Sunday, June 15, 2014

Blog Tour: Better When He's Bad by Jay Crownover


  Better WhenHe's Bad  

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jay Crownover returns with a heart-stopping new series… 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, 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.   
Welcome to the Point  

When we heard this book has a "bad boy" we immediately thought of a tattooed, motorcycle riding, cocky attitude, womanizer.  What we found in this book (and what Jay will explain) is that "bad boy" really means just that. Shane Baxter aka Bax is from the wrong side of town. You know that part of town in almost ever city where you lock your doors and don't look around when you drive through? Well, welcome to The Point.  Its not his fault where he comes from but he takes pride in it and had adapted to it.  He needs money, he has street smarts, put both those together and bam you got your bad boy who can do almost anything.  Yes, he has tattoos, a cocky attitude and loves his women, but there's so much more than that.

Bax's best friend Race isn't from the same part of town but he likes to hang out there. Race is from money, he is book smart and has a bright future ahead.  Between Bax’s street smarts and Race’s book smarts, they make an almost unstoppable team as thieves. Race and Bax want out of their life of crime; but it’s a little too late when Bax gets caught during a car jacking, sending him away for five years.  When Bax returns to The Point after his release he finds his best friend, Race is missing.  In an effort to find him, worried about the strange circumstances of his disappearance, he discovers he wasn’t the only one wanting answers and to find Race. While searching for Race, Bax meets Dovie Pryce.  He doesn't know how important Dovie is going to be when he meets her, but you can tell it is going to be big.  She’s a connection to finding Race that Bax wants noting to do with.

Dovie herself is from the wrong side of her town.  Her mother is a drug addict and she has learned how to skip by without causing any trouble.  She wears baggy clothes to hide her figure and uses her street smarts when she ends up in The Point at the hands of her brother.  As things become complicated in The Point, Dovie is no longer safe on her own and she has to lean on Bax for help.  Of course she is attracted to Bax, who wouldn't be? He’s hot and dangerous…she can smell trouble on him. She ends up falling for the bad boy, and when you fall for the bad boy its never a good thing.

While reading the story we found ourselves trying to piece the mystery together.  Once we thought we had it, it would take a different turn.  That alone was fun but frustrating! The story started out a bit slow for us but by the end when the mysteries start unraveling it was full force and we couldn't put it down.  As more was revealed some things went as planned, while others took a turn for the worse.  One big reveal had us saying WHAT?!

The Point Series is very different from the Marked Men Series, which is a Mean Girl favorite.  The Point Series takes you into a different side of life that many of us don't have any idea about.  It was refreshing to read something out side of the box and fun because it keeps you guessing.  The next book is set to be Race's story and we can't wait to get into his head to hear his side of the story!  

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Jay Crownover Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She will also be introducing the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this summer starting with Better When He’s Bad. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.        

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