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I generally review romance, paranormal and urban fantasy. I tend to pick review books that I want to read, so generally my reviews will be positive. I always give my honest opinion: good, bad, and indifferent. 

 

Note: on my blog I use a letter grading system. I've listed the ratings below. For sites with stars, I have listed the equivalent rating. If I didn't finish the book, I will not rate it with stars.

 

A+  Personal Favorite (5 stars)
A    Loved It (4.5 or 5 stars)
A-   Enjoyed A Lot (4 or 4.5 stars)
B+  Liked It A Lot (4 stars)
B    Liked It -- Recommend (4 stars)
B-   Liked It -- But I had a few small issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C+  Liked It -- But I had issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C    Finished It -- Liked some, didn't like some (3 stars)
C-   Finished It -- Liked a little, didn't like a lot (2 or 2.5 stars)
D    Not A Big Fan (2 stars)
E    Don’t Waste Your Time (1 star)
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TW: Reading this book was like watching a Train Wreck
DNF: Did Not Finish

 

updated July 9, 2015

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Progress: 27 %

Review: Rule Breaker

Rule Breaker: A Novel of the Breeds - Lora Leigh

Rating: B Liked It - Recommend
Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About
Review copy provided by publisher

 

Yes... Rule Breaker is the twenty-ninth title in Lora Leigh’s Breed Series (this includes all of the novellas). I know that sometimes I can’t believe I’ve stuck around with this series for this long. But I just can’t quit it. It’s my crack. And while there have been some not as great titles in recent history, I am happy to report that Rule Breaker is an exciting and passionate story - better than the last few.

 

Nine years ago, Gypsy Rum McQuade was kidnapped by council Coyote Breeds and forced to watch her big brother murdered. If not for Jonas and his Breed enforcers, she would have been raped and killed as well. Since that time, Gypsy has blamed herself for Mark’s death, and has aligned herself with a secretive Navajo group, collecting intel in hopes of redeeming herself.

 

Rule Breaker is one of Jonas’s top enforcers and is set to take over as Investigative Commander of the Bureau of Breed Affairs and head the offices in New Mexico. Jonas needs Rule to find an informant (for the Unknown, a group of six Navajo of legend), while Gypsy, along with her sister Kandy, are suspects. Rule wants Gypsy with a fierceness nearing obsession, but he is convinced she is not his mate because he is not experiencing the signs. Meanwhile, Jonas is convinced the Unknown exist and are protecting the people and answers he needs to save his daughter, Amber.

 

Rule Breaker is a MUST read for fans of the Breeds series; however it is a climatic story and one really needs to be up-to-date with the current over-arcing storyline before picking up this book. The story picks up with Jonas trying to find a way to save his adopted daughter, Amber. He believes the answers are with a group of individuals who escaped Breed Labs long ago. The search for these individuals has been the focus of the storyline since Jonas’ book. Finally, the pieces all fall into place, and readers are rewarded with some answers and long-awaited action.

 

Rule and Gypsy have a passionate and heart-felt romance. While their courtship shares similarities and repeating-themes from earlier couples, Ms. Leigh created enough differences that I was never bored with the pair. I felt that their problems were uniquely their own, and the heartache was poignantly real. While Rule doesn’t believe Gypsy is his mate, it is obscenely obvious to everyone else. The way he handles the moment when he begins to realize Gypsy is his mate was utterly fantastic for the fact that it was so heartbreaking. And while other stories have left me wondering why a Breed doesn’t immediately experience the mating hormone, Rule Breaker, gives readers a unique and interesting explanation for his situation. Overall, the pair’s interactions, dialogue, and actions were refreshingly straight forward, making for an engrossing read.

 

This is a longish story, and while much of the second half is filled with hot smex scenes, there is a LOT going on. The story puts to rest (I think) the Amber storyline, but I believe there is still much that can/may occur at the Navajo Nation. However, that could all change with the next story. Unfortunately, there were parts of the story where I was completely confused as to who knew what and who did what. I felt that during these moments, the writing was a bit too vague for my liking. However, unlike with previous books, I was able to get past the confusion because the overall story was exciting.

 

In the end, Rule Breaker is a pretty good story filled with intense emotional interactions. Whether between Rule and Gypsy, their own self-reflection, or Gypsy and her family, the conflict felt tight and sincere. I am pleased that the story made significant headway in one of the extended story arcs, but it was a bit long and at times cryptic and vague. The sex scenes were on par with those in the past books, but honestly, they seemed to get a bit lengthy and repetitive for me. However, the overall romance and storyline were entertaining and satisfying for this longtime fan.