Bad Judgment (Gigi’s Review)

Bad Judgment
Title: Bad Judgment
Author: Sidney Bell
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: September 19, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary/Suspense/Mystery
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Embry Ford was a quiet, ordinary guy—until tragedy ripped his life apart. Now he’s living under the radar, desperate to hide his identity and determined to learn the truth behind what happened. Even if that means working for—and bedding—a man he loathes.

As a bodyguard to a shadowy arms dealer, Brogan Smith knows distractions can kill as easily as a bullet. But when he sets his eyes on his client’s sexy assistant, he can’t get him out of his mind. Even more unnerving: the closer he gets to Embry, the more Brogan starts to suspect he might be protecting the wrong man.

Embry was sure nothing but vengeance would satisfy him—until Brogan offers him something far more tempting. Now Embry must choose: punish the people who nearly destroyed him or fight for a future with the man who has become his entire world.

First off, this book is a virtual landmine of potential spoilers. I will be deliberately vague to protect the reader’s enjoyment of discovering the crimes and character motivations for themselves.

I misread the blurb when I started reading this book, which isn’t anything new for me, but just in case the blurb is confusing to anyone else, I think going in your should know that the author is NOT referring that Brogan is the man who Embry “(is) working for—and bedding—a man he loathes.” Brogan is Embry’s boss’s bodyguard.

Get ready for some down-and-dirty angst my friends! This one is packed to the brim with it.


I’m a bit fussy about my angst and very much a mood reader, so reading this book before any other reviews were posted was a gamble for me since I wasn’t able to read it in my “angst” frame of mind. No stars will be deducted for this, but be prepared for triggers such as on-page physical violence, emotional abuse and attempted rape.

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I loved Brogan, the bodyguard with a heart of gold. Ready to sacrifice his career and very life for the man is has grown to love and respect. We do get a nice helping of healing/comfort from him and, I gotta tell you, Embry needed it!

Sidney Bell is a first time M/M author and I thought this was a promising debut. I will definitely read any other M/M books she writes.

In a nutshell:

  • Angst-o-rama
  • Dirty sex, but not without emotional attachment
  • Plenty of gore
  • Full of surprise reveals
  • Not a lot of warm-and-fuzzies, but Brogan was a gallant hero
  • Valiant first-time M/M writer effort


Recommended with caution.

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Galley copy of Bad Judgment provided by Carina Press in exchange of an honest review.