Monday, May 13, 2013

Review: Breaking the Rules by Jennifer Lewis


Breaking the RulesBreaking the Rules by Jennifer Lewis
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

An everyday love story supposedly with a twist. Not what I expected from a bestselling author, so was quite disappointed.

In Breaking the Rules by Jennifer Lewis, a fortune teller predicted Joe Figueroa would meet the love of his life that very night, so he took fate by the horns and chose his wife. Now his marriage and his naval career are in ruins and he’s got a bone to pick with that psychic. When he tracks her down the haunting gypsy beauty doesn’t look a day older, just more entrancing than ever.

Did Joe choose the wrong woman to marry that night?

Susana Cigan barely recognizes the man whose fate she’d once seen linked with hers. Yet Joe awakens something inside her that stirs her body and threatens her psychic gift. She’s tired of her gypsy heritage confining her in a narrow world of tradition and superstition and knows she could lead this wounded and hostile stranger on a journey to redemption. Will she dare to follow her heart and venture into unfamiliar—and sensual—territory with this man who threatens to break all her rules?

From the blurb, I had expected something more, especially from Ms. Lewis who is a well established and bestselling author. So what went wrong?

There were so many elements missing from this story. Just to name two:

1. There was a lack of background, despite the fact that the story preludes the background. There were so many things regarding both main characters that were missing as well. Like, the hows and the whys of why they are who they are in the time line of the story.

2. From the blurb, one would expect that Susana would be magical. There was nothing magical about the story. AT ALL!

Okay, so maybe it is my fault that I expected more from this. I don't know. But the book was a total waste as there was so much potential waiting to happen and yet there was no follow through. In my opinion, the author missed her mark on this one and instead of creating a book that was a happy to read thing, it just fell flat.

And no, the erotic scenes just took up so much space, but was like, ugh! I am now wracking my brain for the right adjective but I end up with something nasty, so won't say anything.

Don't shoot me. I am venting.

Don't get me wrong. The storyline was okay, hence the 2 stars. I just wish the author did MORE. So yeah, disappointed.

Review based on an ARC from Netgalley


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