Sunday, July 7, 2013

Breaking the Rules

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A forbidden love affair in the past has led Hope Robinson, a middle school principal, to Harbor Bay, Florida, where she commits herself to play by the rules. This can be difficult for a perpetual klutz, who—even strapped in a cast—has to uphold a competent attitude at all times. Luckily, she has Dr. Colin Calaway on her side, a widower and father of a student, who is ready to give love another try. When Colin convinces Hope they should explore the connection between them, a steamy romance develops, though it could destroy them both. They must decide if their jobs—and their hearts—are worth the risk.


****The author provided me with an ARC of this book for my honest review***
"Get it together, Hope. Stand up straight, one foot in front of the other. Think of Dr. McSteamy later, not in front of him for goodness sake."
Hope Robinson is new to Harbor Bay Prep. She's young, attractive, and determined not to let her love life get in the way like she did the last job.
Dr. Colin Calaway is a single father trying to be a successful doctor and a good parent to his son Jason. Their first meeting is not something Dr. Calaway is looking forward to, since he's being called into the principal's office about his son's detention. He wasn't expecting Ms. Robinson, boy the principal never looked like her when Colin was growing up.
Instantly attracted to each other there's one thing in their way, the fact that it would look unprofessional if Hope dated one of her student's fathers.
But having mutual friends and both being active at the school seems to be bringing both of them together and it's getting harder and harder to resist.
This book was fun and light hearted with likeable characters that had you cheering for them. I do wish it was longer so we could have spent more time exploring their relationship, and going through their drama, but Breaking the Rules is the perfect summer beach read!

His strong arms reached across the couch next to her. She wanted to touch those biceps to see if they were as firm as they looked. His long fingers were clean and beautiful. She never noticed Colin’s hands before. Of course, she saw his hands in his doctor’s office when he examined her foot, but now that she paid close attention to them, she thought they were fine, strong hands. Shaking her head, she wondered what was wrong with her. A man’s hands were turning her on now.
She moved her gaze to his face. Dark circles rested under his eyes, as if he had a long day or even a longer week. “How was work?” she asked, really wanting to know.
“Crazy. Rajan, Dr. Patel, was in the hospital all afternoon. That means all patients went to me and our PA. When he got back, I took off,” he looked at his watch, “forty-five minutes ago.”
“You told me I had to take care of myself. How about you taking care of yourself?”
“I do just fine.” He brought his arm down and sat up straighter.
“Yeah, on call all the time and any free time you have you’re with Jason or taking care of patients at their homes.”
“I want to be here.” Colin grabbed her plate out of her hand and put it on the table. He sat on the edge of the couch and took her face in his hands.
Hope sighed. Looking into those sea green eyes, any worries could melt away. It was simple, really. But her practical mind always got in the way and told her better. He’s your student’s father. She bit her lip and whispered, “Not a good idea, McSteamy.”
He flinched. “Mc what?”
She opened her mouth in a wide O and shook her head. “Pretend I didn’t say that.”
He laughed softly and then his eyes smoldered. “Stop talking and kiss me.”
To hell with it. He was too hot not to touch, with tight jeans that made his butt look like a playground and green eyes calling to her as if he were the medication she needed. Plus he made her insides steam up—and it was cold. A cold, lonely life.
She reached up, put her arms around his neck and pulled him in closer. “I like these house calls, doctor.”

Melinda Dozier lives in Guatemala, Central America, with her husband, three boys and German Shepherd. She enjoys being the queen of her household and dreams of being pampered fully by her boys once they’re grown. Learn more about her at 

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  1. i really wo sounds really greatuld love to raed this book