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Rules to Follow

Davey's Rules, Book 1
Written by: Susan Hawke
Narrated by: Michael Pauley
Series: Davey's Rules, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
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Davey’s rule number 86: A good Daddy will never lie to his boy...even by omission.
 

Travis Miller has a pretty solid life in the small California beach town he calls home. He’s working his way up in the district attorney’s office, he owns a home with an ocean view, and he has close ties with his family. Life is good. If only he could find a sweet boy to call his own, life would be...perfect.
 

Adam Nichols’ life has never been easy. Growing up in foster care taught him to be strong, so finding himself in a violent relationship was a shock. Now that he's finally free of it, he faces new problems. He's jobless, homeless, and terrified of starting from scratch.
 

With a little help from an old friend, Adam discovers a whole new world. He goes from rock bottom to renting a room from a hot assistant DA and working at Daddy’s Lap, a kink club that opens his vanilla eyes to things he’d never imagined. His new roommate is a balm to Adam’s damaged soul. The tender way Travis cares for him is almost like the daddy kink community he’s seen at the club. But Travis isn’t a daddy...right? If he were, surely he’d have said so.
 

What happens when a lie by omission threatens to bring their budding relationship tumbling down around them? Will Travis ever be able to earn Adam's trust again?
 

This is the first book in a new 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 references to domestic violence.

©2019 Susan Hawke (P)2019 Susan Hawke

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***trigger warning *** scenes from an abusive ex There were a couple things that made me unsure of it. 1 was right at the prologue where Davey was on a date with Travis with all his Rules. It was really nuts but seeing the book isn't about him and Travis seemed interesting, I was hopeful that Adam was better suited for him and proceeded reading. Next came when Adam got a job at a kink club and the mention of "littles". I don't want to kink shame but that just isn't for me, but again seeing those were extra characters, not Adam and Travis, I proceeded cautiously. I'm so glad I did because it really was a great story. Adam and Travis were perfect for each other and the storyline kept my interest the whole way through. In the end I even liked Davey as the feisty, flamboyant twink friend. He was pretty funny when he was acting all diva. All the other characters in the book were also great. The littles even grew on me as I forgot they were adults and started to think of them as cute little kids. Still not my thing but it def helped me to not dwell on it too much. This book had such great character development. I totally took a deep interest in the sweet Adam and equally sweet daddy Travis. This is a daddy book but there's no bdsm or other kinks that may be in other daddy books. Travis is simply the kind of daddy that likes to take care of his boy whether it's making Adam dinner or giving him cuddles or tucking him In. So this is a good choice for those that may like a sweet daddy and don't like the rough kind. This is a very 😍 book. I loved this book and would of given it 5 stars but I still can't help but think Travis should of been more open and honest to avoid the slight drama in the middle that seemed unnecessary. The audible version makes it even better. Michael Pauley did aamazing job with all the different characters.

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  • BlueRose
  • 2019-08-07

Susan Hawke has done it again!

5 Blue Roses 5 Blue Flames Genre: LGBT, M/M, Romance, Comedy, Fiction, Boy-Daddy Play Michael Pauly returns to be better than ever to wow listeners with his vocal versatility that it sounds like an entire cast of narrators. He manages to bring this audiobook to life, making it hot, funny and very entertaining. His voice was much smoother, my eardrums can confess of it. Travis and Adam's story was beautiful and believable. It is not unique, but circumstances around the pair and the gentle way Travis approached Adam grabbed my attention. I was thoroughly entertained and I am looking forward to the rest of this series. The boy-daddy play was not overdone and I can certainly see the appeal to this kind of kink. Usually I'm kind of irritated with the little's, but found it was tastefully done. I also appreciate the extra education weaved so subtle between the lines, so we learn and get to know the kink. I love Davey's rules there are 89 rules and the list is growing. They are very funny and I suspect Travis's brother may end up ticking all those boxes. My favourite rule is rule 29, I couldn't stop laughing at the ridiculousness of it." Daddy must never ever wear green or orange, Daddy is neither a leprechaun or inmate." This is a definite relisten for me. I do recommend this audiobook when you are in the mood for a M/M romantic comedy. Happy Listening

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  • Jen Valencia
  • 2019-08-21

Hawke's writing + Pauley's narration? Yes, please!

Susan Hawke's writing plus Michael Pauley's narration? Yes, please! I needn't say more, but I will, especially if you're new to this particular pairing or just to the two in general. Hawke's newest audiobook is the first in her latest series entitled Davey's Rules, and her story is taken to a whole new level of awesomeness with the vocal stylings of Pauley. The "Davey" in question is Davey Hendrickson, a young gay man who's jotted down a rule or eighty that he expects whoever his chosen "Daddy" will adhere by. The series starter isn't Davey's story, and I suspect we won't get that until either much later in the series or as the series ender. Instead Davey's part, at least in book one, is as the best friend of one of the main characters and as a guide of sorts when it comes to the world of the Daddy/boy kink. Susan Hawke delivers a story that mixes angst with humor while not downplaying what Adam experiences by laughing it off. This isn't merely about the whole kink angle. If anything, Hawke reiterates time and again the importance of trust and that it isn't just not easily earned but it's even more difficult to keep, especially when secrets are kept. It's the titular character of Davey who provides a lot of the humorous moments in the book, which were appreciated lest the story be bogged down and become depressing. I liked the connection that Travis and Adam shared and how their relationship was never rushed. With a story as interesting as the Hawke has written, Michael Pauley does it justice by not "phoning in" in his narration, instead bringing the characters to life once again with his undeniable talent. Five stars for Rules to Follow.

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  • Irish
  • 2019-08-17

Performance made the book so much more

When Adam left his violent, abusive relationship, he was terrified of starting over, jobless and homeless, so called his former roommate Davey, a bartender at Daddy's Lap. When Davey tells some friends at the bar about Adam, they all jump to help him, providing a job and a placed to live. Travis, an assistant DA, offers to let Adam rent a room from him. But when Travis cares for Adam like the Daddy's down at the club, Adam starts to wonder if Travis is a Daddy; but wouldn't Travis have told Adam? But will this lie of omission threaten their relationship? I had a hard time getting into this book. I usually LOVE Susan (Susi) Hawke's books, but this one just missed for me. It started out confusing as the book summary was about Adam and Travis but the first chapter is about Davey. It was VERY confusing. Secondly, the way that some of the characters spoke was just hard to want to continue with. I enjoyed the premise of the story, and feel that it could have been much more. . However, I feel that Michael Pauley's performance was absolutely on for this book. He did a perfect job bringing forth the true characters of the book, especially Davey's sassy/brattiness and Travis' command. I read the ebook when it initially came out, and hesitated to try the audiobook when it came out as well, but I am glad that I did. Michael Pauley's performance truly made this book more of a performance and overall great story (and easier for me to follow along with). I now am looking forward to more from this series (especially if the narrator stays the same!!!)

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  • Esther A
  • 2019-08-15

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A beautifully sweet daddy/boy story brilliantly brought to life by the spectacular narrator. His voice for Davey is especially fantastic! Adam finally escapes an abusive relationship and Davey takes him in. Travis is immediately drawn to Adam and just wants to take care of him. I love watching these 2 develop their very special bond as daddy/boy. Travis is exactly what Adam needs in his life and vice versa. I love how they are not only great as lovers but also as friends. I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy of this audiobook

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  • Bookobessed
  • 2019-08-15

I need more!!!!

Davey is absolutely adorable, a riot, and everything in between. I cannot wait for more of Davey. Now, on to the actual couple in the story :) Travis is a Daddy that is only missing a boy to complete his life. He enjoys his job (stress and all), has a great relationship with his brother, and just wants that special someone. Now, we meet Travis while on a date with Davey that doesn't quite work out. Next is Adam. He is leaving an abusive relationship with a jerk that isolated him then he remembers his old roommate and you guessed it, Davey. Next up is Adam finding his feet again, working and going to school while his job at Daddy's Lap opens his eyes. On the way to gaining back his life, he takes up the offer of renting Travis's extra room and that's where he begins to fall for Travis. Except Travis might have forgotten to mention something to Adam.

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  • Stephanie VO
  • 2019-08-15

Love it!!

Man I love this story want I read it but listening to this story just became one of my favorite audiobook of this year. I love Travis and Adam together. and listening to their story is amazing. I love how Michael Pauley brings so much into the story that makes me fall in love even more. Such a sweet story and amazing listen.

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  • JD
  • 2019-08-15

Sweet

I really enjoyed this book and Michael Pauley's narration heels lift it off the page. This is a sweet and sexy story with wonderful characters. I'm enjoying the world building and I can't wait to hear the next book.

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  • kp
  • 2019-08-14

Enjoyed!

I enjoyed reading Rules to Follow. I found both mc's to be likeable and interesting. Adam is so sweet and young and Travis was the perfect Daddy he never knew he needed. These two are perfect together. I'm looking forward to the next one in this series. Michael Pauley does an outstanding job of bringing these characters to life.

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  • Vania
  • 2019-08-09

Lovely Daddy/boy story.

I loved this story! Daddy is always my favourite kink, and when matched with a hurt/comfort theme of domestic violence by the ex-boyfriend, it was just the perfect read for me. Adam is so sweet and young, but so strong and resilient, too. Travis is just the perfect caretaking Daddy, although in the beginning he makes the mistake of not coming clean about his kink with Adam for fear of scaring him off. These two men are so perfect together that I can’t even express how cute they are! This is the beginning of a new series, I loved all the crew surrounding Adam and Travis in this book, and I can’t wait to read more! Michael Pauley's my absolute favourite narrator and rhis is another great example!

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  • Kathryn M
  • 2019-08-08

Fantastic!

I absolutely loved this! There is some drama, lots of humor, tons of sweetness and a good dose of daddy kink. The characters are loveable and pull you in. The story interesting and easy to read. And I can not wait for the next book. Michael Pauley narrates this book and its fantastic. The characters come to life and the story pops.

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