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
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
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 !!! :)
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
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!
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
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.
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.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
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!
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
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.
I wasn't sure about this book when I read the reviews because it seemed others either loved or hated it. I found Bax and Dovie's story to be intense and somewhat unpredictable. The story took me on an emotional roller coaster. I loved that it wasn't knock-out looks that attracted Dovie to Bax, but who she was and what she so freely gave him. It was also nice that the storyline wasn't always predictable. There were many twists and turns in the story that I didn't expect, and although I predicted a happy ending, it didn't come about the way I expected.
The one thing I wish I could change, and I hope does change in Race's story is the male narrator. This was my first audible with dual narration, and I enjoyed that aspect of it, but the male voice was irritating. With that said, if it is the same narrator, it won't keep me from purchasing the next story.
Unique story that was very interesting; Narrator will make you want to follow him home, Both Narrators were great, but Leland King, I give a 10! his voice is amazing.
Love Dystopian novels, Romance and Murder Mysteries!
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.
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