Rule Breaker is one of, what I would call, the original Breeds. In other words, he has been around for a while. Sometimes when you get 29 books in, you have to add some characters along the way. Rule, with his brother Lawe, have been enforcers at Jonas’ side for as long as I can remember. Lawe found his mate in book 26 but Rule has always sworn if he ever found his mate he would run far and fast. He watched his parents butchered in front of each other and knew he would never be able to see something like happen to his mate, so his way of solving that is to just never mate.
The Breeds have come a long way but there is the ever-present Council trying to ruin things for them. The Council was not the biggest problem here though. They started out as creating the problem by having Gypsy’s brother killed thus bringing her to the attention of the Breeds, and Rule, however this was not the focus. The focus is on Amber, Jonas’ daughter, who was injected with something that is causing her to die. Only the Unknown Breeds, a handful of people obviously unknown, know how to fix what is happening to little Amber. Gypsy happens to be the contact for one of these Unknown so while Jonas has always watched over her because of what happened to her brother, he also watches her because she can provide the one man who can fix his daughter.
The mating part of the book was kind of interesting. Rule is absolutely convinced that Gypsy is not his mate because he has been around her for years without the slightest hint of the gland activating. That turns out to not be the case because his animal was pulling a little trick on him and making it to where he would be so in deep with Gypsy before he realized the mating, that he wouldn’t be able to turn back. There is a moment of pure Breed assholeness when he does realize she is his mate and I wanted to reach through pages and punch him in an important part. Ms. Leigh does the arrogant alpha male well though and from then on we are treated to what I come to expect from these books. She is his and damn the torpedoes.
Rule Breaker was so mixed for me. I remember the original Breed books as being 100 pages of dirty sex with little plot. Somehow the series has evolved to 450 page books with plot enough to make my head spin plus that dirty sex. 29 books calls for a lot of people and a lot of connections that I am supposed to remember. So while we still have pages and pages of language like this,
“I believe Breeds listen often when they can’t smell the sweet scent of all that female honey spilling like hot syrup on a summer day,”
The pleasure that surged through her at the contact stole her breath. Like a thousand tiny, heated caresses over her flesh. Just hot enough to emphasize the pleasure and tighten the sexual tension clenching with sharp strikes of sexual intensity at her womb while slickening the inner flesh of her pussy.
there are still so many plot lines going on that I think the reader could easily get lost. Even the epilogue wasn’t your typical epilogue. It was another way to set up books for the future. By that point, I kind of wanted to yell, Give it a rest! I cannot stress enough that if you are new to this series, do not start at this book. You will be so lost. I am not new to the series and there were times I had to go back and reread parts.
There are several characters that Ms. Leigh keeps us stringing along for. Cassie, Dog and Dane are screaming for their own books. Cassie is finally old enough to where it wouldn’t be creepy to see her mate. Dane has supposedly given away his mate though we did get the first hint here that it might not have been 100% the case. Dog, well he is everywhere and everything. There is a new badass introduced, Rhyzan, and I would like his story as soon as possible too. Plus there are two other characters Gideon and Judd that are mysterious in their intentions but will need mates too.
So yes, I was confused. Yes, I was scandalized. Yes, I will continue to read this series. After 29 books, I am in deep and I need to know what happens to some of these people. Fans of the series will enjoy watching Rule fall even if you might be scratching your head along the way. Final grade- C
“I’m hungry and I’m pissed off and I really just want to kick Breaker’s ass with a little privacy, if none of you care.”
“And here I wanted to sell tickets,” Lawe murmured.
“Well, doesn’t it suck to be you?”