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Rule #1: You Can't Date the Coach's Daughter

The Rules of Love
Narrated by: Liz Krane
Series: The Rules of Love, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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There are two types of people in high school: the ones 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 he can keep tabs on me. Apparently, overprotective 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 staring 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 who 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.

©2018 Anne-Marie Meyer (P)2018 Anne-Marie Meyer

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  • Toni Williams
  • 26-09-2019

Loved it!

I couldn't put it down! loved all the characters and the chemistry. this was my first of your books and I cant wait to read another one!

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  • R. Boss
  • 03-09-2019

Cute story

This was a fun story to listen to. Being in my 40's, I'm definitely not the target audience (high school/young adult) but it was entertaining anyway.
The relationship that Tiny had with her dad was interesting. You could tell they loved each other, but he was so over-protective of her, due to his past heartache. Considering all that Tiny could have done to rebel, helping Tyson with his homework was pretty mild. 🙂
Both Tiny and her dad had issues they needed to work through, and I enjoyed hearing how they managed (or didn't, as was sometimes the case.)
I would recommend this book.

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  • Jones Family
  • 29-08-2019

Squeal worthy

My teenaged daughters and I loved hearing this story in the car. Clean, family romance

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  • Photolady
  • 26-08-2019

Adored this one!

Rule #1 is a darling clean teen romance. I adored the main character, Destiny and her plight. The romance is sweet and natural and was just so much fun to listen to. I liked the narrator as well. she has a great, clear voice and it was easy to get lost in this world.

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  • Nathan J.
  • 24-08-2019

Super cute and heartwarming

This was a heartwarming story that also made me tear up a few times. Life can be hard and life isn’t peachy for a lot of people. There is an ideal family situation but many times that ideal falls short of reality. It doesn’t mean that happiness can’t be found. And that is the underlying theme of this book in my opinion. Two teenagers trying to make the best of their situation. Tyson has a mother that is drunk more often then she is sober and has a small sister to help care for. Destiny’s mother left her dad for another man when she was younger and she hadn’t gotten over the abandonment issues. Destiny and Tyson like each other but Destiny’s Dad is the football coach and their is a no talking to my daughter let alone dating her rule. Can they move forward under such circumstances. The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the lying that Destiny does to her Dad. She knows it is wrong but she sneaks behind his back anyway justifying her behavior. The truth comes out but not because she was willing to open up and be honest before she was caught. Under the circumstances there was no punishment for her behavior which seemed unrealistic.
I had this book on Audible and as an ebook and I listened to a third of it and read the rest. I love audiobooks but it just happened to be more convenient at the time due to my location to read most of it. I liked the narrator so that wasn’t an issue.

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  • Vibliophile
  • 23-08-2019

(4.5 stars) - Better than Romeo and Juliet

The story is wry & amusing despite the seriousness of some of the issues involved. Destiny and Tyson are young, confused and understandably conflicted.

Destiny & her dad love each other but they don't communicate very well. Her dad's strict rules against guys are part of their pathology, which we learn stems from Destiny's mom abandoning them for another man.

So Destiny is kind of emotionally stunted, this immaturity presumably resulting from her mom's damage & then her dad's subsequent bitter overcompensation.

Tyson is struggling with the embarrassment & resentment of having to be the adult in his broken family when he's the one who should be getting support from the adults in his life. (I would've liked to know what happened to the dad - did he leave because of his wife's drinking or did she start drinking because he left?)

Ironically, Destiny & Tyson each view the other as too good for them in some way. Tutoring allows them to spend some time together & get to know each other, but that increases the conflict of worrying about messing up the other's life because of their own baggage.

Destiny's resentment of her dad's epiphany is understandable, even though her response is counterproductive. But then, that's part of the toxic baggage that needs to be offloaded.

The ending is really sweet, not just because of the happily-ever-after, but because we see that they are on a path toward healing.

Hopefully we'll get to see more about them in the subsequent books (esp whether or not Tyson gets his scholarship)!

The narrator has a pleasant voice & does a great job of reading with a natural speaking voice as well as keeping the characters voices appropriate & distinct for listeners.

*Clean romance level: passionate kisses

*Parent topics for discussion: alcoholism, adultery & abandonment, as well as the real life complications & challenges of getting involved with emotionally damaged people

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-08-2019

Cute Story

This is a cute YA Romance, Very sweet, I don't remember any bad language or anything that would make it pg-13. I enjoyed the rules and how the title played into the story. The narrator did a great job.

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  • LeAnn Arave
  • 21-08-2019

Cute Y/A story!

This was a cute sweet young adult story. It made me want to go back to my teenage years. I could only have dreamed of this happening to me back then. My heart was making pitter-patter as I read it. I really loved the narrator, she did a great job. I would recommend this to anyone that is young at heart!

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  • W.K. Shelly
  • 20-08-2019

Great young adult romance! Can’t wait for more!

I really enjoyed this book! It was my first from Anne-Marie Meyer and I’m thrilled that it is just one in a series—looking very forward to more stories like this! Witty writing, fun story, and appealing characters. So glad to have discovered this author, both for me and my daughter! Liz Krane did an excellent job and really added to my enjoyment of the book.

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  • DarleneShy
  • 19-08-2019

Cute Story.

I loved this book especially about football. The characters are great. Good performance by the narrator.