Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Rule by Jay Crownover

Rule by Jay Crownover
Release Date: December 30, 2012
Publisher: Jay Crownover Books

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.  - Goodreads.com

This was a really great find.  I'm not sure how I uncovered this book, but I'm so glad I did.  It's definitely a New Adult title, as there is some steaminess to this book, but that's A-Okay with me. I loved it.

The characters in this story were so well developed.  I loved Shaw...loved how she worked so hard to keep a family together that isn't really even her family.  But her own is so undesirable that I can't blame her for grasping onto the Archers so much.  I loved how they treated her as one of their own due to her relationship with Rule's dead brother.  And this is the crux of the whole story.  Rule is treated like a visitor in his own home.  His family doesn't approve of him, his looks or anything about him.  I loved that he was a bad boy, but he had a uniqueness to even the bad boy persona.  He wasn't just a bad boy who was tattooed but also mohawked.  I kept thinking of Puck on Glee.  Aside from looks though, I just loved this guy, loved his struggles, love how he falls for Shaw.  He is who he is because he had to be an individual buried next to a twin brother, and an also an older brother.  I liked how the author gave him a reason for wanting to individualize himself more from his brothers.

His relationship with his family broke my heart, and I love how Shaw did everything she could to help alleviate that, make peace, and bring Rule back into the family.  All the while, she has parents who treat her like she's never good enough, and have a very distinct idea in mind for what she should be like, who she should date, and what she should make of herself.  With these issues going on, it was very rewarding to see Rule and Shaw find, together, an acceptance.

This was an emotional and thought-provoking book...much more than what the cover or even the summary reveals.  I devoured it very quickly.  Excellent writing. 




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