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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “Bad Behavior” by K.A. Mitchell

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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.

REVIEW:

In this 5th installment of the Bad in Baltimore series by K.A. Mitchell, we zoom in on enfant terrible David ‘Beach’ Beauchamp. The latter’s sole occupation in life is keeping the family lawyer in business. And since his adventurous streak results in plenty brushes with the law, he’s pretty damn good at what he does. Yeah, our Beach here would probably have ended up in a downward spiral at one point or another in his life if it weren’t for a lucky — make that unlucky — coincidence… When he enjoys some hot public bathroom action with a big, confident guy, he has no idea said guy will turn out to be his probation officer, Tai Fonoti. Awkward indeed. Though not so much for bratty Beach.

“Want to tell me about your whereabouts last night?”
“I would think you already know the answer to that, Officer Fonoti. Since our whereabouts happened to coincide so forcefully.”

The best news is that this Mitchell isn’t about semi-Hispanic (or whatever his deal was) Marco. I’m sure many readers of the 4th Bad in Baltimore installment will heave a sigh of relief upon hearing this…

The good news is that this author can write. And on top of that writes fantastic alphas and pretty great sex scenes. Tai is a believable and sexy dominant. He takes control effortlessly and the (fully consensual) BDSM scenes between the two are many and of good quality.

But, yeah, those 3.5 stars are there for a reason. I did have a few issues with this book. My main gripe being that the page count of 366 (according to the pub) was way over the top for the wafer-thin plot. God, but Bad Behavior would’ve benefited a lot from being cut back to no more than 200 pages. As much as I loved the beginning of these guys’ blossoming relationship (the HOT anonymous sex! The humor! The angst of Beach offering himself to Tai and risking his rejection!), my interest unfortunately started to wane halfway through and then it even became a chore to finish.

Here’s why. A huge chunk of this book had a ‘lather, rinse, repeat’ feel to it. The storyline dragged and dwindled down into mundaneness. It’s one thing to let your MC experience a dramatic ‘sub-drop’ after sex and have him start a fight because of it. It’s another to let it happen over and over again, and then add new silly misunderstandings to spark relational dramas along the way. And of course all these small bouts of ‘pushing ‘n pulling’ ended in well-written make up sex. But really, they were insufficient to push forward the plot of such a long book. The author did throw in an additional storyline about Beach’s troubled dad. But too much of it happened on the periphery and I couldn’t make myself care either way.

Bad in Baltimore would have been awesome if it had been a compacter, faster-paced read that focused on the exploration of the BDSM dynamics alone. Die-hard fans of the series will probably love this one to pieces though!

 

RATING: 3.5 STARS

BOOK INFO:

22852010Title: Bad Behavior (Bad in Baltimore #5)
Author: K.A. Mitchell
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Pages: 366
Release Date: December 16th 2014
Purchase Links: Amazon

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