Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Bad Boyfriend
Author: K.A. Mitchell
Series: Bad in Baltimore #2
Heroes: Eli & Quinn
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 272 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 20, 2018
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Causing trouble has never been more fun.
Eli Wright doesn’t follow anyone’s rules. When he was seventeen, his parents threw him out of the house for being gay. He’s been making his own way for the past five years and he’s not about to change himself for anyone’s expectations. For now, romance can wait. There are plenty of hot guys to keep him entertained until he finds someone special.
Quinn Maloney kept the peace and his closeted boyfriend’s secrets for ten years. One morning he got a hell of a wake-up along with his coffee. Not only did the boyfriend cheat on him, but he’s marrying the girl he knocked up. Inviting Quinn to the baby’s baptism is the last straw. Quinn’s had enough of gritting his teeth to play nice. His former boyfriend is in for a rude awakening, because Quinn’s not going to sit quietly on the sidelines. In fact, he has the perfect scheme, and he just needs to convince the much younger, eyeliner-wearing guy who winks at him in a bar to help him out.
Eli’s deception is a little too good, and soon he has everyone believing they’re madly in love. In fact, he’s almost got Quinn believing it himself….
Quinn thought his life was pretty much settled until one day his partner wakes up and leaves him for the girl he knocked up. Now he’s alone and invited to the baby’s baptism. When he sees Eli in a club, his friend convinces Quinn to bring Eli as a date to the baptism to show everyone he’s moved on. What starts out as just a way to show his ex-partner he’s moved on turns into so much more. However, Eli’s a little too good at pretending he’s madly in love with Quinn so before they know it, the relationship they show everyone becomes a little too real and while Eli might seem carefree, he has just a little issue with letting people in. Will they be able to navigate the sudden feelings that come with their intense attraction or will the couple they show everyone be just another secret Quinn will need to keep?
When I read Bad Company, I wasn’t very fond of Eli as a character. In fact, he really annoyed me and how hung up he was with Nate. I was a little skeptical to read this one but I’m so glad I did! I really loved Eli in this one after he dropped all the fakeness he shows everyone. In fact, he really cares too much about things which is why he keeps everyone at arm-length and pretend he doesn’t have a care in the world. As for Quinn, I loved that he was such a strong character. It broke my heart that he was forced in the closet for so long and then just dumped. I loved that he finally decided to hell with keeping things on the down-low and shoving it in everyone’s face (included his ex-partner’s) that he was gay and out and proud. I also loved that there was such an age gap between Eli and Quinn. Aside from how they met and how Eli dresses sometimes, they’re really both homebodies so it was nice to see the differences but also the similarities between them. I loved their connection and how it develops from a purely sexual relationship to something deeper. Readers should be warned, though, that there’s a fair bit of daddy/boy play going on here so if that’s not your thing, this definitely isn’t the book for you.
I really loved this book but as with the first, there was too much sex for my tastes. I loved the chemistry between Eli and Quinn but wished there had been more of them getting to know each other outside the bedroom. As it was, it felt like they had more of a physical connection than an emotional one at times.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. I loved the connection between Eli and Quinn and loved how things progressed between them. It was so interesting to see the differences between them and how they overcame the gap in their age. I hope this isn’t the last we see of them and looking forward to more of this series!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*