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Better When He's Bad: Welcome to the Point, Book 1 | [Jay Crownover]

Better When He's Bad: Welcome to the Point, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 06-20-14
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 06-20-14 Member Since 2009

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    "How BAD could u be with BAX - my number is 10+"
    Any additional comments?

    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 !!! :)

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 06-18-14
    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 06-18-14 Member Since 2009

    I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.

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    "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!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Erin Cornelius, NC, United States 07-05-14
    Erin Cornelius, NC, United States 07-05-14 Member Since 2008

    Audible obsessed!

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    "BAD BAX = SEXY LISTEN"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Better When He's Bad?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Mia Barron and Leland King – was your favorite?

    I loved every character, but of course the hero was my favorite. HE WAS BAD TO THE BONE WITH HEAT AND PURE SEX.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen to this one in one sitting and worth every second of my time.


    Any additional comments?

    i know that Trace's story is coming in October and I am anxiously waiting.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 06-26-14
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 06-26-14 Member Since 2012

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nikki overland park, KS, United States 06-24-14
    Nikki overland park, KS, United States 06-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Just alright"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kd CLINTON, MS, United States 06-30-14
    Kd CLINTON, MS, United States 06-30-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Sexy, well-written"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bubbzisevil 10-23-14
    Bubbzisevil 10-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Bad suits Bax so well"
    What did you love best about Better When He's Bad?

    that he is not squeaky clean and never is


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bax, read above.


    Have you listened to any of Mia Barron and Leland King ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    was not able to. but i would if i could have


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    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 10-15-14
    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 10-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Bax is really good at being bad"

    I like the gritty nature of this story. It wasn't the hurt guy who was acting like a bad ass to keep people from getting close. Bax was street thug, raised in the streets and very comfortable running the streets. HE is the authentic thing and Dovie also grew up in the streets so she wasn't a wilting flower. I like that she gave Bax room to be himself but subtly reminded him that his actions affect her too. This one had a lot of people trying to maneuver others in order to gain power so it was like watching hood tv.

    I enjoyed this series is better than Rule because it didn't have the fluffy and clean ending. It's a more realistic couple with a realistic life. The narrators did a good job with each character's POV, and bring their stories to life. Bax was bad, but he was good too. I look forward to the stories of Titus and Race. They are complex characters just like Bax.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Denise 09-27-14
    Denise 09-27-14 Member Since 2014

    I am an avid reader of fiction. I have found that listening to audio books adds another layer of appreciation to the art of writing.

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    "Did not keep me tied to my headphones."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was ok. I had nothing better to listen to and this worked.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It was the same old thing .... bad boy gets good girl and does everything in his power to keep her safe.


    What about Mia Barron and Leland King ’s performance did you like?

    The narration was perfect.


    Was Better When He's Bad worth the listening time?

    It was ok if you have nothing better to listen to. I gave it higher ratings because it was an inventive story line by the author. I think maybe it was a little long which is what dulled me to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Not worth a buy, but a credit maybe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Books,Chocolate and Lipgloss FAIRVIEW PARK, OHIO, United States 09-10-14
    Books,Chocolate and Lipgloss FAIRVIEW PARK, OHIO, United States 09-10-14 Member Since 2013

    Love a good NA/YA and romance.. Run Books,Chocolate and Lipgloss book blog!!

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    "He's BAD!"
    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't wait to listen to this one.. The male narrator grabs your attention right away and he was perfect for Shane 'Bax' Baxter

    Bax has been recently let out of jail after being out away for the past 5 year, knowing he was set up by his best friend.. He needed to find him, except what he found was his sister! Dovie is a lost broken girl from the Point and there was something about Bax that kept her wanting more of him even thou Bax warned her he was nothing but trouble, the alpha male tattooed up with a tattoo on his face he was trouble.

    But in the end there is more than a bad boy- a man that will protect you until the end, you wonder what going to happen to Bax and Dovie- Jay Crownover def went outside the box on this story, nothing like the Marked Men Series, and If you like the suspense this is for you! This audio was highly addicting, the voices were more than perfect for the characters!!!!

    "You don't need anyone to show you how to be good, you're so much better when you're bad."


    " Some boys...they are just better when they're bad. Bax is one of them and I'm starting to think my brother might be one of them, too. I just have to be good enough for all of us to balance it out."

    “She was the epitome of everything good that came from bad people and a bad place.”

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    "BAD boy with a TWIST!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oh, Bax, definitely. Cos he knows what he wants and GETS IT!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Ohh...the one on the counter. ;P


    Any additional comments?

    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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