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Blurb:“You won’t let anybody else have you, Joseph. I won’t let anybody else have you. I want you all to myself.” – Gage Mason

We’ve all had our experience with him. The Bad Boy. The one we’ve been warned about. The one with rips in his jeans and a lazy, devil may care smile on his mouth. The one who makes you do bad things that feel so good.

For me it was Gage Mason. We met when he worked on my Ducati. I knew immediately he was trouble, but something about that Bad Boy drew me in. Maybe it’s his dark eyes that study me like he wants to know everything about me. Maybe it’s the way he makes me feel; the rough touch of his hands, his possessive grip on my hair when we kiss, the way he feels deep inside me. Or maybe it’s the way he needs me, even though he won’t admit it.

For once in my life I’m taking a risk. Despite everything that tells me I shouldn’t, I’m taking a chance to be with Gage. I don’t know if it will end well, but I do know I can’t resist that Bad Boy.

Joseph Naderi

Review: Caution: Review contains mild spoilers in last paragraph.

For me, Bad Boys Need Love Too is a solid three lilies because I wound up with an almost love/hate (or maybe more of a great like/great dislike) relationship with it and the reasons overlap.

First, why I disliked it. For a good portion of the book (about a third to half of it), I was gnashing my teeth a bit regarding the main characters and their personalities. Gage is controlling, manipulative, blows a little hot and cold, and is - at least to me (and, admittedly, I could very well be wrong and this was not intended) - comes across as being a little emotionally abusive. While Joseph fares a little better in the characterization, he's no saint either. He is a reasonably intelligent, ambitious man, yet he stays with Gage for far longer than he would like to have. He also tends to do a "runner" under certain circumstances.

Which leads me to why I do like the book. In spite of what drove me a bit 'round the bend with the characters (and almost had me putting the book away), they are likable in their own way. The reader winds up understanding the whys and wherefores of the characters - what in their pasts makes them the way they are, what makes them tick, what draws them to each other. Another reason why, in the end (and in spite of all the angst and drama), I like the book is that they work at working things out - alone, together, with help, with friends, and with family.

Edits: 1) Correction on character name due to me putting Joshua instead of Joseph. 2) I had kindly received the book as an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

(Image found on Ms. Tomlinson's BlogSpot page (http://christatomlinson.blogspot.com/?zx=a1319ddf0fd5858b) and is copyrighted to her.)

(Cross-post to Goodreads and Amazon.com)
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Blurb: It’s 1991, and Dan Calzolaio has just moved to Florida with his lover, Mark, having fled Chicago and Mark’s addictions to begin a new life on the Gulf Coast. Volunteering for the Tampa AIDS Alliance is just one part of that new beginning, and that’s how Dan meets his new buddy, Adam.

Adam Schmidt is not at all what Dan expected. The guy is an original—witty, wry, and sarcastic with a fondness for a smart black dress, Barbra Streisand, and a good mai tai. Adam doesn’t let his imminent death get him down, even through a downward spiral that sees him thrown in jail.

Each step of Adam’s journey teaches Dan new lessons about strength and resilience, but it’s Adam’s lover, Sullivan, to whom Dan feels an almost irresistible pull. Dan knows the attraction isn’t right, even after he dumps his cheating, drug-abusing boyfriend. But then Adam passes away, and it leaves Sullivan and Dan both alone to see if they can turn their love for Adam into something whole and real for each other.

Review:  Another great Rick R. Reed read and certainly one for which the tissues should be kept handy - for sad tears and for joyful ones as well.

This is a story that has everything: love, friendship, heartache, despair and strength.  The strength comes to the different characters in different ways: the strength to say enough is enough when bad habits crop up again, the strength to stay when the one you love is dying, the strength to go on when a partner dies, the strength to finally kick a habit once and for all, and the strength to find love again.

There are pitfalls and there are detours, but what isn't in life?  And that is what makes this story such a wonderful keeper of a read:  the characters are ones you can find next door or down the street or they could be you, even if the specific details differ.

Highly recommended.

(Cover image found on http://www.rickrreed.com ; blurb found on Netgalley.com)

Edit: Cross-posted to Amazon.com and Goodreads.com .
Additional information may be found at: the following places: Amazon's Caregiver page and Dreamspinner's Caregiver page (Paperback versions are also available at both outlets)

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