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.
Elizabeth - 4 Crowns
well holy hell!! we all Luv our bad broken boys... well let me tell you that Jay Crownover makes all those little broken boys seem like little angels compared to Bax. Bax is the ultimate bad a** mother effer!! Broken to the point that not even superglue and a brilliant welder would be able to get him even close to the semblance of our usual bad boys....
With that said... OMG... fell completely for BAX... he is just built the way he is, inside and out, and you just accept it... and you love it... And you want some light for his darkness.. even a little pinprick of light...
Enter Dovie... and of course she is the light.. who has lived in the darkness her whole life... so she would be the one, the only one that might keep Bax from self destructing... maybe... but to get there, there are some very difficult twists and turns, and a very "I did not see that coming" shocker
Luved this book!! luved Dovie, and loved Bax even more...
Kelly - 4.5 Crowns
“Sexy, dark and deliciously wicked. A unique and unconventional love story told from the wrong side of the tracks. Oh, it’s so good to be bad…” Kelly, Perusing Princesses
Shane ‘Bax’ Baxter is the notorious street fighting, car jacking bad boy we all want to hate. Growing up with an alcoholic Mother, an older Brother who left them alone and an absent Father, Bax had no choice but to enter a life of crime at an early age. In order to eat, he became a thief on the streets, and sadly, just another casualty in ‘The Point’.
“Taking things that didn’t belong to me was second nature; well, that and finding all the worst kinds of trouble to get into. I was only twenty-three, had gone in for a nickel right on the heels of my eighteenth birthday, but that wasn’t even close to the first time I got busted or banged heads with the law. I wasn’t a master of good choices or clean living, but I knew my strengths and I stuck with them and I took care of my own. Whatever the cost might be.” - Bax
Race Hartman is a rich boy, the son of Lord Hartman; a respected family who reside on ‘The Hill’. He likes fast cars and never expected to befriend the low-life who tried to steal his one fateful night. Bax showed Race a new way of life, and the rush was too good to pass up.
“Race was more than just my big brother. He was my hero. He was my saviour. He was the only thing in the entire world I couldn’t live without.”
But when a job goes wrong for The Point’s underground crime boss, Novak, Race manages to flee, while Bax gets sent down for five-years.
Now, upon his release, Bax has a lot of questions, he needs to find Race, because in his incarceration it seems Race has been busy banging heads with the big boys, and now he’s in a world of trouble and needs Bax’s help. He just never expected to be playing babysitter to a fiery redhead called Dovie…
Dovie Pryce hasn’t had it easy growing up but she’s always tried to be the ‘better’ person. Her passion for helping the youth of today is admirable in a city tainted by darkness. Race Hartman is her Half-Brother, and has recently come into her life. They have formed a close relationship, and Dovie is devastated when he goes MIA. His passing words are ‘Trust Bax.’ A difficult concept considering he is one of the most feared ex-con’s in The Point.
Bax wants answers, but all he’s getting is more questions and a fiery redhead is the last of his concerns right now… but there is something about Dovie. Her ability to see the best in people, including him is a new concept, and her light may just be the one thing to see him through. His selfishness wants that, wants her, but the problem is Bax has never had anything to lose, that is…until now!
Corruption, betrayal, entanglement, lust, violence and everything in-between, Better When He’s Bad is the exciting first instalment of the ‘Welcome to the Point’ series by Jay Crownover, and a MUST READ!
Bax and Dovie are fantastic characters. I felt their abandonment, their challenges in a dark and twisted world was palpable, dark and disturbing, and yet they faced those challenges head on together and I admired their strength. Dovie’s ability to see through the facade and learn to love the Man in all his forms was admirable considering Bax’s past and present.
Shane Baxter has a double persona. He is a bad guy who doesn’t take any prisoners and yet at the heart is the small boy who wanted more. He risked his life to give himself and his Mother a better life, it’s just a shame she was too drunk to ever realise it. Never having belonged, Dovie is the voice of reason, with a kind smile and a good heart that shows him that there is more to life then succumbing to the call of the slums in which they reside. She never judges and never asks him to change, but just reminds him that his choices also affect her and I really loved this. It gave the story plausibility.
There are some great secondary characters here too. A few crime bosses, with Novak playing centre stage; intimidating and scary to say the least…
Gus the mechanic who is the only person ever to resemble family.
And Dovie’s best friend, Brysen, who has a story of her own to tell…
Better When He’s Bad was a riveting, action packed read with a great storyline and memorable characters.
Looking forward to the sequel!
Emma - 4 Crowns
This is book one in Jay Crownover's Welcome to the Point series. As a huge fan of her Marked Men series, I couldn't wait to dive in to this book... and let me say, it certainly didn't disappoint.
This is Shane "Bax" Baxter's story. Having just been released from a 5 year stint in prison, Bax is back in the Point, filled with bitterness and the need to find out how and why he wound up in the position of being caught in a stolen car. Finding his best friend Race is missing and wanted by the local gangster, he's soon on a mission to not only find Race, but to uncover all the truths and lies that surround his life.
Enter Dovie, Race's newly discovered half sister; left by Race under strict instructions to wait for Bax who will protect her; she's a plain red headed girl with a tendency to dress in boy's clothes. Pleading with Bax to find Race's whereabouts, Dovie certainly won't be sitting back and waiting; oh no, this girl will be with him every step of the way whether he likes it or not.
Will Bax find Race safe and sound? Will he discover if and who set him up? And will Dovie be able to penetrate the emotional void that he surrounds himself with?
Well that would be telling, you will just have to read it!
I really enjoyed this book. It is a massive departure from the Marked Men series and although I adore that series, I thought that was a good thing. Jay has managed to write something completely different and it certainly shows a real different aspect to her writing and her talent. I love her style and that is still there as are the dual POV, but this is a much darker, grittier read and she has done a really good job.
Bax is a fantastic character. he isn't a bad boy, Bax truly is a good man that chooses to be bad. Having been forced at an early age to provide for his alcoholic mother, he turned to the easiest way to earn money. Stealing became his profession and he soon gained a reputation for himself as a total badass. Falling into the clutches of the Points underworld king Novak he became reliable, bankable and indispensable. His best friend Race couldn't be more different. Coming from the affluent Hill area of the city and having very rich parents, he falls into this life by choice and had soon found his speciality lay in computers, in particular alarms and on board computers in super cars. Bax is fiercely protective of Race and vice versa. They'd planned to leave the business until it all went wrong. Not wanting Race to forfeit his potential and go to the Ivy league school he'd been accepted to, Bax becomes the fall guy but now he wants answers and needs Race to answer them.
Dovie is a hardworking and plain Jane type of character. The illegitimate child of a rich business man, she has been pushed form pillar to post her entire life and knows what a struggle living in a place like the Point means. Security arrived in the form of an older brother she didn't even realise she had. Race became her saviour, her safe place, that is until he made the decision to return to the point
Bax and Dovie are great together. They balance each other out and are able to connect in a way that surprises both of them. Will they make it? or will Bax's lifestyle choices cause them to self destruct?
If you enjoyed the Marked Men series, but are looking for something a little darker, grittier and a lot more complex, Better When he's Bad is a perfect read for you. It is a longer more intense story and the plot twists and discoveries will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Bring on Better When He's Bold... I need to read this person's full story.