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I'm convinced that Jay Crownover can write a compelling story about anything, or anyone, but most of all about bad boys!! As the first book in a new series, Crownover creates a world of contrasts between right & wrong, and the good & the bad when it ones to people, and the life choices they make. But, what I really love about Crownover's writing is her ability to write about incredible relationships between very real, flawed people, and she has more than delivered in this book! I was touched not only by the beautiful & gritty relationship between the leads, Bax and Dovie, but also the theme of family and relationships between brothers that included Titus (Bax's brother), and Race (Dovie's brother and Bax's BFF). "Better When He's Bad" is not only about the choices one makes with limited options and the trajectories those choices bring, but it's also about who brings you freedom. Most of all, I think this is what Dovie did for Bax; she brought him freedom and allowed him to unlock himself from a self-destructive pathway that would have lead him to the grave, or a life-time, in and out of prison.
The balance between the action, plot developments, revelations, and the hot romance is superb. Dovie is an admirable heroine and the way she and Bax connect with one another is passionate, intense, and always feels like there's an expiration date (until the HEA, that is). The need to resolve conflicts driven by the pressure and violence of evil villains equals one very riveting read/listen. I can't wait for Race's story, and even though Bax and Dovie found a beautiful HEA, I'm sure we will continue to hear about Bax and Dovie's love story in the books that follow.
Narrators: Mia Barron and Leland King were excellent. They performed very well. This is a great audiobook. I loved the sentimental intro. music at the beginning and the end of the book….nice touch!
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
This had everything I love in a book, It's a thrilling fast paced romance with a great story line. It gripped me into the fold in the very first chapter.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Better When He's Bad?
the final show down was seriously tense. I thought it was well written and you find a little bit of a secret in that big scene that clicks it all together.
Which character – as performed by Mia Barron and Leland King – was your favorite?
I loved every character, but of course the hero was my favorite. HE WAS BAD TO THE BONE WITH HEAT AND PURE SEX.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I did listen to this one in one sitting and worth every second of my time.
Any additional comments?
i know that Trace's story is coming in October and I am anxiously waiting.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Such an enjoyable audiobook. Jay Crownover is such a great writer that the story translates beautifully into an audiobook. The narrators did a great job. Highly recommended.
The story and characters were okay but it was all a little formulaic. You knew exactly were the book was going by the end of the first chapter. Luckily the characters were engaging enough to keep you listening.