By the Rules (Evergreen Grove #3) by Elisabeth Staab
Release Date: 1/19/2016
He thinks I want him because of the rumors around town. Because I think he’s easy. I want AJ, because he’s AJ.
No liars. No suits. Absolutely no straight guys…
AJ Fabin’s list of rules keeps him safe. Since getting kicked out of his parents’ home and attacked by a former escorting client, his rules and his life in the tiny town of Evergreen Grove provide a quiet haven. He may be lonely, and he may stick out like a sore thumb, but the folks like him well enough. When he’s not dodging his old pimp, things are peaceful.
Hayden Price is having a quarter-life crisis. Engaged to a woman he can’t connect to and working a job he secretly hates, he comes to Evergreen Grove to help his mother through a health scare. Returning to his childhood home makes Hayden reevaluate a lot of things, including himself. When he meets AJ and finds he can’t stand the mouthy jerk—almost as much as he can’t stop thinking about him—he has a lot more to change than his career.
To be together, they’ll both have to break all of their rules.
By the Rules is book 3 in the Evergreen Grove series, but reads as a standalone.
About the Author
Elisabeth Staab started hunting mutant hedgehogs back in 1842… Oops, wrong bio… Elisabeth Staab digs coffee, saucy stories, and sexy things that go bump in the night. Once, she ate dinner in a jail and liked it. She lives in the Washington DC area with her incredible family and does her best to juggle life while ignoring the laundry.
By the Rules is the third book in the Evergreen Grove Series but can be read as a standalone. This is the first book I’ve read by Elisabeth Staab and I must say that I’m impressed. I hadn’t read any M/M romance before By the Rules but I’m hooked. There’s just something about reading about two guys and all their maleness that makes me like it. Maybe it’s the fact that two of my best friends are gay and I’ve seen their struggles that relate to this story.
The book is told in alternating POV between AJ and Hayden. AJ is a former escort who is out and proud of it. He is done living a life where he has to hide who he is. Hayden is so deeply in the closet that he’s engaged to a woman. They develop a love-hate relationship that spirals into something more.
By the Rules is sweet, sexy, emotional, and funny. I highly recommend it.
Rating: 5 stars
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