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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “Bad Idea” by Damon Suede


Some mistakes are worth making.

Reclusive comic book artist Trip Spector spends his life doodling super-square, straitlaced superheroes, hiding from his fans, and crushing on his unattainable boss until he meets the dork of his dreams. Silas Goolsby is a rowdy FX makeup creator with a loveless love life and a secret streak of geek who yearns for unlikely rescues and a truly creative partnership.

Against their better judgment, they fall victim to chemistry, and what starts as infatuation quickly grows tender and terrifying. With Silas’s help, Trip gambles his heart and his art on a rotten plan: sketching out Scratch, a “very graphic novel” that will either make his name or wreck his career. But even a smash can’t save their world if Trip retreats into his mild-mannered rut, leaving Silas to grapple with betrayal and emotions he can’t escape.

What will it take for this dynamic duo to discover that heroes never play it safe?



See that picture? ^^^  That’s Maria Von Trapp twirling with joyous glee and that’s exactly what I did at the conclusion of Bad Idea.  I literally ran to the backyard and twirled with raised arms and a goofy grin (much to my partner and daughter’s chagrin).  Let me explain why.

This is what I look for in a book:

  • Characters that make me stop in my tracks.

  • An unusual plot

  • Charismatic writing (gigglesnorts earn extra points)

  • Romance.  Yup, good old fashioned swoon worthy romance.

Did Bad Idea deliver the goods? Yes, absolutely positively and for that, I am so very, very grateful.

Dorkus Maximus Warning Ahead:  I secretly wish that this book could become my best book-friend ’cause you know what? It didn’t let me down, it warmed my heart and it kept me entertained.  It was smart, witty and cooky.  It’s the kind of book-friend that is such an honest-to-goodness blast that I want to meet it for Friday night drinks Every. Friday. Night. I wanted to hoot and holler and shake my bum and raise my glass in boozy glee to it and with it. Why can’t I have a book-friend like this every week?

The thing I loved most about this book was the writing.  I just felt like there was a real person telling me a story.  Not someone or something pushing out countless meaningless words to form sentence after sentence of blah, blah, blah.  It was engaging for me and I guess it was the entertainment factor too.

So with that, Bad Idea has so many LOL moments from some of the most hilarious descriptions of anatomy and behaviour I’ve ever read – real comedic genius.  Bless :)

The MC’s are adorable but each of the secondary characters had their own lovable quirks that were so full of life and charm. Trips’ girlfriends Jillian and Rina are a blast – bold, sassy, wise, strong women.  Both were fundamental to the growth of our beloved MCs.  Here’s a quote by the incomparable Rina:

“You just find something you would die for and live for it instead.  Okay?”

See, what I mean? Doesn’t everyone want a friend that can nurture and guide so delicately?  Also on the side character medal list is Silas’ best friend Kurt and his friend/employee Ziggy. They should, no they need, their own full length story. It felt like there was so much more to their story.  Did I mention that they need their own story?  Yeah, they were that good.

Be warned: Bad Idea is not all roses and hot sex which, btw was OFF THE CHARTS HOT.  I may or may not ;) have read a particular scene (or two) a few times ‘cause damn Mr Suede knows how to write sexytime.  Now, where was I?  Oh yeah, not roses – it’s not about two people who meet, point at each other and say, “Oh look, you’re the one for me, let’s make this work”, and then click!, it does.  Oh, no, it’s really not that simple or pleasant.

Within these pages are some of the most horrid, heartbreaking, gut wrenching lows I’ve read. You don’t drift along The River of Contentment and then woops! get caught in a predictable snag along the way only to find yourself conveniently nudged in the right direction again. You dip and swipe your way through whitewater emotional rapids, while simultaneously falling to your knees to pray to the Gods of Love and Mercy that everything will be ok.  I mean, I’m not silly, I knew everything was going to end up peaches but the bits in between were just bliss, wrapped up in words, wrapped up in love.

If you’re into contemporary romance with humour I challenge you to read this book and not love it… It was just that good.



Susan – 5 stars


18484854Title:  Bad Idea
Author:  Damon Suede
Publisher:  Dreamspinner
Pages:  333
Release Date:  October 21, 2013
Purchase Links:  Dreamspinner

10 comments on “PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “Bad Idea” by Damon Suede

  1. Sheri
    October 8, 2013

    GAH! I love your review Sue and I cannot wait to meet this coveted book best friend!
    *bursting with excitement cuz I just caught your book buzz*
    This sounds like the perfect package PLUS some.
    Ha, I would have loved to witness the gleeful twirling ‘hills are alive’ moment. Some books are absolute gems and I want to drop everything and read this gem NOW.


    • Sue
      October 8, 2013

      Thanks Shez! Do you know I highlighted 23 bits of this book? So much fun :)


  2. syleegurl
    October 8, 2013

    This is SUCH a great book. I just added it to my favorites list on the blog! SO GOOD! Great review, Sue…and totally agree! :)


    • Sue
      October 8, 2013

      Yo Suse! Add it to my fave books of the year would ya?! Thanks love :)


  3. shelley
    October 8, 2013

    Love the review Sue! YAY!! Lets *twirl* …lol. I get the feeling we’ll all be shaking our bums and raising a drink to this book soon :) I’m seriously excited for it now.


    • Sue
      October 8, 2013

      It’s 8:30am here in the land of Oz so I’m raising my cup ‘o coffee to YOU and BAD IDEA and shaking my bum XDDD


  4. Allison
    October 8, 2013

    So looking forward to this one!


    • Sue
      October 8, 2013

      Do eeet! *said in Adam Schultz voice*


  5. ilhem3606
    October 8, 2013

    I love that you guys get me all excited about this book!


    • Sue
      October 8, 2013

      I love that we got you excited about it :) <3


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