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Rules of Engagement (Rules of Engagement #1)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  1,662 ratings  ·  137 reviews
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: fun...more
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Published November 30th 2009 by Dreamspinner Press (first published November 28th 2009)
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Nichole (Dirty H)
I struggled to rate this because on one hand, I really enjoyed this book, but on the other hand I hated the ending. I hated the end so much I almost gave the book 3 stars, but I don't want to punish 280 pages of "had me completely hooked" just because of 5 pages of "What? Really?!" So there you go. But this probably would have been 4.5, maybe even 5 stars if not for the ending. So I guess it did get punished a little...

This book was pretty hit-or-miss with my Goodreads friends. I noticed a lot o...more
This is a very interesting book... Not only the characters, Dustin and Brandon, are amazing, sexy, hot and have lots and lots steamy sex, but the story is surprisingly captivating by the reality that transmits. Dustin is suffering from a difficult divorce with a controller and evil woman, and he rediscovers his sexuality on Brandon's side. He struggles but it's hard for him to realize that he actually loves a man.

This is a wonderful smexy read with the added dimension of seeing Dustin grow into his skin after years of subjugating himself to controlling women.

It is a story of coming out, sweet fetishes, teasing, loving and having the balls to be honest about yourself and your desires. The angst is well balanced and isn't pushes the story forward...this is a well crafted book with realistic, easy to like characters.
This was just an ok read. I can only give it two stars because there were quite a few things that annoyed me in this and detracted from the storytelling. First of all, lord knows I don't mind sex scenes but there were way too many and not enough character or plot development until way too far into the story. Also this story contain one of my biggest pet peeves- no prep before the guys got it on with no mention of pain or discomfort, in fact quite the opposite. And lastly, small details here and...more
This book could've been 4 or more stars, but the ending just knocked the stars right out of me.

Dustin Walker is about 6 months out of a nasty divorce. He has had some one-night stands to ease his memories, but it's too soon to start anything serious. Until he meets Brandon Stewart playing pool. Dustin has never been interested in, or even attracted to men. But being near Brandon definitely lights his fuse. I really enjoyed their initial interactions. Dustin did not seem to have any angst and ju...more
Rules of Engagement is likely to appeal to those fans who love a lot of angst to their men and don’t mind the weak ending, which is barely a happy ending at all. The book starts off with Dustin out for a night in a bar and happens to find something incredibly intriguing at the pool table. Although the source of his newfound desire is a man, Dustin is overwhelmed by his attraction to the other man and can’t help acting on it. Thus begins a rather passionate affair which hits a bump when Dustin re...more
Kaje Harper
This is a definite Gay-for-you romance, with Dustin, a guy who has no past attraction to men, falling hot and heavy for Brandon, who is out and bi. There is a somewhat refreshing lack of dithering about the sex - Dustin's attraction is immediate, hot and enthusiastic. There is a lot of sex in this one, and it's pretty well written. I did wish the guys spent more time doing other things. I completely bought their attraction, but the personal and emotional side of the relationship got a bit of a s...more
3.5 star.
The story has a good start and definitely lots of chemistry between the two protags. But there are just so many things not right in the story. From the characterisation to the plot and it just kind of falls apart from the latter part of the story and then has a very rushed ending. Kind of WTF when I finished it...

Apart from Brandon, who is lovely and witty, all the other characters in the story are quite "extreme" and stereotypical... I'd call them: daytime soap characters. Not convin...more
Emma Sea
I completely adored the beginning of the book, and the chemistry between Dustin and Brandon was absolutely smoking hot, but I thought the author failed to explore Dustin's self-discovery, and his relationship with his family.

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Rating: 2.5 stars

So gay-for-you type of stories are one of my favorites. It reaches for my inner romantic and makes me think that real life doesn't truly suck.

Unfortunately, Rules of Engagement didn't make my inner romantic sing for joy. It kind of made me cringe. I think the biggest issue I had was Dustin. While I understand he had a painful ten year relationship with a psycho-bitch of an ex-wife, it felt like some of the problems were due to the fact that he was a pushover. A pushover for both...more

First of all, I liked the story and I loved Dustin and Brandon. It was entertaining, enjoyable and I'd say go ahead and read it. That is why I feel I have to explain why I gave this book 3 stars. It's very simple:

if a character makes me mad because he has behaved like an asshole, I can be convinced to forgive him if he has to WORK for it. So what? You say " I'm sorry" and that makes it all ok? No, I don't think so, mister.

But what about Brandon? He understands where Dustin is coming from and h...more
4.5 stars. Very good m/m romance (that I had a hard time putting down, even rereading it) about a recently divorced guy who finds himself powerfully drawn to a guy he meets playing pool in a bar. Yes, I got sniffly, so you know there was some angst. I think my only complaint was the abruptness of the ending. I really liked this quote from one of the other characters: “If I knew how a lot of my relationships would have turned out, I never would have gotten involved in them…. And I would have miss...more
Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!)
I really liked the playing pool and how they met but I woulda LOVED to see these guys become friends first. Maybe become some pool sharks or something. lol
But they fell into bed and that's mostly where they stayed. (not that it wasn't hott or anything!) I coulda done without all the girl stuff..I get that he was Bi but it pulled me out..oh well, at least I didn't have to hear wet/drippy/creamy etc...
The ending KILLED me!! Seriously that's how you want the last 11% of the book to go..and then n...more
4.75 Stars

I really liked this one. You got to see Dustin's process of discovering he has feelings for another guy. He has a family that is split on his choice. Dustin does not always make the right decision and the ending is more a happy for now (HFN), but a good one. I would love a follow up book maybe even with other characters but just so we can see where Dustin and Brandon end up.
Great writing that kept me (electronically) turning the pages, but the ending sort of ruined it for me. Loved the characters, but the ending felt so rushed. And as a personal niggle, I hate when the MC's have sex with other characters...even when the two heros aren't officially 'together' at the time.

3.5 stars

This was a really good story throughout most of the book, with two characters that just had a great connection and chemistry with each other. But I really hate how the last part of the book was handled, that for me took a lot away from the book.
With a few points of aggravation, like wishing a bit more got said (particularly in the end), this is a good read that builds, adding layers of interest and substance as it progresses.
I love the way these men play pool! Hot hot four play! Reminds me a little of Feb and Colt in Kristen Ashley's For You. Can't wait to read book 2!
I absolutely fell in love with ROE and Brandon and Dustin. They pushed that emotional button and I really felt the attraction between them and the deep feelings....even if Dustin lost his way a bit. A bit of angst is needed to make the reward that much better. There were times I wanted to smack Dustin for his hurtful words, even though he was confused and thrown into being outed unexpectedly, and even though he didn't realize just how hurtful they were, however I loved the way he came around and...more
So, I have this thing where I'm not allowed to play pool. Like, literally my friends start getting a panicky look on their faces when I near a pool cue. And this is surprising because I've only ever played twice. The first time (and I swear I don't even know how this happened) I chipped a tooth, and the second time I smashed a clock face with a pool ball (not on purpose). So, I was understandably put off by the pool-related shenanigans in the first part of this book. But that soon took a backsea...more
When Dustin goes out one night to get his mind off his nasty divorce he ends up walking right into the arms of someone he least expects... the person he ended up beating in a game of pool, Brandon Stewart.

What I loved about that was the Dustin hardly stopped to question it even though he'd never been attracted to a man before, he just KNEW he what he wanted in that moment and went for it. The chemistry between Brandon and Dustin is explosive.

There was a wonderfully unrushed build up of the relat...more
Emotional but funny as well so the emotional doesn't become too overwelming. There is a lot of sex in the book but it's so well done. It's so well detailed but in a romantic way. She goes into detail about the shape of the shoulder, the color of the eyes as they fill with passion. You fell apart of the characters in that moment rather than your just reading about it. You feel as if your falling in love with them instead of watching them fall in love. While she could probably tone down the sex, I...more
"Look at it this way: We're two people who happen to have a lot in common, a connection most people would kill for, we trust each other, and we have the kind of sex that people base pornos on. The fact that we're both men really doesn't make a difference, does it?”

That line really sums up this story. Dustin is recently divorced from his manipulative and controlling wife of 10 years. He finds himself attracted for the first time to a man, Brandon, and, with things heating up between them, he is...more
There are a handful of things I could say that I disliked about this book but instead I am going to praise the author for bringing the sexy back!! Most books I've read lately the sex is missing something and Rules of Engagement brought the passion back. Lusty, ripping clothes off, skin nipping, toe curling passionate sex. YES! Thank you! It was great, I enjoyed it and now I wanna jump my husband.
4 Stars but 5 special 'love stars' for Brandon!

Instant attraction doesn't get much hotter than the opening scene of Rules of Engagement where the blistering chemistry between Brandon and Dustin is so palpable they almost vibrate with it. And it is this ongoing connection between the two men as their relationship evolves that is this story's strength; if you can ignore Dustin's poor judgement (not always his fault), humour that's not always humourous, the overuse of winks and the annoying cacopho...more
John "King of the North"
I love GFY but I would appreciate it if the MCs build a friendship first before having sex right away on the first 3 hours of the first meeting. Too much sex also.
Lena Polskaia
Chronique réalisée pour Bit Me If You Can

Une très belle et chaude romance, à la fois simple et efficace. Tout commence avec une partie de billard, juste un jeu, des regards, des gestes anodins, et Dustin se retrouve attiré, aimanté, troublé par le beau Brandon. Malgré sa suprise face à ses propres réactions, lui qui se pensait hétérosexuel, malgré ses doutes, il se laisse aller à son désir, à sa curiosité, au plaisir de la découverte dans les bras de Brandon. Et quelle découverte !! Ces hommes s...more
OMG I do so love this book! I’ve read it a number of times now and I’m never disappointed. It’s sexy and yet I still feel like there is real emotion involved. I adored the chemistry between these two men and that first kiss….DAYUM!!!! The instant chemistry here was nicely balanced out with time to get to know each other and realize that there was more to the two of them than just chemistry. Of course there’s plenty of HOT sexy times to enjoy. It’s a simple story, but really well told with very e...more
C’est un livre passionnant, et je suis tombée complètement amoureuse des deux personnages, non seulement Dustin et Brandon sont étonnants, sexy et attachants, mais l’histoire est captivante et crédible de bout en bout. L’auteur a fait un travail remarquable sur ces deux protagonistes, surtout sur le personnage de Dustin, un homme récemment divorcé d’une femme qui l’a maintenu sous sa coupe durant dix longues années. Un homme sevré de tendresse qui va un soir dans un bar va ressentir une attracti...more
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“If I knew how a lot of my relationships would have turned out, I never would have gotten involved in them... And I would have missed out on some of the best times in my life.” 28 likes
“Look at it this way: We're two people who happen to have a lot in common, a connection most people would kill for, we trust each other, and we have the kind of sex that people base pornos on. The fact that we're both men really doesn't make a difference, does it?” 0 likes
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