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
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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.
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Review: Better When He’s Brave by Jay Crownover

Review: Better When He’s Brave by Jay CrownoverBetter When He's Brave (Welcome to the Point, #3) by Jay Crownover
Series: Welcome to the Point
August 11th 2015
Genres: New Adult
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
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In New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jay Crownover’s third novel in her sexy, thrilling Welcome to the Point series, a woman’s search for repentance leads her to the one man from her past she can’t forget as they join forces to save their city—and the explosive love neither can live without.

Titus King has always seen his world in black and white. There is a firm right and wrong in his mind, 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 walking the straight and narrow seems far less important now. 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. This girl might be as dangerous to Titus as the guy trying to destroy the Point but he can’t walk away because he needs her—in more ways than one.

Reeve knows all about the threat trying to destroy The Point. She knows how ruthless, how vicious, and how cruel this new danger can be… and instead of running away, she wants to help. Reeve knows that 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.

My initial thought upon finishing Better When He’s Brave  –  ‘Titus surprised the hell out of me’.
 
We’ve met Titus in the two previous Welcome to The Point titles, but those glimpses really only led me to believe that he was a hard ass cop, with perhaps a small soft spot for his half brother. Nothing gave away that he could be this giant, domineering, teddy-bear type guy.  But that is what he is, regardless of how strange that combination may be.
 
He’s not always a nice guy. In fact, he is usually not. He’s usually hard, a bit callous and he makes some mistakes where Reeve is involved.
 
Reeve finds herself back in The Point with the intention of righting some of her wrongs. If you’ve read the series, you know what those are and you know what it led to.  She has a tough road to travel and she expects to have to do it alone.  Titus is willing to help in as far as it helps him get what he wants too.  Turns out, maybe he wants more than he’s willing to admit.
 
Reeve was a good match for Titus.  She sees through his bullshit, she challenges him in all the right ways.  I had a bit of a girl crush on this girl. She’s through letting her environment fuck her over, she’s ready to take control. Come what may.
 
Crownover has a talent for pairings.  In her couples, she partners people with entertaining push/pull relationships. With her worlds she builds these hard edges but allows softer people to survive in them.  I love that about her writing.  While Titus and Reeve are more edgy than cushy, their lighter sides still appeared and that’s what makes you fall in love with them.

 

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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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Review: Better When He’s Bold by Jay Crownover

Review: Better When He’s Bold by Jay CrownoverBetter When He's Bold by Jay Crownover
Series: Welcome to the Point #2
February 3, 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense, New Adult
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: Better When He's Brave (Welcome to the Point, #3)
Also by this author: Asa

Some men are just better when they're bold.

Welcome to the Point...

In a dark and broken kingdom, a ruler has to be fearless to control the streets and the ruthless people who run them.

Race Hartman is just bold enough, just smart enough, and just lost enough to wear the crown. Places like the Point will always have bad things and bad people, but the man in control of all that badness can minimize the devastation. Race has a plan, but can he prevent total annihilation without destroying himself?

Brysen Carter has always seen her best friend's brother for what he is--too pretty, too smooth, and way too dangerous to touch. Basking in Race's golden glow is very tempting, but Brysen knows she'd eventually get burned.

When she starts receiving threatening texts and someone tries to take her out in parking lot, the only person interested in keeping her safe is the one man she can't allow herself to have.

Sometimes being bold is the only way to stay alive. But can she let Race save her life . . . if it means losing herself to him?

 

I’ve officially been injected with the Crownover Love Virus and I don’t want a cure.
 
The Marked Men series may be where she started, where many fans fell in love with her, but Welcome to The Point is just… So. Much. More.  It has her same signature style, quirky names, lovably flawed characters.  What The Point brings is an element of dirty, raw, exciting vulnerability.
 
And Race Hartman is the current ruler of it all.  For now.

 

 

Race is very much like the city he wants to keep in a tenuous balance.  He’s brave, he’s strong, but he’s not all together good.  He’ll do what is necessary to take what he needs and what he wants.  Crownover writes him with a delicate balance.  It could be quite easy to dislike him but as you learn more and more of him, it’s next to impossible to not fall hard for the guy that just wants to keep everyone safe.  By any means necessary.
 
His quiet moments with Brysen really bring out a tenderness in him that I loved.  Brysen herself has those similar moments.  She starts off as such a little firecracker, and while that never really goes away, she does show a softer, broken side to herself.  One that she hides from others but Race really breaks down her walls.

 

It was placing these two characters, each with problems and secrets, in a place like the Point where secrets and lies are like currency – that created reading magic for me.  You have two seemingly very pretty, polished people in such a dark and dangerous atmosphere.  That shit just makes me tingle.
 
I loved the drama, the twists, the suspense.
 
I swear, this series is like a drug for me and I’m ready for another hit.

 

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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