Title: Better When He’s Bad
Series: Welcome To The Point #1
Author: Jay Crownover
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay the Snitch Bitch
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 read Rule a few years ago and didn’t get all the hype that the book was said to have had. This book started off different. I was hooked. I liked the heroine a lot. She was overlooked. Ordinary. Plain Jane. I liked the hero. Ex-con and loyal to his friends.
Best friend’s little sister trope? One of my favorites. That part I loved. I liked the heroine’s being so spunky. Her self image was gut wrenching at times. The hero watched over her unhappily but willingly. The more time they spent trying to locate her brother and figure out who set up the hero, they fell for each other.
About 70% in, it fell apart for me. I was sick of hearing about how almost everyone in town feared the hero. I got it, he was a badass, but seriously. It made the book just okay from that point on. I did like it better than Rule and it was way hotter too. Will I go on in the series? Probably not.