Rules of Engagement (Rules of the Game, Book 5) By: Brigham Vaughn Narrated by: James Edward Jones

"An emotional story." Lesetiger listened to Rules of Engagement, part of Brigham Vaughn's hockey series.

From the blurb:

Rule #1: Don't fall in love with your best friend's brother

After Anders Lindholm lost his wife and baby daughter in a car accident, he knew he’d never find love like that again.

Hockey, routines, and his team are all that have kept him going since.

But as he approaches 40, an injury makes him consider what life after retirement will be like.

And when his teammate, who just so happens to be his best friend’s brother, offers him a helping hand—in more ways than one—it reawakens something in Anders he can’t deny.

Rule #2: Don’t let anyone know the real you

Kelly O’Shea has been in love with Anders since he was 15. He’s been hiding the fact that he’s gay for just as long.

He loves his family, but their overprotective meddling is what made him move halfway across the country and hide who he was.

Although Kelly and Anders both agreed it would stay casual, Kelly begins to hope that maybe they’ll eventually be more than just friends with benefits.

And the more time they spend together, the faster the ice around Anders’ heart melts.

But with a playoff spot to clinch, fractures within the team, and overprotective brothers to worry about, Anders’ fear of letting go of the past isn’t the only challenge they’ll have to overcome.

Trigger warning:

Non-graphic mentions of death of secondary characters, including a child. Grief. Brief and non-graphic mention of suicidal ideation. Talk of homophobia and homophobic slurs.

Non-graphic mentions of sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Lesetiger's Review:

Rules of Engagement is the fifth book in the Rules of the Game series.

I really like the series. This time it's about Anders and Kelly. I was really looking forward to Anders story. He has a sad past and everyone is not supposed to get just one chance in life. But can Anders take it?

As you would expect, the story was emotional. There were many interesting themes like grief, rejection, a second chance at love, outing, of course loving family and hot scenes.

Kelly is a great character, very kind and always supportive. You just have to like him.

I really enjoyed the hockey scenes, could have listened to more of those.

The story was entertaining and engaging.

Narrator James Edward Jones did a great job. I could tell the protagonists apart well, but sometimes I would have liked him to convey the emotions a little better. 

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Story: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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