Author: Anne-Marie Meyer
Series: Rules of Love #1
Genres: YA Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: August 1, 2018
There are two types of people in high school: the ones that you can date and the ones you can’t. Unfortunately for me, I’m the latter. Even though I’m around hot football players every afternoon, they are not allowed to date me. If they even come close to flirting, my dad, Coach “The Boss” Davis, makes them run laps around the field until they puke.
Nothing scares off a boy more than the threat of physical pain.
Not only has he forbidden me to date anyone at all, he’s even made me the football team’s water girl so that he can keep tabs on me. Apparently, over protective dad is a fabulous guy deterrent. Outdoor shops should find a way to bottle it and sell it. They’d make a killing.
What Dad doesn’t know is that I spend every last second of those two blissful hours of practice in the scorching California heat, starting at Tyson Blake. He is the epitome of perfection in a six-foot-two, incredibly toned, smells-good-even-when-he-sweats, senior body. And when he smiles, angels sing. Literally.
And Dad hates him.
It feels a bit cliche to say I fell for the one guy that would send Dad’s already high blood pressure over the the top. But it’s true. There’s something about Tyson. Something he’s trying to hide. But I can see through his cocky persona and I know there’s something more.
This is a book about high school love, relationships with parents and dealing with the adults who have failed them. I’m not always a fan of young adult books, especially romances since I always feel like they are too young (I’m old) but I did think this was a good story. It dealt with some serious topics but kept it light enough that the story didn’t get too bogged down. I would have felt more comfortable with the romance had it been college age kids instead of high school but the premise wouldn’t have worked in that setting. They had to be young.
Because it is a young adult book, don’t expect it to be a comprehensive narrative of what it is like to live with a controlling father or alcoholic mother. The reader gets to see enough to make us aware of the stresses but not too much. That probably leaves some gaps in the story of their lives but the story isn’t intended to do more than that. So just use your imagination if you feel the need.
I though both Destiny and Tyson showed some maturity for teenagers in many ways but also showed their youth. For example, they like each other and know going behind Destiny’s dad’s back is wrong. So Tyson wants to do the mature thing but can’t quite manage it as he is still a teenager. He tends to go back and forth on that one. He just can’t quite seem to hold on to the maturity part. In so many ways he is just a kid, yet he takes care of his mother and his sister like a grown man. He is adorably sweet with his sister. Who wouldn’t love him after witnessing his caring behavior toward her.
I thought the narrator of the audiobook did a good job at portraying Destiny’s personality and the angst of high school. She was enjoyable to listen to.
Sex: some kisses and references to kids making out
References to the kids going to a party with alcohol that ended with police arriving.
*I received a complimentary copy of the audio book and voluntarily chose to review it.