Review: The First Three Rules (My Brother’s Keeper #1) by Adrienne Wilder

June 2, 2014 Review 0

Review: The First Three Rules (My Brother’s Keeper #1) by Adrienne Wilder

Marshal Jon Foster lost his purpose and his sanity the day he saw the image of his dead brother. The distraction saved Jon’s life but cost the lives of innocent people including his best friend and partner. It was a price for survival Jon couldn’t live with and was sure he’d never understand. 
Driven by grief and guilt he tried to escape his past by fleeing to a small town in the middle of nowhere. Only instead of peace, the memories festered. 
Then the offer of a stick of gum from a stranger changes Jon’s life and puts him on a road out of the nightmare he’s trapped in. 

Ellis Harper has lived the past twenty years isolated from the outside world and sole caretaker for his mentally disabled brother, Rudy. While Ellis loves his brother, he longs for a life he’ll never be able to have. 
Shut away, his days consist of chores, endless cartoons, and games of Go Fish. A world that seemed to have no end until an innocent misunderstanding turns Ellis and his brother into a target for a town bully. 
It’s a fight Ellis can never win on his own but thanks to a chance meeting with a stranger, he doesn’t have to. 

What begins as a new journey in love for both men quickly unfolds into something neither of them could have ever imagined.

Title: The First Three Rules
Author: Adrienne Wilder
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Rule Four and Five, The Final Rule, Complementary Colors, In The Absence of Light
Series: My Brother's Keeper
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Rule Four and Five, The Final Rule
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: March 26, 2014
Genres: Horror, Male Male Romance
Pages: 266
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames

This review will possibly be a little biased. I love Adrienne Wilder’s books. All of them. She creates interesting worlds and fascinating characters. She does many downtrodden characters that pull at your heartstrings. Jon, Ellis, and Rudy are no different they’re just human. This is the first non paranormal book I’ve read from her. It certainly won’t be the last. I truly love her books.

Jon meets Rudy and Ellis on a particularly bad day. This one simple kind gesture from a man with the mind of a child will set these men down a  path that will change all their lives forever.


“But you’re wrinkled and people will say Ellis doesn’t take care of you.”

That is Rudy logic. Rudy is the mentally disabled older brother of Ellis. He’ll bring a smile to your face quite often while reading this book. Rudy is the counterbalance to the dark of The First Three Rules. His mind works like a childs. He sees things differently than Ellis and Jon and that makes so much of this book work. He also has something interesting going on that I’m looking forward to seeing how it all plays out.


“I’ll be anything you want me to be, Ellis. Anything.”

As the only caretaker for Rudy, Ellis has given up anything resembling a normal life. The fact that the town folk do not understand Rudy has made him become a recluse. Ellis only leave the house when he absolutely has to. Rudy manages to get into trouble often and close minded people just don’t get it. Ellis has a semi working system but Rudy is beyond clever. Jon is one of the few people that sees Rudy as a person not a burden. Rudy deeming Jon his friend opens doors for Ellis that he never imagined having in his life.

All I can say is that if you want to read a good love story between two men that deserve just a smidgen of happiness against all odds you should grab this series. They don’t have an easy road to their happily ever after, but they definitely deserve one. Also keep in mind that while the first installment of the My Brother’s Keeper series does not end of a cliffhanger it stop at a good place to allow you to continue on to the rest of the story.

Adrienne Wilder

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