Book Review: Better When He’s Bad by Jay Crownover

August 12, 2014 New Adult Book Reviews 4 ★★½

Book Review: Better When He’s Bad by Jay CrownoverTitle: Better When He's Bad by Jay Crownover
Series: Welcome to the Point #1
Published by: William Morrow on June 17, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC
Pages: 384
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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.

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also by this author: Rome, Rule, Jet, Asa

One Line: What would’ve been a different kind of “bad boy” story, turned into just another typical one.

In My Opinion: Worth a try!

Oh, how I wish I had enjoyed this as much as everyone else. Since I really like Crownover’s Marked Men series, I thought I’d give this book a try, too. Unfortunately, while it has its merits, it definitely didn’t win me over or anything. I was pretty bored for the first half of the book as the main characters were searching someone important. It was a lot of running around and not much of these two really getting to know each other on a meaningful level, just a physical level. Even when things started picking up between the two, I couldn’t really connect with either of them. I’ll admit, the story was interesting enough towards the end, but it still didn’t do anything for me.

Bax is supposed to be a really, really bad guy. Like, he’s trouble with a capital T. While he is a bit closed off and rough around the edges, I couldn’t really see his true “bad boy” self. The way he behaved fit his character, having had a crappy childhood and then having been in prison for a few years, but there wasn’t much that I could pinpoint that would set him apart from any of the other “bad boys”. And once he met Dovie, the quintessential “one”, he started to change in ways you’d expect from any of the “bad boys” you’d read about in contemporary novels like this. I definitely sympathized with him regarding his past and felt for the guy, but I didn’t really care for him either way.

As for Dovie, nothing about her stood out for me. Sure she was independent and was trying to make something for herself after a crappy childhood, too, but her personality wasn’t anything special and again, I found myself not caring for her either way.

Anyone who knows my reading style, knows that if I can’t connect with the characters, then the book will fall flat for me. That’s pretty much what happened here. I guess I’ve just read so many books along the lines of this story, many of which were better, so that’s why I was disconnected from this book as a whole. While the latter half flowed nicely and I liked all the action and drama, it didn’t save the book for me overall. I’m sure many of you will enjoy this book though, as I saw that many others have, but for me, this was a miss.

About Jay Crownover

JAY CROWNOVER Being native Coloradan is a source of pride if you ask Jay. She loves all the things her home has to offer, and that is why she set her books in this familiar place. Writing about what she knows is why her stories feature plenty of rock and roll and body modification.

Jay has been a bartender since she was in college, spending over forty hours a week watching interactions between men and women. This 9 to 5 job offered great insights into relationships – how they start and how they evolve in a social setting.

This cutting-edge author likes to write New Adult novels because she remembers being in her early twenties and thinking she had it all figured out, only to be proven wrong time and time again. When she looks back, she see’s that those years defined who she is today, and, good or bad, those decisions ultimately set her current path.

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