Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Review: Rule by Jay Crownover

4.5 Star Review by Annie

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I had loved Rule Archer since the first moment I ever laid eyes on him. He was everything I shouldn't want and the only person I went out of my way to not try and please. He only saw me as a brat, and an entitled, stuck up princess but worse than that all he saw when he looked at me was his deceased twin's girl. It broke my heart because as much as I had loved Remy Archer there was never anything romantic between us and no matter how hard I tried to convince myself that loving Rule was a terrible idea, my poor heart just wouldn't listen. We tolerated each other, barely and had forged an uneasy alliance until one night I had too much to drink and changed the way we were forever. Suddenly life long secrets were no longer hidden and the one thing I always wanted for myself seemed obtainable as long as I was willing to go through hell to hold onto it.

Shaw Landon was a class act and I had no idea what to do with her. She was tied to my family, tied to the person that was my other half so I tolerated her and her haughty attitude when I didn't have any other choice. What I didn't know was that a short skirt and too many cocktails on her birthday was going to change my outlook on her for the rest of my life. Some people thought I hid behind all my tattoos and piercings, that I tried to distance myself from my dead twin, Shaw saw through it all and wasn't scared of what was underneath. We weren't supposed to be together, weren't supposed to be anything but uncomfortable acquaintances but that all changed in the blink of an eye. Now I had to figure out just how a girl like her and a guy like me were supposed to be in love without destroying each other. Add in her custom made ex and two disapproving sets of parents and the whole situation sounded like it was more trouble then it was worth.

“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.” – Jay Crownover, Rule

Rule Archer is the definition of a bad boy; he is a pierced womanizing tattoo god, who makes no excuse for his behavior and lifestyle. He lives his life the way he wants to and if you don’t like it that is your problem. After the tragic death of his twin brother, Remy, his family begins to fall apart. His parents hate his appearance, his life choices and anything else they can think of. With his older brother being deployed the only buffer in the family is his twin brother’s friend, Shaw Landon. Rule has never seen Shaw as anything but his twin brother’s girl and has never even given her a second thought that is until one night changes everything.

Shaw Landon comes from a rich family, who has her life planned out for her. Her parents want her to live the American dream; be rich, successful, married, have 2.5 kids, and live in a house with a white picket fence. The problem with that is Shaw wants the one thing she has been obsessing over for the past 7 years, Rule Archer. The problem is how can she make Rule see her for who she really is, without betraying the secret Remy took to his grave.

I adored Shaw and fell in love with Rule. There is just something about a man with tattoos that just does it for me. This story drew me in and would not let me go. I could not put it down, and days after I read it I was still thinking about it. I give it 4.5 stars.

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