Locks, keys and prison bars can’t contain a love that’s meant to roam wild and free, but when that love is let loose, will Lacey be able to handle what’s heading her way?
Rules are meant to protect the innocent and keep danger at bay—except for me. The lines blur, and it all started when I met the ultimate bad boy. But is he? Miller Davenport might be big, bad and brimming with sin but he’s confessed his crimes and for ten years he’s served his time and walked the line.
Everyone deserves a second chance, right? And as his nurse—the one person who understands him—I can’t help but count the days till we can be together properly, without guards watching over us and without every look and word we share censored.
When that day comes, though, will our desire for each other explode and take me to the new heights he’s promised? And if so, how will I survive such intensity?
One thing is for sure. With Miller I’ll be whisked up in a whirlwind of his dark energy and a tornado of his lust, and likely taken to the very edge of what I can handle. I can’t help a few nerves, though, as release day approaches, because if it all comes crashing down, who can I depend on when I’ve ridden into the sunset with a man who’s broken all the rules? Will I be saved or will I have pushed everyone and everything too far?
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of exhibitionism, anal play and light restraint.
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First Reviews for Rule Breaker
5* “It’s been a while since I read anything by Lily Harlem, and as always, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It may seem like this is going to be your typical good girl falls for the bad boy, but she’s thrown in a few surprises that had me turning the pages as quick as I could to find out what was going to happen. I definitely recommend this bad boy romance!”
5* “I finished reading this book a few days ago and it is still playing on my mind!”
Heroines Who Live On The Edge
By Lily Harlem
Thank you for inviting me, it’s a pleasure to be here with my new novel Rule Breaker. Over the years I’ve chatted many times about ‘cardboard cut-out’ heroines. There’s no doubt about it, they sell books. Why? Because many readers enjoy a female lead who is sweet, sensible and makes the right decisions. This is because they can identify with them, they’re predictable, their moral compass is on the right track and any mistakes they make are quickly recognized and corrected – in other words ‘they do the right thing’!
I’m not saying I don’t have any heroines like this, I do, and the reason for that is as a writer I can identify with them too (I like to think my moral compass is on the right track!). But occasionally I get a plot bunny, an idea, a character in my head who is off the rails, only wants to do what’s right for ‘her’ and is prepared to take risks, live a life less ordinary.
When this plot idea happens it’s impossible to ignore and the story grows, the female lead dictating where it goes. My latest novel Rule Breaker is an example of this. Lacey is a prison nurse, something one of my friends did for many years, and is lusting after one of the in-mates who’s coming to the end of his sentence after serving time for armed robbery.
Which isn’t so bad in itself, Miller has paid the price for his crime, he’s been ‘reformed’ in the eyes of The Crown and the Judicial system. There is no reason why he can’t rebuild his life – but would you be the one to get involved with him? Would you take that risk? That’s where it’s interesting, he’s a bad ass, he’s rough and tough, and yes, many women find this type of hero alluring, irresistible, especially when combined with devastating good looks. Put it in a novel and it’s perfectly safe to indulge in the bad boy fantasy.
Lacey doesn’t stop there though and flirts with what’s ethically acceptable in other ways. For example she’s got a very intimate relationship with her cousin, Shay (they’re cousins by marriage). He’s the opposite to Miller, a lawyer, and has fed her lust as she’s bided her time waiting for the man she believes she fallen in love with to be free. Shay knows nothing about Miller, she keeps him completely the dark.
So how will a (perceived) incestuous relationship sit with readers and of course reviewers? I could have made Shay her real cousin, that would have been legal and still made Rule Breaker publishable, but I didn’t, I was happy for there to be no blood ties. What’s more daring here is how Lacey uses Shay. He’s smart and kind, he wears his heart on his sleeve. She keeps him exactly where she wants him, in many ways, using his affection for her like a shield. I’m not saying she doesn’t love him, she does, but not the way he loves her.
A heroine who emotionally hurts someone is less likable than the sweet, cardboard cut-out female lead, I agree. But in life, people get hurt. That’s a truth. And there’s always someone doing the hurting (intentionally or not) so why not put that in a story?
People also have sex with people they shouldn’t, fall in love with the wrong person, get caught up in crimes the way dominos fall – one thing leading to another – and stir up a load of trouble without meaning to.
I hope readers will embrace heroines who break the mold, step out of their comfort zone and jump into stories that take them on a wild ride. Books aren’t meant to all be the same, nor are the characters which in turn means they’re not supposed to make you feel the same. But feeling differently about a new heroine doesn’t make her bad, likewise if she doesn’t do the things you’d do, it doesn’t make them wrong as long as you understand why she’s doing them. Seek out a new style of female lead, dare to be different and lose yourself in plots that are unique and unpredictable, it’s the way forward…
Rule Breaker is available from the publisher, Amazon and all other good ebook retailers. You can also read a sample HERE.
Thank you for reading, feel free to leave your thoughts I’ll be checking in to read them.
Lily Harlem lives in the UK and is an award-winning author of contemporary erotic romance. She writes for publishers on both sides of the Atlantic including HarperCollins, Totally Bound, Pride Publishing, Evernight Publishing, Xcite, and Sweetmeats Press. Her work regularly receives high praise and industry nominations.
Before turning her hand to writing Lily Harlem worked as a trauma nurse and her latest HarperCollins release, Confessions of a Naughty Night Nurse draws on her many experiences while nursing in London. Lily also self-publishes and The Silk Tie, The Glass Knot, In Expert Hands and Scored have been blessed with many 5* reviews since their release.
Lily writes MF, MM and ménage a trois, her books regularly hit the #1 spot on Amazon Best Seller lists and Breathe You In was named a USA Today Reviewer’s Recommended Read of 2014. Her latest MM novel is Dark Warrior.
Lily also co-authors with Natalie Dae and publishes under the name Harlem Dae – check out the Sexy as Hell Box Set available exclusively on Amazon – The Novice, The Player and The Vixen – and That Filthy Book which has been hailed as a novel ‘every woman should read’.
One thing you can be sure of, whatever book you pick up by Ms Harlem, is it will be wildly romantic and down-and-dirty sexy. Enjoy!
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