Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Bad Influence
Author: K.A. Mitchell
Series: Bad in Baltimore #4
Heroes: Silver & Zeb
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 260 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 12, 2018
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Can a future be built from pieces of a broken past?
Jordan Barnett is dead, killed as much by the rejection of his first love at his moment of greatest need as by his ultraconservative parents’ effort to deprogram the gay away.
In his place is Silver, a streetwise survivor who’s spent the last three years becoming untouchable… except to those willing to pay for the privilege. He’s determined not to let betrayal find him again, and that means never forging bonds that can be broken.
No matter how hard he tried, Zebadiah Harris couldn’t outrun his guilt over abandoning his young lover—not even by leaving the country. Now, almost the moment he sets foot back in Baltimore, he discovers Silver on a street corner in a bad part of town. His effort to make amends lands them both in jail, where Silver plans a seductive form of vengeance. But using a heart as a stepping-stone is no way to move past the one man he can’t forgive, let alone forget….
Bad Influence was an intriguing book. We got to see more of why Silver is the way he is but also his ex-boyfriend, Zebadiah, which we’ve meet in previous books because he works with Quinn. Zeb and Silver are complete opposites but their differences are actually what attract them. While Silver can be blunt and sarcastic, Zeb has more of a quiet strength. I loved that about them and I loved that their past caused such trouble between them. I mean, I totally understood Zeb’s side of things and felt like Silver was a bit harsh when he blamed Zeb for everything.
However, once they worked through their issues, I loved the connection they had and their shared past made it so it felt like they had a close relationship. It was sweet how Silver changed around Zeb and became softer so to speak. He changed a lot in this book and I really enjoyed that journey. However, I wish we had gotten to see Zeb’s POV so we could have understood Zeb more, as it is, he’s a bit of an enigma, IMO.
So far I’ve loved every book in this series. But this one, for some reason, I didn’t love as much as the others. I think it might have been because Silver was hard to like for me. He was too selfish and bemoaning about his life for about half the book. I just didn’t like his personality and how everyone was trying to do everything they could to help Silver but he would shove it in their face by trying to run or acting like he hated their help. It grew on my nerves at times. Plus, once Silver and Zeb had sex, I felt like they had too much of it and instead of talking things through, they’d have more sex.
All in all, I enjoyed this one but it wasn’t my favorite of the series but I liked it all the same. I liked that we got to see more of Silver and why he’s so distant and I liked getting to see all the other guys again, especially Eli and Quinn. I can’t wait to see who’s story comes next.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*