Rule (Marked Men, #1) by Jay Crownover
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.
Kelly - 4 Crowns
“Rule is addictive, sexually explosive and deeply moving” ~ Kelly, Perusing Princesses Blog.
As far as the sweet girl harbouring a secret love for notorious inked up bad boy goes, this story was stellar. Legendary. Pretty much perfect in every way. The characters were flawed yet likeable. The sexual tension was palpable and when acted upon, explosive. But... and it pains me to say this, I have had Rule on my Kindle for what seems like forever and obviously a first draft because the plethora of grammatical mistakes did, unfortunately, take away some of the magic for me. It tainted the whole reader experience and became frustrating because as stories go, this has to be up there with some of my favourites.
Regardless, I have to be fair to this author because I couldn't tear myself away from Rule and Shaw, I battled through to the end and WOW, their story, their journey and how it made me feel, just goes to prove that a story can still be great, even if the editing isn’t! There is no denying it, Jay Crownover CAN WRITE!
Rule is addictive, sexually explosive and deeply moving. This is about a family on the brink of disaster, and one destructive Brother acting out after the death of his identical twin. It is a story of forgiveness, finding acceptance and learning what it means to love – not just another, but yourself. It hit every nerve. Touched upon every emotion and I am berating myself right now, because I should have read it sooner.
My reason for finally delving into this series only now is not just due to a crazy TBR that I will probably never finish in my lifetime, but the Edinburgh signing in July, where I hope to meet the author. Prepare yourself Jay; I am going to rugby tackle you, British style. Say thank you for writing a story that had such a profound impact on me that I spent a majority of last night reading it, and have arrived at work today looking like a deranged zombie.
I will be jumping on the rest of this series, and cannot wait to continue the journey with these boys by reading Jet and Rome, next.
Take a chance on this one because ‘The Marked Men’, in their many varying forms, (and by that I am talking, ‘Tattoo Artists', 'Up and coming Rock-Stars' and 'Military' hotness) are certainly worth investing in!