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Breaking the Rules

(Breaking #1)

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Travis Holt never expected the one person who could throw him off his game to roll back into town. As the successful owner of Holt Body Fitness, he was sure he would win his upcoming MMA fight… until his best friend’s little sister showed up.

For Travis, there's only ever been one rule: stay away from his best friend's sister. But Amara Valenzuela has transformed from meek
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Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published September 28th 2018
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Dianne
Amara came home for family, leaving behind a fulfilling and meaningful career. When she saw her brother’s best friend again, the old feelings she had as a teen resurfaced with a vengeance and she was determined to make sure he noticed her, one way or another.

Travis has always noticed Amara, but the last thing he wants to do is destroy his friendship with her brother, because one NEVER messes with their best friend’s sister, never. Travis has faced his own trials in life and is now on track to f
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Jennifer
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
ARC received for review

Amara comes home to help with her sick mom (but there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of that going on) and re-enters Hawk's world. Hawk who is her brother's BFF didn't realized that little Amara has grown up and gotten so hot. Lots of chemistry and him trying to do the right thing before they both give in to the heat. Then of course brother finds out and is hurt, but all's well in the end. Let's talk about the ending....they get together, admit to being in love, and BAM th
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Coco.V
Sep 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Melliane
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5/5

Mon avis en Français

My English review

I’ve read two of the author’s novels, but in light romance genre, and when I saw this series, I was curious to see what it was like.

Travis is a famous MMA fighter and he just realized his dream by opening his gym. All was well in the best of worlds until Amara, his best friend’s sister, came to town. But Eddie is overprotective of his sister, and he’s made it clear to everyone that she’s off-limits. After resisting for a while as best they could, Travi
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Danny
Well... this one was kind of hard to figure out. I actually loved the character’s insta-love but then the whole book was all about that and only that.

Travis is an MMA fighter and he’s coming back into the fighting scene and is training for it. He’s best friends with Eddie, Amara’s brother.
Amara worked in DC in a domestic violence department but went back to LA to be with her mom that was sick.

So, as I said, their insta-attraction was good at first but then it started getting annoying and boring.
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Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
Ember Leigh is an author that I have fallen in head first with. I am so addicted to her excellently written stories. I really connect with her writing voice. I know that when I pick up one of her books that the quality will be amazing.

This is another book by Leigh that I fell into immediately. The way that she draws the reader in with her character-driven stories is so masterful. She knows how to hook the reader and make them want more and more.

Leigh is so great at writing characters. I love t
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Anastasia シ
3.5 stars

Full Review on my blog!
*a copy was provided by NetGalley*

Travis seemed to fit the bill perfectly. God-status hot and already within reach. All she had to do was strike up a conversation and send a half-nude selfie, and it would be One-Night Stand Central.


Ahhhh, I loveeee it~

Breaking the Rules is hot, but I felt like it was lacking something.

These were dangerous flames they were playing with. And already he was getting scorched. He’d never kissed a woman like that before. Those kisses w
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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Sweet Baby Jesus I love a story about best friends brother's or sister's. A no go because they are off limits and unattainable. This had all the angst and push and pull I needed.

Amara moves back home to take care of her mother who is recovering from Cancer. When she moves back she sets her goals to get a job in her field and take care of her mother. All is going great until she sees her brother Eddie's best friend Travis. Holy hell do sparks fly from both of them but they know that they are off
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Jos
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Pelusa Rivera
Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author. (Netgalley) I am going to be a see-saw with this review and let me tell you why.. I loved Travis and I actually wished he had another love interest than Amara, why do you ask? Well let me tell you. I liked that she felt strongly about her cause (battered women shelter) loved the cause and would totally help, my issue was that she had no balance and she was judgy (yup made up a word) I mean we all have opinions but we need to respect the feelings and opinions of ...more
K. Lynn BookHavenBookBlog
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great story about trying to do the right thing but realizing that hearts will not be denied. I fell in love with Travis! Good, sexy man with a good heart who tried to live up to the bro code. Amara was a vivacious flirt attracted to Travis but had a very overprotective brother, Eddie, who also happened to be best friend to Travis. Travis and Amara navigate the feelings they have for each other, the sensual push/pull of chemistry, and Eddie. A feel-good, not overly dramatic, romantic must read fo ...more
Faith89
Mar 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: booksprout, sports
MMA-secret love- chemistry.
Best friend’s sisters are against the rules. Even if they are off the charts HOT! it does’nt matter if you can talk to her and tell her all your hidden secrets. Travis did not want to cross that line with Amara. Eddie would lose his mind. He is over the top protective of Amara. Amara has been away for many years. She is used to be independent and on her own. When she see Travis, she is instantly attracted. They try to hide their romance but of course it comes out. but
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T!FF
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book from NetGalley.com I was granted. I wish I could rave about it but it was actually a struggle to get through. The third person POV left me disconnected from the characters. Though the body of the story was well written, the dialogue was a miss. Everyone was mid to late 20's but sounded as if they were teenagers. I also felt the males to be too sensitive. And unfortunately there wasn't much of a climax in the story line.
Tammy
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Amara moves back home to help her mom recover from a cancer diagnosis and is looking for a job to help support her family. Travis is her brother best friend and her old crush, but when they see each other again sparks fly. Will Travis go against his friend’s rules and start a relationship with Amara? Will other barriers get in the way of their new relationship? I admit Amara was a bit annoying, however overall, I enjoyed this entertaining read.
Virginia Marks
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Breaking The Rules is a phenominal story that intergrates love and pain to describe relationships today. Many stories don't have the struggles that too many people face day to day.

Amara Valenzuela is on her way back into her hometown leaving behind a life she so desperatly she wanted to return to just as soon as her mother's cancer is cured. Her brother, Eddie, is already caring for his mother while working a fulltime job. She knows that he needs help and that their absent father (abandoned them
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♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Sweet and frustrating, Amara's love life is a bit of a roller coaster ride. Amara is all grown up and when she returns home to help care for her ailing mother, the last thing she expects is to stay in LA. Amara is an independent woman who has made a good life on the East Coast. She has a job where she provides value and it is something that gives her meaning. Coming home to LA feels like several steps back, but she gets to spend time with her brother and mother. She has missed them.

This story's
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Grady
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
‘Hot Body Fitness was the sacred place for all people to improve their self-esteem’

Ohio author Ember Leigh has published twelve novels to date, books in romance series – THE BREAKING SERIES, BAYSHORE SERIES, EROTIC DESTINATIONS SERIES as well as standalone novels. She lives near Lake Erie.

While her status as a steamy romance writer is established, in this book Ember adds a fine sense of family conflicts, touch-me-not attractions, and some insights into the interiors of fitness gyms. It works wel
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Heather Miller
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Amara Valenzuela just moved back to LA from DC. She moved back to help take care of her mom and her cancer treatments. Amara is 26, she is working for non-profit companies, battered women's shelters, etc.

Amara's brother, Eddie has been training at an MMA gym, owned by a friend of his, Travis, who is the gym owner, and also an MMA fighter himself. Eddie has always told Amara that his friends are off limits. Eddie tells Travis the same then after Amara moved back to LA.

Travis & Amara have known e
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Samantha I Love HEA Romance Book Blog
4.5 Stars

Breaking The Rules is the first book I have had the pleasure of reading from author Ember Leigh, but it certainly will not be my last. This novel is an MMA romance, and is one fantastic read.

Amara is a sassy, but somewhat shy woman who works with abused women. She dislikes violence in any form, but can’t help but feel the pull of attraction toward Travis. Travis is an MMA fighter, and gym owner. He is confident, fit, and strong, and he is also very sweet. He keeps trying to fight his
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Layne Morrill
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A combination of wows and awes is what I'm thinking as I read this book. What a great book!

This is a great story about family, friends, and love. Amara learns in more ways than one that all you ever need is back home.

Amara moves back home to LA because her momma is sick and needs help while she's in treatment. She gets to be with her brother, Eddie, again and gets to make new friends and start a new job. One thing she doesn't expect is Travis...

Travis is a former UFC fighter that was injured a
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Amanda
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I saw an ad for this book on Facebook...intrigued by the snippet I decided to read it...best decision I made the other day. This book wasn’t about insta love or drama or even angst. If I’m being honest this book had no angst and very little drama in it, these two once they decided to move forward with their relationship they did but it was riddled with the unknown which cause fear in both sides.

Travis was the first to breakthrough and see he loved Amara. Amara took a little longer because she wa
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CS
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it
3 1/2 Stars


Travis was caught in a love triangle, only it wasn’t the conventional kind.
His best friend Eddie was overly protective of his sister Amara, and couldn’t let go. As Travis and Amara’s smoldering attraction for each other built up, their main obstacle was trying to keep it from affecting their relationship with Eddie.
The buildup was intense and steamy, but I got weary of the back and forth between the main couple as they tried to deny their feelings for each other.
When she was ready
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Khadiza
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well written good read

I loved this story , the book itself well written good strong characters.
I loved it there was such an ease whilst reading no jumping around here to there .
It’s got two sides one from Travis and one from
Amara.

I really liked how there was none of the over the top mushy stiff or over deflated sex scenes it felt natural like how things could be in real life almost .

I really recommend this book asa nice read it’s not to heavy and would be a lovely book for a car journey or to
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Paul Franco
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica
A woman comes home to El Lay when her mother gets sick, and in between taking care of her and looking for a job she joins her brother at the gym and falls in lust for the owner, who used to be tease her when they were kids.
Amara is an interesting mixture of contradictions. Sometimes she’s sassy, other times shy. Abhors violence, but has the hots for a professional fighter. Worried about reputation, but preferring one-night-stands to relationships. I often fall in love with the women in these sto
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Karen Roma
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
My review for Breaking the Rules is written with mixed feelings. while I loved Travis’ character, unfortunately I did not like his love interest. Don’t get me wrong, Amara has many good qualities and her passion to help battered women cannot be denied, but her tendency to be judgemental and manipulative is off-putting and annoying. On this note her relationship with Travis seems more about what she can from their connection, for example, guilting him into providing workshops etc. rather than any ...more
Johanna Sawyer
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the publisher for an ARC to read and give my honest opinion.


MMA style love romance. Amara comes back to help her mother go through stages of breast cancer and her brother Eddie is training at a gym. Amara falls for MMA hottie Travis Hoyt.

What did I like? The chemistry is off the charts as Travis and Amara Circle each other. Travis and Eddies are bro's and dating Amara seems like a sin. TBH the chemistry is off the chain for these two as the separation becomes too much.

Would I buy th
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Vicki Bennett
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Terry
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Stars for this best friend’s sister romance!

Amara comes home to LA from DC to help her older brother Eddie look after their mother, who is fighting cancer. Amara’s been gone for eight years and when she left, her brother’s best friend, Travis, was tall and skinny. But Travis is a MMA middle weight champion now, has all kinds of muscles that weren’t there before, and is hot as hell! The minute Travis lays eyes on Eddie’s little sister, he knows he’s in trouble. He hasn’t had an instant reaction
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Patti Barker
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Travis owns HOLT GYM & is a MMA fighter. At his gym he trains guy who may want to be a MMA fighter. His best friend Eddie's sister moves into town to help take care of her mother. Amara also needs to take care of a need. She is hoping Travis will be able to help with that need. He can't take his eyes off of her no matter how hard he tries. Now is the hard part... How are they suppose to do that without breaking the cardinal rule? Not sleeping with your best friends sister. They try but their fee ...more
Emily Pennington
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Travis is the owner of his own fitness center and is in training as an MMA boxer for one of the most important match of his entire career. This is the most important thing to him, a major goal, and nothing will stop him from giving it all he has! But when his best friend’s sister, a now grown up Amara, comes home to care for her ill mother, she rocks his world! But what would Eddie say when he has always demanded that his sister is off limits? Amara has already made it obvious she wants him, and ...more
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