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Age Rules

(Breaking the Rules #5)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  465 ratings  ·  86 reviews
I was still too old for him, and he was still too far in the closet for me, but damn, if I didn’t crave him like a drug.
After spending twenty years serving in the US Navy while Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was in effect, Darren Davis is unapologetically out and proud. He knows exactly what he wants in a relationship, and up and coming MMA star Andre Harrison isn’t it. He’s too young,
Kindle Edition, 173 pages
Published April 18th 2019
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Hello dirty talk! I really liked this one.

My only complaint is that this is a merging of established series and I was absolutely not able to follow all the characters. I tuned them out and read for Darren and Andre's relationship. But if you've read the other books and enjoyed them, this will be perfect for you.
Nat ReadingAllNite
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-read, m-m, lescourt
I’d read Michelle Frost’s Open Wound series, so I was pretty sure I’d like this, even without knowing Jacki James work. I enjoyed this enormously, in spite of getting a little lost with names from Breaking the Rules stories, which means I need to read them. I sorted everyone out pretty quickly though. Andre and Darren were a great couple, with substantial chemistry on page. Age-gaps are a favorite trope of mine and a dominant silver fox ordering a big, muscled MMA fighter around was pretty hot. ...more
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Damn. That's all I can think of. I have not had the pleasure of reading the Open Wounds series yet, but you can bet your patootie I will be going back to do so now. Wow. I really liked Darren from the other books, even though he was in them a lot. He always seemed to have a good personality and was a good guy, so I'm glad to see Nathan got him with the 'love glitter’. Lol. And what better way to challenge that ‘hard-nosed’ military man (retired) than an MMA fighter, who can easily overcome him i ...more
Apr 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
3.5 stars - enjoyed this romance and connection. The age play factor really wasn’t a big deal, it was more the “closet” issue that presented as a problem and a blocker. An easy read 😊
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a good book. I was invested in both the MC's. The cover doesn't seem to fit with the descriptions, especially age of the characters and the reviews that mention dirty talk aren't wrong but it's one short scene that really has any. The sex scenes do not hold up throughout the book.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Age Rules by Jacki James and Michelle Frost is a well written, enjoyable, May/December, low angst read. Darren is an ex Navy Commander who is out and proud and Andre is a deeply closeted MMA fighter. They meet during difficult circumstances, and their undeniable attraction is immediate and their chemistry is sexy hot. However, they both have some personal obstacles to overcome in order to find happiness together. I have read and absolutely love Michelle’s Open Wounds series but I’m not familiar ...more
Monica Vidal
May 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Yeah, this one didn’t live up to my expectations of “age-gap” books. Honestly, it felt like a book I could have written and lemme tell you THAT IS NOT A GOOD THING. The characters felt flat, the dialogues cheesy and IDK, it felt more like telling than showing and I hate when I can’t connect with the characters.

Sorry but had to DNF.
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was eagerly waiting for the next book in the Open Wounds universe when I saw this crossover book. I’ve never read the other series so there was a couple of paragraphs I had to read twice to figure out who some people were but it didn’t dull my enjoyment of this.

This was a really sweet, low angst read with a nice age gap and a HFN. A very easy read.
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Both characters were nicely developed and had that likeable factor. One character struggled with finding that happy median for himself, while the other grief to reconcile that our fairy tale don't always look like we expect it. I really liked the support cast it is always good to have a strong friend-family support system. I look forward to the other stories in this series!
Alex (HEABookNerd)
Series: Open Wounds
Rating: 4 stars - it was enjoyable

Age Rules was a bit different from the previous books in Open Wound series since it's written with another author, but overall I enjoyed it. The first few chapters were a little rocky for me but once it got into the story, Michelle Frost's signature writing came through. I wasn't expecting to get Andre's story in this series so it was fun to read about him.

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Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A crossover series for two authors that I love you say? Yes, please! I got a little excited about this one because I’ve really enjoyed both series and the blurb ticked every box for me. Age gap romances are a favourite of mine and although silver fox Darren is older than Andre, there’s no daddy kink, which was quite refreshing. Darren tries to hold off and ignore the attraction he has for the sexy MMA star but it’s too strong. We see them navigate through sex-only relationship, but feelings get ...more
What a great book! I picked this up on whim and instantly got sucked in. Andre and Darren were so adorable and hot!


I loved all the side characters too and now want to go back and read the rest of this series because I want to know how their stories. Overall, this was a wonderful book and I totally recommend reading it.
Popsugar Reading Challenge 2019 - a book by two female authors
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love rules

Darren is a silver Fox. Served time in the army in DADT . He refused to go in the closet for anyone.
Andre is a MMA fighter who thinks being in a relationship will hamper his career.
They meet and all the rules are out the door. The connection they felt was easy, even if they agreed to be just friends.
The internal struggle for them to get their HEA made an interesting read. A wonderful well written May to December romance
May 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance-gay
Emotionally really shallow and not very enjoyable. Also not very thoughtful about the world.
Julianne Macneil
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
i read this book as part of an arc program. This is the older man/ younger man romance between Darren and Andre. Darren is retired from the navy and now is the president of a hospital. Darren is single and looking. He learns a high profile patient was admitted to the hospital and the patient's son is even more famous. Andre is a MMA fighter and his father had a heart attack, his father is the coach of the city's hockey team. Darren is attracted to Andre and has a bit of a crush on him, but he th ...more
Amy Dufera
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gripping from the start, Age Rules is a fantastic crossover book written by Michelle Frost and Jacki James.

Andre's a MMA fighter who's closeted due to his career. His famous father is one who constantly reminds him of the importance of being discreet with his sexuality. I always enjoy a good closeted athlete romance, and this one certainly doesn't disappoint.

Meeting Darren, Andre can't resist the older man who also has his eyes on the handsome fighter. Both can only resist so long. Their roman
Sarita Chapdelaine
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I love this book and the collaboration between two authors that I really enjoy. Having characters from two different series' blend together so seamlessly is wonderful and I was totally engaged from the very first page. I love Darren and Andre as a couple as they have such a strong connection and amazing chemistry. Andre has a complicated relationship with his dad but he drops everything and returns home to help him after he has a heart attack. Darren has been crushing on Andre since he started w ...more
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Friendship, passion ,conflicting priorities and falling in love create an awesome story. This is a really powerful story of finding yourself and determining what is really important in your life. Andrea had so ,much heart and so many challenges from his upcoming fight to his relationship with his father. Darren was a really awesome character also, i loved his calm, protective and loving personality. I really enjoyed that both men found a very special connection and that they both had room to gro ...more
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A good 4 and a half stars read.

The sexual tension is off the charts in this one. I’ve never read anything about MMA fighters, but I like the whole May/December trope, so I was willing to give it a try.

I'm so glad that I did. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Both Darren and Andre were well witten, their relationship was believable and I could understand the way both of them were thinking re their potential telationship.

I could see where Andre was coming from. I've
Karen Edwards
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've read one of the books in Breaking the Rules series, and the Open Wounds series is on my TBR list. So knowing that going in, I can honestly say, you don't need to read those two series before you read this one, if you don't want to. I loved the MMA aspect of this book. It's totally one of my favorite sport romances to read about. The age gap between Darren and Andre just does it for me too. It's one of my favorite tropes. Darren and Andre are awesome together. The connection between them is ...more
Jacey Jeffrey
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book!!! This talented author duo knocked it out of the park with this collaboration!!! Andre is a MMA fighter who is in the closet....worried about what would happen to his career if he came out. He meets Darren when he travels to Austin to care for his dad who recently had a heart attack. Darren is the president of the hospital and a former Navy commander who served under the DADT era. He swore that he would never hide again his true self especially for someone he was in ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great crossover from two strong authors

I’m a fan of both of these authors and have enjoyed some of their previous works. I had not read the Rules series before but I will definitely be going back and checking it out now based on what I’ve read here. I read and loved the Open Wounds series so was glad to see some of those characters again.

Andre and Darren are great characters and the authors set up an interesting dynamic and problem. I enjoyed the way we got background info on each
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed at least a couple of books from each series that this one connects, and I was very impressed by the way the authors were able to weave their various characters and storylines into this wonderful romance. I loved both Darren and Andre, and I liked how the people who cared about each of them rallied to help this couple make their relationship work out. I hurt with each man at different times, but I never doubted that each was doing what he believed in his heart was for the best. It ...more
Jul 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Enjoyed this romance, I really love Michelle Frost's Open Wounds series and her writing so it was nice to have more from that world.
I think Darren and Andre had lots of chemistry between them and the May/December vibe with a bit of kink and dominance was right up my ally. I enjoyed seeing harbor,Theo, Magnus and Rory again, and the characters from Jacki James's series were fun and I didn't feel like I was missing too much even thought I didn't read her books and this is a crossover.
Expectations on how a book might be are a very, Very, VERY bad thing 'cos you end up with 3 stars.

The story was good, if a bit too sweet, but the thing is that with the age-gap and with Darren hinting of being a Dom or at least preferring to have control when it comes to sex and saying outright that he wants a boy to drop to his knees with submission he earned, well as you can imagine I had high hopes for what was to come.

Well it didn't come but for a teeny, tiny bit in D
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Age Rules is a sexy, fun, and definitely successful merging of two series I love. Andre and Darren are each exactly what the other needs, but with Andre unwilling to come out yet due to his MMA career and Darren unwilling to go back in the closet, things seem destined to be temporary.. or are they? These two men are super hot together, and really sweet, too. Their connection is deeper than just lust from the start, no matter what they tried to tell themselves, and I truly enjoyed seeing their re ...more
Cee Brown
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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(.• (.•` ღ4.5 stars

This was a good one. The two authors really did a good job of crossing over characters from both their series, Open Wounds from Michelle Frost and Jacki James's Breaking the Rules which I absolutely adored from book one.

In this book, Hospital Chief Darren meets MMA Andre when the latter's father was admitted to Darren's hospital for a serious medical emergency. The attraction was instant; but where Darren was out and free, Andre had years of following his fatherღ4.5
Jennifer Reilley
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read both Michelle and Jacki series and could not wait for this cross over

It surely did not disappoint. Sucked me right in and had a hard time putting it down. Darren is open and out and has been for a while. Andre is in the closet although he longs to be out and himself

I loved watching them spend time together even though they knew long term it wouldn’t happen because Andre would be heading back home and was not coming out. They truly built a great friendship into
mrs sarah frost
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Darren is a silver fox ex Navy Commander and after years of having to hide his sexuality is now out & proud. Andre a young up & coming powerhouse MMA fighter on the other hand is firmly closeted. They meet when Andre returns to care for his father and their chemistry and attraction is damn hot 🔥 Can they keep to the sex/fun only relationship they agreed on or will their feelings become too strong and win the fight?!
I've read Michelle Frost's Open Wound series so it was great to catch up
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s Sometimes Hard to be Who You Want

Read this book on a recommendation and loved it! Really liked the interplay between Darren and Andre, and loved how older Darren felt so immediately protective of young MMA fighter Andre. But, there were obstacles in their way that, at first Darren couldn’t see his way around. Can Andre manage to change his mind, or does it take some hard truths coming from his best friend that has him seeing all his dreams right in front of him? This can be read as a s
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