Thursday, July 17, 2014

Audiobook #REVIEW: Better When He's Bad @JayCrownover

Could it be that along with her character, this author is better when she's bad? Seriously, this book took Crownover's writing up a notch. Bad has never been so good.

Better When He's Bad (Welcome to the Point #1) by Jay Crownover is the first book in her 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, but it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize that some boys are just better when they’re bad.

REVIEW
Jay Crownover has created a brand new series that is going to have every good girl hot for a bad boy. Crownover's bad boy - Bax - is a real bad boy, an anti-hero, a boy who grew up too fast, a man who wants revenge. From the very moment when he gets out of prison, he maintains the singular focus of uncovering just why he was put away and who he needed to take his revenge out on.

Then along comes Dovie. Bax falls for the sweet, innocent Dovie as he watches over her, knowing she's in harm's way because of whatever surrounds him and Race, his best friend and her brother. Their relationship is masterfully woven into the overall suspense and power struggle in the Point where they both live, both understand what it means to be from the Point, and both understand just how difficult a relationship between the two of them would be.

Crownover builds the story, slowly giving the details as Bax uncovers the truth and finds his brand of HEA with Dovie. In audiobook, the narrator gives a spot-on performance in relaying the emotion and the danger. I'm so glad I listened to this on audio because I didn't want to put it down once I started. Instead, I popped in my ear buds and listened while I cooked and while I weeded the garden.

Crownover stepped it up with Better When He’s Bad. From the intensity of their world to the angst between the characters, this book takes readers into a world where it just might be good to be bad.

RATING
5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries 
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