to herself about relationships. Well, that was before she met Ian Forrest, the middle linebacker with dark hair, eyes of steel, a smile that melts her heart, and oh, did I mention muscles with enough stamina to last at least four rounds.

Here are two of my favorite lines.
We aren't girlfriend material. We are made for good times & better memories.
Happiness & adventure have always been her true north.

This story is more than true love it also addresses bullying, athletes, inequalities, and other social issues. English Oh what to say I've waited for rose's story. Thisndidnt dissapoint. Highly recommended this series of stand-alones English

Free read Forgetting the Rules (The Dating Playbook #5)

Rose Cartwright has one primary rule when it comes to college: no dating.
She’s focussed on finding the best mocha in Seattle, completing her senior year at Brighton University, working on the school’s newspaper, and starting her own company.
However, her focus begins to stray when lies start impacting the one person who makes her consider forgetting her rule.

Ian Forrest is the starting middle linebacker at Brighton University, known for his grandiose parties and incredible strength and speed on the field. His college career has been focussed on one thing: getting drafted into the NFL. His dream has required constant sacrifices, ones he’s taken with little regret--until meeting Rose. Has he found the one thing he wants more than a future in football?

Two opposing dreams.
One conflicting rule.
And a website filled with lies that keeps threatening to tear them apart.

This is book five in The Dating Playbook series but can be read and enjoyed as a complete standalone. Forgetting the Rules (The Dating Playbook #5)