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

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Asian Chick, Karmen’s Review of Rule

Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

I highly recommend this book, it’s a heart-warming (and heartbreaking) story about family, falling in love and learning to move on from tragic events. I was pulled in from the start and the constant alternating POVs of Rule and Shaw kept it moving along.

Shaw, a girl, who comes from wealth, but gets not love in return from her own family befriends the Archer family, who takes her in like their own daughter. Shaw has been secretly in love with Rule Archer since she was 13, but the feeling is not returned over the years. Rule, the tattooed/pierced bad boy, who has no emotional attachments after a tragic event, spends his time drinking and sleeping around. Shaw becomes the staple for the Archer family, trying to keep Rule and his family together after this tragic event.

After one drunken night, Shaw and Rule hook up and Rule realizes his feelings for Shaw, but it’s not easy for these two to stay together. They endure a lot to get to their HEA: family drama, crazy exes, and lots of emotional baggage. This is one of my favorite books and a book I continue to re-read!

Favorite Quote: ““I loved Rule like it was my mission in life. I loved him like it was inevitable. Like no matter how many times I was shown what an awful idea it was, what a bad match we were, what a callous asshole he could be I couldn’t shake it.”

White Chick, Jenn’s Review of  Rule

Rating:   4.5 stars out of 5

This is the story of Rule Archer and Shaw Landon and many years of some hidden feelings and misunderstandings.  Rule is your typical black sheep of the family – a tattoo artist who is covered in tattoo but he loves what he does and is really talented.  We learn a lot about Rules family and the tragedy that has struck his family and some of the dysfunction(And I can’t wait for his brother Rome’s book!!!).

Shaw is in college student who has grown up in a wealthy family that is dysfunctional and unhappy.  She has been in-love with Rule Archer since the day she met him – he doesn’t realize this yet.  To say I love this book is an understatement. I was hooked from page one and could not put it down.  This is a great love story of two people but don’t be fooled this isn’t an easy joining.  Oh the angst in this book…there were times I wanted to toss my e-reader out the window.  I loved the supporting characters as well on both sides.  There was some seriously funny dialogue in this book and there were times when my heart broke.

Let’s not forget that Rule is a seriously hot tattoo artist who has some serious baggage..LOVE HIM.  There are some great intimate scene that have me seriously considering getting a few piercings of my own.

I put this book down at the end and was wishing that it wasn’t over and I can’t wait for the next one.

Favorite Quote: “It’s always been you even when I didn’t want it to be, even when it broke my heart over and over again. It’s just always been you.”

Purchase Rule on Amazon.


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