RERUN Reviews: Better When He’s Bad by Jay Crownover

RERUN Reviews: Better When He’s Bad by Jay CrownoverBetter When He's Bad by Jay Crownover
Series: Welcome to the Point #1
June 17, 2014
Genres: New Adult
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: Better When He's Bold
Also by this author: Better When He's Bold
Amazon US

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.

Rerun Reviews features reviews by Debbie, previously published on Keep Calm Read Romance or Talk Supe — and reviews by Ali previously published on GingerRead Reviews.


There is this thing. This infatuation that so many women have. Some would say it is a sickness, some would call it a weakness.  What is this thing I speak of?

Bad Boys

You’ve read them, in many forms, I’m sure.  Though, I would venture to say you have not read one quite like Shane Baxter.

Bax is bad. He doesn’t just dress the part, he isn’t one guy on the streets and another behind closed doors.  He’s a thief, a fighter, an ex con. He’s self serving, no Robin Hood type hiding in a inked up, tough guy disguise.  He lives the part because that is who he is. It’s all he’s ever known.  Thrown into the life of crime at an early age, he thrived on it. It was that or starve, get your ass kicked, or worse…die.

Prison did nothing to dampen the bad boy within. Spending years behind bars gave him a purpose when released. Find the bastards who put him there and put them down.

What he didn’t expect to find was a feisty redhead dogging his every move, determined to be by his side as he finds the clues needed.

Dovie knows of Bax.  Her brother told her, before vanishing, that he was the only guy she could trust. Everyone else tells her Bax is the worst of the worst and will use her for his own needs and leave her with less than nothing.  But having less than nothing isn’t a new concept for Dovie and she will do anything to find her brother. Even if that something is Bax.

Dovie is just as bad ass as Bax, in her own way.  I stated that some people would think loving a bad boy is a weakness. For Dovie it isn’t.  It’s a strength.  It takes courage and resolve to find even the smallest amount of good in someone and love it. Dovie is that kind of woman. She wades through the shit with her head held high, finds that little withered seedling of hope and nurtures it until it becomes something stronger. In the process, making the bad and the good a cohesive unit. She doesn’t want to beat the bad out of Bax, it’s who he is. She just wants the good to help balance him. She believes in him. She knows him, sees him.

He, however, does not believe in himself.  But damn, when that boy puts a little effort and care in to Dovie, I melted.  His bad is bad but his good is panty melting good. It’s just a little rare.  His struggle to reconcile his feelings for others and their feeling for him, was sad but also a little adorable.  It’s easy to see the worst in everything you look at and watching him try to wake up from that…loved it! He made my heart stutter, that’s a good thing right?

Crownover has started this new series with a big punch. Literally and figuratively.  The characters of The Point are all hard hitting, tragic in their own rites and altogether captivating.  She’s delivered a introduction to something dark, sexy, exciting and dangerous. I have a feeling I’m going to love every bit of it.


About Jay Crownover

I’m supposed to share interesting details about myself so that my readers get to know me so here we go in no particular order: I’m an natural redhead even though I haven’t seen my real hair color in years, I’m a big fan of tattoos and have a half sleeve on either arm and various other pieces all over the place, I’ve been in the bar industry since I was in college and it has always offered interesting insight into how men and women interact with each other, I have 3 dogs that are all crazy, I live in Colorado and love the snow, I love music and in all reality wish I could be a rock star not a writer or a bartender but I have zero talent so there is that.
I love to write, love to read and all I’m interested in is a good story with interesting characters that make the reader feel something.
Thanks for taking the time to check my stuff out….

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