Exclusive Excerpt from Rules to Obey
by Susan Hawke
Jeffy smiled shyly. “Okay… Daddy.”
After that, I pretty much floated into the kitchen. I took my time making a simple lunch of sandwiches. I cut his into four diagonal pieces and removed the crusts before putting them on the divided toddler plate I’d bought for today. I hadn’t been able to find Transformers, so I’d settled for robots. The other compartments got filled with orange segments and sliced, peeled cucumbers covered in a light vinaigrette. My own sandwich was paired with an almost boring side salad. I filled a matching robot sippy cup with apple juice and got the table set before calling him in.
“Jeffy, it’s time to wash your hands for lunch. You can finish coloring after we eat.”
He hesitated for a moment, chewing his lip as if he were deciding whether or not to obey. I never doubted him but still smiled proudly when he set his crayon down and dutifully came into the kitchen.
“Good boy. Come join me at the sink, please.” His cheeks flushed bright red as he came and stood beside me. I matter-of-factly took foaming hand soap and made a game out of washing his hands. When Jeffy leaned forward and blew a puff of suds off the back of his hand with a quiet giggle, I knew we were on the right path. I made quick work of rinsing and drying his hands before nodding toward the table. “Good job. Now let’s have some lunch. I forgot to ask what you like, so I hope this will work.”
About Rules to Obey
Davey’s Rule #83: Daddy will encourage his boy to be the best he can be and be supportive of his boy’s career choices.
Marcus Alves has waited most of his adult life to find the perfect match. A sweetheart who will love cuddles, need a Daddy to help him thrive, and most importantly… be the type of boy that might want to use the binky that Marcus keeps hidden in his pocket. Now in his forties, he’s refusing to give up on his dream—or the unused playroom that’s waiting for someone to enjoy.
Jeff Robustelli has had a rough life. Growing up in a commune with absent parents was hard for a rule-following straitlaced guy with a genius IQ. When the uncle who saved him died, Jeff did what he does best—buried his head in the sand and pretended life wasn’t changing. Working in a Daddy club has shown him what he really wants, but Jeff is too afraid to take a chance on something new.
When Jeff has a sudden need for a fake fiancé, he strikes a deal with the older man who always seems to be there when his world is crumbling and makes him feel safe. In exchange, he agrees to a fake Daddy/boy experiment designed to let him try out being little without any pressure.
While Marcus and Jeff navigate their “deal” and the unexpected new feelings that begin to emerge, Marcus also must help the younger man through a series of life changes that put him on the road to being the adult he’s been too afraid to be. When everything in Jeff’s life is in turmoil, Marcus is his one stability. But can Jeff trust his own heart when nothing else in his life is making sense anymore?
This is the fifth book in a series about not-so-perfect Daddies, adorable “boys,” and one sassy brat with an insane list of rules. Grab your fan and tissues because this series comes with both a high heat advisory and all the squishy feels you’d want from a Susan Hawke book.
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About Susan Hawke
As an avid reader and big romance fan myself, I love sharing the stories of the different people who live in my imagination. My stories are filled with humor, a few tears, and the underlying message to not give up hope, even in the darkest of times, because life can change on a dime when you least expect it. This theme comes from a lifetime of lessons learned on my own hard journey through the pains of poverty, the loss of more loved ones than I’d care to count, and the struggles of living through chronic illnesses. Life can be hard, but it can also be good! Through it all I’ve found that love, laughter, and family can make all the difference, and that’s what I try to bring to every tale I tell.
I’m a happily married mom with one snarky teenage boy, and three grown “kids of my heart.” I’m more widely known for my mpreg writings as Susi Hawke; this new name is a departure from that. Whether written by Susan or Susi, the books are filled with that all-important love, laughter, and family I mentioned; the only difference is that this name has no male pregnancy. I look forward to sharing my stories with you, and to bringing more romance and laughter into this world that needs it so very badly.