Bending the Rules, Rules of the Game, Book 1 By: Brigham Vaughn Narrated by: James Edward Jones

Bending the Rules is a great start to the series.

From the blurb:

Rule number one: Never give up on love.

Hockey is Noah Boucher's life. He even walked away from a chance at a relationship for a career as a star goaltender. But when an injury sidelines him and he crosses paths with the man he left behind, everything changes.

Noah is determined to have it all: a return to the ice, one final season to lead the Toronto Fisher Cats to the Cup—and a future with Simon Lawrence.

Simon is stunned to see Noah again, and all of his old feelings come rushing back, along with off-the-charts chemistry. But Simon has been burned by relationships in the past, and his own career as a photographer and gallery owner is at a turning point. Trusting Noah to put him first—even while struggling to reconnect with his team and dealing with media scrutiny—is a tall order.

When catastrophe strikes just as the playoffs are heating up, Noah will have to make a choice: risk the man he loves or bend the rules to prove this time, Simon comes first.

Lesetiger's Review:

I love stories about second chances. When Noah and Simon meet for the first time, the chemistry is great. But unfortunately, the timing isn't really right.

So it's all the nicer when they meet again by chance years later. The attraction is still there and this time the timing is right too. After Noah has recovered from his injury, he is motivated to find his place in the team again and win the Cup.

Simon has a lot on his plate with his gallery. But of course, a long-distance relationship isn't all that easy to manage when you want to be there for the other person but can't be because of the distance. And as a professional hockey player, Noah's schedule is very busy.

I really liked the two main protagonists, they are sympathetic and they have a very loving way with each other. They struggle to maintain their relationship, which doesn't always go smoothly. What I liked was the fact that Noah was already outed, even though he is in professional sports.

I really liked this mostly angst-free storyline. It was entertaining, romantic, and sweet.

James Edward Jones read the audiobook and he did a solid job. He chose voices to match the protagonists and brought the story to life.

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Story: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐

Bending the Rules is available to buy from Audible and is Whispersynced.