Sunday, September 1, 2013

review: Rule by Jay Crownover

Rule (Marked Men, #1)
Rule by Jay Crownover
My rating: 5/5

DRC provided by Edelweiss for an honest review
Published: 12/30/12
Series: Marked Men #1
Genre: New Adult Romance

Summary –

Opposites in every way . . . except the one that matters

Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight--A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn’t want--and the only person she’s never tried to please. She isn’t afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won’t listen.

To a rebel like Rule Archer, Shaw Landon is a stuck-up, perfect princess-and his dead twin brother’s girl. She lives by other people’s rules; he makes his own. He doesn’t have time for a good girl like Shaw-even if she’s the only one who can see the person he truly is.

But a short skirt, too many birthday cocktails, and spilled secrets lead to a night neither can forget. Now, Shaw and Rule have to figure out how a girl like her and a guy like him are supposed to be together without destroying their love . . . or each other. (Thanks to for the summary)

My Thoughts –

Where does the story take place? Denver
Is the title a good/bad choice for the story? It is the boy’s name
List the top 3 characters and 1 word to describe them each. 1)Rule – incomplete 2)Shaw – determined 3)Gabe - psycho
Give the book an alternate ending…or were you happy with it? I was more than satisfied with the ending.
Did you cry, laugh, sigh, cringe, fume or feel nothing? All of those things and then some.

I absolutely love this story. Love it. I loved all of the characters, except Gabe, and I just loved everything about it.

Rule. What can you really say about Rule. He’s a gorgeous, self-hating manwhore. He feels responsible for the accident that caused his twin brother to die years earlier. He’s estranged from his family and makes himself feel better through booze and sex.

Shaw is great. She doesn’t put up with Rule’s shit, but still hurts every time she sees him with another girl. She misses Remy but has always wanted Rule. As an integral member of Rule’s estranged family, she continually tries to fix something that needs more than her and is maybe too far broken.

I love how these two come together. It’s intense and so passionate. I enjoyed their exchanges and also liked watching them both grow into the people they were destined to be.

The other characters in the book are pretty cool as well. Nash, the roommate/co-worker. Rome, the older military brother. Jet, the band member and so on. Just great all around – they all complimented the story perfectly.

This story was easy to read, used modern dialogue/wording and I didn’t want to put it down once I started it. It has some hot, hawt lovin’, an interesting danger element and a story about growth/forgiveness. I’m looking forward to reading Jet’s tale next!!


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