Thursday 1 August 2013

Breaking the Rules by HB Heinzer - Review and Giveaway

© Janeane ARC received for honest review


Growing up in small town Wisconsin, Carly Turner couldn't wait to escape when she graduated high school. Now, she's living the life in New York City, even if she isn't seeing her name in lights like she used to dream about at night. She's living paycheck-to-paycheck, working behind the scenes in small theaters off Broadway. When there's an equipment malfunction the week before opening night, Carly makes a call that winds up changing everything.

Life in the city isn't all it's cracked up to be. While she feels like she's getting closer to making the move from behind the scenes to center stage, she misses being surrounded by people who understand the quirks that come from living in a town of five thousand people. That, and the fact that he's sexy as sin, make Adam everything she feels like she's missing.

The only problem? He's her best friend's kid brother...

Adam Sanders wants to settle down, find a good woman and start a family like he sees so many of his friends doing. But how is he supposed to meet Ms. Right when he's constantly on the road for work? When he's sent to New York to handle a repair that would typically be contracted out as a favor to his boss, he's just about to his breaking point.

Everything changes when the stagehand sent to open the theater for him is none other than his big sister's childhood friend. The same girl he lusted after as a teenager. Could this be fate's way of showing him that he was looking in the wrong place for love?

As Adam and Carly's friendship develops, lines will be crossed and rules will be broken. Will they be able to come out the other side without destroying everything they had back in Brooklyn?

The storyline of Breaking The Rules runs parallel to Bent (Julia and Micah's story), and it is good to get more of the background of their story and relationship.

Carly and Julia were best friends in highschool, and were the two girls in their class who couldn't wait to leave small town Wisconsin for bigger and better things.  Adam is Julia's annoying younger brother who has always had a thing for Carly.

A chance encounter brings them together, and from their friendship grows something stronger than either of them ever thought.

What I like about HB Heinzer's characters is that they are not perfect, they have their flaws.  Carly is damaged, thinks she is not enough for Adam.  Adam is not the "alpha" that we get in so many other books these days - not saying he isn't hot - he is - but he is not the super perfect guy.  He has is kookier side (turning up dressed to impress, wearing green Chucks!)

I laughed, I teared up, I got frustrated beyond all belief (hello, these people are in their 30's, why were they so worried about another 30 year old's feelings when it was coming between them grr grr!!)

Can Carly and Adam overcome the hurdles and have their HEA?  
You will have to read it to find out!!! 

I enjoyed this more than I did Bent, and I look forward to more in the Back to Brooklyn series


Meet the Author:
With the exception of three years spent in the middle of Nebraska, H.B. Heinzer has called southern Wisconsin home. During that time in Nebraska, she imagined one of her favorite authors living on the far western edge of the county, just south of the highway. At the time, becoming a novelist was a distant dream for her. Now, she is the author living in that location. Ironically, she later found out that same favorite author lives just outside the town HB lived in for the first eighteen years of her life.
Now, HB lives in the middle of nowhere but still close enough to the city to not feel isolated. It's the perfect place to let her two kids run and explore their huge yard, teach them about the food chain as they prepare their first-ever garden and debate building a chicken coop. It's one of those dreams that is only possible thanks to the amazing opportunities that have come through writing.


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