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?
Better When He’s Bold shows off Jay Crownover’s amazing storytelling skills. Everyone fell in love with her Marked Men series including myself and her Welcome to the Point series doesn’t disappoint in this second installment. What makes this series better than the Marked Men series is the world building that Jay Crownover has accomplished in the first two installments. The Point jumps off the pages at the reader….you can almost feel its seedy underbelly touching you. It reminds me a great deal of the cities we often see in comics or storylines with superheroes. What makes Better When He’s Bold even better than those stories are the characters. Jay isn’t afraid to dive into the darker, dirtier characters in this series.
Better When He’s Bold is the story of the “anti-hero” character of Race Hartman and a girl who is barely holding her family together, Brysen Carter. Race is attempting to “clean up” the bad dealings leftover from Novak. The problem for him is how far is he willing to go and will he lose what light he has left in the process. Byrsen left college and her carefree life to move back home and care for her sister. Her family life has deteriorated and she can’t save them and is afraid she may drown herself.
The chemistry between Race and Brysen was apparent in the first book and is only hotter in this installment. Their paths keep crossing and as Brysen seems to be in danger, Race comes to the rescue over and over again. What is amazing about these two is watching them come to understand what they both want and need from each other.
While watching their story unfold, you are getting more and more details on the dealings of the Point. You meet more and more characters that are not only intriguing but make you crave the next book. Are we saying goodbye to Race and Brysen? No, that is the best part of this series. It is impossible since they are such an intricate part of the Point and the storyline. What is going to happen to Bax, Dovie, Race and Brysen, and the Point and the rest of the citizens? I am dying to know. Unfortunately, it isn’t a tv show that you can tune into each week….we have to patiently wait for the next installment. Write faster, Jay Crownover. We need more of the Point.
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.
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.
Jay 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.