Book Review: Better When He is Brave by Jay Crownover

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We are so incredibly excited to bring you the Review & Excerpt Tour for Jay Crownover’s BETTER WHEN HE’S BRAVE!! BETTER WHEN HE’S BRAVE is a New Adult Contemporary Romance novel being published by HarperCollins, and it is the 3rd book in Welcome to the Point Series. This amazing book releases on August 11th!!

 

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Better WhenHe's Bad

BETTER WHEN HE’S BAD

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Better When Hes Bold

BETTER WHEN HE’S BOLD

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About BETTER WHEN HE’S BRAVE:

In New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jay Crownover’s third novel in her sexy, thrilling Welcome to the Point series, a woman’s search for repentance leads her to the one man from her past she can’t forget as they join forces to save their city—and the explosive love neither can live without.

Titus King sees the world in black and white. Right and wrong. Which is why as a teenager he left behind the only family he’d ever known to make a better life for himself. Now a police detective in one of the worst cities in the country, he can’t deny his life has turned into a million different shades of gray.

The new criminal element in The Point has brought vengeance and destruction right to Titus’s front door, and the difference between right and wrong is nothing compared to keeping those he loves alive. To add to his already strained moral compass, the beautiful and mysterious Reeve Black has made her way back to town, and she might be as dangerous to Titus as the guy trying to destroy the Point because he needs her—in more ways than one.

Reeve knows all about how ruthless this new threat to destroy The Point can be… and instead of running away, she wants to help. She has a lot to repent for and saving the city, plus the hot cop that she hasn’t been able to forget might just be the only way she can finally find some inner peace.

With an entire city poised on the brink of war, Titus and Reeve stand in the crossfire—and it will take two brave souls to fight for the ultimate love.

My Review

If I am being completely honest, I have a girl crush on Jay Crownover.  I love her books and Better When He’s Bold is my new favorite.  I have been looking forward to Titus’s story since we were introduced to him in Bax’s book.  He’s a good guy.  He’s on the right side of the law.  He fights day in and day out for The Point and the people that live there.  Being a police officer of course makes his relationship with his younger brother Bax tricky and his relationship with Reeve complicates his life even more.

Reeve feels intense guilt over the choices she made when indebted to Novak.  We are introduced to him in the other two books and he is truly the scum of the earth.  Reeve was seeking revenge for her sister’s murder and she makes terrible decisions while dealing with her grief and anger.  She betrays her friend Dovie (who is Bax’s girl) and almost gets Race (Dovie’s brother) killed in the last book.  Now, Reeve is ready to make up for her past transgressions and looks to Titus to help her.  The kicker is Reeve has information on a deadlier threat to Titus and the rest of the Point and to help she wants to offer herself up as bait.

Titus is torn over Reeve and her actions.  He can’t decide whether to trust her and he honestly can’t understand why she is doing anything to help out.  I loved the way Jay played with both of their emotions as they are trying to figure each other out.  They hold each other at arm’s length because neither has a good history of trusting the right people.  They clearly have an intense attraction toward each other which only exacerbates their tenuous relationship.  Reeve doesn’t think she deserves someone as good as Titus but she is wrong.  They need each other and although Titus has a hard time coming around, he sees it too.  Watching the two of them grow to truly understand each other was the best part of the book.

“You shouldn’t be what makes me feel good, Reeve.” There is was. The harsh reality of the way things were between us. Him on one side of the divide and me always on the other.

Once these two got together, it was intense.  They truly understand each other and accept each other both good and bad.  When Titus shares his back story and Reeve opens up about her sister, you literally feel each of their pain.   At the same time, Reeve lets Titus just breath and not be everyone’s hero.  Titus hasn’t had someone care for him or take care of him.  It was fantastic to watch each of them give to the other what was missing in their lives.

“There is no regret, Reeve, and there is no choice. Right or wrong, you are it for me. You get all the parts of me. You make me feel like I can just be me, not a cop, not a big brother, not a hero, not a savior…just a man. A man that has his good and bad parts.”

Better When He’s Brave was riveting from front to back cover.  I loved that Jay had a “bad” girl with a “good” guy although in the end neither should have a label.  Titus lived up to my expectations and Reeve surpassed them.  Although she made poor decisions, she redeemed herself through and through and in the process showed Titus that someone could care and love him deeply.  Jay Crownover’s Point series really hits the mark and balances my two favorites: romance and suspense.  I can’t wait for Nassir and Honor’s book.  Thanks Jay, for making the Point come to life in each and every book of this series.

 

Jay CrownoverAbout Jay Crownover:

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.

 

 

 

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