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Better When He's Bold (2000)

Better when He's Bold (2000)
3.33 of 5 Votes: 4
0062351915 (ISBN13: 9780062351913)
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Better When He's Bold (2000)
Better When He's Bold (2000)

About book: Overall: 4.5 starsBetter When He's Bold is the second book in the Welcome to the Point series. Sure, you could get away with reading this as a standalone without reading Better When He's Bad first, but there are certain actions and plotlines that build from book one to book two. The beginning has enough summarizing from book one to satisfy a new reader, but if you want to get the full treatment on the building storyline of The Point, I'd consider reading book one first. The storyline picks up not long after the events of book one. Race is the new "ruler" of The Point, but trying to do things his way. But new leadership does not come without its opponents. And running numbers does not happen without bloodshed. But even with the bad all around him, Race still manages to shine like the golden boy he is, scars and all.Brysen is not without her own share of heartache and hassle. Managing a deteriorating family, trying to protect her sister, working, and still manage to graduate on time doesn't leave her with much free time. And no time for dating, much to the annoyance of the boys around her. But somehow Race, her best friend's brother, whom she's been trying to deny her attraction to, manages to get closer to her due to her frustrating circumstances.In Better When He's Bad, we got Bax and Dovie's love story. What was so fun about them was how very different they were from each other, both physically and character-wise, and that those differences made them the perfect match. Here we get Race and Brysen's love story, but this time around they are more alike than different. But it is their similarities - whether be background, family, looks, intellect, sexuality - that help them ground each other from the craziness in their lives. Yet they have enough differences to balance each other out. I really liked them as individuals and as a couple. I could feel their chemistry coming off the pages and loved how they worked together. Theirs grew into a wonderful partnership. This wasn't a damsel in distress saved by her knight. This was two people with strengths and weaknesses and enough intelligence and love to know that they needed each other. A king with his queen, perhaps?Beyond the love story, there is a whole lotta craziness going on in The Point. Not only is Race having to adjust to his new role in The Point, but there is now some mysterious someone messing with him and Nassir, including a death toll. Plus, Brysen has her own mysterious stalker making her life even worse than it already is. I'm not going to go into details on these two plot points, but I loved them. I loved the combination of romance and thriller, the mysteries I wanted to solve, and the excitement of how they blended together throughout the storyline. With all the dark action, there is also a quality to this story trying to walk the line between good and bad choices. Oh, and of course we get to see Bax and Dovie. I love these two and loved their interactions throughout the novel. Add in other side characters like Titus (can't wait for his book), Nassir (he's so mysterious), newbie Booker (definitely want to see more of him), and Carsen (Brysen's sister), and this story was full of awesomeness. I took off a half star because there was a bit of repetitiveness that I noticed, but overall I loved this story, even better than the first one. Better when Jay Crownover writes books.Every time a read a book by Jay Crownover, i say it's her best. Truth be told the girl can write. Better When He's Bold was just as captivating, just as raw, just as real as all of her other stories.What makes her stories so good? Her characters-- they are people you could very well meet on the street, at the store, wherever. You have already crossed paths with people that are the real life versions of her characters. Race was no different. A trust fund boy that got caught up in a lifestyle. Cocky, obnoxious, invincibility complex, loyal, protective, scared and when he loves he loves with all he's got.One thing that is common in all of her stories and that I absolutely love reading is the female characters are incredibly resilient, independent, strong and proud. But these women are also incredibly giving and can bring a man to his knees. Brysen is a fabulous example of this. She was sassy, fun and her confidence is what created the chemistry between her and Race.I enjoy reading Crownover's stories because she isn't afraid to write something real and intense. She doesn't 'Disneyfy' her stories. While her stories have happy endings they are real endings. And that makes for a viable and realistic story that you can absolutely escape and pour yourself into after the daily grind of life.Another fabulous characteristic of Crownover's stories is that the story is not inherently written around the love between characters, rather the love between characters is inherently written around the story. This makes for a full story line that is well developed and captures and draws in the reader.If you haven't gone to the Point yet, get on it. Read Better When He's Bad first and then meet Race in Better When He's Bold. You won't be disappointed.D 5/5
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