Rule by Jay Crownover

8 Feb

ImageTitle: Rule

Author: Jay Crownover

Published: December 2012

Pages: ebook

Goodreads Summary:

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.

My Rating: 4 stars

My Thoughts:

Well for starters, I really didn’t expect this book to be anything special. I thought it was just going to be like most other contemporary romances and for the most part it was…except in this one, the characters blew me away!

One thing I do need to say is that the only reason I didn’t giver this book five stars was because it was speckled with lots of grammatical errors. It didn’t really bother me too much and it didn’t take anything away from the story, I just had to reread some sentences a few times to understand their meaning.

Now, that being said, the characters in this story are what made this book so great, especially Shaw. I have read quite a few books where I have loved the heroine for being strong-willed, stubborn, and determined but Shaw took this to a whole new level. Also this was definitely the most believable good-girl-falls-for-the-bad-boy story that I’ve ever read, because neither Shaw nor Rule was the stereotypical good girl and bad boy.

Shaw loved Rule for nearly eight years, all the while he viewed her as a nuisance, but she never, not even for a second, questioned her love for him or his worth. As much as I loved Rule, sometimes I thought he was more trouble that he was worth, but Shaw was so determined to make him and everyone else see how amazing of a person he was under his bad boy persona. Again, and again she proved her strength, incredible loyalty, and absolute unconditional love for Rule no matter how he screwed up. In most books it just gets annoying when the girl just gives the boy another chance over and over again, but in this book, it’s who Shaw was. She had a crap family, who really didn’t love her, but somehow she found away to love with her whole heart, being, and soul and she chose to do so with the one person who was hardest to love and who didn’t know how to love in return.

Rule was even hard for me to like at first but it didn’t take too long for me to change my mind. And I have to admit that it was Shaw who convinced me. Every time she stuck up for Rule against his mother and father or whoever else I understood him a little more and eventually I loved him too! He was strong, stubborn, and loyal like Shaw but unlike her he didn’t know how to accept her love or to give her any in return. Throughout the book he struggled to do just that, and it was heartbreaking to see because he really couldn’t see himself the way Shaw saw him her whole life.

Both characters were incredibly deep, complicated, and passionate. They were complete opposites on the outside but they were perfect for each other. The complemented the other’s faults and made each other better, mistakes and all.

Overall, this was definitely a character driven story. It wasn’t just Shaw and Rule that made this story great but their families and friends as well. Shaw’s family was cold and unloving but Rule’s was the caring and loving and had treated Shaw as their own daughter (although they did have some major issues with Rule at first). I even felt like I really knew Remy, Rule’s brother that was deceased before this story, because the author did such a phenomenal job at making at making a relationship between the characters and the reader.

This is a must read captivating, soul-touching romance!

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