Reviewed by Cinnamon
TITLE: Bad Company
SERIES: Bad in Baltimore Book #1
AUTHOR: K.A. Mitchell
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 2, 2018
Bad in Baltimore: Book One
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….
Bad Company is the first story in the Bad in Baltimore series and I am so glad it got a new home over at Dreamspinner Press with this second edition. I first read it after it was released in 2011 and my reaction was the same this time around. Some things just don’t seem to change.
All stories in the series take place in Baltimore as you could have guessed from the title and they all feature a new couple. The stories are in some ways related to the others and also have cameo appearances from characters of the previous stories. Just the way I like it.
In this first book we have a story representing three troupes, frenemies to lovers, fake boyfriends and also out for you. All fans of these scenarios will find it a fun, entertaining, sexy read.
Nate and Kellan were best friends in their childhood then became enemies in high school when Kellan didn’t stand up for Nate’s bullies and kept away from him after his coming out. They lost touch for fifteen years when out of the blue Kellan appears in Nate’s life and needs a place to stay and also a boyfriend for show.
What comes next is an entertaining, emotional, sometimes funny, oftentimes sensual story with two likable MCs, enough conflicts to make it interesting, also some complications and angst for those who like them.
If you are a fan of the above mentioned troupes this will be a very enjoyable read for you. The writing is solid, the plot-line entertaining with well built tension, good chemistry and my favorite of all, Eli Wright. Eli is a secondary character here but also one of my all-time favorite characters ever. I can’t wait to read his story coming next!
Make sure you check out the upcoming books in the series as they are getting better and better. Have fun.