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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-