Friday, July 4, 2014

BOOK REVIEW - BETTER WHEN HE'S BAD by JAY CROWNOVER - WELCOME TO THE POINT # 1 - WILLIAM MORROW BOOKS

By: Jay Crownover
Published By : William Morrow Books
Released : Available Now
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RATING: 4.5 WELCOME TO THE POINT STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

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.



BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

I used to be a legend. Now I was just a cautionary tale.


Jay Crownover just keeps bringing the stories that are buzzing about in her head, waiting to be brought to life for us all to enjoy.

Shane Baxter. He is bad. Not a bad boy in the sense we are used to. He is bad and he makes no bones about it. He knows who he is.

My name is Shane Baxter, Bax to most people, and I’m a thief.


I was tall, well over six feet, I had dark hair and dark eyes that chicks like to tell me made me mysterious. I didn’t talk a lot, not unless I had something important to say, which led to my not-unjustified, badass aura. Plus I owned a mirror, so I knew what I had going on was pretty nice to look at. I wouldn’t win a modeling contract anytime soon, but the chicks seemed to dig it just the same. Even with the scar across my scalp and my nose being twisted from being broken more than once. But possibly the most noticeable difference between me and every other decent-looking guy floating around was the tattoo of a small black star tattooed next to the outside corner of my right eye.


At eighteen he was sent to jail for five years.

He’s now out and he wants answers from those he thought he could trust.

Enter Dovie Pryce, who is trying to blend into The Point. She doesn’t want to be noticed, but under those baggie clothes is a girl who wants answers, too.


Sweet ran the other way when it saw me coming.

“Can you help me?”

“I can try.”

She reached over and flicked the light, green eyes looking up at me.

“You’re Bax, right?”



This girl was basic and ordinary, aside from that hair and her smart mouth. Those green eyes stared at me unblinkingly, and I saw it. It was all in the evergreen gaze that was watching me like a hawk.


The Point is described very well. It is a gritty place, raw, dirty, tough on its residents. Those that live there, have to work out how to survive among the dealers and criminals, how to find their place.

There are layers to Bax. We get to see underneath, but bottom line, he is the way he is because he chooses to be, but he wants to play by his own rules and not be ruled.

Did you see what I did there? Play on words. Get it, Rule...eh, maybe my head found it amusing :p


“Two things I’m particular about. My ride and my women.” He winged an eyebrow up at me and kicked his mouth up into a half grin. “I like both to run smooth and be easy to handle, if you know what you’re doing. Neither of those things applies to you, Copper-Top. Even if I need a quick fix, I don’t tangle with complicated pussy.”


Shane starts seeing things in Dovie, and Bax starts to see them too. Dovie loves it when Shane appears. Bax is bad, but inside Bax there is Shane. The guy who isn’t as bad as Bax.


He tasted like cigarette smoke and the worst kind of enticement.

“Thank you.” It came out as a husky whisper.

“Life knocks you around enough as it is, Copper-Top. Dickheads like that don’t get to add to it. At least not while you’re on my radar.”



“When you are connected , even in the most basic way, to a guy like Bax, this is where you end up, honey. I know he makes the ride worthwhile, but the destination leaves a lot to be desired. Do yourself a favor and remember falling in love with a guy like him is about the stupidest thing you could do. It’ll make your life here even harder, and we all know how rough it is already just to get by.”


I couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t just let her go when I knew I was going to end up taking all of that shine off of her.


Enter Titus. Now I gotta say, I have a thing for Titus. Not sure why. But I do. I want to know more about this guy. There is just something that makes me purrr.


“That girl cares about you, Shane. You really gonna just keep living your life like it doesn’t matter?”


Dovie wants Shane/Bax, but you can’t change a guy like Bax. He is who he is. Can she tame him?

She caught my hand in her own and it made my blood go hot when she put a soft kiss right in the center of my palm. “No, you’re not, but that doesn’t mean you always have to be a bad guy either. Why can’t you just be a little of both?”


He was equal parts Bax and Shane, one was never going to exist without the other, and he was just going to have to find the balance between the two. I didn’t mind helping him figure it out, as long as he didn’t destroy me in the process.


“I know you’re always going to be this guy who lives a dangerous life, who takes risks and pushed limits left and right. I can deal with all of that-- hell, it’s part of what makes you so irresistible. What I can’t handle, what breaks my heart, is that you live every day like it’s your last, like it doesn’t matter if you don’t make it to the next one. It does matter.”


Jay lets us see inside Bax’s heart. He made me feel sad for him.


“I don’t know how love works, Dovie. I don’t know how to be anything other than this, but I know the only thing that gives me hope is the idea of you and me. I know I’m not the ideal, not the dream guy, but no one will ever fight for you the way I will. I promise you that you will always have the best parts of me I have to give.”


Dang, Bax! Dang! You said what a lot of girls want to hear.

Dang!

I loved the twists that got thrown in. I was like, did I just read that correctly and then I am sitting on the fence with that ending and where, ‘Better When He’s Bold’, is headed.

Another entertaining read from Miss Jay, she brought us the lad, the gal, the sub characters, the villain, the twists.

She brought me to The Point.

I am firmly settled into The Point and welcome what she will throw at me with her next characters story.



Michelle

2 comments:

  1. Dang you, Michelle! I MUST crack open Ms. Crownover's books asap! (I met her in Seattle too) I've been intrigued with them all, but that one quote from Bax - you know the quote I'm talking about - yeah, I want to get to know Bax! And soon!

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