Breaking the Rules by H.B. Heinzer
Release date: August 1, 2013
Growing up in small town Wisconsin, Carly Turner couldn't wait to escape when she graduated high school. Now, she's living the life in New York City, even if she isn't seeing her name in lights like she used to dream about at night. She's living paycheck-to-paycheck, working behind the scenes in small theaters off Broadway. When there's an equipment malfunction the week before opening night, Carly makes a call that winds up changing everything.
Life in the city isn't all it's cracked up to be. While she feels like she's getting closer to making the move from behind the scenes to center stage, she misses being surrounded by people who understand the quirks that come from living in a town of five thousand people. That, and the fact that he's sexy as sin, make Adam everything she feels like she's missing.
The only problem? He's her best friend's kid brother...
Adam Sanders wants to settle down, find a good woman and start a family like he sees so many of his friends doing. But how is he supposed to meet Ms. Right when he's constantly on the road for work? When he's sent to New York to handle a repair that would typically be contracted out as a favor to his boss, he's just about to his breaking point.
Everything changes when the stagehand sent to open the theater for him is none other than his big sister's childhood friend. The same girl he lusted after as a teenager. Could this be fate's way of showing him that he was looking in the wrong place for love?
As Adam and Carly's friendship develops, lines will be crossed and rules will be broken. Will they be able to come out the other side without destroying everything they had back in Brooklyn?
Where does one start with this book? I liked it better than Bent, can you believe that? Sometimes, many times, when a book in a series changes characters over the same time frame as the book before it, something gets lost along the way. This is not the case in this book. Not only did it tell a story that could almost be a stand alone book, but it has it’s own storyline instead of mirroring the previous book’s storyline. Sure, there are parts of the previous book in it, there has to be. This book stands on its own two covers. (Hehe I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for the corny play on words.)
At first, I wasn’t so sure if I was going to like Carly and Adam’s story. But, I indeed, really liked it. Carly’s fears can be felt deep down. You won’t have a problem begging for her to just wake up, suck it up, and be happy. As I read the book, I kept trying to see if I could remember certain parts from Bent to see if I could have foreshadowed the things that were going on at certain times. No such luck! There was a point in Bent, I had thought that Adam and Carly were seeing each other. The parts I thought that were confirmed in this book.
I loved the connection these two shared. There couldn’t have been a better way to tell their story. I actually found myself a little giddy over these two! Hands down a must read book!
With the exception of three years spent in the middle of Nebraska, H.B. Heinzer has called southern Wisconsin home. During that time in Nebraska, she imagined one of her favorite authors living on the far western edge of the county, just south of the highway. At the time, becoming a novelist was a distant dream for her. Now, she is the author living in that location. Ironically, she later found out that same favorite author lives just outside the town HB lived in for the first eighteen years of her life.
Now, HB lives in the middle of nowhere but still close enough to the city to not feel isolated. It's the perfect place to let her two kids run and explore their huge yard, teach them about the food chain as they prepare their first-ever garden and debate building a chicken coop. It's one of those dreams that is only possible thanks to the amazing opportunities that have come through writing.