Thursday, February 8, 2018

Review: Rule Breaker by Lily Morton

Rule Breaker
by Lily Morton
Release Date: August 17, 2017
Genre: M/M Romance

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.

Wow! What a fucking mess of epic proportion, but at least it was worth it.

Rule Breaker has the most cliche trope, boss/assistant, who hate/lust each other. Gabe is the said asshole bossman from hell, while Dylan is the assistant who worked for him for two long torturous year. Told entirely from Dylan's POV, this book started out like a romcom. He was busy plotting his boss murder, while secretly lusting after him. 

Although I love the humor and to be honest, there are plenty of snort worthy one liner by both Dylan and Gabe, there was a sad undertone to Dylan's narration. Reading about his unrequited love get a bit too much sometime. Gabe even had a model boyfriend that love rubbing it on Dylan's misery. My sympathy is with Dylan, but at the same time, this man is a tough cookie. He is a very opinionated and strong character despite his weakness for Gabe.

There was a lot of push/pull and warm/cold attitude from Gabe that drove me nuts. This is a man with so much baggage that one look at him, everyone seems to know he is damaged goods beside Dylan himself. When Gabe and Dylan finally gave in to their sexual attraction, things were heating up nicely between the sheets. However, throughout the entirety of Dylan's narration, he was predicting doomsday ahead and I braced myself for the impact.

Things get really ugly towards the second half with so much drama and angst. It had been a long time since I was embroiled in such an angst ridden scene as I usually avoided them like a plague. But an angry Dylan was a sight to behold and the drama was definitely having my full attention. I can't wait to see how will Gabe grovel his way back to Dylan's good grace and I enjoy a good grovel. Beg if you have to, Gabe.

What really sealed my love for the book was the epilogue. It was longish and I thoroughly enjoy it. It really showcased how Gabe and Dylan's life move on towards their happily ever after. Gabe want to tell us that thing isn't perfect, but he is willing to embrace change with Dylan by his side and that actually brought tears to my eyes to see his growth as a man who knew how to love and be love in return.