Rules And Roses – Book Review

Official Book Cover

“How can you
want to know a prostitute” she asked.

“I’m a call girl, ashawo. I sleep with men for money. You seem to not get it. You’re
extremely hot and obviously rich. You can get any woman you
want.” She continued.

“And that’s exactly what I’m doing” he
responded, looking at her.


Rules and Roses is a bittersweet romantic debut novel by Pookie Sho. This book takes us on a painful journey with Leya, a rose whose life experiences has her covered by thorns. Rules and Roses, teaches how the conquering power of love can overpower societal rules, and that irrespective of the storms and thorns, a rose is still the most beautiful of flowers.

“It is a risk to love. What if it doesn’t work out? Ah, but
what if it does” – Peter McWilliams

Book Review

I was really excited when I got wind of this book, one of the reasons is because it’s a debut novel and secondly because of the book cover, I was like yasssssss11111 The book cover is a 100% for me

It’s amazing that authors now put a lot of efforts into their book covers. The book content is very important but your book cover is also a very important marketing strategy. The book cover drew me in, I wanted to eat up the book before reading it. The image clearly resonates with the title of the book.

The book title has a sing-song attribute, I can write a rap with that title and more importantly it is very significant and connects a lot of dots when you read the book.

It was set in modern-day Nigeria and addresses some socetal issues that are still very relevant in today’s world.

Leya(the book’s heroine) is a prostitute who meets and falls in love with Jay, a rich business tycoon.

Although they first meet under very funny circumstances, they soon develop a warm friendship which leads to love. But can their love conquer societal rules and pressures?

This book questions your moral compass and asks you to try on the shoes of the person you judge,.

It might seem like a typical Nigerian version of Pretty Woman but this book treats issues beyond the romantic sphere. We have issues like child abuse, tribalism, and faith.

My favorite character is Bunmi, she reminds us of the importance of friendship and loyalty. She’s a person with the gift of action, she doesn’t let the past hold her mantra should be “Just Do It”.

This book is proudly rated 18+ because there are some spicy scenes which suits the cold weather perfectly.

My favorite quote from this book was from Leya, it made me laugh so hard, I could just imagine her dishing out rules to Jay when it was clearly a misunderstanding.

“I don’t give head, I don’t do threesomes, don’t
touch my vagina, just do your thing and finish, I don’t kiss on
the lips, no kinky rubbish, no golden showers and don’t come
and be pressing my breast like you want to bake bread.”

This book should definitely be turned into a Nollywood movie, it would be an absolute delight to watch it come to live.

Overall, I will give this book a 4/5 star rating.

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Pookie Sho is the pseudonym for Tina Shodimu nee Mensa.

She spent her early and secondary education growing up in Northern and Southern Nigeria before moving to a boarding school in Ghana to finish her senior high school.

She has a BA in Psychology and an MA in HRM at Middlesex University London. She currently lives in London with her husband and two sons.

Rules and Roses is her debut novel.