⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Light and funny with a slow burn that turns scorching

Break the Rules

Something about Roxie Noir’s writing style just WORKS for me, because it’s so easy to get drawn into her books. It took me a little while to warm up to our hero – Levi is a quiet, reserved, slightly odd guy and his interactions reflect that – but once I got to know him better, it was much easier to feel the chemistry. It’s a light, funny book with a slow burn that gets smoking hot and a relationship that has such great depth. If you like best friend’s little sister stories, this is a solid, feel-good book.

The story follows June, a journalist whose life has started to fall apart recently. She got laid off, dumped, moved back in with her parents, can’t seem to find a new job no matter how many applications she fills out… and gets trapped in her car during a storm. When Levi, her brother’s best friend and a reserved, somewhat reclusive mountain man, rescues her, it stirs up the crush she harbored for him in her teens. Levi is loyal to a fault, and entirely unwilling to ruin a lifelong friendship by crossing a line… but June certainly isn’t making things easy. As they begin to see each other more frequently, it becomes impossible to deny that there’s something there worth pursuing – despite all of the obstacles in their path.

I really loved that Levi wasn’t the typical alpha hero (though he definitely shows that side of himself in the bedroom). He’s reserved, lives in isolation, doesn’t sleep around, and is just generally a bit different than most guys. That’s perhaps why it took a little longer for him to win me over – while I loved the writing at the start of the book, I didn’t immediately feel the chemistry but that all changed over the course of the story. It’s a slow burn that gets scorching later on, and there’s an undercurrent of love and respect throughout the whole thing. These are two people who have known each other for much of their lives, but never spent enough time together to truly get to know the finer details. I’m really hoping we get a book about June’s brother, Silas, because the whole thing was handled perfectly and just made me want to learn more about him. There isn’t a ton of angst, and the book has a light, funny vibe that will put a smile on your face. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout (then purchased it for my collection) and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Break the Rules by Roxie Noir. My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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