Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Breaking the Rules by Melinda Dozier 7/24

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.

My husband and kids were out of town, and I used the opportunity to read in a silent house.  What did I read?  What I've been looking forward to since I received the ARC a month ago, Melinda Dozier's Breaking the Rules.

This was a sweet contemporary romance with a lot of heart.  The characters were well-developed and multi-dimensional.  The plot was predictable, but I loved it.  Most CR plots are, and that's why I read them.  I don't like to be heart-broken at the end of a book, and Ms. Dozier didn't disappoint.  This was a lovely read that I didn't want to put down until the characters got their HEA.

Colin was funny, flirty, and all-around great sexy guy.  Hope was an independent, put-together woman with a soft side.  When they get together, sparks fly, and neither can deny the chemistry.  They deal with conflicts, and in the bedroom, Hope's inner Tiger is released.  It was good.

My only problem with the story was one I probably only noticed because it's something that I'm guilty of in my own writing.  Hope is fickle.  She would tell Colin one thing, then change her mind the next paragraph or chapter.  It added to the conflict, but it frustrated me, and made me not like her as much, yelling at the page, "Why couldn't I have met you first, Colin?  I wouldn't do you that way!"

Ah well, at least I'm connecting to the characters.

About Melinda:

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 You can also find Melinda on twitter at or Facebook at

Melinda is giving away an ecopy of Breaking the Rules and winners choice of a Yankees or Red Sox baseball cap through her tour wide giveaway. Winners must enter via Rafflecopter and will be chosen on July 27.  You can enter the giveaway HERE

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for having me today! Glad you liked Hope and Colin!