Review: Breakaway (A Rule Book #1)

From the author:

BreakawayAs Tampa Bay’s star center, Mark Carmelo’s life was hockey, and after a bitter and public break up, all he wanted to do was focus on the game.
Until he saw
her.

The one that got away.
The one he thought he’d never see again.

For thirteen years, Stevie West drowned in her lackluster life. Recently divorced from her “roommate” with passionless benefits, she was ready to start over. On her own.
Until she ran into him.
The same man she’d met one year ago.
The temptation that had finally given her the courage to find herself again.

When lightning strikes twice, there’s no way to deny the chemistry it creates.
But with both of them still nursing old wounds, Mark and Stevie will have to find a way around the other’s defenses, a way to breakaway and score the one thing they never expected… love.

My review:

In addition to my Kindle Unlimited subscription, I get new book and author recommendations from various groups.  This was a recommendation in several Facebook groups. This was my first book by A.M. Johnson and she did not disappoint.  My list of book boyfriends grew by one… Mark Carmelo.  And Stevie is what girl crushes are made of.

Second chance stories can be hit or miss and this one was a HUGE hit.  Stevie met Mark a year prior and was struggling to make some life decisions.  Her husband, Ben, was stealing her joy and her sparkle.   Mark had gone through a very ugly, very public breakup and was focusing on his hockey career.  Stevie is slightly older than Mark.  That can be another hit or miss, but it wasn’t focused on heavily, so it worked.  It was a very plutonic meeting – there was no cheating and Mark didn’t push her – but there were sparks.

One year later, after Stevie divorces her ass of a husband, she moves back to her hometown and meets Mark again. Their attraction is undeniable and he loves everything about her and helps her realize how fabulous she is.  Their story is sweet and swoony with a helping of angst and a cast of secondary characters who balance this story out.

You don’t have to love hockey to love this book, but you do need to read it.

My rating: 5 tiaras

Until next time…

XOXO,

Tiara Girl