Rules of Engagement by L.A. Witt ~ Audiobook Review by PizzyGirl

RulesofEngagementAUDLGTitle: Rules of Engagement

Author: L.A. Witt

Narrator: Nick J. Russo

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Mara McKennen

Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 03/02/2016

Length: 08 hours 33 minutes

Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Gay Romance

Summary:

Dustin Walker has no idea that avoiding the search for Mrs. Right could send him into the arms and bed of Mr. Right Now. According to Dustin’s mother, he should be out looking for his next wife so he won’t be the divorced black sheep of the family. Instead, he passes his free time at a local bar and pool hall, where he meets someone who’s everything his ex-wife wasn’t: funny, caring, faithful… and male.

Is Brandon Stewart just Dustin’s way of getting over a bitter divorce? Can Dustin really care for him, or is it simply that Brandon is the complete opposite of his ex-wife? Dustin keeps their affair as quiet as possible, because if it continues, he knows he’ll eventually have to come out to his homophobic family or walk out on the man he’s trying not to love.

Story Review:

This one was hard for me to rate because up until the very end, I was totally leaning towards 5 stars. But then the ending hit a lot of my personal pet peeves and hot buttons. So in the end I gave this one 4 stars because it was a good book, but I personally had issues with the way it turned out.

I want to start off by saying that this story was very emotional and really well written. The storyline was compelling and I was investing from the very beginning. I fell for both men and their relationship and really loved the reality of things and that there was humor and fun in their budding romance. In addition, the sexual tension between these men was so off the charts that I could feel it coming out of my speakers. From word one, this story was a sexually driven one but it flowed and it worked so well with the characters and their journey that I could not imagine their story without it. This story was really set to be fantastic.

I also really loved being inside Dustin’s mind. His struggles were so real and so all over the map. I loved how he really struggled but made such an effort to understand grow. And he had setbacks which was great because he was flawed and it showed. He made such great progress and I loved that the author did not try to fit him into a perfect box.

But then Dustin got stupid and scared and totally ruined everything for me. I get why he did what he did, and I totally understand that it was part of his nature to react that way, but I hated how he did it. And his apology was more of a non apology than anything worthy of forgiveness. By the end of the story, I was sympathetic to Dustin but I no longer liked him and I really hated what he did and I hated that Brandon forgave him so easily because in my eyes Dustin was no longer worthy of Brandon. I get that it was realistic and some people will probably really love this one, but for me, it hit buttons that I hate and so the ending of this one left a bad taste in my mouth. Maybe if I read the followup book, this relationship can be redeemed in my eyes. I intend to do that ASAP because I really want this to be redeemed.

Narration Review:

Nick J. Russo is not always my favorite narrator but for angsty, erotic stories like this one, his voice is perfect. He really hit the tone of the story and brought out the best in the characters and the worst in the characters. I enjoyed his reading of this story.

Links

Rules of Engagement on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Audible

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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