Rule : Marked Men

  • by Jay Crownover
  • Narrated by Sophie Eastlake, Michael Rahhal
  • Series: Marked Men
  • 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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.

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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.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-22-2013
  • Publisher: HarperAudio