Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Blog Tour #Review: Better When He's Bad @JayCrownover

Book Title: Better When He's Bad (Welcome to the Point 1)
Author: Jay Crownover |Website| Twitter| Facebook|
Publisher: William Morrow 
Genre: New Adult Romance
Series/Standalone: Series Book 1
Format: ebook, paperback
Cost: $12.00
Pages: 384
How I got it: Publisher
Purchase: Books a Million| Barnes & Noble | Publisher | IndieBound
Publication Date: June 17th, 2014
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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
Ok so y'all already know I fangirl hard over Jay's Marked Men series, so when I heard she had a new series coming out and this guy was badder than Rule?? Girl chile you know I signed right the hell up right?? Of course you see the title, you know I did.

My heart belongs to Rome but then Bax came along. He did his very best to hijack my heart and let me explain why.  I love Bax, when I went into this book I had no idea what I'd signed up for; Bax makes Rule look tame and I do mean tame.  This story grabs you by the throat  and drags you down into the ground and makes you a part of it.  I loved the grittiness; the showcasing of a world that normally doesn't get any love. Bax was a kid from the streets, someone who loved cars and was able to parlay that into a job, not a legal one but still it kept him in food and home because his mother wasn't well, his brother had abandoned him and he doesn't know who his father is.

His life was a hard road through the toughest parts of the city, the parts the bright lights hide and pretend isn't there, it's the parts the people with money come to play in and leave behind when they have decided that slumming is no longer their thing. But people have to survive and Bax & Dovie struggle to survive, thrive and still have something worth smiling about.  I loved reading this story, I told my sister it was like reading an old school rap song, amazingly graphic, raw, raunchy and real.  It pulled me in, made me feel like I was watching the story unfold in real life.  Although I have never lived on this side of the city I have friends who are from there, I have driven through it, I have worked with people from these parts of town, and I have worked with patients who have survived these parts of the city, and it's about time, the stories start being told.

It made me feel like I was there and witnessing it real life, I loved Dovie and OMG Race!! (who was briefly in there was still not enough to make me very excited for number 2 "Better When He's Bold") Dovie was likeable character, she was vulnerable, yet tough and boy did she love fiercely.  I loved how she was open to seeing more than meets the eye but also saw reality.  She refused to be stuck with just what she was born with, she wanted more and aimed for that; she tried to be a good role model and give back to those who have less than her and all the time, she strives to stay above the fray, and not get pulled down by the many vices that rule the city.

I LOVE THESE BOOKS!!  (And no I don't get paid to say this, I just love them!!)   I would fangirl more but y'all need to see it for yourself.  It was like an episode of the Wire just as gritty and real.  I was completely absorbed and found myself checking the counter to make sure I wasn't running out of book before the story gave me everything it had.  Bax!??!! OMGAWD Bax, he's just so amazing.  I'll be real I have no idea if I could have made his decision in the warehouse.  That moment made me feel so many feels, just the rawness of it, the fear, the desperate moments of hope, the fleeting glimpse of love, and just knowing any moment it could go all the way wrong.  I was deeply emotionally vested in this story.  There was mystery, trying to figure out who all the players where, why they were playing, and even why this game in partiular.

Please check out the series, I just know that I can't wait for January 2015 for book 2).  This is an amazing story and it's about time the 'average guy from the block ' gets some love in the new adult genre and I'm happy Jay is writing it.
Happy Reading and please don't forget to share the love with others and of course with Jay.  I'm not even ashamed to say I have already read this again for a second time this month. LOL 

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