Rule Breakers # 3
Rule Breakers # 3
By: Jennifer Chance
Releasing December 9th, 2014
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In the latest tantalizing Rule Breakers novel from Jennifer Chance, an irresistible alpha male follows his ex into a deadly standoff—and reignites a heated affair.
For Erin Connelly, being a good girl isn’t such a bad thing. She’s working her dream job at a Boston art gallery and staying out of trouble, which is more than she can say for her deadbeat mom. Unfortunately, her mother’s latest misadventure lands her in the clutches of a Mexican drug lord. Now the only person who can save her is the one man Erin has no business asking for help: the sexy-as-sin army ranger who just so happens to be her former high school sweetheart.
Zander James is no gentleman—and no officer, either, thanks to Erin. Four years ago, she made a call that terminated his highest aspirations . . . and their relationship. He’s never forgiven her, but when he learns that Erin’s embarking on a half-baked rescue mission, he sure as hell can’t let her go alone. Now, with a treacherous enemy lying in wait, the electrifying tension between them may just be Zander’s undoing. Because while he may be able to keep Erin alive, he can’t promise to keep his hands off her.
It was as if her brain had forgotten the math of who was left to greet, who was up ahead. Because suddenly the path in front of her cleared and there was only Zander, standing at attention. Zander, looking larger than life. Zander, glaring at her with a clenched jaw and stormy eyes. Erin stiffened, her pulse jumping wildly, not knowing what to do, what to say, what to—
“Zander,” she barely managed. “I’m so sorry.” She didn’t even realize she was holding out her hands until she felt him take them both in his, exactly the same way his mom had. But the moment Zander’s fingers touched hers, Erin’s brain short-circuited, all of her carefully scripted questions forgotten. Tears stung the back of her eyes and her throat felt thick, clogged. “I’m so sorry,” she said again, not even sure what she was apologizing for. Her head spun, her pulse pounded, and the only thing grounding her in reality was Zander’s grip, holding her still, holding her upright.
In that moment, Erin flashed to a younger, far more boyish Zander. The one she’d first seen when she’d been all of thirteen years old, and had idolized for summer after summer until finally—they’d connected. They’d gravitated toward each other as if it had been the most natural thing in the world to do. The dreamy, too-serious girl and the laughing, wild-eyed guy who’d been so full of life it practically burst out of him, so full of energy nothing could slow him down—not his family, not school, especially not her. And maybe, a distant part of her mind teased, maybe enough years had passed. Maybe there’d been enough time for Zander to forgive her for being so scared that night, so furious and scared, that she’d just wanted somebody— anybody—to come and make everything stop. Come and make sure everyone was safe, him and all their friends, who were always so willing to follow him over any cliff, into any race, up the side of any building. Maybe there’d been enough time for her to forgive herself for the arrest that had unexpectedly—shockingly—resulted in the end of Zander’s West Point dreams.
Then a voice from her past brought her sharply back to the present, a voice that was as flat and deadly as a knife to her heart.
“Erin,” Zander said, the word brutally clipped. “How nice to see you again. Thank you for coming.” And just like that, he was already turning away.
No! She couldn’t let this happen! Erin drew herself up sharply, gripping his hands hard. “Zander, wait,” Erin blurted. “I need—I have to ask you something. Please.”
"Want It" by Jennifer Chance. This is a second chance romance - two high school sweethearts that meet again at his dad's funeral. Zander is an Army Ranger - strong, calm, cool, adventurous and uber sexy! Erin is quiet and always wants to do the right thing and have calm in her life. I liked Zander - how he could be carefree yet take control of a situation. I had a harder time connecting with Erin - despite being "goody two-shoes", she didn't hesitate to lie to Zander about the facts of her parents situation, both now and when they were younger. I thought there should have been a bit more of a struggle to reach the level of relationship they had before after the hurt they went through - the reconciliation happened a bit fast and seemed a bit too easy for me. I've read other books by Ms. Chance that I thoroughly enjoyed - although this one wasn't terrible, I just didn't feel the connection with the characters that I like to when I read a story. (received copy for honest review)
Jennifer Chance is the award-winning author of the new adult Rule Breakers series. A lover of books, romance, and happily-ever-afters, she lives and writes in Ohio.
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