Caro’s Review: Against the Rules by A.R. Barley

Posted June 6, 2016 by carolin in Book Reviews, Books / 0 Comments

Caro’s Review: Against the Rules by A.R. BarleyAgainst the Rules by A.R. Barley
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Published by Carina Press on June 6th 2016
Genres: M/M, Romance
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Source: NetGalley

Kelly O'Connell’s out of control

An RA at Halton University, he spends his off nights at a club, hoping to find what he’s looking for in rough sex with strangers.

Until one night the play gets a little too rough. An isolated room, a dangerous situation...and an unexpected rescue.

Ian Rankin knows what Kelly wants—a true Dom, someone who will protect him instead of using him, someone who can take him to the edge without pushing him into unsafe territory.

Ian knows just what Kelly needs, and he's the only man who can give it to him.

There's only one problem: Kelly is a student, and Ian is a teacher.

We received this book/audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.


— 4,5 stars —

“Against the Rules” is the story of Kelly and Ian. They meet in a very compromising situation and Ian involuntarily becomes “Prince Charming” Kelly’s savior. When they finally realize, who the other is, there seems to be no happy ending for them. But is there?

This was my second read by A. R. Barely. “Out of Bounds” was her first book in this series and I loved it already. But “Against the Rules” was even better IMO! We met the two male MC’s in the previous book, Kelly is Nick’s ex-boyfriend and roommate and Ian is Jesse’s professor. That doesn’t mean you have to read “Out of Bounds” first, though – “Against the Rules” can be read as a complete standalone. But I’d highly recommend book 1, only because it’s a really solid M/M book.

The writing is good and in my opinion it has improved to book 1. There were no ‘ironclad rods’ this time – this strange talk or thinking rather during the sex-scenes in “Out of Bounds” threw me off kilter a few times, but it wasn’t the case in “Against the Rules”. Speaking of which, maybe it was because of the slight BDSM-references in this story, I was utterly impressed with the author’s ability to write hot-as-hell sex-scenes, that still were very tender and realistic.

Even though it had a slight touch of forbidden to it, the whole story wasn’t too angsty, just right. I was enthralled from the beginning and loved to see their relationship progress and blooming into something solid and beautiful.

All in all, I rate “Against the Rules” with 4,5 stars and can recommend it to all fans of romance and M/M books. Second in a series, though can be read as a standalone. Mature audiences only because of explicit sexual situations, violence and mild triggers. Also entails light BDSM.


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