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Rule: A Marked Men Novel | [Jay Crownover]

Rule: A Marked Men Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Jordy 10-23-13
    Jordy 10-23-13 Member Since 2015

    I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....

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    "An opposites attract love story......"

    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.

    33 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Rita Hatboro, PA, United States 01-25-14
    Rita Hatboro, PA, United States 01-25-14

    Audiobooks have changed how I drive! I look forward to driving for work when I have a good book on deck.

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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 05-03-14
    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 05-03-14 Member Since 2014

    I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.

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    "AN INCREDIBLE & SENSATIONAL KIND OF LOVE"

    "Rule" had been on my radar for a while, but I hadn't taken the plunge because I was avoiding a cliché story. However, describing the love relationship between Rule and Shaw as simply "bad boy falls head over heals for good girl" doesn't even come close to the dimension in love, depth, and emotional healing that this book explores in both the leads and the supporting characters.

    This book has layers of awesome just waiting to be experienced and unraveled by a listener. First, this is one awesome audiobook! The dual narration by Sophie Eastlake and Michael Rahhal was exceptional as they brought the pages of this book to life in both their performances. A talented team of narrators was just what was needed to fully perform the characters in the book who are colorful, and emotionally evocative in their journeys in life.

    Shaw and Rule are certainly an unexpected couple. Yet, what might superficially come across as two individuals too different to mesh well together, by the end of the book, this couple showcases a love forged deeply with complementary traits that fit like matching puzzle pieces. Shaw is a beautiful, sweet, serious college student with luminescent green eyes and lovely blonde hair. Rule is raw, head-strong, moody, gorgeous with his arctic blue eyes, and rocking body decorated with colorful, intricate tattoos and piercings. Yet, Rule never took Shaw seriously because even though he noticed her, he put on the metaphorical shelf of "untouchables, too beautiful, too good, and breakable." Shaw was his twin brother, Remy's best friend as kids, and assumed lover later as adults. But, watch out because if Rule and Shaw kept their distance, subconsciously they had to feel the latent hum of sexual tension and attraction between the two. The connection between Rule and Shaw is like dynamite, once it's lit the explosion of intense love is inevitable. Their journey is not easy because both have to face their own demons, not to mention Shaw's lunatic ex-boyfriend & terrible family, but their HEA is a satisfying, beautiful one.

    I was captivated by the family relationships and theme of loss in this book. Rule's parents and older brother, Rome, are currently mourning the death of his twin brother Remy (Shaw's inseparable friend). The pain of loss emanates in Rule, Shaw, his parents and Rome. The way they deal with both the loss, and later shock of Remy's secret brought to light is incredible. The psychological layers of Rule's family is absolutely complex and projects such a feeling of entering the lives of a real family that, as a reader, you can't help but care and root for this family as they overcome the cycle of destruction and finally step toward healing.

    This book not only delivers on the love story, interesting themes, but Crownover delivers with a crew of supporting characters that you can't wait to hear about their own personal stories in the following books. Jett and Aiden's story is next and I can't wait!!!

    OVERALL, GREAT AUDIOBOOK!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 11-24-13
    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 11-24-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Tatoo and Lace"

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Julie- Chicago, IL, United States 03-03-14
    Julie- Chicago, IL, United States 03-03-14 Member Since 2010
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    "just ok..."

    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).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 08-30-14
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 08-30-14 Member Since 2011

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Good start to the series :)"

    3-3.5 stars

    This was a good story. I liked Shaw and Rule, while being a bit thick headed and a jerk, had his redeeming moments as well. I liked the story overall and I have to be honest, I struggled a bit with the rating and almost went 4 stars but in the end I just couldn't. I may still consider trying the next book in the series down the road.

    Shaw is a nice but rather quiet young woman. She’s a college student in pre-med and is the daughter of rich socialites that have never show her love but expect her to be proper and perfect. At the age of 14, Shaw met up with Remy, Rule’s twin brother. Remy was Shaw’s best friend but everyone always assumed they were involved and would never believe otherwise. Secretly, Shaw always loved Rule and wished he'd see her as something more than his brother’s girl.

    Rule is a tattoo artist and a man-whore. He lives his life however he wants and tends to be a jerk a lot of the time. A couple of years before, Rule called Remy for a ride and while on his way to pick Rule up, Remy crashed his car and died. Rule’s relationship with his family (specifically his mom) has been rough since then because she blames him for his brother’s death and now seems to think he needs to change and become just like his brother.

    Because of the conflicts, Rule tries to avoid his family but Shaw (in an effort to keep the family together) comes to his house every Sunday to drag him to Sunday breakfast at his parent’s house. Unfortunately, Rule (being a man-whore) usually has a woman in his bed from the drunken debauchery of the night before so Shaw usually has to deal with seeing that. The story begins as Shaw has to deal with this and then drags Rule to his parent’s house for breakfast. Things don’t go well as his mom starts hassling him right off about how he looks, the color of his hair, and so on… Rome (Rule’s older brother who’s in the Army) is home on leave and Rule doesn't even get a chance to talk to Rome because of his mom’s issues. Rule walks out before too long and Shaw decides she’s had enough. She’s been part of the family since her and Remy became friends and she was trying to keep the family together but this pushes her too far and she defends Rule to his parents. They stop the Sunday dinners (which just pisses his mom off worse) and Rule and Shaw don’t see each other much after that. Rule does happen to see Shaw at her job though and she works at a sports bar with skimpy uniforms. Seeing Shaw like this suddenly gets hot thoughts of her going through Rule’s brain but he still doesn't let himself go for more.

    When Shaw’s birthday comes, her and her BFF go out and end up in a bar. They’re a bit drunk and Rule finds her there in that state and decides she needs to go home. They get back to his place and Rule isn't planning anything but one thing leads to another and Shaw (in her drunkenness) decides to kiss Rule. This kiss explodes things between them and Rule knows he shouldn't go there with Shaw but he does anyways and it’s great for both of them. Not wanting to suffer Rule kicking her out like all the other women, Shaw escapes the next morning before Rule wakes. Rule isn't sure what to think about Shaw and what happened but he gets told by a couple different people that he should take the chance because you don't get a girl like Shaw every day. Rule considers this and decides to find Shaw, telling her they need to talk. Shaw tries to avoid talking to Rule, thinking it can't be good, so she’s pleasantly surprised when Rule asks to give things between them a real try to see if it could work. Shaw agrees and they begin their relationship exploration. Things don't go smoothly as they're both young and Shaw hasn't has much love in her life and Rule tends to avoid getting too close. They do find happiness together but don't do well at holding it together which leads to much drama, especially at the end. I wasn't too happy with the way things went but thankfully they get past their issues and the story ends with Rule and Shaw starting their HEA.

    I enjoyed this story. I liked Shaw and thought she was a pretty good heroine and didn't act as clueless as you might expect for a NA heroine which I really appreciated. Rule was kind of an idiot but he wasn't a bad guy...he just wasn't very good at recognizing his feelings. Overall I liked the story but could have really done without the drama right at the end as it brought the story down some for me. Still, I'm curious enough that I may try more of the series down the road. :)

    * note - There were 2 narrators, a male for Rule's chapters and a female for Shaw's chapters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lilian Seattle WA United States 04-27-14
    Lilian Seattle WA United States 04-27-14 Member Since 2011

    I am the definition of a contradiction. I am a tomboy but just can't seem to get enough of romance books!

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    "Rule me all you want!"

    I have never been a big fan of bad boys but something about this book kept pulling me in. I finally caved, having nothing better to read and bought it from my mile long wish list. Oh boy well, was I pleasantly surprised. This bad boy was bad to the end but at least he tried; making him more real than a fantasy. I never thought piercings and body tattoo would be so sexy but this book made me think just maybe I should keep my mind open (don't judge a book by its cover). I loved the narration, the different voices worked for this book. I like this so much I was done in one day. In my opinion worth my credit.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer LEWISTON, ID, United States 12-27-13
    Amazon Customer LEWISTON, ID, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2012

    I've been an avid reader since I was a child. I love different types of writing styles and I am never afraid to try new authors.

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    "Rule Rule Rule"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    laura Morgan City, LA, United States 11-14-13
    laura Morgan City, LA, United States 11-14-13 Member Since 2014

    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.

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    "Like and Lust but not Love"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Frances Whittier, CA, United States 11-04-13
    Frances Whittier, CA, United States 11-04-13 Member Since 2012

    It's all about romance in my library! I have a wonderful husband, children and my grandchildren they are my rock.

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    "HOT! SEXY! & WILD"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rule to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rule was my favorite. Rule character remind me of my husband. Not sure how to deal with love.


    What about Sophie Eastlake and Michael Rahhal ’s performance did you like?

    Yes, they were perfect!


    Any additional comments?

    I hope there will be a 2nd book!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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