Welcome to the Point
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.
Renery’s Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ah, so Welcome to the Point. This story just has badass, trouble in all caps and thugs written all over it. Jay Crownover knows her men—all bad (really bad) and tatted up. And she knows them damn well. Okay, don’t get me wrong—I love Jay to the core. Her Marked Men series holds a very special place in my heart. But to be honest, I was kind of iffy as to whether I’d be reading this or just stick to my Marked Men. Though for some reason, when I met Jay at one of the signings I went to recently, something snapped inside of me, shaking me and slapping me awake (don’t
laugh—it was a shocker to me too, more like a huge wake up call) like I’m a lunatic for not reading Welcome to the Point. I mean, I fell hard for her MM series—each and every one of those inked bastards—so what was holding me back from reading this one? Come on, it was written by the rockstar herself. So why? I guess I got so attached to her Marked Men that I was holding back on welcoming a new and totally different group of bad boys from her. I just wanted the MM to be what Jay stands for me. But now I gave it a chance. And holy hell am I so freaking grateful that I did. I wanted to kick myself stupid for not reading it earlier on. What was I thinking? If you
get to meet Bax, you’ll know what the mother freaking hell I’m talking about. If you haven’t yet or you’re not planning to meet these guys—you sure are missing out. A lot. Sorry (not really), but your loss.
Shane Baxter is a criminal. A thief. He’s like a gigantic magnet of trouble and he’s a pro at taking
things that aren’t his. He’s had a hard life and growing up, all he knew was stealing anything and everything he wanted. He didn’t care if that was a car, a girl, money—anything he saw that interested him, he got for himself. And he never gave a shit who he was stealing them from either. He was just that good. He exudes this darkness and it was like he has thug written all over him, especially with his ink. People from the Point fear him. I mean, who the hell would not scurry away from a huge bulk of a man who everyone knows damn well is an ex-con? And people at the Point do what they have to do in order to survive, so they stay away. This was Bax’s way to fend for himself—he did bad things and always ended up entangled with trouble in bed.
Dovie Pryce was brought up with almost the same lifestyle as Bax. She was poor and doesn’t really have any family, except for her brother—Race—who just recently decided to show up and find her, and who happens to be Bax’s best friend as well. She adores and loves her brother so
much, so when he decides to fall off the face of the earth, there was only one other person she knew who could help her find him: the ex-con who just got out of jail and his brother’s best friend. I admired Dovie’s strength and willpower to live. Her ability to fend for herself and still see the brightness in things given the life she was dealt with. Bax was right—her light really shines so bright that no matter how much darkness he had in him, he’d still be affected by her, pierced by that blinding light she has inside. She sees the best in people and even though she was terrified of Shane Baxter, she never let up. She knows he’s the only tie she has to finding her brother, so regardless of that fear—of all the things she feels for this hard shell of a man swallowed up in darkness—she has to stick with him and by him. And worse, they never really expected to get all tangled up. In every sense of those two words, by the way.
And Bax—oh dear lord, the things he was willing to do, to give up for this woman, and for all the people he ended up caring about—I can barely breathe. Coming from this man, it was just all too much. All too intense. The bits and pieces of that sweet man—Shane—shone every single time he was with Dovie. Yes, it was such a struggle, but it was there. And those parts always squeezed my heart, knowing how tough his exterior is. How bad and stoic he can be. He is indeed a man of action. He never speaks too much unless he does have something to say; so when he speaks, you listen intently. You take it all in because you know how important they are.
People always said he always just acts without thinking, but at that one point in the story, he thought about everything and everyone. And I was ready to explode and fall apart. I couldn’t breathe, my heart was pounding wildly inside my chest. I swear I was chanting “no, this can’t be
happening” on that entire scene. I never saw that twist coming—and it was the bomb. Some of
them, I may have expected a bit, but nevertheless still had me appalled when I got to those parts. The way Jay shaped the story just turned out way better than what I expected, so screw it even though you knew what was coming.
As I said, Jay Crownover knows her men very well. So when I say that the men of the Point are bad, well they are indeed bad. But bad is best. Why? Because some people are just better off that way. And keep in mind, there is a huge difference between bad boys and boys that are bad. Think about it. And when you do, you have to get to know Shane Baxter, too.