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 was 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, awakening feelings she never thought she'd have for a guy like him. But it doesn't take Dovie long to realize…some boys are just better when they're bad.
©2014 Jennifer M. Voorhees (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
"SUPERB, EXCELLENT, GRIPPING AND GRITTY!"
I'm convinced that Jay Crownover can write a compelling story about anything, or anyone, but most of all about bad boys!! As the first book in a new series, Crownover creates a world of contrasts between right & wrong, and the good & the bad when it ones to people, and the life choices they make. But, what I really love about Crownover's writing is her ability to write about incredible relationships between very real, flawed people, and she has more than delivered in this book! I was touched not only by the beautiful & gritty relationship between the leads, Bax and Dovie, but also the theme of family and relationships between brothers that included Titus (Bax's brother), and Race (Dovie's brother and Bax's BFF). "Better When He's Bad" is not only about the choices one makes with limited options and the trajectories those choices bring, but it's also about who brings you freedom. Most of all, I think this is what Dovie did for Bax; she brought him freedom and allowed him to unlock himself from a self-destructive pathway that would have lead him to the grave, or a life-time, in and out of prison.
The balance between the action, plot developments, revelations, and the hot romance is superb. Dovie is an admirable heroine and the way she and Bax connect with one another is passionate, intense, and always feels like there's an expiration date (until the HEA, that is). The need to resolve conflicts driven by the pressure and violence of evil villains equals one very riveting read/listen. I can't wait for Race's story, and even though Bax and Dovie found a beautiful HEA, I'm sure we will continue to hear about Bax and Dovie's love story in the books that follow.
Narrators: Mia Barron and Leland King were excellent. They performed very well. This is a great audiobook. I loved the sentimental intro. music at the beginning and the end of the book….nice touch!
"How BAD could u be with BAX - my number is 10+"
Better When He's Bad is a very addictive love story. Full of all life's badness with a bright shinning light at the end of that tunnel... There are so many elements to this book, the POINT, the car, the underground crime and fighting, death, carnage, sex, love of family, and love of two total opposites - this book was thrilling to me.... I had so many emotions reading this book. At one point I was crying, begging what I thought was going to happen not to happen. Jay Crownover has snared me into her world and i double i will every be leaving it now ! Also - the Lady has some awesome Ink... she's Awesome all round !!! :)
"BAD BAX = SEXY LISTEN"
This had everything I love in a book, It's a thrilling fast paced romance with a great story line. It gripped me into the fold in the very first chapter.
the final show down was seriously tense. I thought it was well written and you find a little bit of a secret in that big scene that clicks it all together.
I loved every character, but of course the hero was my favorite. HE WAS BAD TO THE BONE WITH HEAT AND PURE SEX.
I did listen to this one in one sitting and worth every second of my time.
i know that Trace's story is coming in October and I am anxiously waiting.
"Wow! So good!"
Wow... this was so good. This is my first Jay Crownover listen, but it won't be my last. I will pre-order the entire series alone if they are this good. I love the bad boy stories and this didn't disappoint. Bax was so bad, that he was good at the same time, because guess what...he remained bad throughout! I loved it... I even liked the (h). She was an awesome character...so poor girl who wants a better life, but falls for the bad boy, and only she can see the good in him...type of character... Which was awesome for Bax! I loved it. I can't wait to get to Reece book… it's gonna be great because whatever going on between Reece and the girl from the diner... Boy O Boy!
Plus, I think Reece is the bad boy now.. YES! This series is on my instant download list!
Narration was ok... I really like the girl more than the guy... I hate dual narration, but this was tolerable.
Great credit, sale or buy… So worth the money!
I really enjoyed this story of a hot, tattooed, marked-up, bad boy thief coming together w/ a red-haired, not-model-pretty, inexperienced-but-not-virgin girl. I loved that the two main characters were not perfect in any way, though Shane Baxter (aka Bax), the H, was described as very hot. Dovie, the h, was described in plainer though special ways, per Bax’s usual taste.
My dislikes include Dovie too often saying that she acts in a way that she doesn’t want to b/c she is, in some way, out of control b/c of her reaction to Bax. Her common speeches about a lack of self-control resulted in her coming across as weak. However, in other ways, she didn’t come across as weak; maybe not strong, but, at least, not weak. And “Tell me stop,” as stated by Bax, was a bit overused for my taste. Used at their first sexual encounter made sense but at the 3rd, not so much. I also disliked some of Bax’s love-struck gushing. It seemed very, very contrary to who he was even in a state of being changed and falling in love. It was a bit too much sometimes and, therefore, unconvincing.
The author said that she tried to create an actual bad guy. I’m unsure if she succeeded. Yea, Bax was an admitted and convicted thief, but I don’t necessarily equate a “bad guy” w/ a non-violent convicted criminal. Bax had no problem w/ physical violence, but it wasn’t gratuitous, just to hurt someone or just for fun. It was either for money or because someone “deserved it.” And he was a man-whore, but…. So, he didn’t come across as “bad” to me. Plus, having the H described as a guy who grew up on the bad side of town seemed to mitigate his behavior somewhat.
I really liked the male & female narrators. Though they didn’t sound like 22 and 20-year-olds, but the lives of the characters didn’t coincide with American folk that young either, not even ones with a challenging upbringing.
There were about 4 sex scenes. They were sensual but not explicit. Though they were not quickies either and included oral sex.
Not sure what happened here. I thought I would love this and I DID LIKE it; but something was missing for me. I loved bad boy Bax & that there was a bit of a "mystery" but there were parts that were a little just too slow or something for me
"Action, Packed, Sexy And Funny"
Shane Baxter has just done five years after being set up by his best friend. Now he is out and looking for answers. Except the one person that can give him what he is looking for is MIA. In Race's wake is a little redhead that gets in his way, demands his attention even though she is scared to death of him and makes him reevaluate his choices for the first time in his life. Dovie Pryce has had a tough life. Unwanted by both parents, she grew up in the system until Race found her and saved her. He gave her a life of normalcy and love, but now he is missing and she will do anything to find him. Even associate with ex-con, bad-boy Bax. He terrifies her, but he also makes her feel safe like nothing bad will ever touch her as long as he is around. And falling for him could happen easily. Bax can see there are evil forces playing at the Point trying to pull him down, Race and Dovie are just pawns in the game. He went down to protect his friend five years ago and he can see all sorts of bad things going down again every time he is near all the good and pure and light that is Dovie. Keeping her safe is all that matters. "Better When He Is Bad", tells the story of a bad boy that finds his redemption in the most unlikely of places, in the arms of an innocent and lovable girl that chips away his attitude and sees the good in him. But more than that, she is capable is loving all of him, the good and the bad. She understands him because she's had it as bad as him. And he is all she wants bad and good.
"GREAT...HEARTACHE, REDEMPTION & UNCONDITIONAL LOVE"
Why is it that we love bad boys so much?.... whether they're Alpha Vampires, Playboy Billionaires, handsome Highlanders, Regency Rogues or, in this case, just a Contemporary criminal whose rotten childhood, poverty and a violent life on the streets of The Point has made him the man/thief he is today. Although Bax is bad he doesn't make any apologies for it or has any dreams of changing himself as he's happy with who and what he is.
Dovie also had a terrible childhood too but she is caring, compassionate and has an inner strength but her brother goes missing and he's the one person that holds the answers as to why his best friend Bax got caught and had to spend 5 years in prison. An action-packed sizzling/emotion filled romance with twists and turns as two unlikely lovers unite and together they dig for answers and the truth but the more they dig the more mystery, treachery and danger finds them but they must take down the criminals once and for all before it's too late.
Worth a credit? This well written, well described and enjoyable plot is all about second chances and overcoming life's obstacles, and the reward is a deep unconditional love and a sense of belonging, self-worth and an understanding that it's ok to be bad sometimes. The plot was raw and gritty with a Hero that was cold when needed but so loving, protective, caring and romantic to the woman that believed in him and stood by him no matter what.... so a very creditworthy listen.
"Sexy & Intense"
Full of suspense, complexity, the internal struggle of wanting what you should stay away from, and plenty of sexy, this story gripped me from the beginning and wouldn't let me go until I knew how it ended. I loved getting to know Bax and Dovie and The Point in this well written book.
“You don’t need anyone to show you how to be good, you’re so much better when you’re bad.”
The narrators did a fantastic job at bringing the characters to life.
"Good Story line, not so good execution"
It took me a while to get into the book, and even when I thought this is it ... it kind of started boring me again...
The story was good, no doubt something a bit different to the usual 'love at first sight' scenarios. It had action, steamy romance and drama BUT what put me of was the endless soliloquies often with repeated thoughts, as if the author struggled to bring her point across. At times I wanted to yell, "I get it! You are really, really bad and she is really, really good!"
In my opinion this could have been a 5 star story, if the style of writing was just a bit different. This however, is not me saying avoid at all cost- but rather be prepared- because of the plot I would say give the book a shot.
Narration was not bad at all.
A definite - buy when on sale- book.
"Okay, but a bit formulaic."
The story and characters were okay but it was all a little formulaic. You knew exactly were the book was going by the end of the first chapter. Luckily the characters were engaging enough to keep you listening.
"Another great story from Jay Crownover"
I was hesitant to start this story because I am a huge fan of Jay's Marked Men series and I knew that this one was going to be a different ride! Boy what a ride it was! Amazing unconventional love story that was both sexy and emotional! Can't wait to dive into the next in the series!
Love Jay Crownover's writing. Love her style and her characters. Bax made a fantastic bad boy and very quickly became my favourite book boyfriend. Loved Dovey, what a fab group of charters. Book 2 here I come ❤️
"A gritty, challenging ride"
Gritty, heart rending, inspiring
White trash beautiful written by Theresa Mummert It's about a girl from a broken home, with a drug addict mother living in a trailer park who meets a wonderful man who she thinks she doesn't deserve because she feels worthless and broken. It's another gritty heart rending journey.
Both narrators did an excellent job and brought Bax and Dovey alive for me.
It was but I couldn't
I'm waiting baited breath for Rays's story
"BAD boy with a TWIST!"
Oh, Bax, definitely. Cos he knows what he wants and GETS IT!
Ohh...the one on the counter. ;P
A must-read. So refreshingly different from all the steamy/adult/romance books I have read/listened. Oh and both narrators were excellent!
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