Saturday, November 30, 2013

Beautiful Broken Rules by Kimberly Lauren

What happens when you create rules to keep others out? 

One thing Emerson Moore has come to terms with is that she is the school slut. She knows her way around a frat house and how to get what she wants. She doesn’t make any excuses for her actions and she doesn’t pretend to be anything different. She is who she is and with that she knows how to have a good time. She’s made rules to keep relationships at bay and avoid the demons of her past. 

When her best friend, Cole has his two friends from back home move in with him she begins to think she has met her match with Jaxon Riley. Jax is the perfect mixture of tattooed muscle and a sweet-talking mouth. With “hand” written notes, a voice that exudes sex and knowing just how to get under her skin, Jaxon learns how to break all the rules. But will he just end up breaking her heart anyway? 

New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance - recommended for ages 18 and up.

This story is a play on the whole “player” storyline that we are used to. This time, though, it isn’t the guy that is sleeping around; it’s the girl, Emerson (aka Em or Emmy.) What is refreshing about her is that she KNOWS she has issues. She is who she is and she doesn’t apologize for it.  She has 3 rules she always follows and she makes sure the guys know her rules as well. By abiding by her rules, she dodges love and relationships.

Jaxon meets Emerson in a very unconventional way. Since that 1st meeting, he is determined to get to know her better. I think he is adorable. I loved how he was always making little notes on her hand. He takes his time with her and the two become best friends. As they take the plunge into becoming a couple, I feel like being best friends makes their relationship deeper and richer.

Though Jaxon has some issues of his own, I thought the two were perfect for each other. He is so patient and understanding with Emerson. In turn, she lets him in and lets him show her what she has been missing out of life. As much as I think they are perfect for each other, there were times I wanted to smack some sense into one or both of them.

The secondary characters had major roles in the story, almost to the point that they are also main characters. I love how protective Cole is of Quinn (Em’s sister) and Em herself. He is their best friend and loves them fiercely and they in return. Quinn is really special. We usually get a quirky best friend, but to see sisters who are best friends is great. They are so supporting and loving towards each other. Even Jace, Jax’s brother is a big sweet heart and stole my heart as much as Jaxon. The author did a spectacular job at breathing life into each and every one of her characters, even those not in the main group.

I thought this would be a quick, light read, and for the most part it was. I read this book in about a day; I honestly couldn't put it down. However, there we times that my heart hurt for Emerson. She has a hurtful past, and as a result she’s built walls around her heart to protect herself. She lets her past dictate her present and also has let it plan her future. She has to learn how to let go and not to let it define her. It was a bit tough going through it with her at times because I actually became attached to her. This is a book that is high on my list of books to recommend.

I'm a wanderer, an adventurer, a traveler.

I want to see it all. I haven't been everywhere but it's on my list.

"She travels the world & home is always in her heart."

Lately if I'm not traveling or chasing a toddler, I'm writing. Which is weird because I hated writing in college. Oh wait, that's because that was boring. Who really wants to sit there and cite all your sources into APA format? Not this girl. Writing for yourself is enjoyable and cathartic. Please try it. Then tell me about because I love indie authors.

When I was 19, I packed up and followed my high school sweetheart from Texas to California. We had a blast living it up in San Diego. Four years later we made a crazy decision and packed up again and moved to Germany. What? Yep, you read that right. Guess what? Best decision ever! We OWNED Europe. For three years we saw as much as we possibly could. We lived an hour outside of France, a couple from Switzerland and Italy. Most amazing time of my life. Please go out there and see the world, you won't regret it. After Europe we moved back to California, and for now we're just debating our next adventure.

I earned a degree in Child Development. And now I write novels. Makes perfect sense! I write because I walk around all day with these stories in my head. It's nice to be able to get them out of my head in an organized fashion. I hope that someone out there enjoys them, because I have enjoyed so many others'.

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