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?
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Review by Michelle:
Better When He's Bad by Jay Crownover was a whole new reading experience for me. Bax was a bonafide bad boy who associated with many an unsavory character and his story was down and desperate and dirty. While Better When He's Bold is not nearly as raw and gritty as the first Point book, it is just as electrifying, just as unique, and just as enticing.
Race is not at all your typical bad boy type, but when it comes down to it, he is THE bad boy of The Point. Race runs the show, commands those typical bad boys, reigns them in, and keeps control of the place. Bax may be bigger, possibly a bit more exciting, definitely badder, and a whole lot more trouble, but Race is just on the right side of wrong making for a charming, charismatic, and sweet character that is still dangerous enough to give him an edge and make getting mixed up with him a distinct risk.
Race's motivations are the most unexpected and intriguing of all. Not at all what you would think a kingpin like him is after, he is not particularly interested in the money, the notoriety, or the power of it all. His reasons behind taking over are much more honorable and humanitarian making Race an easily likable guy that would be worth just about any risk or complication he may bring.
Race is not the only bold one in this story. Brysen comes off as an ice queen at first but this facade she creates is really just protection and insulation from adding any more stress or complications to an already difficult situation that she is dealing with on a daily basis. Brysen's intentions are just as admirable as her male counterpart's, if not even more so, and she handles all the anxiety and despair with a steel backbone, and a selfless determination. Fortunately Brysen gives in to one night of freedom from her responsibilities and problems, one night just for herself and finally and unexpectedly finds just what she needs.
Race and Brysen's dynamic is searing and absorbing. Brysen attempts to keep Race at arm's length, no matter how much she wants him, by giving him the cold shoulder. Race sees this as nothing more than a challenge, a game of cat and mouse that he is determined to win. Neither realize that there is so much more behind this dangerous game where lust and need usually come out the victor with the capability of bringing real feelings, real attachments, and a real, unshakable bond. Once these two give in to their undeniable attraction, there is some pretty molten sexiness and a stunning connection making for some tough decisions as to whether the life of the reigning king of The Point is something either of them is willing to accept and agree to continue.
Better When He's Bold is an exciting page turner with a few nice surprises, hurdles around every corner, and just enough wrong doing to really illuminate the good in each of the main characters. We get to see plenty of Bax and Dovie in this one as well and will hopefully see more of Race and Brysen in the next book in the series, Titus' story, Better When He's Brave.
Rating: 4 Stars
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