Hi there! You know I’ve loved me some sexy contemporary romances from the writing team of Kat and Stone Bastion. Those No Weddings books were a fun ride. RULE BREAKER is a new standalone New Adult romance that spins off the No Weddings books, with a secondary character finding a new life and love in Hawaii.
About the book:
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.***
This is a standalone spin-off from the authors’ No Weddings series, featuring a secondary character finding love.
Mason Price is on a quest to find himself, and dealing with the grief of losing his brother. He’s got plenty of cash, and he drifts from beach to beach in surfing competitions to fill his time. He’s approached by Leilani, a beautiful Hawaiian girl while hanging in Tahiti, so she can solicit him for a sponsorship of her brother’s board company. Mase only accepts if Leilani will be his personal assistant.
They’re both attracted to the other, but neither wants to upset their budding friendship. Mase wants a home, and he finds one he can build up and enjoy close to Leilani’s family. Leilani’s struck by Mase’s interest in living simply, like her Hawaiian family, and sees more than just the wealthy white boy. Still, even as they grow closer, Leilani knows her family will never accept her dating a haole, or outsider. Mase’s wealthy and politically-connected parents are the same.
Thing is, Mase and Leilani soon learn when you find that person who completes your soul, it really doesn’t matter if their skin color matches yours, or your family hates them because of it. It’s actually not an easy thing, being true to your heart, and both Mase and Leilani are hurt in the process–Mase critically.
Do not cross some lines on the sand, Mase!!
It’s less steamy than previous books in this series, but has lots of different issues, notably shared grief, and fast friendship. I liked Mase better than Leilani, though I often felt he was an odd philosopher. It’s a reasonable romance, slow-burning, but long on emotions.
About the authors:
Kat Bastion won several awards for her bestselling debut novel Forged in Dreams and Magick.
Kat and Stone Bastion’s bestselling first novel No Weddings and the No Weddings series were named Best of 2014 by multiple romance review blogs.
When not defining love and redemption through scribed words, they enjoy spending their time mountain biking and hiking in the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Arizona.
Thanks for popping in, and keep reading my friends!