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Better When He's Bad (Welcome to the Point #1)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  14,849 Ratings  ·  1,512 Reviews
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 an
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by William Morrow
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Jun 17, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing

Read my review at Sinfully Sexy and enter the giveaway.

5+++ “Give Me A Bad Boy” Stars!

“There’s always a choice, Copper-Top. Sometimes it takes balls to make the wrong one and deal with the fallout, but there is always a choice.” ~Bax


Well, Jay Crownover....


You sure stepped up your game with this one. Damn! “Bad boys, bad boys! Watcha gonna do when they come for you?”

I’ll tell you what I would do....


Don’t judge! Read this book. You’ll end up doing the same. ;)

Better When He’s Bad is boo
5 Bad stars!!!

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‘some boys… they are just better when they’re bad.’

After reading Rule, I’ve been a huge fan of Jay Crownover and her Marked Men. They are all good guys, maybe tattooed up and a little rough around the edges, but they’re good. Shane Baxter is not a good guy. He’s a bad guy. The blurb says it best: There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who’s bad.I love my antiheroes, my bad boys, so you know I loved Bax! With the exception of Rule (which is still my absolute favorite Ja
Jun 17, 2014 Patrycja rated it really liked it

Title: Better When He's Bad
Series: Welcome To The Point
Author: Jay Crownover
Release Date: June 17, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Cliffhanger:. No
HEA: (view spoiler)

Bad boys. The best book boyfriends’ inspirations ever thought of. They’re intense, extreme, smokin’ hot and dangerous. They come in all the shapes and sizes. They make good girls gone wild and that’s why they are loved, lusted after and desired. They make ovaries go boom! And Jay Crownover certainly excelled in creating g
Jennifer Kyle
Jun 18, 2014 Jennifer Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 BAD Stars

”You don’t need anyone to show you how to be good, you’re so much better when you’re bad.”


First things first, ever since Rule & Shaw I haven’t care for any of Jay’s heroines but Dovie was just WONDERFUL. Dovie wasn’t bitchy, she didn’t push Bax away, she was loyal and kind so thank you Dovie Pryce for making this an enjoyable experience.

My one issue was the good/bad thing was excessively used when we all know that Bax is Bax there is no need to label this fine piece of ass!

J *deep in the heart of Texas*
4.5--I Like 'Em Bad--Stars!!

“You don’t need anyone to show you how to be good, you’re so much better when you’re bad.”

There was a recurring theme in this book....BAD!

Bax was BAD. He grew up on the wrong side of town. Had a drunk of a mom. He began stealing at a young age in order to survive. To put food on the table, a roof over his head. He gets in deep with the bad guys and a job gone wrong lands Bax in jail.

Five years later, Bax is out and he's on a mission. Find his best friend Race and
4.5 I’ll be bad with you Stars

Bax, recently released from prison, is on a hunt for answers. He knows some shit went down the night he was arrested and needs to find his best friend Race.

Bax, on a mission, starts questioning people and finds out Race has been hanging out at with a girl from the Point name Dovie.

After breaking into her apartment, and getting attacked by Dovie he learns she is Race’s half-sister. Race told Dovie she can trust Bax, so she insist on helping him locate Race.

I wasn’t
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 bad boy stars

“You survived in his world by being the best of the worst."

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Jay Crownover has done it again! Love this lady's books! Short review this time:

Bax has just been released from prison after 5 years of being locked up. He wants to find his best friend Race to get some answers to questions about the night he was arrested, only Race is nowhere to be found. While looking for Race, Bax runs into Dovie, Race's younger half sister. Together the two of them team up to find Race, and they
Aisling Zena
3.5 stars
Kelli C ~ Jack Sawyer's Heart
”You don’t need anyone to show you how to be good, you’re so much better when you’re bad.”

YES! Truer words have never been written! Shane Baxter....

There absolutely no doubt he is bad, and when I say bad I mean in attitude, in appearance, in activity. You name it and he embodies it! He walks out of the pokey after 5 years and instead of looking at a "new lease on life," he is looking for answers and he will get them no matter what actions he has to take.

Looking for answers puts him on the front
Jun 25, 2014 Catarina rated it really liked it
4 “Better When They’re Bad” Stars!

Bax isn’t a golden boy. He knows it and don’t have any intentions of changing soon.
Or ever.
Having spent the last 5 years in jail, now that he’s finally out he’s looking for answers. And that starts with finding is missing best-friend who owns him a lot of explanations, Race.
He soon finds out there’s another person looking for him, Dovie, Race’s half-sister. She is sweet, good and everything he shouldn’t want but right from the start she sees something in him t
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4.5 Stars

I don't have time for a proper review because I'm heading to vacation soon.

But I can say that I loved Bax. He was the perfect mix of sweetness and assholeness.

In the beginning I thought that Dovie has good chances to become annoying. But
in the end she wasn't annoying at all.

Still I think she could have been a little more badass. The story has some nice twists near the end.

But I have to admit that sometimes I had problems to understand what was going on with Race/ Novac/ Hartman and al
[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
Jun 19, 2014 [~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥ marked it as did-not-finish

DNF 43%

Im gonna have to part ways with this author. Just wasnt meant to be. Bax and Dovie actually werent bad and there was a good suspense/mystery element with what happened with Race. But when I dont care how the story ends thats normally my sign to give up and save myself some time

Aestas Book Blog
Mar 06, 2014 Aestas Book Blog marked it as to-read
Shelves: not-yet-released
HOLY HELL - this looks GOOD!!!! I can't wait for it!!

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
✝✝ Ⓓaisy ❣ Hearts Cole, Lucas, Jesse  & James ✝✝
The cover was YUM, Brax was delicious bad boy sadly I couldn't feel connected with them! No chemistry and UST!
And even worse, even the sex scene was sad!

Stopped at Chapter 8.

**BR with my darling girlies -- glad we did it**

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Jess-i-ca ~Sometimes a Gif Witch~
4- Bad boys are more fun - Stars

Shane "Bax" Baxter is a bad boy....

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He likes fast cars.....He has been working for a bad guy named Novak and doing a little grand theft auto.

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That has apparently gotten him in trouble and he's getting out of jail after five years.

He's determined to find out why exactly he was set up by his best friend Race, especially since he would never have expected Race to set him up. Unfortunately when he gets out, Race has gone missing and the only person he locates is Rac
Jun 19, 2014 Polly rated it it was amazing
4.5 Bad boy stars

Ms. Crownover:

Thank you so much for coming out of whatever rock you've been writing that last 2 mediocre Marked Men series books under to deliver a book that reminds me why I fell in love with your writing. I was beginning to lose faith and then BAM you bring me Bax.

That Bax was one sexy motherfucker. LOVED him. Yes he was a bad boy BUT he wasn't bad in a way that wasn't as my friends say "Polly Friendly". He was the right type of bad.

Few of my fav quotes:

"I've never has ver
Maria Clara
Jan 09, 2016 Maria Clara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sin duda este libro es como un puñetazo en el estómago; uno de esos que te saca el aire de golpe. Eso sí, un puñetazo suave, sensual y oscuro. Me a encantado la historia. No puedo decir otra cosa. Me a conquistado La Punta y la gente que vive en ella, la manera en que la escritora forja el barrio y lo que pasa en él. Y desde luego me han gustado mucho sus personajes, la fuerza de Dovie y el lado oscuro y la ternura de Bax. Y, aunque sé que el próximo libro tratará sobre Race, estoy esperando ...more
S.M. West
4.5 Bad is so good!! STARS

Wow, I knew I loved bad boys

but this first book in Ms. Crownover's Point series proved to me the badder, the better.

A really fast, action packed read with great characters that all takes place in the Point, the darker and seedier side of life where it's every man for himself.

This story was about Shane “Bax” Baxter...beautiful, dangerous, dark and wild and Dovie Pryce, a good, fierce and kind young woman who is the shining light in an otherwise very dark place. Bax a
Aug 11, 2016 ✿ rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I received an ARC on behalf of the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!!


A bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks. And a beauty trying to escape a tainted life.

After being framed for a crime he did not commit, 5 years later, “Bax” Baxter wants answers. As he journeys to unravel the truth, what’s a guy to do when the only person with the answers is MIA and the closest is a woman who claims to be his salvation’s sister? Not to mention, when that sister happens to be smoking hot
Jan 14, 2015 TORI rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 "Bad Is The New Good" Stars

When people had the audacity to say that Bax had replaced Rule as Jay Crownover's best hero, I balked at the blasphemy. TRAITORS! All of them! There was no way. Rule is a freaking demigod!

But now having finished this awesome, sexy, gritty, brilliantly written work of genius, I must agree. With tears in my eyes and an apology on my lips. I love you Rule Archer and always will, but I am completely and irrevocably in love Shane "Bax" Baxter.

Shane "Bax" Baxter is a bad b
Dec 17, 2015 Snow rated it it was amazing
Of course it's 5 and a half badass bad boy being just bad stars duh?!

review coming, coming, coming....

Holy shit, I say!
Where the fuck have I been looking until now?! Not in my TBR apparently!!!

Well, what’s done it’s done, no regrets cause I’ve MISSED this jam last year!!!!

Ok, now that I’m somewhat relaxed, on the outside anyway, I have to breathe this out – this is THE BEST book I’ve had the pleasure of reading. There aren’t a lot of “those” books in my fiction world so this means a fuckin lot
Harriet ~ bookworm
Jun 20, 2014 Harriet ~ bookworm rated it it was ok
Shelves: not-great, angsty
2 Yes we get Bax is bad stars!!

Ugh, for me I just feel I'm getting sucked into these new releases to just end up being disappointed.. I don't know whether it is the books or me? Ha! Maybe I get my hopes up too high and then just feel it wasn't as good as I thought it would be.

Don't get me wrong the storyline was good it had mystery which was great and even when I wasn't enjoying it I felt I had to keep reading to find out what was happening.

The main issue for me was I just found Bax and Dovie
“You don’t need anyone to show you how to be good, you’re so much better when you’re bad.”

5 Fabulous, Flirty, Fun, Fast and Furious Stars!

Jay Crownover hit a home run and then some with this book! It was a perfect combination of action, romance, grit, and some serious smokin' sex scenes!

First we have our heroine Dovie!


Dovie is the epitome of what is good. She has been dealt some terrible cards. Abandoned by her parents, she has been thrown into the foster care system. She has learned to keep
Mar 05, 2016 Justine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Pour le genre que le livre représente, c'était une lecture sans prise de tête. J'ai passé un bon moment de lecture, à vrai dire. Mais quand bien même j'ai trouvé ma lecture sympathique, je ne me voyais pas mettre une note plus élevée :/

En effet, la vulgarité répétitive (je soupçonne la traduction d'y être pour quelque chose), le drama complètement improbable et le fait que le livre soit tout de même assez long, m'ont vraiment gênée. J'ai trouvé que les messages divulgués étaient ambigus et un pe
Jun 18, 2014 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 **I love BAD boys** stars!!

Review to come
Michelle [Helen Geek]
06/25/2014 --

Overall Rating = 4.5 Stars
Book Cover / Book Blurb / Book Title = 5 / 4 / 5 = 4.5 Stars
Writer’s Voice = 4.5 Stars
Character Development = 4 Stars
Story Appreciation = 5 Stars
Ending = 5 Stars
Worth the Chili = 3 Stars -- [$4.74 on Amazon]
Smexy [HEAT] Rating = Moderate
385 pages

I rarely give authors a second chance - once I've been turned off. I made the rare exception and it worked for me.

Turn off: I read Jay Crownover when she debuted with Rule. What a hot mess that was. It was an okay
Jul 30, 2015 Dali rated it it was amazing
6 solid and incredible real bad boy stars!

This book is gritty, raw and harsh. It's also heartbreakingly sweet. It entices with Jay’s interesting introduction, gets a firm grip of your attention with its violent beginning, endears with its characters who have no choice but to live by the survival of the fittest mechanism. It will keep you on the edge of your seat guessing about its unpredictable and shocking plot, blushing with its sexiness and smiling with its bitter sweetness. Simply put, it’s
Val ⚓️ Shameless & Bitchy Skanky ⚓️ Steamy Reads Mrs. Danvers-Tate-Snow
4-4.5 Stars

I really, really liked this one. Bax was a badass with confidence, tattoos, and a touch of crazy - color me happy.

Also, I really liked the plot and (shockingly enough), I liked Dovie (despite her awful name).

...TANGENT - I don't know what is up with Jay Crownover and her names. Rule. Jet. Nash. Rowdy. Rome. Ayden. Now Dovie.

And Reeve.

And Race.


I know, Madonna. There, there.

I get that she's being all edgy and what not, and I totally dig unique names and all that jazz...I just have
Comencé la lectura sin muchas expectativas y sin embargo me sorprendió muy agradablemente.

No es una historia fácil de digerir. Leerla es como adentrarse en un mundo oscuro y al límite. Bax no es malo, es simplemente un tipo con mucha oscuridad y muchas malas decisiones en un ambiente que lo condicionaba. Malo, malo, es Caleb (The Dark Duet)... Shane Baxter, no. Pero tampoco es un chico bueno.

Me encantó la química entre él y Dovie. Ella es una heroína que no molesta ni cae mal; no ha tenido una
Jun 21, 2014 Ada added it
Shelves: dnf-not-for-me
Well, I really tried, but apparently I'm a quitter, made it to 70%. That's a good thing because I don't rate books I haven't finished.
I can't take the long paragraphs anymore

and the "yes he's bad but he has a good soul" thing

don't even get me started on the sex scenes.

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“I don't know how love works, Dovie. I don't know how to be anything other than this, but I know the only thing that gives me hope is the idea of you and me. I know I'm not the ideal, not the dream guy, but no one will ever fight for you the way I will. I promise you that you will always have the best parts of me I have to give.” 49 likes
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