Better When He's Bold
by Jay Crownover
Some men are just better when they're bold.
Welcome to the Point...
In a dark and broken kingdom, a ruler has to be fearless to control the streets and the ruthless people who run them.
Race Hartman is just bold enough, just smart enough, and just lost enough to wear the crown. Places like the Point will always have bad things and bad people, but the man in control of all that badness can minimize the devastation. Race has a plan, but can he prevent total annihilation without destroying himself?
Brysen Carter has always seen her best friend's brother for what he is--too pretty, too smooth, and way too dangerous to touch. Basking in Race's golden glow is very tempting, but Brysen knows she'd eventually get burned.
When she starts receiving threatening texts and someone tries to take her out in parking lot, the only person interested in keeping her safe is the one man she can't allow herself to have.
Sometimes being bold is the only way to stay alive. But can she let Race save her life . . . if it means losing herself to him?
Book 2 in the Welcome to the Point series. This could be read as a standalone but I would suggest reading book 1, Better when he's Bad to get a better understanding of the background of the characters and the world they live in.
No one chooses to live in The Point, except Race Hartman. Born into the elite who reside on The Hill. He has cast aside the riches of his family and the sickening actions his father resorted to to keep his reputation and place in high society. Turning to his family of choice, he has decided to fill the power vacuum created when Novak the previous boss of the underworld paid the ultimate price. He intends to run the activities that The Point revolves around, hopefully making it a fairer, safer albeit still criminal way of life.
Brysen Carter is living in limbo. Supposedly struggling at college and with serious family issues, she doesn't need the complication of a man to add to the shit she deals with on a daily basis. Her best friend's brother Race has always been an enigma to her. Why would someone so rich turn his back on it all without a second glance? Turning to crime and the dangers that come as part of the package. He is off limits, but she can't seem to stay away. When the dangers start knocking on her door, only Race, his associates and the life she doesn't want part of can protect her.
If you are thinking of reading this book because you are a fan of Jay's Marked Men series then be prepared; This is a very different series. Expect a grittier, darker side of romance storytelling in a harsher, less than desirable environment.
I liked both characters and the storyline was a good one; although for me it wasn't quite as good as book 1. It was less gritty and Race was maybe too nice. That being said, Jay has a great talent for creating an amazing ensemble of characters. It makes you anticipate everyone's story and in particular Titus and hopefully Booker's. She also has a knack of projecting the atmosphere of The Point so well. It's dark, dirty and grimy way of life, it certainly makes for one hell of a back drop.
I'm now looking forward to Better When He's Brave, Titus's story and seeing The Point from the right side of the law.
Emma - 3.5 Crowns