Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Bad Judgment
Author: Sidney Bell
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 322 Pages
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: September 19, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Embry Ford was a quiet, ordinary guy—until tragedy ripped his life apart. Now he’s living under the radar, desperate to hide his identity and determined to learn the truth behind what happened. Even if that means working for—and bedding—a man he loathes.
As a bodyguard to a shadowy arms dealer, Brogan Smith knows distractions can kill as easily as a bullet. But when he sets his eyes on his client’s sexy assistant, he can’t get him out of his mind. Even more unnerving: the closer he gets to Embry, the more Brogan starts to suspect he might be protecting the wrong man.
Embry was sure nothing but vengeance would satisfy him—until Brogan offers him something far more tempting. Now Embry must choose: punish the people who nearly destroyed him or fight for a future with the man who has become his entire world.
Review: Here is a classic case of not all is what it seems. At least not anything that involves Embry Ford.
Brogan Smith, on the other hand, is quite the opposite. What you see is what you get, and what you get is a hot ex-soldier with a heart of gold. So much so that he will do just about anything for those he loves, regardless of the consequences.
This is quite a long story, but it kept my interest as details of Embry’s past and present unfold. Brogan sees something else behind the seemingly cold hearted Embry and because of his growing feelings, decides to dig deeper.
It takes quite some doing to get through Embry’s walls and to show him that things could be different. But Embry has been on a certain path for many years, and it isn’t very easy for him to change course, even if he does realize he has feelings for Brogan. Embry has put a lot of time and effort into becoming who he is. Brogan doesn’t fit into that plan, but Brogan isn’t one to give up very easily. Embry is pretty honest with Brogan though, placing most of the important cards on the table, but still, Brogan pushes. Even Brogan’s bff, Mario, isn’t able to open Brogan’s eyes.
I really liked these two together. They were so very different but complemented each other in so many ways. I loved their witty banter and how Brogan found Embry’s quirky little qualities endearing. They had to go through a lot of crap before they had a chance to really enjoy their relationship, but it was worth it in the end.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, and was even more surprised this was a first-time author. It is well-written with lots of twists and turns. There is quite a bit of angst and suspense, but it is worth hanging in and savoring those layers to get to the juicy center. I’ll definitely be looking for more from Ms. Bell in the future.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*