Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Bad Habit by K.A. Mitchell


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?

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Book 6
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Kris☆☆☆☆
I'll start my review again by saying I really have enjoyed this series thus far!

Book #6 is about a couple of guys that I really didn't remember much from the series. I don’t know if that's my bad memory or the author's lack of making them known more in book #5? You know how you mostly know whose story is coming up next at the end of the previous book? Well, I had no clue. So, being new to Scott and Liam I went into the story pretty blind. Which wasn't really a problem, their story could even be read as a standalone. Although, as in the previous books, all the boys we've grown to know and love are present in small ways and along for the ride in this story. Which is very nice, we all like our old favs to pop up here and there! EXCEPT when they're all in a scene together and I'm struggling to tell who is who? There was a bit of past character overload during one breakfast picnic scene and I became confused as to who was speaking. Other than Eli, as he seems to be easy to remember as the flamboyant goth boy glue to the whole batch of Bad in Baltimore's boys.

I found Liam and Scott's story really nicely told with great past history, old hurts, and new redemption. I found Scott to be the bad boy with the heart of gold! Along with Liam, who is Scott's lost love, a wonderful second chance at happiness in a life of abandonment and hurt for them both. Liam had some growing up to do and he redeemed himself well in my eyes and Scott's. I thought their romantic trysts to be lightning strike electric and steamy summer nights hot! Thoroughly enjoyed their story!


Sarah☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars

This is an angsty, gritty second chance romance. Liam and Scott’s intense relationship started when they were in care together as teenagers. When they meet again as adults, they must decide whether they can ever get past their baggage and be together.

I think this might be the darkest book I’ve read in this series. The book starts with Scott homeless and Liam tangled up in personal baggage. Life has been difficult for both men and the author doesn’t offer easy solutions. Scott’s temper makes him a difficult character to like and Liam isn’t an easy character to get to know. The story isn’t all dark though. Hope comes through Liam’s music, Scott’s new job, and a group of supportive friends.

While I like Scott and Liam as a couple, this is a fairly unconventional romance. There is chemistry between the men but furtive hookups in grotty back rooms and cars aren’t terribly sexy. Neither is Scott’s poverty or his slightly twisted values (fancy classic car before everything/everyone else?). These two have lived hard lives so the lack of emotional intimacy makes sense – but it also doesn’t make for great romance. I engaged with Scott and Liam, but I didn’t love their story. However, it might be a book that I would react to differently at another time.

This book doesn’t stand alone and even though I’ve read some of the books in this series, I was struggling at times because I haven’t read all of the previous stories. There are several scenes featuring previous couples that I had no idea about. New readers would be better off starting with the first book and reading the stories sequentially.


Also Available in the Bad in Baltimore Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Bad Company post.


Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out our Bad Boyfriend post.


Book 3
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For reviews & more info, check out our Bad Attitude post.


Book 4
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For reviews & more info, check out our Bad Influence post.


Book 5
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For reviews & more info, check out our Bad Behavior post.



K.A. usually just checks in for her mail as she's rarely in the real world. Her imaginary friends are so much fun to hang with. They're more interesting than she is to talk to, too. Feel free to email her with questions about them. If she has anything to say, she usually says it on Twitter. K.A. loves the amazing escapes fiction provides. In the real world, she lives with her wife in upstate NY and is grateful for all the stories in her head.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Bad Habit (Bad in Baltimore #6) by K.A. Mitchell to read and review.

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