RULES OF ENGAGEMENT by Tracy Cooper-Posey

Scandalous Scions. Book 8.0

Victorian Era Historical Romance Novel

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Rules of Engagement is the 8th volume in one of the best historical series I have ever read. Edge of my seat and heart in my mouth until that glorious HEA!


Just wow, at last these two get together in a most fascinating way.


Each book in this series leaves me with the thought “this one is by far the best one”; wrong again.


Cooper Posey takes us on an emotional rollercoaster ride. You MUST read this book and take the ride along with those of us that have read it.


This is an incredibly big series but it still amazes me how fresh it remains. You rock Tracy, can’t wait for the next one!


This series is so special that you must read it from the beginning to get the full effect of the love everyone has in this family for each other.


SO worth the wait!!!  As always, Tracy delivers an AMAZING story!


Cian is the perfect gentleman. He is my new book boyfriend!


This book is a wonderful addition to this series. I cried happy tears…insulted Eleanor’s uncle…so many emotions… I loved it.


I could not put this down. I cried for these two. I didn’t think that anything would go right for them.


This was such a great book. So very well written, drawing out so many emotions from me. I found myself crying at some points because Tracy is just that good.


Warning: have the tissues handy…especially around the 80% mark. Love, love love! This is by far my favorite historical romance series.


This book actually made me want to swoon at the end!!


Tracy Cooper-Posey never fails to deliver! She brings historical romance to a new level with Scandalous Scions overall but even more so with Rules of Engagement.


There is such richness of plot, scenes, characters, and emotions that the reader can become totally immersed in the story Ellie and Cian.


What a truly beautiful story of love that overcomes the greatest tragedies. The author has made me a fan of the genre, and I intend to read every one of this series, which I had not prior to this one.


I’m not ashamed to say I cried, not just once. Wish that I could’ve joined that wonderful family.

They loved each other before she died. Now she can’t remember why.

Lady Eleanore Neville, sister to the Duke of Gainford, was thought to have been lost at sea. Miraculously, she was rescued, only now her life is empty of meaning. She reaches for steadily more risqué entertainment and company in an effort to find it.

Cian, Earl of Innesford and the head of the Williams family, whom the Nevilles openly despise, has loved Eleanore for years. He hovers on the edge of Eleanore’s life, helping the Duke curtail the worst of Eleanore’s excesses, despite knowing there is no hope of his beloved Ellie ever truly being his.

The delicate balance begins to unravel when Cian discovers a nude portrait of Eleanore in a public gallery and is forced to act…

Rules of Engagement is the eighth book in the Scandalous Scions series, bringing together the members of three great families, to love and play under the gaze of the Victorian era’s moralistic, straight-laced society.

Reader Advisory: This story contains frank sex scenes and sexual language.

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 by Cyndi Lamascola
My favorite

I Just finished Rules of Engagement. This one was my favorite in the series. No wait...!. I have said that after finishing each book in Tracy Cooper-Posey's Scandalous Scions series! I just can't chose. Each one is as good as the first. Get them all!!!

 by Joyce cole

Tracey I have just finished rules of engagement, what a fabulous writer you are, looking forward to the next one. Wishing you and yours a happy new year.

 by IngSav
Edge of my seat and heart in my mouth until that glorious HEA!

It was delightful getting to know these strong and worldly characters. Tracy Cooper-Posey has a writing style that is succinct and yet you are drawn to the personalities and their gradually revealed revelations.

They didn’t NEED each other but they had a strong bond and an understanding of each other’s quirks and foibles that make each of them a supportive friend.

The heat and sexual chemistry between these characters builds from still waters, to slow simmer and then on to steamy conflagration in a very believable is Victorian times after all and the sexual simmer that boils over behind closed doors is a delicious contrast to public appearances!

As is typical of Victorian times the circumstances of others’ wishes and pressure from family had more to do with their relationship stand off than their own wishes. The story moves through the unfolding circumstances of their ongoing stalled relationship without unnecessary dramatics and yet we are drawn in, trying to figure out how there can possibly be a happy ending!

Surprises and unexpected revelations make the whole novel an interesting and delightful addition to the Scandalous Scions series.

I highly recommend each and every one of the books in this series and take great delight in revisiting family from the previous novels throughout each additional novel.

 by Glenys
Rules of engagement

Just wow, at last these two get together in a most fascinating way, each book in this series is a compelling read, and what I love about the series is each story is complete, but still leaves you wondering and expecting what’s next.

 by Dina Bushrod
An emotional story of love and how and why rules must sometimes be broken

Each book in this series leaves me with the thought "this one is by far the best one"; wrong again. The author has given us such a strong emotional story of loss by death but brought back by sheer will of strength. I will not give spoilers for I feel that would be an injustice to you, the reader. I want you to feel the despair of loss and the discovery of helpless joy and longing. You will meet characters of such strength that they believe there is no choice but to be honorable to the past. But first one of them must live life at it's fullest in order to feel "alive". Patience, protectiveness, hidden love, all this you'll read. Then "the family" will show love matters more than anything else, but our characters must also believe this. Towards the end I felt great joy, then just one chapter away I was filled with tears and sadness at choices made because of "doing the honorable thing". Tracy Cooper Posey takes us on an emotional rollercoaster ride. You MUST read this book and take the ride along with those of us that have read it. The best book in the series, or is it? Well for me, I'll know when I read the next one.

 by Beatriz
A sea trip... and more

Rules of engagement is the 8th instalment in the Scandalous Scions series.This is the story of Eleanore and Cian. They've known each other for years but Eleanore lose her memories in an accident. This is the story of how two soulmates rencountered each other despite the adversities because, you know, love conquers all 😉

What I liked as well as this is a wonderfully crafted story is the fact of being able to catching up with the rest of the big family and how they've grown in their own way. This is an incredibly big series but it still amazes me how fresh it remains. You rock Tracy, can't wait for the next one!

 by Kathi Soniat
The Power of Hope – Exceptional Story!!

Lady Eleanore and Cian are in love; until she is presumed lost at sea. She is rescued, but has lost all memory of Cian. As she has been betrothed since the age of three, and her family hates Cian’s family she does not allow a rekindling of their relationship. She does however search for meaning in some rather “unladylike” pursuits.

Cian continues to keep an eye on Eleanore and works to mitigate the impacts of Eleanore’s exploits. A debilitating fear, an unwelcome suitor and “worse” all bring Eleanore closer to Cian. When she spends time with his unusual family; they accept her as she is, and welcome her special skills in cricket and embrace her connection to Cian.

Family and society expectations play a bigger role than ever in this splendid story of remaining steadfast as long as there is any hope alive. The reader feels as though they are a part of this outstanding family in the Victorian era as they are immersed in this romantic story.

 by Audrey Cienki
Rules of Engagement - Great Story

I just love Tracy’s exactitude when writing historical novels. The settings, customs, clothes and even actual events bring this story (and her others) to life.

The characters themselves are well thought out and their actions are consistent with their character. I found myself emphasizing with Eleanore and Cian’s predicament. And what a great resolution to their story!

 by Heather Baxter

This was another one of those brilliant reads you just can't wait to get to the end of. It's unbelievable to try & imagine how people had to live in times where they thought honour was the done thing to live by, but so rarely followed. Love also took its course very slowly over pen & paper then the eventual meet & it was a bang! Not like today's standards.

Then when you have what we should call the blaggards of the day who tried to ruin things for the lovers & the family behind them. I was so glad they weren't in it for too long I'd have got too angry too soon to be able to read on.

At least her brother came up trump's before having his misfortune come about him.

A real enjoyment to read Tracy, thanks for another great book.

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