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Liv Braxton's Felon Rule #1: Don't get emotionally involved.

Smash-and-grab thieving doesn't lend itself to getting chummy with the victims, and Liv hasn't met anyone on the mining colony of Nevarro worth knowing, anyway. So it's easy to follow her Rules.

Until her ex, Tonio, shows up with an invitation to join him on the job of a lifetime.

Until Zia Talbot, the woman she'

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Kindle Edition, 247 pages
Published (first published August 8th 2011)
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Tara
This book is pure fun and at a ridiculously reasonable price. I read a review copy, but it's priced so low that it's worth picking up immediately.

The main relationship doesn't get going for quite a while, so if you're looking for the whole sci fi romance thing, just keep going because it gets there. And while I love a good romance, and this book has that, it's the whole sci fi action thing that I love the most, with twists that surprised me.

Full review here: http://www.thelesbianreview.com/rul
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Rain
If I got caught I’d end up in prison or a correctional mine, and there was no way I’d let that happen. My mother raised a felon, not a fool.
I have to say that before I read this book, I had no idea it was a science fiction, so that was a nice surprise, haha. And well, the protagonist and narrator is Olivia, or Liv, a con artist and a thief, whose latest job is frustrated and finds her on the floor of a bank while said bank is being robbed by another group of criminals (don't you just hate wh
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Tiff
Feb 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
Futuristic crime! Okay I can dig that especially if I can grab that book for less than $2.00. Let it be known that this book is a gem at this price point. You literally cannot find one that is better.

Liv Braxton is straight up a thief. Oh no, she is not going to steal your purse or wallet, that’s small time. She is going to rob your bank! This bad girl is unapologetically ruthless. She takes what she needs and the bigger the payoff the better. So when offered to score mega bucks on a corporate h
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Regan
Olivia "Liv" Braxton lives a modest life on the planet Nevarro by committing petty robbery and other not-so-legal ventures. Calm, cool, and controlled Liv follows a specific set of rules:

Felon's Rule Number One: Don't get emotionally involved.
Felon's Rule Number Two: Don't bite off more than you were prepared to chew. Or get arrested for.
Felon's Rule Number Three: Be reliable, and have confidence in your crew mates.
Felon's Rule Number Four: Make sure any associates weren't going to screw y
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Jem
Lesfic sci-fi romances are pretty hard to come by. Discovering two books in a row (the other one is Deep Deception) is a real treat. Being only $1.99, i half expected this to be a mindless, faux sci-fi erotica--especially with a protagonist named 'Zia'. Turns out this is a pretty intelligent sci-fi thriller. In fact, the romance doesn't pick up until halfway into the book.

The plot is fairly elaborate. The worldbuilding is detailed enough to be believable. There is a lot of chemistry and sexual
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M
Sep 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, l-books, thrillers
Where to start with this one.

Location and characters were excellent, setting had an authentic future grime feel very much in the tone of a lot of recent sci-fi.

Where in failed to rise above the okay category for me was that the plot was decidedly flat for me and an obvious crime plot line. The baddies were 1 dimensional and a payoff could be seen from a very long way off.

Kudos to the author for writing a gender queer sci-fi book, but the romance between the characters didn't work for me.
Josephine (reading in twilight)
Liv Braxton is one of the better criminals in the star system. This is mostly due to the set of rules she's been following since age four. Felon's Rule #1: don't get involved. In her newest and perhaps most daring hit yet, it's also going to be the hardest.

Alias Olivia Baines is pulled into a stunning multi-stage hit by her ex-husband, Tonio, who's still got it going on, she's painfully reminded. Blind-sided by her mother's surprise re-appearance in her life, she'll be helping the bad guys stick
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Justina
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: f-f, sci-fi
I love a book with a smartass, quick on her feet, professional thief as the leading gal! Put this in the future and on another planet and I am in reader heaven. Additionally, the underlining science and science fiction that threads through this big payoff gig were extra plusses from my standpoint. Having the supporting female character be a knockout, takes-no-prisoners corporate VP only heightened the enjoyment and the intrigue.

Liv Braxton has a whole list of Rules that if followed make her felo
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Robert Appleton
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this SFR espionage novel. The worldbuilding is very good, the main characters are vivid and vivacious. The build-up was a *little* slow for me--mainly because I didn't much care for the mother--but once Liv (our gutsy heroine and narrator) starts her new undercover job as PA to corporate hotshot Zia, the tension, both dramatic and sexual, really begins to crackle. It never lets up.

This is the sort of story that doesn't really need a villain as such. They are there, but the
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Malin
Oct 27, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a book with good technique (especially the 1st person POV) and with descriptions that paint images before one's eyes. It has some astounding scenes, including the first one, and a good number of characters that all have individual personalities. The plot is interesting and the characters diverse. However the story's latter 30% has very obvious plot turns and sometimes I wonder about the characters' change of personality, although that can be explained by the main character's view of her ...more
Isobel
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this. Great setting and plot. Nice resolution. Sweet romance.

I think Talbot was very underdeveloped. This read more like I expect a stereotypical straight romance from that perspective: everything from the heroine's point of view only, we never get inside the head of the Fabio replacement.
Alyssa
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great book! It kept me on the edge of my seat--I even caught myself holding my breath through a couple of passages. Loved the relationship between Liv and Tonio, and then Liv and Zia. Lots of tension, great chemistry. Definitely a book worth picking up.
Brigitte Alouqua
Le résumé de ce livre m’a directement tentée, mais j’étais loin d’imaginer que je ressortirais de ma lecture totalement conquise et avec un coup de coeur.

Liv est une femme qui a du caractère, comme je les aime, mais elle a également une sensibilité à fleur de peau qu’elle s’interdit de montrer, voir même d’éprouver. Elle n’a pas eu une enfance des plus joyeuses, mais cela ne l’a pas empêché d’avancer dans la vie, même si les choix qu’elle a fait ne sont pas forcément les bons. Cambrioleuse de ba
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Dannica Zulestin
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I decided last month to obtain some nice f/f romances and see what I thought, since I've been trying writing in the genre. This is probably the first f/f romance I've read that I've really liked so far.

Plot
Liv, a professional criminal, gets over her head with a group of gangsters that send her undercover in a company to find files that can be used for extortion on a massive scale. Part of the job is getting close to Zia Talbot, her sexy boss. Which goes really, really well, except Liv can't just
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Myreadbooks
Sur la couverture on y retrouve Olivia surnomée Liv dans une salle de contrôle.

Tout commence lorsque son ex Tonio débarque pour lui proposer un deal : séduire Zia Talbot et lui soutirer des informations jusqu'au jour ou cela va tourner mal.

Encore un roman édité chez MxM Bookmark que j'ai dévoré d'une traite. L’écriture était fluide, l'histoire captivante les personnages attachants. Cette auteure a du potentiel, hâte de lire d'autres livres de cette auteure.

On the cover we find Olivia nickname
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Jessica
Sep 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: lgbt, romance, sf
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Lire-une-passion
"En résumé, voilà un roman qui m'a totalement convaincue. La seule petite déception que je pourrais avoir, c'est que c'est un tome unique, et pour être honnête, j'aurais adoré que ce soit une série ! J'aurais bien continué l'aventure avec Liv, Zia et Tonio. Avec grand plaisir, même ! Bref, je vous conseille sincèrement cette lecture, d'autant plus si vous voulez vous ouvrir aux relations homosexuelles. Et si vous aimez le côté castagne et voleur, ce livre est décidément fait pour vous !"

Chroniqu
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Sheila
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved loved loved the end, but could have used a little less build-up and more (super freaking hot) sex. So, like, 3.5 stars, and I am already looking to see what else Pegau has written.
Michael Hawkes
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Olivia has a bunch of rules she lives by, as she finds they help in her line of (often illegal) work. Felon’s Rule Number One is “Don’t get emotionally involved.” When she is recruited by her ex-husband to do a bit of corporate espionage, she comes close to breaking this rule. However, she finds that while she still has feelings for Tonio, they both maintain a professional distance for the sake of the job. Olivia’s part in the plot is to become an executive assistant for R.J. Talbot, a VP with a ...more
Azhureheart
Jan 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, romance-ff
For a book sold by Carina Press, it's not much of a romance novel.

Rulebreaker is futuristic-ish (I can't really say it's sci-fi since it's so light in sci-fi it could be about an oil company or something in the twenty-first century on good old Earth) book about a thief called Olivia who is running out of money and option. Then her ex-husband proposes her the big score every criminal dreams about. She must infiltrate one of the top companies of the planet, seduce the VP of R&D and get enough
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Rhian
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copies
Reviewed for Slacker Heroes

Rulebreaker’s heroine, Liv, is a low-level criminal with a history of smash ’n grab jobs. She’s been a con since she was a kid, and has yet to find either an honest alternative or the job big enough for her to retire. The novel opens with her on the floor with a gun at her head, held hostage during a bank job. She is particularly peeved about this because she was there to rob the place herself. It’s a nice twist, and gives us Liv’s droll, down on her luck point of view
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Amélie
(3.5/5)

I bought it after reading a rec from TheMarySue. I find it hard to find F/F romance books (that are not pure erotica, which I have nothing against but it's just not the only thing I'd like to read), unlike M/M books which are getting easier and easier to get. Which means that I was quite happy that when TMS recommanded LGBT romance stories, they included F/F ones as well.

I was mainly drawn to this one by its (great) cover, and the plot seemed interesting enough - thriller and sci-fi are u
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Frank Van Meer
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
It took me a while to warm up to Liv. The story is told from her perspective, and at first my impression was that Liv seemed cold and distant. But a bit further in, I came to really appreciate her sarcastic and cynical voice. She is actually a very funny character. I read this book almost with a constant smile. But underneath all that cool exterior resides a woman that after a lifetime of being a con artist and a petty criminal, is very vulnerable. She wants out of that life, and against better ...more
Megan
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Entertaining and a pleasure to read. I was sold on it by a post in Olivia Waite's Intersectional Feminism in Romance series, particularly this line from the review:
"At this point, I had no idea where the text would go. My sense of the narrative direction had been twisted too many times — I was being conned, and I was delighted. Everything depended on the characters' choices at this point: there was no one story shape (reunion story, Presents romance, redemption arc) that was controlling the narr
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Pippa Jay
What I liked:


I loved the development of the romance between the two heroines, Liv and Zia. It was sweet, sensual, and felt very natural. I'm also a sucker for a redeemed thief. There was plenty of angst and heartbreak, which are top of my wish list for a story with real emotional punch. The world building was solid, though a little lacking in SF elements for my usual fare, and very smooth and believable character development. I also like how the story fitted in with Caught in Amber and Deep Dec
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Abigail Sharpe
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Years ago I read the first 30 pages of Rulebreaker as part of an unpublished manuscript contest for the First Coast chapter of RWA. I loved it then, and now that I've read the rest of it, I'm deliriously happy. :)

And not disappointed.

I was right there with Liv through her illegal activities and falling in love and the END - oh, BOY, the end! Heart-racing action so well done. This is both good and bad, because I always speed through these scenes to find out what happens! I'll have to go back and
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Ilona
Jan 20, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a fun story to read. Liv was a great character to follow and she had a good voice. I liked the romance between her and Zia, it didn't feel particularly strong as it is a fair while before we get introduced to Zia and in some ways it felt a bit rushed towards the end but overall I really enjoyed it and could see them living happily together. The side characters were well written and I did quite like Tonio. I also did like how the two women both had major flaws in what they had done inste ...more
Robyn
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story. Pegau does a fabulous job of describing the world of Nevarro; you can feel the cold, and see the physical and societal shift around Liv as she transitions from her run-down flat to her "new life" as Zia's assistant. The characters are wonderfully flawed and vivid. Liv is a bank robber with a heart of gold, torn between the reward of the biggest job of her life and the pain she knows it will leave in her wake. Zia is very swoonworthy. (Then again, I have a weakness fo ...more
Jill Sorenson
Jul 15, 2011 rated it liked it
I think I'll write a longer review later. This one had really great writing, engaging characters and a good story. The main problem is that the heroine has fantastic chemistry with her ex-husband, a charming con man. Tonio Calderon reminded me of George Clooney in Out of Sight. It's a sexy futuristic caper with a twist: the heroine is also a con artist, hired to seduce a powerful businesswoman. The lady tycoon enters the picture too late and I never warmed up to her. I wanted the heroine to go b ...more
Bella Street
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A fast-paced science fiction romance that hooked me from the start:

"My ex-husband had just felt me up, taken my gun, and spoiled my hit."

And for a girl who makes rules so things go smooth, everything for Liv Braxton goes from bad to worse, which just means the story gets better and better and the stakes are raised even higher. I was immediately hooked by the droll humor and great characters who populate this book, and was impressed by the perfect balance of world building and tightly-woven plotl
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