Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Book: Rules of Engagement
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: March 2, 2016
Length: 8 hours 33 minutes
Reviewed by Erin
Dustin Walker has no idea that avoiding the search for Mrs. Right could send him into the arms and bed of Mr. Right Now. According to Dustin's mother, he should be out looking for his next wife so he won't be the divorced black sheep of the family. Instead, he passes his free time at a local bar and pool hall, where he meets someone who's everything his ex-wife wasn't: funny, caring, faithful... and male.
Is Brandon Stewart just Dustin’s way of getting over a bitter divorce? Can Dustin really care for him, or is it simply that Brandon is the complete opposite of his ex-wife? Dustin keeps their affair as quiet as possible, because if it continues, he knows he'll eventually have to come out to his homophobic family or walk out on the man he's trying not to love.
Rules of Engagement was one of the very first M/M books I read years ago, and when I saw it was coming out in audio, I was SO excited. When I saw that the narrator would be Nick J. Russo? Well. My squees of joy could not be contained. He is one of my very favorite narrators out there and as always, his performance was stellar.
As I listened to this story, I vaguely remembered Dustin and Brandon, but the farther along the story went, the more Russo brought them back to life. His pitch and the level of emotion that he uses for the characters has them practically alive as if they were speaking right in front of you. The storyline itself has it's frustrating moments, quite a few them actually, but Russo kept me wanting more. His voice is just so smooth and can I just say there are very narrators out there that can convey all the nuances of a sex scene quite like he can! Whoa.
All in all, this was a win for me. The story itself is just okay, but Nick J. Russo's narration is another home run.
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