ruleTitle: Rule
Author: Jay Crownover
Publisher: Self Published/ Indie
Publication Date: Dec 2012
Classification: New Adult Novel
Content: Mature Themes and Scenes

Summary from Goodreads:

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 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.

My Thoughts:

I have to admit I have been avoiding the New Adult genre for a long time now. I feel that the genre should have captured readers who are looking for something more adult than a YA novel but not so erotic like some adult romance novels can be. I feel like this genre should have been perfect but a lot of readers do not like books in this genre so I’m here to say that even if you have been avoiding New Adult I would check out this book because it is worth it!

The moment I started this book I really liked both Rule and Shaw. They both had such big personalities and I instantly felt I was similar to Shaw. Shaw was going to school for medicine, she was constantly trying to keep everyone in her life happy, and she wanted to find that one man who would melt her walls and bring passion into her life. I loved that Rule was a bit out of control, full of angst, covered in tattoos and had a bad boy vibe without really being a bad person. I loved that the two would interact with fire and attitude. I enjoyed that they both felt like real people with real life problems.

The story itself was another element to like of this book. I was taken with the romance because the characters had to suffer for what they wanted with one another. Real life isn’t easy and sometimes the road to happily ever after is messy and I liked that these two were so compatible but that they had their ups and downs. I like that it wasn’t always easy for them but life is never easy when you are fighting for something you want in life. I also enjoyed the emotional aspect of the story due to both of their pasts being a big mess. Both of them had family issues to work through and I will admit that I was crying at certain points from the heartbreak that these two had in their life.

Overall, I felt this was a great story and I was literally glued to the story and read it in about 24 hours. I’m not saying it was perfect because there were a few cheesy lines and a few editing errors but overall it was just a read that let me relax and enjoy the ride.



  1. People have strong feelings about New Adult. I just try to weed through the cheap stuff for the good stories. This one sounds good. I like that they have to ride the ups & downs out.

  2. I haven’t fully jumped on the New Adult bandwagon either. Glad to hear that this one helped convince you about the merits of this new genre. All it takes is one, right?

  3. Wow. I’m glad this was such an early hit for you. I’ve had it on my Kindle forever, but haven’t been in the mood for it yet. But next time I’m feeling a straight-up NA romance, this will be it! Great review ;)

  4. This one is on my wishlist. I am not a fan of contemporary YA, cannot do the whole high school scene but I do enjoy the occasional NA. Rule and Shaw sound interesting! Great review

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