Author: Christa Tomlinson
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
“You won’t let anybody else have you, Joseph. I won’t let anybody else have you. I want you all to myself.” – Gage Mason
We’ve all had our experience with him. The Bad Boy. The one we’ve been warned about. The one with rips in his jeans and a lazy, devil may care smile on his mouth. The one who makes you do bad things that feel so good.
For me it was Gage Mason. We met when he worked on my Ducati. I knew immediately he was trouble, but something about that Bad Boy drew me in. Maybe it’s his dark eyes that study me like he wants to know everything about me. Maybe it’s the way he makes me feel; the rough touch of his hands, his possessive grip on my hair when we kiss, the way he feels deep inside me. Or maybe it’s the way he needs me, even though he won’t admit it.
For once in my life I’m taking a risk. Despite everything that tells me I shouldn’t, I’m taking a chance to be with Gage. I don’t know if it will end well, but I do know I can’t resist that Bad Boy.
Since Krista Tomlinson is a new author for me, I was not at all sure what to expect going into my reading of Bad Boys Need Love, Too. It is a bit of a departure from some of the sweet stories I have been reading lately, and for that alone I am glad I read it. I won’t say it was a perfect story, but it was an enjoyable read for sure.
I spent most of the book seriously loathing the characters. Yes, both of them. Gage is a manipulative, self-centered bastard. Joseph is a doormat. I don’t think the author would even disagree with me on those points. They were SUPPOSED to be that way. Also, the way Gage uses sex left me shaking my head. Again, however, that is the reaction I think the author was going for. So on all counts, I have to say well done. Of course, the fact that the author achieved her goal doesn’t make the reading any easier. That being said; I never had a moment where I thought, “Oh I can’t go on.” I never once considered not finishing this story. I stayed up somewhat late reading it Saturday night.
I found two main conflicts in Bad Boys. The first conflict centers on Gage and they way he uses sex and sees his partners. He has issues. Some of them stem from his upbringing in foster care. Some of them stem from bad decisions he has made in his life. Some stem from lost love. Yep, he is messed up on all counts. As such, he has anger issues and issues connecting with other people. Both culminate in Sex. A lot of it. Most of it is angry. This theme and conflict seems to be resolved in the first 2/3 of the book, but in reality it continues through most of it.
The other main conflict is Joseph. He is a conflict with himself. He hates his job but wants to be the best. He doesn’t want to be attracted to the “bad boy” but he can’t help himself. He wants to tell Gage to take his angry sex and go to hell, but he is in thrall with the man. Throw in the obligatory unsupportive (to put it mildly) family, and you have a second messed up main character.
Together these two messed up men try to make a go of things. Friends, exes, random hookups, and their own insecurities all throw roadblocks in their paths. Somehow they weather the storm together. Bad Boys isn’t a story of holding hands and skipping into the sunset. Rather, it is the story of two men who shouldn’t fit doing everything they can to make things work.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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