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Rule Breaker

Narrated by: Joel Leslie
Series: Mixed Messages, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Is it really wrong to want to murder your boss?

Dylan has worked for Gabe for two years. Two long years of sarcastic comments. Two long years of insults, and having to redo the coffee pot four times in the mornings to meet his exacting standards.

Not surprisingly he has devoted a lot of time to increasingly inventive ways to murder Gabe. From stabbing him with a cake fork, to garrotting him with his expensive tie, Dylan has thought of everything.

However, a chance encounter opens his eyes to the attraction that has always lain between them, concealed by the layers of antipathy. There are only two problems - Gabe is still a bastard, and he makes wedding planners look like hardened pessimists.

But what happens when Dylan starts to see the real Gabe? What happens when he starts to fall in love with the warm, wary man that he sees glimpses of as the days pass?

Because Gabe is still the same commitment shy, cold man that he’s always been, or is he? Has Dylan had the same effect on Gabe, and has his solid gold rule of no commitment finally been broken? With his heart taken Dylan desperately needs to know, but will he get hurt trying to find the answers?

From the author of The Summer of Us comes another scorchingly hot romantic comedy, showing what happens between two men when rules get broken.

©2017 Lily Morton (P)2019 Lily Morton

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~ " Love must be as much light as ...

... it is a flame. "~ hdt

To say I enjoyed listening to Rule Breaker would be an understatement. I am utterly and I mean cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs , obsessed and giddy by how much I was entertained .

Even though, I already read and loved Rule Breaker; Joel Leslie brought it to life. His characterization of Dylan and Gabe was magnificent.

his portrayal captured and gave me the Dylan and Gabe , I had in my head ; he deliver exactly, the snark, the teasing, the lust, the hurt and the happiness. Everything.

Thus far, my review have been about how the story made me feel and how pleasurable experience was to listen to it.

But I haven't say anything of what the book is about. So, the short and sweet explanation.
It's a Rom - Com about two likeable, engaging, polar opposite men , doing everything possible to fight their volatile and their OMG fire burning 😏 I'm melting here chemistry and need for each other tale.

It's written with Lily Morton offbeat, quirky and lovable style.

The type of tale you know , you'll be reading/listening again and again because it makes you feel good , believe that true love really does exist and everyone can have a HEA.

Get this audio , it is worth all the credits in your account.

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Brings the emotion to life!

OMG! Just finished the new audiobook of Rule Breaker!! Stayed up all night listening to it...it was THAT good!! And let me say at this point that I’ve read the book three times prior!

Joel Leslie does such a fantastic job with the narration. I always remember the snark and sass of the books but he brings the emotion and heartbreak so alive it is breathtaking! I’m amazed by how much different he sounds here than in other books he’s done. So in character, so talented. Even the intro and the credits in character!! Bravo!!

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The Banter, The Snark, The Tension, The Sex!!!

OMFG!!! This AUDIOBOOK by Joel Leslie KICKS ASS!!! It injected such life and so much more humor (as if the writing were t funny enough on its own) that I found myself begging Lily Morton for the release dates of the next books in the series.

I am UPPING my review to FIVE STARS!!!

Original ebook review: Nov 2017–
<strong>Delicious, hot ride!</strong>

I loved this book! While there wasn’t much of a plot, the relationship between these two men was more than enough to sustain my interest through the main part of the novel (we’ll deal with the epilogue later.)

Dylan, assistant to the irascible attorney Gabe, is hilarious. He’s witty, charming, tall, and handsome (as all men are, of course). His boss is equally gorgeous, muscled, tall, and a monster of a man to work for.

Although Dylan wishes him dead, he also lusts after him. Could his gruff boss possibly lust after him as well? Of course this is a perfect set up for an enemies-to-lovers story.

I found the verbal exchanges between the two men funny and entertaining. I loved the tension bouncing back and forth, and the deliciousness of it all when they got together. Chemistry. These two had it.

Of course, their road to an HEA is rocky, and at times I just wanted to smack Gabe upside the head for being such an idiot, but if it weren’t for that, we wouldn’t have much of a story.

The writing was above par and kept the story moving up until we get to the epilogue. Our little peek into their happily ever after. Here the author switched up the previously single POV to a double one. Personally, it’s something I don’t care for at the end of a book. I’ve gotten used to one voice, don’t give me another past the 11th hour. Also, the epilogue was a lot of telling and very little doing. This was a switch from the balanced writing throughout most of the book.

Oddness of epilogue aside, I loved this book and thought the characters had depth, and strength, and fantastic sex! This was my first book by Lily Morton and I’m seriously impressed by her work (and the super hot sex)!

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FUNNY and touches you in the heart

Must listen to this. It is so great. I already listened to it 2x.
I've done other books. It gets predictable. This one is not so.
Hope we can expect more audiobooks from Lily Morton.
I checked Amazon. She has loads more books. I cannot wait for them to be in audio form.
I love the narrator too. Really helped bring more life to the story.

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Brilliant!

I’ve read this and now listened. I enjoyed it immensely both times. Joel Leslie captures the snark and emotion beautifully!

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brilliant

absolutely loved it from start to finish. The characters were deep and passionate. narrator fantastic

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Excellent narration

I rated this ebook 5 stars when I read it a long time ago. The audiobook is excellent and I actually forgotten how the story turn from funny to angst as it progress. There are parts that I was brought to tears by the heartache between the two heroes. This is Lily Morton first audiobook and she hit the jackpot with Joel Leslie!

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Good story

Great story line , with characters that ran deeply true . Hilarious at times and slightly frustrating . I enjoyed the authors style , but did feel a chapter of pure sex overkill. Even so it had some hot moments and a few , fast f forward already moments . Angst and humor alternating to a satisfying ending .

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Gabe and Dylan.. 10*!!

loved the dynamic with these two.. original plot.. realistic struggle. Gabe a boss of extremely type A tendencies covers his attraction.. and does it very well.. so well he manages to fool himself.. and Dylan.. Dylan comes from a healthy family dynamic and as gabe's assistant excels.. and eventually their personal paths collide where their professional paths dont allow.. brilliant. sad I waited so long to read and listen to this story! going to start Oz! excellent, excellent narration!! thank you so much for the extended wonderful epilogue.. sooo good! I look forward to reading more from you Lily.. and more of yours offered in audible!!

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I love this so much!

This is a book I loved when I read it, and I was excited to listen to the audio version. It is wonderful!
Dylan is one of my favorite characters ever, and Gabe makes me veer between wanting to hug him to wanting to push him down a flight of stairs. The snark between them is fabulous, and the love is heartwarming. The narrator's performance is one of his best, in my opinion. I have no doubt that I will listen to this terrific story many times in the future. Highly recommended.

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  • Tyler88
  • 08-28-19

Perfect

This was an amazing listen. This was actually my first m/m audiobook and it's taken me quite a while to review, sorry! I loved this book when I read it so when it came on audible I was really excited. I was unsure whether to buy it when I listened to the sample (I wasn't sure about the narration can you believe?) and possibly wouldn't have got it, but I won a free copy and I can say without a doubt that I loved it so much. I have since listened to many more m/m audiobooks, including several narrated by the fantastic Joel Leslie. I thank Lily Morton for introducing me to both m/m audio and Joel!
The banter between the characters is great, I love humour in stories, especially those with a heavy dose of angst (which this has!). I fell in love with Dylan and Gabe all over again and had my heart broken and mended once more.
I really can't recommend Rule Breaker highly enough. Lily Morton has written a fab story here, and Joel Leslie's narration was devine. I look forward to the next Lily Morton audiobook, Deal Maker :)

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  • Donna Hirsch
  • 08-13-19

Brilliant

Superb narration by Joel Leslie. Dylan was a fun loving character who brought out the best in Gabe. Loved it

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  • Mrs N
  • 07-23-19

Cracking story and narration both

l loved this story when l had read it, a while ago.
l loved it even more brought to life by the awesome Joel Leslie.

The story is full of one liners that will have you smiling one minute
and howling with laughter the next.
So edgy,
so sarcy,
so sexy , and so beautifully done by the narrator.
Lily Morton is such consistante success.

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  • Monica
  • 06-25-19

Lovely

Heartbreaking and heartwarming in the same measures. There are two more books to this series and if they deliver like this one, I am sure they will become another of my favorites.

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  • Suzanne Christie
  • 05-24-19

Superb

This was my first introduction to Lily Morton and I was not disappointed. I fell in love with Dylan from the start and got there with Gabe too!! A great enemies to lovers story with the added boss/employee element. This story really puts you through it, it’s sweet, funny and heartbreaking at times but overall a fantastic read/listen.

Joel Leslie works his magic yet again and really brings these characters to life, I really love it when a narrator performs the book and he does that and then some.

Get this one you won’t be disappointed.

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  • Gbe01
  • 05-11-19

Great story, great performance

I read the books first and the audiobook was every bit as good. Lily Morton writes romance with humour and the odd tear. Joel Leslie provides great narration, clearly differentiating the different characters in the story. The story was enjoyable from start to finish and I look forward to the other books in the series coming to audiobooks, in particular Henry's story and Milo.

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  • Cassi
  • 05-05-19

Gah!! Tore me apart and warmed my heart

Both characters grabbed me right from the start and I ADORE Dylan he's one of the most fantastic characters ever. His snark is seriously on point and the sass in this book is phenomenal!! There were several parts that were really emotionally hard to get though and tough to listen to. This book was full of ups and down. Their HEA was hard fought for and well deserved and in the end, despite or because of the emotional turmoil i loved it!
I need Jude's book NOW

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  • Amy
  • 05-04-19

superb!

I loved everything about this book! it's intense and heartbreaking at times but the dialogue was hilarious!

Joel, as usual, does a wonderful job of bringing these characters to life.

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  • Emma Burbidge
  • 05-03-19

Why bend the rules when you can break them all?

I adore Joel Leslie as a narrator as he just has such a sexy voice that lends itself to these classy London guys. This audio tale did not disappoint.
I had not previously read the ebook so I didn't have any pre-conceived notions about either Dylan or Gabe. Lily Morton has crafted a wonderfully heart-breaking (at times) tale of the ups and downs of the working then sexual relationship of Gabe, the hard-nosed boss, and his Personal Assistant, Dylan (or should that be administrative assistant these days? I don't really care either way). They have some very nosy, interfering best friends who help them along when the course of not-love doesn't run smoothly any longer. As I got to know the guys, I was rooting for them to get it together and hoping that they might eventually find their Happy Ever After. Highly recommended for all Lily Morton fans, Joel Leslie fans, and any other lovers of well-written MM Contemporary Romance...set in London, my home territory.

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  • KR Phoenix @ Books, Tattoos and Tea
  • 05-03-19

So good!!! I loved Dylan and Gabe!

🌟🌟🌟🌟 4.5 stars
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So good!!! I loved Dylan and Gabe!

This was a great, funny, sassy, emotional story about how good things can happen if you break your rules!

Dylan and Gabe are both such dynamic characters with such depth. I loved the back and forth between them. Dylan is hilarious. I love how his injected humor and snark throws Gabe off. Joel’s narration of Dylan is hilarious. I love Joel’s narration in general but when humor is involved he nocks it out of the park!!

The story includes all the fun, sass and snark you’d expect from Lily and these characters work so well together. I loved the slow development of feelings and the subsequent fear Gabe has about these feelings. Lily took such care with these feelings and while frustrating at times and back and forth and eventual acceptance was just wonderful. All the feels. I look forward to reading the rest of the series, there are definitely some fantastic characters so learn more about!!

Thanks for reading!

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  • Robert Williams
  • 05-27-19

Very romantic

A very romantic story, which I very much enjoyed. Lots of steamy sex and plenty of dramatic tension between the two main characters.

Joel Leslie's narration is good let down occasionally by lapses into his native American accent.

The author sometimes gives in to clichés

Overall A good listen

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  • Ev
  • 05-10-19

Charming

Really enjoyed this book and narration. Characters are so lovable. Sexy and funny. Think I'll listen to it again.