An Alisa Review: Rules to Obey (Davey’s Rules #5) by Susan Hawke

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

Davey’s Rule #83: Daddy will encourage his boy to be the best he can be and be supportive of his boy’s career choices.

 

Marcus Alves has waited most of his adult life to find the perfect match. A sweetheart who will love cuddles, need a Daddy to help him thrive, and most importantly… be the type of boy that might want to use the binky that Marcus keeps hidden in his pocket. Now in his forties, he’s refusing to give up on his dream—or the unused playroom that’s waiting for someone to enjoy.

Jeff Robustelli has had a rough life. Growing up in a commune with absent parents was hard for a rule-following straitlaced guy with a genius IQ. When the uncle who saved him died, Jeff did what he does best—buried his head in the sand and pretended life wasn’t changing. Working in a Daddy club has shown him what he really wants, but Jeff is too afraid to take a chance on something new.

When Jeff has a sudden need for a fake fiancé, he strikes a deal with the older man who always seems to be there when his world is crumbling and makes him feel safe. In exchange, he agrees to a fake Daddy/boy experiment designed to let him try out being little without any pressure.

While Marcus and Jeff navigate their “deal” and the unexpected new feelings that begin to emerge, Marcus also must help the younger man through a series of life changes that put him on the road to being the adult he’s been too afraid to be. When everything in Jeff’s life is in turmoil, Marcus is his one stability. But can Jeff trust his own heart when nothing else in his life is making sense anymore?

This is the fifth book in a 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.

I love how they started out fake basically because Jeff was scared, though neither of them ever acted like it was fake.  I loved the care and patience that Marcus showed Jeff and let him build up his confidence and their relationship without pushing.  Funny enough it was always Jeff pushing for them to jump ahead so he could get his family out of his father’s manipulating hands.

I felt for Jeff, we learned a little bit about him in previous books but in this one we got to see how horrible his birth family really was and how lucky he was to be rescued by Raphael and Sammy.  The fun continues with Davey’s antics and it seems that he has drug Sammy along for the ride but I was so happy to see him moving on with his life.  I can’t wait for Davey’s book to come next and to see what twists and turns it throws into his life.

The cover art by Cate Ashwood is great and I love getting to see Marcus.

Sales Links: Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 223 pages

Published: December 12, 2019

Edition Language: English

Series: Davey’s Rules #5