Better When He's Brave
by Jay Crownover
Review & Excerpt Tour
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.
Are you ready for TITUS?!
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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 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.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!
What I say: *There may be small spoilers from the previous books in the series* - It's no secret I'm a big fan of Jay Crownover's books and I love the grittiness of her Welcome to the Point series. In terms of the hero Better When He’s Brave takes a different approach to the previous instalments. This time the hero isn't a criminal, but a good cop who is trying to limit the casualties.
Titus is a good guy. He's also a police detective working in a world full of criminals. We've had Bax the bad guy and Race the bold operator. Now we have Titus the brave and fierce cop. Titus has the gargantuan task of trying to control the many bad guys who are causing trouble in the Point. With the crime levels increasing and the residents preparing for battle, Titus doesn't have time for a woman. He definitely doesn't have time for a trouble and criminal magnet like Reeve.
I loved how Titus stuck to his morals. He isn't prepared to compromise himself or the law, he's not a dirty cop. As the brother of a criminal like Bax, he's had to make some pretty harsh decisions, and has to make a lot more of them here. I did appreciate how he starts to realise that not everybody is all bad and that the law isn't always so black and white. His loyalties are really tested throughout the book.
Reeve is hard on herself and I think she gets a pretty rough deal from most people. I was extremely judgemental in the past about how she treated Dovie, but Jay had me feeling sorry for this. Yes, Reeve's done bad things but I could understand why she does what she does - vengeance can be a real madam!! I really liked her sass and sexy charm. If she wants to escape the situation unharmed and with Titus by her side, then she's got a lot of convincing and making up to do.
What I particularly love about the Point series is how Jay Crownover never tries to make the guys into something they're not. Bax and Race are criminals, and they do bad things. Jay makes her readers fully aware of this, and so the women in their lives have to ask themselves can they deal with this and still love them as they are? Titus faces a similar issue with Reeve - he has to consider whether he can accept her as she is, whilst she has to deal with the fact that he's a cop who follows the law and is prepared to suffer for his cause.
There are lots of sexy parts in the story, as well as the sweet and romantic ones. I loved the action and dramatic scenes. We get to catch up with a few old favs, as well as meeting lots of fab new characters. I'm hoping a certain bodyguard and stroppy teen get their own book...
4.5 Heroic Stars in my Sky!
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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.
Jay 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.