Release Week Blitz: Better When He's Brave: Jay Crownover

BETTER WHEN HE'S BRAVE(Welcome to the Point #3)
Jay Crowover
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Expected August 11, 2015

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.  

It hit me like a ton of bricks. So heavy and hard it almost took me to my knees. Roark had been going after the thing that mattered most to me from the very beginning. I cared about the people that still had a shot to make it out of the Point. I fought for the innocent and the young because I often felt like no one else was going to. Every person that Roark had hurt, had twisted, had infected in his quest to exact his revenge had been someone I’d sworn I would protect and keep safe.

It started with the kid whose neck he snapped and ditched outside of the Pit. Just some dumb jock barely in his twenties that liked to gamble, but he was just a kid and deserved a better end. Then it was the club. Before it burned to the ground, Nassir had been deliberately lured away and all the victims were just kids out looking for some trouble and fun. They lost their lives doing what kids all across the country did every single day. After that it was the girl on the dock and the armed stripper at Spanky’s. Two girls too young to be caught up in that kind of life and too young to be dead. Two girls I should’ve been able to keep safe. And lastly there was my brother. Sure, Bax was far from innocent, far from having a shot at a good and law-abiding life, but he was still my only family, my blood, and even if I had let him down in the past, I took my duty to keep him safe and keep him out of trouble to heart now. Killing Bax would have served the dual purpose of exacting revenge on the man who Roark thought was responsible for his father’s death and rubbing salt into the wound I would suffer for being unable to protect him.

The realization of how insidious and malicious as well as how fucking brilliant in his evil machinations Roark was had me shaking so hard I almost missed Brysen’s words as she whispered “Someone needs to stop him; he can’t be allowed to go after anyone anymore.”

I blew out a breath and tried to steady myself. “I’m trying.”

She narrowed her very blue eyes. “Try harder.”

No wonder Race was sprung on her. She looked like a doll but had the bite of a barracuda. She was his perfect match in that way—all golden and glossy on the outside but made of stronger, more resilient stuff on the inside. If Roark did have Karsen, I sure hoped the younger Carter was as tough as Brysen.

Just as the big, black utility vehicles with SWAT team members and the bomb technicians rolled up to the scene, the metal front doors at the front of the school clanked open and Booker came striding through with his arm wrapped around an obviously shaken and upset Karsen. The teen looked so tiny and fragile next to the giant man that it had murderous rage toward Roark thumping heavy not just through my heart but the heart of the beast that was wide awake in my chest and hungry for retribution.

Brysen let out a squeal and took off running toward the duo. I should’ve stopped her considering the building still wasn’t secure and I still had no idea where Roark was lurking, but I didn’t have the heart to keep her away from her sister. The two blondes hugged and then they were both crying as Booker was ripped away from the teen and slapped into cuffs by the same cop he has shoved over only moments before.

Karsen started yelling when the cop started to haul Booker away, but Brysen shushed her and guided her over to where I was still standing. I watched curiously as the guys dressed in black tactical gear unloaded a robot that looked like something from Star Wars and used a computer to guide it toward the front of the school. I was dying to know if they were going to find anything or if this had all been some elaborate ruse Roark had staged only to show me he had me right where he wanted me.

“Are you okay?” The teenager was crying big, fat, silent tears but she looked unharmed. She nodded and looked in the direction where the cops had taken Booker.

“Why is he getting arrested? He was the only one that came and looked for me.” Ouch. That accusation burned hot across my skin.

“He pushed a cop. They tend to take offense at that. Why were you still inside the building, Karsen? What happened?” I didn’t want to press her too hard because she was obviously pretty shaken up but I didn’t have any time to waste either.
The Point is being attacked and is at war again. No one is safe. Not the cops. Not even the criminals. There is a blur between the good guys and the bad guys. Someone is targeting the newly appointed bosses who are trying to keep The Point in control and as safe as possible. Bax, Race, and Titus are all mixed up in this person's revenge schemes. And one woman, Reeve Black, is done playing for the wrong side and is now trying to help Titus bring the bad guys down. But it is a battle and it is not pretty.

Detective Titus King is a strong, steadfast guy with a good heart. He's got an inner core of  bad boy, wrapped up in a good guy persona, with another layer of  rough edge over that. He wants to do do the right and honorable thing, but in The Point there are many exceptions to the rules. He strives to take care and protect people, and against his better judgment, Reeve becomes one of those people.

They have an intense attraction, bad history, and are mixed up in a dire, deadly situation. She says she wants to help and has reason to believe she is an asset, but she is the last person he thinks he should get close to. But they are like magnets with no control over the pull and soon the fight is for more than The Point. It is to keep them both alive to have hope of a future. 

Danger, murder, revenge, and bloodshed...It all just keeps building up at The Point.  Nothing is safe. Nothing is sacred. They are surrounded by danger, overwhelmed with passion, and threats are escalating.

Titus has his hands full trying to keep everyone he cares about safe while seeking justice against a new force determined to take down everyone he holds dear and destroy The Point in his wake. But Reeve also wants to fix her mistakes and take care of those she hurt in the past. They are two people trying to bring down one man, but focused on keeping the other safe.

Titus is intense, a hunter, and has been keeping his own demons and inner beast on lock down. She is not afraid of his darker hidden side and is a calming influence. She wants to take care of him since he always takes care of everyone else. This is also Titus' story of accepting all the facets of himself and facing his demons from his past and choices he has made. Everything is not black and white, there is a lot of grey in the world especially at The Point.

Reeve has her own ghosts and regrets. She has to learn to live with herself and own her past mistakes. He's got to deal with her impulsivity and accept her for who she is. They are a mess, but they also stablize each other and make living in the chaos better. They truly understand each other even the parts they hide from others. In a world that only wants to bring them down with danger around every corner, they will have to hold on tight or risk losing it all.

This brings back Bax and Dovie(Better When He's Bad), Race and Brysen(Better When He's Bold), and her sister Karsen, Booker, Nassir and Honor. They are all truly in this together with everyone in danger from this new threat. Stories continue to brew under the surface with Karsen and the man she is crushing on, and we get more of a glimpse into Nassir's story. He will be the subject of the next book. He might be the toughest, most ruthless of all of the The Point guys.

The Point is raw, rough, intense, violent, dangerous, unpredictable, and volatile. But the men who are the most important players in it are a mix of bad, good, and questionable choices. They have their flaws, fears, strengths, and weaknesses. The women are soft enough to tame them, but strong enough to stand up to them and  are forces to be reckoned with.  They form a tightly bound group that loves hard, lives on the edge, and will fight for those they care about. This one had me holding my breath from the prologue and and intrigued throughout with all of the suspense. It seems there is always a new threat and a new battle waging at The Point. I am looking forward to more in this series with Nassir and Booker. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Titus King lives in a black and white world. As a detective in the Point he has seen the worst his city has to offer and refuses to back down. His drive to keep his city as clean as he can finds opposition from all sides, including his brother, but to him it is worth the struggle. As a result of his crusade he finds himself working long hours, with little relief from the harsh reality of the Point.

Reeve Black left the Point to protect herself and put Novak away for good. But when the case against Novak was no longer necessary, Reeve realized Novak wasn’t the only “bad guy” crawling around the city, and she had the means to take down another, if she can get Titus to listen to her as more than a possible felon.

Oh these two.

These two really define what it means to live and love in the Point -- that struggle between doing what is right and what is easy, between lawful and illegal. I found myself constantly wondering what would be the tipping point between them, that thing that pushed one or the other too far for the other to forgive.

Reeve has such a different take on what it means to live in the Point. Having left it all behind, now that she’s back she sees the grit and darkness in a new light. Or more accurately, she realizes that having the white picket fence and green grass does not mean life will be better than it was. Her insight in to Keelyn’s actions later in the book is spot on, and I love the way she shares that knowledge with Titus and to a certain extent Nassir.

Titus had his own struggle in balancing his need to protect with Reeve’s need to be independent. He knew in the back of his mind that she was capable of protecting herself, that she *had* protected herself before, but it went against everything that he felt to let her act as bait to lure Roark out of hiding. 

The stories from the Point have always had a gritty darkness that is unique to this series. The city is no less a character here than it was in the first two books, but with the lines of Titus’s job, and Reeve’s experiences living outside the Point, the city feels less harsh, less of an enemy. It’s no less gritty than in those first two books, but both Reeve and Titus look at the harsh reality through a different lens than any of the other characters have before. I have a feeling that seeing the Point through Nassir’s eyes next will be another version of the city entirely and I can’t wait to see what rounds he is put through and what else crawls out of the underbelly of the city for him to have to battle.
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
And don’t miss the first two books in The Point Series…

(Welcome to the Point #1)
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Kim and Rachel's 4.5 star reviews and Tammy's 4.5 star review

Better WhenHe's Bad

(Welcome to the Point #2)
Amazon ** Barnes and Noble ** iTunes
Kim and Rachel's 4.5 star reviews and Tammy's 4.5 star review

Better When Hes Bold

Jay Crownover:
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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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