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December 20, 2016

Review: Rule Breaker by Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion

by MK French

November 2016; 9780996418164; ebook & print
(400 pages); romance
a free book was provided for this review 
Mase grew up in a world of entitlement and privilege as the son of a senator now trying to move from one surfing spot to another. Leilani is a Hawaiian surfer tasked by her brother to recruit Mase. They have little in common other than surfing and the love of nature, but the attraction is instant and undeniable for them both. Their families don't approve of the relationship, and they're aware of racial tensions.

It was great to see an interracial relationship actively discuss the problems that could arise within families and the community without minimizing the potentially damaging effects that it can have. At the same time, this isn't a book that focuses only the hardships inherent in such matches. There's the first blush of romance as they deal with lust and their emotions, and trying to make sure that their feelings are reciprocated. Taking place in Maui, Hawaii, the backdrop becomes as much a character as Leilani's brothers. Locations are lovingly described, and you really get a sense of what Mase and Leilani love about the land. Everyone might know the term "ohana" from Lilo and Stitch now, but the word has a very strong connotation in this book. Yes, it's a romance novel, but family members are just as important to Leilani as her growing love for Mase. The conflict of familial expectations and going after she wants is very real and is likely to be a familiar kind of conflict for many readers. For fans of the Bastions' other works, Mase's friends do briefly show up at the end of the book.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever.

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