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February 12, 2023

Breaking All the Rules by Amy Andrews ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts 

Sometimes you gotta toss your whole life into a burning dumpster to find what’s most important...

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book cover of romantic comedy novel Breaking All the Rules by Amy Andrews
January 2023; Entangled: Amara; 978-1682815632
audio, ebook, print (368 pages); romantic comedy

Breaking All the Rules
has everything that it needs to be a fun rom-com -- it has a woman in crisis, a sexy cop/cowboy, lots of sexy thoughts, plus a lot of laughs.  

Beatrice is a thirty-five-year-old woman who has spent her life following all the rules to be successful while she tries to please her father and her grandmother, both of whom had rigid rules about life and plans for Beatrice.  But now she's had enough.  After walking out on her job as an advertising executive after once again being passed over on a promised promotion that was given to a less capable man,  she has moved to a small town - a very small town - in Colorado.  She rented a room, pulled the shades. put on her baggy sweats, and did nothing for two weeks but drink and eat -- and made sure that what she was eating was full of sugar and bad for her.   After two weeks of solitude, she ventures from her room to find something with sugar - lots of sugar.

When she finds Annie's Cafe, she's ecstatic to find out that it has homemade pies plus ice cream.  While she is eating two ice cream cones in front of the diner, a nosy citizen calls the police.  After all, everyone in this small town knows everyone else and Bea is a stranger plus she's dressed in a stained shirt, sweat pants, and bunny slippers.  Responding to the call is sexy Austin Cooper - he's a 25-year-old cop who also works on his parents' ranch and even though he's 10 years younger than Bea, there is an immediate spark between them.  Their first scene together is humorous as she keeps yelling that she's a rule breaker and should be put in the pokey.  He finds her funny and takes her to jail.  After that initial encounter - the sparks fly fast and furious between them. Bea is totally conflicted about her feeling for Austin - she's 10 years older than he is plus she isn't sure what she's going to do with the rest of her life.  Will she remain off the grid or will she return to LA?  And is it fair to lead him on?  As their relationship grows, so does her uncertainty about it.  Will she be able to put her negative thoughts out of her mind and learn to enjoy life and find love with Austin?  

This was a great rom-com.  There were a lot of humorous situations along with the sexy relationship between the two main characters.  This book is full of humor and heat and lots of sexy flirting.

I didn't realize until after I finished the book that the author has several other books set in the same town After reading Breaking All the Rules, I'm ready to head back to Colorado and read more books about sexy cowboys!

(Kindle Unlimited subscribers can read the ebook for FREE)

Susan Roberts grew up in Michigan but loves the laid-back life at her home in the Piedmont area of North Carolina where she is two hours from the beach to the east and the mountains to the west.  She reads almost anything but her favorite genres are Southern Fiction and Historical Fiction.  

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