• Rules of Play

  • Nerd/Jock MM Romance (The Script Club, Book 2)
  • By: Lane Hayes
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (91 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The genius, the mechanic, and a new playbook...

George

My brother’s friend is hot. If you’re into flannel-wearing lumbersexual former jocks who eat donuts for dinner and still scribble to-do lists on their palms. I’m not. I’m a serious scientist in my final of grad school. Sure, I have few quirks of my own, and I’m all for having fun, but I don’t have time for Aiden’s brand of crazy.

Aiden

A few quirks? Really? I’ve always had a soft spot for George, but he’s the weirdest dude I know. He wears capes in public, brings a book everywhere he goes, and loves all thing spooky. He’s also the smartest person on the planet, and I need his help if I’m going to make a real attempt at becoming a baseball analyst. I just didn’t count on falling for my best friend’s nerdy brother. This is against the rules, isn’t it?

Rules of Play is an MM bisexual awakening story where opposites attract and shenanigans ensue!

©2021 Lane Hayes (P)2021 Lane Hayes

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A quirky opposites attract!

This was a sweet opposites attract bisexual awakening romance.

The characters were adorkabke and quirky and I instantly felt the chemistry between them.

I absolutely loved the first book in this series and this was no exception.

The narrator performed an enthusiastic Audio delivery and narration.


This was so good!!

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Loved!!

This series is so good! I loved the first book and this one was even better. I instantly felt the chemistry between the MCs. Aiden was such a great character and just perfect for George! They had me smiling so hard while reading/listening. I can’t wait for more in the series! As always Alexander Cendese was great!!

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Love this couple

These guys are so much fun! Aiden and George are opposites, but they've known each other since they were kids. Those fuzzy feelings between them have been brewing for a lot of that time, so it's easy to see them falling into something more. Like the first in the series, this book is a feel-good romance with very little angst. And that's just what I needed this week = something I could fall into and enjoy, a bit of escapism in this stressful world. Alexander Cendese narrates this opposites-attract love story, and he does it very well. I love that he keeps the voices distinct, and he keeps an energetic pace that's perfect for this book. This is the second in The Script Club series, but it can be read or listened to as a standalone. Characters from the first book do come and go, but the author gives us enough to follow the secondary characters easily. This series is my first experience with Lane Hayes, and I don't know if all of her books have this feel-good theme, but I love these characters, and I'm definitely interested to meet some of her other characters and learn their stories.

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A sweet story!

picked up this audio because I really enjoyed the first one. Alexander Cendese is a narrator who I have enjoyed listening to many times, this will definitely not be the last audiobook I pick up that he narrates. I am also a fan of Lane Hayes, who never fails to create a sweet love story.

In book two, the romance is between a different couple than the first, but since it is the best friend(s) and brother of the first two characters, the previous couple appears frequently. It seems the series will have a nerd and jock fall in love theme, since The Script Club that the series is named after is a group of smart and somewhat nerdy college students and roommates who discuss starting a business to earn them money while they further their studies. The “club” hasn’t really done anything as a group yet, but I am curious if they will actually work together on a project in the next books. Still the group will be evolving as each member pairs off and perhaps moves out.

In this book, we meet Aiden, the close friend of George’s brother, Simon. Aiden is a former jock turned mechanic. At least until he can finish classes that will help him become a sports analyst. Though he was close to George’s family, things between him and George have been sort of strange, like when Aiden tried to steal a girl who George was kind of dating. George has always found Aiden attractive but as far as he knows Aiden is as straight as they come. When the two agree to help each other with their school and car problems, of course they learn that all was not as they thought.

I really came to like George and his contradictions. Out of all the Script Club members, he seems to be the “coolest.” His vampire capes create an air of confidence even as he uses them as a sort of protection. Aiden is a good guy and likable, too. I rolled my eyes at them worrying over what George’s brother would think about him dating his best friend even though Simon had done the same thing in the first book. The two are solid characters with set goals and life plans, though, and they made for a very sweet pairing. I felt the book missed a little bit of the heat and intensity of the first book, but I enjoyed this listen and would definitely recommend checking out the book and the series.

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Adorable and Real

Mr. Cendise did a fabulous job with the first story in Ms. Hayes’ Script Club Series. Be reassured, he did not disappoint in book two. I loved how the narrator nailed the super nerdy—and romance deficient—boss, Newton. I thoroughly enjoyed the interaction between George and his needy supervisor. Aiden and George’s dialogue flowed, and I was totally absorbed in the story. It was hard to stop listening as the narrator’s cast of voices became addictive. The romance was sweet and all-consuming. The audio was the perfect accompaniment to this story of opposites attract. The intense feelings and emotional dialogue between George and Aiden were so heartfelt and genuine. I was especially touched by the emotions from Aiden when he felt he had so little to offer in a relationship. The top-notch production and strong performance by Mr. Cendese was a delight and I strongly recommend this audiobook. Happy listening!
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This series features nerds and jocks with stellar attractions. There is no animosity or inadequacies between the men, which I loved. Lane writes about people with unique skill sets and plenty of heart. The story was written beautifully and showcased how perfect the couple was, despite having extremely different interests. Acceptance is the key and the men embrace their partner’s quirks and interests without making them feel less.
George is the brilliant, weird, rocket scientist that adores all things spooky and macabre. The cool thing about George is despite knowing how unique he is, there is a large foundation of confidence resting inside of him.
Aiden is his brother, Simon’s close friend, and a former baseball player that has always had a wonderful rapport with George. Aiden is such a dear, with a horrible family and a dead-end job. However, he doesn’t give up on aspiring to be more in life. A kiss brings on a huge awakening, and before long Aiden is connecting the dots on how he has always been pulled to George. The characters are real and down-to-earth with a connection not only believable but brilliantly intense.
 

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Sweeter

This is book #2, in The Script Club series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading in order intended.

George is a scientist who drives an older vehicle that wants to die. Aiden comes to his rescue however, and makes sure he can get a little more time out of the vehicle. In the mean time - they find they have some things in common.

Aiden has always liked George and has just recently discovered what that meant and how much. Choosing to spend more time together, they find a comfortable friendship that soon turns out to be so much more. The future for both is suddenly looking very bright.

I thought these characters were very sweet. I listened to this and found myself hoping we will see this couple again. The narrator made it an even better story as I was able to lay back and relax and just enjoy the book.


***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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Good story with the perfect narrator... 4.5 stars!

Rules of Play is the second audiobook in the Script Club series penned by Lane Hayes and narrated by Alexander Cendese. This is George Murphy and Aiden Baker's story. George is twenty-four and a cape-wearing, book-loving, spooktacular genius in his last year of grad school, and Aiden is twenty-seven, a mechanic, and at his best when talking about baseball. When George is coerced by his boss to help him make a girl fall in love with him--a girl his boss thinks has a thing for George--he turns to Aiden. George assumes Aiden knows enough about love to help him out, but the only thing that Aiden knows for sure is that he's got a thing for his best friend's younger brother, aka George. But falling for George is against the rules. Right?

Just like with the first audiobook, Lane Hayes has written a lighthearted story that features the geeky guy and his friend's older brother who happens to be a jock, though in this case, Aiden is more of a former jock. I enjoyed getting to know both George and Aiden to the degree the story allowed us to. I wish that the author had delved a wee bit deeper into both main characters and that listeners were able to experience the actual growth of their relationship alongside them rather than it often being off-script. Alexander Cendese, however, delivered another impressive performance yet again. So, I'm giving four stars for Hayes's story and five stars for Cendese's narration, which results in an average rating of 4.5 stars for Rules of Play.

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Another great Lane Hayes story!

Another great story by Ms. Hayes! The jock/mechanic (although he’s a closet, borderline nerd) and the NASA scientist! I’m a HUGE fan of friends-to-lovers, especially when there is a protective/possessive streak in one of the men. This book fits that bill perfectly.

George is super smart but also very quirky. He’s socially awkward and I can totally relate to the need to only being ‘on’ around people for a short time because it is truly exhausting. He wears a cape or carries a book to protect himself. He’s also had a crush on Aiden for a while.

Aiden is an ex-jock with a crappy family situation who somehow didn’t realize his fascination and ‘bro-crush’ on George meant a bit more than he thought. He’s smarter than he first appears – he’s pursuing a career as a statistician – and he’s also big and loveable.

I like these two together, especially since they’ve been friends for years. Their banter is entertaining and endearing, and they just work.

We still have a couple more guys who I’m betting will get books so I’m in it for the long haul with this series.

The vocal performance is good. I've only heard this vocal performer a couple of times but he does a good job of telling the story.

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Good story. Good narration.

I do enjoy Lane Hayes romances. Imperfect people find their path to happiness and fulfillment while traveling down a path towards romance. I used to avoid pure romance stories until I discovered authors like Hayes. They take the romance way past love or lust at first sight.

As usual, I enjoyed Cendese's narration, and I am looking forward to the next book.

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Sweet, Quirky Loveliness

“Rules of Play” offers great romantic escapism with a lovely combination of heat and humour. Returning to this familiar cast of characters is a real treat, and as readers follow Aiden and George’s journey, a quick smile is guaranteed.
While a quick and lighthearted story, the narrative manages to delve into more serious themes of self-discovery while dealing with not-so-pleasant family members. These concepts are tackled with, and adding just the right amount of conflict to cause tension, without the book being super angsty.
Bottom line: A fun bi-awakening romance with wit, heat, and loveable nerds.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 08-25-21

Not my fave but still good

I enjoy Lane Hayes books. Her Starting From series was good, so I leapt on The Script Club series. The premise is cute – a geek and a jock. I really enjoyed the first one, but this one wasn’t just as much fun. I’m trying to put a finger on it because the book was decent. The brother’s best friend trope is a good one. I liked George – lives life on his terms, cape and all. He gets stuck in a tough situation at work and could use a hand from someone with…more experience. Aiden is trying to get out from under his homophobic uncle and the way to do that is through education. But he needs someone to check his numbers – so why not a future NASA scientist?

So you’ve got a decent premise. I guess I just didn’t connect with the characters as I have in the past. Now, other listeners have enjoyed the story, so look beyond just my review and if you’re a Lane Hayes fan or enjoy geek/jock books then you’ll probably enjoy this one. I’ll definitely pick up the next one in the series as I’m thinking this was a one-off that I didn’t connect with.

Alexander Cendese is a good narrator and he did a decent job with this story. Overall it was decent, just not my fave.