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Bad Attitude (B.A.D. Agency #1)

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BAD agent Sydney Westbrook must find the perfect sniper for a risky counter-terrorism mission. J.D. Steele, a military sniper whose attitude problem landed him in prison, seems a good candidate. But as they're dragged into a secret world of freelance killers, Sydney begins to discover the man of honor and passion beneath Steele's arrogant façade. It's a man even Steele did ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 359 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Pocket Books (first published September 13th 2005)
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Janet
Kenyon really let me down with this one. Textbook progression of Syd and Steele’s romance aside, not only was the plot weak, but Kenyon pulled the old “introduce the bad guy at the last minute” gag. One minute Syd and Steele have the assassin in handcuffs, and in the very next page they’re getting married and the assassin has been hired by B.A.D. I know fiction doesn’t always have to make sense, but this strained my credulity a little too far.
Unapologetic_Bookaholic
Jul 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sherrilyn-kenyon
This novel was from the BAD series, using 2 agents in the main storyline. I always liked the "should I shouldn't I, oh what the hell" type romance. Plus adding action you can feel. It's like "oh my we saved each other back there...take me!" But there is also the emotional aspect that a good author (like Kenyon) can weave into the story and make you care and before you know it you're thinking on a deeper level with the characters.
Julianna
Oct 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Romantic Suspense that Heavier on the Suspense, Lighter on the Romance
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It’s been ages since I read the first three novellas in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s B.A.D. Agency series, almost eight years to be exact, a shocker when I looked it up. I enjoyed those stories, but I ended up putting them on the back burner in favor of reading her Dark-Hunter series instead. I decided it was finally time to give the B.A.D. agents a chance again, and with Bad Attitude, I had another positive reading experience overall. I seem to recall those first stories were a li
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Margaret
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I enjoyed getting to know Steele and Sydney and the BAD crew. Syd and Steele are both wary at first but they are truely meant to be together and you can't argue with chemistry.
Leah
Jul 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
I love this series. I think the BAD Agency series is one of my favorites by Sherrilyn Kenyon and I love every installment of the series.


The main characters Steele and Syd were great. I loved Steele from the start and never stopped. He was a man of honor who tried to do what was right. He's gruff, strong, and sarcastic, but he's also gentle, kind, and loving. Syd got on my nerves a teeny bit sometimes but I still enjoyed her character.


The character Jack I would have loved simply because he is rid
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Heather
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, suspense
Book 2 in the B.A.D series

J.D. Steele lost his bestfriend while they were on a failed/compromised mission. Filled with grief and anger at his CO a pot shot to the head of said CO gave him a new home behind bars for 25+.

Syd the vicous is a BAD agent with a few male issues of her own. After BAD offers Stelle a job because they need his sniper skills these two end up partners on the case. Stelle's scarcstic humor and Syd's vicousness make for an intresting coupling.

Was a good read. A story filled
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Fangirl Musings
Jun 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone!
Recommended to Fangirl Musings by: Favorite Author
Ironically, I am not a fan of contemporary romance novels. And yet...

Sherrilyn Kenyon is talented like no other! Her writing style and characters and plots are so good that they are able to draw me into the story no matter what the genre might be!

As such, I absolutely loved BAD Attitude! Aside from the fact that there were about two plot twists I did not see coming, the characters of Steele and Syd were so enjoyable to read! I really believed the entire premise to the agency and the drama of th
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Maria
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fave-as-fuck
Worth more than 5 stars. I love the HERO! *fangirling* over JD STEELE. This too-hot-too-handle one-shot-one-kill SNIPER makes me smile, laugh, and fall for him... HARD. Darn his sense of humor and witty remarks. I LURVE IT!

Keeps me on the edge and really really really love the twist. Hahaha. I really did not think it was the sister. Darn.

Looking forward to JOE ad TEE's something... <3
Ivy
I liked this book. Can't wait for the next one! I like law enforcement books.
Cai
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! I loved every minute of reading it. It held my attention the whole way through. J.D. Steele was a military sniper who was sent to prison because of an issue with his CO. After of almost 2 years being in jail, he met Sydney Westbrook and the rest of the BAD agents who offered him a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity- a risky job, that of course could immediately send him out of jail. Now he's got to decide whether to accept that risky counter-terrorism mission and have his freedom b ...more
Chelsea
This book start off with Steele in Iraq in 2003 where he is serving as a military sniper. He overhears a conversation where the Captain was talking about sending Steele and his friend Brian into an unauthorized territory and Brian was killed while Steele lived. This pissed Steele off. It was because of the Captain that his friend was dead and gone, that his family would never see him again. Letting his temper control him, Steele takes a shot at his commanding officer, only hitting his helmet. St ...more
Sarah Marie
BAD Attitude by Sherrilyn Kenyon

First in the B.A.D. Agency series

4 stars

The BAD Agency is a secret organization that hunts terrorists and other threats to society. BAD agent Sydney Westbrook must find the perfect sniper for a risky counter-terrorism mission. J.D. Steele, a military sniper who shot at his CO in a fit of rage, just happens to be perfect for the job. But Sydney and J.D. have never gotten along and this mission is sure to be a bumpy ride. I’m not into spy novels or movies. I’ll wat

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Monica
Aug 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I usually am not into romantic suspense. I started this book because I wanted to post the review of this book and the next book with a later giveaway. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. When I read a book I do it to relax, it may be part of my job as a blogger but I am unable to tear a book apart piece by piece and analyze every nuance of every single character and situation. I would go nuts and I would hate reading. I read this as a normal consumer, one that is mildly educated and wants a ...more
Inky
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another fun early SKenyon book. It was interesting to see the changes in writing compared to the first BAD novel. I'm also glad this was a full story instead of several shorts, as the first was. It was a smooth story and an enjoyable read.

Where was Retter?? I feel deprived! My fav character in this series.

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I love Cletus! GSD owner and lover here. Wish there had been a tad bit more of him. Gator was a laugh too.  photo croc_zps18bd6dc4.gif

I really enjoyed Steeles lines also -- to me none of what he said was offensive (whi
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McKenzie
I just finished re-reading this one, and thought I'd add a quick review.

I really enjoyed the story, the characters, the whole set-up. It definitely isn't as steamy as most of Kenyon's work, but I don't think that's any reason to criticize the book. The chemistry between the characters is definitely still there. In fact, it's even hotter between some of the secondary characters! Even the BAD (ha, bad pun) acronym is forgivable.

However, there were a couple of loose strings that I wish were tied
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C Joy
Sep 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sherrilyn-kenyon
I liked this book, but didn't enjoy it as much as I did "Born to be BAD". This book is more of suspense and action than romance. I liked that bit about the very flawed hero. The story focused on Steele's character and how he got his life back after being recruited by the Bureau of American Defense (BAD). Not much humor here, but there was that trademark Sherrilyn Kenyon hero-and-heroine-banter, you won't miss it.

I noticed that she loves using the phrases "turnabout is fair play" or something lik
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Nonieღserenity2bliss
Mar 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
I would have given this one a 5 stars, but there were few bits and pieces that I didn't quite like.

1. The story started off pretty slow. Honestly, I was quite ready to not like this book but after the third chapter or so, the story started to revved up. True to Kenyon's style of writing, once you're on board, it's hard not to sail through.

2. How can JD confused her father's voice with his sister's? He was so sure that it was his father's voice he heard on the other line even though the voice was
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Rachel
Dec 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense-romance
I really liked this one! I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about Steel or Syd when I started but that changed quickly. I love both of them. This was the first full-length story of this series and I wondered how it would all play out. We got lots of Carlos, whom I already completely adore and more of Joe and The as well. They need to just get it over with and fuck like bunnies now. Seriously, I want a Joe/The book. Back to Syd and Steele. I love that he broke through her defenses without even ...more
L8blmr
Nov 04, 2008 rated it liked it
I guess this was a re-read for me, though, to be honest I did not remember I had read it before until I got ready to add it here and write a review. Hmmm - that doesn't speak very highly of it. I did like it pretty well, though there were a couple of things that really annoyed me. First of all, these B.A.D. folks have TOO much power; they seem to supersede all agencies and offices in the country - a little hard to swallow. The most disturbing thing, though, was what I thought was going to be a p ...more
Elektragedia
a ver como lo pongo, es una historia bastante diferente a lo que nos tiene acostumbrados nuestra diosa, si hay algo policíaco, pero demasiado erótico, o no se seria porque pensé que era una novela negra. como sea, esta bien hecho, bien escrito, pocos vacíos literarios, y espero el segundo, lo malo, la traducción pésima, y después dicen porque uno quiere a las niñas de Kalosis, ese cuanto de que traducen literal aburre demore con el libro como 15 días debido a la mala traducción.


eso esta traducid
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Beverly
I really wanted to love this one and although I did enjoy it I still felt like there were some things that were missing in order for it to be perfect.

Sydney and Steele should have been the male/female badass sniper team I was looking for but instead I got a reluctant hero and a somewhat messy, hotheaded heroine. I understand why Steele was reluctant to do what he was contracted for, but it's kind of annoying that he's like that from beginning to end even despite being shot at. As for Sydney, she
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Tara
Sep 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Another light romance from SK. This is the 4th story, but 1st full length novel in her B.A.D. series. The previous short stories felt just about the right length so I was concerned that this full length novel would feel like an eternity, but again, it felt just about the right length.

Sydney Westbrook is an agent who is determined to get the bad guy at any costs. J.D. Steele is a former Army sniper who ends up in jail for misconduct. The BAD agency springs him for a job and of course romance ens
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Stella
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
I read this book for the sole reason of reading how Sherrilyn Kenyon did with contemporary romance books, and it truth, when you compare it to her other books, this one was...kinda "meh". I loved Steele though I honestly expected more of her character Syd. You'd think she'd be more bad ass and in the know-how being a BAD agent and all instead of being ignorant half the time in the book. And the ending was point in blank disappointing. I mean, the twist to the culprit was a surprise. I didn't min ...more
Katherine
May 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, steamy
A total disappointment from Sherrilyn Kenyon. But anyone who begins this (including me) only has themselves to blame. Did you read the jacket first? No one’s trying to hide the absurdity here—-it’s right out there, front and center. With characters named for their personality traits (Josh Steele? Seriously?) and their appearances described in terms of Hollywood actors (there is both an Angelina Jolie and a Gwenyth Paltrow, and that’s just among the women), this is some seriously lazy writing, ev ...more
Sharon
May 07, 2011 rated it liked it
I actually had read all the rest of the B.A.D. series before I went back and read this first installment. If I had started with Bad Attitude, I probably would have liked it much better. It was fast paced and, of course, steamy but not as exciting as the other books where Kenyon collaborated with Dianna Love. The plot and action sequences were exciting (a little far fetched) and the connection between Sydney and Steele was intense. The ending twist was disappointing. I couldn't help but wish that ...more
Gina
Sep 25, 2009 rated it did not like it
Kenyon's running out of greek gods to hook up and save with romance and marriage so she's moved on to spies.

I'm figuring that because Kenyon is a big seller with the "hot loin" books and she came up with this new idea, the publisher let her write this book and they actually published it.

It is, IMHO, BAD! Kenyon does great with the greek gods and fantasy types of hot loin books but a semi-realistic spy book? No, it was terrible. The publisher must have gotten smart after the first book and force
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Louisa
Feb 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-reads
Hilarious book, what with his horrible seduction lines, and yeah, the whole thing with the evilness of the guy he shot, I wish they could've punished him for being the evilness he was! And with his dad, and his sister, yeah, just a great book! And Jack, loved him and his dog, wish we could've sad good bye to him, I don't think he's in later books, unless another book is written (which I think should happen!)

*First read 2008*
Loved this book, it was a great start to a series I truly enjoyed! I lo
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Amanda [Novel Addiction]
This is my second time reading this book, first time was a few years ago. It's been a while that I've read a book that felt so.. dated. Some of the slang, especially the use of "jerk," definitely seemed out of date. I know it's incredibly hard to make a contemporary novel timeless, but being a huge fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon, I know her writing, and I know how wonderful she is. This book just didn't live up to the rest of her work.

That said, I still liked it. I love Steele's sense of humor, and Syd
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Crystal
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I shelved this under UF but I'm not sure it's really that. It was a pretty good story if you don't read too much into it. There were a few things (as a military wife) that just didn't jive for me, like the Badass Syd not knowing what FUBAR means. I loved Steele's character.

There were just so many things that made me think "Why did this covert, awesome, recruits all the badasses from everywhere, do half the stuff before hand?" Why they needed a guy 2 years out of the game (which is a lot when yo
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Gina
Apr 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
HOT, HOT, HOT! God, there's no other way to explain Kenyon's characters, writing style... She's a great author with an awesome imagination. The characters are colorful, individual personalities with their own sets of priorities and their own sense of right and wrong. Character and location descriptions are so vivid you can close your eyes and picture it perfectly. (What I wouldn't do to get my hands on Steele, mmmm-mmmmm!) Kenyon knows how to give the book the right amount of power to create and ...more
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