Kate is getting married in a month. Richard, her fiancé, is a lawyer: rich, successful, and very good-looking. She’s definitely in love with him. No doubt about that.
So when Sam, a good friend and her high school crush, returns after eight years of traveling, she doesn’t care. After all, he never actually asked her out, and then he went traveling without her, contrary to their plans. She only agrees to go to dinner with him in order to hear all his news, so why doesn’t she tell him she’s getting married? And is he still bothered by the tragedy eight years ago?
Sometimes life just gets too complicated, and Kate finds she keeps having Very Bad Ideas, which lead to even more complications. Just three days before her wedding, she finds herself in a situation that demands the biggest decision of her life.
What did I think?
If you're a regular reader of my blog, you'll know how much I loved Rachael Richey's NightHawk series: Storm Rising, Rhythm of Deceit, Cobwebs in the Dark and The Girl in the Painting, so I was delighted to get the opportunity to read an early copy of her new RomCom. I was equally delighted to see my quote from Cobwebs in the Dark featured in the front of the book - thank you Rachael.
Kate is about to get married to Richard but a chance encounter with her high school crush, Sam, has Kate thinking about IF she marries Richard in a few weeks time rather than when. Is she crazy to be thinking this way when Sam never even asked her out in Sixth Form? They say that the heart wants what the heart wants and Kate can't get Sam out of her head, so when Sam asks Kate out on a date she doesn't refuse but she neglects to tell him that she is engaged to be married in a few weeks. Clearly, she has doubts about the wedding but she doesn't want to let everyone down at this late stage.
After a few dates with Sam, Kate decides to make some effort with Richard and makes a spur of the moment trip to London. Richard isn't exactly overjoyed to see her and events lead Kate to have further doubts about the wedding. Spending more time with Sam puts Kate's head and heart in a tizz, although Sam now knows that Kate is about to married. How does Sam really feel about Kate? Does Kate really know Richard at all? This is one problem that cake won't solve although it doesn't stop cake-loving Kate from having a slice or two!
Breaking All the Rules is written in the same warm and easy flowing manner as we have come to know and love from Rachael Richey. I really felt as if I knew all of the characters and welcomed them as if they were old friends. I felt like I was part of Kate's family so I was willing her to wake up and think of herself for a change; you only get one shot at life so you need to make the best of it. I wanted Richard to man up a bit too as he just felt a bit like a deflated balloon, I think I would have preferred him to turn out to be a bit of a cad.
I do think that the cover could do with a makeover as I don't think I would have picked it up if I hadn't read the author's previous work. I know we are told that we shouldn't judge a book by its cover but unfortunately people often do, which will result in them missing out on this little gem. It's not often that you get such a page-turner outside of the thriller genre, but the pages turn effortlessly as Kate gets herself in so many scrapes as her wedding day rapidly approaches.
A superb RomCom with believable and likeable characters that I think is a bit of a modern fairytale - although I'm not telling you whether Kate gets a happy ending or not, but I'm sure she'll get some cake! If this doesn't leave you reminiscing about your own high school crush, you must have a heart of stone.
I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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