Monday, February 23, 2015

*Review* BETTER WHEN HE'S BAD by Jay Crownover

                                Better When He's Bad
                                   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.



Having read the entire "Marked Men" series by Crowonover, it was a no-brainer to pick up a copy of "Better When He's Bad" when it first came out.  I already knew I liked the author's writing style, but nothing prepared me for this.  Crownover created a world like nothing I'd ever experienced.  The area of the city where they live, named The Point, is dark and so very gritty.  I felt like I was actually there, living a life of crime right along with them.
Shane Baxter and Dovie Pryce are not your typical love story.  Their story is not a fairytale romance, littered with hearts and flowers, soft touches or lingering, sweet kisses.  Just like The Point, they are rough through and through.  But by finding each other, they come to see that they deserve more.  Just because they grew up poor, abused street kids, didn't mean the same story was written for their adult lives.  And while staying true to themselves was just as important as staying alive, the two of them realized that you can leave The Point behind at the end of the day.
For Jay Crownover to branch from her norm of the Marked Men, this book truly shows the realm of her amazing writing talent.  It was hard to put down, leaving me reaching for my Nook in the middle of the night to read under the covers.  Bleary eyed by the final chapter, I had to blink away the fog when I got to the climax of the story.  It left me breathless, in shock, my mouth agape until I reached the last page.
5 Hearts!

About Jay Crownover
I’m supposed to share interesting details about myself so that my readers get to know me so here we go in no particular order: I'm an natural redhead even though I haven't seen my real hair color in years, I'm a big fan of tattoos and have a half sleeve on either arm and various other pieces all over the place, I've been in the bar industry since I was in college and it has always offered interesting insight into how men and women interact with each other, I have 3 dogs that are all crazy, I live in Colorado and love the snow, I love music and in all reality wish I could be a rock star not a writer or a bartender but I have zero talent so there is that.

I love to write, love to read and all I'm interested in is a good story with interesting characters that make the reader feel something.

Thanks for taking the time to check my stuff.


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