Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Better When He's Bad Release Day Blitz: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Better When He's Bad release day blitz! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for gift cards, swag, and copies of Better When He's Bad. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Better When He's Bad (Welcome to the Point, #1)
Release date: June 17, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: Welcome to the Point #1

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 Rating: 5 Roses

With sizzling romance and intense emotions, Better When He's Bad was a fantastic New Adult read. I loved this book! For fans of the Marked Men series, this book was darker, but just as amazing and a wonderful start to a new series. Loved it!

 Dovie was a great heroine. She had lived in tough circumstances for most of her life, but she refused to let them keep her down. She strove to be a good person in spite of her background, but she was also tough enough to handle what it could throw at her. I thought she was an awesome character and I really liked her.

Bax was an interesting character. He was unabashedly bad. Not just a bad attitude, but the crimes and reputation to back it up. And, he had no problem admitting it. But, he wasn't totally irredeemable. He had a conscience, though he buried it deeply, and it started to come out as he spent more time with Dovie, who had a way of making Bax become Shane. As the book went on, he showed himself to be fiercely loyal, very determined, and super sweet when he wanted to be. By the end of the book, I totally adored him. He was a delightfully complicated, perfectly imperfect character.

The romance was wonderful. Dovie and Bax were great together. I loved how their relationship made Dovie stronger and brought they good out of Bax. They were a perfect match, and the type of couple that just understood each other. And, the chemistry between them was sizzling. Tons of steaminess going on with these two.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were tons of thrills to be had as Dovie and Bax searched for Race and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved the story and the ending was perfect. I'm excited to read the next book which, I believe, will be Race's story. Can't wait to read it!

Better When He's Bad was a brilliant New Adult romance. I absolutely loved this book! From the hot romance, to the deep emotions, to the thrilling danger, this book was amazing. Romance lovers, this is a book you don't want to miss.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

I let out the breath I was holding and took another step closer to her. The water was splashing on the sleeve of my shirt as I reached up to grab both of her cheeks in my palms. “Are you scared of me?”

It was the start of the questions I had asked her what felt like a lifetime ago. Her answer didn’t change, but this time when she answered, she was holding back a smile that made my heart hurt.

“Terrified, but I kind of like it now.”

“Do you trust me?” My voice broke. I had never really trusted anyone but Race and now there was her and my brother and just all kinds of new things making my life so much more complicated and undeniably fuller.

“With my life. I trust all the parts of you, Bax. You need to know that.”

“You going to go to bed with me?” That made her outright laugh and she reached up to curl her hands around my wrists.

“As often as I can and anyplace in between when the mood strikes.” The rest of the blood racing around my system went solidly south.

I dropped my forehead so it was resting on hers and the water from the showerhead was cascading down around us. I was making a mess, but I didn’t care because I had her, and she was my home. “Do you love me?”

The words sounded so foreign, but so right, when I was saying them to her. She brushed her full lips across mine and the last three months without her faded away.

“Do you want me to lie to you or tell you the truth?”

I smiled against her mouth and kissed her back twice as hard as she had kissed me. “Lie to me.”

She reached up and put her arms around my neck and took a step back, dragging me all the way into the shower stall with her. The water was lukewarm at best, and it made me shiver. So did the fact that she started to impatiently pull the tail of my shirt up over my head. A task made increasingly difficult considering I was now soaked head to toe and the material was clinging to me.

“Of course not. You’re the last person in the world I could love.”

Up for grabs is a first prize of a $100 gift card and a signed copy of Better When He's Bad. Second prize gets a $50 gift card and a signed copy of Better When He's Bad. Third prize gets a $25 gift card and a signed copy of Better When He's Bad. Fourth and fifth prizes get a signed copy of Better When He's Bad and swag. Open INT.
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About the Author:
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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.


  1. I like when they get protective of their girl. :)

  2. A bad boy can still be sweet and protective and strong so those are my things i like, thanks for the giveaway