A Sexy Fast and Furious Inspired Series! Welcome to the Point by Jay Crownover Skinny Review

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A Sexy Fast and Furious Inspired Series! Welcome to the Point by Jay Crownover Skinny Review
Title: Better When He's Bad
Written by Jay Crownover
Read by Mia Barron, Leland King
Series: Welcome to the Point #1
Published by HarperAudio
Publication Date: June 17th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Los Angeles Public Library
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Flame Rating: three-half-flames

There s a difference between a bad boy and a boy that is "bad." Welcome to the Point.

Shane Baxter isn't just from the wrong side of the tracks he "is" the wrong side of the tracks. Bax is a criminal, a thug, a brawler, and a man who has made the streets and the city his playground. He s the master of making bad choices. At least he was until his last bad choice landed him in the joint for a five-year stretch. 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. Even if there s a new player in the game who is way too innocent and way too soft for the way Bax does things. She s standing directly in the way of the answers he wants, and he has no qualms using whatever it takes to get them.

Dovie Pryce knows all about living a hard life and the choices that come with it. She s always tried to be good, tried to help others and not let the darkness of the wrong side of the tracks pull her down. Only the streets are fighting back, and things have gone from bad to worse, and the only person that can help her is the scariest, sexiest, most complicated ex-con the Point has ever produced. Bax terrifies her, and it doesn't take Dovie long to realize some boys are just better when they're bad.

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.


A Sexy Fast and Furious Inspired Series! Welcome to the Point by Jay Crownover Skinny Review
Title: Better when He's Bold
Written by Jay Crownover
Read by Jameson Adams, Olivia Song
Series: Welcome to the Point #2
Published by AudioGo
Publication Date: March 7th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Los Angeles Public Library
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne Star
Flame Rating: three-half-flames

There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who is bad. . . . Welcome to the Point.

In a dark and broken kingdom, a ruler has to be fearless to control the streets and the ruthless people who run them. Race Hartman is just bold enough, just smart enough, and just lost enough to wear the crown. Places like The Point will always have bad things and bad people, but the man in control of all that badness can minimize the devastation. Race has a plan, but can he prevent total annihilation without destroying himself?

Brysen Carter has always seen the real Race—a guy too pretty, too smooth, and way too dangerous. Basking in his golden glow is very tempting, but Brysen knows she’ll eventually get burned. She has enough problems without the risky danger and mayhem that comes with a guy like Race. Too bad Brysen faces a threat close to home that might be more dangerous than anything The Point has ever produced... And the only person interested in keeping her safe is the one man she can’t allow herself to have.

Sometimes being bold is the only way to stay alive. But can she let Race save her life . . . if it means losing herself to him?

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!


A Sexy Fast and Furious Inspired Series! Welcome to the Point by Jay Crownover Skinny Review
Title: Better When He's Brave
Written by Jay Crownover
Read by Eliza Grace, Jay Crow
Series: Welcome to the Point #3
Published by HarperCollins
Publication Date: August 11th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Los Angeles Public Library
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Flame Rating: three-half-flames

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.

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 View 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! 


Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge
  • 2017 Review Challenge

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4 responses to “A Sexy Fast and Furious Inspired Series! Welcome to the Point by Jay Crownover Skinny Review

  1. first off, the narrator is a big key to enjoying an audibook. Even if the book is only merely likable and has issues, if the narrator is amazing you just fall in love anyway. I haven’t read this author yet, but the moment you said Fast n Furious. I definitely need to try this series out.
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  2. I only heard the first book in the series and sadly it wasn’t one of my favorites when it comes to NA. It seems like this is a hit or miss author for most people. I loved Rule but I know a lot of people hated that book 🙂

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