Better When He’s Bold, by Jay Crownover

Better when he's bold

Grade: Solid B+

Doing it at: 36%

Catnip: He’s basically a criminal; Overprotective men; Mysterious stalker; Strong female lead; Girl with a hard knock life; Hot car; Dual narrative

Shame scale: Medium, because it’s a sex book – but well written!, the title is kind of cringeworthy, and the cover is so goddamn awful

Fantasy casting: Logan Echols and Veronica Mars

Book description: 

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?”


First thing: That cover model. Nope. I put off reading this book for a really long time because the cover model looks like such a douche, and I LOVE Jay Crownover books. Maybe not as much as Cleone does, but still. His awful backlit hair, that Travolta chin, and his ridiculous hotel bartender outfit don’t do anything for me. How about some more Nash please? If there’s an area that Crownover usually exceeds in, it’s cover models – the real reason I started reading her books.  “I came for the cover models, I stayed for the story.”

So after I got past that, I fell into this one pretty easily. It’s a fairly standard “good girl with a  hard knock life” meets “bad guy who’s really just a good guy doing bad things to survive.” But it’s Jay Crownover, so it’s intensely readable and the sex is early and super hot. Brysen (dumb name, #sorrynotsorry) is a college student from the good side of town with secret family troubles, who’s trying to hold it all together for her younger sister. She’s had a thing for Race for a while, but she does her best to outwardly hate him, because he’s BAD. Circumstances arise that allow Race to step in and save her and prove he’s really a GOOD guy, who’s helpful and trust worthy. There was really no manufactured relationship drama or breakup-we-all-know-won’t-last in this one. They acted like emotionally normal adults who want each other and treat each other with respect. All of the conflict was from outside sources – a stalker, criminal danger, bad parents etc. If anything, it almost seemed a touch boring because I’m so accustomed to the standard 85% breakup.

A solid B+. I could put it down, but I enjoyed it. The writing was good, and there were no fewer than nine sex scenes. Points deducted for use of the word weeping to describe the V.

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