Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Breaking the Rules by Cat Lavoie

5 Star

When twenty-seven year old Roxy Rule’s best friend and roommate accepts a glamorous new job overseas, she expects their relationship to continue as it’s always been—carefree and easy—until they share a heart-stopping kiss moments before his departure. Overcome with mixed emotions, she fights the urge to over analyze the situation and resumes back to her normal life in New York City, working for an intolerable boss at a dead end job, creeping further and further away from her own dreams of becoming a professional chef.

While things become more complicated between her and Ollie, Roxy is sure that nothing can come between two lifelong best friends—not even mild jealousy over a thriving career or a silly little kiss that meant nothing. In fact, it was such a meaningless and forgettable kiss that she convinces herself that it’s not even worth mentioning to her fiancĂ©, although it is all she can think about.

Roxy’s already topsy-turvy life only gets more complicated when her sisters Steffi and Izzie suddenly become her roommates. Steffi is six months into a pregnancy she refuses to discuss and Izzie is in the throes of a premature midlife crisis. Roxy tries to take control of her career, her love life and her sisters – but can she really handle it all? And can the Rule family keep it together – or break under the pressure?

Sabrina Kate - 5 Star

I absolutely adored this book. From start to finish, Breaking the Rules had me hooked. I even stayed up late and got up early to continue reading about Roxy Rule. She seemed like a person who could be my friend, or could even be me! So many things resonated with me; the family issues, the work pressures and the tangled love situations.

The characters definitely seemed like people I knew or have known in my life. Everything, absolutely everything about this book was just so bang on that sometimes I wondered how we'd had parallel experiences. Perhaps the strength of this author is the fact that she wrote about universal yet not already highly utilized experiences. 

The story was extremely realistic and captivating and I loved the author's writing style. It really made reading the already enjoyable story even more so. I think that I read this book in less than two days! 

If this is a debut by Cat Lavoie, then I have to wonder where this wonderful author has been hiding all this time. Her prose, the vocabulary - all of it captured me and had me wanting to find out more as soon as possible. I can't help but wonder as well, has she written anything else and this is just the first that has been published? I really am looking forward to her next work or discovering anything that she's worked on before.

I can't recommend Breaking the Rules enough. It's exactly the type of book I crave on those days that I want a great story but nothing too complex or challenging. Just something engrossing that will leave me satisfied. 

Thank you to Marching Ink for our review copy!

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  1. I loved it, too! Definitely, a 5 star read, and I'm eager to read more of her work.

  2. Thanks so much for a fabulous review!!

  3. Thanks for the amazing review, Sabrina-Kate!! So glad you enjoyed Breaking the Rules! :)



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