Better When He’s Bad: Welcome to the Point, Book 1

Better When He's BadAuthor: Jay Crownover
Book Name: Better When He’s Bad
Series: Welcome to the Point
Order: #1
Genre: Romance/New Adult
Rating:  Good
3+stars



Blurb:  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 was 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.

Review: Normally I really like Jay Crownover.  Her Marked Men series is one of the better New Adult series I’ve read.  But this book just seemed to be missing the extra spark that made those books so good.

This does lean towards a darker side and I’m normally fine with that, but I just had difficulty connecting with these characters and this story.  I usually really enjoy books with those less than perfect, struggling characters and this had those kinds of characters but there was just something about both of them that lacked something that, as a reader, I needed.  Maybe it was that Dovie was a bit too perfect and unfailingly loyal.  Or maybe it was that Bax mostly didn’t have lines that he wasn’t willing to cross.  Both cases sort of flatten those characters for me.

This was still a good book, but just not as good as I’ve come to expect from Ms. Crownover and maybe that is just as big of a reason why I didn’t like this one quite as well as some of her others.

 

Author: TJ Fox

Slightly sane artist, book addict, wife and mother of 3 who is forever rethinking her place in this world.

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