January 9, 2013

Review: Breaking The Rules by Cat Lavoie

Series: Stand-alone
Format: Digital (from Cat Lavoie)
Release Date: August 8, 2012
Purchase: Amazon 

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?
In the tradition of fun, cheeky and feel-good chick-lit, BREAKING THE RULES by Cat Lavoie was everything the whimsical cover art promised. The romcom romance had a Meg Cabot feel to it with the heroine being an average, bumbling girl-next door and the hero the cute and smart bestfriend turned boyfriend. The situations were ridiculous, the dialogue snappy and the conflict was an intricate soap opera twists nobody could have predicted. 

The blurb is very telling of how crazy the story is and with a heroine named Roxy Rule, you know  things are bound to get topsy-turvy. First of all, Roxy's banker fiance, Ethan, is a mama's boy and his mother is a nightmare! Not only are these two great in making Roxy feel inferior, Ethan also treats her like a client, micromanaging her finances to the point that he detailed how they will split their finances once they're married. Crazy! But instead of working out their differences Roxy went out of her way to convince herself that they'll be fine. That surprising and passionate spit-swapping she shared with her bestfriend and roommate and very much engaged, Ollie Frost, before he left for London sure shattered her paper-thin resolve. 
And I also wish you wouldn't marry Rachel because she's evil. She hates me and I hate her and I'm tired of pretending that I like her. Don't marry her.
And just when Roxy was ready to sort out her personal life, her sisters Steffi and Izzie ambushed her home with the former very pregnant and the father unknown; while the latter was kicked out by her boyfriend because of some fling with a young, shoplifting rocker. Add Roxy's incompetent and slave-driver boss, Greta, to the mix and Roxy's life became exciting but not in a good way. The succeeding events will have you glued to the pages until 3am. (You owe me sleep Ms. Lavoie!)

Roxy Rule's transformation from a meek pushover to a confident go-getter was entertaining and fun. Typical of romcom chick-lits, BREAKING THE RULES had a lot of awkward, cringe-worthy, brain fart moments (NEVER drunk call anyone especially if it's a guy you're secretly inlove with!). Roxy's sisters, especially Izzie, infuriated me but in hindsight, it was her meddlesome genius that sorted out everything in the end. Ollie is not my favorite hero because of some very serious jerk-move he did but I think it's his deep his friendship with Roxy and his relationship with her family that garnered him a free pass. I'm still reeling from the Modern Family-ish twist that CLavoie did in the end but given the premise of the story, the insanity fit perfectly. 
Let's face it Mr. Frost. Weird works well for us.
CLavoie wrote a solid debut novel in BREAKING THE RULES. It made gave me all the gooey feel-good, LOL stuff I get from reading a great romcom. The setting might feel familiar but it was the unique family-friendship-romantic situation that gave it its unique air. Don't get sucked into its seemingly "formula story" because I promise you, CLavoie pulled a great, white and fluffy rabbit out of her magic hat that had me sleeping at 3am because I need to know if she can pull off her crazy devised conflict or if she'll totally blow it. Well obviously she did and I recommend BREAKING THE RULES to all my crazy fellow chick-lit readers out there, Cat Lavoie is a romcom author to watch!

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.

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  1. Great review. I'm going to have to read this one, it sounds good :)

    1. It's fun and like us, she loves to cook too!

  2. I absolutely adored this one!! Great review! :)

  3. This is one of my favorite books! Fantastic review!

    1. It took me by surprise, I was floored by how well written it was and the plot was really good.

  4. Fun and feel good sounds nice, and Roxy sounds like a good mc.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  5. You got me with your review and I'm in the mood for something fun... I will devour it this weekend!


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