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The Rule-Breaker

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  184 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Subject: Ranger Eli Weston

Current Status: On leave

Mission: To honor his fallen friend—and protect his secret

Obstacle: His fallen friend’s ex, who’s off-limits...and off-the-charts sexy!

Ranger Eli Weston always does the right thing—even when it means defying orders. Now he’s back in town to help with a memorial in honor of his fallen military buddy. This time it’s not just
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 19th 2013 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2013)
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Enjoyable book. The hero is conflicted, his best friend committed suicide but he lied to save his legacy and said his gun misfired. Now he has to face his friend's parents and ex-fiancee, the woman he has had feeling for, forever and kissed once. He feels guilty and angry, angry because his friend knew that the hero had lost his entire childhood, after finding his dad dead from a suicide and losing his mother mentally. He wants to not act on his feelings for the heroine, but plans don't work out ...more
Liz F
Mar 17, 2013 Liz F rated it really liked it
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Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley.

I really liked this book! While I was reading it, I found myself thinking about some of the Robyn Carr novels I've read in the past. But don't worry, Sexy Time Lovers... there is plenty of Sexy Time in The Rule Breaker. I think this book reminded me of Robyn Carr books because this one takes place in a small town inhabited by families that are very close. The feeling of community was definitely so
Jenn Scranton
Mar 19, 2013 Jenn Scranton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
WARNING!!! The beginning of this book is very heavy. Be prepared. The Rule-Breaker is not a sweet sappy romance, nor is it a simply hot sex with a hot guy... You will cry; you have been warned.

Micah was the center of their universe. When Eli had no family to go home to, he went to Micah's house to be with him and his family. Shelby was Micah's high school sweetheart. She knew he loved her so much and she wanted to love him. But you can't force that kind of thing. But she always had eyes for Eli.
Roz ~ My Written Romance
Recently returned from Afghanistan, Eli is struggling with keeping the secret of what happened to his best friend Micah. That opening was so heartbreaking, especially not knowing at the time Micah’s motivation was.

Eli’s decision to keep his friend’s suicide a secret to protect Micah’s family & reputation must have been such a heavy burden on him. You can see how it weighs on him when he returns to help with the memorial to his friend – trying to keep this secret from the family. He doesn’t r
Feb 26, 2013 Wanda rated it it was amazing
Chemistry is so hot in this story, you can see the flames! The story about what happens after a solider dies, was heartwarming and truly a memorable story. This is not one that you will soon forget. The Rule Breaker is very well written, and has a nice mix of sexy and suspense. I loved that this story had two love stories in one…I couldn’t put this book down, it was just that amazing!
Aug 14, 2013 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, family
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I received this book for review at Book Savvy Babes blog.

3.5 of 5 stars

I have to admit that I was first drawn to this book because of the cover. I saw the nicely sculpted man candy cover (what can I say, it caught my attention) and immediately read the book blurb and decided to read and review The Rule-Breaker. The Rule-Breaker is a quick read, but there is depth to the story that pulled me in. I wound up enjoying this contemporary romance.

The Rule-Breaker has a small town setting where everyone
May 09, 2013 Becky rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one--definitely a good 3 1/2 stars. It had a lot more substance to it, I thought, than the other two I've read so far by this author--The Player and The Professional--and for that I've bumped it up to four. The beginning grips you right away with a bit of a surprise--at least I wasn't at all expecting it--and the story continues from there.

Shelby and Eli are another couple with a history, which I do tend to enjoy. There was a great deal of angst in their tale, due in large part to
Apr 20, 2013 Jena rated it it was ok
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Harlequin Blazes are HOT. And I got The Rule-Breaker as a Net Galley ARC, but this was not what I expected...

Eli is an Army Ranger (The back of the book tells us this, and it's mentioned no where else. I think the word "Army" is only mentioned twice) who is in love with Shelby - the fiance of his BEST-friend-like-a-brother, Micah - so Shelby is supposed to be off-limits, but they share a super passionate embrace at the engagement party at Micah's fami
3 Stars The Rule-Breaker is an adult contemporary/military romance by Rhonda Nelson, and part of the Harlequin Blaze Uniformly Hot! series. The Few. The Proud. The Sexy as Hell!

Army Ranger Eli Weston always does the right thing—even when it means defying orders. Now he’s back in town to help build a memorial in honor of his fallen military buddy. This time it’s not just about what’s right. It’s about ensuring that a secret never comes to light. A secret that only he and his buddy’s ex-girl
Trudy Miner
Sep 26, 2013 Trudy Miner rated it really liked it
Eli Weston was best friends with Micah Holland; they even served together in a war zone. Now that Micah has died under questionable circumstances, Eli is invited to Micah's hometown to help build a memorial to his fallen friend. Only Eli and Micah's former fiancee know the truth of Micah's death and they want to keep their secret. Unfortunately, Eli and Shelby Monroe are also working together on the memorial and they've always had feelings for each other. Consumed by guilt over their feelings an ...more
May 14, 2013 April rated it really liked it
Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge through NetGalley for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

Really interesting tale that had my attention the whole time. The pace was wonderful and the characters engaging. Great dynamic in the relationship that made it very believable. Beautiful storytelling that entertained the whole time!

It had really great flow and did the job of making me think at times. I love a book that taps into my e
Lindsay IL
Apr 02, 2013 Lindsay IL rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
3.5 stars. A quick, simple, sweet, heartfelt read. I finished in about 3.5 hours. This book honestly made me laugh and cry and think about the love between family, friends, and those we've lost and long to honor and remember. Typically side romances bother me in books, but this one was sweet. I enjoyed all of the characters and found a good amount of depth to them. I only knocked it down to 3.5 rather than 4 or more stars because of its short length and its predictability. I knew all the who-dun ...more
Kathy B. (Tx)
May 03, 2013 Kathy B. (Tx) rated it it was amazing
This was a multiple hankie read. Ms. Nelson gave us an up close and personal view of what our armed forces have to deal with on and off the battlefield. The love story between Shelby and Eli was hot and tender. I won't give any more details for fear of spoilers, but suffice it to say, this is a not to be missed book for lovers of military romance.
Jul 13, 2013 Danielle rated it really liked it
I liked the story and the characters in this book.Sometimes with the Blaze series it can be a hit or miss.I wanted Shelby and Eli to give themselves a break.I think they took on too much responsibility where Micah's death was concerned.I liked that his family rallied around them and supported their relationship
Jan 01, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. The suspense of the "who dunnit" was fun too. It took me a while to figure out who was behind the "notes" which made the book a joy to read. I truly loved these characters and fell in love with the entire town.
Natasza Waters
Apr 21, 2013 Natasza Waters rated it liked it
The hero is a little on the colder side. The heroine a little chilly too, but the plot was descent. Again the formula of using "should I fall in love with her if I'm going to die" infused in this story.
Book Chatter-Cath
May 19, 2013 Book Chatter-Cath rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, netgalley
Not a bad read, but not really what I was expecting for a Blaze title.
It is a bit of a heavy read with all its references to suicide and the terrible things seen in combat that led up to that point.

Overall the romance is good, but not a blazing love story.
Eil is home to protect his friend's family from the truth of their son's death and to avoid the feelings he has for his friend's former fiancé.
Apr 06, 2013 Mayas rated it really liked it
This was a GREAT love story. I know I would have never been able to keep the secret. Eli had some heavy shoulders.
Nicole Naranjo
Apr 17, 2013 Nicole Naranjo rated it really liked it
Honestly the beginning was heartbreaking, so be prepared. I loved this story about these two coming together. Eli is definitely swoon worthy!
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