Thursday, 15 March 2018

Review ~ Breakaway: A Rule Book Novel by A.M. Johnson

Title: Breakaway: A Rule Book Novel
Author: A.M. Johnson
Genre: Sports Romance (Stand alone)
Release Date: March 15, 2018

As 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 Opinion

I was drawn to this book because of the sports element. While ice hockey isn't a big thing in the UK and I have no idea what the rules are except for get the puck in the goal, I love sports romances. And from the blurb, this sounded like one I'd enjoy and overall I did.

Breakaway kept me hooked and engaged. It started off strong and I felt for Stevie and Mark. I liked Stevie's integrity at the beginning and the fact the author didnt turn her into a cheat. However, I did feel the connection between the two of them and I wanted them to get together.

However, while I enjoyed it, there were two things that bugged me. First was it just didn't seem to go anywhere. The story was nice and a sweet romance, but it didn't feel like it had much depth. Second, the end kind of fizzled out. I did find myself skimming a bit more as the last few chapters progressed since the resolve came too easily.

These weren't major issues. Like I said, it made Breakaway more of a sweet read. But I do think the start was better than the end.

Overall, it was an enjoyable read. For the most part it held my interest and I enjoyed the sports element.


Amanda lives in Utah with her family where she moonlights as a nurse on the weekends.
If she’s not busy with her three munchkins, you’ll find her buried in a book or behind the keyboard where she explores the human experience through the written word.
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