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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 hea...more
Kindle Edition, 327 pages
Published December 30th 2012 by Jay Crownover Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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".....opposites don't just attract they freaking catch fire and burn the entire city down"

Rule Archer:



Shaw Landon:



Shaw Landon has been part of the Archer family since Remy Archer saved her in school, brought her home and she became a constant in their lives. That significant event happened when she was thirteen years old. Now, Remy is dead but Shaw is still part of the Archer family as they all seemed t...more
Emily May

I am conducting what I'm shelving as a "New Adult (NA) Experiment". I'm going to work my way through some of the popular New Adult books and see if I can weed out the crap and hopefully find some surprising gems. Here's hoping!

Rule contains every single thing I've come to hate about New Adult. You might think it no longer possible that I could be surprised by how terrible a NA book is, I thought so too before reading this. But this book was so annoying, so offensive, so bad, it seemed as though...more
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So much potential it's almost painful...

Comma, Jay Crownover. Jay Crownover, meet comma and period.

Hopefully this will be the beginning of a beautiful, intimate relationship between you two, but until then, I'll be your biggest cheerleader. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Jay Crownover is incredibly talented with the unique gift of expressing herself through a great story. Her words are incredibly well written, but the lack of punctuation was like giving me this amazi...more
Jenny Levine



That's Rule Archer

He’s also arrogant and explosive, he treats women like crap because too many of them let him get away with it for a long time after his brother's demise, but he was doing it all locked inside this bubble that none of those who loved him could get through. He's cold and unreachable...

But then all of a sudden, there were cracks and the robot version of himself he had as a front started to fade away...

Because of one girl...

Their family buffer.

The gir...more
Can you change for someone ?

Will you ever be able to realise that the most beautiful things in life are moments?

Can you love truly love someone that you didn't like?

Well , Rule Archer CAN.



Rule is the guy that will have a one night stand with you and toss away in the morning.

"Any chick that was willing to come home how with a stranger for a night of unattached sex didn't get the right to cast judgment around, especially while they were still naked and rumpled in bed."

On the other hand Sha...more
Aestas Book Blog

*** FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED *** 4.5 stars

What an awesome book!!! My first thought after finishing it was... WHY DID I NOT READ THIS SOONER?????

Rule was one of the books I'd had on my TBR the longest without having read it. I literally bought it the day it was first released as an indie (back in 2012!!) and for whatever reason, I just never had got around to reading it. The funny thing is that I actually always thought I'd like it. Maybe I was subconsciously saving it for desperate times?? Who...more
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
4.5-4.75 Stars

Meet Rule Archer. He is my latest book boyfriend crush.

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I loved Rule like it was my mission in life. I loved him like it was inevitable…

So the first thing I noticed right away is the cover. It’s gorgeous and I could not say no to a guy who looked like that. I mean, have you seen him? He’s gorgeous! And those tattoos? Total fucking SWOON!! YUMMY. After I finished this book, I had to Google more tattooed hotties. I engulfed this book. I just couldn’t stop reading. Today was my day...more
UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

My bookish friends know that I’m not a fan of the New Adult stories. In fact, I’ve sworn you’d have to drag me kicking and screaming into this genre… There’s just way too much drama, too many misunderstandings, more angst than my head and heart can stand… The thing is, at 53 years old, I’ve lived through that pain myself, and having a 33 year old daughter, I lived through her living through it, too. Thankfully my 22-year-old girl has managed to avoid it, and my 19-year-old son has managed to ste...more

★★★☆ 3.5 Stars!

I guess this was another one of those "I liked it but didn't love it" type of books, mainly because there was so much:

Maybe my expectations were a bit too high or maybe I just wasn't really in the mood for the constant angst/tension that was happening in this book, but I wasn't as invested in the story as I was hoping to be.

Don't get me wrong; there were some definite 4 star-worth scenes. There was an interesting back story, fun side characters, alternating POV's, a feisty heroin...more
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~
I don't usually do "casting" but I couldn't resist this time.

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I didn't know what to expect going into this one, but I'm so glad I took a chance on it.

I loved Rule and Shaw. They were great characters. They were both battling some hard won demons, but managed to stay so appealing.

Rule is a hot bad boy. In some ways he reminded me of Brian from Rock Me. Tattoos artist, piercings, totally determined to live life in his own terms.

"I think it's genetically impossible not to be kind of in...more
Feb 21, 2013 ♥Rachel♥ rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to ♥Rachel♥ by: Buddy read with Bethany, Jenn & Laura
4.5 Stars

Rule was a story you pick up and don’t want to put down. I’m always drawn to a story where unrequited love is finally returned, and Shaw has been in love with Rule since she was fourteen. Adding to the excitement, is a stalker ex boyfriend who won’t take no for an answer.

I loved Rule like it was my mission in life. I loved him like it was inevitable, like no matter how many times I was shown what an awful idea it was, what a bad match we were, what a callous asshole he could be I coul...more
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100 stars!!!!






Honestly, this is one of the best bad boy meets good girl books! I recommend it to everyone. Let's all read this!

The story is all about our hero, RULE. He's every mom's nightmare. He has so many tattoos since he's also a tattoo artist himself. He dresses the part too, complete with the mohawk and crazy hair colors. He lives his life the way he wants to and that's always how it has been. Rule may look like and act like the world's big...more
Be warned: The English language will never be the same

I got up to 30% and honestly, this is my absolute limit. This thing (which I refuse to call a book) has to be deleted off the face of cyberspace or any other space that it may inhabit.

Author, you may have great ideas (that I doubt but will never know for sure, as even I'm not that masochistic to make myself finish this thing). What you obviously don't have, however, is an editor. This piece of shit 'literature' so desperately screams with th...more
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(Use necessary imagination to add appropriate piercings, tattoos, hair colour etc.)

A generalized statement that describes what is true in most or all cases.
- To dominate by powerful influence.
- Slang; To be excellent or superior

Well well well. How can you not love Rule?!

"It's genetically impossible not to be kind of in love with him when you come equipped with a vagina."

My God, this book turned me on, made me cry and made me smile! I love a book like that!

Before I go on, I...more
”Opposites don’t just attract. They freaking catch fire and burn the entire city down.”

I want to give this book more than 5 stars!!! Loved it!
Ladies and gentleman... let me introduce you to RULE ARCHER
My struggle came with the fact that Rule was complicated. He was brash, mouthy, careless, thoughtless, and often cranky and generally an insufferable pain in the ass. But when he chose to be, he was also charming and funny, artistically brilliant and more often then not, the most person in the r...more
WARNING: This story has typos. A lot. And if you're a stickler, you might not be too enthused. Oh and there's the age and years past discrepancy, Shaw supposedly met the Archer family at 13 and has known them for eight years and in the book, at present time, Shaw is 19 going on 20. Do we see the issue with the math? Yes? Okay then.

There are plenty of reviews commenting on the editing needs of this story. However, this is one of the stories where all that can actually take a back burne...more
Jennifer Kyle
4 1/2 Tattooed Stars!!!

Yes there were many grammatical errors…but I loved the story enough to see past it! (Kinda like Shaw saw past Rule’s tattoos and piercings.)

Meet Rule Archer...pierced, tattooed, explosive personality, man-whore, loyal, hard-worker, black sheep of his family and newest addition to my book boyfriend list. He was one hell of a character and I just LOVED him!!!


Meet Shaw Landon...beautiful, medical school bound, daugther of prominent parents and longtime Archer family friend. P...more
Lisa Jayne
Self confessed Romance addict here, Throwing out stars as I happily smile my way through this book. I was all kinds of in love, heartbroken and swoony with this 5 star beauty. What can be sweeter than a story about two people (soul mates) who finally find a way to make each other whole.

Meet Tattooed, misunderstand Rule and beautiful, strong shaw. A story of opposites attract and all the juicy bits in between. I loved the plot, the characters (main and supporting), the romance, the angst, the hea...more
4.5 Pierced, Tatted, Mohawked, Forever Stars

Due to my wonderful GR pals... a book called Rome came across my feed. Read the reviews/teasers and found out it was part of the Marked Men series by Jay Crownover. Being that I like to look into the source or beginning of a series even if they are stand alone... found out the first part of this group was Rule. So off I went to meet him, his family and friends.

Well, I was in for a treat. I met a fella who was tortured, hot, confident in spite of everyt...more

Really liked this one, kinda got me back onto my book

Not a big fan of too many tattoos…. But Rule worked for me.

Good solid read.
Mar 04, 2013 Bayli rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Readers that enjoy tattooed, pierced- bad boys.

Meet the tattooed, pierced, bad boy- Rule

Meet the girl that tries to be whatever anyone wants them to be, the girl that wants to be loved unconditionally the way she loves every one else... The one that has loved Rule since day 1, Shaw.

Okay. So I went through and read everyones reviews before I even read this book. I was aware that there would be a lot of errors. Well I waited until Jay had some more editing done before i bought the book.

When i saw that she had someone go...more
Why the hell did i read even most of this? SO BAD AND SO STUPID AND SUCH A BAD MESSAGE.

I am not even going to rate this, and I will deny reading it to my grave.
4.5 ‘HOT Tattooed’ stars

“...opposites don’t just attract, they freaking catch fire and burn the entire city down.”

Well...I have always said: Fuck Prince Charming...Give me a bad boy covered in tattoos!!! LOL

“My struggle was that Rule was complicated; he was brash, mouthy,
careless, thoughtless, often cranky, and generally an insufferable pain in the ass. But when he chose to be, he was charming and funny, artistically brilliant, and more often than not, the most interesting person in the roo
Amber Rose
I am giving you my heart for safe keeping

WOW. What a heart wrenching, tearing out of my chest, smiling like a creep, beautiful book. Why have I not be slapped for taking so long to read this??? I feel ashamed for not reading this sooner.

Rule, My god he has my whole heart now. I am not sure I will be able to get him out of my head. I feel sorry for my next book boyfriend cause he has a lot to live up too.

You've never wanted to be easy to love, Rule, and you make damn sure that nobody can ev...more
It's just me Shelly B
Rule is




A Man-whore...

Sexy and


"I think it’s genetically impossible not to be kind of in love with him when you come equipped with a vagina. It’s just something about all that angsty, moody swagger he has that makes you want to cuddle him up and make him feel better.”

Shaw is....



Squeaky clean....

Loving and


“So tell me how a vanilla girl like you all virgin skin and no piercings gets into a guy like Rule. From first
Lise *friends don't flag*

The storyline of this book had all of my favorite ingredients of a much-loved new adult genre book. I really liked both the H/h and the secondary characters. I had my tortured-misunderstood-sexy-tatted/pierced bad boy and an equally misunderstood female lead that was refreshingly less annoying than many female characters of this genre. The relationship development between Rule and Shaw and their back stories was engrossing enough to keep me reading; had all the makings of a 4/5 star read for me....more
4.5 Stars

I loved this book!! I really liked Shaw! She was sweet and formal on the outside, but she wanted to be corrupted by Rule on the inside. Rule is so sexy in a hardcore kind of way and I loved it. Who doesn't love a sexy moody tattooed guy that will fly off the handle whenever he feels like it?!? I know that I freaking love them!! The only problem I had with this book was how Shaw and Rule would fight over stupid little things. It was so freaking frustrating!!! Also, there was some editing...more
Kitty Kats Crazy About Books
What a shame that there were so many spelling and grammar errors because truly this book deserves to get those tweets, and that's why I'm giving it 4 and a 1/2 stars..I loved the two main characters, the story line, and damn the guy in the book was hot!! Even with the errors I'm still going to recommend this to people..Can't wait for book 2!!
"Opposites don't just attract they freaking catch fire and burn the entire city down"

This book reminded me of Rock Me by Cherrie Lynn. Straight-laced, upper class, seemingly perfect little rich girl harbors a long-time crush on a heavily tattooed and pierced, man-whore, bad boy, tattoo artist (and yes, like Brian, he has that piercing, and then some - Google 'Jacob's Ladder' piercing - go do it. OUCH!)

The problem in this story is that bad boy, Rule, barely tolerates good girl, Shaw. Having know...more
A Rock Solid 4 Stars

I'll start off by writing what everyone else who wrote a review of this book seems to be writing. The editing sucks. Big time. Run on sentences abound, commas and semi colons were often used interchangeably and the content lacked continuity at times.

That being said, this is an awesome story. There’s so much depth for a book of this length and the author managed to wrap up all of the storylines in a not too tidy but entirely believable way. We’re talking about dealing with th...more
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“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.” 323 likes
“Here’s my heart Shaw. You have it in your hands and I promise you’re the first and last person to ever touch it. You need to be careful with it because it’s far more fragile than I ever thought and if you try and give it back I’m not taking it. I don’t know enough about love to know for sure that’s what this between us is, but I know that for me it’s you and only you from here on out and I can only promise to be careful and not push you away again. Life without you in it is doable, but if I have a choice I want to do it with you by my side and I’m telling you I’m not running away from the work it takes to make that happen. Shaw I’m not scared of us anymore.” 187 likes
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