ARC Review: Rule Breaker by Kat Bastion with Stone Bastion
Author: Kat Bastion, Stone Bastion
Publisher: Kat Bastion, Stone Bastion
Date of Publication: November 7, 2016
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
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.
***RULE BREAKER is a standalone, full-length new adult romance told in dual POV. Due to mature themes and adult language, this book is for those 18 and older.***
“But when an adventure-bound guy, who could have anything, sits in front of a girl with enough fire in her to make every step of the journey ahead a glorious flight? She becomes the only thing he wants.”
Gotta love this book! I wasn’t surprised when this book stole my heart away. It was far from the ordinary summer romance novels that I’ve read. It was a sweet, endearing story with raw characters and nicely written dialogues that just crawled under my skin.
The story started off when Hawaiian local Leilani Kealoha approached the successful East Coast surfer Mason “Mase” Price and proposed to have him sponsored by her brother for windsurfing competitions. Her simple proposal led to Mase proposing back to her for an Assistant/PR Rep job. When she accepted it in exchange for his acceptance of her proposal, she did not expect to have so many realizations– that she wanted a carefree life like Mase’s, away from her comfort zone and family expectations to stay inland and settle in her Hawaiian roots. She wanted to travel with him and explore wonderful possibilities.
The tasty writing was the one that basically sold me. Just like the first time I’ve read a book written by Kat and Stone Bastion, I found the writing strange. But good strange. I loved Mase and Leilani’s conversations and how they got to know each other in a carefree way. The fact that Leilani is a POC who fell in love with a white was also a pleasure to read. It’s a rare experience for me to read a romance book that is packed with racial tensions so I ended up surprised here.
Also… I loved the setting. Hawaii. Wow. The vivid descriptions of the place amazed me. I felt like I was there the entire time I was reading the book.
“I’d definitely stayed far from the safe path. Leilani Kealoha? Made wandering into an untamed jungle worth every dangerous step.”
The story moved slowly at times but I honestly grew to care for the characters over that time and longed for the ending to find out if they’re given a chance to have their happily ever after. This book was way better than I expected. I would never hesitate to recommend it for fans of summer romance stories.
“And at the moment I’d found me? So had the most amazing girl.”
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