Bad Habit (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Bad Habit (Bad In Baltimore #6)
Author: K.A. Mitchell
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 6, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 230 pages
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


Bad in Baltimore: Book Six

Life is always looking for ways to screw you over. Scott McDermott survived the foster care system and knows better than to let anyone close, but Liam Walsh is his one vulnerability.

Twice Scott let down his guard, and twice Liam vanished from Scott’s life.

So when Scott comes face-to-face with Liam for the first time in six years, he punches Liam in the nose. Only after Scott’s friend—and Baltimore County police officer—Jamie reads him the riot act does Scott discover that in the intervening years Liam has been to war and lost his leg.

Liam hasn’t had the easiest life either. He took care of his drug-addicted mom when she was unable to take care of herself. He’s fallen in love with Scott twice, but when Liam saw Scott going down the same path as his mother, he left. The lesson that he can’t save everyone has been a painful one for Liam to learn. Maybe what he and Scott had can’t ever be fixed.

Scott and Liam have never fallen out of love—which becomes obvious when they start working together—but what will make this time any different from all the others? Will the third time really be a charm?

This was the best kind of angsty, rough, tortured romance you can read.

The MC’s were tough, hard driven, tattooed and angry. Angry at each other, angry at the world, angry at fate. And it translated into pure desire and lust.

Scott and Liam survived foster care together and promised each other a life together when they aged out. Plans changed when Liam had to take care of his drug addicted mom and disappeared.
Years later, they reunited and fell in love again and were on their way to making it work. Scott was working two jobs and Liam was in school to become a doctor. When he came home and found Scott with pills, he left.

Six years later they are both different people. Scott is still stuck in a rut and Liam has seen hell and lost a leg there but he’s on a journey of self discovery and he’s got a new boyfriend. The possibility of finding each other again and making it work seems like a lost cause this time around, but the love between them is palpable.

Scott’s character was angsty and tough and I wasn’t sure I was going to like him, to be fair, but he ended up being my favorite. He was repentant and had a heart of gold and loved like no other. His dry wit had me laughing so many times.

“Liam rubbed the back of Scott’s neck. ‘You’re going to hate me saying this, but this is how I know we’re going to make it this time.’
Scott pulled away. ‘Why, because I drove you to Delaware to eat a Tastykake in my car?’

Bad Habit was a really great dark love story with an HEA and is a perfect addition to K.A. Mitchell’s Bad in Baltimore series.

Bad in Baltimore Series

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Galley copy of Bad Habit provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday