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Losing fifty pounds is an incredible achievement. But for Melissa Atherton, progress doesn’t come with praise—a scathing comment from an evil cousin at a bridal shower threatens to crush her new self-esteem. Who will she bring to the upcoming wedding? Showing up without a date would be humiliating. It just isn’t an option.
Personal trainer Jake Sawyer was attracted to Melissa before she lost weight, but her progress has him floored. When she admits she plans to hire a male escort—and why—his heart all but breaks. Melissa’s come too far to be knocked down, especially by her own family. He’ll go as her date…and figure out a way to keep his hands to himself.
But when a steamy hotel room encounter takes them both by surprise, Jake balks. He’s sworn never to date one of his clients, not again. And Melissa can’t bear to be just friends with the man who treated her so tenderly, even if it was only for a weekend. Jake’s helped her see she’s strong enough to stand up for herself, but will she find the strength to pursue the only man who’s ever seen the real her?
“Jake. There’s something I have to tell you.” Melissa pointed a pale pink-tipped finger at him. “It’s important.” She paused to stare deeply into his eyes and when her tongue stroked her lips with a soft sensual lick, Jake had to fight the urge to lower his head and do what he’d wanted to do all night. Taste that tempting mouth of hers.
“You gotta fight for your right to party.” Her impish smile and the sound of the elevator doors opening snapped him out of the sexual undertow that had almost pulled him under and he guided her out of the elevator and onto the carpeted hallway of the second floor of the hotel. “I love that song,” she added, oblivious to the effect she was having on him.
“Yeah. I could tell by the way you were belting it out in the truck.” Jake pulled the room key card from the back pocket of his jeans as they reached their room.
“Thanks for letting me pick the radio station.”
He let go of her to slide the card into the card reader and open the door. “You’re welcome.”
“Whoa, Nellie.” Melissa clutched at his arm as she swayed to the side. “Sorry. It’s the shoes,” she said as she steadied herself.
“I think it’s the tequila shots.”
“No. It’s the shoes,” she said emphatically as she let go of him and moved into the room. “I don’t normally wear heels this high.”
Jake grinned and shook his head as he closed the door and tossed his keys and the card on the dresser. Melissa’s tolerance to alcohol was much like that of his brother, J.T., who after a couple of beers was pretty much toasted. Odd for a guy J.T.’s size, but true nonetheless.
“And you normally drink two beers and four shots of tequila?”
“It was only three shots.” A cute frown furrowed her brow. “I think.” She flung her purse on the bed and put her hands on her hips as she turned to face him. Her eyes raked boldly over his body. “You know what? I bet I could teach you to dance.”
“I know how to dance. I’m just not good at it.”
“That’s because you don’t practice.” She snapped her fingers and did a little shimmy. Jake’s breath jammed in his throat at the sight of her full breasts bouncing under her form-fitting top. “You can’t improve if you don’t shake what your mama gave you.”
I highly recommend Breaking His Rules for a sweet and sexy romance featuring a hero and heroine worth rooting for. They totally deserve their happy ending.
***Nona’s Review for Breaking His Rules by Alison Packard***
This is a touching romance about two “everyday” people. Jake is the owner of a fitness studio and Melissa is a client who, with his encouragement, has lost fifty pounds. Besides being coach and client, Jake and Melissa are good friends. Truth be told, they might even be a bit more as Melissa is attracted not only to Jake’s good looks, but his upbeat and compassionate personality as well. He feels much the same way about Melissa. But due to an embarrassing and painful past experience, he has a rule about not dating clients.
Melissa’s in a bind, though. She’s embarrassed to show up at her bitchy cousin’s wedding without a date, especially since said cousin has made her the butt of jokes in the past. Jake, ever the gentleman, offers to escort Melissa. To save face, they’ll pretend they’ve been dating for months. Surely they’ll be able to keep things between them light and platonic.
***OR WILL THEY?***
(You knew that was coming, right?)
When the hotel where they’re staying makes a mistake and only offers a single king sized bed instead of two queens, the reader knows there’s trouble ahead. Hooray!
I enjoyed this story very much. Besides being a sexy and emotional romance, it touches on some serious issues like bullying, body shaming and loving yourself whatever your size. Jake and Melissa were such sympathetic characters. I loved how he had feelings for Melissa even before she lost the weight and how he didn’t push her into being model-thin, but encouraged her to stay at a weight that was healthy and comfortable. And I also liked the fact that he knew where she was coming from due to his own experience.
Melissa had a hard time speaking up for herself at first, but by the end of the story is able to defend herself not only to her bitchy cousin but also a creepy photographer. The secondary characters were a lot of fun, too. I enjoyed Melissa’s mouthy sister Paige. Hopefully there’s a story for her in the works. I gather some of the other characters have had their own books, so I’m going to check those out as well.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Alison now lives in Southern Nevada where she’s still getting used to the blistering summers and the slot machines in every grocery store.
When not working at the day job that pays the bills, keeps a roof over her head, and supports her book and chocolate habits, Alison spends most of her free time writing. But when she takes a break, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family and friends.
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