Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Bad Company

Title: Bad Company
Author: K.A. Mitchell
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60928-474-9
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Publication Date: 06-07-2011

Columnist, as well as newspaper Editor, Nate Gray is having a drink at a local gay bar when a voice from the past announces "I need a boyfriend." Nate has not talked to his straight former best friend Kellan Brooks since high school. Kellan is plotting revenge on his overbearing father. Kellan believes that Nate will be the perfect collaborator because Kellan's father crushed Nate's family, while climbing the ladder to wealth and power.

Bad Company has a well written intricate plot of emotional chaos, including plenty of humor. Troubled by childhood secrets, jealousy, guilt, control issues and fear of rejection, the characters have a difficult time coming to terms with their true desires. The setting is Baltimore. The intimacy is superb. The characters are convincing. Nate is a perfectionist, always had to be right and would make the facts fit whatever he decided was the truth. He’s sarcastic to hide his pain. Seeing Kellan again brings back Nate’s memories of Kellan’s betrayal during high school. Kellan had gone from feeling like a part of Nate to being a cruel stranger. These betrayals caused Nate to build a wall around his heart, as well as encouraged him to keep his sex life casual.

Kellan is a friendly easygoing man. He’s tried to live up to his father’s controlling demands and in doing so, he lost his own identity. The months living with Nate help Kellan to be his own man, along with discovering the love that had been missing from his life. The original plan for revenge brings about several revelations for both Kellan and Nate as the story unfolds. The gifted K.A. Mitchell has a talent for creating intelligent characters in the mist of turmoil interwoven with side-splitting dialogue. Bad Company also illustrates a realistic view of social bigotry. Bad Company is an incredible romance that I extremely enjoyed.

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