I came across a tweet from Mina V. Esguerra that she sent e-ARC copies of this book to those who requested before. Having missed that opportunity, I asked Mina if she can still add me to the list. She did and sent me the ARC. Excitement and intrigue filled me as the plot offered something new from the author. I didn’t know what this book would hold, so I moved on to it right after I finished the previous book I was reading.
Here’s the synopsis:
Victoria Bennett is in control and in charge all day every day, but she needs help sometimes. Organizing a romantic proposal weekend for her client in Mexico (she’s never been) would be that time – and the only person available to help her is Nathan Grant, notorious heartbreaker. She knows his past and shouldn’t want him, shouldn’t fall for guys like him, but that hasn’t prevented her from lusting after him for years. It’s just one weekend on the beach, away from people they know, alone with the guy who could cause her perfectly coordinated world to crumble. Shouldn’t be a problem, right?
There are various aspects in life that we make rules on, either for other people to abide or just to direct ourselves to our desired path in life. In this book’s case, the rules the author is pertaining to involve relationships. Each person makes his/her own rules in order to attain a successful relationship with someone that would fit their standard. And just like any other rule we follow, there come moments when we are still bound to break them.
When there’s a wedding planner, there’s also a proposal planner. And that’s what Victoria was hired to do at that moment. However, planning a proposal is just the tip of an iceberg. The beginning of the story already introduces us to the undeniable attraction Victoria feels for Nathan; hence her reluctance to ask for Nathan’s assistance. Surprisingly enough, Nathan feels the same way for Victoria.
I actually love the smooth transition from the present to the past and back to the present again as a means of illustrating how everything started (from how they first met). The plot thickens more as Mina V. Esguerra includes Nathan’s point of view as well. This provides an avenue for readers to understand both characters based on their actions. As the story progresses, I get to know more about Victoria and Nathan as they slowly allow themselves to reveal their true selves. That said, I’m convinced enough to root for them all the way to the end. And just like that, rules are broken.
I don’t remember Victoria from Playing Autumn, but it’s nice to see her play a big role in this book. Rules We Like Breaking is definitely one of Mina’s finest works. As much as this is just a short read, I enjoy the time spent reading this. There are certain parts, though, that I wish the author would’ve delved longer and deeper in. Aside from that, this book is a delightful, satisfying read. I love that Mina V. Esguerra also allows room for character development. Even the supporting characters play significant roles in the story. Overall, Rules We Like Breaking is a perfect dessert for any course meal.