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

Thursday, January 5

My rating:
2 Stars…

In it's defence, this book has been sitting on my TBR pile for almost 4 years, so there could well be a much, much better copy out there now, garnering all these 5 star reviews. I'm fairly certain the copy I have wouldn't get those from anyone I know.

What I loved:
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.


But no.

What I loved:
I think Ms Crownover has the makings of an awesome story on her hands. I got a lot further than I normally would, simply because I was interested in what was going to happen. For 75% of the book, I was willing to wade into this grammar car wreck to find out where she and her characters were taking me. So the story itself probably gets a 4.

What I didn’t love:

I wanted to go ape shit on this thing with a red pen and a highlighter from literally page 12.

Quote…(...) Remy had managed to pull my head out of the privileged shell I normally coward in (...)

Quote…Her family background was no picnic either so I loved that I could always rely on her to be there for me, she was also smart as hell and it had taken her exactly zero seconds to figure the reason my social life was boring and that I could never commit to any of the guys I dated was because I was hung up on Rule Archer so when I came stumbling in hurting with tears in my eyes she put me to bed without questions and pulled the blinds in my room closed while she fetched me some pain killers and a giant glass of water.


That's right. One sentence.

Also, as I find often with NA, our couple are stupid a lot of the time. Everything is their parents' fault, and mindless rebellion at the risk of your own reputation and mental health is not only accepted, it's encouraged. Yawn. But I didn't take a star off for that, because I knew damn well what I was getting into with an NA novel.

I'm going to find something more recent by this author and give her another shot because I like her idea. And now, I'd guess she's got an editor. Sweet.
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