Tuesday, 8 November 2016
Rulebreaker by Kat Bastion & Stone Bastion (#2 Unbreakable)
Series: Unbreakable (#2)
Author: Kat Bastion & Stone Bastion
Release Date: 7th November 2016
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 New Release Challenge, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Racial Tensions Flare as Hot as the Passion in RULE BREAKER, a Modern-day Romeo and Juliet Story. Leilani Kealoha wants to be set free. Of family expectations. Of generations of prejudice. Chafing at rules made by the proud Hawaiian men in her family, she yearns to discover herself and hungers to explore the world. Her adventuresome heart? Longs for something even greater, deeper. The last thing she expects is an East Coast haole surfer to hold the key to everything. Mason Price is done walking his parents’ path. Done with social acceptance—with cold politics. On a surfing quest to reinvent himself, Mase finds an exotic beauty standing on his towel. But it’s her feisty bargaining that catches him off guard. When he challenges her with a “Truth or Shots” drinking game, she unwittingly reveals more than she’d intended about herself…and him. The raw truth stuns him: She’s suffered like he has, is lost like he is—keeps secrets like he does. But will young love and shared situations be enough to conquer racial and cultural divides? Lines in the sand…were meant to be crossed.
Rulebreaker is a standalone romance with small links to the previous book in the series, Heartbreaker and the Bastions' previous series No Weddings. You can read just Rulebreaker without losing anything, but you're missing out on not reading the other books! This review is spoiler free.
Rulebreaker isn't really the kind of romance I'd have picked up on my own. I've never had any experience surfing so surfer romances don't normally appeal to me. However I love the Bastions' writing style and the characters that they create and as such there was no doubt that I wanted to read this one.
Leilani and Mase had great chemistry and the hesitation for the two of them to act on their attraction really added to the tension build up. I really bought into the two of them together and there was definitely more to it than the physical side of things.
They both had their issues with family, and there were points where their issues almost came between them. At the beginning, Leilani was very hesitant to reveal why she was so reluctant to be with Mase, and the reveal had me a bit in shock, probably because I don't know much about the culture of Hawaii, but even then it wasn't something I'd ever considered as an impeachment to a relationship. It did work as a mountain for the two of them to surmount though.
This was a great read, not that I had any doubt it would be!