Title : Bad Influence
Series : Bad In Baltimore, Book 4
Author : KA Mitchell
Publisher : Samhain (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 256 pages (e-book)
Published : April 15, 2014
Rating : ★★★★
To remake their future, they’ll have to use pieces of their broken past.
Bad in Baltimore, Book 4
The young man the world knew as Jordan Barnett is dead, killed as much by the rejection of his first love at his moment of greatest need, as by his ultra-conservative parents’ effort to deprogram the gay away.
In his place is Silver, a streetwise survivor who’s spent the last three years learning to become untouchable…unless you’re willing to pay for the privilege. He shies away from anything that might hold him down long enough for betrayal to find him again.
Zebediah Harris spent time overseas, trying to outrun the guilt of turning his back on the young man he loved. 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.
Trapped together in a cell, Silver sits on his mountain of secrets and plans a seductive form of revenge, but finds that using a heart as a stepping stone is no way to move past the one man he can’t forgive, let alone forget.
Warning: Contains a surly hero. May cause angst. A prolonged delay in sexual situations may cause frustration. Author recommends a steady dose of familiar friends and characters to alleviate those symptoms. No actual teenagers were used during the construction of the backstory.
I love KAM. I read everything she writes. If you’re following this series, you’ll remember Silver from the previous books. I actually didn’t know until right before I got this that this would be his book! I love love love a prostitute or slut who finds the one kind of story. In my mind this book was put up on a pretty high pedestal. I can’t say this was my favorite KAM book ever but I really liked it. There’s just this way KAM can write tons of seriously hot sex scenes and emotion and mix it all together in this all consuming story.
Silver is no longer a prostitute in this book. That’s all in his past. He escaped the streets to do porn. Not exactly something he’s proud of but it is what it is. He steps outside a club one night and sees some of the street kids he used to trick with. Then the guy who broke his heart and changed his life appears. Then promptly gets him arrested for solicitation. Luckily Silver has a friend with a money and power to help him out. He gets released but under the stipulation that he moves in with Eli and his boyfriend Quinn to help him stay out of trouble.
Silver thinks he’s seen Zeb for the last time but he appears again and it stirs a need for revenge in him. Part of his “being an upstanding citizen” is he needs to get his GED. That requires tutoring and Zeb just happens to be a teacher. Zeb feels guilty for turning his his back on Silver all those years ago. He’s shocked to learn the path Silver had to take to survive. Zeb isn’t judging Silver but he’s understandably having a hard time coming to terms with all the things the sweet beautiful man he once loved has been through and done. Even with all the things Silver has done in his life there’s one last secret he hasn’t shared. He’s too ashamed and it’s pretty much crushed whatever dreams he’d still had hopes of coming true.
Poor Silver. He’s become so independent and street tough but his secret puts cracks in his persona. Getting busted this time really put the fear in him. He wants a better life but that’s easier said than done. Silver has so much holding him down. His past is heartbreaking enough and seeing Zeb just brings it all back. His shame at being nothing more than a hole to plow on camera is hiding in the back of his mind. Again, he can’t even fool himself that he’s fine with it and happy but like most people, doubts and truths creep into your mind. His character was a really interesting POV to read this story from.
You want to hate Zeb but Silver played his part in the break up. Zeb feels utterly guilty once he learns how Silver ended up that he wants to do anything to make up for it. It’s his thing to be “the good guy”. This is frustrating for Silver. He needs to stay mad at him. His anger fuels so much of him. There is a nice slow and teasing build to their relationship. They have an obstacle that I thought I wouldn’t enjoy reading about when it comes up initially but in the end I really loved it. I can’t go into it without spoiling it. Sorry!
There is tons of page time with the couples from the previous books. My personal favorites Eli and Gavin play large parts in helping Silver find his happily ever after. I really enjoyed this book. Great complex characters. Hot sex. Great tension. A few laughs. What’s not to love?
Rated 4 stars by Whit