Sunday, September 3, 2017

Book Review: Rule Breaker by Lily Morton

Rule Breaker
Is it really wrong to want to murder your boss?

Dylan has worked for Gabe for two years. Two long years of sarcastic comments. Two long years of insults, and having to redo the coffee pot four times in the mornings to meet his exacting standards.

Not surprisingly he has devoted a lot of time to increasingly inventive ways to murder Gabe. From stabbing him with a cake fork, to garrotting him with his expensive tie, Dylan has thought of everything.

However, a chance encounter opens his eyes to the attraction that has always lain between them, concealed by the layers of antipathy. There are only two problems - Gabe is still a bastard, and he makes wedding planners look like hardened pessimists.

But what happens when Dylan starts to see the real Gabe? What happens when he starts to fall in love with the warm, wary man that he sees glimpses of as the days pass?

Because Gabe is still the same commitment shy, cold man that he’s always been, or is he? Has Dylan had the same effect on Gabe, and has his solid gold rule of no commitment finally been broken? With his heart taken Dylan desperately needs to know, but will he get hurt trying to find the answers?

From the author of ‘The Summer of Us’ comes another scorchingly hot romantic comedy, showing what happens between two men when rules get broken.

Jewel's rating:

​I love stories with broken MC's that really get put through the wringer on their way to their 'come to Jesus' moment, and Gabe Foster is broken. ​When my friend Renee recommended this book to me, she said it was the best office romance she had read since The Law of Attraction, and I have to agree. Gabe and Dylan burned up my Kindle while still giving me an actual story I could feel. And the feelz were spectacular.​ As was the banter. I'm a sucker for snarky banter, and Rule Breaker delivered in spades.

Once I started reading ​​Rule Breaker, I was hard pressed to put it down. I was riveted. It was clear, to me, from the beginning, that Gabe wasn't nearly the detached person he insisted he was. Sure, with his previous lovers he didn't have any trouble keeping an emotional distance -- and that is because he chose vacuous wastes of oxygen for that very reason. If he didn't like them, then there really ​was no danger of falling for them.

Dylan Mitchell was the perfect foil for Gabe. Dylan spoke his mind and no matter what crap Gabe threw at him, Dylan could hold his own. But Dylan was also good for Gabe. Good, because he showed Gabe that he did deserve love and that life could be more than he ever thought it could be​, if he would only take the chance.​

These two men, with vastly different backgrounds and experiences were simply perfect for each other. It was not an easy road, though, and before they find their happy, they take a stroll through the parks of ​the ​Hell​ of their own making​.

Rule Breaker was really well done. Even when Gabe was being a bastard -- and that is something that he could really excel at -- I felt for him. I liked him. And all too often, I can't identify with characters like him, so I was pretty happy ​with how he was written. Even when I wanted to smack him for being such an idiot​, I still wanted to hug him because he was so scared​.​ Scared to let go. Scared to trust.​ Scared to love.

Not that Dylan was blameless, or anything. There's an old adage about going into a relationship hoping to change the other person -- that never really works and is a recipe for disaster. ​And that's what happened in their relationship. Gabe wasn't going to change until ​ he recognized and initiated the change.

I loved the resolution, too. Gabe gave ​really ​good grovel and I was utterly convinced that he meant business and that he was ready to really be in a relationship. ​The epilogue, 8 months later, was sappy as hell, and I loved it anyway.​ I was just so happy to see them both happy and settled.

Rule Breaker is the first book I've read by this author, but I'll definitely be coming back for more.

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