BOYFRIEND BOOKMARK RATING:★★★★
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.
So this is not what I was expecting at all. This one just took me by complete surprise. If you are looking for a Marked Men kind of book, you are not going to find it here. This is a new series and completely different from the Marked Men. This one is a tangled web that takes a lot to sort through. There were several times in this book that I was ready to give up. It’s not a simple story and it is anything but sweet but it has gumption and I liked that. It was dark and dangerous and like nothing I have read before.
Shane “Bax” Baxter is not a bad boy… he lives the bad life. Recently released from five years in jail, he wants answers. Women love bad boys right? Well… in the first part of the book, I did not like this one. It wasn’t until later in the book that I grew to appreciate his character. When we learned more and more of who he was and where he came from, he became somewhat endearing to me. I felt for his character and I had compassion for him by the end, but it wasn’t easy getting to that point for me.
The relationship between Bax and Race had me completely intrigued. I wanted to know where Race was hiding and what he was hiding from I think as much as Bax and Dovie. His character just captured my attention. I wanted to know how he ended up where he did after Bax went to jail. It was a turbulent road to find peace in their relationship. It wasn’t easy and it was quite unnerving at times.
Now Race’s sister was quite something. Dovie has the looks that scream wholesome and innocent, but she will put you in your place just as quickly as you can make a judgment call on her. She is going to help find Race whether Bax wants her to or not. Of course, neither expected anything more from that search except to find Race.
Better When He’s Bad is not a simple story, it is a complex tale full of twists and turns and emotion. This was indeed like nothing I have ever read before. Can I compare it to other books by Jay Crownover? No. This is such an exciting change of pace from her other works. But it is not lacking in intrigue. It is not a simple read but to understand the complex nature of it, it is important to get that background in there.
I am looking forward to the next installment of the Point series. Things are hot and dangerous in this neighborhood.
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ABOUT JAY CROWNOVER
Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She will 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.