Rule Breaker

4.5 Stars

Alright, let’s be real… anyone else think they were getting the typical light hearted, funny, hot for your boss office romance? *Raises hand* That’s what I thought when I decided to give it a go. I was all geared up to be smiling like a cheeseball and getting my fill of hot office sex with the window door desk getting notable mention(s).

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This had a Fifty Shades feel to it but less Red Room of Pain and more hot and rich mercurial bastard that knows how to wield a Fleshlight. Gabe. *wipes drool* I wanted to throttle him for most of the book. But when he was brought to his knees by the very thing he spent his whole life avoiding…Puddle. Of. Goo.

I’m a big fan of the boss-employee office romance. There is just something about them that hooks me every time. In my professional world, 99% of my bosses were women and 99% of the staff under me were women. Clearly, I’m a fan of the peen and since my offices seemed to be releasing testosterone repellent through the air ducts, I never got to have the hot male boss experience. *sad face*

Very early on we are treated to an extremely snarky relationship between Gabe(boss) and Dylan(assistant). They communicated with dry wit, sarcasm and a side of crude which was also funny AF. As the blurb says, they have a platonic relationship until they don’t. I wasn’t prepared for how Gabe was written and the incident that brought their attraction out in the open. I don’t want to give the incident away but I will say that Gabe lives his bachelor life to the fullest and I had a completely different mental image of him until that scene. Both MCs were so oblivious as to how the other felt for much of the book but yet were so electric together. My heart hurt at their cluelessness and the situations, actions, and words they spoke as they tried to keep on going with the status quo.

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Gabe’s past isn’t for the faint-hearted and it fills in the holes as to why he is the way he is. Although their “relationship” started off as casual, it quickly grew and felt like more. Dylan did his best to hold on and try to keep his heart from completely shattering. Gabe’s hot but I loved Dylan and his backbone of steel. He loved Gabe and was partially blinded by sex. However, when the other shoe dropped and shit hit the fan, Dylan was done (warning: separation period). Not gonna lie, there were some WTF moments that you just have push through. I also appreciated the journey they took after everything went wrong. Heartbreak is never easy and many times in romance, MCs are quick to forgive. This was a hard-fought HEA-war filled with many ugly battles that had to be won before they could taste the sweet victory of togetherness.

I really enjoyed this book. The depth of the characters and the circumstances they had to work through set this apart from many other office romances. It kept my attention and for about half the book, I truly couldn’t fathom how they would finally get together. It had steamy sex and the chemistry was off the charts. Seriously. Hot AF.

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If you like office romances, characters with depth, and detailed epilogues, you’ll be a happy camper. Definitely recommended.

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