The Rules

Title: The Rules
Author: Jamie Fessenden
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: September 6th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 275
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


WHEN HANS BAUER, a college student in New Hampshire, accepts a job as a housekeeper for an older gay couple, he soon learns the reason they’ve hired someone with no experience is that professional agencies won’t work there. Thomas is a successful businessman whose biggest goal in life appears to be giving his husband anything he wants. Boris is a writer who immigrated to this country from Russia, and suffers from depression and PTSD because of the things he endured in his native country.

He also refuses to wear clothes—ever.

While Hans is working alone in the house with Naked Boris all day, things start getting a little weird. Boris gets flirtatious and Hans backs away, not wanting to come between him and his husband. So Boris calls Thomas at work and asks permission.

At that moment, The Rules are born—rules about touching and kissing and pet names that the three men use to keep jealousies at bay, as they explore the possibilities in a new type of relationship….

WARNING: This story deals with themes of sexual assault and past abuse.

Well, whaddya know! I actually liked this. I’m surprised because when I read the blurb I was afraid there would be a pervy old couple that would get naked and chase around the cleaning boy. Not the case.

Some things are still weird, like Boris’s need to ditch clothes. But as the story progressed, this weirdness started reading like eccentricities. What I thought would be family drama, actually shed light to a lot of things regarding Boris, and led to the most heart-wrenching scene.

The Rules is about….rules. To an outsider it could look like nitpicking, but for people in poly relationships, this must be very, VERY important; testing boundaries, pushing them, making rules that suit everyone, breaking those rules or making others…This side of the story was brilliant.

The Rules is a quirky, steamy, fascinating story, with very distinct POVs, and the most swoon-worthy epilogue.

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  • I’m very hesitant to start this because it feels a bit like cheating. Or like an open relationship between Boris and Thomas. Both don’t work for me. A good MMM does work for me.
    How is that part done in this?

    • No, there’s absolutely no cheating and I wouldn’t call it an open relationship either, since Boris and Thomas were strictly monogamous when Hans came along. It all happened gradually, starting with Boris and Hans, with Thomas setting the rules about how far they ‘ll take it. They kept pushing boundaries little by little until it wasn’t just sex anymore.

      If you decide to go for it, keep an open mind. It’s very quirky.


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