Review: Rule


Rule is the first novel in the Marked Men Series written by Jay Crownover. Hope y’all enjoy!


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.


Okay so, let me start off and say that I totally read this book because I saw a review of it on the blog An Aussie Girl’s WILD Book Addiction!

Shaw has everything, money, class, a full-paid education, aspirations of becoming a doctor, and parents that have more connections then they know what to do with. Too bad she doesn’t care about any of that. Too bad her parents couldn’t care less about her as long as she keeps their precious image and prestige in place. All she wants is their approval and love, and they use that for all its worth.

Remy is an Archer son and the twin of his brother Rule. When he finds Shaw crying at school one day after practice, he doesn’t even hesitate in bringing her home. He can see the pain in them and the love she needs, and makes it his mission to protect her from everything. His family loves her, and she soon becomes a surrogate daughter. As Shaw and Remy become closer, everyone just assumes they’re together. But everyone has their secrets.

When tragedy strikes the Archer family, they fall apart, but maybe this is what needed to happen for the truth to come out; that Shaw has been head over heels in love with Rule since the moment she first saw them.

I love this book. Right off the bat we see Shaw’s need for approval and her loyalty and protectiveness over the one’s she loves. Rule struggles with the past, the present, and with feelings that contradict everything he believed true.  Violence and passion follow this dynamic duo everywhere, daring them to break loose of the chains dragging them down and be themselves. But will Rule realize what’s happening too late? Will tragedy strike again; this time taking the one thing that could finally be his and not pushing him to be like his brother?


I was used to judgment, used to hearing that I wasn’t up to par or good enough for whatever reason, but coming from a boozed-up barfly who had just tried to talk me into taking her to bed made me reel back a little.

“Okay.” I didn’t know what else to say to that. The girl snorted and flipped her over-processed hair over her shoulder.

“That girl has money and status written all over her, you have ink and nothing but a good time spelled out bright and clear all over you. How long do you think she’s going to think you’ve got more going on than that?”

I frowned, done with social courtesy. I physically moved her out of my way and called over my shoulder, “I don’t know but I’d be an idiot not to stick around until she figures it out.”

TEN out of TEN for me guys. Feel free to read and comment on what you thought of it! Until then, happy readings!



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