Published: June 17th 2014 by William Morrow
Series: Welcome to the Point #1
Source: William Morrow via Edelweiss
Welcome to the Point
There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who’s bad . . . meet Shane Baxter.
Sexy, dark, and dangerous, Bax isn’t just from the wrong side of the tracks, he is the wrong side of the tracks. A criminal, a thug, and a brawler, he’s the master of bad choices, until one such choice landed him in prison for five years. Now Bax is out and looking for answers, and he doesn’t care what he has to do or who he has to hurt to get them. But there’s a new player in the game, and she’s much too innocent, much too soft…and standing directly in his way.
Dovie Pryce knows all about living a hard life and the tough choices that come with it. She’s always tried to be good, tried to help others, and tried not to let the darkness pull her down. But the streets are fighting back, things have gone from bad to worse, and the only person who can help her is the scariest, sexiest, most complicated ex-con The Point has ever produced.
Bax terrifies her, but it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize that some boys are just better when they’re bad.
I was really excited to see that Jay Crownover had a new series; I have really enjoyed the two books I’ve read in the Marked Men series so I was interested to read a new series with even badder boys!
Bax is the main character, and I was excited to meet this new, sexy bad boy… but he didn’t thrill me unfortunately. I think he was just TOO bad for my tastes. I found him much too gruff, and even when he was at his nice points with Dovie, I just didn’t get it. The whole criminal aspect I think is what really made him unappealing to me honestly. I didn’t dislike him by any means, and by the end of the book I liked how his story wrapped up but usually I am head over heels for the main guy in New Adult and it just didn’t happen here. The same thing with Dovie, I liked her overall, and there was nothing that made me dislike her… I mean she was a great person, stood by Bax’s side, and had great qualities but I didn’t find anything to make me attached to these characters. I think that aspect really played into my overall thoughts of the book, the characters didn’t wow me so I found it harder to care about their outcomes.
The story was interesting after it really cut to the chase. It had a different plot than most New Adult, so that was a refreshing change. I didn’t feel like I was essentially reading the same story with different characters, but ultimately I still knew what was going to happen.
Overall, it was a good read but not stunning. The plot was interesting and different but the characters didn’t blow me away so that left a huge whole for me. I will probably read the second book, for pure curiosity to see where the secondary characters stories take them but if I had to choose I’d definitely pick the Marked Men series over this one.