Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Book Review: Bad Boy

Title Bad Boy
Author Elliot Wake
Release Date December 6, 2016

Vlog star Renard Grant has nothing to prove: he’s got a pretty face, chiseled body, and two million adoring video subscribers. Plus the scars on his chest and a prescription for testosterone. Because Ren is transgender: assigned female at birth, living now as male. He films his transition and shares it bravely with the world; his fans love his honesty and positivity.

But Ren has been living a double life.

Off-camera, he’s Cane, the muscle-bound enforcer for social justice vigilante group Black Iris. As Cane, he lets his dark side loose. Hurts those who prey on the disempowered. Indulges in the ugly side of masculinity. And his new partner, Tamsin Baylor, is a girl as rough and relentless as him. Together, they terrorize the trolls into silence.

But when a routine Black Iris job goes south, Ren is put in the crosshairs. Someone is out to ruin his life. He’s a bad boy, they say, guilty of what he punishes others for.

Just like every other guy: at heart, he’s a monster, too.

Now Ren’s got everything to prove. He has to clear his name, and show the world he’s a good man. But that requires facing demons he’s locked away for years. And it might mean discovering he’s not such a good guy after all.

This is the fourth book by Elliot Wake (previously published under Leah Raeder) that I've read. It's the fourth book of his that I've fallen in love with. He's one of my instant read authors. New book coming out? Doesn't matter what it is, I want it now.

Throwing this out there real quick, why is reviewing books that we love harder than reviewing books that we don't? I've probably said it a million times, but I really suck at explaining why I loved something. I'd rather just shove the book at you and tell you to read it yourself. It's amazing, what more do you need?!

I love Elliot's characters. They're real. They're broken, flawed, raw people. They're full of grey areas and they're messed up. These are the characters I love. These are the characters I can read about endlessly. No one, and I really mean no one, can do characters like Elliot Wake. It's an art form and he's perfected it.

Speaking of art form, the writing. If you've read Elliot's work before, you probably know what I mean. If you haven't, you're missing out. And there's something special about Bad Boy. The writing is even more refined and sharp than in his previous works. I didn't think it could get any better, but it did. I'm blown away at how skillful of a writer he is.

As for the story, I won't talk about it much. I don't want to spoil anything at all. I will say it's unbelievable (in a good way, that is). It kept my on my toes throughout the entire book. I loved it from beginning to end.

Read this book. Read every book from Elliot Wake. Don't deprive yourself of good books.


5 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from Atria Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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