Don't Date a DILF, Rules We Break #1 by D.J. Jamison - Review, Excerpt and Giveaway

If you're looking for a cute single dad romance with a bi-awakening, then Don't Date a DILF is the book for you!

From the blurb:

I have one rule to live by: Don't Date a DILF.

I've seen the consequences of blurring the boundaries between teaching life and dating life, and I'm not about to take that kind of risk.

But I didn't count on Hunter Rhodes walking into my school. Never expected that the broad-shouldered, stubble-jawed, absolute glory of a man would be such a sweet and caring father. Or that as a seemingly straight man, he might decide he wants me.

If my Nana has her way...I'll be in love with someone by the end of the school year, but there's only one man who tempts me.
With her matchmaking in overdrive and half the single women in Granville setting their sights on Hunter, faking a relationship could give us both a reprieve.

It might be fun and games for Hunter, but separating pretend feelings from real won't be so simple for me. And then there's that rule...

Can I date a DILF without disaster--or will all my fears come true?

Don't Date a DILF is Book 1 of Rules We Break, a spin-off series from Games We Play, set in the small, quirky town of Granville, where nosy residents meddle in one another's lives, great friendships are made, and silly innuendos are a way of life.

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

I was so happy when I found out that Clark's book was the start of a new series by this author. The fact that his love interest just so happens to be Kevin's big brother from Seven Minutes in Kevin? Even better!! It was like a two for one deal and I, like so many others, love a good deal.

Clark and Hunter were just too cute. I loved how they were both so nervous about telling each other how they felt, not knowing the other was feeling exactly the same. I also loved that Hunter was very grown up with how he handled his growing feelings for a man. He took the time to think about things. He asked others for advice. He did all this before he made his decision to tell Clark. And when they decided to give it a go for real? There was no holding back. Hunter was a very eager student for Clark to teach him all the joys of man on man love.

Toby, Hunter's son, was very present in the storyline, and I liked him as well. It was sweet seeing Clark help to bring him out of the funk he'd been lost in since the move to Granville. Speaking of the town, at the end of the book we meet a new visitor at the town's festival and let me tell you peeps, you'll never guess who he turns out to be! CAN'T WAIT!

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Heather's Review:

I'm loving that we get to start this new series off with a familiar face!  Clark is an intriguing character and is just what Hunter needs!   I also love that Clark's grandma is an active force in the story as well as meeting Hunter's somewhat formidable mother.  Toby, Hunter's son is equally adorable and steals several scenes.  

This book features Hunter's sexual awakening, Clark's acceptance that he's worthy and the sweet and spicy story that we've come to expect from DJ Jamison.  You don't need to have read the Games We Play series to start Rules We Break, but it was a fabulous series and I recommend starting with it to meet some of the side-character couples - especially Kevin from Seven Minutes in Kevin who is Hunter's brother.

Rating: 5 Stars

Don't Date a DILF is available to buy as an ebook, paperback, or to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription.


Book Title: Don’t Date A DILF (Rules We Break, Book 1)

Author: DJ Jamison

Publisher: Must Love Books LLC

Cover Artist: Morningstar Ashley

Release Date: May 25, 2023

Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance

Tropes: Single dad, teacher/parent, fake dating, small town

Themes: Small town life, family, starting over, bi/pan awakening

Heat Rating: 5 flames

Length:  95 000 words

This is Book 1 in a new series. It does not end on a cliffhanger.


Buy Links - Available in Kindle Unlimited

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Clark’s voice filtered in from the hallway.

“Nana, for the last time, I was trying… Yeah, well, maybe I should run all your proposed dates through my friends first if you think Percy Helix was a good choice!”

I smirked at his sass, then had to muffle a laugh when he followed it up with, “No, I’m not being sassy. I’m sorry, Nana.”

Fuck, that was adorable.

Clark was a grown man who had his shit together far more than I ever would, and yet here he was, getting scolded by his grandmother. There was something so sweet and wholesome about that.

He glanced toward the classroom and caught sight of me through the doorway. He held up one finger, in the universal sign to wait a minute.

“We can talk more later, Nana. I have a parent here for a meeting, okay? But I really don’t think another setup is a good idea… Because I don’t. Because it’s uncomfortable!” He groaned theatrically. “Yes, okay, we’ll talk later.”

He lowered the phone and turned toward me.

I winced. “Sorry. I didn’t mean to eavesdrop.”

He shrugged. “Well, you were at the pub, so…not like you didn’t know already.”

“Your nana feels pretty strongly about setting you up with a date, huh?”


“My mother hassles me every time we talk too,” I said.

“Must be something in the water,” Clark said with a pout.

Still adorable.

“Yeah, I actually lost my cool at work. Yelled at Tucker about how everyone in this town wants me to date. You know what we should do?”


“Go on a date together.” I laughed. “That would shut everyone up.”

Clark’s eyes widened. “I think it would do the opposite.”

“You know what I mean though. Can’t set up a couple of guys who are already dating.” I wiggled my eyebrows. “Genius, right?”

About the Author

DJ Jamison writes romances about everyday life and extraordinary love featuring a variety of queer characters, from gay to bisexual to asexual. DJ grew up in the Midwest in a working-class family, and those influences can be found in her writing through characters coping with real-life problems: money troubles, workplace drama, family conflicts and, of course, falling in love. DJ spent more than a decade in the newspaper industry before chasing her first dream to write fiction. She spent a lifetime reading before that and continues to avidly devour her fellow authors’ books each night. She lives in Kansas with her husband, two sons, one snake, and a sadistic cat named Birdie.

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