Bad Behavior by K.A. Mitchell ~ Book Review by Feliz

This is the fifth instalment in KA Mitchell’s Bad in Baltimore Series.
The sequence of the books is as follows:
Bad Company
Bad Boyfriend
Bad Attitude
Bad Influence
Bad Behaviour

badbehavior Title: Bad Behavior

Author: K.A. Mitchell

Publisher: Samhain

Cover Artist: Angela Waters

Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars

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.

Warning: This book is kinky. I mean kinky. With lots of sex. It describes a fully consensual, intense D/s relationship which changes a character’s life. It includes impact play and bondage along the way to a very happily ever after.

Feliz’s View:

Loosely connecting all five books is a circle of gay friends and their respective significant others. Bad Behavior features David “Beach” Beauchamp, notorious enfant terrible of the group and storybook poor little rich kid. With a smile that charms men and women alike – and the Beauchamp family’s lawyers and money behind himself – he managed to get away with a whole lot of mischief in his life. Until recently, when he got himself into trouble one too many times, ending up with a damaged leg and an ankle monitor. And grounded by the law in the form of probation officer Tai Fonoti.
Beach isn’t used to be told “no”. So when Tai does just that, Beach’s spirit of contrariness is piqued. But soon what began as some kind of double-dog-dare, at least on Beach’s part, turns into something a lot more serious. Beach’s world gets thoroughly rocked, not only by realizing there’s a lot more to Tai than some serious alpha-male vibes, but even more so by the things Beach learns about himself.

As the blurb says, this book is about a D/s relationship, and I fully agree with the “intense” part of the description. The actual scenes, whether full BDSM or merely slightly kinky sex, were scorching hot and numerous; and things became pretty emotional pretty fast between Tai and Beach/David (which is a very important distinction). I also liked how Tai wasn’t the never-failing uber-Dom; for all his taking-care, dominant attitude, he had also some very real human traits. In parts, I was totally engrossed in Tai’s and David’s developing relationship, in their mutual, growing need for each other.

The “consensual” part, though… Don’t get me wrong, there was nothing non-consensual about what they did together, kinky or otherwise. But as far as I’m concerned, “consensual” implies an agreement between equals, and that’s where my discomfort lay. Because Beach just didn’t feel like Tai’s equal. His spoiled-brat, insecure, capricious character struck me as exaggerated enough to be almost unable to cope with life. With that in mind, the strange subplot about Beach’s father almost made sense. Beach’s interactions with his father remained a mystery to me throughout the story; I couldn’t help thinking Beach’s feelings and reactions to his father rather juvenile, and likewise the way he dealt with the consequences of his choices later.

I do understand maybe that was just the point; maybe David/ Beach needed exactly that kind of power imbalance. Maybe Tai did, too. Maybe this was only me because their kind of relationship was too far out of my comfort zone. However, although this book was not a pure joy to read for me, I’d still recommend it to readers who are less squeamish than I am. It’s certainly an interesting read and a worthy continuation to the series.

Buy Links

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Amazon US
iTunes / iBooks
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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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