Rule (Marked Men #1) by Jay Crownover

Rule: A Marked Men Novel


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.


Oh how I love Rule. He is just all kinds of hot. All of his tattoos and piercings...yes please. I don't even know what to say about this book. I loved it and loved Rule so much. This was my second time reading it and it was still amazing. I feel like Rule could have done anything, been a huge jerk, and I still would have been like that's cool. I still love you. He just was like catnip for me. I melted into a puddle from the start and that never changed. Yes.

Shaw is so sweet. She is kind of the opposite of Rule. Looks wise she is all clean and perfect looking as opposed to Rule's messy fun hair, tattoos, piercings, etc. Rule looks hard core where as Shaw looks like a perfect little rich girl. They are also very different in the way they handle things and live their lives, even though they have similar experiences. Shaw lets her family dictate a lot of her decisions. She dated Gabe forever because her parents wanted her to. And they continued to try and push her together with Gabe even after she told them he is stalking her and being so not cool trying to intimidate her. Thankfully by that time she has Rule, because without him it would have been bad and her family sure wouldn't have helped.

Rule has similar family issues which really just break my heart. His twin, whom everyone thought was dating Shaw, died a few years ago. His mom blames Rule even though it wasn't really his fault. She blames Rule and just takes all of her pain and anger out on him. Rule is a strong person though and does whatever he wants. He doesn't let other dictate his actions and really he probably goes too far in the other direction as an f you to the parents. I can't believe how long he has put up with horrible Sunday dinners that Shaw would drag him to. His mom was really vile towards him and I don't know how he stood it. I really did feel bad for him, though he is strong enough to withstand it. I just wish he didn't have to.

Of course things come to a head one day and the parents try to work things out. Gabe is an issue that gets resolved somewhat. Rule and Shaw have some spotty moments, but everything works out in the end. It was really a great book. Shaw loved Rule since she first saw him, and Rule finally realized what he could  have in Shaw. They were great together and they just were perfect for each other. They helped make each other stronger and it was nice to read about them working through their issues and dealing with all the external stuff they had to deal with. I loved this book. I loved Rule so much. Amazing.

Rating: 4.5/5

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