Book Review: Rule Breaker by Lily Morton

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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?

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Office romances are usually not my thing but this book had me hooked from the first page. The characters, their banter and overall romance just kept me glued to my iPad and by the time I finished the book, I realized it was 3.00 in the morning. What better way to spend a sleepless night!!!!

Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.

Both Dylan and Gabe are excellent characters to read about. They are sassy, confident, smart, excellent at their jobs and even better at trying to one up the other with their witty comebacks. Their banter is definitely not what you would call usual office protocol, but it works for them and makes for a very entertaining read. I couldn’t stop laughing at Gabe’s various complaints or Dylan’s accidental “mixups”. I could read a whole book about just their day-to-day office activities.

“Dylan, love is complicated, darling. As humans, we don’t seem to value or work for anything that comes too easily, but give us hard work, and we’ll activate a death grip.”

Obviously, all this outwardly sniping at each other is just to hide their mutual attraction. The UST is so palpable that even their best friends Jude and Henry can see through it but takes a lot more time for them to acknowledge it. But once they give in, it makes way for a lot of sexy times. And then comes a whole load of angst and conflict because Dylan is all in with his heart but Gabe has a lot of intimacy and commitment issues due to childhood trauma.

“I want to be there for someone. I want to grow old with someone. I want to die knowing that I loved with all my heart, and to the best of my ability.”

I loved all the side characters in the book. Both Jude and Henry are wonderful friends and only want what’s best for their friends. Dylan’s family is a delightful group and I loved Christmas at their house. Gabe’s dynamic with them was also very unexpected and shows a vulnerable side to him that he is usually very careful to hide. There are also other entertaining cameos throughout which kept the book interesting despite the troubling times.

I suppose what he does best is to encourage me to be the best, because he loves me. Maybe at its finest, that’s what love should be.

If you love office romances, then you shouldn’t miss out on this one. This is a wonderful fun read with loads of British humor (which took some getting used to) and characters whom you grow to love. Can’t wait to read the next book about Jude.

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