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.
©2012 Jennifer M. Voorhees (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
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The story grabbed my interest right away because I'm a real sucker for all misunderstood tattooed bad boys. 4.5 Stars! Shaw has been in love with Rule since she was fourteen. Shaw has been a big part of the Archer family since the day Remy (Rule's twin brother) basically took her under his wing, but it’s always been Rule she’s secretly been in love with. When Remy’s tragic death deals the family a blow, Shaw is determined to keep them together. She picks Rule up every Sunday for brunch with the family to make sure he goes. Each time she does, her heart breaks a little more having to witness the string of one night stands paraded in front of her every time. Rule has no idea that Shaw has loved him so long. He always assumed that Remy and Shaw were a couple, so he never paid much attention to her. Plus, she is the polar opposite to Rule. He’s all tatted & pierced up and does what he wants, she’s the rich perfect princess always striving to live up to everyone’s expectations. Rules feels tortured through every Sunday brunch with his family that blames him for his brother’s death. He’s always been the black sheep of the family but Remy’s death has strained their relationship to the breaking point. Things get interesting when Rule finally wakes up and really notices Shaw. (I refuse to give spoilers away so I will keep things vague) Rule knows if he pursues anything with her, it would be different than his typical one night stands, even though its probably not a good idea, he just can’t stay away. Shaw can’t resist Rule even realizing there’s a strong possibility their relationship will end in disaster but she is still determined to take the chance. She’s tired of living safe and doing what her parents expect when they’ve never paid no mind to her. Their relationship has rocky moments because it was all new territory for Rule. Regardless, it was sizzlin hot! This book has delicious sex scenes, major Alpha tendencies, wild crazy colored mohawks, extreme tattooed bad boys, family drama, and psycho path ex boyfriends , etc, etc... Knowing Shaw had feelings for Rule for so long made my heart break for her. I always want unrequited love to get noticed and returned, so it was very satisfying to see this come about. I loved the passion and intensity both Rule and Shaw showed to each other, and I liked seeing Rule figure out what he was missing all these years. There were lots of smoking hot scenes and sizzling chemistry. Plus, there was suspense thanks to Shaw's crazy ex boyfriend! I’m eagerly waiting for Audible to release Jet and Ayden’s story next.
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Enjoyed this story of a troubled young man with family dealing with many issues. The girl everyone loves seems to be the conductor of calm. But underneath that is a driven and a I don't want to be soooo nice girl. Claiming her man...dealing with all the issues, a crazy really crazy ex. This was not the run of the mill story and I enjoyed it a lot. I am too old to understand the fascination with piercings and tattoos but realize they are very popular. It was a good mix that I could enjoy and appreciate. Worth the credit.
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I made it about a third of the way into “Rule” before I noticed my near constant eye-rolling. Having read a lot of YA fiction (high school and college-aged), and considering this book portrays college age youth I could not believe how sophomoric it was. Yes, it had very adult sex scenes, but anything outside the bedroom was too childish to endure. The author made them use phrases like “Go hang with your boys”, “Dude, seriously!”, “Checking out my girl!” “I thought you loved my hawk” (Rule is referring to Shaw liking his Mohawk). Also, the nickname Rule’s brother Rome called Shaw was just cringe worthy… “How are you, Little Girl?” “Take care Little Girl”. Thankfully this is a standalone book with a complete story, so if you wanted to stop at one (which I definitely will) there is no need to read the other two as you know how Rule and Shaw end-up. The author did a fair job of setting up the other characters for her next books, but no one character sparked my interest enough to use a precious credit on.
The plot was fairly sound in regards to Rule’s familial strife, but Shaw’s “tragic” rejection by her parents was contrived. Shaw is rich, very pretty, and smart and had a best friend in Rule’s twin brother Remy and loving acceptance from the Archer family, but her parents were less than ideal when it came to showing her love…really? This does not lend to the tragic figure that the author wants the reader to buy into. There definitely was no reason to accept her weakness of spirit in taking Rule back each time he decided to shut her out. Rule’s internal reflections of how much Shaw was coming to mean to him were shown to be worthless as when he got some unexpected news (news which the reader figured out chapters before) he proceeded to shut her out knowing she had a psycho Ex waiting in the wings.
The theme of the tattoos and piercings got so old, so fast within the book. Rule is supposed to be this beautiful boy, yet all that anyone sees is his tattoos (which apparently cover most of his body) and his facial (and genital) piercings. This book worked so hard to make tattooing and piercing seem "cool" and acceptable that it just came off as pedestrian and silly. By the end of the book Shaw had tattoos and piercings and it was so cheesy my cholesterol went up several points. There is not one character that I actually rooted for in this book …Rule wasn’t a jerk as much as he was immature and self-absorbed and Shaw wasn’t entirely pathetic, mostly needy and spineless. My final (admittedly small) vexation with this book was that the vanilla straitlaced depiction of Rule’s parents does not fit with people who would name their sons Remy, Rule and Rome…Rule…really? I liked the dual narration and the narrators did a fine job; their voices were age appropriate to the characters they were portraying and each handled the opposite sex fairly well.
There are so many better YA fiction books out there and I’m not at all sure why this book was reviewed so highly. For YA fiction with great characters who have plausible reasons for their youthful angst check out “Easy” by Tammara Webber, “In the Band” by Jean Haus, “Pushing the Limits” by Katie McGarry and for the best of the best (if you can handle the intensity) “The Sea of Tranquility” by Katja Millay.
I went on a limb with this author not having read any of his work before and fell in love with Rule and Shaw. I love the strong woman Shaw is, in spite of her parents, the crazy ex boyfriend, her rich kid background. It only took her standing up to Rules parents for me to fall in love with her. And I can't put my finger on Rule, what drew me to him but I found myself loving him even when he was a jerk. I enjoyed this book from start to finish and would definitely recommend this to others. I don't always enjoy the dual narrator but Sophie Eastlake and Michael Rahhal were perfect for this book. I will definitely be purchasing the other books in this series.
I love Audible! Being a full time wife, mother, and career leaves no time to actually read. Audio books give me my fix anytime and anywhere.
I really enjoy unrequited love becoming requited. It has to be one of my favorite subject lines for the romances. This novel also had some really laugh out loud moments so that's another plus for me...I think every book should at least have a little humor. Shaw was a wonderful Heroine: beautiful, sharp, and strong willed...she was locked in this horrible shell and eventually cracked the barrier then broke on through as her own woman! Loved that! Rule is new book boyfriend worthy....definitely...I love a tattooed bad boy but go ahead an add on tall and lean with a bad attitude I'm hooked! Along with being my mind's wet dream I didn't like him all the time and didn't even try to reason his flaws, which sounds bad but when you think about it all great men they aren't likable all the time.The fact that Rule is just a douche sometimes makes the story more real, and that's what's important to me. The side plots for this novel were pretty intense and added an emotional depth that other novels won't try for and I really enjoyed my heart strings being tugged for reasons outside the H/H...makes a romance novel stand a part from the rest. AAAANNND the narrators were above decent.
SO WHY DID I NOT GIVE THIS 5 STARS????
The way its written, plain and simple. I didn't like the slang and some parts of the dialogue didn't flow or feel natural. There are areas of this novel that seem really rushed and others to drawn out, it just wasn't always consistent. BUT this novel is still worth your time and credit because author Jay Crownover has some good stories to tell and this is the first one within a series...I'm sure her writing style improves and matures as we move on. I'm optimistic and I think this is a great start to a new MA series and am really looking forward to Audible releasing the rest of the Marked Men novels.
Listened to this on Audible. I just love it. I loved Shaw and Rule. And what girl doesn't want a bad boy. I can't wait to hear Aidan and Jet's story. I hope it comes on audible soon. Normally I don't read this kind of book i am more into the paranormal one but one of the gals I follow on Audible. Jordy I think she goes by gave a great review on this so thought I would give it a chance. It was well worth the money. Fabulous.
I read the print version of this story and fell in love with Rule and Shaw. I was very excited to see the audiobook available. The narrators had the perfect voices to match the image the author paints for you. This was a "I can't put it down" book for me.
This book was definitely hard to stop and come back to.
this book was just ok... much of the same, good girl, bad boy, both not sure of what they want, then bam they are in love.... the narration could be better, i found it to be flat (the male character).
Love this book! The female was in love but not whinny. Kept me listening long after I needed to stop for the day. I can't wait for more books but this author! The narration was great. Well worth the credit!
I just really enjoyed this story, right from the beginning. The story line of not fitting in or parents who don't approve and the ability to rise above it. I just wanted to cheer them on.
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