Don’t Date A DILF
(Rules We Break, Book 1)
by 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.
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I have one rule to live by: Don't Date a DILF.
I've seen the consequences of blurring the boundaries between teaching and dating, and I am 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 becoming overwhelming and half the single women in Granville setting their sights on Hunter, we're both feeling the pressure. Faking a relationship could get everyone off our backs.
It seems like 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.
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.”
F*ck, that was adorable.
Clark was a grown man who had his sh*t 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.
“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?”
Let’s see…age gap, bi/pan awakening, fake boyfriend, small town, teacher/parent…yup, this story ticked off a lot of boxes for me that I love in a contemporary romance. That coupled with some solid characters and great writing made for an enjoyable read.
Clark is a great teacher, so supportive of all students and creative with the after-school program he leads. Hunter has started over again back in his hometown after a divorce, and is trying to help his young son Toby get used to the fact that his parents won’t be getting back together. Both men feel continual pressure from family and others to find someone new, leading to the fake relationship as they try to find some breathing room to just live their lives how they want.
While we all know how the fake relationship thing always ends up, the fun is in how the characters get there. Clark has the added complication of not wanting to show bias in dealing with Hunter’s son, especially after an issue that arose with a fellow teacher in his previous city. Things are also difficult enough with Clark not knowing if Hunter is just “experimenting” when things turn serious, but add on Hunter’s ex with her own issues and it’s a lot for Clark to consider.
Being set in the same small town, it was great to see characters from this author’s Games We Play series show up here so there are established supporting characters. I wasn’t really a fan of Hunter’s ex though. I understand she has problems, but the way she came across to me…I could have just done without that attitude (personal preference).
Don’t Date a DILF was a solid 4-star read for me, and I think anyone who is a fan of M/M contemporary romance will enjoy this first book of this spin-off series. I’d recommend this book for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.
About the AuthorDJ 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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