Blog Tour: Better When He's Bad (Welcome To The Point #1) By Jay Crownover ~Ava & Kat's Review and Giveaway!
Do you want the truth about this book or do you want me to lie?
Because if you want me to lie, I would have to say this is the worst book I have ever read. I am not at all excited about the rest of them in the series. Or, I could tell you the truth and say, I LOVE THIS BOOK A LOT!
Now…my first Jay book was Rule (I now blame her for my giddiness whenever I come across a guy in any book that I read that has “metal in fun places”), and even as I made my way through her Marked Men series, Rule had always remained my #1. Until now that is. Bax and Better When He’s Bad has overruled and taken the throne!
“Dovie, you made me feel like I was the king in a land of second chances.”
Bax and Dovie’s story is about totally unexpected love, surrounded by action, suspense and a little adventure. The action and suspense definitely had my anxiety kicking in. The teeth gritting and oh-my-no-this-isn’t-happening, happened in this story. I was speed reading through this one particular scene, because even though in the back of my mind I knew things would be ok, Jay made me doubt that. She had me hanging on the edge of the pages eagerly waiting to see what happened next. And even though not everything was totally okay, sometimes that not okay-niss makes love a little stronger, and bonds people together even though some are sure they have no business of being together in the first place. And I am damn sure that if Dovie could overcome this, then Bax is the luckiest man alive.
“She did more to set me free than walking out of those prison gates ever had.”
Love and forgiveness is the greatest gift Bax could have ever received from Dovie. Cause my lord, bad things happened! I felt so bad for her and even thinking about it again kinda makes me cringe. Poor little Dovie.
Now you would think from the title of the book that Bax is bad all around. Well I will tell you that maybe as hard as Jay tried, she couldn’t possibly have made me hate him at any point. He, like all admirable book boyfriends, had his melt-my-heart moments. From the small things like big, bad, Bax grocery shopping to the big things like willing to die to protect his woman. And as much as we would never want that to happen, sometimes the heart makes irrational decisions in desperate situations that the mind cannot comprehend. (Don’t ever do something like that ever again, Bax!)
“I never considered you might end up being the one who hurts me before this is all said and done.”
“It’s just me, little Dove, no more and no less.”
I love the men Jay brings to life onto her pages. She makes them broken, but not so broken they can’t be loved. She makes them bad, but not so bad that we would turn our backs on them when the going gets tough. She fixes them just enough to still have that edgy bad boy quality that we all know and love. And that is what I love so much about Bax. Because even when it was all said and done and he got the woman of his unexpected dreams, he will never, ever, truly be a good guy. And this my fellow bad boy-loving-fangirls, is exactly why Bax is Better When He’s Bad!
“She was the epitome of everything good that came from bad people and a bad place.”
*I received a copy of this book after hunting Jay Crownover down in #RT14. True Story ;-)
I had heard so many amazing things about Bax, and my excitement was kicked up a notch when I met the lovely Jay Crownover in NOLA. Just hearing her enthusiasm and her description of how the book was a big departure from the Marked Men series had me giddy to read it. And I’m so pleased Bax did not disappoint!
I loved the note from Jay at the beginning highlighting that she hadn’t written about a bad boy before, sure Rule, Jet and co. had tatts and naughty piercings but that was simply who they were. Bax on the other hand was a bad boy in every sense of the word. He was no stranger to the law and violence sadly was second nature to him. This put into perspective Bax and his world before I began reading and I couldn’t help but note how true it was.
Bax was an interesting multi-faceted character and one that held my interest throughout the whole book. After being released from prison following a five-year stint, Bax was on the lookout for his best friend. Race hadn’t been seen or heard from and Bax worried the enemy had gotten to Race too.
In his search for Race, Bax was led to Dovie, someone close to Race. Bax wasn’t Mr. Nice Guy and he certainly didn’t have time to babysit Dovie but when her safety was threatened, Bax stepped in.
So I know Bax was a bad guy who did questionable things but I was like a moth to a flame and I fell for him hard. I loved the rawness of his character, he didn’t make excuses for who he was, he made mistakes but he didn’t set out to be perfect, he only wanted to survive.
“I couldn’t do this anymore without her. This life was always going to be brutal and dark, and she needed to be the one bright spot in it.”
Dovie was my kinda book heroine, she was street smart and stood up for herself. Bax tried his best to leave her behind and exclude her from the hunt for Race but Dovie dug her heels in and Bax discovered it was easier just to accept they were going to be seeing a lot of each other. Of course, the romantic in me was squeeing for joy as their relationship morphed from necessity to pleasure. Don’t get me wrong, it was in no way hearts and flowers, it was lust and carnal desire but I didn’t care, I was #TeamDax all the way ;-)
“I swore there would never in my life be anything hotter than Shane Baxter getting naked and ready to work me over.”
“He kissed me hard and I clutched at him to stay anchored to this bed in this place, otherwise I would fall away and I didn’t know that I could find my way back.”
The storyline itself was one packed full of intrigue, action and plenty of twists. I loved discovering the ways in which individual characters were linked and how the dynamics changed so quickly. Bax struggled with wanting to leave behind his old life and starting something new with Dovie, but he knew it was only a matter of time before something had to give. His friends and family were willing him to make the right choice.
“Do something with the garage. Do something with the girl. Do something with your life, Bax. This time, you can’t blame being the bad guy on not having any other options.”
Bax may have been the ultimate bad boy, but let’s face it, he did have a good heart. It’s was needed to allow us ladies to fall for him. His dealings may not have been kosher but he always acted with his friend’s and family’s best intentions at the forefront.
“I don’t know how love works, Dovie. I don’t know how to be anything other than this, but I know the only thing that gives me hope is the idea of you and me. I know I’m not the ideal, not the dream guy, but no one will ever fight for you the way I will. I promise you that you will always have the best parts of me I have to give.”
Dovie seen the two sides of Bax clearly. Bax was the tough, rule breaking guy, whereas Shane was the tender guy who cared for his family and cared for Dovie very much. I myself, loved when Shane let his true colours shine.
“I’m not going to pretend I don’t like it when you’re Shane better, but Bax has his place and I can deal with him, just not in bed.”
“I was in love with him, both sides of him, and I wasn’t going to let him go.”
Without a doubt, this is my favourite Jay Crownover book to date. I felt the freedom in her words, the world she created in The Point, although harrowing was very realistic and even before the book was finished I was desperate for Race’s story next.
For fans of the Marked Men series, you will love the newest offering from Jay. Bax will take you on a ride you will never forget!
“That was what undid me about him. He was unpredictable, he was a criminal he was hazardous to my sanity, but then he held me when I couldn’t sleep and he touched me like I would break. It was an intoxicating combination that I was having no luck in fighting.”
“And then you opened your mouth. All that love, all that loyalty, all the innocence, even though life had kicked you around time and time again, and all I wanted to do was let some of that sweetness and light touch me.”
“I’ve never had very clean hands, but the first time I touched you, that first gasp out of that perfect mouth, the first time I thrust into you, God, Dovie, you made me feel like I was the king in a land of second chances.”
“Five years without sex was no joke; three months without sex, when you had just figured out who the person you wanted to have sex with for the rest of your life was, was flat out torture.”
“You should let someone show you that being good isn’t all that bad, Bax.”
“I would do it all over again. Offer my life, give up my freedom for her. There was no other way to repay her for finally setting me free, free from everything, even if I spent the next twenty years behind bars.”
“Things have a way of working out Bax. You need a little faith.”
“I don’t need faith, Dovie. I have you.”
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.
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