Thursday, June 12, 2014

Better When He's Bad by Jay Crownover, Blog Tour: Book Review & Giveaway

Welcome to the next stop in the BETTER WHEN HE'S BAD blog tour hosted by Inkslinger. Today I'm excited to share both my review of Jay's upcoming release, and my interview with BAX (which you can read here). I'll just warn you, BAX isn't a stereotypical "bad boy". He literally is, but there's more to him than inked up skin, a bad a attitude, and sharp tongue. You get what you get with him. 


By: Jay Crownover
Published by: William Morrow
Released on: 6/17/14
Series: Welcome To the Point #1
Source: arc from the publisher to review
Rating: 5 Stars - I Loved It
Purchase it from: Amazon | Barnes and Noble
Add it to: Goodreads 

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.

Jay Crownover has a gift for writing gritty, real, honest characters who at first seem rough around the edges, but the more you read about them, and get to know them, the more you like them, respect them, and understand them. Each of her characters are the way they are for a reason. Not once do any of her characters make excuses for who they are, or what they've done. Just like in real life, I respect a character who knows who they are, owns up to their actions, doesn't make excuses for them, and is completely comfortable in their own skin. Crownover's characters are all that and more. They have a depth to them that feels like I'm reading a real person's story. I love the way each of her characters have vividly come to life while reading their individual stories.

BAX is NOT your stereotypical bad boy. Oh no, BAX is the bad boy you're warned to stay away from. He has grown up on the wrong side of the tracks so to speak, and during that process he's learned how to survive in a brutally harsh world from a young age. He is a no-nonsense kind of guy. He is who he is, and he's not going to sugar coat things. He brutally harsh, honest, and you get what you get with this rough around the edges kind of guy. Some people would call him a jerk, a-hole etc, but there's to BAX than attitude... okay maybe not a whole lot more, but he is who he is for a reason. 

BAX is the kind of character that would be so easy to judge him for his brutal ways. Yet I didn't. I'm not quick to judge, and I've learned with Crownover, there's always a reason for why her characters are a certain way. BAX is a character who's made some pour choices in life, but who wouldn't if you grew up in the part of town he did, and had to survive on your own. Bax is the kind of guy who is intimating. He's the kind of guy I'd say run if you ever ended up on his bad side, but running would be pointless, he'd find you. This inked up, bad boy who could make you pee your pants with his cold stare alone, has a soft spot... Even though he won't admit it.

DOVIE Pryce is my kind of character! She's intelligent, street smart, a fighter, tough, brave, and down right loyal. She's independent, supports herself, doesn't take no for an answer, and knows how to survive. She's had a tough life, but she's been able to blend in, and get by, that is until BAX comes crashing into her world, literally. When most people would cower in front of Bax, Dovie doesn't. She swallows her fear, and follows her gut feeling vs her instinct which tells her to run. She sees the real Bax, and she accepts him for it. As does Bax with Dovie. Looks can be deceiving, and I loved Bax's first impression of Dovie, and the then his thoughts when he got to see Dovie beneath all those layers. Like I said, Dovie knows how to blend into her surroundings. Unlike BAX's rough, tough looks and attitude, Dovie is soft, graceful, and has that innocent girl next door look. These two couldn't be more opposite of each other, and more perfect for each other. 

BAX and DOVIE have a relationship that is something else. It's not swoon worthy and sweet, instead it's real, and totally honest. It's one that in the midst of all that's going on, gives them both a comfort and assurance neither of them has had before. Ironically, given the nature of their dangerous setting, it's also a relationship that requires a lot of protection from those who are out to do harm to BAX. Their relationship is at times gritty. There are moments of heartbreak mixed in with tender moments, and moments that when all else seems lost grounds them together. I loved seeing someone as bad and as tough as Bax have his tender moments with Dovie. Dovie, for as soft, graceful and innocent as she seems, she more than holds her own with Bax. She surprises and handles him in a way no one else can. The two of them couldn't seem more opposite, nor be more perfect for each other.

Better When He's Bad definitely has it all. It's a tough, darker read. There's action, danger, love, and a whole of things that happen on the other side of town, in this book. This is the first book in a much darker, grittier series than Crownover's Marked Men series. Just like her characters from that series, Crownover's new characters will definitely have you cheering for them to overcome all that life throws their way. 

Go HERE to read my interview with BAX.

About 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.

Find Jay via: Website |  Blog | Facebook | Twitter |  Goodreads

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  1. I like reading about their history and seeing how they work to over come or better their situation.

  2. How the heroine helps the bad boy turn good, even a little.