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Book Review: Better When He's Bad





Better When He's Bad (Welcome to the Point #1) by Jay Crownover: 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.

TeriLyn's thoughts: I love myself a bad boy, especially a bad boy who falls for a girl when he doesn't think he’ll ever fall in love for a girl. Bad boys who embrace their badness, flaunt it, and make no excuses for it – these are the boys us girls find the most intriguing. Bad boys are alluring. They’re dangerous and seductive, dangerously seductive and hard to deny. It’s an interesting concept in life a girl with a straight track to a good life falls for the charm of the bad boy then without even realizing it accepting the challenge of making him hers forever. This is the premise for Better When He’s Bad by Jay Crownover. Bad boy meets the good girl wrapped up in the mysterious, miserable turn of events in his life. As a huge fan of the Marked Men series by this author, this new series left me really intrigued. As with all her works, the author lured me into her world with a fast-paced yet very detailed and descriptive story.

My biggest issue – the hype surrounding this book put my expectations in the stratosphere and while you could say those expectations were met you could also say they were met in a totally different way than I thought. The fact of matter proves to be – Bax just isn't that bad. I mean he’s bad; he’s bad ass, he’s scary, he’s tough, he’s the boy who grew up in the rough neighborhood with the rough mother and did what he need to survive. But he’s not really all bad because he’s the boy with a soft heart, a conscience, and a need to understand why the wrongs in his life stay wrong. To me, a true bad boy doesn't care and that’s just not true for Bax. This revelation wasn’t disappointing because his character was good – just totally different from my expectations. Dovie’s the good girl in the story but in an interesting twist she’s the good girl who also grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. She’s tough, she gives as good she gets, and she handles Bax in a way that’s totally fitting to her character. It was interesting choice to have her from the same background as Bax but show her as the exact opposite in choices she made about where her life was going. They way they were together endears the reader to their story. We see something Bax as Dovie sees him that makes him even more special. He stays bad and he lives with that inside him but he also works to make her feel something more too.

It was a fun ride through The Point. I enjoyed Bax and Dovie’s story and read through the whole book rather easily and swiftly. Ms. Crownover’s writing sets a tone, a dreary ambiance, to where the reader’s feel like an innocent bystander as the events of the book unfold. It’s darker and gloomy in The Point and thanks to descriptive writing we feel part of the plot. Twists and turns along the way provide a good bit of action. Bax and Dove engage during the hard times and the soft ones. I’m not going for five stars because Better When He's Bad isn’t what I expected and some points I thought were contradictory to things that happened early on in the book but overall I really enjoyed it and look forward to visiting The Point again.





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