Better When He’s Bad (Welcome to the Point #1) – Jay Crownover

better when he's bad jay crownover

Rating: 4 stars
Type: NA
Steamy: Yes

I admit I read the book because of the title. I was in the mood for a bad boy and I definitely got one! This is a solid NA (and look at the cover!). This review contains minor spoilers:

What the official synopsis reads: 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.

What I read: Whooohooo bad boy.

I found the “Marked” series by Jay Crownover ok but not like yay. Therefore I did not expect to be blown away by this book but I was wrong. This book was such a pleasant surprise! This is a solid NA in double POV, which a lot of authors don’t do well but Ms Crownover does.

Bax the bad guy is a bad guy with a good heart. Think like rough, moody, good-looking, tattooed guy that is mean to everyone but “his girl” means everything to him. He knows he is not worthy of her but will protect her from everything bad. Sounds familiar? Yes, it is an old concept but it is a good one that I love to read over and over again in all the variations the romance world has to offer. To be clear, this is a bad guy not an alpha male. There is a huge difference. He is just bad not a jerk like so many alpha males are.

Well, he is not super bad (we need to fall for him a little bit after all) but he is not someone you would trust your first-born with either (or a stapler). He spent some time in jail and after his release tries to find Race in order to get answers. Instead of Race he finds Race’s sister Dovie.

Dovie, a really sweet girl, grew up in this dodgy “the Point” district but managed to stay away from all the bad things and generally tries to be under the radar. She is a no-nonsense girl and I loved the scene where they discuss being attracted to each other. I try not to give away too much, because you should read this book.

Also what I liked is that she does not try to change Bax that much. She accepts him for what he is but brings out the good in him.

What keeps me from giving this book 5 stars is the ending. It was a bit too much over-the-top hollywood-ish happy ending.

However, all in all if you are looking for some bad guy action in-between this is a good choice.

 

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