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Rowdy Character Tour: Interview With Rule

Shaw Interviewing Rule

She knows how much he hates doing stuff like this so she keeps trying to distract him by crossing and uncrossing her legs and twirling her hair around her finger. He’s onto her tricks though so he taunts her back by flicking the tip of his tongue over the ring in his lip and by leaning closer to her and rubbing the tip of his nose against her ear while he whispers dirty things in her ear.

Shaw moving a few inches away with a laugh: Do you think if you had known how I felt about you when we were younger it would have changed anything? Would you have done things differently?

He sprawls out and narrows his eyes at her: Are you asking me if I would have stopped being a perpetually horny and ridiculously stupid teenaged boy? Uh-no. I was angry at the world and selfish with it. If I had known you had a thing for me back then I probably would have done something seriously stupid and ruined any shot we had had at something later on down the road. I wasn’t ready for you then, I have to work at being a man that’s good enough to be ready for you know, but its work I’m happy to put in every day for the rest of our lives.

Shaw tilts her head to the side and considers him silently: What’s your biggest fear?

He sighs and lifts his hands to run them over his shaved head. He hasn’t had his outrageous hair for a while now and anyone that knows him well knows that’s a sign things in his life are changing and his hair often reflects that.

Rule: Being responsible for anyone other than myself. Having someone I care about rely on me is terrifying. I’m always worried I won’t be good enough. You’ve helped with that and now I think I’m ready for…

He trails of and their eyes meet as they share a secret smile.

Shaw nods and reaches out to pat his knee: You are so ready. It’ll be fine, we’ll all be fine. A lot has changed or is changing around us and it seems to be happening so fast. What’s been the best moment you’ve had with someone that isn’t me? What stands out the most?

Rule: Watching Rome be a dad has been pretty cool. It’s crazy how he lets Cora boss him around all the time and I love RJ.

A soft smile crosses his face and it makes Shaw put a hand up to her heart.

Rule: I dunno. Having all my friends fall in love and find girls that are perfect for them is pretty sweet and so was opening the new shop with Nash. I like the way things seem to have fallen in place for everyone even if it took some work to make the pieces fit.

He reaches out and snags a piece of her long whitish-blonde hair: That’s not a fair question though. All my absolute favorite moments always have you in them, Casper. You know that.

Shaw: Did any of the women that your friends ended up with surprise you? Like I know when we first started hanging out Jet and Nash were stunned that I was the only girl that got to spend more than one night in your bed and Rome threatened to hurt you if you hurt me.

He chuckles at the memory: Not really. Jet needed someone strong enough to fight through all that emotional baggage he was hauling around because of his folks yet soft enough to see how really sensitive he can be. Ayden has a core of steel but a delicate touch so that was a no brainer. Rome needed someone that was as much of a warrior as he was and someone that would never, ever be scared of him so it had to be Cora. Nash and Saint both have really fragile souls and I thing together they make each other stronger, they make each other appreciate their own greatness. I didn’t think he would have made it through Phil’s passing without her and I don’t think she would have ever let herself love if it hadn’t been for him…There is always something about a girl that you used to know. Rowdy and Salem make absolute sense the instant you see the two of them together and Asa….Never has a man had to work so hard to get to place where he deserves a woman like the one he has. On paper some of them might not make sense but when you see them…and us together there is no doubt we are all with exactly who we should be with no matter what anyone else has to say about it.

Shaw: I agree 100%. Like Phil told Nash, love is not negotiable and it doesn’t have to make sense to anyone else. So you asked me what my favorite memory of Remy was and I’m going to ask you the same thing as my last question. What’s your favorite memory of your twin brother?

It’s hard for him to talk about Remy even after all this time. Those pale blue eyes frost over like glass on a winter day and his voice drops an octave: It’s gonna sound weird but sometimes I miss looking at him and seeing a normal version of myself. Like what I would have been if I hadn’t gotten into the ink and the metal. Sometimes I would look at him and think “That’s who I would be if I was normal” but I wasn’t normal. I was always just me and without Remy all I was ever going to be is me there was never going to be a shot and anything easy with him gone. It’s hard to explain.

She gets up and moves so that she can sit on his lap. He wraps his arms around her waist one of his hands splayed wide on her rounded belly as she rests her head on his shoulder.

Shaw: All you ever need to be is you and easy is boring.

Rule: Yeah?

Shaw: Yeah.

Rule: Are we done now?

Shaw laughing: We’re done.

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Rule and Shaw


ROWDY Synopsis

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with this sizzling, sexy story of love, heartbreak, fate, and second chances.

After the only girl he ever loved told him that he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and set out to live up to his nickname. A good ol’ boy looking for good times and good friends, Rowdy refuses to take anything too seriously, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Burned by love once, he isn’t going to let himself trust a woman again. But that’s before his new co-worker arrives, a ghost from the past who’s suddenly making him question every lesson he ever learned.

Salem Cruz grew up in house with too many rules and too little fun—a world of unhappiness she couldn’t wait to forget. But one nice thing from childhood has stayed with her; the memory of the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who’d been head over heels in love with her little sister.

Now, fate and an old friend have brought her and Rowdy together, and Salem is determined to show him that once upon a time he picked the wrong sister. A mission that is working perfectly—until the one person that ties them together appears, threatening to tear them apart for good.

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October 22
Smut Book Club-Rule

October 23
Wolfel’s World of Books-Shaw

October 24
Kimberlyfaye Reads-Jet

October 25
A Bookish Escape-Ayden

October 26
Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews-Rome

October 27
Red Hot + Blue Reads-Cora

October 28
Black Heart Reviews-Nash

October 29
Cocktails and Books-Saint

October 30
Holly’s Red Hot Reviews-Rowdy

October 31
The Book Avenue-Salem


About Jay Crownover

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She also introduced the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this last summer starting with BETTER WHEN HE’s BAD. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.



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129 thoughts on “Rowdy Character Tour: Interview With Rule

  1. Deyanira Camacho

    FLOVE all things Jay!!! I´ve read all her books and keeping Rowdy for my bday this weekend!!! The interviews are OUT of this world!! :)

    1. Deyanira Camacho

      And oooh got 4 tats all over my body,hahaha (ribs, hip, foot, wrist!!) and my next one will be a phoenix in the middle of my back to represent my move to another country and so many other ways I can rise from the ashes

  2. Lula

    I have 2/3. I have two in my back, in the middle of my pales, that looks like 1… It’s a quote with a wings. And then I have my pretty fresh one, a beautiful peacock feather in the vamp!!

  3. Victoria

    I absolutely love this series!! I loved all of the Marked Men but I have to say that Rule will always be the number 1 Marked Man of my heart :)…

    And to answer your question, yes I have two tattoos..one on my lower back and another on my thigh… I’m planning my next two: one behind the ear and another on my wrist :)

  4. Wendy Bree

    Yes! In fact I have 5 tattoos and plan on getting more. My first is located on the back of my neck, I have a script tat on the right side of my ribcage, 1 on the top of my left foot and the beginning of a leg piece on my right foot to mid-calf, front and back.

  5. Kristina L.

    I have 5 tattoo’s, 1 on each wrist Amor on 1 and a butterfly with a lily and my son’s initial on the other wrist. A dragonfly on my left hip, and a huge floral and bird piece on my back and neck with my wedding date. Getting a new one next week and dandelion with black silhouette birds on my inner arm.

  6. Pamela

    I have zero tattoos, I want a few though, I have a drawing of a baby elephant holding a balloon with its trunk. That would be my first. I just have not figured out where to put it. I love all things Jay, love her series and everything. Her ladies are no pushover and I finish all her books saying “Man, I wanna hang out with them soooo bad” That to me, tells me she has done something amazingly right.

  7. Kristy Petree

    I have tattooed eyeliner. That’s it. I don’t have any traditional tattoos because my tastes change frequently and I don’t to regret something! :) Thanks!

  8. Laura Myers

    I have a few tattoos but my favorite is the scooter shift sequence on my left wrist <3 Next up will probably be a cattoo.

  9. Laura Davis

    I don’t have a tattoo, but I want one! I want an infinity sign on my rib cage with my child’s name & my zodiac sign on the back of my neck. I have to be careful with the placement because I work with kids.

  10. Sara

    I have a few tattoos from my shoulder, chest, lower back, up and down my arm, wrist, finger, knee to ankle and on the tops of my feet. I’d like to get my ribs done and finish my whole arm in a full sleeve and my lower leg in a half sleeve. Little by little it’ll get done.

  11. Candice N.

    I have 13 tattats and plan on many more. My next will be a cover up on my inside left ankle. A traditional dagger rose combo. I love these books because they feature real tattoo lifestyle and the kind of people that I enjoy. Jay is an awesome writer and lady all around!

  12. Pam

    I don’t have any tattoos but I’ve thought about getting one. My problem is I can never make up my mind about what kind of design I might want.

  13. Renery G.

    I don’t have one. Yet. I want to get one on my wrist and probably my pelvis. But I’m pretty determined to get one. Especially the one on my wrist.

  14. Karen

    wow awesome Giveaway!!!! I love a marked men’s series!!! Jay you are a talented writer I can’t wait to read rowdy this weekend!!!!! You rock!!!

  15. Lisa

    I have no tattoos..but I am planning on getting a memorial tattoo in honor of my Grandmother who passed away 2 years ago. It will be a rose inside a sacred heart.. I have the idea in my head I just now have to get it onto paper. Cant wait tho!

  16. Rebecca

    I don’t have a tattoo but I really want one. I’m just not sure what I want to get. It’s a big decision so I want something that I won’t regret.

  17. Ashley Williams

    I have 7 tattoos. One on each foot, one on each wrist, one on each shoulder blade and one on the top of my right shoulder. Getting one for my daughter between my shoulder blades/back of my neck soon!

  18. sonia

    I have an S with stars around it on my left hip and me and my mam are gonna get a tattoo for New Years can’t wait!!

  19. Jennifer O'Connell

    I don’t have any tattoos. I am afraid that I would regret what I picked, I have yet to find something that is perfect for me.

  20. Missy

    I don’t have any tattoos ~ Ever since my Dad got real sick & passed away, I donate blood since it is an odd type, they won’t let me donate for a year if I get a tattoo which I think is crap! I love the Marked Men series, would love to win a copy of Rowdy :)

  21. Dawn

    2 tattoos, but one is rather big and people say it counts for like six ;) I want more!
    And I LOVE this series! The Marked Men are hot and just big softies on the inside

  22. Brandi Defries Swendt

    Congrats on your release. Love these guys! Rule was my first read s into this genre, making me a book junkie.

  23. Brandi Defries Swendt

    I’ve got 6 tattoos. My most lived one is, a memorial tat on my wrist in memory of my Kenna who past in 2008.

  24. Irma Jurejevčič

    I have 7 tattoos and I’m damnet! I still want some more. I have one on my ancle, 2 on my arm, one on my back, one on my writ, one on my finger and one behind my ear! I love them!

  25. Patrice Jamie

    I have 3 tattoos. Back right shoulder, outside of my Right calf & and a big one between my shoulders. I also want a full sleeve and my left side. I’m going to start working on that one soon.

  26. Kali McQuillen

    I have a tattoo on my left upper arm. I got it like 25 years ago, it was a rose bloom but it looks like a monkey sitting on some leaves now lmao

  27. Taylor Irvin

    I have a ton of Tattoos, 2 on my hands, on both of my wrist, across my shoulders, my whole back, stomach, and 3 on my feet!!! Most are Ruins, words of in couragement , book quotes, wings on my back, a fairy on my lower back, and my husbands name . I see more in my future!

  28. Suzanne Edwards

    I have a pretty sunflower on my hip I got 15 years ago on my 25th birthday. I also have an iris on my outside right ankle. I think I’m done inking my skin, though. I really enjoy fine men showing off their ink! Thanks for the chance :)

  29. jessica Q

    This is kinda embarassing but I have lips tattooed on my butt. Now, my next tattoo will be something muchhhhh better. I think maybe cherry blossoms.

  30. amy wiater

    I have no tattoos but I am planning my first one on my wrist that will look like ivy that reads my kids initials and birthdays, so yeah I want everyone to see it

  31. Amanda E

    I have four tattoos! I have a heart with a rose in the middle on my right foot. A mushroom on my left ankle. Three star outlined on my right hip and a butterfly on my back.

  32. Beth

    I’m in love with the Marked Men! In fact I want one of my own! Thanks Jay for making such memorable characters!!

  33. Courtney S

    I don’t have any ink YET, but I’m planning my first piece. It’s going to be a small tribute piece for my aunt that passed from liver cancer. I haven’t figured out where to get it yet.

  34. Aisling Mulholland

    I don’t have any tattoos, but I really, really want one. I would love to get something on my ribcage, something colourful and catchy like a sparrow done in watercolours :)

  35. Mel

    I don’t have a tat now. But I want one. I want a sun (a version of a sun by me)
    I want it green and black, in the middle of my back!
    And I know that when I’m gonna start with this tatoo, his not gonna stay alone too long..

  36. Kelsey Gage

    I have my entire inner left forearm done, one on my right shoulder blade, one on my neck, one on my right lower leg, and a large piece on my chest. I have lots more planned, next up is to finish my sleeve on my left arm!

  37. Tabitha Vines

    I have 2 tattoos. One on each calf… but I have a lovely tattoo fund to work on the others my next is a phoenix on my calf and I can’t wait!

  38. Andreea Vigh

    For now I have one tattoo on my left shoulder, a fallen angel, and next month I will get two more for my arms and my big plan is for the next year it will be a Grim Reaper in the middle of my back.

  39. Rachel

    I have 2, a dolphin by my pelvic bone and
    batman insignia over my left kidney (courtesy of my then 6 yr old)
    I want another but damn it, they hurt :)

  40. Kimberly Plummer

    I have 6. One on my right wrist, one on the side of each leg, 2 on the back of my neck, and one on my lower back.

  41. Angelina

    I have 11 tattoos and will eventually get more added! Not sure when will enough but I can’t help it!!! I love them. My husband has full sleeves which is totally hot, btw!

  42. Marcia W.

    I do have a tattoo of a cross on my lower stomach near my hip I got back in HS but I want to have it turned into a star with both my daughters’ names at opposite corners. Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. Melody

    I have 3 and I want to get so many more! I have script on my ribs and my right foot, and my dad’s name on the right rib :)

  44. Ailin Olivares

    I love the Marked men and especially Rule. He’s sweet but hardcore at the same time.
    As regards tatoos, I’d like a lot in different placements: on my upper arm, on my leg, on my ribcage and many more!

  45. Amy M

    I have four tattoos currently, my two favorites are the memorial tattoo for my mom who passed unexpectedly last year, and my Harry Potter patronus tattoo! I have many more planned, can’t wait for them!

  46. Lindsey

    I have several tattoos. One on my lower stomache, one on my lower chest, and one on my upper hip. My fav is one I got in memory of my best friends mother who died in a car wreck when we were young.

  47. Sam

    I do have tattoos. I have one on my wrist and one right under the crease at my elbow. I have plans for one on my collar bone/shoulder next!

  48. Caitlynn L.

    I don’t have any tattoos….yet. I have a few different pieces and ideas that I’ve been drawing up and working on for awhile now. Plan on getting my first one most likely sometime next year :-)

  49. Gloria

    I have a tramp stamp that I got done a week after my 18th birthday. I have a little indian sitting on the pot, that I got because it is the excat same tatoo that my grandpa had and he got it when he was in the Korean War, I got it on his one year death date.

  50. Tina

    I have three tattoos. I have my both of my sons’ names on my left calf (done by brother in law), a phoenix on right shoulder blade, and a lily on my left shoulder blade.

  51. Jackie van der Walt

    I have four. A flying heart with my kids initials on my left shoulder blade, an angel on my left side rib cage, flowers and a dragon fly on a my right foot and a cross in memory of my Grandma on my right shoulder blade. Can not wait to get my next one :)

  52. Tamara

    Love the whole series. Can’t wait for Asa.

    I have 8 tattoos and planning to get another one as soon as I nail down the design.

  53. Amanda Adams Steward

    I currently do not have any tattoos but I do want at least one. I want a hummingbird and a hydrangea flower in memory of my mom and grandma. One of moms favorite birds was a hummingbird and grandmas favorite flower was a hydrangea.

  54. Jessica Buchanan

    I have a tattoo of a tribal rabbit with the capricorn symbal in its belly. Its for my first born son. He was born the year of the Rabbit in Chinese Zodiac and he is also a capricorn. It is located on my left calf.

  55. Lara Petterson

    Don’t have any tats but if I were to get one it would be near my ankle .. Outside or inside I haven’t decided :)

  56. Bethany Macielag

    I have one tattoo, which I had done about 6 years ago. It is a nautical star and it is located on my lower back on the right side right above my booty (lol).
    I have been wanting to get another one, which is a few black butterflies on my back right below my neck.

  57. Karise E

    I just found Jay’s books this week. Have finished Rule and started on Nash and right now, “love the one you’re with” is stuck in my head!

  58. Barrie

    After 19 years of marriage, I decided hubby was sticking around (LOL) and had his first name initial tattooed on my ring finger … no more ring … but this is cooler and permanent…like our love….awwww :)

  59. Marsha Dawson

    I do not have a tattoo but I have always wanted one. If/when I get one it will be on the inside of my wrist with a heart incorporated with the infinity symbol and my son’s initials.

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