Review: Better When He’s Bad by Jay Crownover

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, but it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize that some boys are just better when they’re bad.

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, but it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize that some boys are just better when they’re bad.

Better When He’s Bad by Jay Crownover

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shane “Bax” Baxter is the epitome of a tortured hero. In Bax’s mind he is bad to his core and not redeemable but I agree with the heroine Dovie Price – he had good in him.

This wasn’t your typical bad guy from wrong side of tracks falling for a girl from the right side of the tracks. Nope she came from the same side he did and grew up with the same crappy conditions but she managed to stay pure while he let it blacken his soul. But all that lost black soul needed was the light that Dovie was to start chipping away at the black and freeing him little by little.

When you first start reading this you think how can this be a romance with the revenge filled hatred of the hero, with all the violence and dire situations around but the author weaves a tale that ends with just that.

This was my first time reading this author and I really enjoyed her voice and her characters and look forward to the next book in the series.

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