Rules of Engagement (Rules of Engagement, #1) by L.A. Witt

Rules of Engagement (Rules of Engagement, #1) by  L.A. WittSeries: Rules of Engagement #1
on November 28th 2015
Pages: 294
AmazonNarrator: Nick J. Russo
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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. Best Gay Erotica Contemporary - Honorable MentionThe journey the main characters go through in order to find their happily ever after is one that will hold the readers attention from beginning to end. 4.5 of 5 Nymphs Critter Nymph @ Literary Nymphs Reviews

Rules of Engagement (Rules of Engagement, #1)Rules of Engagement by L.A. Witt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this story. I liked the friendship between Dustin Walker and Brandon Stewart which allowed both characters to grow as men.

Dustin had been married but it was to please his mother. So when Dustin walked in on his wife and one of her lovers, Dustin had to admit that this marriage wasn’t working at all. When Dustin goes to hustle pool, he meets another pool shark Brandon. A tentative friendship begins and soon they have a sexual encounter.
This new relationship is everything Dustin’s marriage wasn’t. But Dustin’s mother would never accept his sexuality and that affected how Dustin treated Brandon. The problem is that Brandon has already been someone’s dirty little secret and he swore he wouldn’t be that again.

Will Dustin choose to be open about his relationship with Brandon and his sexuality or will familial pressures lead him to let Brandon go?

I appreciate the emotional anguish it took Dustin to accept himself and stand up for himself. It takes a lot to go against one’s family and even societal expectations even if keeping up a facade is detrimental to one’s happiness. I love that Brandon was support but put his foot down when he needed to. He was forgiving but he was also very clear on his desires and expectations in a relationship.

I love that the author manages to balance very hot sex scenes with solid story telling. I didn’t feel like the sex overshadowed the characters journey. I was very pleased with the ending of this one.

Special Thanks to Dreamspinner Press for this audiobook given in exchange for an honest review.

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About L.A. Witt

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies.

She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut…

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