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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 2014

    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!

    10 of 10 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+"
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    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 9 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 2012

    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 2015

    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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    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.

    3 of 4 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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    Angela Turner 08-28-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Fabulous!"

    An absolutely fantastic story!! How I love the Bad Boys!! This book will become a re-read for sure!

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    Emily Kokemiller 07-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    So awesome. I love every single book by this talented writer.
    Im a girl and I live for chick flicks and this book as well as all the other books by jay crownover are perfect. And listening to them makes it so my boyfriend doesnt have to suffer through watching girly movies!! 😂😂

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    starr North versailles, PA, United States 07-17-15
    starr North versailles, PA, United States 07-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very realistic story. I enjoyed"

    This is very different from my normal books. I primary listen to paranormal romance. This was straight romance and I must admit I enjoyed it. Bax was hot and sexy. I have known guys like him and must admit I always went the other direction. It take a special woman to accept and love them .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya 06-05-15
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    "Better When He's Bad"
    Would you listen to Better When He's Bad again? Why?

    Yes, but, only if I had bought the ebook too. Sometimes I like to go back and actually read parts that are more intense. But, that is my preference.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Sometimes you can’t help yourself who you fall in love with. Bax (Shane Baxter) is a “Bad boy not a boy being bad” he lives a dangerous life and pushes limits.


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

    No but I would have if I didn't have to work.


    Any additional comments?

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  • Dana
    7/12/15
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lilley Loolah
    5/18/15
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    "Fantastic"

    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 ❤️

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CRYSTAL CLEAR
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    "A gritty, challenging ride"
    If you could sum up Better When He's Bad in three words, what would they be?

    Gritty, heart rending, inspiring


    What other book might you compare Better When He's Bad to, and why?

    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.


    What does Mia Barron and Leland King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Both narrators did an excellent job and brought Bax and Dovey alive for me.


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

    It was but I couldn't


    Any additional comments?

    I'm waiting baited breath for Rays's story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    10/6/14
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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