Thursday, September 12, 2013

Breaking the Rules by H.B. Heinzer

Breaking the Rules (Back to Brooklyn, #2)** 4 out of 5 Stars**


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?


Breaking the Rules wasn't exactly what I expected.  I enjoyed it and it was just a sweet, relaxing read.  I enjoyed the characters and absolutely fell in love with Adam.  Carly got on my nerves through most of the book.  I'm not gonna lie.  I have issues with heroines that are so damaged they refuse to even try.  At times I was thinking, "Geez honey, if you don't want him I'll take him."  The writing style is done in Dual POV and I love that in books I read.  The sex scenes were steamy but not overly so.  The book was classy with just enough drama to keep me turning the page.  The only thing I really didn't like was how it ended.  To say it ended abruptly would be an understatement.  You have this huge thing to happen and you want to know how she will deal with it and then the book just stops.  I also would have liked an epilogue.  Overall, I was pleased that I bought and read this one.


Carly is 30 and living in NYC.  She works behind the scenes in a theater off Broadway.  She has long blonde hair and she's pretty.  She's mouthy and opinionated.  She lives in a run down apartment with an absent roommate and has few friends.

Adam is the younger brother of her best friend Julia.  He's 27.  He has blue eyes and brown hair with all american good looks.  He's not wild and he works hard.  He travels a lot for his job.  He's also looking to settle down with a wife and kids but doesn't have the time to look.

A week before open curtain at the theater Carly works out everything that can is going wrong.  She's dealing with a dark stage.  She makes a phone call that will change her life.  When the technician arrives she's surprised to realize it's Adam.  You can tell these two have an instant connection.  He's blatantly flirting with her and she's letting him.  They end up spending the weekend together.  After the first night he moves his stuff from the hotel to her apartment and sleeps in the bed with her.  They refer to themselves as "friends" but both don't wont him to leave town as friends.  On his last night in town he delays his flight another night and they end up sleeping together for the first time.  They decide to make a go of the new found relationship even though she's having issues with the fact that he's Julia's little brother.

If there isn't some sort of rule about annoying kid brothers growing up to be walking, talking sex, there should be.

2 months pass and they continue seeing each other.  He makes every way possible to make it back to see her, coming as often as he can.  They are crazy about each other.  He even gets her to go home for her first visit in 6 years.  The catch is she doesn't want to tell anyone they are together.  She says it's because she doesn't want his sister to be mad at her.  That's not the real reason...she's afraid to love him because she thinks he will eventually leave her.  This drives every decision she makes in the book.  She has serious abandonment issues thanks to non-existent parents.  After a huge fight where she eventually agrees to tell but it's a moot point.  His sister is attacked the night before she is to leave headed home and they both agree it's better not to stress her out more for the time being.

Once home and they see how hard it is to keep their hands off each other he rethinks not telling.  She still adamant about not telling and he's becoming unhappy.  It drives me nuts when a heroine is so scared of losing the love of her life that she's unwilling to fight for him.  She literally is to scared to do what it takes to make them work.  She does spend the nights with him in his house but they have to sneak around to make it happen.  He tells her he's in love with her and wants her to move home and in with him but she refuses to leave her life behind.

After a fight about the same issues...again, she goes back to NYC or more like runs back.  Once home she puts distant between them.  He calls her and finally gets her on the phone and she breaks his heart.  She tells him she loves him and then tells him she needs space.  He's devastated.  She's a coward!  He's hurt and he keeps his distance.  She calls for 2 weeks but he refuses to talk to her.  Within this time his sister escapes from home to NYC and moves in with Carly.

He finally texts her when he gets back to town and they agree to meet.  He ends up at her apartment early and they talk.  All it ends up doing is clearing the air.  Funnily enough we find out that Julia actually thinks they are perfect for each other and tries to push them together.  They are back on speaking terms but just friends.  6 weeks pass and he's had all he can stand.  He takes her to dinner and tells her he doesn't want to be friends with her anymore.  He's in love with her and he wants to be with her.  She finally realizes that he has no intention of ever leaving her and they end up together again.

Within 3 weeks things are perfect.  They have a plan in place to move everyone home from NYC and they pack everyone up and move home.  5 months pass and she has moved in with him and they are living their happily ever after.  She receives a letter from her mother who abandoned her and after talking to Adam about it to book just stops...


I give this one 4 stars.  The reason behind it being I didn't particularly care for Carly and I wasn't a fan of the ending.  Regardless, it was still a great book and deserved 4 stars.  I love a book like this.  There is just something about 2 people finding each other again when they should have been together all along.  If you're into childhood loves and strong, reliable males then I recommend giving this book a try.

My Adam / Carly


Favorite Quotes:

"We've spent so much time saying goodbye, I think it's hard on both of us.  And if you said the work, I'd clear out half of my closet, fly to New York with you and bring you home with me permanently."

Where she began didn't matter as long as she didn't let the past keep her from her happy ending.