Title: Following The Rules
Series: The Script Club #1
Author: Lane Hayes
Narrator: Alexander Cendese
Publisher: Lane Hayes
Release Date: May 14, 2021
Heat Level: 4 – Lots of Sex
Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
Genre: Romance, Nerd/Jock, MM Romance, Bisexual Awakening, Best Friend’s Brother,
The geek, the jock, and a new set of rules…
My friend’s brother needs an academic assistant and I need a job. Problem…jocks are my weakness. Seriously. I lose my ability to speak coherently around muscle-bound hotties. Oh yeah, I lose my inhibitions too—not a good look for a guy with a genius IQ. So what am I going to do about Simon?
Finishing college isn’t high on my list of priorities, but my future in professional football is looking bleak. I need a plan B or C, and I could use some help navigating life as an undergrad. Topher is perfect. He’s also a little strange…but in a good way. And I like the way I feel when I’m around him—as though anything is possible. Maybe if we follow our hearts, we’ll find what we’re looking for. But that means changing the rules…
Following the Rules is a MM, bisexual awakening romance starring a lovable nerd, a cool jock, and some extracurricular fun.
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Audio: Narration by Mr. Alexander Cendese
I thoroughly enjoyed the audio by Mr. Cendese. His timbre is so expressive. The narration had great pacing and a wide range of easily distinguishable voices. I was rapidly pulled into the story and never lost interest. The production was professional and incredibly enjoyable. I absolutely adored how Mr. Cendese interpreted Simon’s voice. I loved the football player and really felt he came to life. The banter between Simon and Topher was so entertaining and the audio was just perfect. I highly recommend this appealing listening experience.
Storyline: Nothing beats a Lane Hayes novel for putting you in a good mood. Her characters are always so much fun to get to know, and I appreciate how realistic and authentic they are. Lane creates men that are people you would want to hang out with. There is a comfort level with her stories, and they always leave me feeling positive. This story is no exception.
The classic geek and jock attraction was beautifully, and realistically, portrayed. Topher is a science nerd, and loves to spew facts. Any facts actually, and he seems unable to control this quirky impulse. Socially, he is awkward but ironically, he can make his needs known about physical attractions and desires. Topher comes without a filter, and this just added to his overall character. Simon is a displaced jock who at the moment is just coasting with his life. An injury has sidelined him, and he is desperately waiting for a football team to pick him up. At the ripe old age of 27, and with numerous injuries, this may not happen. He is encouraged to try some college courses while he waits to see if his career can be salvaged. It doesn’t take long to know he is out of his element and requires help. Requesting a tutor, his brother suggests Topher, who needs a new job.
At first, I couldn’t see them as a couple but with time it was evident the MCs were perfect for each other. They have a strong pulsing connection, and their growing relationship becomes solid. Topher is attracted to athletes, but his past with them has only been filled with heartache. Simon has never felt a strong, lasting pull towards anyone before. It doesn’t appear that either man will be around for the future, unless they are willing to take some big risks. This tale had the right mixture of angst, and strong characters that showcased Lane’s strong writing.
An amazing story of opposites attract that will leave you smiling long after it’s over. Happy listening!
Meet the Author
Lane Hayes loves a good romance! An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were winners in the 2016, 2017, and 2018-2019 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a not quite empty nest.
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