Bending The Rules

Bending The Rules

by Tracey Alvarez

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BN ID: 2940161572443
Publisher: Tracey Alvarez
Publication date: 08/15/2018
Series: Stewart Island , #10
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 44,770
File size: 810 KB

About the Author

Tracey Alvarez is a USA TODAY BEST-SELLING author living in the Coolest Little Capital in the World (a.k.a Wellington, New Zealand). Married to a wonderfully supportive IT guy, she has two teens who would love to be surgically linked to their electronic devices.

Fueled by copious amounts of coffee, she's the author of contemporary romantic fiction set predominantly in New Zealand. Small-towns, close communities, and families are a big part of the heart-warming stories she writes. Oh, and hot, down-to-earth heroes--Kiwi men, in other words.

When she's not writing, thinking about writing, or procrastinating about writing, Tracey can be found with her nose in her e-reader, nibbling on smuggled chocolate bars, or bribing her kids to take over the housework.

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Bending The Rules 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous 9 days ago
Tracey brings back the charm of Due South with this HEA about the local constable and the new owner of the B&B down the street from him. Loved the characters in this story, Noah is hot and sexy and Tilly is vibrant and sassy. I love the back story of Mary and Jim. Kia Ora!
dinnafash 12 days ago
Tracey Alvarez again brings unexpected love to Oban. It is in no way “instalove" between Oban’s sole peace officer Noah and a big city TV writer, Tilly, who is only on Stewart Island temporarily. Tilly comes to Oban to settle her great aunt Mary's estate—a B&B that she must live in for one month before making a final decision about its fate. The “meet cute” is extremely original and funny. Their growing feelings for each other are initially kept in their own minds, both fighting attraction for different reasons. Interwoven in their story is great aunt Mary's story of her interracial love in the 1960s, and hints of Noah’s pre-island past as an elite Armed Offenders Squad member and a hostage rescue gone wrong. Several other Oban residents make appearances in this story and it was great to catch up with glimpses into their lives as they interact and interfere with Noah and Tilly’s relationship. I received an ARC of this story for my true personal opinion. Loved it!
Ania_S 21 days ago
The book tells us a story of Noah and Tilly. They are both newcomers to Oban. Tilly ends up on Stewart Island just to sort out the inherited B&B, while Noah is Oban's sole police officer hiding away from his past. They meet, sparks fly and somehow something that supposed to be just a hook-up evolves into powerful, soul-crushing love. As it happens in Tracey Alvarez' books there is a lot of funny situations, sexy banter and scorching hot moments. But behind them, there is this powerful message hidden, that teaches us about what is important in life, about the meaning of life itself, about the importance of a family, love, and community. And in my opinion, this is the real reason why you should read this book (and honestly - every other book by this author). I requested a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Cheryl-S 22 days ago
This is book 10 in the Stewart Island series and it features our favorite Officer Sexy-Britches, Noah and Mary’s great-niece, Tilly. It happened slowly. Their romance was smoldering but once the flame caught, it burned like a wildfire. One thing you must remember is that Noah is not a verbal sharer of his feelings. Remember, it’s the quiet ones we have to look out for. Tillys in for a wild ride. I loved it! Being back on Stewart Island is always a welcome escape. The people and the environment felt like going on vacation to visit great friends. There was never a dull moment. The flow was natural and as always, the characters are fantastic. I can’t wait to come back.
mel_t 22 days ago
I can't get enough of Stewart Island and the residents of Oban! As always, Tracey Alvarez combines the perfect blend of romance, humor, angst and steam to keep you glued to the pages. Can't say enough good things....if you're new to the series, do yourself a favor and start at the beginning. Each can be read as a standalone, but reading them in order adds to the experience.
beckymmoe 22 days ago
Officer Sexy-Britches gets his HEA :) Noah and Tilly's story was a lot of fun. Though both characters had some pretty heavy baggage in their pasts, much of their falling-in-love story was fairly lighthearted and fun. Tilly's "surveillance" of Noah on-the-job was LOL, and it wasn't the only part of the book that had me in danger of snort-laughing. Drink while reading at your own risk, people. ;) The events that led to the black moment did feel a tad bit heavy-handed and coincidental, especially since their problem resolution seemed on the quick and easy side in contrast. Still, the ending was very sweet and left me with the warm fuzzies. Bending the Rules could work as a standalone to those new to the series, though those who have been reading Ms. Alvarez for a while will love seeing the tiny glimpses into the lives of many of the other series characters. Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
MSalmeron 23 days ago
Matilda “Tilly” Montgomery has lost her Father, her Great Aunt, and her creative spark for writing attention grabbing screen plays for K-Road (an Auckland-based TV soap. She’s secretly writing a science fiction romance screen play. Now she’s going to spend a month in Southern Seas, the B&B she inherited from her Great Aunt Mary Duncan, before she can sell it to see her mom settled. Shouldn’t be too hard, right? Noah Daniels, otherwise known as Officer Sexy-Britches, is the Lone Ranger of Oban. With only a handful of full-time residents and mostly petty crimes, only one officer is required to keep the peace. Noah’s embraced the quiet life on the island and keeps to himself. What happens when you have a man of few words and lives a life of order and rules...throw in a woman with an active imagination and whose livelihood is based on words...sprinkle a secret diary...with a dash of meddling matchmaking octogenarian? A rousing adventure, that’s what! Bending the Rules is the tenth book in Tracey Alvarez’s Due South Series. It is another fantastic read. Tracey writes with wit and humor as she takes you on an emotional rollercoaster journey. She takes time and great care in developing her characters so that you get to know them and understand the pain that leads the to becoming the person they are now. As you read and get invested in their story, you can’t help but laugh and cry with them. I love my visits to Oban and reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
KOM 23 days ago
Bending the Rules is a fun and often funny story set on Stewart Island off the southern island of New Zealand. Tracey Alvarez builds a tremendous sense of place, with the reader feeling like they are in New Zealand, experiencing small-town island life. She also has built a fantastic world of compelling and fun characters who inhabit this island. It is great fun for the reader of this series to return to the island and see old "friends," but I believe that it would be just as fun and just as possible to discover the series for the first time through this book. Noah is the sole police officer on Stewart Island and takes his responsibilities there VERY seriously. This is both admirable and pitiable, as the result is that Noah has almost nothing to his life outside of work. Due to past experiences with family, work, and a previous relationship, Noah believes that he should not be in a serious relationship. Then along comes Tilly, a writer in need of a creative breakthrough, who has inherited a bed and breakfast down the street from Noah's house. Tilly doesn't see herself in a serious relationship either, mostly because she doesn't see herself living on Stewart Island: she has come to sell the business and move on. The two of them are drawn to one another and develop first a friendship, and then a physical relationship that turns quite serious before either Tilly or Noah realize it. The conflict in this relationship is well portrayed-- though serious, none of the prose or plot is overwrought. Tracey Alvarez subtly and gently guides the reader through Tilly and Noah's relationship, with the help of some of the citizens of Stewart Island (some of whom are not subtle or gentle about it at all). Bending the Rules is a deeply satisfying trip to New Zealand.
JANE_LANE04 23 days ago
One of the things I love most about Tracey Alvarez's books, is her ability to combine the sweet and the sizzle. She successfully continues to give me what I want in Bending the Rules. Noah Daniel is the sole police officer on Stewart Island and appears fine at keeping solo in the romantic relationship department, too. Tilly Montgomery is used to a life surrounded by the bustle of the big city, but is spending a month on the island in order to sort through her inheritance, which includes great-aunt, Mary's B&B. Getting locked out (in a towel!) from a bird break-in, Tilly's at the mercy of the local lawman, who helps her locate the spare. Tilly and Noah form sort-of friendship, which leads into more. But Noah's hiding trauma from his past and Tilly isn't sure she wants to open herself to hurt, let alone know what she wants to do with Mary's B&B. These were two very believable and wonderful characters. I never felt like the issues at hand were due to someone acting maliciously or foolishly. You could easily feel how well they fit into the Stewart Island community, especially since neither is a born-and-raised local. We also got a bit of a circle back to situations that happened in earlier books. Sometimes there are more people effected by the events than the main characters we know. In Bending the Rules, we are confronted with the aftermath of a death from the first book in the series, In Too Deep. Considering Tracey's books are more upbeat than dirgy and dark, I liked how it appeared and impacted Tilly and Noah. I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book.
WinnieL 23 days ago
Ms Alvarez brings us back to Steward Island with yet another humorous, fun and romantic love story. Tilly and Noah's first meet is a novel and interesting way of meeting, and it will sure keep you laughing throughout. Their chemistry is off the charts and it was such a pleasure following their story, seeing how their feelings developed. Learning about Aunt Mary's love story from her journals was touching and sad. Love the other secondary characters in the story. Stewart Island sounds like such a wonderful place to live in and Ms Alvarez's descriptions just make me wish to move there one day.
Missouri-Shopper 24 days ago
I will never tire of going back to Oban to catch up with all of the friends that Tracey Alvarez has created there. “Bending the Rules” is another installment in humor, masterful dialogue, and good feelings. A heartfelt story where we get to know and come to understand sexy Noah. What a joy to see him find his unicorn. (A symbolism which I greatly appreciate.) Reading one of Tracey’s books is always a fun adventure. I think that New Zealand tourism should put her on their payroll - she’s made me want to go visit and see this country in person! I bet you’ll feel the same.
PalmaMama 25 days ago
Noah Daniels is the only cop on Stuart Island. As a cop who handled high adrenaline situations, the quieter life suits him just fine. His emotions are locked up tight and in his mind, no one needs to know his reasons for that. Tilly, a screenwriter for a popular drama series who is working secretly on a sci-fi romance screenplay, inherited her great-aunts bed and breakfast in a small town miles away from the city. Her first night at the house, she encounters the local wildlife and gets herself locked out of her house in only a towel. Enter Officer Sexy-Britches, aka Noah. This was perfection. The chemistry between Noah and Tilly was explosive. Their banter witty. Their fears real and relatable. Add in a great group of friends and the love story of her great-aunt and this goes down as one of my favorite in the 10 book series. We meet some new characters in this book and can’t wait to read about their stories! I received this book in exchange for my honest review. This in no way influenced my opinions.
specialangel87 25 days ago
Another fabulous book by the talented Tracey Alvarez. Noah and Tilly don't appear to have anything in common but they fit together perfectly. Tilly definitely needed to get away from Auckland and re-evaluate her life. She was unhappy with her job and unlucky in love. She needed a new perspective to really figure out what would make her happy. It was wonderful to see Noah, Officer Sexy Britches, finally find love and lay his ghosts to rest. He is definitely a swoon-worthy hero. I loved their meet-cute and how it was reversed at the end of the story. I had never thought about racism occurring in New Zealand. I really enjoyed the subplot that dealt with that aspect of New Zealand culture. I hate that love never truly worked out for Mary. It was nice to catch up with old friends and find out what was happening on Stewart Island. I really want to visit New Zealand! I urge you to read Bending The Rules and all the books in the series. You won't be disappointed.
Naty 25 days ago
Noah and Tilly are drawn together the moment they met in Stewart Island. But can they have a future together when Tilly’s live and work is in Auckland and Noah is settle in Oban as Constable running away from his past as AOS in the city? They will have to face the truth about themselves and their own fears in order to have a chance in happiness. A beautiful love story.
CathyGeha 26 days ago
Oh my! Just ~LOVED~ this book!!! Tracey always gives good book and this is no exception. Tilly Montgomery is an inquisitive, open, caring writer for a popular television series but she has aspirations to write more in the future. She has been hurt in love so guards her heart. With an inheritance of a B&B on Stewart Island to deal with she takes leave from her job and heads off to the island. The meet-cute of Tilly and Noah Daniels had me smiling then almost laughing out loud. I can just see myself in this situation as guess what? I have locked myself out a couple of times and it wasn’t nearly as easy getting back inside as it was for Tilly! Noah is a quiet rather reserved man who has put his past higher octane police service behind him to be the sole constable in Oban. His past has made him as leery of a deeper relationship as Tilly is but boy are they drawn to one another. It takes time, conversations, kisses, family, friends and an event that will shake them both before they find a way to a HEA that I was thrilled they managed to achieve. What do I want next? Well, there are a few on the island that are still single and Noah’s brother in police K-9 service and a new man named Seth who seems to have arrived and might need a partner so…I do hope this series will keep on keeping on while providing wonderful romances for me to read. Thank you to the author for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
JigsawGirl 26 days ago
One book I didn't want to put down. Back to NZ and Due South. Noah and Tilly started from an initial attraction, and they really liked each other. I think that's what makes the difference in Tracey Alvarez's work. Her couples spend time getting to know each other before things get hit and steamy. Noah and Tilly each had hesitations about the relationship and fears they needed to overcome, but they worked through them to reach their HEA. I enjoyed revisiting Ben, West, Piper, Harley, Ford and the rest of the gang. I would recommend this book if you are looking for a sweet, sexy romance and some lighthearted enjoyment. I voluntarily read and reviewed the Advanced Reader Copy.