The Rules of Dating by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Narrated by Maxine Mitchell and Zachary Webber
Standalone Contemporary Romance
Did you ever listen to a book and only half hear it? I feel like this happened the first time I read The Rules of Dating by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. Because when I went to review it, I just couldn’t remember it enough (I’m always a month behind on reviews) so I listened again and liked it so much more the second time around.
Billie (female) owns a tattoo studio and Colby is an architect who also co-owns the building her shop is in with his 3 best friends. Colby is a single dad to an adorable little girl Saylor, a surprise that was left on his doorstep from a one night stand.
“We can be friends, can’t we?”
She bit her lip. “Fine. Yes, we can be friends.”
“Great.” I winked. “But just to clarify, I sometimes look at my friends’ asses.”
Right away there is a spark between Billie and Colby, but Billie just ended a relationship (WOW, you’ll see that scene!). She also doesn’t want to jump into something with a single dad unless she’s really sure. But Colby has it bad and he looks for any excuse to bump into her.
“We don’t have to date Billie, we can ‘undate’ .”
The first half was a slow-burn friends-to-family romance, the second half, however, was angst galore! I do think the twist took up too much of the story and took away from the main couple. It could have been shortened and ended before going as far as it did, then the wrap-up was a little too neat and tidy.
“That’s how I know this is real. Because true love is when you both feel like you’ve found someone you don’t deserve.”
- I absolutely loved Saylor and the way both narrators did her voice was adorable.
- Colby and his friends were all really great. I hope we get each of their stories.
- Colby was such an amazing dad.
- Really good slow-burn buildup.
- The twist went too far and took up too much of the book.
- The story wrapped up a little too neat and tidy after all the angst.
Maxine Mitchell and Zachary Webber were both absolutely perfect for the roles and I think their performance made the book even better.
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 4 Stars, 4 Heat, 5 Narration
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