Review: Rule Breaker by Lily Harlem

Rule Breaker by Lily Harlem
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
Pages: 287
Source: Book provided by the publisher for review



Locks, keys and prison bars can’t contain a love that’s meant to roam wild and free, but when that love is let loose, will Lacey be able to handle what’s heading her way?

Rules are meant to protect the innocent and keep danger at bay—except for me. The lines blur, and it all started when I met the ultimate bad boy. But is he? Miller Davenport might be big, bad and brimming with sin but he’s confessed his crimes and for ten years he’s served his time and walked the line.

Everyone deserves a second chance, right? And as his nurse—the one person who understands him—I can’t help but count the days till we can be together properly, without guards watching over us and without every look and word we share censored.

When that day comes, though, will our desire for each other explode and take me to the new heights he’s promised? And if so, how will I survive such intensity?

One thing is for sure. With Miller I’ll be whisked up in a whirlwind of his dark energy and a tornado of his lust, and likely taken to the very edge of what I can handle. I can’t help a few nerves, though, as release day approaches, because if it all comes crashing down, who can I depend on when I’ve ridden into the sunset with a man who’s broken all the rules? Will I be saved or will I have pushed everyone and everything too far?


Review:  One of the characteristics I have come to associate with author Lily Harlem is versatility. Whether penning solo or in collaboration with author Natalie Dae, this author consistently delivers a panty-melting erotic experience.

Rule Breaker is no exception.

As a prison nurse, Lacey finds herself drawn to Miller, one of the inmates. He’s about to be released after paying for his crime, which means there’s a chance for her dreams to become a reality. She’s spent her life living by the rules; taking a chance with Miller would be completely unlike her.

Packed with plenty of kink, Harlem delivers a raunchy read that is pure naughtiness. Her erotic scenes are well developed without any sense of following a set pattern. The unexpected becomes the expected at the hands of this author. The storyline provides a completely new twist on the “traditional” good girl/bad boy relationship. What happens when the good girl decides to be a little bit bad and the bad boy encourages it? Throw in a secondary storyline featuring Lacey and Shay, her cousin by marriage, to complicate matters.

Although there were some challenging aspects of reading a story featuring UK English as opposed to the American version, I chalked it up as a cultural experience. It did take a bit for me to get used to Miller referring to Lacey as “hen.” Because of the setting in England and then in France, there is very much of an international flavor to the story that is rich in detail.

Never could I have predicted the ending. The author did a phenomenal job of laying the groundwork to lead readers in a completely different direction. The end result is one that is truly representative of Harlem’s skills as a writer.