Title: Better When He’s Bad (Welcome to the Point, #1)
Author: Jay Crownover
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 17, 2014
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.
5+++ “Give Me A Bad Boy” Stars!
“There’s always a choice, Copper-Top. Sometimes it takes balls to make the wrong one and deal with the fallout, but there is always a choice.” ~Bax
Well, Jay Crownover….
You sure stepped up your game with this one. Damn! “Bad boys, bad boys! Watcha gonna do when they come for you?”
I’ll tell you what I would do…..
Don’t judge! Read this book. You’ll end up doing the same. ;)
Better When He’s Bad is book one in Jay Crownover’s new series entitled Welcome to the Point. I am a huge fan of this author and love her Marked Men series, but; holy shit on a stick, this book was at a whole new level. I absolutely loved it! This author has weaved an enticing tale about an anti-hero from the wrong side of the tracks. He lives a hard and fast life in a dark and criminal world and makes no excuses for the choices he has made. In fact, he revels in them. So what happens when a sweet girl falls for the bad boy, one who is bad to the bone?
At the heart of this story is The Point, a fictitious inner city created by Jay Crownover that is dark, grim and full of people who have had to make some very hard choices. It is survival of the fittest, he fastest and the smartest. Twenty-three year old Shane “Bax” Baxter has been raised in the Point. His hard childhood and brutal entrance into adulthood was steeped in blood, emotionless voids, poverty and violence. Bax is a man who has been molded by his circumstances. He is a criminal. A thief. He is who he is and he ain’t about to change for anyone. Bax has just finished a five year prison sentence. With his confinement now behind him, Bax is wanting answers as to what actually happened that fateful night. He is determined to get to the bottom of things and he will do anything to get those answers and absolutely no one will stand in his way. But, what Bax encounters is not the hard-edged opponents drenched in as much violence as he is but instead someone full of sweet-natured goodness whose softness will only serve to get her eaten alive by the sharks, with Bax being the most dangerous of those sharks.
Twenty year old Dovie Pryce is no stranger to the school of hard knocks. She hasn’t exactly lead the easiest life; however, for some reason, Dovie has managed to rise above all the harsh circumstances and cling to the good life has to offer. She tries her best to live a life where she gives back and helps others. When her half-brother barged into her bubble, Dovie’s situation finally went from one of bleakness to hope. She now had someone who loved her and looked after her. But, now her brother has gone missing and she has no idea where he went. The only person who she believes may have the answers and can help her is someone her brother considered a friend. A sexy and dangerous ex-con who induces emotions from Dovie that are better left in the dark.
“Are you scared of me?” His voice was scratchy.
I met his gaze steadily in the glass. “Terrified.”
His chin dipped in a little nod of acknowledgement. “Do you trust me?”
I saw a shadow flit across that midnight gaze. He lifted a knuckle and rubbed at the blood smeared across his face. “You going to bed with me?”
I sucked in a hard breath through my nose. I wanted to look away but he wouldn’t let me.
Matters progress into the complicated realm between Bax and Dovie. There is no hiding the fact that Bax is as ruthless as he is deadly and he is not about to transform into the “good guy” professing his undying love for the heroine promising to leave his criminal ways behind him all for the throes of passionate love. But at the crux of it all is the fact that Dovie sees him for exactly who he is and she accepts him. There is no “good girl who changes the bad boy for the better” story arc here. In spite of all the darkness that consumes him, all his flaws, Dovie embraces Bax and simply understands that he is a man that lives by his own rules and has formed his own moral compass along the way. She may be the light to his dark, but Dovie is not disillusioned enough to believe that Bax will be her knight in shining armor. Dovie is as tough and capable as they come and she has just enough sass and strength to stand together with Bax and hold her own.
“That was what undid me about him. He was unpredictable, he was a criminal, he was hazardous to my sanity, but when he held me when I couldn’t sleep and he touched me like I would break. It was an intoxicating combination that I was having no luck in fighting.”
Shane/Bax’s character is brilliantly written. I became as enthralled and taken with him as Dovie was. I absolutely adored the duality of Bax’s character. On one hand you have Bax, the brutal criminal who does what he has to do to survive. On the other hand there is Shane, this is the guy with the softer edges. He is still just as dangerous and raw as Bax but when he is around Dovie he is able to be tender and show a more caring side. Both men are loyal to a fault. Both men would sacrifice themselves for those they love.
“She was like some kind of balm that made all the ravaged and torn pieces of my soul feel less raw.”
“She was like some kind of redemption I never even realized I needed until we collided into each other’s lives.”
“It’s just me, little Dove, no more no and no less.”
Dovie was someone who broke through all the torn and rough surfaces that made up Bax. She did not expect white picket fences, nor did she even want to get tangled with someone like Bax to begin with. But there was no denying their connection. There was also no denying the fact that Bax stoked fires within Dovie and set them ablaze. She went in with eyes wide open and was willing to walk the broken pathways of life with Bax so long as she was not the only one taking the chance. The difference being that Dovie wanted Bax to be strong enough to see himself as more that the bad choices he has made. She wanted him to take a chance on a life that was so much more than the bad. As Dovie and Bax get closer to discovering the hidden truths about her missing brother and all that was behind Bax going to prison, will Bax give up all he has begun with Dovie? The stakes are higher and there is so much to lose.
Better When He’s Bad is one of those books that hooked me in, sucker-punched me, and had me completely enthralled. This shadowy new underground world that Jay Crownover has created is complex, raw, gritty and unquestionably riveting. I am whole-heartedly addicted and am now anxiously awaiting the next book which is about Race, Dovie’s brother.
“So you wanted to call me, which means you didn’t?”
“Dovie, I only ever call chicks to hook up, not to chitchat, so yeah, I didn’t call you because I wanted to.”
She giggled a little because I ran one of my hands down her front and circled her belly button with my index finger. I wanted to lick it and put my mouth on every inch of her, but I had to work on getting her as naked as I was first, and it seemed like all she wanted to do was catch up.
“You didn’t want to hook up?”
She actually sounded concerned. I groaned and grabbed one of her hands that was still on my chest and wrapped it around the erection standing like a pillar between us.
“What do you think?”
She pulled her bottom lip between her teeth and I groaned again. She was killing me with all her innocent seduction. “I don’t want to want this, Bax.”
Her voice was just a whisper of sound as I popped open the button on her jeans and got a hand under the waist of her panties. I raised both my eyebrows at her, because as she said it, she started to move her hand up and down the straining length of my cock.
“I was going to let you study. I was on my way to the shower.” She whimpered when my finger hit its target, and she lifted up a little on her knees to give me better access. She bent over so she could put her mouth on mine. I let her use those full lips and that clever tongue to kiss me until I was ready to roll her on her back and shove into her, whether she was ready for me or not. Between the soft glide of her hand up and down, and the pull and drag of her mouth over mine, this was bound to be over before she realized what she started. She pulled up and I immediately attached my mouth to the tip of her breast. I rolled the little pebble of pleasure across my tongue while she continued to work me over with her delicate touch.
“It was going to happen anyway. I almost jumped you in the car when you picked me up from school. I hate it. You make me feel out of control.”
Her words were punctuated with a squeeze at the base of my dick that made me grunt in surprise. I needed to get her pants off and get inside of her, like yesterday.
“Being out of control isn’t always a bad thing.” I tried to lift her up and off of me but the couch was narrow and she refused to let my erection go. I was pinned under her and captivated by those moss- colored eyes. She suddenly climbed to her feet and let me go. I thought she was going to shimmy out of her baggy jeans and climb back on my lap so we could get down to business and I could make her forget all about not wanting to want this, but instead she dropped to her knees in front of me.
About The Author
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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