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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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    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!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 06-20-14
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 06-20-14

    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 !!! :)

    4 of 4 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.

    1 of 1 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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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 06-23-14
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 06-23-14 Member Since 2006

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Very good start to the series :D"

    4 stars

    This was a very good story. I liked Dovie and Bax and I liked their story. I got sucked in from the beginning and it had me listening (I did the audiobook) without stop until the end (except to sleep). This is the first book I've read by this author and based on this I'm planning to try more of her work.

    Dovie grew up with a mother that was addicted to drugs and was more worried about her next fix than about Dovie. Her dad was a rich man that paid her mother to get rid of her and didn't care past that. Dovie ended up in the Foster care system but is taken out of it at the age of 16 by her half-brother, Race. He gave her a good home, got her in to a better school and turned Dovie's life around. Dovie is a sweet young woman and tries to help those around her. She works as a waitress but also part time at a halfway home for teen girls while she goes to school to become a social worker.

    Bax grew up with a drunk for a mother and a father that wasn't around. His older brother escaped their life early, leaving Bax responsible for getting him and his mom through. He was young and had no skills but found he had a knack for stealing almost anything. Bax stole a lot and even ended up stealing cars for a big bad guy called Novak. Problem is that something went wrong on a job that he and his best friend, Race, we doing and Bax got caught and sent to prison for 5 years. Once Bax gets out all he wants is to know the truth and payback for his time in prison.

    Bax has just gotten out of prison and is leaving the house of a woman he's visited to release the pressures from 5 years without any. He's confronted by some associates of Novak, who wants to see Bax. Bax doesn't want to see Novak and tells the guys as much. He soon finds out that Race is missing and Novak is hot to find him. Bax believes that Race might have had something to do with their last job (which went down under very suspicious circumstances) going bad and Bax getting caught by the cops. Bax and Race have been best friends for years though and so Bax wants to talk to Race face to face to find out what happened. When Bax finds that Race is missing and no one can find him, Bax starts searching his old contacts looking to find Race. Bax finds out that Race was living with a woman and when he hunts her down to get any info he can. This leads to an encounter between Bax and Dovie whic doesn't go very well. Dovie wears baggy clothing to hide her form and not draw much attention in the bad part of town she's currently living in so Bax doesn't think too much of her right off. He finds out what info he can from her and then heads off to find Race without her, much to Dovie's annoyance and dismay. Dovie really loves her brother and knows he's in trouble so she wants to help. Since Bax doesn't let her some with him, She finds out one of his leads and tries to go on the search herself. This doesn't work out too well and Bax finds her before she gets very far.

    Bax soon realizes that Dovie isn't going to be left behind easily. That doesn't mean he wouldn't still do it...at least until they find evidence that Novak and his goons are looking for Dovie as well, wanting to use her as leverage to draw Race out of hiding. Bax decides he needs to keep Dovie safe while looking for Race. Along the way, Bax realizes that Dovie is actually really pretty and has a much better body than expected under the cloths. At first he's crude to try to run her off but Dovie isn't fazed by it and soon Bax is starting to feel things for this woman he's never felt before. They both feel the attraction but know it's a bad idea so they split for a bit with Dovie staying at a friend's place. That doesn't last long though and Dovie soon is back in Bax's life and showing Bax just what he's been missing. Bax knows that Dovie is too good for him and he'll never be able to keep her but eventually gives in to his attraction to Dovie, taking what he can get while he can get it. Dovie sees the bad in Bax but also sees some good behind his eyes and feels safe when she's with him. She's sure he'll break her heart but she doesn't fight the attraction very hard, savoring the time she has with him. While Dovie and Bax do the relationship dance, the action plot of the story plays out as they search for Race and slowly uncover what happened 5 years ago and what's going on in the current time. Dovie and Bax have a lot to deal with before the end but things do work out in a rather unexpected way. There's a little more drama on the relationship side before things get settled but I quite liked the ending and seeing Dovie and Bax get their HEA.

    This was a very enjoyable story. I really liked Dovie and Bax and their story was interesting, engaging with some sweet mixed in as well. Bax is a bad boy but he certainly has a soft spot for his woman and I liked that he was pretty straight forward with Dovie and didn't hide his feelings from her. I'm planning to read the next book in the series when it's released. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :D

    * note - There were 2 narrators, one male and one female. Each chapter switch between Dovie and Bax's PoV and the narrators switched depending on who's PoV it was. Both narrators did a good job but I think I liked the male narrator better then the female one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Orange Park, FL, United States 07-31-14
    Rebecca Orange Park, FL, United States 07-31-14 Member Since 2011

    Love Dystopian novels, Romance and Murder Mysteries!

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    "We girls do love bad boys....."

    Of course bad boys are always fantastic to read about. Who doesn't like hearing about a guy that's so hot, done jail time, and runs a whole neighborhood....no body wants to mess with him. That's Bax, and he's easy to lust after. The whole bad boy, other side of the tracks was a bit off the grid for me, and unbelievable at some times, but the smoking hot steamy scenes are great despite that :)

    The book was all in all- good for me, not fantastic or over the top, but good nevertheless.
    I don't expect every book I get to knock my socks off, so that's ok.
    Trust me, I've had plenty where I can't even get through them, so that's not a bad review!

    End of the day- get this one if you have nothing else stronger on your wish list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh Athens, AL, United States 07-28-14
    Leigh Athens, AL, United States 07-28-14 Member Since 2009

    As a psychiatrist addiction is important to me. I am addicted to audible books, kindle books, my husband, and my thirteen cats.

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    "Bad, Just plain old Bad"
    Would you try another book from Jay Crownover and/or Mia Barron and Leland King ?

    Maybe the writer is better than this book and the narrator has more bags up her sleeves but to be honest the charactors are just not three dimentional. She starts out telling you that this is not about a bad boy and a good girl, it's about a really bad boy who does really bad things. So I listened. It should have been good, it had a real plot and everything but it was so boring and perdictable I just had to send it back after the third chapter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LeftyMom North Carolina 07-27-14
    LeftyMom North Carolina 07-27-14 Member Since 2007

    leftymom

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    "I expected better from Jay"

    I loved all the Marked Men books and was hoping it would continue with the new series unfortunately it didn't (at least for me.) I didn't have a problem with Bax (Shane) having a rough past but she wrote it into the story too much or too often. He was "bad" I got it so you don't have to keep telling me - I didn't need to be reminded in every chapter. Dovie (hate the name - reminds me too much of Lovie) was okay as well. This book didn't have the sexual chemistry of the Marked Men books. They met, he asked her if she would have sex with him and she said okay. That was it. The narration is the only thing that saved it for me (or got me to listen to the end without turning it off.) I'm hoping this series will get better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ndulgent Blogger Harrisonburg, VA, United States 07-21-14
    Ndulgent Blogger Harrisonburg, VA, United States 07-21-14 Member Since 2010

    I'm one of the reviewers at the Guilty Indulgence Review Site. I am always reading - I don't go anywhere without an ebook or audiobook!

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    "Bad Has Never Been So Good."

    Crownover builds the story, slowly giving the details as Bax uncovers the truth and finds his brand of HEA with Dovie. In audiobook, the narrator gives a spot-on performance in relaying the emotion and the danger. I'm so glad I listened to this on audio because I didn't want to put it down once I started. Instead, I popped in my ear buds and listened while I cooked and while I weeded the garden.

    Crownover stepped it up with Better When He’s Bad. From the intensity of their world to the angst between the characters, this book takes readers into a world where it just might be good to be bad.

    FULL REVIEW on our site, Guilty Indulgence Review Site.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    johnnaBaby SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 07-20-14
    johnnaBaby SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 07-20-14 Member Since 2011

    An innate Luv4Books! -Genres: Paranormal as my No.#1, some Contemporary Romance, and Young Adult that keeps up a niche for us Adults! ;)

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    "A true-believer: ALL of Jay's Books are Winners!"
    Any additional comments?

    I own all of Crownover's books; They are an easy addiction.....The writing, the narration.... the whole Audible package is classic perfection!

    Looking for a Guarantee enjoyable story? You'll find it here in Jay Crownover's books! Period.
    :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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