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Rule (Marked Men #1)

4.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  77,909 Ratings  ·  4,983 Reviews
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
ebook, 432 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published December 30th 2012)
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Mariah I wouldn't characterize it as sensitive but passionate. It is not something you want to be reading at church or at family events because it is has…moreI wouldn't characterize it as sensitive but passionate. It is not something you want to be reading at church or at family events because it is has it's R rated moments but none are unnecessary. They are just the right amount. (less)
Jessica Sometimes, but mostly it's just a love story—or the development-of-love-type story.
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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
Emily May
Jan 03, 2014 Emily May rated it did not like it

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
Tough Critic Book Reviews
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
"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
Jenny Levine
Jan 17, 2013 Jenny Levine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition



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
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
Feb 28, 2013 kristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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
Feb 25, 2013 Tina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, kindle
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 t

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 heroine a
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
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.
NiCoLeTa E.
All right!!! That book was freakin' A.W.E.S.O.M.E.!!!!

I'm so glad that i read it, but so sad that i didn't do it earlier!!!
Oh, my Gosh!!! That book was mind blowing...

I thought i was about to catch fire when Rule and Shaw were together in the same room, even though the things between them didn't seem so good in the beginning!!!
But what i liked more than the sexiness and the steamy hot atmosphere was all the background story and not only that...

Did i mention that i love Rule???? Or that i love
Pearl Angeli
I picked this book out of so many New Adult books in my tbr because it seems promising. And seriously, I love books that are with male protagonists with sexy, bad-boy image. Given the fact that this book also has high ratings, why not?

Rule is the first book of Marked Men series. We get to be introduced by the sexy, tattoo artist named Rule here-- a guy who grew up with family issues because of the tragic history that happened to his twin brother Remy. Then there is this girl named Shaw, a medica
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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
Feb 21, 2013 ♥Rachel♥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Smitten's Book Blog

(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
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
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
Aug 24, 2013 Mo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.
Lisa Jayne
Jan 31, 2013 Lisa Jayne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 12, 2014 Wendy'sThoughts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 04, 2013 Bayli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Actual rating: 0.5/5 disappointing star

In my opinion, the main characters, aka Rule and Shaw, had way too much more conversations in bed during sex than anywhere "normal." Typically that doesn't bother me in New Adult books, but this one definitely goes out of control on those scenes. Believe me, you'll find they were having another forbidden fruit every a few(like, two) chapters since they experienced their first time from chapter 5. The biggest problem about the whole book is its l
Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*
Buddy-read with the lovely Future-Gurl, for December 10.

Apparently I am accidentally obsessed with NA novels that's Love Interests remind me of Sterling Archer.....

Could it be I have a thing for the man??


Yes, THAT just happened......

Actual review, such as it were....

4 I-will-take-Rule-exactly-as-he-is Stars

DBR ALERT!!!!!!!! I almost loved an NA…..

My name is Rule Archer, and I’m here to RUIN the Vampire Ninja's opinion of herself.

I think everyone has had a crush on a Rul
Mar 03, 2014 Plamena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ro
It's just me Shelly B
Jan 28, 2013 It's just me Shelly B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-na
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
Mirjana ***Let's Sound It Out - - - Mary-On-A***

***4.5 Opposites Attract Stars***

"Rule, if this goes bad it's gonna be so, so bad."

"True, but if it's good it's gonna be so very, very good."

Before I start my review, I just want to say that I don't typically (ok, ever) do casting for books. Mainly, because I suck at it. BUT when I saw a picture of this guy, I just thought...OMG this is my Rule!!!

Alright, back to the matter at hand.

Shaw comes from a rich, well to do and politically powerful family. They expect her to live her life a certai
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.
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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.” 403 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.” 253 likes
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