by Jay Crownover
Kindle Edition, 327 Pages
Source: Ebook - Borrowed
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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.
1st book I have read by Jay Crownover and now I am a fan. Loved this story.
The 2 main characters are Shaw and Rule. They have known each other for about 7 years. Shaw was practically taken in by Rule's family. The moment that Remy (Rule's twin brother) brought Shaw home from school at the age of 14 the Archer family all fell in love with her, except Rule. Rule never really saw her as anything other than a pain in the ass sister he never really wanted. Shaw and Remy were best friends but everyone in the family insisted that they were more than friends and Shaw was always dubbed Remy's girlfriend. But Shaw always denied it. Shaw insisted that she loved Remy with all her heart but they were not in love that way.
Remy & Rule were identical twins but as Rule got older he changed his appearance frequently. At 23 he was covered in tattoo's and sporting a Mohawk in different colors depending on his mood of the week. Shaw would pick Rule up every Sunday to have breakfast with his parents who now lived an hour away from Denver where Rule was living with his best friend Nash and where Shaw was going to college. Shaw was roommates with her best friend Ayden in the same area. Rule is a tattoo artist and Shaw is majoring in medical. Remy was the only thing that they thought they had in common.
But when Remy was taken from the family by a horrible car accident, the loss Remy's death left created a mess and through the family into chaos. Rule's Mom constantly blamed Rule for Remy's death and never really showed love to him. Shaw was secretly in love with Rule from day one and had to deal with all the bimbo's she would walk in on him with on those dreadful Sunday mornings. Shaw loved Rule's family and never stopped trying with Rule. Rule used one night stands to get by and never looked back. Rule was "Rule" and did not make excuses or apologies for what or who he was. He is also an idiot for not seeing how much Shaw loved him.
Shaw decided to be "Shaw" on her Birthday. Shaw always does what everyone else wants and just wants to be herself on her special day. She also wants Rule and decides Rule should be her birthday gift.
As the story unfolds you see how shattered all of the characters are from Remy's death as well as the way they treat each other. Shaw's family only cares about the family image. Shaw's Mom ignores her most of the time and when she is not ignoring her she is trying to run her life, which she knows nothing about. Her dad marries a woman less than 10 years older than Shaw and proceeds to tell her she cannot be seen with a tattooed and pierced boyfriend it is unacceptable. Gabe is the choice for their daughter. Gabe unfortunately is a psycho. She dated Gabe for 6 months but was never attracted to him. But Gabe does not understand that Shaw has broke up with him. He enlists her parents to pressure her to understand that they need to be together. Gabe obsessively texts, calls, and stalks Shaw , while Shaw is with/dating Rule. This is not good for Gabe's health. Gabe's dad is a very powerful judge and does not think it will matter what anyone else wants. Rule enlists his friends to help keep an eye on Shaw after Gabe threatens her. She is hardly ever alone.
Some problems occur between Shaw and Rule and Gabe gets the upper hand. Shaw is hurt pretty badly and Rule and her friends are there to help her through it.
In the end it was a beautiful and at times tragic love story. It shows how on the outside you can show the world who they expect to see but really inside you are someone completely different. Someone beautiful and possibly even better than what they perceive you to be. It points out that everyone has faults and we are all beautiful for who we are. If we can except one another and just learn to give and receive love then everything else will fall into place.
RATING: 5 STARS