Your question seems to be a style issue. Personally I cannot recall ever using a scene break within a novel.
More often than not the end of a scene is also the end of a chapter. Where the end of a scene is not the end of a chapter I simply insert a blank line between paragraphs.
I use a blank line where the next scene involves a change in time or location. ...
It is permissible, as long as it is obvious to the reader that is what happened.
That said, personally, I put in a scene break, which I can be certain is obvious to the reader. Just three asterisks (or dashes, your preference) centered on a line. I can't understand why any writer would be averse to using them.