Sometimes it’s good to be bad. Real good….
Series: Bad in Baltimore # 2
Pub: 2012 by Samhain Publishing (first pub: Nov 2011)
Author: KA Mitchell
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: paperback (mid); 226p w/ 17 chapters
Whose: Eli & Quinn
Age Range: adult
After Eli Wright came out, his parents threw him out. In the five years since, he’s made his own way, lived by his own rules, determined to never change himself—not for anyone. He’s not against finding Mr. Right, but Mr. Right now will do just fine.
Quinn Maloney’s reward for ten years of faithfully keeping his closeted boyfriend’s secrets? A hell of a wake-up call to go with his morning coffee. Not only did Peter have affairs, he went straight to marry his pregnant girlfriend—and Quinn was to never reveal their history.
With the baby’s baptism looming and Quinn expected to put on a polite front, he decides he’s had enough of playing the peacekeeper. One wink from a much younger, eyeliner wearing guy in a bar, and Quinn’s found a perfectly outrageous date for the occasion.
The date goes better than he ever imagined. And so much worse, as Eli convinces everyone they’re madly in love. That wasn’t part of the plan, but the more Quinn learns about the man behind the makeup, the more he wishes it was true.
Warning: Contains an absolute bastard of an ex-boyfriend. Not responsible for sudden uncontrollable urges to punch him in the teeth. Also not responsible for any overheating or sudden urges brought about by explicit sex with a little BDSM thrown in.
Corny ‘note’ line, and all, I really wish that I have gotten up and wrote out a little of this review when I finished the book. But I didn’t, and it’s been a few days since I read it (with other books thrown on top) and now I can’t remember what it was that I wanted to say.
Which is going to make this…different than originally because I just can’t remember.
It’s about a young guy, 23 and an old man, which, to be honest I can’t remember his age actually getting mentioned, which I found odd. What I also found odd, though maybe semi-realistic, that neither of them cared. The only time the age thing made Quin hesitant was when Eli showed up wearing a suit that made him look like one of the kids that Quinn teacher, and that was just a mental shove away.
The story comes about because Quinn gets dumped, after living with the man of his life while he had to go about pretending they weren’t a couple because said boyfriend was deeply closeted to a point that threw the 10 years Quinn knew he was screwing woman, or dating them, and didn’t care. Or was that a thought? It’s actually more confusing looking back then when you’re reading it.
Still, it’s a surprise, though Quinn was certain it was coming up to this, when said boyfriend, Peter, tells him he’s marring a chick he knocked up, then went ahead and named Quinn that kids godfather—
—which is a point that really confuses me, right, the guy, pissed the high heaven that the guy dumped him, but then he obviously stayed close to his relationship when him and his missus because I’m more than sure he stood at the wedding, and then he goes on about not wanting to like the lady but can’t help it, and also wants to spill his guts to her, because of the facts around Peter.
Really confusing. And yet it’s not while reading, the flow and all that it great. Though I also think it helps to be in Eli’s head a lot because he’s just as confused about the whole thing as I am know, not that he really asks any of these questions—he doesn’t feel like it’s his right—but still….
So, then we insert Eli, this twinkly little man at a bar, who winks at Quinn and then they head home for sex. Quinn asked Eli for this date, and Eli knocks some sense into Quinn while trying not to fall in love with him.
I swear its complex and so simple it’s like being with that ‘drama queen’ of a friend how has to bring all her issues onto the dance floor. And for whatever reason you just can’t look away. You have to know, even though it’s not really all that interesting.
But it is. I really did like this story, I found it light, fun and the characters were people you could fall in love with.
I like how both Quinn and Eli grow and understand each other and except that as the story goes along, as well as brake off from ex’s that weren’t really all that healthy for them (and yeah, plural).
I want to say more, I want to go on and on, have a chat about it, but I don’t want to ruin then whole thing, so I’m clearly leaving out a huge chunk of the story—Eli.
It’s a story that isn’t a to dye for read, but it’s interesting enough to keep you tuned in. and though there are some parts of it that, to me, aren’t all that realistic, they aren’t needed, not for the personality of the MC’s. it all made sense.
Though saying this, I will never be reading the first book of this series. For starters, we aren’t even talking about the horrid reviews it gets on goodreads, but the blurb is boring as shit. Then you put in this book, and those two main characters are a big part of Eli’s backstory, and even though they are all in love, I found no love for them. Kellen was cool, but I couldn’t even, for a second, find a least but of interest in how they came to be.
I wouldn’t mind knowing who the next books are about and then decide on it. but the series itself has no hold on me. I could leave it at this.
(note: sorry if I missed anything, like I said above, I wrote this days after reading)
Boyfriend, Bad Attitude,