Book Review: BETTER WHEN HE’S BAD by Jay Crownover

Genre: NA, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 384

Released on: June 17th, 2014


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Goodreads Summary:

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.

My Review:

Guys, this series is NOTHING like Jay’s Marked Men series. Holy sizzle balls on a skewer.

Jay Crownover will tell you and help guide you through it in her introduction at the very beginning of the story! And after reading Better When He’s Bad, I can say that Jay’s Marked Men series is a lot tamer and safe. The men in Marked Men are troubled, yes, but they are so good and lovely and love-able at heart. Seriously, if you see one of the Marked Men walking down the street you’d probably want to run up to them and squish them with a hug. And they’ hug you back! With Bax from BWHB, he’d shove you away and then threaten your life if you ever dared touch him again. That’s just how he is.

And I love it.

Bax is naturally bad and he knows it and he doesn’t try to change it. What I love most is that the main girl, Dovie (weird name, too) doesn’t try to change Bax either. She loves him for all his parts, both bad and badder. And my god I just love them two together. They compliment each other in so many ways. He’s bad where she’s good; He’s broken where she’s taped together; And they both have scars to deal with. But they learn how to get through them together.

The plot is really intriguing too! I mean, I’m hooked with the close knit friendship between Bax and Race and how they are tied into the “mafia king” so to speak. Crownover does a great job at mixing the romance with mystery and, damn, is she good at making my heart beat 1,000 beats per second on her climax scenes. *No, not sexual climax. Plot climax!

Seriously I like grip the book real tight and start hyperventilating.

I’m definitely invested enough in Race, too, that I’m super excited for his book (which comes out in like 3 days?).

Bottom line, this book is gritty, edgy, sexy, dark, and very very bad. More so than her Marked Men series. Honestly, it makes her Marked Men series seem so tame. But I definitely enjoyed my time being in the Point and I can’t wait to head back 😉



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