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Bending The Rules

(Stewart Island #10)

4.74  ·  Rating details ·  58 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
Cop Noah Daniels doesn't believe in unicorns or true love, not since his life went to hell six years ago. Emotions are easier to handle when they're out of sight, out of mind. But when script writer Tilly Montgomery crash-lands into his world on Stewart Island for a month, she might just be the one to convince him that unicorns and true love do exist. If they're prepared t ...more
Published October 20th 2018 by Tracey Alvarez
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Tracey Alvarez’s Due South series has always been a special one for me; that it’s set in beautiful NZ with its unique Maori culture—Alvarez’s clear love for her country bleeds through so enthusiastically that I can’t help feel it—is just a bonus.

Noah Daniels finally, finally gets his story, though it isn’t quite one that I’d expected, but then, I hadn’t expected my own reaction to be lukewarm at best.

I think few things really happened, even though I was partway though: there were a few to-and-
Cathy Geha
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bending the Rules by Tracey Alvarez
Stewart Island #10

Oh my! Just ~LOVED~ this book!!! Tracey always gives good book and this is no exception.

Tilly Montgomery is an inquisitive, open, caring writer for a popular television series but she has aspirations to write more in the future. She has been hurt in love so guards her heart. With an inheritance of a B&B on Stewart Island to deal with she takes leave from her job and heads off to the island. The meet-cute of Tilly and Noah Daniels had me s
Jennifer G
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Noah Daniels or as he's regularly called, Office Sexy-Britches is the only cop on Stewart Island. The one-time special unit badass now spends his on-duty time dealing with someone who has had one too many at the pub or responding to a minor disagreement among the island's four hundred or so residents. He's put the big city and its danger behind and locked up his emotions tight over the reasons he moved away. Until the moment he finds Tilly Montgomery in a towel outside of the B&B two doors d ...more
Rhonda Brant
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore this author! Everything she writes takes you through another adventure through New Zealand with some amazing and hysterical characters, this time it's Tilly and Noah. Noah is the stern ex AOS cop, now turned small town cop, who has been burned by love before and has no plans for a relationship in his future. Tilly is the great niece of Mary Duncan, a long time Oban resident who has passed away and Tilly has inherited the B&B, so she has come to town to pack everything up a ...more
Susan Page
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this latest book in the Stewart Island Series. Noah Daniels, the policeman for the island has always, throughout the series, seemed a little remote, always on duty, and in this book we find out why. He is a lonely man, but it is his choice, he has issues.

Tilly Montgomery is a screenwriter who doesn't really enjoy her job. Her father had been a famous writer, and she feels she should be writing something more significant, to follow in his footsteps. Her father died, then shor
Katharine OConnell
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bending the Rules is a fun and often funny story set on Stewart Island off the southern island of New Zealand. Tracey Alvarez builds a tremendous sense of place, with the reader feeling like they are in New Zealand, experiencing small-town island life. She also has built a fantastic world of compelling and fun characters who inhabit this island. It is great fun for the reader of this series to return to the island and see old "friends," but I believe that it would be just as fun and just as poss ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
💕What's that kiwi doing in the backyard?! It's fine, Officer Noah to the rescue:-)
October 21, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
This story has so much going for it! A beautiful setting in the Far South of New Zealand, a terrifically embarrassing meet-cute to start Noah and Tilly's present-day❤ romance, a slowly revealed romantic life for her benefactress great aunt Mary, some policing and crime thrills, and a meteorogically-chilly but inhabitant-warm and -friendly small town to grow into.

Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Matilda “Tilly” Montgomery has lost her Father, her Great Aunt, and her creative spark for writing attention grabbing screen plays for K-Road (an Auckland-based TV soap. She’s secretly writing a science fiction romance screen play. Now she’s going to spend a month in Southern Seas, the B&B she inherited from her Great Aunt Mary Duncan, before she can sell it to see her mom settled. Shouldn’t be too hard, right?

Noah Daniels, otherwise known as Officer Sexy-Britches, is the Lone Ranger of Oban
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Ms Alvarez has entertained me for several hours with her latest novel in the Stewart Island series. Out of the many books I have read in 2018, Bending The Rules is one of my favorites.

It tells the story of Noah, a Stewart Island cop, and Tilly, a city girl from Auckland, who travels to the island to sort out her late aunt's affairs. As happens in romance novels, Tilly meets Noah and sparks fly in all directions - back and forth and sometimes, sideways.

I loved the main characters - t
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How can you not love Office Sexy-Britches!

Loved returning to Stewart Island with all it's crazy residents. Whilst we have met Noah a number of times before, he has generally come across as strong, silent, serious and brooding - possibly because he is the only law enforcement officer on the island. So finally being able to peek into his past, see what brought him to Stewart Island and discover his deepest secrets....and fears, really softens your view of him and makes him more human. His local mo
Three and a half stars.

Noah Daniels was a big city cop until things went to hell in a handbasket six years ago, after that he turned his back on the big city and all that entailed and moved to Stewart Island where he's the only cop and, by and large, his worst problem is dealing with the local drunks at chucking out time in the local pub, Due South. He doesn't do relationships and no matter how many of his friends pair up he has no interest in love, even if he is a bit lonely on an island with o
Melody Mcallister Novellino
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Bookworm rule number one: It’s never just ‘one more chapter.’
Point in case, after Tilly had seen Noah off she’d gone to bed with the aim of reading a couple more pages of Mary’s journal. Now here it was after midnight. Another thing about bookworms—they had no concept of time passing once they were engrossed in the written word.”

Excerpt From
Bending The Rules

This excerpt pretty much sums up the entire book. I couldn’t and didn’t put it down.
I don’t usually like books going backwards and forwards
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copy, romance
One of the things I love most about Tracey Alvarez's books, is her ability to combine the sweet and the sizzle. She successfully continues to give me what I want in Bending the Rules.

Noah Daniel is the sole police officer on Stewart Island and appears fine at keeping solo in the romantic relationship department, too. Tilly Montgomery is used to a life surrounded by the bustle of the big city, but is spending a month on the island in order to sort through her inheritance, which includes great-au
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 10/23/18.

Officer Sexy-Britches gets his HEA :)

Noah and Tilly's story was a lot of fun. Though both characters had some pretty heavy baggage in their pasts, much of their falling-in-love story was fairly lighthearted and fun. Tilly's "surveillance" of Noah on-the-job was LOL, and it wasn't the only part of the book that had me in danger of snort-laughing. Drink while reading at your own risk, people. ;)

The events that led to the black moment did feel a tad
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can City People Find Love on an Island?

Noah Daniels is the sole law enforcement officer on Stewart Island off the south coast of New Zealand’s South Island. He handles it all from bicycle infractions to supposed thefts. Tilly Montgomery is a writer from Auckland who comes to the island for a month to settle things on her great-aunt’s B&B so she can fulfill the will’s terms.

Tilly is still broken up over the loss of her father and great-aunt, and it has affected her writing. Maybe this break w
Chris Perez
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I requested a free ARC copy of this book and I’m writing an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

Honestly, all the books written by Tracey are so well written that it makes me feel like I am in New Zealand myself...Although I wish I was :) This latest book is about Noah and Tilly. Officer Sexy-Britches aka Noah, is the only officer on the island with a past which he would rather keep it that wa
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 5-star-books
Noah Daniels is the only cop on Stuart Island. As a cop who handled high adrenaline situations, the quieter life suits him just fine. His emotions are locked up tight and in his mind, no one needs to know his reasons for that.

Tilly, a screenwriter for a popular drama series who is working secretly on a sci-fi romance screenplay, inherited her great-aunts bed and breakfast in a small town miles away from the city. Her first night at the house, she encounters the local wildlife and gets herself l
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. Both characters have complicated pasts that are still affecting their lives. Noah’s history includes issues with his father & brothers who are all policemen & his mom & girlfriend who could not handle the job & its demands. Noah was also still haunted from his last case where he had to take the life of another.

Tilly feels like she isn’t measuring up to her father & that she’s disappointed her parents. Her father is gone now but she wants to step
Gary Truman
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unicorn Dust Trumping Family Discord

Noah and Tilly Noah is known as officer sexy britches and Tilly is on Stewart Island to claim her inheritance of the Southern Sea B & B that her Great Aunt Mary left her. The best Stewart Island Book of 10 i have read a sure 5 rating for Tracey!!! This story grabbed me from the beginning with Noah meeting Tilly who is only covered up with towel then finding her Aunt Mary's secret journal and learning she did have a love of her life that good about racial
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's hard to get a cop to bend the rules. Especially for Noah Daniels, whose first and foremost rule is to protect his heart. He's given up on long term relationships. Tilley is just in Oban for a month to clear her great aunt's estate, so why not have some fun with officer sexy pants? I love this character study of two people with an ingrained need to protect others. Their romance is a slow burn, but their chemistry is explosive. It's just sex, right? The secondary story of great aunt Mary and ...more
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bending the Rules is the newest addition to the Stewart Island books. It tells the story of Noah and Tilly. It’s an easy, great read and can be read as a stand alone.

Noah, has been seen throughout this series, and I was so excited to read his story! It definitely lived up to my expectations.

Noah, left his past behind when he came to Oban and became the only constable in Oban. Tilly has come to Stewart Island to claim her inheritance of her aunt’s B&B.

I always love the Stewart Island books an
Desiree Minier
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Noah finally has his own story! Woohoo!

I've been waiting, not so patiently, for Tracey Alvarez to get around to telling the story of Noah. I've always been curious about him, wondering about his backstory. He's always been this solid presence in Oban, friend to all, the kind, patient and wise town sheriff, Officer Sexy Britches, but you never got to really know him....until now. Boy, was it worth the wait! I've loved all the Stewart Island books.... as well as the Bounty Bay series... But this o
Winnie Lim
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ms Alvarez brings us back to Steward Island with yet another humorous, fun and romantic love story. Tilly and Noah's first meet is a novel and interesting way of meeting, and it will sure keep you laughing throughout. Their chemistry is off the charts and it was such a pleasure following their story, seeing how their feelings developed. Learning about Aunt Mary's love story from her journals was touching and sad.

Love the other secondary characters in the story. Stewart Island sounds like such a
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One book I didn't want to put down. Back to NZ and Due South.

Noah and Tilly started from an initial attraction, and they really liked each other. I think that's what makes the difference in Tracey Alvarez's work. Her couples spend time getting to know each other before things get hit and steamy.

Noah and Tilly each had hesitations about the relationship and fears they needed to overcome, but they worked through them to reach their HEA. I enjoyed revisiting Ben, West, Piper, Harley, Ford and the
Cheryl Sanders
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is book 10 in the Stewart Island series and it features our favorite Officer Sexy-Britches, Noah and Mary’s great-niece, Tilly. It happened slowly. Their romance was smoldering but once the flame caught, it burned like a wildfire. One thing you must remember is that Noah is not a verbal sharer of his feelings. Remember, it’s the quiet ones we have to look out for. Tillys in for a wild ride. I loved it! Being back on Stewart Island is always a welcome escape. The people and the environment f ...more
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I will never tire of going back to Oban to catch up with all of the friends that Tracey Alvarez has created there. “Bending the Rules” is another installment in humor, masterful dialogue, and good feelings. A heartfelt story where we get to know and come to understand sexy Noah. What a joy to see him find his unicorn. (A symbolism which I greatly appreciate.) Reading one of Tracey’s books is always a fun adventure. I think that New Zealand tourism should put her on their payroll - she’s made me ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
So great to go back to Stewart Island and that Noah finally gets his happy ending. Tilly thinks that she is going to Oban for a month to finalise her Great Aunt's bequest to her, she doesn't plan to fall in love with the town, the locals, and most importantly the local policeman, along the way she discovers her Aunts secret love. Noah has been hurt by a past love and has no intention of falling in love again but Tilly melts his defences. Tilly has also been hurt and finds it hard to trust someon ...more
Rosemary Hughes
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A woman drawn to an isolated community by a relatives bequest, mets a sexy hottie, in the form of the local cop. They seem to hit it off, but there are so many brick walls that each have erected, it is a difficult situation, and they have only four weeks, before Tilly returns to Auckland.
A fantastic story of crossed emotions and physical intimacy, with humor and friendly banter along the way.
Yes, a very good read!!
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Noah and Tilly are drawn together the moment they met in Stewart Island. But can they have a future together when Tilly’s live and work is in Auckland and Noah is settle in Oban as Constable running away from his past as AOS in the city? They will have to face the truth about themselves and their own fears in order to have a chance in happiness. A beautiful love story.
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Tracey Alvarez lives in the Coolest Little Capital in the World (a.k.a Wellington, New Zealand) where she’s yet to be buried under her to-be-read book pile by Wellington’s infamous wind—her Kindle’s a lifesaver! Married to a wonderfully supportive IT guy, she has two teens who would love to be surgically linked to their electronic devices.

Fuelled by copious amounts of coffee, she’s the author of c

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