Wednesday, October 19, 2016

#BookReview: Breaking Bailey's Rules (The Westmorelands #30) by Brenda Jackson

Title and Author: Breaking Bailey's Rules by Brenda Jackson 
No. of Pages: 139
Series: The Westmorelands #30
Publication Date: November 1st 2015 by Harlequin Desire
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Review: 
Breaking Bailey's Rules by Brenda Jackson is the thirteeth book in The Westmorelands series. I got attracted towards this book because of the blurb and the title that intrigued me.

Initially I didnt know that this was part of a series but after starting the book, I started suspecting that there were characters carried over from previous books and soon learned that this was part of a series. However despite being part of a series, the story can be read as a standalone. But reading the series in order is better so you understand the backstories of the other characters better.

In this book, we get the story of Bailey Westmoreland, the youngest of the Westmoreland clan. The family has been searching for their relatives after learning that their grandfather had siblings who got separated all those years ago. When they learn that the Outlaws of Alaska are their cousins, they are happy to claim them as their kin but the same is not the case with the head of the Outlaw family who doesnt want anything to do with his new relatives. Walker Rafferty, a family friend, is sent to check out the Westmoreland family and it is here that Bailey and he meet and sparks fly. But all is not so cozy for Walker has been burned by a woman in the past and doesn't do relationships and the same is true for Bailey. But can love conquer all?

The plot is simple but executed well. I enjoyed meeting the Westmoreland and the Outlaw families. While I liked both Bailey and Walker, I didn't agree with how they went about developing their relationship. More than half the book goes by with just lust and sex as the focal point of their romance and the feelings are only revealed at the end. 


This is one book where I got interested in the secondary characters more than I did in the primary ones. I want to read the stories of Bailey's siblings now and look forward to reading the stories of their Outlaw cousins.

The author's writing style is engaging and narration crisp but the only complaint that I have is with the way she developed the romance. More emphasis should have been given to the emotional angle but after a few scenes I felt like only the physical aspect of the relationship was ruling.

All in all, Breaking Bailey's Rules is a quick romance and had me entertained but I feel it could have been even better. 3.5 out of 5 to it and recommended to all lovers of romance above the age of eighteen.

I received the book from the publishers via Netgalley and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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