Bad Attitude (Bad in Baltimore 3)

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BadAttitude72lgTitle and Link: Bad Attitude
Author:: K.A. Mitchell
Cover Artist: Angela Waters
Publisher URL: Samhain Publishing
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Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: Novel/265 PDF pages
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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Review Summary: Another wonderful book in this series, with two MCs who set each other on fire.

The Blurb

When did save a life become change a life?

Bad in Baltimore, Book 3

As the openly gay middle son of the most powerful family between Manhattan and Miami, Gavin Montgomery knows his role—look good in a tuxedo and don’t make waves.

Waves are the least of his worries when he tries and fails to keep a friend from jumping off a high bridge. His last thought as he falls in too is that someone else will have to take over as family disappointment…until he’s pulled from the water by a man with an iron grip, a sexy mouth and a chip on his shoulder the size of the national deficit.

Police rescue diver Jamie Donnigan finally has life the way he wants it. Okay, he could have done without losing his father, quitting smoking and watching his friends drift into couplehood. At least he’s managed to escape that particular trap.

When Gavin’s father turns Jamie’s routine rescue into a media circus, he figures if he’s going to suffer for his good deed, he might as well enjoy a roll in the sack. But Jamie’s not immune to Gavin’s cultivated charm…and all the risks that come along with giving in to it.

The Review

I enjoyed the other two books in this series so I was looking forward with great anticipation to Bad Attitude and I wasn’t disappointed.

When Gavin’s longtime friend Beach decided to swim in the Chesapeake while drunk after a party Gavin tried to stop him, but both of them ended up in the water and had to be rescued by Police diver Jamie Donnigan. Jamie wasn’t too happy about the ensuing publicity but he tried not to show his upset too much as he had 5 more years to complete his 20 year service in order to qualify for a pension. He wanted to ignore the rich and influential Montgomery family after the incident but they weren’t making it easy and, in addition, Gavin was way too attractive. Forced to attend a black tie reception in his honour thrown by Gavin’s father who seemed to own most of Baltimore, Jamie decided to make the best of the affair by getting to know Gavin better, a lot better.

Both of these characters were complex, having led difficult lives, and they had lots of emotional baggage. I liked that it took them a while to figure out what made the other person tick – the fact that the development of the relationship wasn’t instant made their feelings believable when they became deeper. It was amazing to watch their slow transformation.

Gavin tried to give his life meaning after the death of his mother whose loss he still felt keenly. It wasn’t that she had died of cancer that hurt, but how she died, and his grief caused him to spend his time volunteering at a hospice giving others the care his mother never received despite or because of their wealth. Of course he had to protect his playboy image so this was not something he shared with Jamie. I loved Gavin’s character growth, from a closed-in emotionless person who had been overlooked most of his life by his father, to someone who for the first time in his life couldn’t get enough of someone else.. Even though he started to care for Jamie it was difficult for Gavin to open up and say what he wanted. He had to first love himself before he could love Jamie and he was scared that if Jamie knew the real Gavin he would find out what an empty shell he was without the charm and money, so he tried to use the same non verbal tactics on Jaime that he used on everyone else. But Jamie didn’t work that way so their relationship was often difficult and strained and many times it appeared that they wanted different things.

As for Jamie, he was the king of the one night stand as he didn’t believe in commitment (his only commitment was to his truck). :) He had lost his lover Colton in an accident 20 years before and still had nightmares about it. He was a control freak and had to learn to let go – he wasn’t prepared to open his heart to anyone else until he met Gavin, and he went from no regular boyfriend to wanting to see Gavin all the time and not just for sex. When he realized that he wanted more from Gavin than bored silences, that was when he knew he was headed down a path he didn’t want to go.

K.A. Mitchell is one of my favourite writers because I absolutely love her humour, wonderful dialogue and prose. One of the other reasons I love this author’s books is that even though they have lots of sex, (I find the sex scenes in many M/M romances to be too many and mostly very boring), she is one of the few writers whose sex scenes I never skip because she is inventive, the sex is awesome, and it’s never just about getting it on – it almost always advances the plot. Her MCs also kiss quite a bit, and those kisses between Jamie and Gavin were some of the best I have read in a while. They kissed because they enjoyed it and it was not just a step towards the main event i.e. the sex, the kissing was the main event at times. It was emotional and they couldn’t seem to stop kissing or get enough of each other, and the intensity between them whenever they made love was off the scale as they had an amazing connection and chemistry in bed.

This may be a bit of a spoiler but since many readers don’t like it I thought I should include it in the review.:

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The first time Jamie and Gavin had sex it was a three way at a party. There was no emotional connection between them as it was the first time they had gone out together and they were just having fun. If you consider this to be cheating and hate cheating then you probably should not buy this book.

If you read any of the Bad in Baltimore books you would know many of the secondary characters. I loved seeing how Eli’s and Quinn’s relationship evolved from when they first met. Eli is such a joy and he loves to poke fun at Jamie (mostly about his sexuality) who never seems to win an argument with him.  :lol: I almost forgot: Annabelle the dog was so sweet and I hope to see her in future books with her new owners Gavin and Jamie.

Although this book is part of a series I think you can read it as a standalone, but I wouldn’t advise it as you’ll miss the nuances of the characters and the ‘in’ jokes.

I should note that there were a couple of editing errors in the book but I’m not sure if this was because my copy was converted from another format.

The ending had me in stitches - it was surprising but fitting at the same time.

Highly recommended.

This book will be released on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

29 thoughts on “Bad Attitude (Bad in Baltimore 3)

    1. Wave Post author

      Hi Lasha

      How did I know that you would want this information? :shock: Locations 729 – 802 on your Kindle and you miss the entire scene.

      1. Majken

        I can do Kindle when I get that far, and PDF , and EPUB ;)

        I’m not picky with formats :cool:

        Thanks for the info

  1. Lisa Sullivan

    Hi Wave!
    I have been waiting SO LONG for this book! K.A. Mitchell is one of my favorites. (I haunt her Facebook page.) In fact, I am not even going to try to win the free book because I pre-ordered it from Samhain & I am more than happy to pay! Thanks for the review Wave! I can’t wait to read it for myself! (I flatter myself that this post does not sound as though I am consumed with envy!)

    1. Wave Post author

      Lisa
      If you’re a fan of K.A. Mitchell and this series you’re in for a rare treat. I envy you because it will be your first time reading this book. :)

      Let me know if you think I hit the mark in this review after you’re finished.

  2. Kaija

    Less than 24 hrs to go before I finally, finally get to read this book! I’m actually torn at the moment between hoping that I get no new jobs I need to work on tomorrow and hoping that I do get a one because I really need it. If I have nothing to work on tomorrow, I can get up, go to gym, come back home and start reading. Luckily my puppy is used to going out at certain times, otherwise I’d probably forget to take him for his walks… they will short ones, though :-)

    1. Wave Post author

      Hi Kaija

      Great to see you here again. I think you will really like this book – for me it’s the best one so far because I love the complexity of the characters.

      As for getting any new jobs, maybe you will get them later in the week after you have finished the book. :grin:

      1. Kaija

        Hi Wave,

        I finished Bad Attitude yesterday and while I really liked it, it felt a bit like Act One to me – Gavin and Jamie will go home, have wild monkey sex and be happy for few weeks and then reality intrudes. For me this book was mainly about Jamie, while the sequel (I hope there is a sequel!) should be about Gavin. I found Gavin’s family fascinating and it says a lot about K.A. Mitchell’s skill as a writer that she is able to create such interesting characters with very few words. Especially Gavin’s father is far more complicated than is the norm in M/M.

        I think I will reread BA fairly soon to see if I feel more settled about it then :-).

        1. Wave

          Hi Kaija

          I like the fact that K.A. doesn’t usually do epilogues but instead brings her MCs back in future books so readers can see how their romance is progressing. I have no doubt that will happen here.

          I think all of her secondary characters are complex, including Gavin’s family. I wonder if his BIL will ever have the guts to leave his wife and come out. There are so many plot bunnies this series could go on forever. :)

          Whatever, I’m looking forward to book #4 and I can’t wait to see who are the MCs.

        2. Elce

          This is exactly how I felt about it! Like she ended the book just before the most interesting part…

          1. Wave Post author

            The thing I love about this author is that she gives readers fully developed, unusual characters and stories that resonate. She also doesn’t, or hardly ever does epilogues. What she does do is bring her characters back in future books so that we can see them a year or more down the road to see how their romance has evolved. I like that she doesn’t feel she has to dot all the “i”s and cross all the “t”s.

  3. Mercedes

    ahh! I can’t wait to read this one! I pre-ordered from Amazon so I get it tomorrow. SO happy to hear Quinn and Eli show up for a bit in this book. To be honest is the main reason I bought this. I just finished re-reading their book too.
    Thanks for the review!
    Mercedes

    1. Wave Post author

      Hi Mercedes

      You will absolutely love Eli and Quinn in Bad Attitude. Eli sticks the knife into Jamie whenever he can – he’s so bad! :lol: However he and Quinn are very happy. :) They are one of my favourite couples.

  4. Mandy

    I’ve had this pre-ordered for months and I’m so excited to see your positive review! She’s definitely one of the best authors in this genre.

  5. Tom

    Nice review, Wave. Thanks. Now I’m really looking forward to reading it. I may just have to “torture” myself by re-reading the others in the series first though just to re-familiarize with the other characters from the series. :smile:

    1. Wave Post author

      I’m happy you approve Tom. :) If you’re doing any re-reading you should read Bad Boyfriend with Eli and Quinn first. That’s such a delightful book and I really enjoy Eli.. Kellan and Nate from Bad Company are also back and it was great to see how Nate has mellowed. :)

      I think you will enjoy this one as much as the other books

        1. Wave

          I love Kellan and Nate too but my faves are Eli & Quinn . Sorry. They are all wonderful anyway.

  6. Mary G

    Love this review Wave! So looking forward to midnight lol! Eli is one of my faves and I still pimp Bad Boyfriend. Jamie & Gavin sound yummy.

    1. Wave

      Thanks for the kind words Mary. I think you will really like Jamie and Gavin. As for Eli, there are no words to describe him. :lol: Let me know what you think about Bad Attitude.

  7. Lisa Sullivan

    Wave, this book was excellent,! Jamie & Gavin were both 3-dimensional, complex, non-perfect characters. I’m not usually a fan of the “Spoiler section” of the book either, but K.A. made me read it and like it! Gavin & Jamie’s behavior completely made sense for who they were and what they thought they wanted/needed. It gave the eventual real relationship that they found themselves in so much more depth. Besides all that, Jamie & Gavin are both funny as hell! I also want to say that I agree that the ending was perfect because it totally fit the two of them, and clarified their feelings for one another. The truck was the perfect metaphor! My only regret was that the book was over! Oh, and that there was no “commitment sex”! Ha ha!

    1. Wave Post author

      Hi Lisa

      The thing about K.A. is that she doesn’t give readers the “traditional” or expected ending and that’s why I love her books. Her MCs are always flawed and they do irrational things which I appreciate. I love them all the more because there’s usually something unexpected or a twist at the end of the books. I think it was only fitting that the truck played such a huge part here because it represented a lot of what Jamie was about. In any event she always brings her characters back in new books so we get to see how the romance has progressed since the last time we saw them. About the “commitment sex” I think they had more than enough sex throughout the book and perhaps their parts needed a bit of rest. :lol:

      Thanks for commenting.

  8. Lisa Sullivan

    Lol! I agree Wave! However, I thought all the sex made sense because that’s all they both thought their relationship was! I loved the ending; in water like their beginning!

    Sent from my iPhonet

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