Title: Rule Breaker (Mixed Messages #1)
Author: Lily Morton and Joel Leslie (Narrator)
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: April 15th 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Office, Enemies to Lovers
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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.
Rule Breaker is a contemporary office/enemies to lovers romance told in first person POV, with plenty of relationship drama before the happy ending. But, seriously, what else would you expect from a series called “Mixed Messages”? Morton’s not burying the lede here – Gabe is the King of Mixed Messages – and it is not smooth sailing to love. There’s plenty of drama, a lot of steamy sexy bits, yet, surprisingly and thankfully, there’s not a lot of angst.
“I know you’re looking for more, and you shouldn’t be ashamed of that. I wish I could be the one for you.” He looks sad. “Somebody will, but it’ll never be me.”
“You’ve been honest,” I say softly. “I know it’s not going to be you, Gabe. Maybe we can just make each other feel good while it lasts.”
Another terrific performance by Joel Leslie!
Lily Morton writes characters well, but it’s Leslie who brings Dylan and Gabe to life in the best ways possible, even if it meant wanting to reach through the pages to throttle them. Joel performs beautifully, using clear character voices and accents, and simply sucked me into the story keeping a great pace throughout and making this nine and a half hour audio seemingly fly by, while expertly wringing every drop of emotion and drama out of the story.
If you’re into hardheaded men who need more than a little nudge in the direction of true love, you enjoy humorous banter and lots of snark, and a bumpy road to forever doesn’t scare you off, definitely do yourself a favor and grab it on audio.
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