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.
This book taunted me from the recommendations page of B & N and Amazon for weeks. I finally caved and bought it, if for no other reason than to get a new recommendation. I am so glad I bought it! Another great first in a series that is worth the read.
Rule is the antithesis of his name. He breaks rules at every juncture except where it counts- at work. The story is set in Denver and as a resident myself, I felt Crownover captured the essence of our city. The descriptions of the settings are dead on and this was just an added bonus to a story I was caught up in from the beginning.
The tattoo shop in Downtown Denver becomes the hub of the story and continues into the following novels as well. A tattoo shop is already rich territory for stories based only on the customers, but the focus on the artists and their personal lives is interesting as well. Those men in the books are Rule, Jet, Rome, Rowdy, and Nash. Each of them is a man worth knowing.
Shaw has known Rule since they were kids and their relationship is tenuous on a good day. They have a past wrapped around his twin brother and while it could have brought them together, it only shoved them apart. They have what seems to be insurmountable odds to overcome, but Shaw thinks Rule is worth the effort. She has to convince him and his family that he is worth it too. Not a small job at all. Their story is emotional and entertaining.
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