[eARC Review] Better When He's Bad by Jay Crownover

Friday, June 20, 2014

Title: Better When He's Bad
Author: Jay Crownover
Series: Welcome to the Point #1
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Release Date: June 17th 2014
Publisher: William Morrow
Source: eARC received from publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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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 usually loved everything that Jay Crownover writes her bad boys have quickly becomes some of my favorites. So when I saw that she was coming out with a new series, and new bunch of bad boys, i knew i had to read it. But sadly I did not enjoy this book as much as i enjoyed The Marked Men Series.

I do like a bad boy, but when I read one, I usually like to see some redeeming qualities that make me fall for him as much as the female characters do. But for some reason I found Bax to be too bad. I could not connect with him at all, and I honestly did not find him that appealing when I was reading the book. I wanted, as I was reading, to see some change in him, but the only change I saw was that he fell for the "good girl" and wanted to protect her. But he did not want to leave his criminal lifestyle. I understand that once you are in, its hard to get out, but honestly I just couldn't believe that Dovie, the girl he fell for, would be okay with living that life.

Dovie was a character that I liked to read. She seemed to have a good head on her shoulders and could handle the shit that came out of Bax's mouth. But as the story went on, I just couldn't connect with her anymore because I felt like she was so consumed with Bax that she forgot who she was and what her life was like before. She started to skip out on work and her friends and I honestly just could not relate with her character and what she was doing. Ultimately I found her character to be very superficial with little growth throughout the book.

Overall I thought the book had its moments, especially the sexy times, but for the rest fo the book I found the story dragged and was not as interesting as I think it could have been. There were too many descriptions and not enough action for me. The tension, although scary, didn't seem to elicit the same reaction as Jay's other novels. I just did not love this one as much as I wanted to.

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