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Bad Idea

(Itch #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,365 ratings  ·  292 reviews
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Reclusive comic book artist Trip Spector spends his life doodling super-square, straitlaced superheroes, hiding from his fans, and crushing on his unattainable boss until he meets the dork of his dreams. Silas Goolsby is a rowdy FX makeup creator with a loveless love life and a secret streak of geek who yearns for unlikely rescues and a trul
ebook, 350 pages
Published October 21st 2013 by Dreamspinner Press (first published October 20th 2013)
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Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing

'Hot Head' was my first M/M book. And like many of you, I stood in that imaginary line clamoring for, demanding, the sequel. It is THE BOOK that put Damon Suede on the map. I loved it.

I love 'Bad Idea' more.

'Bad Idea' is the book I wish…I would choose…for Damon Suede to be known for. It is OUTSTANDING. It is not Hot Head. Completely different. Don’t read this thinking you’re getting the like. It is incomparable.

It’s quirky and offbeat. Funny, geeky, fast-paced…almost manic even. It’s infuriat
Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 dork-tastic stars.****Review completed October 13, 2013

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Damon…you write the most amazing things! <3
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"Having a kid is like having your heart walking around outside your body for the rest of your life."

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"In high school I felt like an ugly unicorn." Trip grabbed his buckle firmly. "Big fucking shank hanging off me."
Silas fell back on the couch. "Hey, I like unicorns. Unicorns are just weaponized ponies."

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Adorable and adorkable. Nerdy and geeky. Endearing and charming. Ch
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**Amended to say that I'm upping my rating to 4 stars... see below for why!**

This book is wackadoodle! It is geeky, like comic-books-r-us geeky, and really endearing. Rounding up to 4 stars because this book was super original and I throughly enjoyed it.

This book is NOT like Hot Head. Just throwing that out there. It ties into Damon's other book that came out recently, Horn Gate, which silly old me didn't realize until like 3/4 of the way through the book. Interestingly, it is sort of a fictiona
I finished Bad Idea earlier today and I spent a fair amount of time reading reviews before sitting down to write mine. I expected it to be a polarizing book and I wasn't entirely wrong. People seem to either absolutely love it or get so confused by it they have trouble expressing an opinion, and they end up feeling guilty or perplexed because it didn't knock their socks off like it happened with Damon Suede's debut novel, Hot Head.

I'm one of the people who loved Hot Head when they first read it.
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 Geeky & Hot Stars!


This was such a fun, sexy and quirky read!

The story begins with Trip Spector filling in as camera man on a zombie run for some of his best friends. Trip is a comic book artist. He is a bit standoffish, awkward and geeky. He has allergies (hehe), and besides his close friends, he’s mostly a loner- but he’s a good guy. While on the zombie run, he runs into Silas Goolsby.

Silas... I can’t tell you how much I loved Silas! He stole the book for me. He was just such an endearing
Heidi Cullinan
Some books are sinful candy—decadent escapes leaving us high and searching for another confection. Some novels are art, richly painted with skill and care, resonating with us for months or even years as we parse the wisdom they reveal. Get ready to have dessert for dinner, readers: Damon Suede’s Bad Idea is both.

Bad Idea is the story of Trip Spector, a comic book artist whose joy has been nearly extinguished by corporate culture but rediscovers his spark through Silas Goolsby, special-effect mak
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

2.5 stars

I wanted to love this book. I tried. I really tried. But, let's face it, reviewing in this genre mostly relies on subjective, knee-jerk responses to the MCs, relationship development, and sizzle potential. And this one just didn't do much for me.

I liked that neither MC was perfect, that they were real dudes with normal problems. The cast of characters (particularly Trip's friends) was well developed. Some of the dialogue was funny (if a little too scripted and not entirely believable).
Jenni Lea
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it

ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review

I went into this story with some idea of what to expect and boy did it deliver!

This story was in turns silly, sweet, heartfelt and laugh out loud hilarious. It was dork-tastic, geek-alicious, nerd-tabulous.

Trip is a mild mannered comic book artist and writer. A Peter Parker if you will; and he found his He-Man in Silas. Silas, the sweetest, most adorable meathead I have ever read about. I am naming Silas my newest book-b
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars.

Oh this is ridiculous! No, not the book, my indecision over it. I'm so torn.
Yep, totally torn and not even straight down the middle. This review is bound to be confusing because I am confused.
There are pieces of this book that I LOVED (with all my heart), hated (just a bit), admired and scoffed at - and some of those feels fall into more than one area which thus, leaves ME "discombobulated!"

The first problem I encountered is that my ignorance of the comic book superhero world is a han
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt
Bad Idea is brilliant! ...the narrative seductive and powerful and the story unique, with characters that kept me mesmerised. I was engulfed in a warm blanket of happiness, with a whole heap of craziness, that starts with such a fast pace and energy, I was buzzing, and an emotional connection to the characters that rendered me a useless blubbering mess with a school girl crush on two men that have completely and utterly stolen my heart… and I am shamelessly in love with Silas and Trip …and total ...more

DNF @ 60%

Bad idea...hmmmmm yes, this was a bad idea for me to read. I started off with high hopes (maybe too high) for this book, with my love for Hot Head in mind. I was thinking its the same author, maybe similar book. So I was ready for the kinky and the funny...

But *sigh* was I wrong about this one. And unfortunately highly disappointed.

To say it's the authors fault or I don't like this genre, would be a lie. I think my mayor problem would have to be the flow of the writing, again not the a
Crystal~BIG book addict~
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, arc-netgalley
4 Nerdy Stars!

Are you ready for some hot nerd action?!

This normally wouldn't be a book I would pick up and read but I am so glad that I did.

Trip Spector is a comic book artist. He is also tall, thin, shy, has allergies and gay.

Trip is at a zombie run with his two friends, Rina and Jillian. They try to get him out more.

There's, like, a zillion hot fellas in the park. A fucking tsunami of geek beef."

Enter Silas Goolsby. He is handsome, outgoing, built and gay.

They finally get together a
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who appreciates a really good piece of writing!!
***Sorry. I can't listen to Charlie David's voice anymore. Yes, he might've done an OK job on Hot Head, but he doesn't sound like I imagined either of the MC's in this story.***

Jinkies! This was good! No, I mean really amazingly good!! So good, those little dancing girls are itching to make an appearance. 5 Enormously Geeky Golden Stars and , an absolutely awesome read!!

First of all, let me say that I love Damon Suede's writing, it flows beautifully onto the page in every book he writes, and th
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: coverlover

See that picture? ^^^ That’s Maria Von Trapp twirling with joyous glee. And that’s exactly what I did at the conclusion of Bad Idea. I literally ran to the backyard with a goofy grin and twirled with raised arms (much to my partner and daughter’s chagrin). Let me explain why.

This is what I look for in a book:

- Characters that make me stop in my tracks.

- An unusual plot

- Charismatic writing (gigglesnorts earn extra points)

- Romance. Yup, good old fashioned swoon worthy romance.

Did Bad Idea deli
Oct 08, 2013 marked it as dnf
DNF at 28%

I really feel badly that I can't finish this book. The writing has a very manic feel to it and I was exhausted by the end of the first chapter. I kept going, but by 30% I knew this book wasn't my cuppa tea. I'm sure there are plenty of readers who will thoroughly enjoy it, but unfortunately I'm not one of them.

Usually DNFing a book isn't that difficult for me, but this one is. Damon Suede's Hot Head was the first m/m and it has a special place in my heart. On the bright side, there's s
Lilia Ford

We have the gift of bullshit

This is a very long, very ambitious book. The surreal zombie-road-race-in-Central-Park opening sets the overall tone. Borrowing from the theme, we might call it a comi-con in miniature, a collection of disparate themes and genres that come together in a mind-bogglingly creative synergy: it’s an M/M romance, a study of gay life in Manhattan (something very, very different), an exploration of the creative process, inspiration, and collaboration, a loving tribute to a pa
Amy Lane
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A long time ago I resigned myself to the fact that you can make art for the sake of money or art to fulfill the need to create art. In Bad Idea, Damon Suede illustrates this conundrum, this dichotomy between art to pay the rent and mysterious, beautiful, sexy art, in the romance between Trip Spector and Silas Goolsby, two men who make a living as artists and who walk the line between selling out and selling their brilliance to the world.

The book itself is a tribute to the act of creation. The t
Once again Damon Suede has written a book full of characters that stand out and have real emotions. Trip is an insecure comic book artist writing stories he detests, shying away from relationships while lusting after his straight boss who flirts just enough to keep Trip on his hook. Silas, former college football player, full of southern charm is Trip’s opposite in many ways. Silas is an FX/makeup artist who gets around. He is a typical jock on the outside, but in reality is nothing but another ...more
Julio Genao
Sep 13, 2013 marked it as no
Christina Marie
I’m in a reading coma. Don’t ask how I’m typing.

I hate summarizing. On account of my aforementioned reading coma I give myself a pass. The blurb, in all its blurbiness, tells you everything you need to know about the plot. I just want to talk about all the things I loved.

Wait. First, I feel the need to get this out of the way. I’ll begrudgingly admit that this book may not be for everyone. Geek culture prances around the pages unrestrained. Some will get frustrated at not understanding all the
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious, quirky, and memorable in its own unique way….
When you read as much as most of ‘us’ do around here, well, you come to have certain expectations. You gravitate towards certain genres, you trust your friend’s recommendations, and you rely on favorite authors for a security blanket of predictable reading.
Occasionally you are lucky enough to find a sure thing.
This is exactly what I cherished about this was a sure thing.
~I adore nerdy lovin’ and don’t mind working for a HEA (as
Oct 10, 2013 marked it as back-burner-for-now
So am I, like, the ONLY GoodReads M/M romance fan NOT reading an advanced copy of this book?

Cheaters, all y'all.
Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews

Still so much love for this book the 2nd time around

Review posted:

ARC provided by Netgalley via Dreamspinner Press

4 geeking stars

This book was just so funny, a lil angsty and alot hot!!!

I love love loved the names of all the characters in this book! But the 2 MC’s were off the hook!

Trip & Silas

Trip was… well Trip was a trip! He really was! He was like a recluse that took hits of a joint and then came out with the wackiest shit!

“He felt like he’d eaten a hash br
Angela Bee Bee
Perhaps me reading this was a Bad Idea?

I made it thru the first few sex scenes. They were hot, but squeaked me out (eating your own come). I just can't see Trip as a top.

It's just very hard for me to figure out what these two are on about. At one point, Trip even admits he doesn't get the reference.

T: Most people think I'm a nutbag. hmmmmm......

S: I want the next thing. But then, of course, I don't want any of that because I don't want just that. You, I mean. That is, all that would probably be
Rating Clarification: 4.5 stars

***This may not be the most functional review and it is quite possibly a bit confusing but honestly, I am still a bit confused by this book. This is a tough one to get over so there is always that bit of information to tuck away behind the shelves at night.***

What a journey this has been. I am not sure what to say, not sure if my experience with this book is due to the fact that I recently enjoyed a webcomic, that I secretly am a total comic book fan girl or that
Oct 27, 2013 rated it liked it
I will not be comparing this book to Hot Head, because, believe it or not, I didn’t read Hot Head. Nor anything else by Damon Suede. So if you’re looking for a review that tells you if this book is as good as Hot Head, look elsewhere. If you want to know what a Suede-newbie thinks of this book, here it is.

I gave this three stars. Meaning I liked it but I didn’t love it. Why? The main reason is that during the first 80% I could have put this book down and never picked it back up. I felt no urge
Duchess Nicole

3.5 Stars
I was charmed by the characters in this book. Damon Suede has an interesting writing style...somewhat choppy and extremely blunt but smart and sassy as well. It kept the story entertaining for the first sixty percent or so, but I have to say that the last forty percent dragged. I wanted to start skimming, but the author has a way of throwing in these little profound nuggets of witty life lessons that I really didn't want to miss, so I pushed through the pages and pages (and pages) of co
Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, m-m
Ugh. I hate how bad a two star rating looks. Especially when it means 'OK' for the good read rating.
So. I caved and gave it. 3 stars. Because it wasn't the books fault that aim not nearly nerdy enough to grasp this books greatness.

First things first. This is not Hothead. Yes. Hothead was an excellent book. But they aren't even close to being comparable. They are two very different types of story's, two very different types of characters.

This will be great for anyone who loves a good comic. Lo

I know I am in the minority and it saddens me greatly to have to do this but I just cannot get into it!

I know loads of people LOVED it and I wish I could go on reading but I just can't :(

To sum up my issue-

Its the writing (so sorry Damon) but I just felt it was all over the place and I couldn't keep up with it! Maybe its me who wasn't in the mood for it I don't know but I was DYING to read it and even payed $7 to get it!

I may give it another go some
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, favorite-mm, erotica
Reading this book was an extraordinary experience! The writting is brilliant and the plot very intelligent! This book is much more than sex or a relationship... is also about sacrifice, commitment, friendship and also about self knowledge and breaking life barriers!

Silas and Trip have a beautiful relationship but not a easy one! Since the day they met they had to face challenges...

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I must say that I was a ignorant about the comics world, and I find it now very interesting!

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Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. He has lived all over and along the way, he’s earned his crust as a model, a messenger, a promoter, a programmer, a sculptor, a singer, a stripper, a bookkeeper, a bartender, a techie, a teacher, a director... but writing has ever been his bread and butter. He has been happily partnered for


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