Saturday, March 8, 2014

Review: Rule ( Marked Men #1 ) by Jay Crownover

Rule by Jay Crownover

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.


New Adult Contemporary


I've read too many NA with the similar premise, tattoo bad boy with a goodie rich girl. For example, Crash into You by Katie McGarry came into mind. That one had a more intricate plot.

Shaw had been a part of the Archer's family since she befriended Remy all those years ago, even after a tragedy that took away his life. Everyone thought she was Remy's girlfriend, but no one knew that she loves the twin brother, Rule since she first lay eyes on him. 

Rule is the complete opposite to Remy. Rule is the wild card, the rule breaker, his body full of tattoos and piercing and his hair changes color more often than the traffic light. His parent resent him for Remy's death. He worked in a tattoo parlor as a successful tattoo artist and manwhoring his way all over the town.

What happened next is Rule started to see Shaw in different light and after one faithful night, they both decided to give their relationship a chance to grow.

“Rule if this goes bad it’s gonna be so, so bad.”
“True, but if it’s good it’s going be so very, very good.” 

Shaw's unrequited love had finally pay off. Rule was her dream guy. The part that surprised me was how Rule tried to step up and wanted to be the perfect boyfriend, but things didn't end up as well as he hope for. 

We have some ongoing drama with both their family and another involving Shaw's psychotic ex-boyfriend. The things that happened within Rule's family did intrigued me, but the revelation was almost too predictable. Shaw's family plotline was underwhelmed, beside feeling like pummeling both her parents, I don't there see any growth there. The psycho ex was a nuisance and an annoyance, but did create some drama towards the end.

Overall, the romance seemed average to me and the subplot was not a intriguing. I can't stop myself from comparing it to other NA books that I've already read. I know this was published way back in 2012, maybe if I read it during that time I would have felt differently. No doubt, this was a nice NA story without all the immature silly drama. I finished it in a day, so it was quite a worthwhile read. 

P/s: the typo, missing words and grammar error was a tad too much. English was not my first language, but even I think the author definitely need someone to do a proofread. 

Rating 3.5/5