Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Better When He's Bad Release Day Launch with Mini Review

Better When He's Bad by Jay Crownover

Publication Date:
June 17th, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 339
Series: Welcome to the Point
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4/5
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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.

Earlier this year I found Jay's Marked Men series and to say I quickly became obsessed is a little bit of an understatement. So after some stalking of her goodreads and social media I found out she was also releasing a new series which promised an even grittier book and a very bad boy. Insert my grabby-hands.
Jay sure knows how to write intense inked up guys with very hard exteriors who you can't help but fall in love with along with the tough and strong ladies they find storming into their lives.
Now we get to finally meet Bax. Bax is scary. He's a criminal and a fighter who's just getting out of a five year stint in prison. He's out to find answers and revenge. Bax's hard exterior is iron clad. The guy is all the things you've been warned to stay away from when looking for a date. Bax is an asshole with a major alpha male complex. But hell, thank God he's only in print, because I feel for him.
Of course Bax's world is thrown on it's axis when Dovie is tossed into the mix. Dovie is Bax's best friends sister. The best friend who back stabbed Bax and got him thrown into jail. The best friend that is stirring up shit but can't be found. So in unlikely circumstances Bax and Dovie are found they have to "get along" well they look for answers and Race.
Dovie is no weakling. She grew up in foster care. She knows how to take care of herself. Fend off the likes of guys like Bax. She's fiesty but so good. She wants to change her future and is working hard at that. That is until Bax shows up. He's overly brass and much more experienced than her. But the chemistry between them is sizzling and she can't help but fall hard for Bax's bad self. As with all bad boys though there's a softer interior and Dovie is out to prove that Bax can be equal parts good and bad.
This book isn't just about Bax and Dovie though. It's also about The Point. A tough and run down town where crime of all sorts run rampant. Just think of the roughest and grittiest town you know and up the stakes. And that once you're in the life it's almost impossible to get out of it. But Bax is out to prove otherwise.
I think anybody, that like me, feel in love with the guys and ladies of the Marked Men series will find the Welcome to the Point series a very different environment and set of characters. But don't you worry the sexiness and rawness of Jay's writing is still strongly prominent. And I can't wait to get my hands of the next book in the series.


I let out the breath I was holding and took another step closer to her. The water was splashing on the sleeve of my shirt as I reached up to grab both of her cheeks in my palms. “Are you scared of me?”

It was the start of the questions I had asked her what felt like a lifetime ago. Her answer didn’t change, but this time when she answered, she was holding back a smile that made my heart hurt.

“Terrified, but I kind of like it now.”

“Do you trust me?” My voice broke. I had never really trusted anyone but Race and now there was her and my brother and just all kinds of new things making my life so much more complicated and undeniably fuller.

“With my life. I trust all the parts of you, Bax. You need to know that.”

“You going to go to bed with me?” That made her outright laugh and she reached up to curl her hands around my wrists.

“As often as I can and anyplace in between when the mood strikes.” The rest of the blood racing around my system went solidly south.

I dropped my forehead so it was resting on hers and the water from the showerhead was cascading down around us. I was making a mess, but I didn’t care because I had her, and she was my home. “Do you love me?”

The words sounded so foreign, but so right, when I was saying them to her. She brushed her full lips across mine and the last three months without her faded away.

“Do you want me to lie to you or tell you the truth?”

I smiled against her mouth and kissed her back twice as hard as she had kissed me. “Lie to me.”

She reached up and put her arms around my neck and took a step back, dragging me all the way into the shower stall with her. The water was lukewarm at best, and it made me shiver. So did the fact that she started to impatiently pull the tail of my shirt up over my head. A task made increasingly difficult considering I was now soaked head to toe and the material was clinging to me.

“Of course not. You’re the last person in the world I could love.”

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About Jay Crownover:

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. Shewill 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.

Happy reading!


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