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I Belong


Review: Rule Breaker by Lora Leigh

Rule BreakerTitle: Rule Breaker

Author: Lora Leigh

Genre: Erotic Romance

Series: Breeds (Book #29)

Publication Date: February 4, 2014

Format: Paperback, 454 Pages

ISBN-10: 0515154024 (Berkley/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0515154023 (Berkley/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Steph

Synopsis:

Lion Breed and enforcer Rule Breaker has a few rules he doesn’t break. But having sex with a woman outside his own breed, even a human woman, is not one of them. Especially when it’s Gypsy, the party girl who’s determined to lead him on a merry chase. But she won’t be able to outrun the lion–or the man in hot pursuit.

What he suspects is mating heat may not be that at all. Just his animal instincts rioting, pacing, irritated whenever he’s away from her. What ensues is a fiery affair that breaks all the rules of mating heat and will eventually endanger his mate with the very rules designed to protect the Breeds–for she’s possibly been working against them…

Quick & Dirty: A traumatized woman meets a man who was equally traumatized in his past and has refused to accept a mate. Will they both be able to let go of their pasts in order to have a future together?

Opening Sentence: Gypsy stared at the file her Coyote abductors had possessed.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

When Gypsy Rum McQuade was 15, she saw her brother – who had been more like a father to her – killed before her very eyes. Believing herself responsible for his death, when she was old enough, Gypsy began working for a secret group that has sworn to protect the Breeds who need its help. She’s now 24, still working for The Unknown, and still carrying the guilt of her brother’s death on her shoulders.

Rule Breaker has never wanted a mate and has sworn to himself that he will run if he ever does come in contact with her. He’s become obsessed with Gypsy and is very relieved that neither of them shows signs of the Mating Heat, so he feels the coast is clear to pursue her. As their relationship becomes more and more involved, they will each have to let go of their traumatic pasts if they have any hope of working as a couple. Will they be able to do so, or is their relationship destined for failure?

I really struggled with coming up with a rating for this one. I think my true rating would probably be 2.5 stars because there is a lot I didn’t like. I was, however, interested in what was going on, and it made me curious about the rest of the series, so I rounded up to a 3.

I have not read the previous books in the series. I was lucky enough to find a synopsis of the overall story to this point, but even with that, I was confused. There is a lot going on here, and it’s very hard to keep track of. It doesn’t help that there are some editing issues, which repeatedly had me rereading sentences to double check what just happened. Suffice to say, this book is not for those new to the series!

It has to be said: the names in this book are just ridiculous. We have Rule Breaker, Gypsy Rum, her sister Kandy Sweet, and their parents Hansel and Greta. Anytime someone’s name was mentioned, it triggered eye rolling, and it just took me right out of the story.

There were also a couple scenes that made me uncomfortable in regards to the Mating Heat. I’m probably looking too much into it, but I did not like the idea that the Mating Heat makes it so you’re so turned on, you can’t say no even if you wanted to. There’s a scene where Rule has done something that greatly upsets Gypsy (and with good reason), but the next time they see each other, they can’t keep their hands off each other even though Gypsy is still hurting from what happened previously. It’s obvious they’re meant to be together and everything’s technically consensual, but there was just something about it that made me uncomfortable in a few scenes. Maybe I need to read the rest of the series to understand it better.

All of that aside though, I did like the characters and wanted them to find their happily ever after. The side characters present in the story made me want to know more about them by reading their stories. So, it would seem that Lora Leigh did well in igniting curiosity in me even though I wasn’t thrilled with many aspects of this particular book. I would say if you’ve made it this far in the series, you should probably read this one, but it could cause some eye rolling and confusion at certain times.

Notable Scene:

“Your parents will be here soon.” Jonas spoke from beside her once again. “My team has just loaded them into the heli-jet.”

They would be here soon.

They would be so angry with her.

Oh God, what if they didn’t let her go home? What if they didn’t even want her anymore?

“They’ll hate me. Momma and Daddy will never forgive me for this,” she told herself, unaware she was speaking aloud, that her words were breaking the heart of the new director of the Bureau of Breed Affairs. “They won’t even want me to come home now. How could they ever want to live with me after this?”

Where would she go?

She was only fifteen, and no one would want the girl who had helped Coyotes murder her brother. Because everyone loved Mark.

He was everyone’s best friend.

How could anyone ever love the awful person who had enabled those filthy animals to kill him?

“How could they ever want me to be home?” she whispered again, laying her head against the wall beside her and staring into the darkness once again.

Maybe if she was very, very still, if she tried hard enough, she could just disappear into that darkness and never have to exist ever again.

“I promise you, Gypsy, your parents won’t blame you,” he lied to her again. “But if that ever happens, I swear to you I’ll make sure you’re taken care of. Do you hear me, sweetheart? You have only to contact me, I’ll never desert you.”

She heard the words and he probably meant them. But he was so brave, and just like that Breed with those bright, bright blue eyes who had shot the Coyote, Grody, he was strong, and he knew how to protect everyone.

Even stupid, weak little girls who didn’t know how to stay home instead of risking everyone they loved.

She didn’t deserve his protection.

She didn’t deserve anyone’s protection.

Breeds Series:

1. Tempting the Beast

2. The Man Within

3. Elizabeth’s Wolf

4. Kiss of Heat

5. Soul Deep

6. The Breed Next Door

7. Megan’s Mark

8. Harmony’s Way

9. Tanner’s Scheme

10. Wolfe’s Hope

11. Jacob’s Faith

12. Aiden’s Charity

13. Beyond the Dark

14. Dawn’s Awakening

15. Shifter

16. Mercury’s War

17. The Magical Christmas Cat

18. Coyote’s Mate

19. Hot for the Holidays

20. Bengal’s Heart

21. Lion’s Heat

22. Styx’s Storm

23. Primal

24. Navarro’s Promise

25. An Inconvenient Mate

26. Lawe’s Justice

27. Stygian’s Honor

28. Enthralled

29. Rule Breaker

30. Bengal’s Quest

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FTC Advisory: Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of Rule Breaker. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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  1. Melanie Simmons @mlsimmonsNo Gravatar
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    I’ve yet to try this author. I’ve thought about it, but 29 books in the series is a little overwhelming.

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