If you're looking for a romance full of mean streets, bad guys, and strong women, Better When He's Bad by Jay Crownover will be right up your alley!

Better When He's Bad

Review of Better When He's Bad

Fresh out of prison for car theft, Bax is a straight-up badass. 

Better When He’s Bad Summary

While trying to find his best friend, Race—who may have also helped send him to prison—he meets Dovie. She is slightly on the innocent and somewhat naïve side, but she is street smart and headstrong.

Dovie didn’t grow up in The Point like Bax but was dragged into the world he is trying to get out of. 

They have to work together to find Race before the really bad guys do. Their relationship deepens as they search, and when they get together, their relationship is combustible.

Bad Boy Good Girl Romance

I really liked Bax and Dovie as characters. 

She is strong, loyal, kind, warm, and caring. While working hard and going to college, she helps watch out for her neighbors and volunteers with wayward kids. 

Shane (Bax) is a loyal friend, a fierce foe, and protective of those he loves. I felt like she was a good equalizer for Bax, who is better when he’s a little bit bad.

However, Bax doesn’t think he is good enough for someone as good as Dovie, but she shows him that he deserves a good life. It was heartwarming to see her take care of him.

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.

Also, I felt like The Point was so well described, it was like its own living, breathing character.

The final showdown in the manhunt was riveting and unexpected.  Overall, I liked the romance and the suspense of the story.

Like all of Jay Crownover’s books, this one was well-written, and I will definitely be reading the next in the series, Better When He’s Bold (Race’s story).

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About Jay Crownover

Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, The Point Series, Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world.
She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.

About the Book


date published : June 17, 2014

publisher : William Morrow

pages : 384

audiobook narrators: Mia Barron, Leland King

audiobook length: 10 hrs, 32 min

If you're looking for a romance full of mean streets, bad guys, and strong women, Better When He's Bad by Jay Crownover will be right up your alley!

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.

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