Title: Rules are Meant to be Broken (The Lines of Marsden Book 1)
Author: NJ Nielsen
Publisher: MLR Press
Characters: Michael Marsden, Christian Risely
Sub-Genre: Paranormal Romance, Series
The lines of Marsden were born into existence for a reason: to right the wrongs that had once taken place. Destiny fated that they must destroy the Eldren before Evil wins.
Michael Marsden wants to die – for real this time. He wasn’t meant to lead the half-life that he does. He chooses to let it go and let death take what it had already claimed.
But Christian Risely isn’t about to let that happen. He is drawn to Michael and will do anything to ensure that he lives, even if that means keeping him alive against his will.
I’ve read a couple of book by Ms. Nielsen and I’ve liked every one of them. She really seems to get into the heart and soul of her characters and in Rules are Meant to be Broken, she created an inventive and unique spin on a well-used vampire inspired romance.
This book will be difficult for me to review because I don’t want to spoil it. I also want to point out that this is the first book in a long series of books Ms. Nielsen plans on writing. After I read it, I checked out her website, http://normanielsen.blogspot.com/p/lines-of-marsden_12.html, and there looks to be at least 15 more books that will be written in this series. So, I need to warn some readers that there are many unanswered questions, and the story also ends with a cliffhanger. I know this will probably keep some readers from reading this book immediately, preferring to wait until more books in the series are published, and in all honesty…I’m usually one of these types of readers. But now that I’ve started this series, I’m addicted to it, and now I’m waiting on pins and needles wondering what in the world is going to happen next!
I thought the characters in this book were very well-written. Although the blurb gives the impression that this is mainly a romance between Christian and Michael, there’s really a lot more to it than that. There is also a vast array of characters that all give something important to what’s going on in the storyline. To my best guess, at one point they will all be focal points in either their own stories or they’ll continue to be just strong supporting characters. Also, there are a lot of points of view told as the story progresses. There’s quite a bit of head hopping that goes along in this book, and although I understood why the author does this, at times I did find that a tad bit distracting and it brought me out of the story a little bit.
Also, we find out pretty quickly that there are a prophesy of dreams that will determine what will happen in these characters lives. *spoiler so please skip this paragraph if you don’t want to know* Including how Michael and Christian will not end up being together in the end. I’m not going to lie and act like this doesn’t bother me because it does. I normally would shy away from this because well…the romantic in me wants the heroes I’ve invested time in to be together. Also, I really LIKED Michael and Christian as a couple, so both of them finding someone else they’ll love even more disturbs me a little. I also have a feeling I MIGHT know who Michael in particular ends up with and well, I’m not sure about that either. But saying this, I also have to put my trust in the author and hope that as the story continues to evolve, all of these things will make sense. *end of spoiler*
Both Michael and Christian are interesting characters. Christian in particular really stole my heart and the mystery of his past really fascinates me. He’s so sweet and innocent one minute, but in the next I could see where he could be a dangerous force to be reckoned with if he was to be pushed too far. Also, I liked how Michael’s character really seemed to start coming into his own and I appreciated the deep love and respect he has for both his family and his adoptive family of friends.
Another thing I really liked about this book was: It’s very obvious that these characters are still young people. They still make mistakes and don’t always make the most mature or smart decisions, but in my opinion this just makes them read a little more realistically. I know I personally made some very STUPID mistakes when I was in my early twenties, so I could identify with this.
Now that I’m addicted to this book, I’m really looking forward to reading the next one. The future is certainly unsure for these characters and I for one hope that in the end, they all get the happy ending they all deserve. Recommended.
Reviewed By: Gabbi