Erryn reviews ‘Rules to Ignore (Davey’s Rules Book 7)’ by Susan Hawke. The ebook was published March 16, 2020 and is 232 pages. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Michael Dean, released on March 18, 2020 and is 7 hrs and 24 mins long. A copy was provided for an honest review.
Why Erryn read this book: Davey!.
Davey’s revised rule nyumber one: A good Daddy will love his boy with all his heart.
Davey Hendrickson doesn’t mind being forever single when he’s got his bestie at his side. It’s not that he wants to be single. He’s spent most of his adult life searching for his own perfect Daddy. Even if he’s not naturally submissive, someone that fabulous is obviously meant to be a boy…right? Over the years, he’s dated every type of Daddy imaginable but not one of them could come close to meeting the requirements from his ridiculous list of rules.
After losing his husband, Sammy Robustelli has learned to be strong while raising two children on his own. No matter what life has thrown his way, nothing seems too hard with his best friend and roomie Davey at his side. When the two friends learn that people believe they’re a couple, they can’t help but laugh. The very idea is a big joke…until it isn’t.
It only takes a few wake-up calls before Davey wonders what happens if a guy might be in love with the best friend he can never have. It could never work for a pair of boys in need of a bossy top, right? Except…maybe Davey doesn’t know himself – or Sammy – as well as he thinks.
This is the final 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.
Davey’s Rule # 28 – Daddy is responsible for killing all bugs. Especially hairy spiders.
Raphael Robustelli was a great daddy. He and his boy Sammy had a beautiful relationship – from the moment they met they were destined to be together. Eventually they had two beautiful children, married, rescued Raph’s nephew Jeffrey, and lived a charmed life. Until the moment it all fell apart and a heart attack ripped Raph from his family. Devastated, Sammy, Jeffrey, and the kids slowly moved on, but it was a tough go. After a few years, their friend Davey moved in. Ostensibly because there was a flood in his condo. But that was two and a half years ago and Davey has stayed. He’s become a member of the family. He’s become a co-parent. He’s Sammy’s best friend.
Despite this, the men are genuinely surprised when they discover all the parents at their kids’ school have figured they were together. The men are open with their affection and teasing, but they’re just friends, right? Because if there is one thing they cannot be, it’s a couple. Under the façade and respectability they show the world, both men have a Daddy/boy fetish. Not exactly something you share at PTA. It means that when Sammy tries dating, he’s failing partly because no one will ever replace the Daddy he lost. It means when Davey goes out with Daddies and it doesn’t work, he’s just not met the right one. Or, as their friends surmise – Davey and Sammy need to be together romantically. Stop the presses. Since they are both boys looking for daddies, that’ll never work.
Or will it? As Davey ruminates:
Even though I had always been serious about my list – and positive about what I wanted – it had almost been more about the chase than the reality of what a relationship like this would entail. Sure, it was fun to prance around being fabulous and calling other men ‘Daddy’, but that was just my inner flirt coming out to play. How had I missed something so simple? Why hadn’t I understood that a Daddy and boy dynamic was a true partnership with each giving the other what they needed as well as the trust that went along with it? I liked men big enough to toss me around, and assumed that naturally meant I needed to be bossed by them too. Jiminy Christmas, Preston was right. And Adam. And Cameron. Shit. Being a daddy or a boy had nothing to do with size. Or age. Or fabulousness. It just meant wanting to be the one to nurture and protect your partner. And even if Sammy was big enough to protect me, that wasn’t the kind of protection he needed anyway. No, Sammy was strong enough to fight any battle. What he needed was a Daddy who would shield him from other things that might hurt him.
A moment of clarity. There are a few more, to be sure, but they all work. This book fits together all the missing pieces. Fills in the blanks. Makes everyone whole. Now, I recommend having read Making Rules before this one because it helps make the transition believable. Realistic. Giving rise to the Diva Daddy in all his glory.
Davey’s Rule # 53 – Daddy shouldn’t be afraid to let his boy top.
I loved this series and am sad to see it end. There are hints of a spin off and I already like the characters lined up. I adore how Ms. Hawke can create a world with so many interconnections and relationships. I love how she brings joy and a bit of heartache. Losing Raphael early in the series brought me to tears, giving Sammy his happily ever after in this book brought me joy.
I’ve said many good things about Michael Dean, but they bear repeating. His talent is on full display as he helms this series. And although the books are great, Michael brings a new level of emotion to the stories. Also, his reading of the list of rules at the end of the book is worth the price of admission. I’m sorry this part of the story is over, but I’m so glad to know there’s more to come.
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.
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