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Title: Better When He’s Bold
Series: Welcome to the Point #2
Author: Jay Crownover
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 3 Feb 2015
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

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 

I have to say I love Race, the glimpse of him we have previously seen in connection with Dovie and Bax, served to ignite curiosity to know more. Better When He’s Bold provides amazing insight into Race’s life; both his upbringing on The Hill, his first meeting with Bax and the decisions he has made leading to where he is today.

Race makes crime look good. He is what can only be described as an oxymoron, an honorable criminal. Further descriptions of life in The Point provide clarity to the actions required in order to survive in such areas. Understanding the way of life and crime at it’s core, makes coming to terms with Race’s decision easier. Taking into consideration the darker side of humanity is at the heart of The Point, it will continue to dominate without care as to who controls it. It is better to have an Honorable man at its core than an iniquitous one. Race, while profiting from vice, turns the negativity surrounding the hard life within The Point into a well oiled business without tyranny. At his core, Race is a good man; he is terrified of losing his empathy to the life he has chosen. Brysen has the ability to keep him grounded.

Brysen’s cool demeanor and looks brand her with the label ice-princess. However, there is so much more going on under the surface, she keeps her distance from people because of the turmoil of her home life. Her sense of duty is inspiring. While she has moments of self-doubt and bitterness toward her situation, she never fails to make the best of any situation. Her devotion to her sister is uplifting.

The idea that people make assumptions of others based on outside factors such as their address, was poignantly portrayed. Never make assumptions as you have no idea what is going on under the surface.

The chemistry between Race and Brysen is undeniable and explosive, yet there is so much more between them than a purely physical. For me, they just fit together like puzzle pieces. They balanced each other perfectly. The hardest part of their relationship was balancing the life they have chosen/been forced into with their burgeoning relationship. Throw in mystery/thriller aspects surrounding threats to Brysen and you have a killer plot full of suspense and tension.

Jay Crownover’s humorous turn of phrase adds sass to the narrative 🙂

As if that wasn’t enough to love about Better When He’s Bold, you also get to see more of Bax and Dovie ♥

Better When He’s Bold combines a hot romance with a killer thriller and still manages to have character development at its heart. This book has it all.