Dignity (The Breaking Point #2) by Jay Crownover
Looks can be deceiving.
I knew that most people took one look at the ink and the impossibly big and strong body it covered and decided I was a brawler…a bruiser…a beast. However, I was hardwired to be a thinker, not a fighter—my mind being my greatest weapon and my biggest weakness.
I should have chosen to use my brain and talents to be one of the good guys, a hero, a man with dignity and worth.
I turned my back on dignity and sold my soul to the highest bidder, deciding to dance with the devil, instead.
I couldn’t figure out how to help myself, so there was zero chance I knew how to save someone else.
That someone else was Noe Lee. She was the unkempt, unruly thief who was just as smart as I was and twice as street savvy. She was annoyingly adorable beneath the dirt and grime and she was in trouble. In way over her head, I told myself it wasn’t my job to keep her from drowning. In the Point, it was sink or swim and I wasn’t the designated lifeguard on duty.
I had shut the door in her face, but now she’s gone…vanished…disappeared without a trace. It took less than a second for me to realize that I wanted her back.
When a woman comes along that melts all the frozen, hard things you’re made of, you’ll do anything you have to, to bring her home.
What you see is not always what you get…and with a man like me there is more than anyone ever bargained for.
Damn, those men from the Point are hot as Hell!
One of the things that I appreciate about Crownover books, and The Point series specifically, is that none of the men and women of the Point make excuses. They have valid reasons for the things they do. They’re doing their best to live in the harsh world of the Point. They take care of their own. They have a strong definition of what they think is wrong or right and they stand by it, regardless of whether anyone else agrees. And, they let you live vicariously through them and imagine what it would be like to be badass and not take shit from anyone.
I love Noe Lee, but I can't say I loved the reason behind Noe Lee's name, because it was tragic. It fit her perfectly though. I did love that she didn't have to explain why she changed her name to Stark. He just got her, her motivation, and her drive to make a difference to people who found themselves trapped in horrible situations with no way out. I loved that a woman, who had no power, stood up to awful men who thought their power made them untouchable. She was a super-anti-hero for the forgotten people of the Point.
It seems that the Point is peppered with super-anti-hero’s. It just makes sense that two techie anti-hero’s would find their matches there. Stark is the poster boy for tortured genius’ everywhere. He has a code he lives by, he’s a loner and he works underground. He is an enigma. No one really knows him and I love that the person who knows the most about him is Noe, the one woman in the Point with almost as many secrets as he has.
These two found some of the most creative ways to make the “good” guys of the Point pay for all their sick shit and I loved finding out what they were going to do to them next.
If you haven’t visited The Point before now, you need to head over there immediately.