Erryn reviews ‘Rules for Loving (Davey’s Rules Book 8)’ by Susan Hawke. The ebook was published April 14, 2020 and is 131 pages. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Michael Dean, released on April 30, 2020 and is 3 hrs and 41 mins long. A copy was provided for an honest review.
Why Erryn read this book: I can’t get enough of this series.
Davey’s Rule number 85: Daddy will always treat his boy like he’s Daddy’s world…because that’s how it should be!
Note: This is a collection of short stories that follow the final book in the Davey’s Rules series.
Revisit all your favorite couples and families from Daddy’s Lap in this five-part, seven-story collection that shows them all living their happily-ever-afters.
These stories include:
- A unique bachelor party, wedding, and new proposal that take place during a long weekend in Vegas.
- The day when Travis and Adam officially adopt their daughter.
- The fabulous moment when Sammy and Davey say “I Do”.
- Mikey and Landon finally share how they became a couple.
- And finally, get ready to smile as Davey and Sammy welcome a new baby.
This collection of shorts is number eight 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 audiobook. Please be aware that this is a bonus book to the series, a collection of shorts rather than a full-length novel.
I have loved this series from the beginning. Watching each couple coming together – through laughter, more than a few tears, and joyous celebrations. I’ve felt invested in these relationships. I grieved when Raphael died, but have rejoiced that Sammy has gone on to find happiness.
These five vignettes are all about established couples. One is a look back. Landon and Mikey were an established Daddy/boy pair when they took on Topher as their puppy. But the origin story was never told – before now. I chuckled as they endured the worst date ever through to becoming the solid couple they are today. They are so perfectly suited and bringing Topher into their happy home was seamless.
The story of Travis and Adam was always sweet, but their decision to adopt their daughter Mickey was precious. There are so many children in the world who need love, I was glad to see the two men opening up their hearts this way. As Mickey says, “Happy Pappy, don’t be sappy.” Needless to say, her rhymes had me in stitches.
Then there’s the wedding in Vegas. You know when the boy says to his daddy, “toothpaste isn’t lube, Daddy”, that there are some fun reminisces. I had enjoyed Brian and Preston’s book, and seeing them tie the knot was special. Add to that weekend the most romantic proposal – as well as a bachelor party to remember – and it was a great story.
Of course Sammy and Davey were not to be outdone, so they had to have a wedding as well. I was truly touched by their special day. Anytime a family comes together it’s perfect. Which brings me to the final story. I hadn’t really thought about Davey and Sammy expanding their family. They have the two wonderful children from Sammy’s marriage to Raphael, so I figured their family was complete. Uh, how wrong was I. Naturally Davey deserves the opportunity to have a child of his own. The Diva Daddy needs to be able to strut his stuff. Can I see him changing a diaper? Yeah, I can. He was great to Sammy’s two kids so I know he’ll be amazing. Does he stress at the whole birthing thing? And does the thought of being responsible for someone for the next eighteen years bring him into paroxysms of panic? Yeah, those too.
This book was a great way to revisit all of my favorite couples while adding more to their stories. The vignettes are told with the same humor and yummy-feels that I expect from a Susan Hawke book. I was so pleased to see Michael Dean return to narrate these stories. I always enjoy his performances and this one was as good as the others. I’ll miss these men but something tells me I haven’t seen the last of them all yet.
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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