Book Review: Rule by Jay Crownover

March 5, 2014 New Adult Book Reviews 3 ★★★★

Book Review: Rule by Jay CrownoverTitle: Rule by Jay Crownover
Series: Marked Men #1
Published by: William Morrow on May 7, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Source: YABC
Format: Paperback
Pages: 432
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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.The first Marked Men novel in Jay Crownover's combustible New Adult series.

I received this book for free from YABC in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also in this series: Rome, Jet, Asa
Also by this author: Rome, Jet, Better When He's Bad, Asa

One Line: A good mix of angst, drama, and character growth.

What I Loved: It actually took me a minute to warm up to Shaw. At first, I thought she was pretty weak and a little too nice, like easily taken advantage of. But, as the story progressed, and important things and people in her life were on the line, she stood up for herself, showed strength, and handled a very dangerous situation very well. I ended up really liking her. I liked the fact that Rule was open to seeing what was between them. Sure there were moments of that “hot and cold” game I hate so much, and he can be pretty closed off, but he showed more vulnerable moments than I expected him to and I appreciated him for it.

Left Me Wanting More: We get a lot of Rule and his family in this book, but I wish I could’ve seen more of Shaw and her family dynamic. I think things were done well and fine since it wasn’t a main focus of the book, but it would’ve added so much more to her character development if I’d had that. I also couldn’t stand how timid she was around them. Sure, she’s only 20, but the ways she let them and even Gabe control her, it drove me nuts.

Final Verdict: I can easily see Rule’s appeal and I really enjoyed the story. NA fans will love this, for sure.

*This review was first published on YABC.*

About Jay Crownover

JAY CROWNOVER Being native Coloradan is a source of pride if you ask Jay. She loves all the things her home has to offer, and that is why she set her books in this familiar place. Writing about what she knows is why her stories feature plenty of rock and roll and body modification.

Jay has been a bartender since she was in college, spending over forty hours a week watching interactions between men and women. This 9 to 5 job offered great insights into relationships – how they start and how they evolve in a social setting.

This cutting-edge author likes to write New Adult novels because she remembers being in her early twenties and thinking she had it all figured out, only to be proven wrong time and time again. When she looks back, she see’s that those years defined who she is today, and, good or bad, those decisions ultimately set her current path.

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