Monday, June 18, 2018

Random Review: Bad Influence by K.A. Mitchell #Review #Giveaway

Author: K.A. Mitchell
Title: Bad Influence 2nd edition
Series: Bad in Baltimore #4
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Publication Date: June 12, 2018
Length: 260 pages

Reviewed by Jenn


Can a future be built from pieces of a broken past?

Jordan Barnett is dead, killed as much by the rejection of his first love at his moment of greatest need as by his ultraconservative parents’ effort to deprogram the gay away.

In his place is Silver, a streetwise survivor who’s spent the last three years becoming untouchable… except to those willing to pay for the privilege. He’s determined not to let betrayal find him again, and that means never forging bonds that can be broken.

No matter how hard he tried, Zebadiah Harris couldn’t outrun his guilt over abandoning his young lover—not even by leaving the country. Now, almost the moment he sets foot back in Baltimore, he discovers Silver on a street corner in a bad part of town. His effort to make amends lands them both in jail, where Silver plans a seductive form of vengeance. But using a heart as a stepping-stone is no way to move past the one man he can’t forgive, let alone forget….

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Bad Influence is book four in K.A. Mitchell’s Bad in Baltimore series and I loved it! While reading the series, I’ve been so interested in learning more about Silver and this is his story and it was worth the wait! 

Jordan Barnett died when his parents kicked him out at 17 for being gay and Silver was born. Jordan was sheltered and from a very religious and influential family. Silver is a kid who has to do whatever is necessary to survive the streets of Baltimore.

Zebadiah Harris was the young man Jordan loved and the man he feels betrayed him. When a relationship starts with lies, it’s only a matter of time till it blows up in your face. When lies come to light, things for these young lovers quickly go seriously wrong. Now Zeb is in Baltimore and comes face to face with Silver, a person he knows so well and not at all at the same time. These two have common friends and keep running into each other and are put in a situation where they need to deal with the past. The time has come for all the lies and misunderstandings to be put to rest.

This is a series that I really love, it doesn’t shy away from anything. It doesn’t paint a picture perfect romance, but instead real stories of love and relationships. This book is at times heartbreaking, it’s always so hard to read about parents throwing away their children. Silver is no one’s victim though, he is strong, smart and most of all, a survivor. I love the message of redemption and forgiveness while still keeping the attitude that I’ve come to expect from this series. We get to catch up with the guys from the previous books and those are some of my favorite scenes. This is one to check out, you can read it as a stand-alone, but the other books are so good too! I recommend reading from the beginning!  This is a book/series with everything, a lot of heart, heat, friendship and snark! All things I love in a book.

I love this series


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