He thinks I want him because of the rumors around town. Because I think he’s easy. I want AJ, because he’s AJ.
No liars. No suits. Absolutely no straight guys…
AJ Fabin’s list of rules keeps him safe. Since getting kicked out of his parents’ home and attacked by a former escorting client, his rules and his life in the tiny town of Evergreen Grove provide a quiet haven. He may be lonely, and he may stick out like a sore thumb, but the folks like him well enough. When he’s not dodging his old pimp, things are peaceful.
Hayden Price is having a quarter-life crisis. Engaged to a woman he can’t connect to and working a job he secretly hates, he comes to Evergreen Grove to help his mother through a health scare. Returning to his childhood home makes Hayden reevaluate a lot of things, including himself. When he meets AJ and finds he can’t stand the mouthy jerk—almost as much as he can’t stop thinking about him—he has a lot more to change than his career.
To be together, they’ll both have to break all of their rules.
About the Author
Elisabeth Staab took a long time to find her passion. After trying many jobs, she realized that nothing beats romance. She digs coffee, saucy stories, and sexy things that go bump in the night. Once, she ate dinner in a jail and liked it. She lives in the Washington DC area with her incredible family and does her best to juggle life while ignoring the laundry.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
*This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review* AJ Fabin tries to live a quiet life. He is a gay man who has had a very difficult past. After being kicked out of his parents’ house, he had to make a living so he did anything and everything to make money. He’s since put that behind him and he works as a handyman in a rundown motel and is always ready to help a friend in time of need. Hayden Price is only in his old hometown Evergreen Grove instead of New York because his mother had a heart attack and he is back home helping her. He left behind a job where he works under his father, and most of his coworkers think he is only in the position that he’s in is because of him, and he left behind his dancer fiancé who may or may not be cheating on him with a fellow dancer. Once AJ meets Hayden, he immediately dislikes him. He thinks that Hayden is just a rich pretty boy with a snob attitude seeing as he’s from New York. However, AJ has known Hayden’s mom a long time and will do whatever he can to help her including trying to tolerate Hayden. The more they talk and hang out, the more AJ’s dislike goes away and their attraction grows for one another. With AJ’s past though he’s very reluctant to be with anyone seriously. Hayden also has many secrets that include feelings he’s had in the past for certain people that he isn’t sure if he’s ready to admit to just yet. I thought this was an interesting story. You delve into a little bit of AJ’s past and see little by little why he is so against being in a relationship. AJ is a completely different character by the end because he has so many things coming into his life one right after the other and he is terrified by the changes and he needs to either step up and be there for the people who need him, or run away from the people he loves the most. Hayden was never living his life for himself. He always had to please someone or try to work harder than anyone and prove that he isn’t just skating through life, and going home he has a chance to be himself and see where things in his life are going and decide if he wants to change things or go back to the way things were. ***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. For more information regarding our reviews please visit our Fansite: www.facebook.com/NerdGirl.ng***
What did I think of By the Rules? Hmmm....The only thing I can think of to describe it is (in typical AJ fashion) Oh-Em-Gee!! I was so excited to read this book, because c'mon you know that AJ is your favorite too!! I just could not get enough of this story!!! I will not give anything away, I'm not a spoiler kind of girl! I will warn you that if you're put off by the idea of 2 gay men expressing their love then this book might not be the one for you. Me? I couldn't care less. We are all equal in my eyes, we all breathe the same air and go to the bathroom in the same toilet (albeit just not in the same way!). I'm a HUGE Elisabeth Staab fan and I have enjoyed each one of her Evergreen Grove books, but this one was by far my favorite, and I think it will probably be yours too!! Elisabeth has done it again!! You just gotta read this book! And tell your friends to read this book. And tell your friends to tell their friends to read this book. And also the other 2 books if they haven't already. ;-) "Reviews help readers and authors both, and if you enjoyed it I’d be so grateful if you could leave an honest review at your location of choice and tell all your friends. If you hated it then please recommend it to all the people you dislike." ~Megan Hart~
Finally! AJ's story, and it was magnificent. I loved that I have read every book in this series, but still had no idea where this book was going to go. I knew I wanted to know more about AJ and his problematic past. I knew that it was most likely going to be very emotional and probably painful, but I also knew it would be fantastic. It was better than I could have hoped for. I wasn't expecting Hayden at all. Elisabeth Staab flawlessly brought him into the story, and not only made it work, but gave him a powerful story as well. It would have been easy to let Hayden be overshadowed by AJ, but that didn't happen in this book. Hayden had one heck of a story on his own, and when you add in AJ, it was explosive. By the Rules had the surprises, sarcasm, and emotional roller coasters that I have come to love in Elisabeth Staab's writing. They make you laugh, cry, and leave you wondering how in the world these characters make it through, but they also make an impression that sticks. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.