Rule (Marked Men, #1)

Rule (Marked Men, #1) - Jay Crownover 3.5 stars“I’m not Jet so I can’t write you a song that makes you understand how important you are to me. I’m not Nash so I can’t find a building and paint you a mural that makes see that it all starts and ends with you for me. I’m a tattoo artist, I’ll probably always be a tattoo artist and I don’t know how that plays into your future or the future you have planned after school and frankly I don’t care. This is what I have to offer you Shaw and just like you let me be your first, I’m letting you be mine,”Rule Archer, the titular main character of the story is your quintessential bad boy. He’s gruff, tough, handsome, tattooed, pierced and an unapologetic manwhore. Shaw Landon is the exact opposite of Rule. She’s a sweet girl, straight-A student, rich, beautiful and Rule’s dead twin brother’s girlfriend or so they thought.To the people around them, Rule and Shaw tolerated each other. Rule thought Shaw is a stuck-up, snotty girl who's too good for him and his dead twin's girlfriend. In other words, off limits to him. But Shaw, unbeknownst to Rule, has been in love with him since she was 13. Struggling to live her life, under the shadow of her controlling parents, Shaw managed to control her feelings for Rule, never acting on it until one night.I have to say, this book is so much more than your typical NA, bad-boy-falls-for-the-good-girl story. It also about family, acceptance, expectations and forgiveness. Both Rule and Shaw struggled with expectations and both dealt with it the way they know how. And when they finally came together, they learned from each other.As a reader, I loved the emotions this story evoked. Not all of it are pretty and yes, this book definitely has all the elements of an "NA" novel--the angst, drama, jealously, etc. Surprisingly, I never felt that it was over the top. The author did a great job of exposing the motivations of each character that I was able to take all the drama and angst in stride.So why only 3.5 stars? The editing. Yeah. I'm no grammar police but I want my books well edited. It doesn't have to perfect but I would love it if I could just go through a book without mentally rearranging sentences, substituting commas with periods, etc. I'm funny that way. I know that the author did release a newly edited version so maybe if I had read that, I might have a different rating. But otherwise, my rating stands. That said, I would definitely read more from this author. I quite liked her voice and with a professional editor, I feel she can deliver a very well-rounded novel.