Today marks Day 17 of 31 Days of #BookLove. Rather than review all 300 books I’ve read this year, I decided to share one of my favorites each day this month.



RULE (Marked Men #1) by Jay Crownover

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Indie (now William Morrow)

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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.


What I Liked:

RULE is the ultimate new adult archetype – tattooed, a womanizer, and emotionally unavailable. He’s a total bad boy to Shaw’s seemingly good girl image. At the outset of the story, they appear to be enemies. In fact, he’s pretty damned awful to her and it’s on purpose – he wants to push her away. But Shaw has always loved Rule and refuses to go. And between them is a secret and a whole lot of misunderstandings. RULE is definitely a steamy title about opposites attracting. I loved getting to be inside both POVs as these two get to know each other better, while the past unravels and a present danger presents itself. Be warned! Rule is an alpha male who can be a jerk at times, but rather than offending my feminist sensibilities (which a lot of recent “romances” do) I thought Rule was simply a real guy making mistakes and trying to figure out how to be in a relationship. He makes a few missteps, but I always felt like Shaw had her eyes open and was an equal to him. In fact, she often came across as the stronger, more mature partner in their relationship.

Like the sound of RULE? Give the author a little #BookLove. Jay Crownover tweets @JayCrownover.


BONUS: There are more novels in the Marked Men series! After finishing RULE, I had to read JET (he’s a character in RULE). I’m looking forward to ROME, about Rule’s brother, too. See the series here.



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The 31 Days of #BookLove

Day 1: BULLY by Penelope Douglas
Day 2: THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Katja Millay
Day 3: TANGLED by Emma Chase
Day 4: UNSPOKEN by Jen Frederick
Day 5: PLAYING FOR KEEPS by R.L. Mathewson
Day 6: ONE WEEK GIRLFRIEND by Monica Murphy
Day 7: WAIT FOR YOU by J. Lynn
Day 8: SIGNIFICANCE by Shelly Crane
Day 10: HER BEST WORST MISTAKE by Sarah Mayberry
Day 11: CHARADE by Nyrae Dawn
Day 13: HOPELESS by Colleen Hoover
Day 14: SEDUCING MR. KNIGHTLY by Maya Rodale
Day 15: MY UNEXPECTED FOREVER by Heidi McLaughlin
Day 16: BREAKING NOVA by Jessica Sorensen