Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Review: Better When He's Bold by Jay Crownover

Series: Welcome to The Point #2
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Publisher: William Marrow
Genre: New Adult
Source: Galley provided for honest review
Rating: ★★★★ ½

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?

I've officially been injected with the Crownover Love Virus and I don't want a cure.

The Marked Men series may be where she started, where many fans fell in love with her, but Welcome to The Point is just... So. Much. More.  It has her same signature style, quirky names, lovably flawed characters.  What The Point brings is an element of dirty, raw, exciting vulnerability.

And Race Hartman is the current ruler of it all.  For now.

Race is very much like the city he wants to keep in a tenuous balance.  He's brave, he's strong, but he's not all together good.  He'll do what is necessary to take what he needs and what he wants.  Crownover writes him with a delicate balance.  It could be quite easy to dislike him but as you learn more and more of him, it's next to impossible to not fall hard for the guy that just wants to keep everyone safe.  By any means necessary.

His quiet moments with Brysen really bring out a tenderness in him that I loved.  Brysen herself has those similar moments.  She starts off as such a little firecracker, and while that never really goes away, she does show a softer, broken side to herself.  One that she hides from others but Race really breaks down her walls.

It was placing these two characters, each with problems and secrets, in a place like the Point where secrets and lies are like currency - that created reading magic for me.  You have two seemingly very pretty, polished people in such a dark and dangerous atmosphere.  That shit just makes me tingle.

I loved the drama, the twists, the suspense.

I swear, this series is like a drug for me and I'm ready for another hit.

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