Friday, August 25, 2017

Review: Rule Breaker by Lily Morton

rule breakerTitle ~ Rule Breaker

Author ~ Lily Morton 

Published ~ 17th August 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Romantic Comedy





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.


Freya’s Review

In many ways, this story is your classic Boss/Employee scenario. To all in the firm, Gabe is a cold-hearted bastard. Dylan is the dutiful assistant who, every chance he gets, plots different ways to murder his boss. That is until he sees a different side to the totally gorgeous, yet lethal, Adonis.

OMG, the story starts with sarcasm.

“Do you have the Houghton file to hand, or should I tell Mr Houghton that I’ll be activating my crystal ball today?”

I love this sort of thing in stories. Gabe, however, doesn’t have the monopoly on snark. Dylan is one of the few who gives as good as he gets.

“Just thinking what’s next in your diary today. I can’t work out whether you’ve got kicking abandoned puppies, or the appointment to send small, orphaned children up the chimneys.”

With this kind of start – I was hooked and couldn’t wait to read more. This doesn’t mean the story is devoid of plot or emotion. Quite the opposite. It is a classic plot; the type you know someone or something is going to fall hard with hearts broken and the full nine yards. It didn’t disappoint. I found some scenes delightfully original, others not – you’ll have to read to find out which ones. All of it was entertaining.

As Dylan is telling the story, it’s not dictionary perfect. What this brings to the tale is believability. Set in the UK, this is dry British humour at some if its best. Though, how the background stories and other information is transmitted isn’t exactly subtle. As soon as the opportunity arises, there’s an information dump.

Dylan melts the minute Gabe shows signs of vulnerability, especially when he realises he’s a man that needs caring for. Events ensure that the lines between employer and employee are blurred, then followed by realisation and ice filled days. Gabe is intense, and he wants Dylan, but, unlike Dylan, the last thing he ever wanted was a serious relationship and for someone to say, boyfriend. But life suggests we don’t always get what we want.

At the start of each chapter, there is an amusing message between Dylan and Gabe. However, they are occasionally confusing as they don’t always have significant relevance to the part of the story that follows. Oh, and there are film and TV references that span a decade or two. So, if you remember Stig Of The Dump, you’ll do fine. If not, you may need Google to hand.

From sappy times to drama filled ones, Rule Breaker is a story that gave my emotions a workout, let alone the characters. Snark is used as a form of foreplay, diversion, derision and to hide the gaping holes in hearts. I loved the phrase “Emotional hibernation” – it embodies Gabe’s personality, so just imagine the nuclear fallout when he’s dragged out from the deep sleep. I found the story addictive, and I couldn’t stop reading.

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Connect with Lily Morton

Lily writes contemporary romance novels, and specialises in hot love stories with a good dose of humour.

Lily lives in sunny England with her husband and two children, all of whom claim that they haven’t had a proper conversation with her since she bought her first Kindle.

She has spent her life with her head full of daydreams and decided one day to just sit down and start writing about them. In the process she discovered that she actually loved writing, because how else could she get to spend her time with hot, funny men!

She loves chocolate and Baileys and the best of all creations – chocolate Baileys! Her lifetime’s ambition is to have a bath in peace without being shouted by one of her family.



1 comment:

  1. Absolutely loved Gabe and Dylan. The tension yet love in their relationship was a perfect balance that meant I could not put this book down. A must read!