Tuesday, December 2, 2014

ARC Review: Bad Behavior by K.A. Mitchell

Bad Behavior  (Bad in Baltimore, #5)From the blurb:

In a life full of yes, no is the sexiest word he's ever heard. 
David Beauchamp might as well be in jail. After one too many misunderstandings with the law, he's chained to the city by the GPS and alcohol sensor strapped to his ankle. Awaiting trial, cut off from usual forms of entertainment, he goes looking for a nameless sexual encounter and winds up with almost more than he can handle. 
 Reality comes crashing back the next day with a summons for another random drug test, and the man behind the badge turns out to be the very man who took him for one hell of a ride. 
Probation Officer Tai Fonoti is used to handling other people's problems, but he's horrified when one of the clients his boss dumps on him is the sweet piece of ass he screwed the night before. It makes getting a urine sample a pretty loaded situation.  
That single encounter left Beach craving Tai's unique brand of control and discipline. But while Tai relishes laying down the law in the bedroom, the letter of the law stands between them and kinkily ever after.

Heather's rating:

Despite a REALLY strong beginning (club sex with a guy who turns out to be your parole officer?? Could that GET any more juicy?!), the 5th installment in the Bad in Baltimore series turned out to be a good, if lackluster, read for me.

First of all, I loved that there was a non-white MC (African American/Samoan mix) and it wasn't a big deal. There wasn't this obsessive focus on him and his skin color, which made it feel less like an INTERRACIAL ROMANCE (flashing lights) and more like just a romance with two regular guys. Awesome, K.A. Mitchell!

If you like BDSM, and I mean the kind of BDSM where the guys have a constant Dom/Sub dynamic, then I think this book would be up your alley. Tai was awesome as a super Dom-y dom, really in change and bossy as all hell. However, it wasn't... playful dom/sub stuff. This was serious stuff, man, and the guys took their relationship seriously.

What I personally enjoy about BDSM is more along the lines of what was in Bad Boyfriend. A little daddy play, a bunch of dirty talk, a generous heaping of humiliation, a butt-load of spanking (pun intended...) and I'm a happy girl! When you get into the psychology of it, the whole nitty gritty analysis, I kind of zone out a bit. This book was more about fulfilling a need to be dom/sub 24/7, which is less what I'm about.

While I found the sex scenes to be decently hot and interesting, they felt a little repetitive to me. The plot wasn't really that strong with this one, and I would have preferred there to be no other plot line other than Beach and Tai's relationship.

Also, am I the only other one that finds the dynamic between current MCs and past MCs annoying? Beach and Gavin did NOT seem like best friends to me, and I hate how Jamie keeps coming across like a two-dimensional dick. It might be time for me to switch to another K.A. Mitchell series...

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

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