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, awakening feelings she never thought she’d have for a guy like him. But it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize . . . some boys are just better when they’re bad.
My 4 star review
Growing up in The Point isn’t easy. It is every person for themselves.
I had been around long enough in the worsts parts of town to know the difference between a bad boy and a boy who was just bad. Bad was stamped all across Shane Baxter and it had nothing to do with the star tattooed on his face or the ominous and deliberate way he moved, like a coiled snake ready to strike and eager to fill you with poison before you could blink.
Dovie Pryce is no stranger to struggling. Her life has been hard but she has also worked hard to live the life she wants. She is good, kind and is always helping others. When someone she cares for disappears, she turns to the only person she was told to trust... Shane Baxter. Not only is her life in danger , her heart is on the line as well.
What I did know, could feel in every cell of my body, was that I had just made an unbreakable deal with the devil and paying up might mark my soul forever.
Shane “Bax” Baxter; A sexy, scary and very complicated man. He is very well known in the point and after serving some time, he is out for answers and for blood. Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks, Bax gets what he wants. He is out for himself and he will protect those he cares for, which is only a few people in his life. When his best friend goes missing he hits the streets looking for answers. The last thing he expected was Dovie Pryce. She is completely opposite of the women he knows and she has him mesmerized.
“You are going to regret this when I prove to you everything you think about me is wrong.” She lifted my hand and traces the star next to my eye with the dull edge of her fingernail.
“No, I’m not. You are not a mistake.”
Maybe I would just have to show her.
As terrifying and scary Bax can be, Dovie has proved her point to Bax, she isn’t going anywhere. The other thing is she also can’t help but fall for him. Bax is getting used to being around her, being with her. He also realizes how pure she really is and he knows she deserves better. To protect her, he has no choice but to let her go.
When I thought about her, all I could feel was light. The short time she had been a part of my life had given me room to breathe. She did more to set me free than walking out of those prison gates ever had.
So I love that Dovie isn’t your typical female heroine. She is beautiful but in a homely kind of way. She blends in so that she doesn’t stick out. What makes her irresistible is her innocence, her smarts, her attitude. She is tough, she is smart and she is able to stand up for herself.
“You don’t need anyone to show you how to be good, you’re so much better when you’re bad.”
Bax grew up doing things that we know are wrong. It was what he had to do to survive. He is good at it, top of his game. He is sexy and smart and he truly is a good guy. While searching for his missing friend and trying to protect Dovie, the truth slowly starts to come out. Bax realizes that he may not get out of this one alive but he will do whatever he can to be sure Dovie does.
Jay Crownover did a great job with Bax being too bad to be good but also too good to be bad. He is the best of both and I loved every minute of it. There was some HOT HOT scenes. The characters were fantastic. I loved the suspense and the truths that came out. CRAZY. This book held my attention the entire time.
I look forward to meeting some more of the bad boys from The Point *hint hint Titus*
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About Jay Crownover:
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.