Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Bad Company
Author: K.A. Mitchell
Series: Bad in Baltimore #1
Heroes: Nate & Kellan
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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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….
It’s been a while since I read K.A. Mitchell so seeing she was re-releasing Bad Company made it the perfect time to get back into her. This one is all about Kellan wanting to get back at his father for cutting him off so he goes to the only person he knows is gay and begs him to be his boyfriend. Nate isn’t exactly amused but he could never say no to Kellan and agrees to partake in Kellan’s horrible plan. However, Kellan nor Nate counted on things moving passed a fake relationship. So when Kellan’s plan starts to work will he return to his straight playboy ways or will the feelings between them be worth more than money itself?
I never read this story when it was first released. It was on my TBR list for years and years and I always wanted to read it but I just never did so I must say, I really enjoyed this one! I mean, I read it in less than 24 hours which is unheard of for me lately. I really loved Nate as a character. He was so cold and aloof and I liked that he didn’t immediately fall to Kellan’s charms. As for Kellan, I liked him but not as much as I could have. I loved that Nate was so true to himself but I found Kellan to be the self-absorbed one and he couldn’t see passed his own needs. It wasn’t until the end that I felt like Kellan grew into someone who actually deserved Nate. As for Nate, I felt like he was so reserved because he’s always had feelings for Kellan and he didn’t want them to resurface and Kellan throw them back in Nate’s face like he’s done before.
While I really enjoyed the pacing and angst of this one, there was just way too much sex and/or suggestive sex for my taste. Not a lot of anal but there’s a ton of blow jobs or Kellan thinking how awesome it’d be for both men and women to have their lips around his dick (which wasn’t an endearing trait for him considering he was supposed to be madly in love with Nate at that point). It was just too much so I ended up skipping parts. Also, I didn’t really understand why Kellan was blaming Nate for being so selfish when the entire book just showed how selfish Kellan was considering the whole facade was because he wanted to stiff it to his father and he wanted to become gay. Kellan, Kellan, Kellan not Nate so that bugged me every time Kellan would yell at Nate for only thinking of himself. Which, IMO, Nate had all the right to do considering Nate would be the one affected by everything in the end as Kellan didn’t seem to care.
In the end, though, I really enjoyed this one. The bickering between Kellan and Nate was so interesting and I loved their chemistry. I wished Kellan wasn’t so selfish and Nate would realize Kellan was the selfish one but I loved them together and I absolutely adored where they ended up. Not much of a fan of Eli at the moment but I’m actually looking forward to his story so I can’t wait for that!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*