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Friday, July 2, 2010

Rules Were Made to Be Broken by Lenore Black

Rules Were Made to Be Broken by Lenore Black
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (72 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Voyeurism, Anal Sex
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Successful businessman. Future pillar of the community. Stick in the mud. That's Aaron Fitchley, and since his father retired, leaving him in charge of the business, it’s been all work, work, work. Dale Lambert is a free-spirited, responsibility-shirking charmer who has been spicing up Aaron’s upstanding life since they met as kids. So when Aaron gets Dale’s phone call for help at three a.m., he’s sure he can handle it.

But nothing could have prepared him for the sight of Dale in his underwear, wearing lip gloss, and handcuffed to his bed. After the initial shock, Aaron lets Dale loose and plans a hasty escape. But the cuffs quickly go back on… only this time Aaron is the one chained to the bed! Now that the tables have been turned, Dale has a few things to teach Aaron about breaking the rules.

What do you do when you’re lusting after your best friend, but you know darned well that he’s not into you as more than a friend? You make rules for yourself to keep yourself in check. But, in this case, Rules Were Made to Be Broken.

There are lots of stories of best friends wanting to get it on. The concept isn’t new. But, with that said, Ms. Black puts her own spin on the idea. Aaron and Dale have been the best of friends for well over fifteen years, but trying to take the relationship further wasn’t an option. There’s lots of heart in this story and a great deal of realism. Who wants to screw up a good thing by trying to make it something it’s not? I empathized with Aaron. He’s sure he’s gay, but not sure how to tell his folks. Many people can relate to his struggle and the internal issues he’s concocted in his head.

My favorite character had to be Dale. I loved Aaron, but his tendency to over think everything, though realistic, put me off. Dale could’ve been the same way. He thinks with his heart and his male parts, but there’s a definite need for Aaron. There were so many one-liners of his that I loved, like being compared to a wife who sticks by while Aaron runs the store. Yeah, I laughed a lot. And his growth through the story really made him shine.

The love scenes in this could’ve been contrived but weren’t. When Aaron and Dale got together, I felt the passion as if I was right there with them. Plus, I loved the idea of Dale, the macho man in lip gloss.

If you want a touching story that will stick with you long after the last page, then you need to read Rules Were Made to Be Broken. I give this story 4 cherries.

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