Better When He’s Brave by Jay Crownover – Dual Review and Giveaway

Better When He's Brave - Review & Excerpt Tour bannerSynopsisIn 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.
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3-5-stars

Tracy~
I am a huge fan of Jay Crownover books and the characters she has introduced to us so far, so I was anxious to see what see had in store for us with Titus and Reeve. Both of these characters made appearances in the first two books in the series that left me wanting to know more.

Rebecca~
I agree, Tracy. Since first falling in love with Rule Archer, Jay Crownover has been an automatic one-click author for me. I enjoyed the first two books in the Point Series and have been salivating for Titus’s book since he first appeared in BWHB.

Tracy~
I liked that Titus was going to be a bit different from the other men in this series. He has to walk the fine line of living the life of the Point and trying to protect it. And Reeve was much the same, trying to survive a life in The Point while trying to redeem herself to those around her.

Rebecca~
I loved that Jay added a new spin with this book. It’s rare we get a see a “good guy” and “bad girl”. Despite some her previous actions, I felt that for the most part, Reeve has a good soul. She wants to repair past wrongs. She’s been secretly crushing on the hot cop for a long time.

He tasted liked goodness, and I didn’t think there was ever any way I was going to get enough of it.

Tracy~
With as much as I did love Titus and Reeve, this book rehashed a lot of what has happened in the previous books which caused it to have a very slow start for me.

Rebecca~
Sadly, I agree Tracy. Despite the strong Prologue, the first 40% of the book moved slowly. Even with the dual points of view, there was limited dialogue and more recapping of previous events than I preferred. It wasn’t until near the 50% mark, that the book began to really get interesting for me.

Tracy~
I feel the same way. I missed the banter between the characters that we usually do get in Jay’s books. However I did like the book, but I would have to say it’s not my favorite in the series.

Rebecca~
Perhaps my expectations were too high, but Brave did fall short for me. I’ve been crushing on Titus for the last two books; I never felt a strong connection to his and Reeve’s storyline. It felt somewhat forced at times. Despite that, I loved seeing all the previous couples and certainly can’t wait to see what happens next in the series. Jay definitely sets up events for future books.

Tracy~
It was great to get more Bax and Race in this book. I’m also excited to see where this series is going. I love the setup for the future possible storylines and can’t wait to see what next.

“There is no escape once the point has you.”

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Excerpt

“Everyone has a breaking point.”

I sounded gruff and really had to concentrate on getting the words out because she leaned forward and her lips hit right below my ear on my rough jaw. Her teeth started to nibble and her tongue lapped a long wet trail all the way up behind my ear where she breathed, “I would love to see you when you reach yours.”

She curled a hand around the back of my neck and rubbed her cheek against mine. When I let my monster have at her, it took in giant mouthfuls, gobbled her up, and tried to burn as fast and as hot as the pleasure would allow. She wasn’t kidding when she said hers needed to be soothed. Every move she made was deliberate, erotic. We touched everywhere and somehow it was more intimate than all the times I had been inside of her over the last month. She brushed her chest against my own and I decided the playing field needed to level out a little, so I hooked my hands under her shirt and lifted it up off over her head. Her hair fell back down around us like a dark curtain and I grabbed her face so I could kiss her. She blinked at me with big eyes and smiled.

“You are the only one that sees it, over and over again. You were the breaking point from the moment you walked in the door to tell me you helped Novak grab Dovie. I wanted to be disgusted, to hate you, but I didn’t. I thought you were beautiful and resilient. You seemed so misguided and lost, and even then I wanted to get you naked and fuck you on my desk.”

Her face lowered to mine and our lips touched just a tiny bit. One of her hands skated down the center of my chest and landed on my belt buckle. I reciprocated by popping the clasp on the back of her bra and pulling it out of my way.

“You should’ve tried. I would’ve let you.” The words danced across my lips and somewhere in the center of my chest an animal howled in delight. That was what was missing in my life. Someone that appreciated all the sacrifice, the hard choices I had made to become the man I was, but who could also appreciate the fucked-up kid I had been.
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Meet The Author-001Jay CrownoverJay 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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