Title: Better When He’s Bad
Author: Jay Crownover
Series: Welcome to the Point #1
Release Date: June 17, 2014
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, but it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize that some boys are just better when they’re bad.
Jay Crownover won me over with those delicious bad boys of her Marked Men series. So I was thrilled at the thought of another bad boy from the queen of bad boys. If I’m being honest, those Marked Men have nothing on Shane Baxter. Bax isn’t what you’d call a “bad boy”, not by a long shot. He isn’t a sweetheart in a hot, tattooed shell, dripping with attitude. Bax is hard and raw and permanently jaded by the circumstances of his life. He has no plans of changing any time soon and I’m not even sure he could. Bax is straight up bad and I wouldn’t have him any other way.
“You don’t need anyone to show you how to be good, you’re so much better when you’re bad.”
Dovie is an awesome heroine and I think Jay created the perfect match for Shane Baxter. At first I thought Dovie was Bax’s opposite with her perceived naïveté and forgiving approach to life. She tried to see the best in people, while Bax could only see the worst. I worried how she’d handle things when shit really hit the fan, but Dovie proved to be a force all her own. Dovie is no stranger to the rough and dirty environment of the Point but she hasn’t let it change her. She is tough and refuses to back down when things get hard.
“You might not see it, Bax, but you do not exist in the world unaffected by those of us who love you despite yourself.”
Jay crafted a fabulous dynamic bringing these two damaged souls together. Not only do they complement each other, but they push each other to own who they are and live their lives unapologetically. The connection between them burned dangerously hot and I was constantly waiting for the moment when their chemistry would cause their worlds to explode. Both the quiet moments of honesty and the sarcastic back-and-forth they shared had me grinning. Once these two were forced together, no one stood a chance against them.
“I was just some girl and he was just some guy and this was the kind of life we lived in the Point. No one got a happy ending, and I should have known I was not the exception to the rule.”
This story is original, thrilling, and packed with suspense. Jay Crownover really constructed a unique storyline that held me captive from start to finish. I was intent on solving the mystery of how Bax and Dovie came to depend on one another and my brain rabidly searched for the answers behind Bax’s incarceration. Even though Race wasn’t in this book very much, I am already completely intrigued by him and I’m anxious to read his story. Better When He’s Bad is unlike any book I’ve read and I had so much fun reading this gritty and unexpected story. The Point gave me a taste of the rougher side of life and I loved every minute of it.
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Check out the rest of the Welcome to the Point series:
Better When He’s Bold (Welcome to the Point #2)
Better When He’s Brave (Welcome to the Point #3)