Age Rules by Michelle Frost & Jacki James
Series: Open Wounds #4
Published: April 18, 2019
Genre: LGBTQ+ Contemporary Romance
I was still too old for him, and he was still too far in the closet for me, but damn, if I didn’t crave him like a drug.
After spending twenty years serving in the US Navy while Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was in effect, Darren Davis is unapologetically out and proud. He knows exactly what he wants in a relationship, and up and coming MMA star Andre Harrison isn’t it. He’s too young, his time in Austin is too fleeting, and he’s definitely way too far in the closet. All Darren has to do is convince his traitorous heart that Andre isn’t the man for him.
It’s true what they say, one phone call really can change your life. Rushing home to Austin when his former hockey star father has a heart attack puts Andre Harrison on a path he hadn’t allowed himself to imagine. Between trying to mend his father’s health, keeping his MMA training on schedule, and hiding his growing attraction for hospital President Darren Davis, he finds himself succeeding on all counts except one. Try as he might, he can’t deny the connection he feels with the sexy silver fox, and wonders if something real could grow between them if they’d only break their own rules and give their feelings a fighting chance.
An Open Wounds and Breaking the Rules Crossover.
Andre Harrison is still getting his footing in the MMA world when he’s called home to care for his father after a heart attack. Crushing on the hospital administrator, Darren Davis, is the last thing the closeted Andre needs but he can’t stay away. Darren doesn’t want a secret relationship, but with Andre only in town until his next big fight, Darren figures a little fun won’t hurt anything.
Age Rules was a bit different from the previous books in Open Wound series since it’s written with another author, but overall I enjoyed it. The first few chapters were a little rocky for me but once it got into the story, Michelle Frost’s signature writing came through. I wasn’t expecting to get Andre’s story in this series so it was fun to read about him.
Andre is still trying to make a name for himself in the MMA world and a lifetime of growing up with his demanding hockey star father has made his life lonely. He’s started to find a place for himself with the Rourke brothers when he begins training with Rory Wilson but returning home to care for his father throws everything off balance. Andre was a mix of confident and unsure, partly because of his younger age and also because he’s never really felt like he had anyone in his corner. I loved watching Andre gain confidence in both his fighting and personal life. Darren was also an enjoyable hero; he’s more self-assured and as an older man he’s had longer to settle into who he is. He kept his sexuality under wraps all through the military and now he refuses to hide who he is. Darren is definitely more set in his ways and less willing to bend.
Unlike the prior books , Age Rules does have the stereotypical separation toward the end and there was definitely more angst between Andre and Darren then previous couples. It was written well but I missed the ease that we’re used to getting with this series. While I enjoyed this one overall it didn’t have the same emotional punch that Michelle Frost’s other books have.
**Reader Safety: Hero’s father is recovering from a heart attack (on page)
4 stars – it was enjoyable
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