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Review: The Off Limits Rule by Sarah Adams


Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Title: The Off Limits Rule
Author: Sarah Adams
Series: It Happened in Nashville #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Audience: Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrators: Avery Caris, Tor Thom
Length: 8 hours, 14 minutes (291 pages)
Publisher: independent; Dreamscape Media
Release Date: December 13, 2020
Source: Library
Content Warnings: body shaming, medical content, pregnancy, toxic relationship, gaslighting


I have found rock bottom. It’s here, moving in with my older brother because I’m too broke to afford to live on my own. But that’s okay because we’ve always been close and I think I’m going to have fun living with him again.

That is until I meet Cooper…

Turns out, my brother has very strong opinions on the idea of me dating his best friend and is dead set against it. According to him, Cooper is everything I should stay away from: flirtatious, adventurous, non-committal, and freaking hot. (I added that last part because I feel like you need the whole picture.) My brother is right, though. I should stay away from Cooper James and his pretty blue eyes. He’s the opposite of what I need right now.

Nah—Who am I kidding? I’m going for him.

The Off Limits Rule is a laugh-out-loud, closed-door romance with sparkling chemistry that flies off the page.


What a fun, clean romance, full of all the cheesy humor I expect from Sarah Adams. I enjoyed this book a lot, but I didn’t love it quite as much as The Cheat Sheet.

I typically love a forbidden romance, but the trope doesn’t always work as well in contemporary fiction, and I just didn’t believe the obstacles to Lucy and Cooper’s relationship were that big a deal. Lucy’s brother needs to recognize that she is an adult and a mother perfectly capable of making her own decisions about who she dates without needing his approval!

I also didn’t love the male narrator for the audiobook, so I would recommend reading a physical or digital copy.


Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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