Sunday, September 17, 2017

ARC Review: Rule Breaker by Lily Morton

Rule BreakerFrom the blurb:

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?

Heather's rating:

I'm really conflicted about this one.

Most of my friends LOVED Rule Breaker, and I totally see where they are coming from. The snark and banter is worth 3+ stars alone, and I could easily see how someone could adore this book. Part of me adored this book! I couldn't put it down, and I read the majority of the story in one sitting.

While I would say that I liked/really liked Rule Breaker, I also had some major issues that knocked it down a couple of stars.

For one, the editing needed to be cleaner. That is a pet peeve of mine in self-publishing, and I noticed the errors a few times while reading.

But my main issue was that Gabe really treated Dylan like crap. I know he had his super special reasons, but he was really, really bad to Dylan, and I kept wanting Dylan to leave him and take a stand. However, I could get past Gabe being awful if Dylan had made him grovel and wait and suffer when Gabe got his act together... but he didn't. Dylan was a total doormat, and while he was a really fun character with lots of spunk most of the time, Gabe was just not deserving of him.

I also didn't quite get Gabe's split personality. If you are going to make a character a hard-ass, let him be a hard-ass. Gabe vacillated between being a total jerkweed and no-nonsense business man and a mush. I just didn't quite connect the two as part of the same person.

Though I was disappointed with Gabe and Dylan's relationship dynamic, I found the writing and the storyline to be really engaging. Like I said, I couldn't put it down, and I didn't quite want it to end.

For most readers, this will be a home run, but if you are sensitive to one-sided relationships, YMMV.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

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