Rule (Rule #1) by Jay Crownover ✰✰✰✰✰


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.

Recommended for mature readers due to sexual content, language and drinking.

My Casting

  • Rule
  • Shaw
    (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 need to mention… the typos are appalling. Lol. There are spelling errors, sentences that run on and on and with no punctuation and words inserted where they shouldn’t be. But I hear that there is an edited version coming out, and if you can ignore it, this is a fantastic read! It’s worth ignoring the grammatical mistakes.

Aaaah, Rule Rule Rule. Hot, tattooed-to-within-an-inch-of-his-life, pierced, angsty badass. Aaaand there’s the small matter of the apadravya! (Don’t know what that is? Get your ass on Google right now!) *fans self*
Rule lives his life making sure he is the exception to the rule, ‘A generalized statement that describes what is true in most or all cases’, decorating his skin with an array of colourful ink and determined to be his own man. A man that knows his own mind and is as different as different can be from his late and painfully missed, perfect twin brother, Remy.

“I don’t care what color your hair is, if you’re pale or tan, if you have makeup on or just work up all I care about is that when I look at you, you always look back and see me.”

But there is no denying, he rules in every sense of the word;
‘Slang; To be excellent or superior’ and ‘To dominate by powerful influence’, where Shaw is concerned. She’s loved him forever and just needs him to open his eyes and realise it.

“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.”

I love stories where the characters have known each other for ever and eventually get it together. There’s something about the intimacy and connection that only a complicated history can add to a relationship.

“I’ve never trusted anyone all the time. It’s the people I care about the most that always seem to do the most damage.”

Shaw was a fantastic heroine. I really warmed to her. I felt for her, where her parents were concerned, but she was still a strong, independent, intelligent female lead.

As I mentioned, you can’t not love Rule. He’s clearly chewed up over the loss of his twin brother and the break down of his family, but you can see from the beginning that there is a good man underneath all the metal, tats and brooding.

“You have to promise not to bail on me when I get lost, Shaw. You have to promise to just wait it out until I can find my way back. I need to know you’re at the end of the tunnel when everything goes black.”

Jay Crownover is fab at writing from his POV. The easy, chatty, slang and typically male take on things was brilliant to read. There was a lot of fun and comedy in the book. The dialogue was flowing and witty and, despite the typos, it all made reading this book so easy.

“I almost saw your boyfriend naked this morning.”
I laughed at the look on her face. “I don’t know what to say to that, you’re welcome?”

Shaw and Rule are polar opposites to the casual observer. She’s the angel to his devil and the light to his dark. But underneath, they have more in common than even they realise.

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


The book is super hot and the sexual chemistry between Shaw and Rule is scrumptious!

“Tell me why when we do this it’s so much different than whenever I’ve done it before.”

Surrounding characters were great. I adored Rome and hope he features in future books, and I can’t wait to read about Jet and Ayden. You could feel the author building the extended cast to set each of them up for their own stories and I love that.

And to finish, I have nothing more to say other than… Best closing line ever! So Rule!

Look at me being all optimistic and shit.
Remy would be so proud.


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