Series: Marked Men #1
Published by Harper Collins Source: Purchased
Genres: Best Friends Sibling, Coming of Age, New Adult, Romance, Tattoos
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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.
I absolutely love this book. I wish I had found this book sooner. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series (especially since the latest book in the series just recently came out). There are a lot of things going on in this book that are right up my alley: tattooed and pierced guys, unrequited love, friends trying out a relationship, the evil ex, crazy family dynamics, and so much more.
So Shaw is my kind of girl. She hasn’t exactly had it hard in life (I mean she’s not a starving kid on the street by any means) but her family doesn’t actually treat her like a member of the family, she’s more of a possession to be used in a manner that makes them look better or gets them ahead in some way. Seriously her mother… I wanted to hit that woman. Her mother keeps pushing this guy on her, who is basically a stalker and beyond creepy, but hey he’s the son of a judge so obviously that means he is just the guy for her. It’s no wonder that when Shaw was a kid she ended up being much more of a family member to the Archer’s then she ever was to her own.
And the Archer family… oh so many words. Remy and Rule are twins, and Remy and Shaw were best friends, who everyone thought were way more than friends. Remy died before the book begins so there’s a lot of hurt and heartache going on from the very beginning of the book. Rule has completely been ostracized by his family, and his mother even goes as far as to say (just about every chance she gets) that she wishes it had been Rule who had died. It’s all super sad and tragic and your heart just constantly breaks for Rule and Shaw and really the whole family, but at the same time you really want to shake those parents and tell them to get their acts together. It’s such a great read though.
Shaw and Rule finally try things out as a couple after a drunken birthday, and oh how things change. It’s such fun watching them try to figure out how to be together. And it’s not like they are trying to be together under perfect circumstances either, Rule is faced with having to protect Shaw from her crazy ex and her family, all while trying to deal with his insane family dynamics as well. These two are completely polar opposites, which seems to weigh more on Rule’s mind then Shaw’s, so much so that he sometimes takes it to far trying to be what he believes she wants.
This is such a great story, it really has you going through so many emotions throughout the entire book. I loved the tattooed boys and a great cast of friends and family to work with for future books (I can’t wait to read about Rome). There’s action and suspense, hot and heavy scenes between the sheets, and a lot of great relationship dynamics to explore in this book. I hands down recommend this book to anyone, it’s definitely a new favorite for me.