Monday, August 10, 2015

Shades of Gray In a World of Black

"You take care of everyone, always.
Maybe I want to take care of you."
--Jay Crownover, Better When He's Brave

Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages: 352
Publication Date: August 11th, 2015
Source: eARC provided by publisher 
Previous Books in Series: Better When He's Bad & Better When He's Bold
Goodreads Description 

 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.
The Point

The setting of this series is dark and gritty and happy endings are all relative here. I LOVE that this series takes place in such a dark place and there aren't 'good' people, only people doing what they can to survive in a world where asphalt rules and the grass is never greener because it's a place of steel and strength. Reeve and Titus both grew up learning this the hard way. Reeve is back after learning how a witness was killed in the Novak case. She seeks out Titus with her information and our story takes off from there.

The Story & Romance

I was super excited to see how Crownover would weave the tale of the good cop and the sexy criminal because of how much animosity there was towards Reeve and how much of a good person Titus is. Have no fear, Jaw Crownover is here. With dual POV we get both their thoughts and their attraction for one another is hotter than hot but it is a slow burn for them to act on it. I loved this. You could see their struggle to accept their feelings.

I understood where Titus was coming from but what I didn't expect was how Reeve thoughts would make me so empathetic to her. She worships Titus for the hero that he is and she knows she isn't 'good enough' for him. While everyone in The Point is selfish to an extent because they have to be, I found Reeve trying to do the right thing refreshing. She is not unaware to what she has done in the past but she's trying to atone for her past crimes. I just found it so interesting that she would take any imitation of Titus knowing she can't/won't ever have the real thing. And Titus surprised me, too! There are quite a few revelations about how he sees himself and his past. This brought so much more dimension to his character. I never expected so much...self-doubt? from him. I absolutely loved getting to know both him and Reeve.

Reeve surprised me so much and I found myself REALLY loving her character. Call me crazy, but I cannot fault her actions after what happened to her sister. I just can't. I have two sisters who I love more than life itself and I cannot even imagine what I would do had I been in her position. I probably would have pulled the trigger myself to be honest. ("Don't say stuff like that on the internet"--Titus...thanks, bro. Appreciate the concern.) But seriously, I understood her struggle and subsequent self-loathing. I felt her pain. And I loved her for it. She is a survivor. And her growth throughout the book is amazing. I loooooved the opportunities that came her way and no spoilers that's all I can say.

This series is definitely not like the Marked Men but I love it in a different way. This is survival in a brutal environment and trying to work in white to makes shades of grey in a world filled with black. I cannot WAIT to read Nassir's book and OMG BOOKER!!!!! Booker is going to break my heart, I already know it. 

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If you love redemption, hot men in uniforms, and and dirty...talking cops...this book's for you.

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  1. Better When He's Brave sounds a little bit like Asa's novel in the Marked Men series, what with the whole redemption angle to this story. Having just finished the Marked Men series (and loved it), I'm definitely going to check out this series too!


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