An Alisa Review: Rules to Break (Davey’s Rules #2) by Susan Hawke

Rating:  3 stars out of 5

Davey’s Rule #91: Daddy never loses faith in his boy.


Bryan Miller is satisfied with his uncomplicated life. He’s a discipline Daddy who’s not in the market for any kind of permanent relationship. And why should he be? Like the waves he surfs in the small beach town he calls home, there’s always another body available to warm his bed when he tires of the current flavor of the week.

Preston Wallace is a snotty rich brat with enough attitude to keep all the Daddies from giving him a chance. He gets it… people are jealous of him for being rich, hot, and fit. It would take a strong Daddy to take him in hand.

A casual conversation on the night of Preston’s twenty-fifth birthday ties these two stubborn men together in a bet right out of the musical My Fair Lady. Can Daddy Bryan turn the obnoxious brat into a dateable boy within a ninety-day timeframe?

Strap in for a roller-coaster of emotions as Bryan takes firm control of a brat who might just need to know someone cares enough to try.

This is the second book in this series about not-so-perfect Daddies, adorable “boys,” and one sassy brat with an insane list of rules. Grab your fan and tissues because this series comes with both a high heat advisory and all the squishy feels you’d want from a Susan Hawke book. Possible trigger for the death a background character.

I have mixed emotions about this book, I was glad that we were able to see Preston as an actual person and learn about him but I felt that he just continued to feel hurt and not really wanted throughout the book.  Yea he had Daddy Bryan but he knew their “relationship” had an expiration date and that would be the end of it and even though Bryan helped hold him up during their 90 days he always knew it was going to end.

Bryan is a Daddy but not one for relationships.  Preston is a brat but has some people in his corner but as Bryan slowly learns, Preston has learned to wear his attitude as a shield.

I liked that Bryan was able to show Preston that he is worth someone’s time even if it took until the very end of the book for Bryan to realize he was worth his time forever.  I hated seeing Preston just wish and hope for someone to love and care for him and unfortunately his attitude was just a byproduct of how he grew up.  I also got confused on the timeline, I know Preston and Bryan had 90 days in the bet but so much happened in the first week and then a couple weeks later and suddenly they were at the end of their time, I don’t know I just felt like I missed something and was trying to place when things were happening.

The cover art by Cate Ashwood is great and I like the visual of Preston.

Sales Links: Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 311 pages

Published: September 26, 2019

Edition Language: English

Series: Davey’s Rules #2

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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