Rule (Marked Men #1) by Jay CrownoverRule by Jay Crownover
Published May 2013
Series: Marked Men #1
Genres: New Adult
three-half-stars
Format: eBook
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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.

Rule Archer is a young and accomplished tattoo artist who knows how to have a good time. However, what doesn’t qualify as a good time for him is when his twin-brother Remy’s girlfriend Shaw Landon drags him out of bed on Sundays for brunch with the Archer family. Rule hates her and her stuck-up behaviour, but he hate spending time with his parents even more.

Shaw has been a permanent fixture in the Archer family since the day she met Remy back in school, and the Archers are the closest thing to a family that she has. But this family has its very own issues: Rule has always been the crazy one in the family – getting pierced, tattoed, and simply going his own way – while his twin brother Remy was always the neat and grounded of the two, and ended up being the most favoured twin. But when Remy died in a car accident when trying to pick up Rule at a bar, things got worse, because his own parents blamed Rule for the death of his sibling.

But Shaw – the polished and well-behaved med student – has always been in love with Rule, and she cannot stand witnessing the family fights every sunday. As the situation evolves, a drunken Shaw makes her move on Rule one night, and that will forever change everything.

First of all, let me start by saying that I listened to this as an audiobook, and I firmly believe that this influences the rating. But well, the first chapters of the book really had my panties in a twist the whole time. The books starts with a male POV and I totally fell in lust with Rule (and the sexy voice the narrator had given him), then cue Shaw and her sexy and intelligent mind. Mix that together with some hate/love/lust, and you’ve got the perfect swoon story.

It was unexpected how the two of them got together, but it didn’t make it any less hot! And speaking of hot: the book is full of sizzling lust and anticipation. Some nice steamy scenes make their apparition here and there, but far too few for my liking!

But Rule alone is enough to help you make up dirty fantasies of your own. Throughout the book, he transitions to the perfect book boyfriend of the crazy and deviant sort, but never loosing his hotness. He is definitely my #2 hottest pierced and tattooed book boyfriend, straight after Camden McQueen from Karina Halle’s Sins and Needles.

However, I felt like the book stalled a bit around the middle. The two major drama effects in the book were Shaw’s stalking ex-boyfriend, and the family issues on Rule’s side, but I just didn’t feel like they could account for something mindblowing or adrenaline spiking. Unfortunately, some parts of the book were also very predictable. Remy’s secret was more than obvious to anyone who manages to put two and two together, and I felt like everyone’s reaction to it being unvealed was a bit over the top.

But hey, other than that it was fine. The epilogue was nice too, but it kinda leaves you wanting more and I wasn’t as satisfied as I wished I would. I was certainly expecting a bit more from the whole storyline anyway.

And last but not least, I read some comments about the editing being really bad in that book. I cannot personally comment on that since I listened to the audiobook version, and was very pleasantly surprised at the quality of the narration, and it topped all the audiobooks I had listened to so far.