Friday, August 19, 2016

Better When He's Bold Review

Better When He's Bold (Welcome to the Point #2)
By Jay Crownover
NA Contemporary

Goodreads Summary:

Some men are just better when they're bold.

Welcome to the Point...

In a dark and broken kingdom, a ruler has to 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 her best friend's brother for what he is--too pretty, too smooth, and way too dangerous to touch. Basking in Race's golden glow is very tempting, but Brysen knows she'd eventually get burned.

When she starts receiving threatening texts and someone tries to take her out in parking lot, 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?

Gabrielle's 4 Star Review:

Race Hartmen comes from a royally rich family but he threw everything away when he found out he had a half sister that his father tried to kill in the first book of the series. He now lives in the center of the criminal kingdom as its king.
Brysen Carter's family is from the same town as Race's but they don't live on "top of the hill" where all the super rich people live. They aren't poor but they aren't as wealthy as the Hartmen's. Their family is at the end of their money, about to lose their home and livelihoods because her father isn't smart with their money.
Brysen tries to avoid Race at all costs. She is fiercely attracted to the super smart, hot, rich guy BUT she tries to hide it. She knows it would be stupid to start anything with the new king of the criminal world in the Point.
Their attraction is undeniable when they first bump into each other in the book and as time goes on, Brysen slowly stops trying to fight it. Race is set out to protect her while her world is falling apart all around her. Someone is bent on revenge and tries to kill her and ruin her life. Her mother won't stop drinking long enough to be a real mother. Her father buries himself in his office as he loses his money in gambling casinos.
Finally, the only solace Brysen finds is in Race's arms and they realize the attraction between them is more than just lust. Something that could maybe even hold them together when everything tries to tear them apart.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance and some nonstop action. Jay proves herself once again in this second installment in the Welcome to the Point series!!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Better When He's Bad Review

BETTER WHEN HE'S BAD (A Welcome To The Point Novel)



I'm ecstatic to start of the month of August with such a gripping and steamy book.

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.

Shane Baxter, aka Bax, was sent to prison when he was eighteen years old because he was set up. Did he deserve to go to prison? Yes. He was a criminal. If you don't believe me then look at this:

“My name is Shane Baxter, Bax to most people, and I’m a thief. Got a girl? I’ll take her from you. Got a sweet ride you dropped a mint on? I’ll take it from you… Taking things that didn’t belong to me was second nature; well, that and finding all the worst kinds of trouble to get into.”

Dovie Pryce is a girl who grew up in a bad neighborhood with a father who wants her dead and a user mother, but somehow was able to keep her kindness and innocence through it all.

I'll start off by saying that I am never one to jump on the bandwagon for a "bad boy". I usually find the books unrealistic that the female (who is usually a goodie goodie) gets him to fall under her spell with no effort whatsoever. It. Doesn't. Happen. BUT Jay Crownover found a way to win me over. Bax was bad, even throughout the whole book, and Dovie finds a way to not only fall in love with him but to fall in love with even his bad parts. He doesn't change for her but he does reign in his impulsive urges for her.
Through the whole book danger lurked right around the corner. And you find out new surprising details that are truly a surprise. I wasn't like, Yeah, I figured that out on page 1, like I do with a lot of books. 
This is a great start to the Welcome to the Point series. It had the right mixture of loyalty, danger, action, and hot steamy action! I can't wait to find out what happens next with Race's story.

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