Breaking His Rules

Breaking His Rules

by Alison Packard

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Breaking His Rules by Alison Packard

Losing fifty pounds is an incredible achievement. But for Melissa Atherton, progress doesn't come with praise—a scathing comment from an evil cousin at a bridal shower threatens to crush her new self-esteem. Who will she bring to the upcoming wedding? Showing up without a date would be humiliating. It just isn't an option.

Personal trainer Jake Sawyer was attracted to Melissa before she lost weight, but her progress has him floored. When she admits she plans to hire a male escort—and why—his heart all but breaks. Melissa's come too far to be knocked down, especially by her own family. He'll go as her date…and figure out a way to keep his hands to himself.

But when a steamy hotel room encounter takes them both by surprise, Jake balks. He's sworn never to date one of his clients, not again. And Melissa can't bear to be just friends with the man who treated her so tenderly, even if it was only for a weekend. Jake's helped her see she's strong enough to stand up for herself, but will she find the strength to pursue the only man who's ever seen the real her?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426898921
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 09/08/2014
Series: Feeling the Heat , #4
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 399,178
File size: 330 KB

About the Author

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Alison now lives in Southern Nevada where she's still getting used to the blistering summers and the slot machines in every grocery store.

When not working at the day job that keeps a roof over her head and supports her chocolate habit, she spends most of her free time writing. But when she takes a break, she enjoys reading, watching TV, and spending time with her loved ones. For more info visit: http://alisonpackard.com/

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Breaking His Rules 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters were under developed and annoying the conflict was very dumb....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book, it was serious without being to serious. And it was funny so that to me is always good.
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AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
My usual fare is historical romance but I picked this up because I really liked the description on one of Amazon’s Romance lists. I especially like that the hero is attracted to the overweight heroine before she even loses the weight. He sees the real woman, not just her body. Jake has always thought Melissa beautiful and kind. I love the cover of this book. It’s romantic and very sexy but it’s also very touching as it perfectly captures Jake’s feelings for Melissa. Though book four in Alison Packard’s Feeling the Heat series, this can be read on its own. The hero here is the brother of the hero in another book in the series. But Jake, owner of Jake’s Joint–a rather simplistic name in my opinion–a fitness gym, has a rule about not dating any of his clients. He once had a nightmarish experience and vowed he would never mix business with pleasure again. Until Melissa tempts him to reconsider those rules. He has been her trainer for almost a year and is impressed with her dedication and hard work. But after he learns she has been the victim of bullying–by her own cousin, no less–he offers to escort her to a family wedding so she won’t have to hire a paid escort. But when they have to share a room and spend time getting to know each other, Melissa and Jake can’t deny an intense attraction. Both are torn as she knows his rules and treasures his friendship. The setting is Sacramento, California and the surrounding areas and the descriptions depict a casual and lovely setting perfect for romance. I really like Paige, Melissa’s tough fraternal twin, who loves Melissa with a fierce devotion and isn’t afraid to stand up for her. But, at times, the story is overly preachy about weight, body issues, and bullying. The villains, cousin Shauna (the bride) and Shauna’s friend, Denise, are a little over the top and the wedding scene is really almost too much. But, through it all, the romance between Jake and Melissa takes center stage and that’s why I kept reading. I was often surprised by Melissa’s sexual confidence and bravado toward Jake, especially since she first considers an escort as the only way she can get a date. So, at times, her brazen attitude took me by surprise. But Jake loves it. A quick, summer beach read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was VERY romantic, yet lacked detail in some parts. Very light and airy, but still had conflict. I recommend this book to anyone who is over the age of fifteen. Darkly romantic yet moving.
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RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
A warm and emotional look at two people moving cautiously from friends to more, and all of the problems that come with it, Breaking His Rules is a wonderful, feel-good read. And just because it is part of a series doesn’t mean that you can’t start here. Packard does a fantastic job of giving her returning readers that feeling of connection that they want, without alienating new readers. She also gives us that tantalizing peak into the next story that will cause you to wait impatiently for the next book to release :) Full review available at Romantic Reads and Such on wordpress. (complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very enjoyable light read.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
When I read the blurb on this something about it drew me in. Maybe it was the fact that we are starting off with a woman who is working on changing herself physically and isn't the perfect size 3. Or maybe it is the fact that she is taking charge of her life and sitting on the sidelines. Or maybe I just like the friends to lovers troupe. I don't know, but I am glad that I read it. Melissa is one of a set of fraternal twins. Her and her sister live together and although they share the same birthday, they couldn't be more dissimilar. Melissa has always been heavier, is more reserved and loves to putter outside with her gardens and DIY projects. Her sister is slim, outgoing and going to the police academy. But one thing is certain, they totally have each other's backs. While at their cousin's wedding shower, Melissa overhears the cruel comments that are said about her and her lack of date. Her twin is ready to create a huge scene, but Melissa decides that she will just higher an escort instead and get her revenge by "living well" as it were. Jake is the owner of a gym and the personal trainer who has been working with Melissa.  He has helped her not only with training, but insists that she not go on a diet, just learn to eat more nutritiously and actually listen to her bodies needs. When he lets Melissa know that he has nominated her for a local health magazine's change issue, Melissa lets slip about hiring an escort. Jake insists that she let him go with her instead. He will play the part of doting boyfriend. It makes more sense, since they already know each other. I very much liked that the two characters were friends first and had a mutual, but unacted upon interest in each other. Also, Melissa was really the character that had the most growth in this book. Surprisingly, it was Jake. Though Melissa did show hidden depths during some critical moments in the book.  I'm not one for picking up a book in the middle of a series. Most of the time it just doesn't work for me. But this book was incredibly different. If it hadn't been for the fact that I went and looked to see what and who each of the books previously was about, I would never have realized it was part of a series. These stories seem to form a link to just the couple in the prior book, more like a chain than a web of characters interacting. It felt very old school romance novel that way. The story's couple is linked via Jake's brother and it feels as though the next book will be about Melissa's sister. I really enjoyed the book, it felt real and relevant and though it worked well as a stand alone, I will be looking for the next one. I gave this book 3 stars. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow how much i love jake and melissas story...i hope this series will continue with a story about paige and justin. Cant wait