Book Reviews

Bad Company (Bad in Baltimore 1) by K.A. Mitchell at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 02-January-2018

Book Blurb

Some things are sweeter than revenge.

“I need a boyfriend.”

Hearing those words from his very straight, very ex-best friend doesn’t put Nate in a helpful mood. Not only did Kellan Brooks’s father destroy Nate’s family in his quest for power, but Kellan broke Nate’s heart back in high school. Nate thought he could trust his best friend with the revelation that he might be gay, only to find out he was horribly wrong and become the laughingstock of the whole school. Kellan must be truly desperate if he’s turning to Nate now.

Kellan’s through letting his father run his life, and he wants to make the man pay for cutting him off. What better way to stick it to the bigot than to come out as gay himself—especially with the son of the very man his father crushed on his quest for money and power. Kellan can’t blame Nate for wanting nothing to do with him, though. Kellan will have to convince him to play along, but it’s even harder to convince himself that the heat between them is only an act....

First Edition published by Samhain Publishing Inc. June 2011.

Book Review

'Bad Company', the first book in K.A. Mitchell's series 'Bad in Baltimore', was, interestingly enough, also the first book I had the pleasure of reading by this author. A friend recommended the author and this series and I was so glad she had when I finished reading Nate and Kellan's story. If you are anything like me (goddess help you), take the warning in the description to heart. I almost choked myself when I snorted water up my nose from laughing so hard.

I couldn't help but adore both Kellan and Nate right from the beginning. Kellan is everything I'd love to despise, wealthy playboy with not a care in the world, except something about him really tugged at my gut. It might've been my maternal instinct ‘cause he needs taking care of more than anyone else I've ever seen. Nate, on the other hand, desperately needs to loosen up and laugh a little more. Nate is too serious, although it's a good thing he's as responsible as he is or this partnership would've ended up in the crapper right from the start. Of course, it could've easily ended up there anyway since Nate and Kellan hadn't seen each other in fifteen years and Nate was never going to forgive Kellan for outing him in high school and allowing the popular kids to torment Nate. The fact that Kellan's very powerful father stole an energy drink formula from Nate's father and used it as his own, sending Nate's family down the river, didn't help this situation except giving Nate a motive for revenge.

"No. Gay is what I am. It's not something you decide to wear for a while and then throw it out when you're done."

Oh, the flames practically jumped off the pages after just three days of Kellan living at Nate's, and nothing had happened. Well, not sexually, anyway. This is probably the most interesting book I've read, to date, that involves a straight man finding his inner gay. The internal dialogues Kellan has with himself are intricate and complex in a way I haven't experienced before. The fact that Kellan finds his perfect-for-him job as a music therapist at nursing homes in the area made me ecstatically happy. Why? Because it's so obvious from the beginning that there's so much more to Kellan than wealthy, happy-go-lucky, playboy, and he just needs to re-discover that part of himself. By the way, I'm stating for the record that Kellan's dad is the biggest homophobic, bigoted Neanderthal I've read about in a while. He's one of those people that will crush anyone he thinks is in his way and, frankly, he nauseated me. However, watching Kellan grow up and deal with daddy dearest was refreshing.

This book was even better than I had hoped. It was a new look at an old plot, so to speak, and it worked very well. Nate is wonderful as the control freak and Kellan just jumped off the pages in all his glory. Eli as Nate's friend and co-worker was amazing and I'm looking forward to reading his story. This is a great read that I'm adding to my favorites. Thank you, K.A. for bringing these men to light.





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 200 pages/59754 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 02-January-2018
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle, $19.95 audiobook
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