I was thoroughly surprised by this book. Seriously. I did NOT expect to love it at all, but LOVE it, I DID! This book superbly introduces the fictitious city of “the Point” that I compare to Los Angeles, thereby making me think about The Fast and the Furious series.
Better When He’s Bad really reminds me of The Fast and the Furious. Now, I’m not really a fan of the series but I had to watch it with Pierre so, I have seen all 7 (Gawd!). Anyways, this book reminds me of it. Maybe because Bax actually rides a badass car AND also works on cars? I dunno but the book really made me think of Los Angeles. Also, I live in LA County so… this counts?
But I seem to be going off track here. Now, back to the story. I absolutely fell in love with Dovie and Bax! Their chemistry was off the charts and Bax was the perfect alpha male for gentle Dovie. The violence made me cringe but it was well done. In the end, I was rooting for every character to make it – except the villain, who was purty nasty!
The narration was superb! I have heard Mia Barron and Leland King narrate before so they were absolutely perfect. The tone and pacing were amazing! Since this book is written in first person and alternate POVs, the 2 narrators were perfect and really made me feel like I was IN the book.
The grittiness and the darkness are felt throughout the book, which really blew me away! This was the perfect introduction to the series and also perfect for me since this is the first Jay Crownover book that I read.
Oh, well will I start? This book disappointed me A LOT because of Race and the narrators! Ugh! The female narrator Olivia Song really sucked the life right out of this book. She was totally flat and the pacing was super slow, but not slow enough for me to increase the speed of the narration because the male narrator was perfect!
So, I know I started with the narrator BUT the female narrator was what made me not love this book at all. That and Race. Let me start with Race. I did not like him at all. Sure, he was an alpha male but he was cringe-worthy and more of a d*ck than Bax who was intense in a good way.
Basically, Race was a coward through and through and because of this, I had a hard time liking the book.
But that is not to say that the book was bad. I just hate Race. Brysen was different but I did warm up to her (at certain parts, the narrator was just super cringey). Brysen had a nurturing nature which I thought was perfect for Race.
Overall, this was the weakest book in the series. If the other characters weren’t intriguing, this may have been the last book from Jay Crownover that I read. Thankfully, I didn’t stop there because the next book, Better When He’s Brave was amazing!
Now, THIS book blew me away! I absolutely LOVED Titus! And of course, Reeve. She is under witness protection program as a witness to the villain in Better When He’s Bad. She also [spoiler]almost got Dovie killed because of her deal with the villain in the first book.[/spoiler] So basically, everyone HATES her.
Titus, Bax’s cop brother, is trying his best not to fall for Reeve. But there is a new villain in town who has set his sights on Titus and Reeve is the key. Titus has no choice but to protect her at all costs.
I love how Reeve is in the gray zone. Like, you didn’t know what her character is. And Titus, also an alpha, sees everything as right or wrong, there is no in between. Which was the perfect match for Reeve IMO.
The main villain here is also SUPER scary. I love it! It added another layer in villainy not seen in the previous books.
The narration was also on point! Heh, see what I did there? There was no annoying male/female narrator here and the pacing was perfect, as well.
For audiobookers, does an annoying narrator ruin the story for you? Also, does annoying main characters ruin the story for you, too? Do tell, I want to know! Because, if you ask me, an AWESOME narrator is everything!