Breaking the Rules

Breaking the Rules

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by Cat Lavoie

When twenty-seven year old Roxy Rule's best friend and roommate accepts a glamorous new job overseas, she expects their relationship to continue as it's always been--carefree and easy--until they share a heart-stopping kiss moments before his departure. Overcome with mixed emotions, she fights the urge to over analyze the situation and resumes back to her normal life…  See more details below


When twenty-seven year old Roxy Rule's best friend and roommate accepts a glamorous new job overseas, she expects their relationship to continue as it's always been--carefree and easy--until they share a heart-stopping kiss moments before his departure. Overcome with mixed emotions, she fights the urge to over analyze the situation and resumes back to her normal life in New York City, working for an intolerable boss at a dead end job, creeping further and further away from her own dreams of becoming a professional chef.

While things become more complicated between her and Ollie, Roxy is sure that nothing can come between two lifelong best friends--not even mild jealousy over a thriving career or a silly little kiss that meant nothing. In fact, it was such a meaningless and forgettable kiss that she convinces herself that it's not even worth mentioning to her fiancé, although it is all she can think about.

Roxy's already topsy-turvy life only gets more complicated when her sisters Steffi and Izzie suddenly become her roommates. Steffi is six months into a pregnancy she refuses to discuss and Izzie is in the throes of a premature midlife crisis. Roxy tries to take control of her career, her love life and her sisters – but can she really handle it all? And can the Rule family keep it together – or break under the pressure?

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The East Village - Blog - Sabrina-Kate E.
"I absolutely adored this book. From start to finish, it had me hooked. I even stayed up late and got up early to continue reading about Roxy Rule. She seemed like a person who could be my friend, or could even be me! So many things resonated with me; the family issues, the work pressures and the tangled love situations.
If this is a debut, then I have to wonder where this wonderful author has been hiding all this time.
Books Are Fabulous - Blog - Amanda S.
This book had family, friendship, love quadrangles, and food. What more could you ask for in a book? This book is a fabulous and entertaining read.
Chick Lit Plus - Blog - Sara P
Truly one of a kind...Lavoie masters the classic tale of love between the oldest of friends. Endearingly heartfelt and charming, Breaking the Rules is an absolute delight. I haven't had this much fun reading a book in quite some time and was completely blown away by the complexity of the tale of Roxy Rule. Overall, a fantastic book that I recommend to anyone looking for a great time, a fun adventure, and a hilarious cast of characters that are truly heartwarming.

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Meet the Author

Cat Lavoie was born in the small town of Jonquière in Québec, Canada. At the age of nineteen, she packed up her things (mostly books) and moved to the big city of Montreal where she currently lives with her tempestuous cat Abbie—who is both adorable and quite possibly evil.

An incurable Anglophile since her university days where she studied English Literature, she can often be found daydreaming about her next trip to London. Since she’s an expert at the art of procrastination, Cat is easily distracted by cooking and home improvement shows—even though she’s not particularly good at either.

Cat grew up watching soap operas and legal dramas and—had she not decided to be a claims analyst by day and write chick lit by night—she would have probably become a designer suit-wearing lawyer. Or a character on All My Children (which is what she really wanted to be when she was twelve).

Cat is not sure whether she’s a geek or a nerd—and is afraid she might be both. Breaking the Rules is her first novel.

Cat blogs about the writing life and posts adorable pictures of Abbie over at the Catenabi Chronicles. Come say hello at: and follow @Catenabi on Twitter.

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Breaking the Rules 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite In Breaking the Rules by Cat Lavoie, Roxy Rule’s life has just turned upside down. Her lifelong best friend, Ollie, kisses her just before he moves thousands of miles away. She can’t stop thinking about it, even though she’s engaged to someone else. Expecting to come home to an empty apartment now that Ollie is gone, she finds her sister there, who is very pregnant. Not long after that, her other sister decides to move in as well amidst a midlife crisis. On top of dealing with her sisters’ problems and her feelings for Ollie and her fiancé, she has a horrific boss that she is getting fed up with, especially since her dream of being a chef seems to be more impossible every day. With the help of her loving and sometimes pushy family and friends, can she figure out who she is and who she belongs with? Even though I absolutely love chick-lit books, they are usually predictable, and you pretty much know what is going to happen after reading the first few chapters. That is definitely not the case in Breaking the Rules. My jaw literally dropped a few times while reading it because there were some unexpected twists and turns. It just had me on the edge of my seat, refusing to put the book down, which is a rare feeling for a chick-lit book. In addition to the fantastic, unpredictable plot, the characters really made the book for me. From her workaholic older sister to her impulsive younger sister to her friends who are each unique, crazy, and supportive in their own ways, Roxy is definitely not alone. Plus, the friendship between Roxy and Ollie was genuinely sweet and heartwarming. I was sad to see the book end. Breaking the Rules, with its surprising plot, unforgettable characters, and fabulous writing, is a must-read. I’m beyond ecstatic that I discovered Cat Lavoie, this amazingly talented author. I can’t wait to read more of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Now, I consider myself a bit of a sleuth. Especially when it comes to endings for movies and books. I have to say, the twist in this book actually threw me for a loop! Like, big time! That alone is worth five stars. However, there was so much more to this book than that. Cat Lavoie has written such a fun story, one that was hard for me to put down. It was well written and she did a fantastic job of developing all of the characters. I actually really missed them when I was done reading. The relationship between the sisters was so realistic to me. I love how they talked to each other - it made me miss my own sisters. All in all it was a great read and I look forward to reading Cat's next book! 
JackieBouchard_writer More than 1 year ago
There are 2 main types of books I enjoy - literary dramas and light, fun reads. But I don't enjoy literary works that have no story, and I don't like fun reads that aren't well written. Well, "Breaking the Rules" is a fun read that is very well written. As a writer, it can sometimes be hard for me to take off my writer hat and just wear my reader hat, but I never felt my reader hat slipping off while I enjoyed this book. The writing is fun and fresh, the characters are believable, and the plot twist was a good one that I didn't see coming. I laughed, I teared up a little, I even got goose bumps at one point! I gotta give 5 stars for goosebumps!
PascaleP More than 1 year ago
Breaking the rules had two things that caught my eye: cupcake on the cover and a food story (even though it was a small story). The story about Roxy, her two sisters, her IDIOT fiance and her best friend (Oliver) kept me engaged but so many things about it seemed familiar to other books I have read (mostly Bridget Jones). Here is what I liked: her friendship with Oliver, her relationship with her 3 other good friend (maybe 4?), her giving nature towards her sisters and her relationship with her family. Here is what I disliked: 1) her stupid fiance. Because Roxy stayed with him and allowed him to treat her like a child, it sort of made me dislike her! 2)Her idiot boss: cruel but REAL. 3) Roxy's lack of self esteem.... Roxy: get a back bone! I also thought that Ollie was a bit of a wimp, but the twist at the end sort of explained and justified his actions. Though I enjoyed the book, I felt like I was reading a mix of writing from other chick lit books that I already read. I think Cat Lavoie will be a very good author, but needs her own voice.
Lost_in_Literature More than 1 year ago
A wonderful debut novel from an incredible new author that speaks chick lit perfectly! This story will have you laughing out loud one minute, then it's pulling at your heartstrings the next. It was a pure joy to read. Cat has a uniquely incredible writing style that I think many will enjoy as much as I did. The characters are remarkable. Roxy is immediately lovable, and the cast of characters with her are equally amazing. They are developed to a "T" and all loose ends are tied at the end. This story had me continuously flipping pages as fast as I could, dying to see what would happen next. Breaking the Rules is the true definition of "chick lit" at its best. Family, friends, love, hope, joy, heartache... it's got it all! And of course I have to mention the cover. It's adorable! Simple, silly, and fun... the perfect cover to go with this book. Breaking the Rules is a gem. I definitely recommend it and truly believe if you enjoy this genre, you will not be disappointed with this book one bit. I'm excited to see what Cat will come out with next! :)
MichBell More than 1 year ago
Cat Lavoie has arrived on the chick lit scene! Her debut novel, Breaking The Rules, kept me up late at night (and on a “work night”, no less!) as I couldn’t put it down. When I was first approached by Samantha to review, I took one look at the cover and said yes. I have a habit of reading anything with cute covers. It doesn’t always work out well, but in this case it was a home run. Charming cover, interesting characters combined with witty storytelling. I loved the friendship between Roxy and Ollie and how their story unfolds with the added twists to keep the reader on their toes. Icky significant others, crazy family members, and wild friends complete the picture. I loved the relationship between the sisters, Roxy, Steffi, and Izzie, and how their relationship with each other grew and became a more solid unit, even through the fights and the secrets being revealed. If you want to believe in happy endings then Roxy is the perfect heroine for you as she searches for what makes her happy. She falls down and messes up, but she picks herself back up with the help of her friends and family and she moves on towards her happiness. I cannot wait to see what Cat has in store for us next because clearly this lady has the talent to stick around for a long time to come!
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
When I first read the synopsis of this book, I thought it sounded really cute. What I wasn't expecting was to stay up until 2am reading it. Once I started, I didn't want to put it down. I felt like I connected with Roxy pretty quickly. Not because we have similar personalities, but because of her friendship with Ollie. I had a guy best friend like that. We shared everything and there was always something that was silently underneath the friendship. In my case, our timing never worked out. For Roxy and Ollie, it takes Ollie moving for those feelings to come to the surface. Roxy feels like she's a bit lost and frustrated. She begins doubting her career and her relationship with her fiance (who I couldn't stand). I found that I was really pulling for Roxy to make the right choice and end up, not only with Ollie, but make a break in her career and follow her dreams. And Ollie....I loved Ollie. He truly was a gem of a guy. There was only ONE part that upset me about him and it was something I wasn't expecting AT ALL. That said, he does redeem himself in my eyes. I was pulling for him to win Roxy's heart. Then to make things more hectic for Roxy, both of her sister's move in. One sister is unexpectedly pregnant and the other has just broken up with her long-term boyfriend. The family dynamic cracked me up. This was a really great story about a woman trying to find her way. She has career choices to make, family issues to deal with, and she needs to be true to her heart. These issues are things we can all relate too. Cat Lavoie makes a great debut. I look forward to reading more from this new author!