Book: Rule Breaker
Publication Date: August 17, 2017
Length: 302 pages
Reviewed by Morningstar
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.
I love finding new authors. I love writing that flows and stories that are well paced and unfold in a way that I don’t think about it I live it. Where the emotions are in every word written, every paragraph anticipated, and every chapter read.
Lily Morton gave that to me. Gabe was not an easy man to love. In the beginning, he and Dylan had this great banter that you could see the sexual tension between them, maybe even a bit of friendship. But I never hated him. I understood him. The author gave every clue to the like he had for Dylan but also the broken man that he was. He never cheated on anyone, but it still hurt that he slept with others. I hurt for Dylan because he professed his crush on his boss numerous times. And once they “got together” he never had sex with anyone else. Yes, he hurt him in other ways, purposely, but it was his damaged, push everyone away, part of himself. Not who he truly was. It was the only him he allowed himself to be. To truly understand him you have to read this book.
I never saw Dylan as a doormat, as a few did, I saw him as a young man who loved deep and hard and wanted what he could get, so he stayed in a situation that he knew in the end who break him. He loved, but he didn’t put up with Gabe's crap. He called him out, he gave his sarcasm and snark, and he loved him if only in the secret place inside him that Gabe couldn’t see.
Jude was a great secondary character and best friend to Dylan. He was fierce and funny, and I really do hope that we see him again. Maybe with Henry? I can only hope. Fletcher was the ass he was supposed to be. He’s the “boyfriend” (Gabe’s) who hated the closeness that Dylan and Gabe had but only out of pure possessiveness, not true love. I loved Henry. His calm demeanor and absolute loyalty to Gabe, a friendship that wasn’t an easy one.
Unfortunately, I took away a small part of a star because he had one of my biggest pet peeves. Gabe bottoms but ONLY because he wants to show Dylan he trusts him and loves him. That to me is not a good reason. There is a myriad of ways an author could have a character show that and bottoming isn’t one of them. The man had a bad time the last time he tried when he was 17 but hey 20 plus years later he’s willing to give it a go. Which would be okay if it was just because he wanted to but sex is not a way to show those things, in my opinion. This doesn’t bother most people and like I said, it’s just a pet peeve of mine.
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