Sunday, October 9, 2016

Book Review: Breaking His Rules by R.C. Matthews

When I landed the best bartending job in downtown Chicago, the rules were as clear as the Grey Goose martini I mixed for him. Don’t sleep with the patrons. I had no problem with that. Money didn’t impress me. But Damon Baxter’s eyes did. Midnight blue, just like the name of his nightclub. The way they undressed me made me consider risking the most sought after job in the service industry. Nailing the position had been hard. Obeying the rules? Even harder.

Good thing I like it hard. I was never one for following orders. For one night with him, I would have sold my soul to the devil. And that’s exactly what I did. Let me tell you, hell in the company of Damon Baxter was blissfully hot. I offered him a single night of pleasure, but when he demanded another in that deep and sexy whisper, what could I say? He was my boss, and I always aimed to please…when it pleased me.

He didn’t care that I broke his rules. But was I ready to break my own?


It's no secret that I don't read many novellas. There's really no massive reason other than I like a full book, you know? I don't want to just get a taste of something and then have to buy 76 other novellas so that I get the whole story. I guess maybe the issue is that I'm cheap, right? Well, whatever the reason, I don't read them very often. Actually, I didn't know that this was a novella when I picked it on NetGalley. 

All of that being said, this really didn't read like a novella. It was a super intricate and very much complete, story. Which kind of took me by surprise. I wasn't expecting that in the least. I was totally surprised when I started to write this review and I realized it was only 146 pages. That's a good thing! So much detail in so few pages. That's something to be proud of. 

I liked the main characters (Damon and Samantha) but I don't think that the first interaction that they had together in the book did them any justice. So Sam is a bartender and Damon owns the place she works and I'll just say that the first scene with them was bordering on raunchy. I don't know if I'm becoming a prude in my old age of 36 or what but damn. I totally worked at the wrong places when I was Sam's age. Anyway ... that whole scene just cheapened them. Maybe it's because then they both fell into the dreaded INSTA-LUST. Geez. I think that this is the kiss of death for some books. I just don't see it as being realistic and it's not that books need to be totally realistic all of the time but they need to be at least a tiny bit plausible especially when it's a romance novel. But that's just me. Personally, I'd rather read a book about a love story that is within the realm of possibility. 

The characters were just okay but the storyline was actually pretty interesting. I liked where it was going and even though it was overly dramatic at times, it was good. The drama stuff came back to the characters again ... they would blow stuff out of proportion, especially Samantha. That was a bit irritating and made me start to lose interest. 

So not a BAD book, it kept me entertained for a few hours but it's just not something that I'll be rereading, I don't think. Too bad because some of these scenes and situations in the book were pretty good.

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

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