Thursday, January 8, 2015

Review of Better When He's Bad by Jay Crownover

Synopsis: 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.

4 Stars!

Review: Bax has been in jail for five years, now, after he took the fall for his best friend, Race. Only, it turns out that he may have been set up by someone close to him, so now that he is out, he is looking around for answers. He comes across Dovie, whom he initially thinks is weirdly innocent and out of place in his world, but as she is connected to Race, he vows to protect her - at least until he gets some answers of his own. The two of them have some dangerous connections, however, so they basically go from one dangerous situation to the next.

This book was a solid good book, but it also seemed to sometimes stretch what seemed realistic. Bax was a pretty hardened guy, understandably so, given his background, and he was pretty tough on Dovie, but he also sometimes seemed to go too easy on her, at times. His story had some surprises to it, though, that I didn't catch on to for quite a while, and I always enjoy when I am surprised and don't see something coming from a mile away.

Dovie's story was pretty heartbreaking, though. She comes from a bad situation, with parents that didn't want her and a broken system. Race found her when things were pretty bad, so she is determined to find and help the one person that saved her and seemed to care anything about her. She had a quiet strength, as well as a stubbornness that probably comes with the hair. I really liked her character, and I liked the idea of her and Bax, since they don't initially seem to match. I'm a sucker for the couple that brings out each other's strengths - or just provides strength for one another. I do feel like these two do that in their race against time to find Race (pun not intended) and to make sure that they would all live through the coming events. In a dangerous world of crime lords, criminals, mob type protectors goons and drug dealers - Bax has to prove that he is made of some pretty tough stuff...but so does Dovie.


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