As a big fan of Ms. Crownover's writing I'm thrilled to give you an early glimpse of the next installment in her Welcome to the Point series, Better When He's Bold. Keep reading to get my impressions of this gritty and sensual read and then add it to your bookshelf. Make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a signed copy of the first book in this series too!
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jay Crownover, comes the second book in a combustible new series, Welcome to the Point, that is sexier, darker, and better than ever.
There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who is bad. . . . Welcome to the Point.
In a dark and broken kingdom, a ruler has 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 the real Race—a guy too pretty, too smooth, and way too dangerous. Basking in his golden glow is very tempting, but Brysen knows she’ll eventually get burned. She has enough problems without the risky danger and mayhem that comes with a guy like Race. Too bad Brysen faces a threat close to home that might be more dangerous than anything The Point has ever produced.. And 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?
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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
Ms. Crownover continues to entertain and enthrall in this second installment in her Welcome to the Point series due to its compelling anti-hero, who lives in a world full of grays, and strong-willed heroine who's also not what she seems. Toss in a gritty and vividly depicted world where being bad is a way of life and it's easy to get caught up in the impeccably well-done storytelling and complex characterizations.
Race was once the Golden Boy who came from a family of wealth and prestige until some unexpected turns led him to become a leader in the underworld in order to save his friend. Race is no white knight as he does bad things for the greater good. He has a code though, one that keeps you rooting for him. Though he appears cold and calculating to the outside world he's a sexy man with a big heart who would sacrifice all for those he loves. It's a small group who have his loyalty though....his best friend Bax, his sister Dovie, and more and more lately his sister's friend. He's drawn to Brysen against his will as her strength and loyalty call to him, but fate keeps conspiring to keep them apart. He sees her as the one person who can keep him from crossing completely into the darkness always surrounding him. When her life gets put in danger though he won't let anything get in the way of protecting her and will use every ounce of his bad boy education to keep her safe. I adored Race even at his baddest as his goodness always hovered beneath the service. His was a lonely existence and only in Brysen's presence could he find any peace which had me pulling for them every step of the way.
Brysen lives in the rich part of town but life is anything but perfect for her and her sister. With parents who are unable to parent, it's up to Brysen to run the household and care for her sister. It's a lot of pressure working while going to school and it's only in Race's arms that she can let go of the pressures for awhile. She knows who and what he is but with her she sees a hero, the man who takes care of her instead of her being the caretaker. When she needs him most, when danger arrives at her front door, she'll take a bad boy over a good one any day to keep her safe. Brysen's an admirable heroine who's equally loyal to a select few. She accepts Race completely and lets him be himself, giving him a place to call home away from the bleakness of The Point and I thoroughly enjoyed their immensely satisfying yet rocky journey to individual acceptance and HEA.
The world of The Point is a gritty one full of complex characters and moral ambiguities and I can't get enough of it! Ms. Crownover has finely crafted a world that's addictive in its realism and imperfections with men and women struggling to live within its dangerous confines. Readers looking for an engaging blend of suspense, romance, and life or death situations will be drawn to this series that continues to impress and has me greatly anticipating more!
My rating for this is an A.
*I got this book from Edelweiss for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men and The Point series. 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.