Erryn reviews ‘Rules for Santa (Davey’s Rules Book 3)’ by Susan Hawke. The ebook was published November 1, 2019. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Michael Pauley, released on November 5, 2019, and is 5 hrs and 41 mins long. A copy was provided for an honest review.
Why Erryn read this book: I loved book 2 in the series and always enjoy a good Daddy kink book.
Rule number 18: Daddy’s boy will always believe in his Santa daddy.
Homeless, alone, and now jobless, Cameron Evans is lost…until he’s found, after a prominent local attorney literally trips over him when the boy is passed out from dehydration.
Scott Hendrickson has two things in life: his job as an assistant district attorney and his son Davey. Other than that, he lives alone in a house that’s too big, too empty, and too lonely.
It’s not just Cameron’s life that might change for the better when Scott takes him in. Scott can provide material things and security, but Cameron returns the favor by breathing fresh air into Scott’s stale life.
Two men who need each other and one magical holiday season. Could a little Christmas magic be all that’s needed to bring the biggest gift of all? Maybe, Cameron doesn’t need a sugar daddy because he already has a Santa daddy.
This is the third book in a series about not-so-perfect daddies, adorable “boys”, and one sassy brat with an insane list of rules.
Get ready for all the squishy holiday feels you’d want from a Susan Hawke book.
Rule #7 – Daddy’s boy must always be honest with his Daddy
There are about a dozen rules of how Daddy’s Boy must act but just one for Daddy. But I’ll get back to that.
Cameron Evans is having a rough time. He’s homeless and hopeless. He’s been treated abdominally by those who are supposed to love him the most and he can’t catch a break. He’s at the end of the line when he passes out from dehydration. He’s lucky, though, because he gets tripped over by the man who is about to become his savior. Cameron’s story is all too common these days – up to forty percent of homeless youth are LGBTQ. That’s appalling but not surprising. As long as people feel being gay is a choice and that it’s morally wrong, they’ll feel free to throw away their own children.
I can’t conceive it. But I know it exists.
Scott Hendricks has got a good thing going. He adores his son David (or Davey as he prefers to be called), has a great job, a nice car, and a comfortable home. When he finds Cameron in desperate need of help, he’s called to in a way he never has been before. He’s compelled to help. He steps in and helps Cameron get back on his feet. To him, buying a cellphone plan and new clothes means nothing. He does well in his work and has saved judiciously. With only Davey to spoil, he’s been missing out. As he spends time with Cameron, he realizes how lonely he is.
This book is a slooooow burn and that’s completely appropriate. Scott could take advantage of the power dynamics but never does. He could push the sexual side of their relationship but that would be, fortunately, out of character. He does start with the pet names early on, but only to make Cameron feel safe and protected. Davey is the wildcard. He’s happy to help Cameron out once he learns the level of destitution the young man is facing, but he’s not as quick to accept his ‘straight’ father might actually be not only gay but a Daddy. A Daddy Santa to boot. With his own special Elf.
A touching story, I really enjoyed it. There was less of the witty banter I’ve come to expect from Ms. Hawke, but that worked with this book. At times I could almost forget Cameron was only twenty and other times the point was driven home painfully. That Daddy Scott can offer so much was touching. That Cameron was reluctant to be spoiled also spoke well of his strong character. So many times he could have given up but he didn’t. Letting someone take over is often a sign of strength, not of weakness.
Can you tell I loved this book? And the series? I’m certainly hoping Davey’s book is next and I’m hoping to see more of previous couples in the next story. Hopefully I’m not asking for too much.
Michael Pauley narrates this story and I have to say, he nailed it. He always does. He’s one of the hardest working guys in the industry and he never calls it in. He works hard on each performance and that quality shines through. Obviously, I highly recommend this book. Oh, and that rule for Daddy? I won’t give it away but it involves unconditional love. Sigh.
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.