Platonic Rulebook (Divorced Men's Club #2) by Saxon James

Platonic Rulebook is a low angst, steamy best friends to lovers romance.

From the blurb:


Walking away from my marriage was my idea of a fresh start.

My kid is in college, my ex-wife and I are on good terms … but being single in my forties is a world different to being single in my teens.

I’m thankful for my best friend, Heath. He’s got my back like he always does and is ready to take me out and show me how the bachelor life is done.

He was never supposed to show me literally.

After we wake up in bed together, I can’t stop looking at him differently, and one thing becomes abundantly clear.

I talk a big talk about wanting to be single, but my platonic rule book has gone out the window.


When my best friend comes to me for help post-divorce, I’m only too happy to impart my wisdom to him.

After all, Griffin isn’t my type, but even I can tell he’s a complete lumbersnack. Good with his hands, kind eyes, and a killer smile. All the guys and gals are gonna eat him alive.

But the more time we spend together, the less “not my type” he becomes. I’m the one who can’t get enough of him.

Neither of us is interested in a relationship, so what’s a little fun between friends?

We both know the score.

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

Heath and Griff were just perfect together. As life long friends they knew all each others secrets. They were at ease with one another. When Griff is finalizing his amicable divorce it's Heath who's there for him. Heath who encourages him to get back out there. And then it's Heath whom Griff is starting to see in a whole new light. Thankfully, Griff's new self revelation about his attraction to his best friend isn't one sided. Heath is feeling the pull as well. All that tension leads to both men ending up in bed together. Heath figured he'd be by Griff's side as he got back on the horse, he just didn't think that horse was gonna be him.

Though both Griff and Heath personally want to see where this new thing goes, there are other circumstances they need to consider. Although Griff and his wife have been separated for over a year, they waited to officially divorce once their son left for college. Heath has been a part of both Griff's wife and sons lives since the start. How is it going to look if they start dating? Would either of them even accept it? Griff can't lose his family, but he also doesn't want to lose Heath. Rock meet hard place.

I was happy with how things turned out in the end. In fact, I don't think things could have turned out any better...or sweeter. There were also some really funny moments that I couldn't stop laughing at like when Heath walked in on Griff in flagrante in his own kitchen.

"Coffee?" I ask...I turn to grab a cup, hoping if I ignore that I'm naked, he will too.

"Of Course. You know I like caffeine and a view."

As usual, I loved all the DMC guys and their group chats. I have 2 different couples on my mind that I think could be future books, though I have no idea who's book is next. Both couples' books could include some form of bi awakening, and that trope is my kryptonite.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Sheena's Review:

Platonic Rulebook is the second in the Divorced Men's Club series, and follows lifelong best friends Griff and Heath. Griff is just getting divorced (amicably) from his wife and wants to explore his freedom, but isn't really the one night stand type. Heath is his best friend who wants him to explore a little, but turns out the chemistry between them is stronger than anything else they might want.

Yes, this is best friends to lovers but it's not 'I've been secretly pining for my straight best friend for years but they've been unavailable' trope. This neatly avoids all that. Instead, you have two lifelong best friends who slowly realise at the same time their feelings for each other and it's beyond sweet. These two are just the best, both equally clueless at the start and equally in denial about the other. If ever there was a couple meant to be, it's these two. The banter is there, the chemistry and wow, the heat when they do act upon their chemistry is intense.

I loved how Heath was always there for Griff, always having his back and yet not demanding anything of him he wasn't willing to give. My only concern was that Heath was too willing to give everything up for Griff and get little back, but in the end there was some give and take and it balanced out in the end, I think. I loved this book, I loved these two together and I can't wait to see what else the Divorced Mens Club is going to get up to.

Rating: 4.25 Stars

Heather's Review:

I have mixed feelings about Platonic Rulebook - it took me longer to get into than other Saxon James books typically do and if it was another author I'd potentially have set aside the book... I just couldn't connect with the characters to begin with but I'm so glad that I stuck with it because I absolutely loved it by the end. I also wasn't a fan of Poppy...

This book is very much a slow burn, will they or won't they proposition in the friends to lovers trope. It takes them a long time to settle on whether they'll risk the friendship for their happiness. It's classic Saxon James - with a good mix of sweet, snark, steam and storyline. I also loved seeing more of the DMC and the back and forth chats between them...

Rating: 4 Stars

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