Monday, February 2, 2015

BETTER WHEN HE'S BOLD by Jay Crownover, Book Tour: Book Review & Enter To WIN

Hello & Welcome to the next stop in the BETTER WHEN HE'S BOLD blog tour! 
I'm thrilled to share my review for Jay Crownover's upcoming release. Trust me, you don't want to miss Race's story!

By: Jay Crownover
Published by: William Morrow Books
To Be Released on: 2/3/15
Series: Welcome To The Point #2
Rating: 5 Stars 
Source: gifted book from author
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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jay Crownover, comes the second book in a combustible new series, Welcome to the Point, that is sexier, darker, and better than ever.

There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who is bad. . . . Welcome to the Point.

In a dark and broken kingdom, a ruler has be fearless to control the streets and the ruthless people who run them. Race Hartman is just bold enough, just smart enough, and just lost enough to wear the crown. Places like The Point will always have bad things and bad people, but the man in control of all that badness can minimize the devastation. Race has a plan, but can he prevent total annihilation without destroying himself?

Brysen Carter has always seen the real Race—a guy too pretty, too smooth, and way too dangerous. Basking in his golden glow is very tempting, but Brysen knows she’ll eventually get burned. She has enough problems without the risky danger and mayhem that comes with a guy like Race. Too bad Brysen faces a threat close to home that might be more dangerous than anything The Point has ever produced.. And the only person interested in keeping her safe is the one man she can’t allow herself to have.

Sometimes being bold is the only way to stay alive. But can she let Race save her life . . . if it means losing herself to him?

Welcome back to the Point! If you're picking up book two thinking that it can't top Better When He's Bad, you're in for a surprise. Race may not be as rough around the edges as Bax is, but he's definitely not someone to mess with or cross. Where Bax likes to take action first, ask questions later, Race thinks things out, though he's not one who will shy away from uses his hands either. What makes Race a dangerous leader is his intelligence, and his no fear is going after what he wants, when he wants. He has his eyes on Brysen. 

The Point never looked so good with Race in charge. 

All the suspense, sexiness, and danger that Crownover first introduced her fans to with Bax's story is very much apart of Race's story. Race definitely caught my attention in Bax's story, and I loved getting to know him so much better in his own story. There's definitely a lot more to Race than I first thought. He's got the looks, the skill, and I loved that he's someone who definitely has the intelligence. It takes more than just brawn to take over The Point, and I think fans will enjoy what Race offers in this story. 

Crownover is known for writing characters who are down right gritty, edgy, and have this side to them makes me wish I could take them all under my wing. The characters in this series are from the "other" side of the tracks. They each have grown up with some pretty messed up situations, and though you could deem them broken, they each of this strength I admire. They are better than their situations. They make the most of what life has dwelt them, and do what they must to protect those they love, and themselves. The characters are edgier, blunt, and they go after what they want. For all their hard edges, they definitely know how to often up a bit when they find love.

The romance in this series is great. 

The sparks fly in this book! There's no denying what Race and Brysen have. Chemistry. Being the best friend of his sister, these two know each other, but as this story unfolds, there's much more to the two of them, then either of them realized. There's no denying that these two have wanted each other for a long time. One of the things I liked with these two, is how they break down each other's walls. It's not quick and easy, and I liked that Crownover took her time through in allowing these two to really build up that trust with each other. 

I loved that Brysen could totally handle things on her own, and I loved that Race also didn't take no for an answer when he did all he could to keep her safe. In doing so, it also allowed Brysen to realize that she didn't have to do everything on her own, and she really did need someone to protect her, both figurative, and in reality. I really like how Crownover contrasts the harsh reality of where the characters live, and what they have to do to survive, with the softer side of love. Like Bax, Race isn't afraid to do what it takes to protect those he loves or go after what he once. Once he knows what he wants, he is upfront, bold, and doesn't shy away from it. 

One of my favorite Brysen moments is when she hugs Bax. I know! Who does that?! No one! They run from him. I might have totally laughed during this scene. But, this does give you a little glimpse into this fearless, kick butt character that Brysen is. She is as beautiful as she is fearless, both inside and out. Though Bax might scare her on some level, she faces her fears head strong. Or in some cases, she hugs them and tells them thank you. Max's response to her hug is hilarious! 

No matter what brought them to the Point, it's a survival of the fittest so to speak, and these characters are all doing their best to survive one hell of a place to live. I use the term hell literally. As fans learn in the first book in this series, The Point is not a place you'd want to wander into in the middle of the night, or the day. It's as dangerous as it is deadly. I admire Race's motivation for taking over, and doing what he's doing. I'm looking forward to what Crownover has in store for fans in her next book. There's so much that happens in this book. I loved the characters more in Race's story than I did in Bax's. There's so much more to each of them, and their entangled relationships with each other. There's so much more at steak for each of them now. 

If you enjoyed the first book in this series, you do NOT want to miss reading Race's story! 

About Jay Crownover

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men and The Point series. 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. 

Connect with Jay: Website | Blog  | Facebook |  Twitter |  Goodreads


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