Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: BREAKING THE RULES by H.B. Heizner

BREAKING THE RULES (Back to Brooklyn #2)

by: H.B Heizner


Growing up in small town Wisconsin, Carly Turner couldn't wait to escape when she graduated high school. Now, she's living the life in New York City, even if she isn't seeing her name in lights like she used to dream about at night. She's living paycheck-to-paycheck, working behind the scenes in small theaters off Broadway. When there's an equipment malfunction the week before opening night, Carly makes a call that winds up changing everything.
Life in the city isn't all it's cracked up to be. While she feels like she's getting closer to making the move from behind the scenes to center stage, she misses being surrounded by people who understand the quirks that come from living in a town of five thousand people. That, and the fact that he's sexy as sin, make Adam everything she feels like she's missing.
The only problem? He's her best friend's kid brother...
Adam Sanders wants to settle down, find a good woman and start a family like he sees so many of his friends doing. But how is he supposed to meet Ms. Right when he's constantly on the road for work? When he's sent to New York to handle a repair that would typically be contracted out as a favor to his boss, he's just about to his breaking point.
Everything changes when the stagehand sent to open the theater for him is none other than his big sister's childhood friend. The same girl he lusted after as a teenager. Could this be fate's way of showing him that he was looking in the wrong place for love?
As Adam and Carly's friendship develops, lines will be crossed and rules will be broken. Will they be able to come out the other side without destroying everything they had back in Brooklyn?


Star Rating:  3.5 out of 5

Heat Rating:  SIMMERING!

Breaking the Rules takes place during the same time as Bent (Back to Brooklyn #1) but from the point of view of Adam and Carly.  If you haven't read Bent yet, you can read Breaking the Rules as a stand alone and still be "in the know" and if you have read Bent you will get to see the characters from a different perspective (nothing new happens with Julia and Micah but it was interesting to see their relationship through Adam's POV).

H.B. Heinzer has created an interesting group with Adam, Carly, Micah and Julia, it is a cast of characters that has lots of issues with their past, where they live and what they want out of life.  What I liked most about this cast of characters is that they are real people, with average people problems, so they are easy to understand, relate to (no crazy rich CEO or rockstar or Divas here) 
and root for as they find their happily every afters.

I really enjoyed Adam's character, he is everything you could ask for in a guy; sweet, smart, caring, considerate and loyal.   Adam was willing to do whatever Carly wanted to make her happy, even when it went against what he was comfortable with (don't we all want a guy willing to make sacrifices for us?).  Carly ran away from Brooklyn (Wisconsin) as soon as she could and took on New York City's theater district.  I liked Carly in the beginning of the story, she was strong, independent and sure of what she wanted out of life, but as the story progressed she was very wishy washy and frustrated me to no end.

While I enjoyed Breaking the Rules I wish I could have had more time with Adam and Carly and less time re-visiting Julia and Micah's story line (at times I felt I was re-reading Bent instead of getting a new story).   H.B Heizner does write a very engaging story and even though I wanted the story to go in a different direction, I really enjoyed her writing style.  The Back to Brooklyn series is the first time I have read H. B. Heinzer and I will definitely go back and read more of her work, I really like the way her storytelling unfolds and you can easily get wrapped up in the characters' stories.  

Breaking the Rules is a good story about how sometimes you have to let go of what you think you want and take a chance trusting others to get what you really need.  

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*Bonus Scene*:

Carly knew what she wanted to do. The problem was, now that Julia was living with her, she couldn’t put an ad in the paper just yet. 
“What would you do if Micah came out here and begged you to come home?” Carly asked nonchalantly. 
The women were having a girls’ night in thanks to the early winter storm moving in. It was the perfect time to relax with a few drinks and, hopefully, Carly would get Julia talking about where things stood with Micah. Carly knew what Micah was planning and couldn’t help but feel it might be too soon. All she heard about was how Julia wanted time to “find herself.” 
While Carly could appreciate the sentiment, she had come close to telling Julia how stupid she was being several times. The woman had everything waiting for her back in Wisconsin, and yet she felt the need to spend her nights alone and miserable. Julia might adamantly deny that she wasn’t happy, but Carly had been her friend far too long to buy it. 
“It’s not going to happen, so it’s a non-issue,” Julia said, tipping back her glass of merlot. 
“But what if it did? Would you go back?” 
Julia stared at the television for a while, leaving Carly to figure out whether she was thinking about the possibility or trying to ignore the question in hopes Carly would let it go. 
As Carly stood to grab another bottle of beer out of the fridge, Julia started to speak. “Have you ever been so certain of something that you can’t do anything to change it?” She asked.
Yeah, and it almost destroyed the first good thing to come along in my life. “Just once,” Carly responded. One of the few regrets she had in life was allowing fear to rule her decisions. She hadn’t given Adam enough credit, hadn’t trusted him to be there when she needed him to hold her hand. And it almost cost her everything.
“And what happened?” If working in public relations didn’t work out for Julia, she could have one hell of a career as a shrink. She had an uncanny knack for turning everything around on Carly. “Did you stick to what you thought you knew?”
“For a while,” Carly admitted. In reality, she knew almost as soon as she pushed Adam away that it had been a mistake. But by the time the sun came up, it was too late. 
“Then what?”
“I finally had to admit I was wrong. Julia, I know you think you can’t be a strong, independent woman and still compromise. But you’re wrong. You have a man who loves you, a man who remodeled and bought the house you were living in, just so he could try to keep you close. You need to think about that because if you keep refusing to bend, eventually he’s going to break and then you’ll be no better off than me.” 
Carly hadn’t meant for the words to come out that way, but it was too late to take them back. She could only hope Julia was so wrapped up in digesting the first part that she ignored the slip at the end. 
After spending most of her life afraid to love, she had convinced herself that she couldn’t love. Worse yet, she felt she could be loved. That left her in a crappy apartment in New York, struggling to pay her bills, watching her dreams slipping away from her. And she was alone. 

Meet the Author:

With the exception of three years spent in the middle of Nebraska, H.B. Heinzer has called southern Wisconsin home. During that time in Nebraska, she imagined one of her favorite authors living on the far western edge of the county, just south of the highway. At the time, becoming a novelist was a distant dream for her. Now, she is the author living in that location. Ironically, she later found out that same favorite author lives just outside the town HB lived in for the first eighteen years of her life.
Now, HB lives in the middle of nowhere but still close enough to the city to not feel isolated. It's the perfect place to let her two kids run and explore their huge yard, teach them about the food chain as they prepare their first-ever garden and debate building a chicken coop. It's one of those dreams that is only possible thanks to the amazing opportunities that have come through writing.

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