Blog Tour: Better When He's Bold (Welcome to the Point #2) by Jay Crownover - Review, Excerpt & Giveaway




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Synopsis:

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?

Review:

Better When He's Bold is another great read from Jay Crownover. It is amazing how she can make these characters that you shouldn't like, characters that are not really completely good people, but make them people that I can't help but want to get to know. These Welcome to the Point books take you into a world that I have never been in, places that I wouldn't go, and shows the good in the people who make the tough decisions that are not always great or legal.

Race is a pretty guy. He looks like he doesn't belong in the Point. He didn't grow up there, he grew up on the Hill, but ever since he found out just how horrible of a person his dad is and made some friends there he has called the Point home. Since the guy in charge was taken care of in the last book we see Race stepping in, partnering with another guy to run the Point. He likes that he looks like a rich kid. He likes that people underestimate him as he uses that to his advantage. He likes being in charge because he has a plan. He want to help the Point be a slightly better place to be. He wants to help keep everyone safe, especially Bax and Dovie, his best friend and half sister from the first book in the series. He is king of the Point and he wants to try and make minimize how bad everything is there. He also wants Brysen to rule by his side.

Brysen is Dovie's friend and while she lives on the border she never really was involved with what goes on in the Point. She is kind of afraid of Dovie's boyfriend Bax and is just not really in that dark underworld. Dovie knows what's up and is not afraid to be there, but Brysen is more innocent. She has been attracted to Race since she met him, but she tries to stay away. After all he is part of the scary world that she is not and she doesn't know that she can handle that. She tries to be mean and keep him away and it was fun to watch.

When Brysen starts having some troubling things happening and needs some help she gets thrown together with Race and things get hot! I really enjoyed reading this story. I liked watching Race try to figure out how to rule the Point while still being a good guy. He really doesn't like to hurt people or do things like that, but sometime he just has to. I also loved watching Brysen get introduced to this world and have her figure out if she can really be a part of it. I loved watching her become tougher, become more secure, and really grow. At first I didn't really understand why she gave up her life and came back, but as the story went along I just enjoyed reading her so much I was just glad she did. Does she care about Race enough to be his queen?

The Point is really not a world I have ever been in, but I do so enjoy the stories Jay writes about it. I love the good that you see of the people who, if you didn't know them, you would probably think are just bad seeds. I love that they don't change and give up their ways. They are the way they are. They might tone it down a bit, be a bit more careful in their ways, but they still are who they are. Bax still helps Race and has his chop shop and garage, but they work things in a safer way. I just like that they don't really change, the girls don't make them different people. I like that they still do the illegal things. I like that I get a glimpse into a different world. Really a great read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


Excerpt:

The front door of the restaurant opened and Brysen’s superblond hair glinted off the glass doors. She had on a tight T-shirt and a short skirt, and obviously hadn’t bothered to change after her shift. A tall Latin guy was walking next to her. She was laughing at something he said and tossed her head back. She really was the prettiest girl I had ever seen. There was just something so easy about her, so effortless, that it made my heart thud heavy in my ears. She put her hand on her escort’s arm and pointed to where the Mustang was sitting. The guy nodded at her, bent down to kiss her on the cheek, and turned around to walk back inside.

Brysen started walking toward me, so I kicked open the car door and rose to my feet. I don’t know where the headlights came from, don’t know how I missed another car idling in the parking lot, but the next thing I knew, there was a squeal of tires, the smell of rubber burning, and a sedan barreling right at her. I saw her still as I broke into a run. There was too much space between where she was and where I was and the car was headed right toward her. I saw her throw her hands up as the engine revved up even higher. She didn’t scream, didn’t make any kind of noise, so I called her name. Her head snapped around to look at me and I hollered, “Move!” at the top of my lungs.

Right before the impact, right before I had to watch her end up splattered all over the windshield, the guy who had walked her out suddenly hit her from the side in a flying tackle that had both of them careening hard to the asphalt. I heard her shriek when she hit and turned to try and grab the license plate off of the fleeing sedan. I frowned as I reached the huddled pair on the ground because the plates on the car were missing, making this feel very deliberate and not like an accident at all. I nudged the Spanish guy on the shoulder and he looked up at me.

“Move.”

He huffed at me and rolled off of Brysen. She peeked up at me from between the fingers she had clamped over her eyes like that was somehow going to prevent her from getting run over by a speeding car. I reached down to pull her to her feet and felt my back teeth click together when I saw the bloody mess her arm and legs were from where she had hit the ground.

About the Author:
Jay CrownoverJay 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.

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  1. Love ya/paranormal romance genre, but also read all other romance genres (erotic, drama...)...

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