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Rules of the GameParks Jones was insufferable, with an inflated ego Brooke Gordon was dying to pop. Unfortunately, he was brilliant…and her client's spokesman. Problem! Double trouble if she admitted her intense attraction—and that sure wasn't going to happen. But Parks had other plans, and he was willing to break a few rules to convince Brooke that love wasn't just a game Rules of the GameParks Jones was insufferable, with an inflated ego Brooke Gordon was dying to pop. Unfortunately, he was brilliant…and her client's spokesman. Problem! Double trouble if she admitted her intense attraction—and that sure wasn't going to happen. But Parks had other plans, and he was willing to break a few rules to convince Brooke that love wasn't just a game to him, it meant forever. The Heart's Victory What's a young woman to do when she comes face-to-face with the man who broke her heart years before…and realizes she still has a case of unrequited lust for him? Ignore him, of course! But it wasn't easy for Cynthia "Foxy" Fox to keep her true feelings for Lance Matthews at bay. And she wondered what it would take for him to see his best friend's kid sister in a whole new light.


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Rules of the GameParks Jones was insufferable, with an inflated ego Brooke Gordon was dying to pop. Unfortunately, he was brilliant…and her client's spokesman. Problem! Double trouble if she admitted her intense attraction—and that sure wasn't going to happen. But Parks had other plans, and he was willing to break a few rules to convince Brooke that love wasn't just a game Rules of the GameParks Jones was insufferable, with an inflated ego Brooke Gordon was dying to pop. Unfortunately, he was brilliant…and her client's spokesman. Problem! Double trouble if she admitted her intense attraction—and that sure wasn't going to happen. But Parks had other plans, and he was willing to break a few rules to convince Brooke that love wasn't just a game to him, it meant forever. The Heart's Victory What's a young woman to do when she comes face-to-face with the man who broke her heart years before…and realizes she still has a case of unrequited lust for him? Ignore him, of course! But it wasn't easy for Cynthia "Foxy" Fox to keep her true feelings for Lance Matthews at bay. And she wondered what it would take for him to see his best friend's kid sister in a whole new light.

30 review for Forever: Rules of the Game / The Heart's Victory

  1. 4 out of 5

    NatashaSonya

    First of all, I find that Nora Roberts does characters extremely well and the intensity between characters really blows me away. Her style of writing is full and has great descriptions, the characters speak fully, saying "it is" not "it's" and so on and so forth. I think it adds to the feel of old romance and makes her characters have that interesting intellectual edge most people don't see in teen and young adult books. Both stories in this book are fun, teasing, and intense as hell! Switching First of all, I find that Nora Roberts does characters extremely well and the intensity between characters really blows me away. Her style of writing is full and has great descriptions, the characters speak fully, saying "it is" not "it's" and so on and so forth. I think it adds to the feel of old romance and makes her characters have that interesting intellectual edge most people don't see in teen and young adult books. Both stories in this book are fun, teasing, and intense as hell! Switching from one story to another made me do a double-take I swear. They're so different and yet the heat and love is still there! In any case, my final verdict is an easy one: I love it

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    LOVED IT! If I ever won the lottery or came into a substantial amount of money, I would just read Nora Roberts and travel the world. What a life that would be!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    More good re-issued stories from NR, I liked the second one better than the first but enjoyed both.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Okay I have not had much luck with Nora Roberts, her books are up and down but this compilation intrigued me. Aside from the cheesy cover, the premises of the two stories sounded fun. Rules of the Game 3/5 stars Shame this started out well but plunged into a whole lot of nonsense. Not to mention there was so much emphasis on baseball that I was confused. I know zilch about the sport so if you dont have knowledge of it there is a lot you will not understand in this story. I was intrigued by Broo Okay I have not had much luck with Nora Roberts, her books are up and down but this compilation intrigued me. Aside from the cheesy cover, the premises of the two stories sounded fun. Rules of the Game 3/5 stars Shame this started out well but plunged into a whole lot of nonsense. Not to mention there was so much emphasis on baseball that I was confused. I know zilch about the sport so if you dont have knowledge of it there is a lot you will not understand in this story. I was intrigued by Brooke, her career, ambition and past. She seemed so strong and I loved reading about her work as a director. The romance however was crap. The idea that she would be directing a commercial with a baseball star whom she would be romantically involved in was scandalous but I did not like Parks. Gosh, he is one of those alpha males possesive guys who feels the need to touch his "woman" every.single.time Ugh this is the cookie cutter male type of character in fiction. While I liked how he actually listened to her and could see through her bs his arrogance was a turn off. Honestly, Brooke was not entirely innocent either, many times she provoked him on purpose. This doesn't make for a good relationship (view spoiler)[and the sudden marriage proposal had me rolling my eyes in disbelief. (hide spoiler)] I checked out of the story early on. (view spoiler)[I was weirded out by the romance between her boss and Parks agent. (hide spoiler)] As this is a romance after all it disappointed hugely. (view spoiler)[Oh and the sex when a fire is raging nearby is just stupid. (hide spoiler)] The Hearts Victory 3.5 stars This was better but barely. I found myself very interested because this is a romance set in the world of motor car and F1 racing. I personally have experience in F1 and so I was even more curious to see how a romance would play out. Okay first, I have a big problem with huge differences in age for couples. Cynthia "Foxy" is 23 and Lance would roughly be 10 years her senior. I found that hard to accept. I do not think 23 is as adult as she thinks it is. There is still so much for a person to learn and experience. What is more, who lets themselve be called "Foxy"? it sounds tacky and slutty. I noticed that she is a red head as well like Brooke. I wonder why authors insist that red heads are fiery, stubborn and difficult. So does that mean brunettes and blonds cannot embody these quantities? Even though this story was published at a time where smoking was a norm, it was another no-no for me. My opinion is that smoking is unpleasant, unhealthy and disgusting. I do not even fathom why someone would want to be with a person who smokes. Foxy was intriguing, between her career as a photographer which I found very interesting to read about and her relationship with her brother. I think what impacted me the most was her relationship with Kirk. It is not the usual brother sister one and even more heart felt because I got a look into how she feels having a loved one who put themselve in danger every single time they get into the race car. I have often wanted to understand how family let their own do such a thing and handle it. Foxy's reaction was very realistic and I felt her. When it came to Lance however she crumbled under pressure. While I have yet to read about such an arrogant, possessive alpha male who does not take no for an answer, I have read possessive alpha males. Lance is a step above these. He may have admirable career achievements but has a bad attitude. He simply makes a choice and goes with it no matter what Foxy says or feels. He uses kissing and sex to distract her when they should deal with their issues. Like Parks from Rules of the Game, He constantly touches her every single time he is with her. It may sound romantic but it borders on obssessive. He becomes very angry and it seems like he would probably hit Foxy. One scene in particular worried me. (view spoiler)[Where they were fighting and he kisses her to distract her, then he drags her to the bed while she protests to this, strips her while she protests but somehow she gets into the mood and they have sex. Notice how he did not stop. Again, this is a rushed relationship and marriage. He takes advantage of her vulnerability and they are married quick. (hide spoiler)] Even though he admits to this, I still do not accept it. He gets very jealous which in reality is not cool at all. (view spoiler)[But I am surprised they avoided having sex until after they got married. Then again they were not in a relationship for very long till they got married (hide spoiler)] Honestly, I do not think that being in love with someone for 10 years while it was unrequited is a foundation for marriage or at the very least a relationship. (view spoiler)[Neither do I believe that Lance was in love with her when she was sixteen and he was an adult. That would be really creepy and inappropriate. (hide spoiler)] I have to say I enjoyed this more than the first story. Just take away most of the romance. The family drama, relationships between Foxy, Melissa, Pam and Kirk were nice. I do like that as twisted as Foxy and Lance were that they tried to fix their marriage. It was hard to read these two stories. Even though Lance really annoyed me there were some meaningful quotes from him. "I don't base anything I do on her approval, least of all my marriage to you. Our lives are our own" Page 406 "You didn't marry his mother" Page 449 '"You should have called if you were lonely." "I almost did, but I thought....I didn't want to seem as if I was checking up on you." "Idiot, you're my wife remember?"' Page 455

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bee

    I wish I could give two different ratings. Rules of the Game wasn't bad - more like a 3.5. The Heart's Victory would be more like 2. The male lead in the second story was borderline emotionally abusive which wasn't endearing at all. I didn't get where his feelings came into play because the only one he seemed to show was anger. I get these stories were likely written back in the 80's...different time and all but maybe they should be updated before reprinting if the end result is a plot line that I wish I could give two different ratings. Rules of the Game wasn't bad - more like a 3.5. The Heart's Victory would be more like 2. The male lead in the second story was borderline emotionally abusive which wasn't endearing at all. I didn't get where his feelings came into play because the only one he seemed to show was anger. I get these stories were likely written back in the 80's...different time and all but maybe they should be updated before reprinting if the end result is a plot line that makes you uncomfortable?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine Madigan

    I absolutely loved both of these stories! I couldn't put the book down! Parks and Brooke were the couple in the first book and you simply fall in love with these characters! Lance and Foxy were the main characters of the second book. They have lots of chemistry and once they get over their own fears are wonderful together! I would definitely recommend this book! I absolutely loved both of these stories! I couldn't put the book down! Parks and Brooke were the couple in the first book and you simply fall in love with these characters! Lance and Foxy were the main characters of the second book. They have lots of chemistry and once they get over their own fears are wonderful together! I would definitely recommend this book!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Both books were OK, but nothing great. I didn't really care for any of the main couples very much but enjoyed some of the secondary characters. Both books were OK, but nothing great. I didn't really care for any of the main couples very much but enjoyed some of the secondary characters.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)

    Touching, sweet, with a sporty twist... really enjoyed these two stories kept me captivated from start to finish!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ceecee

    I’m not usually a fan of two novels in one book, but I enjoyed this one. Favorite: The Heart’s Victory was my favorite story!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Francesca Rock

    Rules of the Game This was the first book in the anthology. It was initially published in 1984. It is a bit dated, but has a pretty good story behind it. I realized when I was about two chapters into this book that I had read it before (I was probably a teenager). The moment when Parks saw Brooke in the stands at his baseball game and he approached her and asked her name stuck has stuck with me for about ten years. That I remember that in and of itself is impressive. I have read so many books tha Rules of the Game This was the first book in the anthology. It was initially published in 1984. It is a bit dated, but has a pretty good story behind it. I realized when I was about two chapters into this book that I had read it before (I was probably a teenager). The moment when Parks saw Brooke in the stands at his baseball game and he approached her and asked her name stuck has stuck with me for about ten years. That I remember that in and of itself is impressive. I have read so many books that normally I only generally remember plot lines, but I remembered that moment exactly through the years. I also liked that this story did not end with them getting married. It went beyond that. Saying "I do" is not the end; which I love because that is much more like reality. What I didn't like was the ego's of the main characters. Brooke and Parks had huge egos that I really wanted to pop. Overall though, this one was pretty good if only because of the moment that stuck with for ten plus years. The Heart's Victory This part of the anthology was published in 1982. It was really dated and I found it to not be believable at all. Did Nora Roberts even do any research for this? It did not seem like it to me. Having said that, I do not really know much about car racing, but it just all sounded so false and awkward that I had trouble getting into the story because of it. Again, the ego's of the main characters were astronomical. They never seemed to doubt themselves; they always had an unshakable belief that they were in the right. This is very annoying. People do not actually live like that. People make mistakes and acknowledge them all the time. Damn it, Nora, vary your characters please. The majority of your characters seem like they are bordering on becoming a sociopath for me. Overall, this story was kind of cliched and annoying. I really didn't enjoy it and it took me forever to read. Check out more of my reviews at: http://whatabookbitch.blogspot.ca

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stacey Houllis

    Another two great stories by Nora Roberts about falling in love. The first book called The Rules of the Game. The story of Brooke Gordon a director of TV commercials and she has to do for a campaign. Park's a baseball player is the man who she has to film for the campaign. The moment Parks met her he wanted to get to know her. She has to learn to trust him after a failed relationship years ago. The second one The Hearts Victory is also about falling in love. This is the story of Cynthia Fox (Fox Another two great stories by Nora Roberts about falling in love. The first book called The Rules of the Game. The story of Brooke Gordon a director of TV commercials and she has to do for a campaign. Park's a baseball player is the man who she has to film for the campaign. The moment Parks met her he wanted to get to know her. She has to learn to trust him after a failed relationship years ago. The second one The Hearts Victory is also about falling in love. This is the story of Cynthia Fox (Foxy ) who grew up on the race track raised by her brother Kirk a race car driver her parents death of car accident she was in with them. She returns years later to photograph the race season it is there she meets again her brother best friend Lance Mathews who was once a race driver who now design cars for her brother to race. Foxy has to come to terms with her brother ties to race track as her fears of him been hurt frightened her. Foxy once had a teenage crush on Lance. Foxy and Lance whirlwind romance leads to her marry him. Foxy has to learn to trust and love Lance her husband to help her overcome her fears of being hurt and where the Victory is love in the end.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lin Stepp

    I am a big, big Nora Roberts fan … but the two stories in this two novel book proved a tad disappointing. Both were originally published in the 1980s … and were more the Harlequin formula romance types of titles. Brookes is filming Parks, a jock, in Rules of the Game … and I couldn't seem to form a connection to either character and their glittery Hollywood world with too much of every thing, including too many sex scenes that seemed unnecessary. The Heart's Victory was more of the same with a r I am a big, big Nora Roberts fan … but the two stories in this two novel book proved a tad disappointing. Both were originally published in the 1980s … and were more the Harlequin formula romance types of titles. Brookes is filming Parks, a jock, in Rules of the Game … and I couldn't seem to form a connection to either character and their glittery Hollywood world with too much of every thing, including too many sex scenes that seemed unnecessary. The Heart's Victory was more of the same with a race car driver this time - and again a thin plot and too much sexual content …. I so much more love Nora's thicker, richer contemporary novels with characters and stories you can sink into with sheer pleasure. ….

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Aydlett

    It is extremely rare for me to not finish the book, but lately I have had a few that I didn't care to finish and this one is on the list. It was very predictable and boring at times. It would get better then get slow again. I was surprised because I have read many of Nora Robert's books and love them. This one just didn't capture my attention well. The two stories, in the book, are from the early 80's so that could be the reason. It is extremely rare for me to not finish the book, but lately I have had a few that I didn't care to finish and this one is on the list. It was very predictable and boring at times. It would get better then get slow again. I was surprised because I have read many of Nora Robert's books and love them. This one just didn't capture my attention well. The two stories, in the book, are from the early 80's so that could be the reason.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    While my edition was not called "Guarded Hearts" but "Forever", it was still comprised of the same two stories, I assume it was just a different printing. I love how real Roberts's characters feel, how imperfect they are, it makes them that much more endearing. Books that make you wonder what happened after the pages ran out are the best, it means you got invested in the characters. While my edition was not called "Guarded Hearts" but "Forever", it was still comprised of the same two stories, I assume it was just a different printing. I love how real Roberts's characters feel, how imperfect they are, it makes them that much more endearing. Books that make you wonder what happened after the pages ran out are the best, it means you got invested in the characters.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    Republished early Nora Roberts books. Light, easy reading. Pretty dated - the "stylish" clothes crack me up. Nothing is finer than a man in a sexy black turtleneck. O.o Perfect for the beach or pool...or of you just need something light to read. I will say that the the second story (heart's victory) has a steamier scene that might be a trigger for anyone who has been coerced or forced into sex. Republished early Nora Roberts books. Light, easy reading. Pretty dated - the "stylish" clothes crack me up. Nothing is finer than a man in a sexy black turtleneck. O.o Perfect for the beach or pool...or of you just need something light to read. I will say that the the second story (heart's victory) has a steamier scene that might be a trigger for anyone who has been coerced or forced into sex.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    Read the first story- Rules of the game..about baseball..It was okay... Started the second story - about car racing, and you could tell it was along the same lines of the first... Quit reading it... Not her best work

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    I didn't realize this book was 2 books in one until I started reading. In both stories, the female characters were so irritating to me and the romances were a bit far fetched. However, this would be a great book to read on the beach or as a palate cleanser while reading a heavier book. I didn't realize this book was 2 books in one until I started reading. In both stories, the female characters were so irritating to me and the romances were a bit far fetched. However, this would be a great book to read on the beach or as a palate cleanser while reading a heavier book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michele Tanton

    I liked both of the stories included in this book. I good definitely tell the outcome in Rules of the Game, but The Heart's Victory had quite a few twists and you just weren't sure until the very end. I would definitely recommend both for a rainy day. I liked both of the stories included in this book. I good definitely tell the outcome in Rules of the Game, but The Heart's Victory had quite a few twists and you just weren't sure until the very end. I would definitely recommend both for a rainy day.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Faye

    Nora is my absolute favorite author. She doesn't disappoint. Nora is my absolute favorite author. She doesn't disappoint.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    cheezy love stories...love them! not for those who are looking for literature art! :)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    I really liked both of these stories and I am glad I picked this one up.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brianna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. it was okay. It didn't have that sparks and i thought that the character got married too early for their relationship. But it was decent for her writing. it was okay. It didn't have that sparks and i thought that the character got married too early for their relationship. But it was decent for her writing.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Debi Lyman

    I only read the first story, but it was good!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Annette Meier

    A nice easy read with good plot and interesting characters.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carmon

    I really liked this one! Both books were good but I think Rules of the Game was my fav! Funny and good at the same time!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Wolfe

    You can never go wrong with Nora Roberts!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Miss N

    So far I loveeeeee the book! On page 64, read it in a couple of hours ❤

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sue Hilger

    Quick read. Romantic and completely predictable. Ideal for the beach/pool.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shirl

    Two books in one and they were both a good read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brenna

    I enjoyed Rules of the Game more than Heart's Victory, but both are nice quick summer reads. I enjoyed Rules of the Game more than Heart's Victory, but both are nice quick summer reads.

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