Better When He's Bad

Jay Crownover
Better When He's Bad
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William Morrow
Release Date
June 2014
Book 1 of Welcome to the Point
Action/Adventure Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

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.

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Jun 16, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
137 people found the following review helpful
Five "bad is better" stars! I love it when an author can make an otherwise dark character a worthy romantic hero. Jay Crownover does that, and so much more, in BETTER WHEN HE'S BAD, the debut novel for her new series, Welcome to the Point. Seriously blending the lines between right and wrong, this book proves that sometimes true love is neither black nor white, but really something much closer to turn-your-world-upside-down gray!

Shane Baxter ("Bax") is a delinquent who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a fictional town named The Point. Raised by a single-mother, who is a drunk, he never had much growing-up. Eventually, he turns to the streets for financial support and earns his money hijacking cars and participating in illegal street races and underground fights.

Before long, his reputation as the most ruthless thug around attracts the attention of the most evil man in town, Novak. Interestingly, Bax and Novak have a long history, and while Novak initially refused to acknowledge Bax, Novak eventually comes to see him as his legacy. With such a crucial role envisioned for him, Novak, the kingpin of the local gang, will stop at nothing, including destroying everything in his path, to control Bax.

We first meet Bax fresh out of the penitentiary, where he served a five-year term for stealing a very high-end car and running away from the police. He's not out more than a few hours when his old gang finds him and gives him a welcome beating and an unwelcome message: Race, his best friend and the man he went to jail to protect, has gone missing.

Bax immediately starts looking for Race, but instead finds his sister, Dovie Pryce. Dovie is an enigma to Bax. Notwithstanding her similar beginnings, she is pure and good and even works to help others. Eternally grateful to Race for saving her from a bad foster home, she is also determined to find save him. Given that Race told her to trust no one except for Bax, she will do anything to enlist Bax's help. Of course, Bax initially wants nothing to do with Dovie. Not only is she a hindrance to his mission, but he's not even sure what he will do with Race once he finds him, as he suspects that Race may have been the one to set him up the night he landed in jail.

Although initially scared, it doesn't take long for Dovie to see what no one else can: that "Bax" is also part "Shane", and the irresistible combination of bad and evil lead to an mix that she just can't stay away from. Soon the sparks start to fly as Bax and Dovie join together to find Race. But can a good girl like Dovie ever truly hold on to a guy who is more evil than good? Moreover, as the chess game draws to a close in the mystery behind what led to Bax's jail time and why Race is hiding out, can Dovie remain safe and play a role other than as a pawn?

Nash, in the Marked Men series, was my first Jay Crownover read and it was a five-star experience for me. So I knew I just had to read BETTER WHEN HE'S BAD as soon as I heard about it. Well, imagine my surprise, when I found that BETTER WHEN HE'S BAD was even better! I was so engrossed in both the fantastic suspense and the incredibly titillating romance and passion in this story that I devoured it from start to finish!

What an amazing story that proves that life is not clear cut, and that sometimes the best in life can come from what many cast off as the worst. Thank you for the fresh perspective, Jay Crownover! I love it when authors are willing to risk writing an out-of-the-box story! These are the stories that keep me reading! I can't wait for Better When He's Bold, the next book in the series!
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