Better When He's Bad

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5 out of 5 stars
By Yvette on 18-06-14


I'm convinced that Jay Crownover can write a compelling story about anything, or anyone, but most of all about bad boys!! As the first book in a new series, Crownover creates a world of contrasts between right & wrong, and the good & the bad when it ones to people, and the life choices they make. But, what I really love about Crownover's writing is her ability to write about incredible relationships between very real, flawed people, and she has more than delivered in this book! I was touched not only by the beautiful & gritty relationship between the leads, Bax and Dovie, but also the theme of family and relationships between brothers that included Titus (Bax's brother), and Race (Dovie's brother and Bax's BFF). "Better When He's Bad" is not only about the choices one makes with limited options and the trajectories those choices bring, but it's also about who brings you freedom. Most of all, I think this is what Dovie did for Bax; she brought him freedom and allowed him to unlock himself from a self-destructive pathway that would have lead him to the grave, or a life-time, in and out of prison.

The balance between the action, plot developments, revelations, and the hot romance is superb. Dovie is an admirable heroine and the way she and Bax connect with one another is passionate, intense, and always feels like there's an expiration date (until the HEA, that is). The need to resolve conflicts driven by the pressure and violence of evil villains equals one very riveting read/listen. I can't wait for Race's story, and even though Bax and Dovie found a beautiful HEA, I'm sure we will continue to hear about Bax and Dovie's love story in the books that follow.

Narrators: Mia Barron and Leland King were excellent. They performed very well. This is a great audiobook. I loved the sentimental intro. music at the beginning and the end of the book….nice touch!

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13 of 13 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By book me! on 05-07-14


Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This had everything I love in a book, It's a thrilling fast paced romance with a great story line. It gripped me into the fold in the very first chapter.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Better When He's Bad?

the final show down was seriously tense. I thought it was well written and you find a little bit of a secret in that big scene that clicks it all together.

Which character – as performed by Mia Barron and Leland King – was your favorite?

I loved every character, but of course the hero was my favorite. HE WAS BAD TO THE BONE WITH HEAT AND PURE SEX.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen to this one in one sitting and worth every second of my time.

Any additional comments?

i know that Trace's story is coming in October and I am anxiously waiting.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By C. Sullivan on 15-07-14

Jay You NEED some new lines

Would you try another book from Jay Crownover and/or Mia Barron and Leland King ?

I have all Jay's books at this time, I want to see what happens to the characters so yes I probably will but the language is so repetitive it's getting hard to ignore

Would you recommend Better When He's Bad to your friends? Why or why not?

probably not, I prefer the Marked series and would like to see how that wraps up. I'm not that interested in "the Point" as it feels like it's a cartoon version of an inner city written by someone who considers Denver an urban city, it's a big place but decidedly not very rough.

What about Mia Barron and Leland King ’s performance did you like?

they did a good job with so so material

Was Better When He's Bad worth the listening time?

it definitely dragged and let's face it these are modern romance so I could have skipped all the crime and underworld stuff it was completely unnecessary and didn't really serve to round out just how bad Bax is supposed to be.

Any additional comments?

This is directly to "Jay Crownover"
I'm a loyal listener, I've paid for 5 of your audio books. I spend lots of time in my car and have gotten through them very quickly. Some constructive criticism.

1. Stop with the crazy soap opera names, for real. Each new character name has my eyes rolling up in my head, Saint, Salem, Dovie, Reeve, Bryson, Titus-each one is worse than the next. Like a waspy 3PM soap meets the new Beverly Hills 90210. C'mon already, no one would be named these names. A sexy Latina girl from Texas who's last name is Cruz is not going to be named for witch hunting Salem. It adds an amateurish quality to your writing that I'm sure you don't want.

2. No character in your future books needs to let one corner of their mouth kick up in a grin or raise one shoulder and let it drop. It's time to find a new way to say "smile" and "shrug", I'm sure you can do it, I believe in you. I lost count by Nash but I believe this happened approximately 29 times in the Marked Series and I think Bax would have smirked rather than grin. There you go, "smirk". You don't even need to give me credit.

3. I would suggest you listen to your audiobooks if you are not already, the repetition of lines and adjectives is much more obvious when you hear it aloud.

I'm happy to keep supporting you, I like the story of you as a writer and I think it's great. Just don't go down the path of so many other series writers who cop out and start following the same formula on repeat. You're heading into that territory.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Kd on 30-06-14

Sexy, well-written

I really enjoyed this story of a hot, tattooed, marked-up, bad boy thief coming together w/ a red-haired, not-model-pretty, inexperienced-but-not-virgin girl. I loved that the two main characters were not perfect in any way, though Shane Baxter (aka Bax), the H, was described as very hot. Dovie, the h, was described in plainer though special ways, per Bax’s usual taste.

My dislikes include Dovie too often saying that she acts in a way that she doesn’t want to b/c she is, in some way, out of control b/c of her reaction to Bax. Her common speeches about a lack of self-control resulted in her coming across as weak. However, in other ways, she didn’t come across as weak; maybe not strong, but, at least, not weak. And “Tell me stop,” as stated by Bax, was a bit overused for my taste. Used at their first sexual encounter made sense but at the 3rd, not so much. I also disliked some of Bax’s love-struck gushing. It seemed very, very contrary to who he was even in a state of being changed and falling in love. It was a bit too much sometimes and, therefore, unconvincing.

The author said that she tried to create an actual bad guy. I’m unsure if she succeeded. Yea, Bax was an admitted and convicted thief, but I don’t necessarily equate a “bad guy” w/ a non-violent convicted criminal. Bax had no problem w/ physical violence, but it wasn’t gratuitous, just to hurt someone or just for fun. It was either for money or because someone “deserved it.” And he was a man-whore, but…. So, he didn’t come across as “bad” to me. Plus, having the H described as a guy who grew up on the bad side of town seemed to mitigate his behavior somewhat.

I really liked the male & female narrators. Though they didn’t sound like 22 and 20-year-olds, but the lives of the characters didn’t coincide with American folk that young either, not even ones with a challenging upbringing.

There were about 4 sex scenes. They were sensual but not explicit. Though they were not quickies either and included oral sex.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By karen on 20-06-14

How BAD could u be with BAX - my number is 10+

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Better When He's Bad is a very addictive love story. Full of all life's badness with a bright shinning light at the end of that tunnel... There are so many elements to this book, the POINT, the car, the underground crime and fighting, death, carnage, sex, love of family, and love of two total opposites - this book was thrilling to me.... I had so many emotions reading this book. At one point I was crying, begging what I thought was going to happen not to happen. Jay Crownover has snared me into her world and i double i will every be leaving it now ! Also - the Lady has some awesome Ink... she's Awesome all round !!! :)

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9 of 11 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By NikNakbzz on 24-06-14

Just alright

Not sure what happened here. I thought I would love this and I DID LIKE it; but something was missing for me. I loved bad boy Bax & that there was a bit of a "mystery" but there were parts that were a little just too slow or something for me

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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