Beautiful Broken Rules by Kimberly Lauren

August 4, 2013 Review 0 ★★★

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Beautiful Broken Rules by Kimberly LaurenBeautiful Broken Rules by Kimberly Lauren
Published by Self-Published on May 14 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 375
Format: eBook
Source: Author
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One thing Emerson Moore has come to terms with is that she is the school slut. She knows her way around a frat house and how to get what she wants. She doesn’t make any excuses for her actions and she doesn’t pretend to be anything different. She is who she is and with that she knows how to have a good time. She’s made rules to keep relationships at bay and avoid the demons of her past. When her best friend, Cole has his two friends from back home move in with him she begins to think she has met her match with Jaxon Riley. Jax is the perfect mixture of tattooed muscle and a sweet-talking mouth. With “hand” written notes, a voice that exudes sex and knowing just how to get under her skin, Jaxon learns how to break all the rules. But will he just end up breaking her heart anyway?

REVIEWED BY JOANNE

Emerson Moore is the campus slut. She loves sleeping around and she’s upfront about what she does, but not the reasons why. She manages just fine living like this, and makes sure she sticks to her 3 golden rules:

#1 Never sleep with someone that a friend has feelings for

#2 Never sleep with someone who is in a known relationship

#3 Never sleep with someone more than 3 times

These rules have made sure that she never gets her heart broken – until now. Emerson and her sister/best friend Quinn share an apartment, and live next door to their other best friend Cole. The three all get along in their platonic relationship until the arrival of Cole’s best friends from high school – Jaxon and his brother Jace.

I liked this story, but at times found it hard to get my head round the writing style. The story jumped time frames, so it was suddenly a few days or weeks down the line but with no real feeling of what has happened in between.

When two of the characters get together and finally admit their feelings for one another, it’s sort of done in the background, and I wanted to know what they said to each other when they both realised they wanted more. I had hoped that given how close they all were, there would have been a ‘tell all’ session but that never happened.

Although I didn’t warm to much to Emerson, I loved Jaxon,  I didn’t get how he could be fine with her reputation, he could have any girl he wanted, but he wants the one who doesn’t want him. He knew Emerson wasn’t ready for a relationship, but he was happy to wait. I liked how sweet he was, looking out for her at frat parties and leaving her notes on her hand and in her text books. There came a point later on in the book that I couldn’t understand though – despite Jaxon telling Emerson that he would always be there for her, he turned a complete 360 and I was shouting ‘WHAT THE HELL JAXON! How can you be so cruel?’  Emerson was finally ready to confront her demons, the reasons why she had built these walls around her had come crashing down and she was ready to pour her heart out to him but he had a complete change of character, and then Emerson is hit with another bombshell. I felt a bit disconnected from the story at this point, but I stuck with it, to see what would happen at the end.

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