Bad Judgment by Sidney Bell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I absolutely loved this book.
The two heroes were extremely engaging in very different ways. Embry was my favourite, so different from your usual romance hero—dark, angry, damaged, and genuinely morally ambivalent for much of the book. I think some readers may not like his choices, but I adored him from his first scene. Brogan was also very well drawn—a more recognisable character from the genre, but his characterisation was well done and I cared about him from the beginning. Their romance was hot and sweet, full of emotion and totally drew me in. Both characters live on in my mind and I finished the book a couple of days ago.
What I loved most about Bad Judgement was that it doesn’t always follow the template of the genre (except the HEA, of course). It felt so fresh and the plot was twisty and angsty and compelling. It deals with some pretty dark issues, so if that’s not your cup of tea then maybe it’s not for you. It’s not a cosy mystery but it never felt heavy or lecturing and the pacing is perfect all the way through—I couldn’t put it down, and I tried because I wanted to make it last!
The writing style is polished and clever, which made it a real pleasure to read. It’s also long and, as a fast reader, that’s something I really appreciate. I loved having these characters with me for a few days and wondering what was going to happen next.
I’ll be buying the author’s next book and eagerly awaiting it’s follow up. I’m thrilled to have discovered such a talented new author! :D
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