Title: Bad Attitude Bad in Baltimore #3)
Author: K.A. Mitchell
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 10, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 210 pages
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Review Summary: Another wonderful book in this series, with two MCs who set each other on fire.
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.
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.:[spoiler name=”spoiler”]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.[/spoiler]
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. 😆 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.