Published December 30th 2012 by Jay Crownover Books
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 is yet another book that’s been on my radar for quite some time, and it seems most of my fellow book friends have read this except for me. So after quite some time, I’ve finally decided to pick it up to see what all the excitement is about. Definitely a novel that’s worth your time if you’re currently into New Adult. It has the drama, college life, drama, good chemistry, drama, steamy sex scenes… oh and did I mention drama?
In this novel, we get to meet Shaw and Rule who have known each other for many years. Shaw has been a part of Rule's family for many years since Rule’s twin brother took her under his wing and protected her from a young age. The Archer family always believed that Remy and Shaw were in love, but that wasn’t quite the case. Oh and I’d like to mention I called the twist on that one pretty early on…. However, in reality, Shaw has held a torch for Rule, which has gone unrequited.
After Remy’s death, Rule takes a downward spiral and Shaw always seems to be there to pick up the pieces and force him to have a relationship with his family. After years of pain, the Archer family continues to fall apart, causing Shaw to choose sides between his parents and him.
There were quite a few other things going on in this story that involved characters I suppose will get their own story, including Rome, Jet and Rule’s roommate Nash. I liked all of them. They are a tight group and their stories are interesting.
I fell for the romance between Shaw and Rule and enjoyed their time together, but there was a lot going on around them that tipped the story to the overly dramatic scale.
I’m interested in continuing with the Marked Men series, but I hope Crownover scales down the drama and focuses more on character development. She definitely has a knack for writing about sexy, hot guys, so since I’m currently in the mood for that I’ll see where this takes me. Interesting novel that’s filled with steamy moments and tattooed hotness. Not bad!