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Bad Company

(Bad in Baltimore #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  4,355 ratings  ·  436 reviews
Some things are sweeter than revenge.

“I need a boyfriend.”

Hearing those words from the mouth of his very straight ex-friend is enough to make columnist and editor Nate Gray choke on his Corona. It’s been thirteen years since Kellan Brooks’s father crushed Nate’s family on his climb to wealth and power. Even longer since he entrusted Kellan with the confession that he mig
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Published June 7th 2011 by Samhain Publishing
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**WOAH Kindle freebie 11/19/14!!**

Guys, I think it is time for me to officially come out of the closet. I have hinted at this in the past but now I'm just going to put it all out there.

I am a total whore for gay virgin books.

I am an unabashed, out and proud, virgin-loving addict. A large portion of my favorite M/M books involve gay first-timers and maybe that is part of the reason why this book worked for me.

Now, when it comes to this book, I'm most certainly in the minority in my group of fr
Damon Suede
K.A. Mitchell is one of my auto-buys, but this was a strange read for me. I don't want to "rank" this book because an arbitrary number will be both meaningless and misleading.

There are some basic disconnects in the plotting which make these characters hard to like and impossible to believe. Much of the writing here deserves a 5. The sexy hook of "straight guy pretends to be gay to punish bigoted dad" has solid legs in theory. But some of the illogical events and character arcs literally cripple
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

**3.25 awkwardly endearing stars**

It's so hard to rate and review this book. For every yin that I loved, there exists a bad yang. The banter between Nathan and Kellan was hilarious....add in Eli and I was seriously cracking up. However, at times (ok, many) the dialogue felt forced and unnatural. And sometimes I didn't even know what they were talking about?!

The pacing was awkward. Lots of great sexual tension, but within that sexual tension the MC's would sometimes act like they'd been together
Dec 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m-romance
This book was a fail. Both the characters and the plot are weak. Kellan is spoiled and selfish and Nate is a know-it-all with no personality. There was absolutely no chemistry and zero build-up to their relationship. Their actions and reasons for being together made no sense and this is where all the holes in the plot began. To get back at his bigoted father for cutting him off from the family money, Kellan devises a plan to pretend he's gay. He then decides to ask his ex-friend Nate (who he has ...more
Kellan needs a boyfriend because he wants to stick it to his overbearing homophobic father. He looks up his childhood bestfriend in the hopes that Nathan will be a pal and fake being in love with him.

Kellan and Nathan aren't really likeable men so this really affected my enjoyment here. Kellan spent most of this story being sexually confused and in his own words an "internalized homophobic". It was just an odd read because of it. Once the relationship got past all the posturing it really could
Apr 02, 2014 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

So I did this weird thing.  I was told that the Bad in Baltimore series could be read as standalones (confirmed) and I read book 2, Bad Boyfriend, first.  I really adored Eli and Quinn's relationship, but to be honest, in their tiny supporting roles, Nate & Kellan were insignificant.  Nate was way too intense and Kellan was a bit boring.  And thus, I decided to just skip book 1 altogether.

Hasty, hasty decision.  Months later, I jumped into a buddy read spearheaded by Heidi Cullinan,
I enjoyed this book more than the three stars would lead you to believe. It has two of my favorite tropes: GFY and Fake Boyfriend.

It just felt a bit flat and shallow, this could be due to the fact that I had an old Samhain version of the book and maybe it’s been better edited since then. Maybe.

Both MCs were asshats much of the time due to past and current feelings and actions. One wanted to screw his rich father over by pretending to be gay. The other, his old friend, wanted dirt on the rich f
Kaje Harper
Jun 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
Somehow these characters never quite clicked for me. Kellan was casual and obnoxious and then suddenly he was the romantic one. Nate just seemed totally confused throughout the whole story, and his lines were convoluted and I don't think even he believed half of what he was saying. Kellan's father just didn't seem realistic in any of his incarnations. Eli was the best character in the book. The GFY sex was well done and yet even that felt like the pacing was wrong for the characters. I like K.A. ...more
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star, gay, romance-adult
EDIT: Just kidding. Changed the rating from 3 to 2. When I read this I was in dire need of a short and sexy read, and it kinda halfway delivered, but thinking about it months later, it was:
1. forgettable - nothing really stands out
2. irritating - annoying MCs. Both of them!
3. incomplete - stuff didn't make sense, stuff was missing.
Pretty enjoyable read if you're in the mood, but other than that, I could've spent my time better.

really cute and quick read - though the characters were really annoyi
*** 3.5 stars ***

Friends to enemies to lovers -- that's a setup I find completely irresisitable.

This was a pretty solid story, at least once I bought into the dubious rationale for why Kellan was seeking a boyfriend. His miscommunications with Nate seemed not only realistic, but inevitable, because their differences were established convincingly from the earliest pages. Still, there was something missing, some indefinable spark that could have lifted this up to the next level. But I enjoyed it
Jenni Lea
Sep 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jenni Lea by: Geri

3.5 stars

Cute GFY. Smart writing although I didn't connect with the characters as well as I thought I would. A light, fun read.
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
I'm a bit frustrated. I feel this story is missing something all over, but I don't know exactly why. So, you'll get a bullet review, sorry.

- Best friends reunited:

GOOD: the theme in itself was interesting and one of my favorites. I like reunited everything in a plot because I like to see what remained the same and what changed. It really hooked me and kept my curiosity, but:

NOT GOOD: Kellan basically abandoned his best friends to the bullying when they were in high school and never defended him
Lilia Ford
This is one of those books where the set-up had me really nervous: too contrived and implausible, the kind of thing that Hollywood loves for its rom-coms, featuring characters who never behave like actual human beings. But I am learning not to underestimate K. A. Mitchell, because both Nate and Kellan are two of my favorites of her characters. I have a soft spot for couples who have known each other forever, and you believe it with these two. I also liked that they were seriously flawed but not ...more
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m, loaned-book
This book failed for me on several levels. When you start off with an unlikable protagonist like Kellen & a closed one like Nate you're starting off in a romantic hole that the writer needs to dig themselves out of. Kellen is obnoxious, immature & shallow. He wants to get back at his dad so he's going to pretend to be gay & get himself a gay boyfriend. He picks out Nate, a man he was friends with for several years until the year Nate came out as gay. Then he deserted him & witnes ...more
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
i need a boyfriend


I have so much fun reading this, maybe it wasn't as good as i think but to my current mood was perfect.

The whole situation it's so absurd that i enjoy it to much i just love a funny sexy gfy story.

May 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Prove it.

Well, both Nate and Kellan have things to prove to others, each other, and themselves. Starts with a tightening of the leash, except that only works if one wears the collar. But, freedom has costs and not just to himself as Kellan soon learns. The angsty love story of reunited childhood friends who finally admit what they mean to one another.

Overall, sweet and dramatic with some unresolved issues.

3.5 stars

A.B. Gayle
Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A lot of reviewers have concentrated on why this book didn’t appeal to them, so I’m going to concentrate on why it did to me.

First off, the characters were different. They weren’t ones the reader might want to go to bed with or live forever after with, but they were characters in their own right. They weren’t your average Mr and Mr Romance couple.

I enjoyed the fact they had unusual occupations: one who wrote advice columns in a gay newspaper and the other who ended up doing occupational therapy
TLDR: Every book in this series after this one is excellent. This one is OK, the rest are great.

Right out of the gate this one was in the red since I'm not at all a fan of G4Y plots. I do so much love enemies-to-lovers, though, that I forced myself to get over "Kellan's sexual revelations at 30 y.o." and get on with the story. Now I know some G4Y's explain away the previous female attraction with some derivation of homosexual repression, but folks, it's 2017, if you can't find it within yourself
Meeh. Okay, I guess.
The premise sounded really promising but unfortunately this wasn't as good as I thought.

Some of the scenes were good. The interactions between the characters were hilarious but
I just couldn't bring myself to feel anything towards them rather than mild curiosity sometimes and irritation. Kellan was a funny at times, but Nate was too passive. Even Eli was a typical one-denominational character that I couldn't bring myself to care about him.

Also, I didn't believe how Nate fo
Mar 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, done, gay, romance, ebook
3.5 stars. Good m/m romance about two guys who were friends when they were kids, but haven't spoken for years... until one decides to piss off his homophobic father and "go gay". Strangely, he wasn't the person who needed to be smacked in this book.
3.5 stars

This book gets bonus points for having my favorite GFY trope, pretend relationship becomes real. The story kept my interest, the sex was hot, and I liked the characters, but I can't say there was anything truly special about it other than it was solidly entertaining for me.
Heather the Queen of (Smut)Books
I skimmed and DNF after the de-virginizing which was a bit disappointing and unimpressive. I didn't really like either MC nor the writing and dammit I was bored.

I gave a rating because I got over half way through the book.
Nov 22, 2014 rated it liked it
cute and entertaining book, really didn't connect with the characters enough for a higher rating.
Apr 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary, m-m
This review can also be found at Three Dollar Bill Reviews.

I’m a huge fan of K.A. Mitchell’s books and so when I saw this new one out at Samhain, I jumped at the chance to read and review. Whilst, overall, the reading experience was enjoyable, I wasn’t engaged with this book as much as some of her others.

The book is a Gay For You with a premise that may or may not appeal, depending on your feelings about revenge plots. Kellan has been thrown out by his father and cut off from the family’s consid
Marte - Thunderella
** 2,5 stars **

At first I had sympathy for Nate, reading about what he'd been through involving Kellan (read the blurb). Kellan is a spoiled jerk who wants to get back at his dad after his dad cut him off. Not much sympathy for him. Nate seemed like the nice guy while Kellan is the jerk. As the story develops this dynamic kind of shifts and ends up with Nate as the jerk I have little or no sympathy for and Kellan the really nice guy. Kellan's character grew and he shows that he really is a nice
Nov 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Eh. I was pretty unsure if I wanted to read this or not, to be honest. But, I said to myself "Candice, why not? You might regret it if you don't." Then, I pulled the "add to cart" trigger.

Let's get to the meat of this. Kellan and Nate were childhood friends. Then Kellan does something dumb, but was it really? I was pretty upset with him about the high school thing, until he explained it. I could see his side. I could feel what he was going through. Would I have done the same thing? I don't know,
This just goes round and round and really ends up nowhere. Why should I care about these two guys? Give me one good reason? Kellan is a loser, but really. He’s like, what, almost 30 and he’s self-centered, a real playboy/skirt chaser, has no skillzzz (not even bo-staff, ok he can play the guitar a bit), his little head does more thinking than his big one, and he still lives on daddy’s dime until he gets kicked out. Nate isn’t much better -- he’s hot for Kellan and gets duped into supporting him. ...more
Karen K
I love K.A. Mitchell's stories and writing style and though the style was still fabulous in this book - concise, descriptive scenes, and witty, believable dialogue - I just didn't connect with the characters very much at all.

I also usually really like gay-for-you or friends-to-lovers, but this didn't feel like either of those. The characters weren't fully-developed in my mind and their contradictory behaviours sometimes confused me and pulled me from the story. There were the odd moments where
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K.A. Mitchell discovered the magic of writing at an early age when she learned that a carefully crayoned note of apology sent to the kitchen in a toy truck would earn her a reprieve from banishment to her room. Her career as a spin-control artist was cut short when her family moved to a two-story house, and her trucks would not roll safely down the stairs. Around the same time, she decided that Ch ...more

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Bad in Baltimore (6 books)
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