Title: Breaking the Rules
Author: H.B. Heinzer
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
Growing up in small town Wisconsin, Carly Turner couldn't wait to escape when she graduated high school. Now, she's living the life in New York City, even if she isn't seeing her name in lights like she used to dream about at night. She's living paycheck-to-paycheck, working behind the scenes in small theaters off Broadway. When there's an equipment malfunction the week before opening night, Carly makes a call that winds up changing everything.
Life in the city isn't all it's cracked up to be. While she feels like she's getting closer to making the move from behind the scenes to center stage, she misses being surrounded by people who understand the quirks that come from living in a town of five thousand people. That, and the fact that he's sexy as sin, make Adam everything she feels like she's missing.
The only problem? He's her best friend's kid brother...
Adam Sanders wants to settle down, find a good woman and start a family like he sees so many of his friends doing. But how is he supposed to meet Ms. Right when he's constantly on the road for work? When he's sent to New York to handle a repair that would typically be contracted out as a favor to his boss, he's just about to his breaking point.
Everything changes when the stagehand sent to open the theater for him is none other than his big sister's childhood friend. The same girl he lusted after as a teenager. Could this be fate's way of showing him that he was looking in the wrong place for love?
As Adam and Carly's friendship develops, lines will be crossed and rules will be broken. Will they be able to come out the other side without destroying everything they had back in Brooklyn?
Carly wanted to make a dramatic first impression for their date. When the sickly intercom bleated to let her know Adam was back, she buzzed him in and quickly retreated to her bedroom locking the door behind her. "Do you always leave your apartment unlocked?" Adam called out as he entered the living area.
"No, I left it open today because I have a cute boy coming over," she giggled. "Your stuff is in the other room."
"Need me to clear out before he gets here?" Adam asked, playing along. One more thing to add to the growing list of little things she was going to miss about him. Dammit, there shouldn't even be a list...
"Might be a good idea," she called through the closed door. "Now, get ready so we can go."
Rather than waiting for him in the living room, Carly remained sequestered until he knocked on her door. "Did that boy come and sweep you away from me?"
When she opened the door, Adam was speechless. Mission accomplished. As much as they both loved her pigtails, Carly had opted to allow her hair to fall in soft blonde curls to the middle of her back. The dress stopped just short of mid-thigh, elongating her toned legs. Carly laughed at his reaction. "Are we going or are you going to stand around all night?"
"Damn," he exclaimed, "You definitely don't look like a little girl tonight."
She rolled her eyes at the statement. "I haven't been a little girl for a long time. And how in the hell do you get away with calling me a little girl, you're younger than I am," she snapped playfully.
"That's not what I..." It felt right that he was the one at a loss for words tonight. "Wow," he said grabbing her arm to spin her around, "You look beautiful. This is, by far, the best trip I've had in a long time."
For a split second, it was easy to think this was her life and Adam was a guy she was seriously attracted to. His comment thrust her back into reality. His presence was temporary and probably always would be. For a brief moment, she thought her Broadway dreams were overrated. A small part of Carly wished she were back home living with her laid-back friends and able to spend time with Adam whenever he was home.
It was a good thing she hadn't picked a dressier outfit for the night. Adam was once again wearing his ultra-soft, faded jeans paired with a simple white t-shirt and black vest. Proving that he was still as goofy as ever, a pair of bright green Chuck Taylors brought the outfit back to earth.
Walking down the street, Carly caught their reflection in the window of the local seamstress. She didn't care if the thought that they made a damn awesome looking couple seemed conceited. Well, other than the height difference, but even that was adorable.
“So, Peanut...” Carly's head whipped in his direction, not expecting him to call her by her childhood nickname. No one had called her that since Pop Turner died when she was sixteen. Adam chuckled, pulling her close to his side. “What do you have planned for us tonight?”
About the author...
With the exception of three years spent in the middle of Nebraska, H.B. Heinzer has called southern Wisconsin home. During that time in Nebraska, she imagined one of her favorite authors living on the far western edge of the county, just south of the highway. At the time, becoming a novelist was a distant dream for her. Now, she is the author living in that location. Ironically, she later found out that same favorite author lives just outside the town HB lived in for the first eighteen years of her life.
Now, HB lives in the middle of nowhere but still close enough to the city to not feel isolated. It's the perfect place to let her two kids run and explore their huge yard, teach them about the food chain as they prepare their first-ever garden and debate building a chicken coop. It's one of those dreams that is only possible thanks to the amazing opportunities that have come through writing.
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WOW H.B.Heinzer, you have gone and stole my heart again with your writing and characters!! I love when an author can write a story real to life, have you feeling the characters emotions and cheering for them to get through their difficult times!
This beautiful story of Adam and Carly picks up (kind of) where Bent left off. Yet it could be read as a stand alone.
This story is one that will take you on the journey of not only love, but also facing the fear of abandonment. There were times throughout the story that I was like aww, come on guys, quit screwing this up for crying out loud and TALK to each other. And there were times I wanted to shake Adam because he was not being sensitive to her insecurities. I wanted to tell her to wake up and see what a good man he is and that he really was trying to understand her.
The story line flows well and it’s a very sweet story that makes you want to hang around a little longer to watch the next stage of Adam and Carly’s lives unfold.