Rule (Marked Men, #1) - Jay Crownover Remy is an amazing tattoo artist and drunken womanizer. Shaw is a pre-med student with daddy’s money and class in spades. Although the title of this book is Rule, Shaw really should get equal billing. The POV is split between these two throughout. Shaw has parents that value money and public perception more than their own daughter. So when Remy, the popular football player in high school saw her struggling he swooped in to provide shelter. Bringing her home to a family that loved and wanted her around. Well everyone but his twin Rule. When Rule laid eyes on Shaw he didn’t seem that impressed. But when Shaw saw him…..

--“ I loved Remy, loved him like a brother, like the best friend and consummate protector he had been, but I loved Rule like it was my mission in life.”- Shaw

Out of high school and forming their own paths things were going well until tragedy struck. On a slippery road on his way to pick up Rule, Remy left this world. Taking a secret and leaving a family destroyed by the loss. In her grief Remy and Rule’s mother becomes bitter and angry blaming Rule for his twin brother’s death.

--“ the light to my dark. The easy to my hard, the joy to my angst, the perfect to my oh-so-totally fucked up, and without him I was only half the person I would ever be.” –Rule

Rule deals with his grief with alcohol and women. Shaw on the other hand sees a family that gave her the only real sense of love she has ever known falling apart and uses Sunday dinner as a way to keep them somewhat together. Showing up every Sunday to cart Rule to the family home, Shaw has a front row seat to a bed filled with different women and a hung over and angry Rule. And every Sunday her heart breaks a little more.

--“Families are like anything else; they take work, patience, and people willing to make it work.” –Shaw

This Sunday was special the oldest brother was home from the war after being injured. And this home coming explodes leaving Shaw to take sides and she surprises everyone, even Rule, by taking his. What happens next is a self awareness the likes of which Shaw has never felt. Done with trying to please everyone she decides to become who she wants to be ditching the uptight clothes and letting herself free and on a drunken birthday night she finds Rule and lets it all out. Giving him what he assumed she had already given his twin years ago. What Rules thought was a bad idea is now an addiction all its own. Shaw.

--“Because 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.” –Shaw

There is so much more to this story. Great character and most of all a more realistic New Adult book. I didn’t have the perpetual eye roll I tend to have while reading this new category of books. Which believe me happens a lot!

--“Things weren’t always perfect. We were still two very different people on two very different paths but we always manage to take time to work it out.”-Rule

Great story, good character progression and lots of room for more books in this series!

--“Look at me being all optimistic and shit. Remy would be proud.” –Rule

4 Stars

**Given via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.