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Tiana Smith

Some of my many talents include making a mean box of Mac & Cheese, drawing stick figures, designing cute blog templates, and finding Waldo. I read and write MG and YA & I have a soft spot for love stories.

Breaking the Rules

Breaking the Rules - Cat Lavoie I think the biggest thing that irked me was that I didn't like the main character. She was a complete pushover almost the entire time (until the end when she finally gets some gumption). The other thing that bothered me was that pretty much every single character in this book cheats on their significant other at least once during the story. There were only two of the main-ish characters who didn't cheat, and those were the ones that ended up getting the short end of the stick as far as "happily ever after" goes. Speaking of happily ever after - yes, the book ends on that positive note, but am I the only one who didn't really want to see them get together in the end? Throughout the entire book, Roxy doesn't know what she wants for her own happiness, and so I was kind of hoping that at the end of the book she'd go off to Paris on her own to start her own restaurant or something. After a lifetime of giving in to everyone's expectations of her, I wanted her to have some time to actually consider things and become her own person. I mean, the end was handled okay, but I didn't really like the hero enough to want them to get together I guess. Even at the end, when she gets a little bit of a spine, I still don't feel like it was enough. I mean, after what her boss does to her, I wanted Roxy to use her lawyer sister to sue her firm and the professional chef who stole her recipes. That would at least give her some money to live off of while she starts her own catering business. But no, Roxy simply walks away. Yes, she's removed herself from a bad situation, but I still wanted to see *more* of a spine. At least tell the boss off, come on!A lot of reviewers mentioned the plot twist that happens about 75% of the way in - and maybe it was because I was prepared for a big plot twist, but I actually saw it coming and wasn't surprised. A little angry maybe, but not surprised. There are hints along the way, but they're subtle.I just didn't like any of the characters, there was entirely too much cheating and bad language, and it wasn't something that I could really enjoy reading. Too much angst. I wanted to shake the characters until they did something sensible for once. On a positive note, the writing itself was done well, and there's enough going on to keep things interesting.