June 13, 2014

Review: Better When He's Bad by Jay Crownover


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jay Crownover returns with a heart-stopping new series… Welcome to the Point.
There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who’s bad . . . meet Shane Baxter.
Sexy, dark, and dangerous, Bax isn’t just from the wrong side of the tracks, he is the wrong side of the tracks. A criminal, a thug, and a brawler, he’s the master of bad choices, until one such choice landed him in prison for five years. Now Bax is out and looking for answers, and he doesn’t care what he has to do or who he has to hurt to get them. But there’s a new player in the game, and she’s much too innocent, much too soft…and standing directly in his way.
Dovie Pryce knows all about living a hard life and the tough choices that come with it. She’s always tried to be good, tried to help others, and tried not to let the darkness pull her down. But the streets are fighting back, things have gone from bad to worse, and the only person who can help her is the scariest, sexiest, most complicated ex-con The Point has ever produced.
Bax terrifies her, awakening feelings she never thought she’d have for a guy like him. But it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize . . . some boys are just better when they’re bad.

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Better When He's Bad (Welcome to the Point, #1)Better When He's Bad by Jay Crownover

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love, love, love, LOVE the first book in this new series by Jay Crownover. I am a huge fan of her Marked Men books, but I have to say that Welcome to the Point might have just become my even more favorite series. (Is that even a real sentence? Lol.)

While the men in the Marked Men series definitely walk a little on the wild side, they don't have nothing on Shane Baxter, aka "Bax" - leading man in Better When He's Bad. Bax is a street smart, bad ass, scary ex-con who knows how to handle his business. He is a criminal, and he has no intentions of changing that, even after his 5 year stay in prison. Even when he meets a girl that makes him reconsider his womanizing ways, he still doesn't feel the need to walk the straight and narrow. Dovie, the sister of his best friend, sees Bax for who he really is and is able to love him in spite of all of his flaws. She knows he's a bad boy, but also knows that while he may not be a good law-abiding citizen, he does have his own moral code and is as loyal as any person you could ever find. Plus he's sexy as hell and knows how to push all of her buttons.....all at once.

I loved how this wasn't a story about a good girl meeting a bad guy and "fixing" him. Dovie doesn't feel like Bax is broken, she knows that he does what he needs to do in order to survive. She understands him and accepts the whole package. Bax loves how innocent and untouched Dovie is, plus he realizes that she brings out a more tender and tamer side of him. They really are a perfect match in the sense that opposites attract. He brings out the bad girl in Dovie, and she brings out the slightly less bad side of him.

I speed read through this book in a day, and wanted it to go on and on. I was hooked from page one and never lost interest. I loved these characters, loved this new world, and I can't wait to read Race's story in book two. (Race is Dovie's brother and Bax's best friend) I'm not sure how it's going to be possible, but I have a feeling his story might even top this one. Thank you Jay Crownover for another amazingly addictive series!!

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About Jay Crownover:

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She will also be introducing the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this 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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