Author: Jay Crownover
Series: The Marked Men #1
Publication date: October 22nd, 2013
Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
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 of them 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.
I received a physical copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for participation in a blog tour as well as an honest review.
I had only ever done one blog tour with the girls at TLC Book Tours, and the one I had done was fabulous. I loved the book, the host was very efficient on getting us the books on time for our reviews, and they just seemed to know what I would like without having really conversed with me first. So, when I was approached again about Rule and it's sequel, Jet, I shifted things around in my review schedule to make sure I had room to read these two books for review. I had a feeling they would be more new adult books, the genre I am just starting to get to know, that I would come to love.
Shaw has loved Rule since she first met him after his sweet and docile twin rescued her from a life of overbearing parents and expectations. She has been by Rule's twin, Remy's, side since the very first day. To an outsider, it may have appeared that Shaw and Remy were the ideal couple, but one look at the longing glances she shoots Rule's way and that idea would be smashed to smithereens. Shaw loves Rule for marching to the beat of his own drum, something she has longed to do herself for years. She hides the fact that every time she has to scoop him out of his tosseled bed with another fluzy adorning it's sheets for family Sunday brunch, a piece of her heart breaks. She knows Rule is unobtainable but she can't get her heart to stop flip it gives with just a single smile from the rebellious man.
Rule thought he was living the good life. He had all the women, booze, and money he could really ask for. He did what he wanted, with whomever he wanted, and enjoyed every minute of it. That was until he looked up from his debauchery and noticed the girl that had been there for years. He wasn't allowed to find Shaw attractive because of his twin's supposed claim to her even from the grave, but one look at her in a sexy referee uniform and he suddenly noticed her in a totally different way. After a night of too many drinks, he winds up acting on his blossoming interest for Shaw and it shakes his world to the core.
Shaw and Rule are complete polar opposites. She is cashmere and Chanel, he's grungy boots and Axe body spray. Rule is everything parents dread in a child. A tattooed, pierced rebel with a chip on his shoulder the size of Texas. Shaw is the prim and proper privileged girl set on toeing the line. These two would most often chew off their own limbs before spending more time together than they needed to. But behind both of their personas breathes a man who desperately wants to be approved of and a girl who wants to be free to be herself.
I don't want to sound like a cover snarker but when I saw the cover of the book, I was a little put off. The cover model looks too wholesome to be the rebel Rule is described and it's kind of obvious the tattoos are mainly one of those fake tattoo stockings. I was nervous going into the book for that fact. But boy, did the cover play second fiddle to the actual story. I was drawn in from the first page and couldn't put it down for a second. I wandered the house doing daily tasks with the book in one hand and my nose firmly pressed to its pages. I wept with the characters, I laughed, I generally got sucked into their world. I found myself longing for a tattooed rebel to sweep me off my feet and prove to me that life is worth living every day as if it's your last. Rule became my ideal book boyfriend. Shaw became the girl I could sympathize with. With the introduction of the rest of the supporting characters I couldn't help but pray to all that is holy that I had agreed to read not just the first book but the second too for the tour.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and aside from initial cover impressions, there wasn't a thing I could find wrong with it. It was eloquently written, sassy and fun, and a love story that would make any red-blooded female heave a dreamy sigh.
Rule rocked my world and made me believe that in matters of the heart, opposites do attract and when they do there is no amount of water to put out the flames.