Book Reviews

Bad Attitude (Bad in Baltimore 3) by K.A. Mitchell at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Officers of the Law / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 10-April-2018

Book Blurb

Saving lives never used to be this complicated.


Gavin Montgomery does what’s expected of him by his wealthy and powerful family—look good in a tuxedo and don’t make waves. When a friend takes a leap off a bridge, Gavin tries to save him, only to fall in with him. At least at the bottom of the river he won’t feel like such a disappointment to his family. But he’s pulled from the water by a man with an iron grip, a sexy mouth, and a chip on his shoulder the size of the national deficit.


Jamie Donnigan likes his life the way it is—though he could have done without losing his father and giving up smoking. But at least he’s managed to avoid his own ball and chain as he’s watched all his friends pair off. When Montgomery fame turns a simple rescue into a media circus, Jamie decides if he’s being punished for his good deed, he might as well treat himself to a hot and sweaty good time. It’s not like the elegant and charming Gavin is going to lure Jamie away from his bachelor lifestyle. Nobody’s that charming. Not even a Montgomery….



Second Edition

First Edition published by Samhain Publishers Inc., April 2013.

Book Review

'Bad Attitude' is the very appropriately titled third book in K.A. Mitchell's 'Bad in Baltimore' series. Why do I say this? Because Jamie Donnigan has serious attitude to spare. I briefly met Jamie in the previous book as he is Quinn's best friend. It was just a brief taste, though, and I knew I wanted more. Jamie is ex-Marine Corps and a rescue diver with the Baltimore police department. Jamie is forty years old and, except for quitting smoking, he's fairly content with his life. Until he rescues trust fund baby Gavin Montgomery. Gavin is thirty-three years old, the gay child of a wealthy and influential family. Think Kennedys. He is the easily dismissed and ignored member of the family which suits him just fine, most of the time. Gavin may be smoother about it, and mask it with some beautifully dry sarcasm, but he has just as much attitude as Jamie. So, you can imagine the conflagration that erupts.

I really loved this third installment, but, don't get me wrong, I really liked the first two also. The funny thing is it took me almost three quarters of the way through the book before I could actually pinpoint why I was so much crazier about 'Bad Attitude' than the first two books. Gavin. In one word that's what made the difference. There were things about him, his personality, his character that I could so totally empathize with. The fact that he feels invisible around his family and at their parties/gatherings. How he feels that he can't compete with any former relationships or friends that Jamie has, so the only thing he can work on to keep Jamie is the sex. He doesn't seem to realize that he has a lot to offer. Not just to a partner but to his family and his friends.

I fell in love with Gavin. Watching him be so confused because he doesn't understand the basic concepts of a relationship so he's constantly bewildered about how he's supposed to act. And, that's the key. He's not supposed to act. Just be himself. But he doesn't seem to know how to do that. Gavin can be a little frustrating at times, though, mainly due to his lack of understanding and comprehending societal norms that most non millionaires do. Jamie is fantastic, and I fell for him, too. I love how big of a jerk he tries to come off to be while hiding his gooey soft center. He and Eli in the same room is hysterically funny! In fact, Jamie's thoughts and snark in his head, about Eli, is even better. Jamie is such a good guy and it’s great to see him muddle his way through this relationship too. Jamie is pretty black-and-white and watching him deal with Gavin is entertaining and educational.

It's hard for me to decide whether this is my favorite in the series or if Eli and Quinn are. I know that Jamie and Gavin will be added to my favorite couples list. I definitely know that even as hot as the sex was in Eli and Quinn's book, it doesn't come close to what Jamie and Gavin have. Oh. My. Talk about needing a cold shower. *gulp* One other thing I know for certain is that I can't wait to read the next book and I really hope it's about Silver because something tells me he's got a story to tell.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 210 pages/70653 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 10-April-2018
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle, $19.95 audiobook
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