Title: Rule Breaker (Mixed Messages #1)
Author: Lily Morton
Release Date: 17th August, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary, Office Romance, Enemies to lovers, Friends to lovers, GFY
Page Count: 302
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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 guys, this book is DOPE!!! Loved it to pieces. I have been in a terrible review slump for a couple of months and then bam! this awesome books falls into my radar and I am like, “yeah baby, I am definitely pulling myself off my lazy heinie for you”. So, you are getting how amped up I am after reading this. Believe me, you will be too. Lily Morton has the ‘Enemies to Lovers’ trope on the lock and so after her last awesome book based on the same trope, The Summer of Us, I had to read this one and she does not disappoint at all.
“Best friends to Lovers” is a trope everyone loves. Watching a couple transitioning from friends to lovers is always a treat but watching two people go from enemies who sass each other all day to passion-blasting lovers is soooo much more satisfying. And that’s exactly what you get in this story. Put in a lot of sass, snark, ingenuitive back and forth plus an office background and you have got the ultimate office romance which will make you laugh, make you abnormally hot and sweaty and also make your emotions leak from your eyes like a broken faucet.
Enough intro, let’s get on with the story!!!
Dylan hates his boss. Gabe is an arrogant SOB who is a constant pain in Dylan’s ass every single day. But the guy is also a genius in what he does and of course Dylan has a secret crush on his extremely gorgeous boss. But the respect and mushy feelings Dylan has for Gabe only lasts for more than a few moments just till Gabe opens his mouth and ruins it all. But behind that tough-asshole exterior lays a very wary and vulnerable man who needs love more than anybody. And as Dylan starts to see more beyond the façade Gabe puts up, the more he falls for him and the more he wants to slather him with the love he has bubbling away in his heart for his prickly, a little broken/damaged and gorgeous boss.
“That prickly exterior of his has always challenged me to be better, but the real him attracts me beyond comprehension.
Shit, I think morosely. I’m fucked.”
I loved Dylan and Gabe. Their back and forth was so, so fun. Their emails to each other were hilarious and they were the highlight for me every time I started a new chapter. This is book is filled with sassy banter and a prickly boss whom you would want to punch in the face every time he opened his mouth but also could not help but want to hold close and smother with love. Dylan’s journey from plotting ways to kill his boss to falling head over heels for him is fun, emotional, angsty and just plain beautiful.
We get the story from Dylan’s POV and we really get to see how Dylan struggles with his feelings for Gabe and how finally his love breaks through all of Gabe’s prickly walls and brings out the warm, passionate and extremely loving guy that has been buried under a whole lot of past emotional baggages and traumatic experiences.
The chemistry between Gabe and Dylan is just waiting to explode from the moment they are in the same space together. There are sparks flying left and right and finally when they do unleash the heat, it just puts everything ablaze. The passion just goes BOOM! and it was so, so sexy that it made me pant and want more and more. It was that good.
And just when you thought it can’t get any better, the author gives us an entire epilogue in Gabe’s POV (finally!) and it was like an awesome treat to get inside Gabe’s head and experience his blinding love for Dylan.
All the secondary characters were also very well portrayed. Loved Dylan’s super awesome family and his best friend, Jude (I would love to read a book about him, BTW) who were always there for him throughout his and Gabe’s ups and downs.
I extremely enjoyed reading this book. Lily Morton really is a master of ‘Enemies to Lovers’ trope and I can’t wait to read what she comes up with next. Beautiful storytelling, gorgeous romance, loads and loads of passion and a healthy dose of angst to level out the sweetness and Voila! you have a hit on your hands, Ladies and Gentleman!
P.S. I WANT MORE!!!!