Marked Men and The Point - Jay Crownover
This is gonna be two reviews of books by Jay Crownover!! Be warned, it's immensely hot where those boys came from...
Welcome to the Point
Synopsis: 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.
HOLY MOLEY MOTHER OF EVERYTHING.....So I had a few days to cool off again....which I needed, because this book was all kinds of awesome. I love Jay Crownover, I just totally do. Her style of writing, her characters, everything about it draws me in. And the first novel in her new series didn't disappoint at all.
Bax is everything you hope he will be. If you are looking for a tattooed bad guy that is everything his name promises, then Bax is everything you are looking for. Bax, I mean, with a name like that, how can you NOT love him? And who isn't drawn to a tattooed bad guy? Come on, seriously?? It's not only the bad aura he has around him that draws you in. Despite the street creed he has, he's also loyal to the people who have proved to him that they care, that he can count on them. There are traits inside of Bax that he's not let anyone seen in a very long time, and when they come to light in this book, it's an amazing thing to watch. And who brings it out? It's a little shy and fiery person that he hasn't seen coming.
Dovie. And honestly, I love her as well! The way she loyally throws herself in danger, just to save the one person that has ever made her feel loved in her life. That is, until Bax shows up. He's NOTHING like the guy she should be interested in, but there is something about him that she cannot shake off. No matter how much she tries, she cannot escape the allure that is Shane Baxter (on a side note, I think there hasn't been a better character name than Shane Baxter - or let's say, I haven't heard of a lot). With her feistiness, she is the first person ever to see the person that isn't Bax, but Shane, and before she realizes it, she might be in too deep.
This is a great story of loyalty, of being who you are and not who you think you need to be, and yet being able to open up and let your fears and weaknesses who, no matter what the consequences might be. It's a story that makes you HOT, let me tell you, because honestly, when you have someone like Shane Baxter, things are bound to be hot. And Jay Crownover just KNOWS how to do hot!!!!!
Please go and read that book, really do!!! It's amazing, it's awesome and you won't be disappointed!!!!
Marked Men number 4 - Nash (watch out, this is actually a spoilery review, since it's hard to say how awesome this book is without giving too much of the stories before away) . If you haven't read any of her books, then please do!! Gosh, please do!!!
Synopsis: Saint Ford has worked hard to achieve her childhood dream of becoming of nurse. Focused on her work and devoted to her patients, there’s no room for love. She doesn’t need a guy making waves in her calm, serene life—especially when he’s the unforgettable hottie who nearly destroyed her in high school. Dark, brooding Nash Donovan might not remember her or the terrible pain he caused. But he turned her world upside down... and now he’s trying to do it again.
Saint has no idea that Nash isn’t the cocky player he once was. Uncovering a devastating family secret has rocked his world, and now he’s struggling to figure out his future. He can’t be distracted by the pretty nurse he seems to meet everywhere. Still, he can’t ignore the sparks that fly between them —or how she seems so desperate to get away from him. But the funny, sweet, and drop-dead gorgeous Saint is far too amazing to give up on—especially since she’s the only thing in his life that seems to make sense.
When Nash discovers the truth about their past, he realizes he may have lost her heart before he could even fight for it. Now, Saint has to decide: is Nash worth risking herself for all over again?
The Marked Men are what got me loving Jay in the first place. Rule took my heart away, and Jet and especially Rome as well were no different. I was really looking forward to Nash's book, since he has always been one of my favourites of the whole bunch.
I knew within the first moments of this book that I would be bawling my eyes out at a few points during this book. And I would be proven right.
I fell in love with Nash and Saint right from the start. They have great chemistry and the history they have together makes for an interesting mix. Nash is an amazing human being, nothing else needs to be said at this point. You could see that a lot already in the last books, which is why I already was half in love with him before the book was even out.
When he found out in the last book who his father really was, it crushed Nash's world, and even though dealing with that is the last thing he wants, Saint is the one person that makes him see that wasting precious time with his father while he's still alive might be the only right way to do it. While struggling herself with the hurtful comments Nash lashed out when they were still in high school, Saint doesn't want to get involved with him in any way, but the situation with his father just makes her feel for him, and before she knows it, he is the only one that actually can make her feel as if there was more to life than duty and honor.
Saint has led a rather boring life until then, she said so herself. She doesn't have many friends, only knows her job and her family, and that was it. After Nash crushed her self-esteem in high school, she has never fully recovered and still struggles with the aftermath now. This is one of their main issues throughout the book, because Saint cannot see herself for the amazing and caring person that she is. I completely understood her in that sense, and could feel with her. It was hard for her to come out of her shell with the one person that was basically the reason she had drawn back into that shell in the first place.
Nash has a hard time dealing with Saint's warm and cold attitude, but once he knows her reasons, things begin to progress. You don't need to tell me that it's all nice and simply from then on, because things never really are!! But it's well worth the ride, let me tell you!
A few other things I wanted to say, a few other reasons why I love this book, besides the main couple:
1. Royal: Oh my gosh, I actually liked her from the moment she stepped on the scene! Even when I didn't know who she was, what her profession was or so on, but there was just something about her that made me like her instantly and I CANNOT wait for her book with Asa! This is gonna be one hell of a ride.
2. the whole bunch of them: I have said this before in another review of the Marked Men, but all those tattooed guys and their feisty, loyal and crazy women are just soooo likeable. When reading about them, you can totally see you being one of them. I love each one of them, how beneath all that tattooed demeanor they have their big heart that is big enough to fit even more people in there. And Shaw and Rule's wedding just made me cry...it really did! Those vows?? HOLY MOLEY...even thinking about it now gets me teary eyes because the love each couple shares is still so palpable, even if they are only in the scene for like 5 sentences. And little RJ....Oh my, I already love her as well! I was actually thinking it'd be so fun to have a story with her when she's older, just to see her uncles getting all protective the moment she starts getting interested in a guy LOL this could be fun!! So the bunch, I'm in love with them, and I will surely miss them once they are gone....but thankfully, still two more books!!!
Oh my, I could keep gushing about this another page, but let's just end this with: Jay Crownover is a definite go to author for me!!!