Review: Bad Company by KA Mitchell

Book Summery from Amazon:

Some things are sweeter than revenge.

“I need a boyfriend.”

Hearing those words from the mouth of his very straight ex-friend is enough to make columnist and editor Nate Gray choke on his Corona. It’s been thirteen years since Kellan Brooks’s father crushed Nate’s family on his climb to wealth and power. Even longer since he entrusted Kellan with the confession that he might be gay—only to have his best friend out and humiliate him to their entire high school. The last thing Nate expects is Kellan begging for his help.

Breaking off his engagement to a senator’s daughter was the last straw for Kellan’s CEO father. Frustrated at being cut off, his father’s stinging words—that he wishes Kellan had never been born—still ringing in his ears, Kellan turns to Nate. In a move worthy of a corporate raider, Kellan plans the ultimate revenge. Come out as the boyfriend of the man his homophobic father betrayed.

Convincing Nate to play along isn’t easy. It’s even harder to figure out why the lie feels so close to the truth.

Warning: Contains old friends, old enemies, a dramatic cat rescue, soft drink references and a lot of teasing before the steamy sex. Readers are cautioned against drinking any beverage while reading to avoid accidental snorting or spraying of said beverages.

Bad Company was fast, fun read. Not up to her usual standards, but still good.

The plot is a little odd, to say the least. There are bits I still don’t get, especially at the end.

If Kellen was a little less easy-going or if Nate was less hung up on Kellen, it wouldn’t work at all. That is the beauty of the characters. In the beginning, I don’t think Kellen fully thought out what he was going to do. Revenge on his father, yeah, and make him offer money to stop being a public embarrassment. Beyond that? I don’t know. Nate was enticed by the promise of revenge for what the man did to his father.

Somewhere in the middle of all that, they fell in love. And you know what? Despite the sheer oddness of the plot, it’s convincing. I am convinced. (Maybe I am just not critical enough, huh?) Their shared history is a big part of that. I wish KA Mitchell had delved more deeply into their childhood.

I liked the humor best. Bad Company was plain funny and sweet in a lot ways. I mean, the part where Kellen decided to adjust the cake recipe? Funny! I also liked their conversations when they talked like he was sending a letter to Nate’s column.

Still, Bad Company is not up to KA Mitchell’s usual standards. I think that’s because of the slightly out-there plot. I won’t be rereading this. At least not all of it. Maybe bits and pieces.

Grade: B-

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6 thoughts on “Review: Bad Company by KA Mitchell

  1. (Weekend Review Club) I’ve never read any books by this author before, but this book does sound kind of interesting. I like that you said the romance was believable even though the plot was kind of strange; I am always disappointed when I read a book where two characters fall in love and it just feels forced. I also love the fact that this book has a lot of humor in it. It makes a book that much better and kind of lightens the mood even if the book has some darker undertones. Thanks for sharing your great review, I think I might check this one out!

  2. Hello!

    (Weekend Review Club) Like the previous poster I have never read anything from this author before. This is an interesting book to say the least. I must say I have never read a book about the gay world and I think this sounds like an interesting book to start with. I like strange plots as long as they make sense and it’s not forced.

    Thank you for the review of the book. This will be on my to-read list on goodreads.

    I must ask: Does this author ONLY write about the gay/lesbian romances? Not, that I would not read the authors books if so. I am just wondering. I like romances so we are all good on that.

    On a side note! I was not able to post my comment to your post on my blog, for some reason blogspot is not allowing me to post comments. I am thinking of changing company’s! Here is what I wanted to post to you:

    @ storytreasury….

    There aren’t to many math problems, but the author uses math to show how Christopher (the MC) uses it to calm himself. And yes there are times when he uses them to show us his intrest in math. There was one problem that I showed my husband (who is excellent in math) and he didn’t even understand it, thankfully that problem had a bit of a more simplifed answer on the next page!

    Thanks, for stopping by. It’s awesome that I had someone comment on my blog!

    1. Yeah I had to refresh the comment page on blogspot before it would post.

      As far as I know, the author only writes gay romances.

      The math part doesn’t sound as bad as I was imagining.

  3. Hi! I’m here as part of the Weekend Book Review Club. I’ve not read anything by this author before or any same-sex fiction. Would be interested to read something else by the author. Thanks!

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