Title: Better When He's Bad
Author: Jay Crownover
Published: June 17th
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.
As soon as I heard the premise for this book I knew I had to read it, I am a huge fan of the 'Marked Men' series and I could not wait to see what Jay would give us next.
“She was like some kind of redemption I never even realized I needed until we collided into each other’s lives.”
Shane 'Bax' Baxter isn't the type of man you bring home to your parents, in fact if he was ever in your house you might want to glue down to valuables and keep a close eye on him. Growing up in The Pointe with a dead-beat mother he had to learn how to steal to survive and that became the way of life for him. As he grew older his crimes became larger until eventually he ends up in prison spending 5 years for grand-theft auto . . . Now he is looking for answers.
The one person Bax needs to find is is Race, his best friend and the person who possibly framed him, the only issue is Race is missing and in his place is a fiery red head called Dovie who claims to be his half-sister and insists on helping him find Race even if she has to get her hands dirty . . . it also helps that the atmosphere between them practically sizzles.
“Are you scared of me?” His voice was scratchy.
I met his gaze steadily in the glass. “Terrified.”
“Do you trust me?”
“You going to bed with me?”
To enjoy this book you have to 'get' Bax and understand why he does what he does, he isn't the kind of guy who is going to be saved and start hugging puppies he will always have that streak of bad within him, but don't get me wrong he still knows what is right and wrong. For as much as Bax is closed off and dark there is just as much in him that is loyal and honest - He has just as much bad in him that there is good and I could not give enough.
“Oh, honey, if you look close enough, everything is in those eyes. That’s why they’re so dark. They are full. Full of every secret, every promise, and every temptation that can make a good girl do really bad things and enjoy every second of it.”
Dovie is literally the Light to Bax's darkness, she has grown up with an addict of a mother and a father who does not want anything to do with her. Unlike Bax she has used her past to make her a better person, putting them both together was refreshing and new. Dovie is persistent and determined and not afraid to get her hands dirty, even though Bax does not want her help she is damn well going to give it to him anyway.
“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.”
This is a book that perfectly walks the line between good and bad, I literally want to applaud Jay for her imagination and talent at creating men who bring me to my knee's. This book is gritty and sometimes will make you question if you should be enjoying what you are reading but to me that just made it a little more realistic as I had to put myself in the characters heads.
I am hanging on to the bottom of my seat waiting for the second book; Better When He Is Bold.
“You don’t need anyone to show you how to be good; you’re so much better when you’re bad.”
5/5 Bad Stars!