Title: Better When He’s Brave
Author: Jay Crownover
Series: Welcome to the Point #3
Release Date: August 11, 2015
Titus King sees the world in black and white. Right and wrong. Which is why as a teenager he left behind the only family he’d ever known to make a better life for himself. Now a police detective in one of the worst cities in the country, he can’t deny his life has turned into a million different shades of gray.
The new criminal element in The Point has brought vengeance and destruction right to Titus’s front door, and the difference between right and wrong is nothing compared to keeping those he loves alive. To add to his already strained moral compass, the beautiful and mysterious Reeve Black has made her way back to town, and she might be as dangerous to Titus as the guy trying to destroy the Point because he needs her—in more ways than one.
Reeve knows all about how ruthless this new threat to destroy The Point can be… and instead of running away, she wants to help. She has a lot to repent for and saving the city, plus the hot cop that she hasn’t been able to forget might just be the only way she can finally find some inner peace.
With an entire city poised on the brink of war, Titus and Reeve stand in the crossfire—and it will take two brave souls to fight for the ultimate love.
Jay Crownover delivers the best of The Point with Better When He’s Brave. This sexy, suspenseful, and action-packed novel was everything I’ve come to love from this incredible author and then some. I officially have a new favorite book boyfriend in The Point! Titus has totally stolen my affections with his fierce heart, rugged persona, and noble intentions. I couldn’t have imagined a better match for this hot cop than Reeve and I found myself instantly under their spell. The chemistry that Jay Crownover has orchestrated between these two is absolutely volatile. Not only do Reeve and Titus share an attraction that is heady with lust, but they also seem to possess an inexplicable deeper connection that marks them as soul mates right from the start and makes this couple deliciously combustible.
“I had never felt starved for anything in my life until my lips touched hers.”
Titus was absolutely swoon-worthy! Not only was he every bit the dedicated, loyal, and fiercely protective cop I knew he would be, but there was also an incredibly complex man underneath the badge that made my heart falter. I absolutely loved the way in which Jay Crownover unraveled this character so completely. Finding out about Titus’ past, what made him tick, and why he was so dedicated to saving the city turned out to be just the unexpected twist this story needed. The author had me feeling his pain and understanding his mission on the deepest level which allowed me to not only connect with the character but also root for him without reservation. I enjoyed seeing more of Titus’ relationship with Bax, Race and the rest of The Point crew. His point of view seemed to be the missing piece of the puzzle and Titus’ side of things really helped to solidify the feeling of family that Jay Crownover has so carefully cultivated.
“No one is like Titus. No one is that strong, that secure, that hard. He is his own law and his own army.”
Reeve took me by surprise. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about her after everything she had done up to this point in the series but Jay Crownover managed to make falling in love with this character incredibly easy. Finally understanding Reeve’s motivations, I actually connected with her and the decisions she made. Reeve’s palpable pain and reasonable grief fueled her to make the mistakes that tainted her past relationship with Titus and it was the exposure of Reeve’s other layers that really had me accepting her for who she was and realizing what a terrific match she was for the complicated cop. Reeve was feisty, brave, and at her core, unfailingly loyal and loving. Ultimately, it was her unwavering determination to be a better person and Reeve’s total and unconditional acceptance of Titus that won me over and ensured she had me full investment in her happily ever after.
“I had a sinking suspicion the wounds we were inevitably going to leave on each other were the kind that never managed to heal all the way through.”
Better When He’s Brave is not only Titus and Reeve’s story, but also a brilliant continuation of the overarching series storyline that has thus far been a gritty, thrilling ride. Jay Crownover continues to put together the pieces of the puzzle that is The Point in a way that is captivating and totally original. I can’t seem to get enough of her smart sassy heroines and beautifully bad boys. As always, the secondary characters make this story whole and I loved seeing more of Dovie, Bax, Race and Brysen. Plus we got a glimpse into Karsen, Booker, Nassir and Keelyn that has me anxious to hear their stories. Jay Crownover’s writing is raw, emotional, vibrant and at times, incredibly lyrical, effortlessly bringing Titus and Reeve’s story to life and painting an unforgettable picture of life in The Point. Better When He’s Brave is Jay Crownover’s best Welcome to the Point novel yet, and an absolute must read.
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Check out the rest of the Welcome to the Point series:
Better When He’s Bad (Welcome to the Point #1)
Better When He’s Bold (Welcome to the Point #2)