Erryn reviews ‘Rules to Break (Davey’s Rules Book 2)’ by Susan Hawke. The ebook was published September 26, 2019 and 311 pages. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Michael Pauley, released on October 15, 2019, and is 9 hrs and 38 mins long. A copy was provided for an honest review.
Why Erryn read this book: I am a huge Susan Hawke fan.
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.
Davey’s rule #22 – Daddy must never say his boy is being dramatic
I’ll start off by saying the synopsis suggests bringing tissue. Uh, yeah, that was very accurate. Maybe I was feeling emotional anyway, but several scenes in this book slayed me. Don’t get me wrong, this is a funny book. I loved it. But it also had a few dark moments that really ate at me. But that’s life, right? Can’t be sunshine and roses all the time.
Preston Wallace is a brat. Now, not all indulged rich boys grow up to be spoiled brats, but Preston has. There are moments when he shows great self-awareness and other times when he’s clueless. This is the second book in the series so I’m suspecting some of his bad behavior has already been on full display. He’s certainly in fine form the night of his birthday. He doesn’t always mean to be bratty, but sometimes he doesn’t have a choice. And sometimes there are people who deserve the bratty behavior.
Daddy Bryan Miller isn’t one of those men. He’s observed Preston’s behavior and, in the blink of the eye, he takes a bet that he can tame the bratty submissive. My Fair Lady, anyone?
The book that unfolds is, frankly, really funny. And cute. And adorable. Because despite how obnoxious Preston was, part of me felt sorry for him. Could acknowledge how lonely he was. Could see how he was stuck in a rut and unable to pull himself out. He needed someone to make him see how the other half lived, as it were. Although he’s always very gracious of the staff (partly because they are his only ‘friends’), he’s not respectful of others. He doesn’t understand how his demands might be unreasonable. Or how people are turned off by such snootiness.
Daddy Bryan is unwilling to put up with Preston’s attitude and he often puts his proverbial foot down. Those moments of ‘corrections’ (read: punishments) are beyond creative and add humor to the story. Needless to say, I’ll never think of Cinnamon toothpaste the same way again. Nor canned foods. But all the discipline is with the aim of making Preston a better person. Some of the most touching moments occurred when Daddy Bryan signed Preston up to help at a nursing home. Some of the most humorous moments involved public transport. In the end, the bet becomes secondary although the unravelling of it proves interesting.
This is a fantastic book and I’ve learned to expect nothing less from Susan Hawke. The blend of strong emotion with fabulous humor works every time. I’m so glad I got the chance to listen to the story.
And the narrator? Michael Pauley is one of my favorites and this book is just another example of why. He hits every note perfectly and I found myself transported. His inner monologue for Preston was brilliant and I almost – almost – was willing to give the kid a break (although twenty-five shouldn’t really count as a kid, but with the immaturity…?) Finally, I love that Michael knows his My Fair Lady. Anyway, I highly recommend this book and I’m looking forward to the next one.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
Susan Hawke is more widely known for her mpreg writings as Susi Hawke; this new name is a departure from that. Whether written by Susan or Susi, the books are filled with that all-important love, laughter, and family; the only difference is that this name has no male pregnancy.