Rules of Seduction by Jenna Mullins
(Twitter, Goodreads)Published by The Studio, a Paper Lantern Lit imprint on April 21st 2015
Genres: Fiction, Love & Romance, New Adult, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Young Adult
The first rule of seduction is: don’t fall in love. Fresh out of college, Dani Young heads for the LA sun to chase her dream of becoming a screenwriter-director. So when her former BFF turned actress Elise offers Dani the opportunity to work on the hit teen show Vamp Camp, Dani can’t refuse, even if it comes at a price: Elise wants Dani to seduce her boyfriend, Vamp Camp superstar Tate Lawrence. Turns out Elise has some major trust issues, and needs Dani to test Tate’s faith. The only rule: don’t fall in love with him. Sure, Dani doesn’t mind occasionally glimpsing Tate’s megawatt smile…or accidentally-on-purpose brushing up against his perfect torso…but she’s no fool. There’s no way she’d ever fall for a shallow celebrity and no way one would fall for her, a lanky movie nerd. But amidst vampire-crazed fans, a conniving fellow intern, and a devilishly handsome showrunner, Dani feels like all the rules she used to know have disappeared, except for one: Love doesn’t play by the rules. Part The Devil Wears Prada, part How To Lose a Guy in Ten Days, this story of friendship and romance is sure to appeal to fans of Stephanie Perkins, Jennifer E. Smith, and Anna Todd.
In Rules of Seduction, we meet Dani Young… newly graduated and heading to LA to work with her dream company as a screenwriter. But upon her arrival, she quickly learns her dream job is no more, the Independent Film company has closed up shop and she’s stuck with no job and no prospects because she also quickly learns that in LA it’s all about who you know.
Drowning her sorrows in ice cream, she runs into a high school friend who headed to LA, and Elise is just the friend she needs in this city. While catching up, Elise ends up getting Dani a job on a hit teen show, but it comes at a price. Elise wants Dani to seduce her sexy, superstar boyfriend Tate to make sure he’s being faithful to her.
Sounds easy enough, but what Dani doesn’t account for is dealing with a ruthless fellow intern, a showrunner who makes her feel like they just might have a future, and a not so shallow celebrity she can’t stop thinking about.
When you say a book is for fans of Stephanie Perkins, you’ve almost always immediately got my attention, that said, you also set very high expectations for me as well.
Unfortunately, while this was a fun and entertaining read, it didn’t really live up to Stephanie Perkins levels of character development and swoon for me.
First, Dani… I really liked her, but I felt like for someone who was headed to LA and who should have known the business, she seemed somewhat naïve. What I did like was her obsessive list making, it was a cute addition to her character and as a bit of a list maker myself, it really made her that much more relatable. Tate, too, was very relatable and easy to like. I thought he was incredibly sweet and kind and definitely not your typical Hollywood persona.
Secondary characters here, especially Brit, were interesting and a nice way to round out the cast. I really enjoyed her Southern charm and the way she was trying to fit into the vegan LA lifestyle and if this becomes a series, it would be interesting to get her story!
Overall, the story is an interesting glimpse into the behind the scenes workings of Hollywood… whether it’s correct or not, it was fun to follow along, and I enjoyed Mullins writing.
If you’re looking for a funny, sweet new adult romance has the perfect balance of drama and comedy… a story about the inner workings Hollywood, definitely grab this one as soon as you can.
Thank you to Paper Lantern Lit for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.