Title: Changing the Rules
Author: Catherine Bybee
Release Date: March 23, 2021
Genre: Romantic Suspence
As an employee of MacBain Security and Solutions, Claire
Kelly can certainly hold her own. Armed with an impressive set of covert
skills, she’s more than prepared to tackle any job that comes her way…except
one involving Cooper Lockman.
Cooper and Claire used to work together before his feelings
for her sent him packing to Europe for six long years. But now he’s back and
determined to ignore the still-smoldering heat that lingers between them.
Their current mission: go undercover together at a
California high school to root out the mastermind behind a prostitution ring
targeting young girls. The closer they get to the truth and the closer they get
to each other, however, the deadlier their task becomes. As Claire and Cooper
risk their lives to bring down their target, will their hearts be the final
My Thoughts…I am a fan of Catherine Bybee. When I heard she started a new series, a
romantic suspense series, I knew that I would be reading it. I enjoyed that the story was realistic in
that prostitution of children is something that is happening in Any Town
USA. The topic is not something most
people discuss but it is in the news weekly.
Catherine Bybee did a great job in not covering over the hard facts and
making her story pretty but she in telling the truth of living the life and the
horrible people who forced children into the life.
The sparks between Cooper and Claire made the story fun to
read. I liked how they circled, teased,
flirted, and enjoyed each other. The way
that Neil made sure Cooper behaved had me smiling, the friends that encouraged
the two of them had me envious, and the work they did had me thinking of them
Changing the Rules is a quick and fun book. I read it in just a couple days and already
have told my friends that they should buy their own copies.
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Excerpt from Changing the Rules by Catherine Bybee
Claire collapsed onto the living room sofa the second she
walked in the door. Not only had she suffered a headache the entire day, Cooper
ran her like a trainer working an Iron Man competitor.
“That sounds like a bad day,” Jax said as she walked around
the corner of the kitchen.
“You don’t want to know.”
Claire flung an arm over her eyes to block out the
She heard Jax walk in the room and then exhale as she sat
down. “You’re right. I don’t give a crap what happened in school, unless it
involved Cooper. What I want is the details of last night after I got out of
Before Cooper picked them up, Claire and Jax had agreed that
Jax would give them a few minutes to have a private conversation. Now Claire
regretted that plan.
“The long story, or the short story?” Claire asked.
“Whatever one you want to deliver.”
Claire’s arms slid off her head, and she pushed herself into
a sitting position.
“Cooper has a thing for me.”
Jax sat silent, blinked a few times. “Okay, and?”
“What do you mean, ‘okay, and?’”
“Sorry, Claire, but that’s obvious. I think you’d have to be
an idiot to not see it. Even the guys on the team see it.”
“What? Are they talking about—”
Jax stopped her with a shake of the head. “Of course not.
But you can tell by how they look at the two of you that they know there’s an
Claire pointed to her chest. “I’m not doing anything, it’s
“Maybe it’s more him.”
She kept shaking her head. “No, it’s all him. I’m not
“You flirt with him all the time.”
“I do not,” Claire huffed.
One look from Jax and she rescinded her statement. “Okay, we
banter. But it’s always been like that. I have the pool stick, he makes some
kind of phallic joke. It’s banter. Not flirting.”
Jax sat back, crossed her arms over her chest. Claire
couldn’t believe her best friend was calling her out. “We’re friends. And last
night he ruined that by telling me he’s had a thing for me since we met. Told
me he left sunny California for dreary London because I was too young and naive
to handle him when I first got here.”
Jax narrowed her eyes. “Is that really how he said
Claire’s headache was coming back. “No. He said I was a
Claire stood up from the couch, started for the kitchen. “He
kept repeating that I was eighteen back then.”
Jax followed behind. “Which is true.”
Claire yanked open the fridge, pulled out a beer. “Whose
side are you on?”
“Yours. Always. But I just don’t see where all the fire is
about this. Cooper owns up to the flirting comments and puppy-dog looks he
gives you, and you’re pissed because he walked away six years ago.”
Like picking a lock, the pieces slid into place and finally
started to click. “But he’s my friend.”
“Trying to say you’ve never thought of him as more?”
“No.” Her denial was quick.
Jax started to smile. “You’ve never checked out his ass? The
guy can fill out a pair of jeans.”
Some of the anger she’d harbored all day eased. “That’s
“And that smile. When he’s belly laughing he has the tiniest
Claire closed her eyes, pictured his smile. She hadn’t
noticed the dimples, but now that she thought about it . . . She opened her
eyes to find Jax staring at her.
“Sounds like you have a thing for him,” Claire said.
“Wouldn’t matter if I did, and I don’t, by the way, but it
wouldn’t matter. The guy can’t stop looking at you.”
“God, what am I going to do with him?”
“I don’t think you have to do anything. It’s not like
he asked you out and you said no and now it’s awkward.”
“You’re right. It’s worse than that.”
“You’re overthinking it.” Jax pushed off the counter. “You
know what, let’s gussy up a little and hit a proper happy hour. We’ll talk in
German and pretend we don’t speak English and shamelessly flirt.”
Claire abandoned her beer. “Now that is exactly what I need
to do and get my mind off of boys.”
About the Author
New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today
bestselling author Catherine Bybee has written twenty-eight books that have
collectively sold more than five million copies and have been translated into
more than eighteen languages. Raised in Washington State, Bybee moved to
Southern California in the hope of becoming a movie star. After growing bored
with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse,
spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time
and has penned the Not Quite Series, the Weekday Brides Series, the Most Likely
To Series, and the First Wives Series.
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