Thursday, August 7, 2014

Review: Better When He's Bad (Welcome to the Point #1)

                                                                    Better When He's Bad
                                                                       (Welcome to the Point #1)
                                                                            Jay Crownover
                                                                             June 17, 2014
                                                                          William Morrow
                                                                                  384 pgs


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.

Tanya's Review: 
    So Jay Crownover knows how to start a series. Once I read Rule, the first of her Marked Men series I was addicted and devoured that series. Now comes an amazing new and darker series from this wonderful author. The book starts off with Bax just getting released from prison, you really can't get much more bad boy than that. He was sent away 5 years ago after something went terribly wrong and he is on the hunt for answers. He does not trust anyone, growing up on the Point was rough and he learned the only person you can trust is yourself. He has one friend, one person who he shouldn't be friends with as they grew up on different sides of the track, Race. Race was there the night things went wrong and he is the only person with the answers he needs. As he starts to look for Race, he realizes he is not the only one looking for him and he hopes he finds Race first or it won't be good. On his hunt for Race he is lead to Dovie, a girl that looks way to sweet and innocent for his taste and she claims to be his best friend's half sister. Bax wants nothing to do with Dovie and tells her to stay far away from him as he is nothing but trouble and she has no idea what her brother is like, he is not as innocent as she believes. Dovie is the only link to finding Race and Race told Dovie before he disappeared, trust no one, talk to no one but Bax. Bax tries so hard to keep her away but Dovie is not having it, she wants to find her brother to and she knows Bax would never hurt her.

"You don’t need anyone to show you how to be good, you’re so much better when you’re bad.”

This was a great story, had action and it was dark. Our hero is an anti-hero, he truly is a bad boy but growing up the way he did, he did what he had to do to survive. Jay has done another wonderful job creating this world, filled with memorable characters that are flawed but have heart, you know you should not like them but its hard. I can not wait for the next in this series to come out. Bring on those bad boys from the Point. 

Better When He's Bad:  5/5 Stars 

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