Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Levi Loveless is attracted to June. June has had a crush on Levi Loveless for much of her life. The problem? Levi is Silas’s best friend, and June…well, she’s Silas’s younger sister. Could anything be any more problematic?
Roxie Noir’s Break the Rules is a story about forbidden love where Levi and June fall for each other, but they keep it from her brother until they no longer can. Break the Rules is the perfect combination of sweet, sexy, and sentimental. It’s a lovely blend of a charming unique hero, a witty, spunky heroine, and a cast of characters who tickle your funny bone and bring tears to your eyes.
From its outset, I fell in love with Levi Loveless. He’s different. He prefers solitude over spending time with people; he loves nature as it empowers him, and he chooses to forgo the extravagances of the 21st century such as smartphones and, for some time, WiFi. He will charm you. More importantly, he is uniquely destined for June. He fights his attraction to her until he can’t. I was surprised at how quickly Noir resolves his internal struggle to purse June, yet she continues the tension in the story as Levi and June hide their attraction and relationship from Silas, June’s brother. Yet, Levi continues to ingratiate himself on your heart. If you don’t love him from the beginning of this book, then your soul isn’t right, and you need to fix it.
Like Levi, June is easy to love. She is the perfect blend of smart, sassy, funny, and strong. She appreciates Levi’s quirkiness, and their time together offers some of the best moments of the story. There were times when I needed her to be more honest with her feelings for Levi, but it’s clear that her relationship with her brother muddies her decision making. In fact, her relationship with Silas is probably one of the best parts of the story because Silas, like his sister and the other Loveless brothers, is hilarious. Some of the funniest moments of this book (and there are quite a few) present themselves when Silas and June are together. Noir gives her a spirit of adventure, but she illustrates through June that dreams and plans can change. That adaptability is the key to living a meaningful life.
After reading Daniel and Charlie’s story in Noir’s Best Fake Fiance, I wasn’t sure if she could replicate the chemistry between hero and heroine and a story that could engage her readers. Break the Rules suggests that Roxie Noir is a keen storyteller. Interwoven into this story are questions and lessons about the environment, integrity, and being true to yourself. From the first page to the last, I didn’t want to put this romance down because Levi and June are special. They have a chemistry that endears you to them. There is an ease to their relationship that makes you root for them as they struggle to find their space. Even when Silas and June’s potential career choice try to derail them, they stand in their relationship strength. I think what I love most about them is their ability to talk and engage with each other. Naturally, Levi isn’t someone who tends towards conversation. Yet, June brings this out of him. They are the ultimate complements to each other.
As far as I’m concerned, Roxie Noir is a storyteller whom I want to continue to read. Break the Rules is the second of her books I’ve read, and I’m all in. In fact, she’s won me over with the Loveless brothers. If you love romance with some humor, some sentimentality, and a bit of angst, then Break the Rules is a must-read.
In love and romance,