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!!
Better When He's Brave
Synopsis: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 has always seen his world in black and white. There is a firm right and wrong in his mind, 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 walking the straight and narrow seems far less important now. 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. This girl might be as dangerous to Titus as the guy trying to destroy the Point but he can’t walk away because he needs her—in more ways than one.
Reeve knows all about the threat trying to destroy The Point. She knows how ruthless, how vicious, and how cruel this new danger can be… and instead of running away, she wants to help. Reeve knows that 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.
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An Excerpt from Better When He’s Brave
The car finally skidded to a stop in a shower of gravel and dust. The headlights illuminated the drop-off in front of us. The moon was high in the sky, forcing its way through smog and clouds to shine silver. It was the same color as Titus’s eyes when he was turned on, when he was buried deep inside of me.
“I haven’t had my parents in my life for a long time, so I shouldn’t feel like I lost them. But I do.”
“I felt that way when I locked Bax up. I knew he wouldn’t understand that I had to do my job, and when he got out, the first time I saw him he punched me in the face. He hated me.” He turned off the car and reached out a finger to twist a piece of my long hair around it.
“Don’t let Roark win. Once everything is settled, go back to them and make them understand.”
I turned to look at him. He was fierce in the shadowy light. He was what heroes were supposed to look like no matter the path he had taken to become one.
“I don’t even know if I understand. At the time it felt like my only choice. Now I’m not so sure.” I leaned across the space separating us and brushed my knuckles across his still-bristly cheek. He was almost in full beard mode and it looked so good on him. “Lately the only thing I understand is you, Titus.”
He lifted one of his dark eyebrows at me and asked, “What is it that you understand about me, Reeve?”
“That you make everything better. You make me better, and I might never be good enough for you, but you make me feel like I can get close.”
One of his hands slid down to my wrist and the next thing I knew he was guiding me over the console and the emergency brake so that I was straddled across him with my back to the steering wheel. I hadn’t been in a car like this with a boy since I was a teenager. I kind of liked it. More than kind of.
“You make everything better too, Reeve, and there is no good enough because this with you is the best there has ever been.” And then his mouth was on mine and I didn’t get a chance to tell him we had left this behind and were now firmly venturing into more. Knowing that Titus was flawed, that he had made some questionable choices on his road to becoming the man he was today, made me love him even more. Where he was from was even uglier than where I was from, and that was beautiful to me. So was the way he was pulling on my clothes and kissing me along my throat.
I have to say from the beginning of this series I was hooked on the mystery, intrigue and down right grittiness of The Point. This place isn’t for anyone who’s good. It will eat the good alive! No matter what happens though family sticks together and even when you are on the right side of the law, lines are blurred in The Point.
Since the beginning in Better When He’s Bad we met Titus King. We know from past books that he has no problem bringing down the law, even when it means putting his own brother in prison. But someone has taken interest in bringing down those around him. Cars have been destroyed, people have been killed, buildings blown up and burned to the ground. But whoever it is, they are hiding in the shadows, not making themselves known, and this is starting to eat away at Titus. What he doesn’t know is that a woman who almost got his brothers girlfriend killed and his brother as well, will be the key to bringing down the mastermind behind the current devastation falling on The Point.
Reeve Black isn’t a good girl, she’s far far far from it! But redemption really and truly can be hers if she could right the wrongs from her past. Unfortunately she puts her chips in with the wrong man and finds out the hard way that things aren’t always what they seem… Now she has her sights set on helping out someone who should hate her for all she’s done to his family. She has information he needs and she will do whatever it takes to help. What she doesn’t bargain for is what comes with putting her chips in with Titus King.
From the beginning the sexual tension with these two ignites the pages. Jay always has that way of building to the moment, and then makes it well worth it. The connection and chemistry both in and out of the bedroom between Reeve and Titus is undeniable. Throughout the story we get more of the characters from the other books, Race and Bax play pretty large roles in this one. I absolutely love Bax hands down he’s still my favorite Alpha Bad Boy in this series, but Titus has this softer and more emotional side that really tugs at the heartstrings. As the story unfolds and you start to put together the pieces of it all, you’ll get that creepy feeling that something EPIC is bound to happen. And though there were many moments that were, I was a little disappointed with the way it all wrapped up so cleanly. I think the problem for me was that the prologue gave a lot of the plot away and you weren’t surprised when the moment came later in the book. However even with that said I still loved the story. I love Reeve and love a great redemption story. There were a few things that I would have liked to have seen wrapped up more when it came to her and her family in the end. I did really enjoyed reading this one and I am anxious to see if she writes more about the side characters from the previous books… In particular one really HOT bodyguard bad boy named Booker! I’d really love to see a book with him it in! All in all this is another solid read out of Jay’s camp… I’m excited to see what’s to come from her next!