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Rules to Break

Davey's Rules, Book 2
Written by: Susan Hawke
Narrated by: Michael Pauley
Series: Davey's Rules, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: Romance
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Davey’s rule number 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 25th 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 90-day time frame?

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 Davey's Rules, 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. Possible trigger for the death of a background character. 

©2019 Susan Hawke (P)2019 Susan Hawke

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the date is ch. 28

I loved reading this story and loved listening to this story. I cried more than once. I don't want to give anything away. Grab your box of tissues and settle in for a excellent story.
My only problem with this story is that the date with Davey is at the end of the story instead of at the beginning. Just a heads up.

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Funny, emotional and sexy daddy's boy!

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Narrator Michael Pauley is a trustable and steadfast performer. When I hit play I know I can expect to be entertained and when he works with Susan Hawke, the experience is nothing but unfailing merrymaking and frolicking with kinky shenanigans with a daddy or two.
I love Davey's Rules, there are almost 100 rules now.
With this second book we moved away from the Bar Daddy's Lap and more towards the inner turmoil of the characters which gave it so much more in depth connection and association with the characters in the series.
This was everything, but superficial smut. I truly enjoy this series.

I definitely recommend this audiobook in reading order as the author intended, so you don't miss critical information about the characters.

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  • Jen Valencia
  • 2019-11-03

Surpassed my expectations! 5+ stars!

Don't you love it when a book surpasses any and all of your expectations? That's exactly what happened while and after listening to Rules to Break, the second book in Susan Hawke's Davey's Rules series. Those expectations of mine have remained consistently high, all thanks to my previous listening experiences with this current series and her previous one, Lovestrong, from Hawke. All of those audiobooks were narrated by none other than Michael Pauley, and dare I say that this latest audiobook is quite possibly one of his best ever, which is saying a lot considering he's one of the most in-demand romance narrators around.

Rules to Break is the story twenty-five-year-old Preston Wallace, a brat who lives a life of privilege, and thirty-five-year-old Bryan Miller, a Daddy who has no boy of his own, but when Bryan is challenged to make Preston the perfect boy any Daddy would want, they find themselves in each other's company for the next three months. They seem to have a knack for pushing each other's buttons and frustrations pile up, but there can also be no denying the scorching hot chemistry between them. The time they spend together brings them closer, but while Preston knows he wants nothing more than to have Bryan claim him as his boy, Bryan hasn't made his intentions, if any, known. By three months' end, will Preston have a Daddy and will it be Bryan?

Susan Hawke's managed to pen a story that's more than just about a particular sex kink, i.e. Daddy-boy. There's humor here, but there's also angst, especially from Preston's end, who isn't some good boy pretending to be a brat, but the guy has a good heart and is simply craving affection and approval from someone other than the three household staff members who have become more like family than his actual parents and the owners of Daddy's Lap. There were times both Preston and Bryan frustrated me with their stubbornness, but goodness, these two were so darn entertaining and, ultimately, endearing. Michael Pauley brought them both to life, and the range of emotions he showcased, particularly during one scene of Preston's at the seniors center, made me want to stand up and applaud the man. Hawke and Pauley have done it again with Rules to Break, and this one gets five-plus stars. ♥

Oh, just a quick note: The prologue comes after the last chapter in this audiobook, which isn't how it is in the eBook (i.e. the eBook opens to the prologue). I don't know if it was a mistake made during the production of the audio version, but it is a wee bit weird, so maybe there's a chance it can still be fixed, but I doubt it's as simple as just switching it around. So, if you've listening to the audiobook for the first time, chapter 28 is where you can find the prologue.

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  • Sharonica
  • 2019-11-01

Daddy Bryan and Preston are Perfect!💕

Rules to Break: Davey's Rules Book #2 by Susan Hawke
Narrated by Michael Pauley
Listening Length: 9 hrs 38 min.
Audio Release Date: 10/15/2019
Story: 5 out of 5🌟
Narration: 5 out of 5 🌟
Overall: 5+✨✨✨✨✨

Audiobook 🎧 Review: 11/01/2019

I already read and reviewed the ebook (See below) version of this and totally loved it! So when ARC in Audio format came across my desk it was a no-brainer. Michael Pauley was outstanding and had ME wishing I could be Daddy Bryan's bratty boy, Preston. While I know this is only book #2 of the series, it is my favorite so far, and the other daddies have got some pretty big feet...I mean shoes to fill! 😇

My one concern:
Prologue doesn't come until the end, which means Davey's date with Daddy Bryan comes after the story of Daddy Bryan and Preston. While you CAN listen to the story this way, I would recommend, going to the end and listening to the Prologue first, as Susan Hawke intended for the story to be enjoyed (at least I believe she did🌺).



E-book 📖 Review done: 10/05/2019

MMy Thoughts and Review:

Gah! Susan knows how to rip out my heart, make me laugh til I pee, **SQUEE out loud like a teenager, and cry silent crocodile tears with happiness.

This book caught me so off guard that I had to put it away, TWICE and go watch some Bianca Del Rio to find my groove again... "NOT TODAY, SATAN! NOT TODAY!" 😂 😂 I must also add, it was one of the most moving books I've read this year. **happy sigh...

While it isn't necessary to read book #1 before this one, you get to know the crowd at "Daddy's Lap," the club where all the characters converge. You understand the dynamics between bratty boy Preston and other club members and why Daddy Bryan decides to take a bet thrown down by fellow Daddies, that he can take the mouthy, pretentious, and disrespectful boy in hand, and turn him into a pliant, submissive, yet still sassy boy any Daddy would be proud to call his own.

So the terms are laid and agreed upon and for three months/ 90 days Preston belongs to Bryan... Let the battle of wills begin!

Preston has never had to do a thing for himself in 25 years and so takes chores and the like that Daddy Bryan leaves for him and becomes a modern day, Amelia Bedelia. After a couple of minor catastrophes however, he decides to "phone a friend" and calls his house keeper. He also goes shopping to add style to his Daddy's digs, almost gets laid out by a miniature Jean Claude Van Damme, murders plants, turns himself into honey dripping table art, has to take a driving class or lose his license, becomes best friends with himself in 60 years, suffers two tragedies, discovers he is more than his bank account, and gets his birthday wish. All this while bits of "My Fair Lady," play throughout the story (which by the way is my fave musical of all time!💖)! "YOU HEARTLESS GUTTER SNIPE!"

**Ahhhh... Just makes my heart smile and stuff. 💗😍💗

Read Read Read!!!!! You'll Love Love Love!!!!!💕

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I read a complimentary Advanced Reader Copy of this book (audio and e-book) and am voluntarily leaving an honest and unbiased review.

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  • Melissa
  • 2020-03-25

Love this one so much

I started this series not thinking I would love it, but I was so wrong! I loved this book as well and Michael again knocked it out of the park!! I was so upset with the two side characters sad deaths but just an amazing book and Susan did an amazing job once again.

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  • CMN0320
  • 2019-11-13

It was ok...

Actually, the best parts of this book were Preston’s interactions with secondary characters, Raphael and Mr. Bronson. They were important to Preston, and both were supportive of him, which was a nice break. Preston and Brian, well, I got a little tired of all the bickering back and forth. There were certainly parts of it that were entertaining, it’s just that it went on and on. And really, neither of them could make a good decision on their own. They kept making mistakes and a friend or relative had to step in and straighten them out. Especially with regard to Brian, you would expect better from a daddy. All in all there were some wonderful parts in the book. Would I listen again? Probably not.

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  • Diane
  • 2019-11-12

Great Listen

I received an ARC of this audio for my honest review. This book is about Preston who is looking for the love his parents never showed him and Bryan who is looking for someone to nurture as he doesn't want to have countless relationships like his mother. This book will make you cry but does have a HEA. I highly recommend this book and series if you haven't read the 1st book you have to read that one first.

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  • save our wildlife
  • 2019-11-09

Oh,preston

Poor Preston really needed a daddy,he was a little lost. Though some of his antics was quite something. If you want some laughs and to realize that even the common things aren't so common then you will love this book.

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  • SarahH
  • 2019-11-09

Taming Preston!

I loved this book. In the first book we met Preston and he came across as an arrogant, thoughtless, and entitled brat - I really didn’t warm to him at all. But I was excited to listen to this book to see underneath the surface and find out why he was acting like that. When Daddy Brian is challenged to turn Preston into a proper obedient boy they both jump at the challenge.

Brian was hilarious with some of his punishments, but I also loved seeing how loving, kind and attentive he was to Brian. How he noticed when he needed praise because his acting out was caused by insecurity. He is such a lovely man. Preston also made me laugh - he comes from a wealthy background and is clueless round how to operate the basics in life like a toaster. He is definitely sassy and full of attitude, but so much of his bratty exterior comes from him never having felt loved, it was a cry for attention.

This book was beautiful - I loved watching Preston make friends and drop his hard exterior and I loved watching Brian learning to love snuggling! These two are a perfect combination

I received an arc of this book and am voluntarily leaving an honest and unbiased review

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  • Irish
  • 2019-11-06

Good Continuation of Davey's Rules

Preston is a bratty, spoiled rude boy who is badly in need of a Daddy to take him in hand. When Daddy, Bryan, takes a bet to tame Preston within 3 months, he becomes that Daddy. Both men are not interested in a permanent partnership/relationship. But Preston's bratty nature gets under Bryan's skin, and he has lots or reasons to discipline him.
This is the second book in the Davey's Rules Series and it fits well in with the previous book in the series. The characters are fun and well written. The storyline is one that is a little predictable, but is still enjoyable and entertaining. My biggest problem was with Preston's bratty behavior and how rude he is to Bryan (and yes I understand that he's a brat - but there were times it seemed like too much). Despite that, there are some moments that are heartwarming, lots of laughter, and overall, it was a good read!
Michael Pauley did an amazing job bringing these characters to life. He makes a this book a great listen, with Preston's brattyness and Bryan's authoritative and disciplining nature come through with every word. This book is a good continuation of the series, and I can't wait to listen to more, both from this series, and from this narrator!

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  • Bookobessed
  • 2019-11-06

Absolutely love Preston!

Preston has been in the previous book and he was not seen in a good light. Now, we find out exactly why he is the way he is and all I want to do is love him. When a bet occurs on his birthday, Preston figures why not. Bryan is not an easy Dom but soon figures out that there is more to Preston than people see. As these two grow closer and emotions come into play, a devastating event hits the group. Will Bryan and Preston become closer or will they both be too stubborn to see what everyone else sees?

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  • Susan R
  • 2019-11-06

Must jave

Bryan and Preston are oh so dreamy together. This series is so one of my favorites. We all know Michael voice is dreamy. I hope this series never ends.