I recently started commuting 180 miles a day to and from work (it’s temporary!) and was looking for a title on audiobook that I could listen to during the drive and then review for the site. It turned out that Bad Idea was a very good idea!
Author: Damon Suede
Narrator: Charlie David
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars Overall
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
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?
Trip loves his art, but he is stuck in a rut of drawing for a rather boring comic book series and pining after his boss. When he runs into Silas Goolsby at an OutRun event, the attraction is instantaneous. Silas, a special effects make up artist, has spent years living off of one-night stands and hook-ups. As the two begin to forge a stronger relationship, risks are taken on both personal and professional levels that threaten to tear them apart, and if Trip can’t take the jump into real life and learn to trust, he may find that his happy ending will be attainable.
Bad Idea is sexy, smart, hip, and downright fun! I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all the characters and was pleasantly surprised by how much I learned about a wide variety of topics, especially special effects make up and comic books. The dialogue is often edgy, funny, and blunt. Fascinating secondary characters frequently offer witticisms and pragmatic advice that sometimes runs a bit long but offers much-needed perspective for the main characters when things get dicey. I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions at the author’s use of snark and hilarious descriptions that brightened the story and brought the characters vividly to life. Interestingly, I was also captivated by his beautiful prose that rang with lovely metaphors and imagery. The balance is an intoxicating blend that had me frequently hitting the rewind button and hoping that certain secondary personalities (Curt and Ziggy?) will have their own story in the near future.
Trip and Silas, though they have faults, are extremely likeable and appealing, and their chemistry is scorching. The sex scenes drip with delicious passion as both men discover and reveal intimate facets that bring an authenticity and rawness to the encounters. As they learn more about each other and themselves outside of their sexual relationship, readers are treated to further insight and character depth, and I appreciated the way the characters’ life views and philosophies are presented layer by layer. It was intriguing to get a glimpse of the talents and passion these two men possess for their art, as well, as the author weaves interesting facts and details about both crafts into the story.
Bad Idea is an entertaining, intriguing, and engaging story. It is a unique read where pop culture meets Southern comfort, and quirkiness is commonplace and endearing. I am hoping for more in this series, as I would love to see the MCs build upon their HFN and several lively peripheral characters come back for repeat performances.
Charlie David is a talented narrator who breathes life and energy into the written word through inflections, accents, and just the right amount of theatrical flair. Though there are occasional mispronunciations of words that can be a bit distracting, his passionate reading of the story helps to smooth them over. His tone is deep, intoxicating, and pleasing to the ear, and when he reads as Silas with a Southern drawl, his voice is like butter melting on a biscuit. Yum!
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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