Rule (Marked Men #1)-Jay Crownover

Sometimes opposites don’t just attract – they catch fire and burn the city down

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.

Loved the whole storyline of this book, but I’ve got to kick off by saying I didn’t like Rule to start with and it took some time for me to think of him as anything other than a total douche, but by the end of the book I loved Rule, how could I not.

Rule is arrogant, treats women like crap. He’s cold and unreachable. locked inside a protective bubble that none of those who love him can get through. He goes through life as a shadow of who he could be. The reason for Rule being this way pain, guilt over the loss of his twin brother.

Rule finds he is less of a shadow all because of one person, Shaw, she is the glue that has held him and his family together for so long, and she has loved Rule for as long as she can remember.

Shaw is the girl that has always thought that Rule is worthy and in need of love even when he did his absolute best to convince Shaw and the rest of the world the doesn’t need or indeed isn’t interested in being loved.

Shaw shows Rule what it is to be loved and that he doesn’t need to be scared. Rule was such a misunderstood character with all his tattoos, when really he is a clever talented artist.

“You have to promise not to bail on me when I get lost, Shaw. You have to promise to just wait it out until I can find my way back. I need to know you’re at the end of the tunnel when everything goes black.”

This book doesn’t seem to be anything new on the face of it, Tattooed, pierced bad boy who also had a troubled past, but it is so much more. It’s like watching a great film unfold in front of your eyes. To see the transformation happen to Rule opening his eyes to a world where he can have love and friendship.

For once in a book it wasn’t insta love, Rule and Shaw had a love story that blossomed.

This book was fun and addictive, and had some deep issues at play, it is more than just a romance. It’s a dysfunctional family dynamic made worse by a tragedy.
I really wanted to hate Rules mother for the most part of this book, but she too was broken by tragedy and soon realised that she had already lost one son and needed to love the ones she had living.

Through all there ups and downs in this book I did really like reading how Shaw and Rule made there mistakes and worked out how to make things better to be together.

“We have to fix this.”

“We need to learn how not to break in the first place.”

The ending really wrapped Rule and Shaw’s story up perfectly, but it left me wanting more from this awesome set of characters that we were introduced to in this book, I cannot wait to read more from the Marked men. Jay Crownover has given me a new group of guy hotness to drool over.

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