Author: Christa Tomlinson
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
We’ve all had our experiences with him. The Bad Boy. The one we admire from a distance, but never think of approaching. The one with the hard body, and perfect stubble, who’s too handsome for his own good.
For me it was Nate McKinney. We met when I joined his gym. He expressed an interest in me, but I didn’t believe it. What would a man like him want with a nerd like me? Nate had to do a little persuading to convince me his attraction was real. He showed me how deep and hot his passion ran for me. Sometimes he was gentle. Sometimes he was rough. And I enjoyed it all.
But can I trust what he says? All signs indicate he’s using me for what I can do for his company. I can’t fall for a man like that. I can resist him. Right?
If you have read book 1 of the < a href=”http://www.prismbookalliance.com/2014/11/bad-boys-need-love-too-by-christa-tomlinson-book-review-by-brandilyn/” target=”_blank”>Bad Boys Need Love Too collection, then you have met Gage’s friend and gym owner Nate. If you haven’t, you can enjoy this novella as a stand alone though I highly recommend the first book.
Reformed bad boy Nate needs someone to love. He is tired of the hookups and a fake people that have graced his bed as of late. When mutual friend and tattoo artist Max sends shy and nerdy Kevin to Nate’s gym, Kevin may be in for more than just a gym workout. However, his insecurities may leave it all crashing to the ground.
I never got a clear picture of Kevin in my head, but he was repeatedly described as cute and adorable by Nate. He is a nerd. There is no question there. He also has a little bit of a bad boy streak hiding underneath his shy nerdy exterior, with the extensive tattoo work and dreads. I have to admit I had a bit of a hard time reconciling the dreads with Kevin as a character, but I let it go and just enjoyed this sweet tale of opposites attracting.
Nate is a bit less of an enigma. He is from the wrong side of the tracks but made his name and fortune fighting in underground matches. However, he has a heart of gold when it comes to those he loves. I like that he was the aggressor in the relationship. He pursued Kevin but kept Kevin’s reticence in mind. He had no problems reassuring Kevin and didn’t fly off the handle at a little misunderstanding. In short he handled the relationship in a mature and sweet manner.
The core of the conflict was Kevin’s reticence and self-image. Of course, it was spurred on by someone who is just a bit delusional when it comes to Nate. The inclusion of her felt a bit forced. While I would like to have seen a different tact for the inevitable break up, in the end it didn’t ruin the story for me. I enjoyed this little novella and am not looking forward to Max’s story.
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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