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Sometimes opposites don’t just attract – they catch fire and burn the city down

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.

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Fly Girl’s Review:

So NicuNurse and Teresa have been trying to get me to read Jay Crownover’s work for quite some time.  I finally gave in to the audible book of Rule, the first book in her Marked Men series.  It was not what I expected at all.

I’m used to soft loving romances with language you could hear come from a parent or grandparent.  This one however is down and dirty with nitty-gritty prose that makes you feel like you intruded on your daughters date.  OK, maybe that was a little harsh.  Truthfully though, this book seemed more real than anything I’ve read or listened to in a long time.  It was two real people being taped and interviewed in a sense.  Normally we expect there to be this happy, wedding day bliss somewhere in the story.  She does not give that to you.  It’s emotionally honest with love and trepidation along with irritation and acceptance mixed in.  I felt like I was drug through the mud behind a car and ended up standing through the car wash to become a welcome passenger at the end.

Enough said on the emotional turmoil this one created inside me.  I loved it, I think because it was so different and from what I’ve heard the rest of her books are very similar.  Some call them dark, I call them real.  Truthfully, Rule seems like any kid today dealing with heartache and loss that can’t just be pushed aside, but requires lots of acceptance and understanding of the changes going on inside of themselves.  There was also a lot of self-discovery involved in this story on both sides.  Rule and Shaw had a lot of their own demons to work on and really needed one another to do it.  They each were willing to say the hurtful, but truthful things the other needed to hear to really look deep within themselves.  Going through all that together made them closer and more accepting of each-others faults.  This allows for a real HEA at the end.

Although this is standalone in the series, I think reading each book in the series in order will make them all a little bit better, so I highly recommend you start this series and see another way of writing a real romance.  Now if I can just find time to get Jet off my TBR pile.  One last thing, remember your friends can make good recommendations once in a while.

5 of 5 Propellers

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Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, the Point Series, the Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.