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Jay Crownover’s The Best Bad Things ARC Review

Thank you to Jay Crownover, Mel Shank and the rest of Jay’s team for the advance reader copy of The Best Bad Thing!

There is only one thing better than a surprise release from Jay Crownover! It is a surprise release set in the Point!

I am a member of Jay Crownover’s review team, but I stand by my reviews remaining honest and true.

“Vesper Bell is a good girl. At least, that’s what everyone keeps telling her.
She was the perfect daughter. A straight-A student. The very best friend. And an adoring potential girlfriend.
However, when her life took an unexpected detour into darkness, suffering, and betrayal, Vesper realized being good hadn’t gotten her anywhere. An enthralled audience watched her dramatic fall from grace and clearly wanted her to crash and burn. Those she once trusted the most made it no secret that they wanted her to lose everything…and she did.
But all those years of being such a goodie-two-shoes built Vesper some powerful cosmic karma. On her birthday, she begged for a second chance, an opportunity to right all the wrongs and undo all the bad things she was forced to endure. She made a wish, not knowing that sometimes they really do come true.
Now, right before her fall, she’s back at the beginning, and she has no plans to be a good girl anymore.
Lucky for her, she has the perfect person to teach her how to embrace her rebellious and daring side: a boy with candy-colored hair and eyes as dark as the night sky. They were born on the same day, but that is about all the two of them have in common. Everything about him screams that he is a very bad boy, but Vesper sees the good in him.
He doesn’t seem to care if she’s perfect or pitiful. He keeps stepping in to save her, and he always makes her feel safe even when everything else feels uncertain. He feels real and honest when the rest of her life seems to be built on lies on top of more lies.
One thing Vesper knows to be absolutely true: the surprisingly sweet delinquent is the very best bad thing to ever happen to her.”

Check out my more detailed thoughts below…

  • Characters: Our heroine is Vesper, who was sure an interesting lead character. You could never trust her, just as Jay intended. We see her go through so much character development as we start with her in her early twenties and then she wakes up as eighteen but with a more mature mindset. So because of her past and present, she is simultaneously a prim and proper rich girl and street smart girl of the point. Our hero is Oscar, an incredibly loyal and caring boy from the Point. Raised there, by his family who own the main motel of the Point. He has seen some tragedy but does not let him weigh him down, or keep him from love. I loved how Oscar was a constant in Vesper’s lives.
  • Setting: We are finally heading back to the Point, an iconic setting of Jay Crownover’s! You should recognize the rough side of town made iconic in her Welcome to the Point and The Breaking Point series. I’ve always loved the dichotomy that Jay strikes between the Point and the rich area of the city. It was cool to have a character who was really part of both worlds. It made for a good commentary on how the poor live versus the rich who ignore them. Something most of us see in the major cities around us and around the world.
  • Pacing: The shining star of this book is the pacing! It is a time travel romance, something I have not really seen at the indie level, let alone a romance like Jay writes. This story is such an interesting concept. A concept that had our characters being sent back to a pivotal moment in their life to maybe fix what went wrong.
  • Romance: This was an interesting romance because of the time travel concept. This romance literally transcended time and space. The two of them were very hot of course. Jay always delivers the steam and tension. I just found I have connected more to other couples from Jay.

The Best Bad Things receives five out of five stars.

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