Friday, November 8, 2013

Review: Bad Idea by Damon Suede

Bad Idea Title: Bad Idea by Damon Suede
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Published October 21st 2013 by Dreamspinner Press
Length: 350 pages

Rating: 5 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher


Bad Idea: Some mistakes are worth making.

Reclusive comic book artist Trip Spector spends his life doodling supersquare, straitlaced superheroes, hiding from his fans, and crushing on his unattainable boss until he meets the dork of his dreams. Silas Goolsby is a rowdy FX makeup creator with a loveless love life and a secret streak of geek who yearns for unlikely rescues and a truly creative partnership.

Against their better judgment, they fall victim to chemistry, and what starts as infatuation quickly grows tender and terrifying. With Silas’s help, Trip gambles his heart and his art on a rotten plan: sketching out Scratch, a “very graphic novel” that will either make his name or wreck his career. But even a smash can’t save their world if Trip retreats into his mild-mannered rut, leaving Silas to grapple with betrayal and emotions he can’t escape.

What will it take for this dynamic duo to discover that heroes never play it safe?

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4.5 Stars rounded up

Trip and Silas meets at a zombie run. Under those circumstances, they have a hard time finding each other with non-zombie appearances. When they meet, things get more complicated as they work on Scratch, the graphic novel, and deal with the Unboyfriend, Trip's boss, who wants to sabotage their work.

Trip and Silas have some great discussion about art, comic, the humankind, and imaginary vs. real characters, which makes this novel a quirky, deep read that is not just about romance. It's also ironic how Trip venomously rejects he's writing a romance about a sexy demon named Scratch. That makes me think about what's romance in pop culture today.

The story also delve into an author's or storyteller's design process from Trip's point of view. That makes me wonder if this is how the author proceeds with his writing process with writing this book as well. Scratch just screams at him to finish his story. Trip also has the debate with himself if he is basing this imaginary character on somebody in real life or not. The description are vivid in this story and I love it.

The dialogue between the MCs feels natural and includes the awkwardness from real life. The length really increases the time for the couple to get to know each other and build their relationship. They both feel the chemistry between them from their first meeting but it takes some leg work to fit into each other's social circle.

Their romance is believable and their outings are adorable. The trials the couple went through, even though brutal and almost jeopardized their career and relationship, was also necessary to break away from the lull of complacency and perfect life in the middle of the book.

The pacing in the middle is slow and that really gave the secondary characters a chance to shine. I would love to read more about Kurt and his techie employee that's got a smart mouth, is shy and smart but handicapped. They have this antagonistic relationship that may be interesting to explore. This is one of those times the secondary characters are more interesting than the MCs.

The HFN ending is a little dissatisfying since it seems so easy to give the readers the HEA but didn't. It's a little disheartening that Scratch, their "bad idea," is not reveal to the public at the end when the build up of the story centers on this comic creation.

This is a long, charming novel that's humorous and witty. I love the zombie run and monster references. That is a fun way to start the book with a bang. The characters are memorable with distinct personalities and history. I look forward to the next title in the series.

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