RULE by Jay Crownover

Posted: April 7, 2014 by BA Dillon in BOYS are just BETTER in BOOKS (Romance and Indie Authors)

rule by Jay CrownoverMY HEART IS FULL OF LOVE!

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When scrolling through my Kindle selections one rainy afternoon, I opened Rule and realized I had already read the entire story months ago. For some reason, my review never made it to the blog or Amazon. At first I was sure I had heard this story before. The hallowed virgin falls for the marked, pierced bad boy. But there is so much more to this story. Not only did Ms. Crownover give us a beautiful romance between two colossal opposites, she also created an intriguing family drama. Throw in a few suspenseful moments centering around the dead twin brother, and a different kind of romance story is born. This is Shaw and Rule’s story. Shaw Landon is the perfect person. She’s pre-med, gets superb grades, works hard, and spends a great deal of time trying to help the Archer family heal after the sudden death of Rule’s twin Remy. Rule has it in his head, that Shaw was Remy’s girl, and they he somehow failed his brother. He lives in a drunken stupor with a different girl falling into his bed every night. But Rule didn’t know Remy’s secret, and doesn’t know that Shaw has been in love with him forever. I found myself skimming this book A LOT – because I want … no, I crave dialogue. That is where this one fell short for me. I want my characters interacting with one another. Instead, the author gives the reader most of the details needed through character thoughts and descriptions. And … this book is long. A long 432 pages is considered lengthy for a romance. The plot however, was well-framed. Many reviewers have criticized this story for being “the same old story.” The romance of the story is typical. Rich girl falls for bad boy, but the family drama, and the inclusion of Rule’s family helped this story seem different. The characters are well developed, and are surrounded by an exceptional supporting cast. At first, I thought there were too many supporting mates – but I love how they all compliment Shaw and Rule’s character traits and flaws. The physical relationship that develops is steamy, but it’s their love story that’s pretty special. Rule and Shaw are now one of my favorite power couples. Apart their characters barely sizzle, but together they are a force to be reckoned with.

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