Monday, January 11, 2016

Review: Rule Breaker by Lily Harlem

Book coverRule Breaker by Lily Harlem
Purchase link: Amazon

My rating: star star star star

Heat rating: Flame  Flame  Flame  Flame  Flame

Locks, keys and prison bars can’t contain a love that’s meant to roam wild and free, but when that love is let loose, will Lacey be able to handle what’s heading her way?

Rules are meant to protect the innocent and keep danger at bay—except for me. The lines blur, and it all started when I met the ultimate bad boy. But is he? Miller Davenport might be big, bad and brimming with sin but he’s confessed his crimes and for ten years he’s served his time and walked the line.

Everyone deserves a second chance, right? And as his nurse—the one person who understands him—I can’t help but count the days till we can be together properly, without guards watching over us and without every look and word we share censored.

When that day comes, though, will our desire for each other explode and take me to the new heights he’s promised? And if so, how will I survive such intensity?

One thing is for sure. With Miller I’ll be whisked up in a whirlwind of his dark energy and a tornado of his lust, and likely taken to the very edge of what I can handle. I can’t help a few nerves, though, as release day approaches, because if it all comes crashing down, who can I depend on when I’ve ridden into the sunset with a man who’s broken all the rules? Will I be saved or will I have pushed everyone and everything too far?

Unlike my friend Bambi, I've never been one for bad boys, and Miller is the ultimate bad boy, being an ex-con and a supposedly reformed bad boy. When we meet him, he's not even an "ex", he's still a convicted criminal though about to be let out after ten years in jail. I really didn't know how I'd feel about him or this story.

Let's start with the fact that this is written by Lily Harlem, one of my all time favorite erotic romance writers. I'll pretty much read anything she writes so this has been on my to read list for ages. It's crazy sexy hot and it starts out with some serious sexy shenanigans and just keeps going. The sexy doesn't let up and it's classic Lily Harlem but it does surprise me with the relationship between Lacey and Shay.

Lacey. There's a lady who confused the heck out of me. This is because Lily has thrown in a rather interesting love triangle between her and Shay, and later on adding Miller to the mix. There's lots of sexy times going on between Lacey and Shay, and Lacey and Miller. I had a difficult time reconciling to the fact that this is not your traditional romance with one guy and one girl, but then again, Lily is anything but traditional in the relationships she writes. It all adds to the spice of things. Even by the time I got to the end of the book, I couldn't make up my mind about Lacey. Did I like her? Can I condone her actions? Do I agree with her? I don't know. For all of my confusion, Lacey is a lady who marches to the beat of her own drum. She has her own distinct set of morals and she's clear in her own heart and mind of what is right and what is wrong. She's kind, caring, forgiving and big on second chances. She has a heart big enough to love two men though very differently. I found her somewhat naive at some points of the story, but I also understand the heart wants what it wants and for Lacey, her heart wanted Miller, for all he was an ex-con. She had a heart big enough to forgive and I admire her for that.

As for Miller, he's a bit of a conundrum, isn't he? Found guilty (and he was guilty!) of a crime and incarcerated for ten years. Once out, things get a little shady and some things are questionable though as a reader I'm kept mostly in the dark with it until it all comes to a head. Miller is in love with Lacey, and it's clear he's doing his best to walk the straight and narrow for her, but sometimes, you can't help who you're around and the influences they have on you. They can lead you astray. At the end of it, Miller really was reformed and I'm very glad for it. The whole bad boy gone good works and let's face it, he's sexy as all heck, so it's not hard to love him.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story even though I'm still not sure how I feel about bad boys in general. I've always been a good guy kind of girl but maybe if more bad boys were like Miller, I could get on board with it. :-)

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About the author

auLily Harlem lives in the UK and is an award-winning, multi-published author of contemporary erotic romance. She writes for publishers on both sides of the Atlantic including HarperCollins, Totally Bound, Xcite, Ellora’s Cave and Sweetmeats Press. Her Hot Ice series regularly receives high praise and industry nominations.

Before turning her hand to writing Lily Harlem worked as a trauma nurse and her latest HarperCollins release, Confessions of a Naughty Night Nurse, draws on her many experiences while nursing in London. Lily also self-publishes and The Silk Tie, The Glass Knot,  In Expert Hands and Scored have been blessed with many 5* reviews since their release.

Lily writes MF, MM and ménage a trois, her books regularly hit the #1 spot on Amazon Best Seller lists and Breathe You In was named a USA Today Reviewer’s Recommended Read of 2014. Her latest MM novel is Dark Warrior.

Lily also co-authors with Natalie Dae and publishes under the name Harlem Dae - check out the Sexy as Hell Box Set available exclusively on Amazon - The Novice, The Player and The Vixen - and That Filthy Book which has been hailed as a novel 'every woman should read'.

One thing you can be sure of, whatever book you pick up by Ms Harlem, is it will be wildly romantic and down-and-dirty sexy. Enjoy!

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  1. Oooh Oooh Oooh - I am excited to read this one.

    1. You do! You'll love Miller. He's your typical bad boy.