Rule Breaker

Rule Breaker

by Kat Bastion, Stone Bastion

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BN ID: 2940156876259
Publisher: Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Series: Unbreakable , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 2,965
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

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.

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Rule Breaker 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mase is a world class sail-boarder and surfer looking to live simple, far away from his manipulative parents. Leilani is a young Hawaiian beauty trying to find her place in the world. She seeks him out, as a favor to her brother, to offer sponsorship and sparks fly. I loved this story of two beautiful souls trying to be true to themselves and find their place in the world. The lush locations, vivid descriptions and cultural complications really made for an engaging read.
jeniNY More than 1 year ago
Leilani Kealoha is a woman who wants to escape the high expectations of her family and the prejudice she has grown up with. Losing her mother at a young age she missed having her mom around for the guidance a girl needs. She is constantly breaking the rules set by the Hawaiian men in her family determined to keep her on a pedestal. She wants fun, excitement, adventure and something bigger and greater than the life she is living. In walks an East Coast surfer that could be the answer to all her dreams. If she has the courage to let him in. Mason Price has had enough of toeing the line for his socialite parents. He’s not the son they want and he never will be. Tired of playing the games his parents want him to play he sets out on his own quest to find himself. His journey leads him to the beautiful islands of Hawaii and the even more beautiful Leilani. A local girl with sass and grit that makes him want to put down roots. She is a challenge to him, she won’t fall at his feet and spill her secrets. She wants nothing from him like the other girls in his social circle back home looking to land a rich husband. She’s everything he can’t have but everything he wants to keep. Mace and Lani’s story was a slow burn. Sweet and innocent their love bloomed over time. It was pure magic to read how this unlikely couple became each other’s salvation. It is not an easy road for the couple with the prejudices they face within both their families. But their love for each other prevails and they are on their way to a beautiful happily ever after. Truly a modern-day Romeo and Juliet you will love these characters. As always Kat and Stone Bastion do a wonder job making you want to know these endearing people. I definitely recommend.
Dalitza More than 1 year ago
It’s difficult to determine at which point Kat & Stone Bastion’s Rule Breaker makes you see the world differently, but they do. And this heartfelt romance will own you. Leilani Kaeloha grew up under her family’s beliefs, especially that she’d stay inland and commit her life to a Hawaiian. But that’s far from what she wants, which is to see the world and be free to find herself. She never would have imagined the East Coast “white man” who’s made a name for himself in the surfing world would be her answer. Son of a senator Mason Price had everything he could possibly desire for except the one thing he actually wanted, his parent’s love. He has no desire to continue leading a life without meaning regardless of his parents’ expectations though. Set on facing fears and chasing dreams while riding the world’s waves, he comes across a gorgeous woman determined to bring him back to her island. What he truly finds is a kindred spirit. But can they overcome the racial differences that threaten their blossoming relationship? Oh boy! I didn't just enjoy this book, I LOVED it! I feel bad for the books that followed because after reading Rule Breaker I felt as though every book should be measured against this one. Of course I won’t do that because every book and genre is different and I’m like John Lennon and give books a chance. I sure I won’t be able to do this book justice but I felt the need to try to express just how great a book this is. Ever since I picked up my first Kat & Stone book, there’s been no doubt in my mind that I’ll continue to read whatever they produce. They not only create wonderfully alluring characters intertwined in interesting plots, their writing is simply gorgeous. Just as I finished the first lines, a friend asked what I was reading. I copied the lines I had just read and told her “something entrancing” They have this incredibly unique style and manner of description, whether it’s a feeling or a place, that’s meant to be savored even though I practically read the book in one sitting because the story kept me hooked and flipping pages until the very end. Even the chapter titles are stimulating: Enticing Negotiations, Watched Over by Stars. Beyond the sharp tongued and appealingly rebellious Leinani and the risk taking, charismatically cocky Mase was their challenging relationship. Mason just wanted to find and master the next big wave, but once he saw beyond Leinani’s façade he sought out to seduce and conquer her mind, body and soul. Something that was no easy task due to racial prejudice. Rule Breaker doesn’t just involve important topics such as tolerance towards racial differences, it also encompasses environmental issues and touches on Star Wars… what? Ok so the latter has nothing to do with the two other serious matters but I’m I fan so I couldn’t leave it out. I should probably tell you more about the romance between Mase and Leilani and pick quotes that depict either their sweet and tender moments, the tears-on-the-verge-of-spilling-over touching ones or their yummy sexy ones. But as I look at my review now I’m almost certain I’ve surpassed my quota. So trust me the connection these two develop is wonderful. I loved having Cade, his sisters and Hanna make cameo appearances in a very supporting capacity as I met Mase in the No Wedding series. There’s no two ways about it. I’m going to wax poetic about my favorite authors and Kat & Stone Bastion are most definitely on that list.
LittleMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
Rule Breaker is the second book in the Unbreakable series by Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion. The first book is called Heartbreaker and I read it earlier this year. I enjoyed that one and when I was asked to read this one, I couldn't have been more excited. Unfortunately, it was just not my thing this time. I really wanted to just fall in love with this book and I almost did at first. When I got started, I enjoyed getting to know Leilani and Mason and I thought that the heat between these two was almost palpable. Leilani is a bit spunky and that made her a fun character to get to know. Mason is devastatingly handsome (how all leading men should be, of course) and he marches to the beat of his own drummer. That's also a great quality for a character to have because you really get to see what makes them tick and that just makes for an entertaining story. These two together was awesome. I liked the chemistry between them and it's what pushed me to continue reading. The story line should push readers to keep going but this storyline was just not one that I connected with at all. I don't know if it was because of all of the Hawaiian words and slang that made the book difficult to read for me or what. It's not like the authors didn't explain what these words meant, they did. But the words and explanations happened so often that it felt like the story was being put on hold each time there needed to be a definition. I won't even bring up all of the times that there were words that had previously been defined and I had completely forgotten what in the world that they meant and then I had to stop and either look it up or search for it in my book again. To top it off, I found myself trying to read things phonetically because I was subconsciously reading these character's words with a Hawaiian accent. Again, it just slowed the story down to the point where it felt like you're trudging through some Louisiana marsh and your shoes keep getting filled with mud and it's becoming increasingly difficult to take a step. That sounds super harsh but the marsh thing was exactly what I made a note of as I was reading. In the end, after taking all of that stuff into account, I just couldn't find it in me to enjoy the story. Eventually, the characters became stale because I felt like I couldn't just read about them and their situation and instead I was trying to decipher what they were even saying. Either I'm too old to read this one or too closed minded with my books. It's probably a little of both, I guess. Don't take my word for it, read some other reviews and check this one out yourself because I did enjoy the first book and I know that these writers know their stuff. We just didn't mesh this time. So on to the next one! * I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *
Hazel_G More than 1 year ago
4 “Mahalo” Stars! The Review: What a great read! Filled with powerful writing that conjured up majestic views of Hawai’i, the authors take us on a fun filled journey of conquering dreams, overcoming family expectations and prejudices, forgiveness and living in the now, all the while spinning an enchanting, romantic, steamy-hot story with amazing characters who find it in themselves to risk it all for love! I very much enjoyed this book! Story/Characters... Leilani Kealoha is an islander. She’s lived in Hawaii her whole life but dreams of exploring the world, away from her cultural dictatorial family. She’s a bit of a wild child, acting without thinking and it usually ends with her in trouble. She has a lot of spark and she wanted to be free from the stifling traditions her family placed on her so when her brother, someone who has always had her back, asks for her assistance in landing a popular surfer, a haole - a white man/stranger, she was reluctant, but owed him, so said yes. She never thought she’d find more than she bargained for. I loved her resistance. It was fun to watch her struggle between obligations and what her heart wanted. And then ultimately melt when hot-boy Mase was around. She was such a strong, admirable character. Mase was level headed, had a need to be honest, loyal and honorable. He tried to give as much as he got and wanted fairness and peace in his life. I enjoyed his character so much. He was strong and solid and knew what he wanted and went after it. He was complicated though. His wasn’t running so much as trying to leave behind a shaky and tragic past. He longed to find a place to “belong” and when he decides to settle amongst the locals in Lanie’s village, not everyone is willing to give the haole a chance. But I loved his determination. He was willing to fight the prejudices to keep the life, the place and the woman he finally felt he belonged to. These two together were so sweet! There was a gentle, slow-build to passion, but the in between was intense and wonderful. I couldn’t wait for these two to finally come together and when they did, it was fantastic! The Wrap Up: This was a great story with fun dialogue as the characters bantered back and forth and touched on some serious issues within our society. It also had some thrilling surfing action and a lot of intense character moments. And it was a real eye opener as to the struggle of island life and how they live there, how they think and ultimately, how wonderful a people they are. I’d never really read a surfing book before, or one that included such scene view of Hawaii and I’ve never been interested in visiting that part of the world, but now ... it’s firmly on my bucket list. This was such a great read!
DebraMenard155 More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily reviewed this ARC in exchange for a honest review from Netgalley & Kat Bastion.Wow!!! First off this Miss Bastion is a new author to me,no more.I'm going to be reading more of this author.She wrote a beautiful storyline with likeable characters.I loved it from page one.I will definitely recommend this book to my friends.
xxBianca More than 1 year ago
Leilani Kaeloha grew up under a set of family expectations including being proud of her heritage. And to commit herself to her life as a Hawaiian. But Leilani has always wanted more. Craved more. She never imagined that more would be found in Mason Price. Mason is over his ever longing need to have his parent’s approval and seeks to take a break and do some self exploring. After a day of surfing he comes to shore and is face to face with a sassy and feisty Leilani. They have no idea they are about to shift the trajectory of their loves. They find out despite their differing worlds, they hold deep secrets that only they both will ever understand. Mason has no idea what he’s doing in Leilani’s world, but fate pushes him to find out. He is enamored with her. And with him she finds freedom, truth, and a bit of herself. With her he finds so much more than he could have ever fathomed. Their relationship is quite breathtaking. They push and pull in ways that allow them to truly open themselves up to each other. But with racial prejudices surrounding them, their ever evolving relationship faces boundaries that love should never have to overcome. But their love does. It endures. They love deeply and fiercely. Rule Breaker is a compelling and poignant story that pushes boundaries and challenges the reader in so many ways. About love, your own prejudices, and even feelings on the environment. The authors of this novel write with such grace and dignity a story like this deserves. The words are poetic and full of emotions. There’s an alluring and addicting slow burn while still being sweet, sexy, and fun. The pacing was perfect as I found it hard to savor each word as I felt the need to turn each page as I got deeper within the story. Their spellbinding and alluring prose steals your breath. They write with a purpose that you feel the characters and their story embed themselves deep within your literary heart. I’ve never read something like this, and I don’t think I ever will. These authors have an innate ability to write like no one else. They deliver and craft stories that do not fit the mold and for authors like them in this world, I am grateful.
Sunshine_80 More than 1 year ago
I am very torn on this book. I love the way Kat and Stone Bastion write and I have read the majority of their books. After reading Heart Breaker I thought I would totally fall for this book but I really didn't. I have said that over the last couple of months I have been in a reading slump and nothing has interested me. This could be the reason for lack of feelings on this book. The story is really good. I have read that Hawaiians do not like outsiders and are territorial of their beaches. I can see why Mase had trouble in the beginning. I am not big on surfers so I am not necessarily a big fan of Mase. I did really like him. He has the whole lets make the best of what we have which I really like. Mase does seem a lot older than he is. Leilani is young and has been through some stuff. She is cautious and not wanting to have anything to do with Mase but she is drawn to him. She was not annoying to me but I also didn't really love her. She was very much an average girl to me which is a lot better than an over the top annoying or amazing girl. I did like the deeper messages that were in the book. As I said before, I liked the story but I was not in love with the characters. I do think that most people will enjoy this story. I am giving it 4.2 stars out of 5.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Really loved this. It was fresh, unique, and completely entertaining. The relationship between Leilani Kealoha and Mason Price was a wonderful slow burn. Their relationship was faced with so many issues yet the couldn't resist the attraction between. They are two lost souls who find each other and help the other find their way. Mase has grown up with parents who have pushed him toward a life in the political arena. A life he wants no part of. Leilani has dealt with the over protectiveness of her family and wants to get away from the prejudices and expectations they have. Watching Leilani and Mase find their way was truly a thing of beauty. Definitely a book I recommend.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Breaker,  Kat Bastion with Stone Bastion Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  New Adult, Romance I love Kat and Stone’s stories. full of fabulous characters so real I could ( and in my mind do ) talk to them, they feel like friends. Mix them up with some very real tales, things that happen, snippets from real lives and they’re books I can’t resist. Oh – and the HEA, thats essential for me ;-) I’m a sap! I couldn’t remember much about Mase at first, he’s in the others books but very much a secondary character. It took a while for me to mentally place him in the pic I have of all these folks. He’s a gem, feels far more mature than his years, been through a lot, is very self reliant. I love his ethos on the environment, the phrase “leave nothing but footprints” was really made for him, and as someone who’s also concerned and at times angry about what we are doing to the planet I found myself nodding when he was talking about issues. Its interesting, I know nothing of Hawaii, but felt after reading this that I’d absorbed a bit of their culture, the island and islanders and their history along with the story being told. Subtle education but something I love when it happens, and it feels very well researched unlike many novels where “facts” get thrown at the reader, pronouncements about morality and legality are made without searching for the truth or the wider picture. He’s surfing, happy in his own little world when his peace is shattered by a gorgeous girl, but we can see from the way he reacts to her just how tired, how jaded by everything he’s become. Leilani (Lani) brings him to life though. there’s something about her, they way she’s so uncompromising, doesn't do the fan/adoration thing he’s used to, but makes it clear she really doesn’t want to be there...Mase is intrigued. So starts a beautiful, slow burn romance, full of tensions, snippets of humour, some very real issues about race, culture, history and the environment, but done in such a perfect way that I didn’t feel Preached at, just made me think, and wonder at how thoughtless humans can be, how we take gifts of nature as our right. Aannd sorry, I’m almost off on another rant :-) Lani is a lovely girl but its clear from very early on she’s got secrets, that she’s very cautious, that she doesn’t want to be attracted to Mase. Tough luck though as she’s no way to hold out from the gentle, thoughtful steamroller he is. She’s the only girl as mum died young and only she’s her dad and four brothers left. I did feel the about face from them needed a bit more looking into – given how strong their feelings were I didn’t feel that events that occurred were enough to bring forward this sudden volte-face. Small niggle though and its the only one I can think of. BTW I wish I’d looked at the back first, there’s a really handy glossary of not just the Hawaiian and Pidgin words but surfing terms too....I worked out most from the context but it would have been handy to refer to ;-) We catch up briefly with characters from the other books, and I really enjoyed seeing them, bringing together that peaceful, quiet, gentle island life with the fast moving, anything-goes, cutthroat, immoral and power hungry world of politics. Really does show two extremes. Its a lovely story, not in-your-face- sex but a very sensual slow burn romance, where we can appreciate how thoughtful Mase is, how he’s taking his time not to scare off Lani, he knows she’s worth