Bad Idea

Bad Idea

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by Damon Suede
     
 

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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

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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148685456
Publisher:
Dreamspinner Press
Publication date:
10/21/2013
Series:
Itch Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
350
Sales rank:
190,034
File size:
2 MB

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Bad Idea 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
JillianReadLoveBlog More than 1 year ago
Quirky and fun, emotional and sexy….Bad Idea was all that and so much more.
ReadMe11 More than 1 year ago
Okay, this one sucked me in slowly. I wasn’t sure I was even enjoying it until I realized I wanted to know how it ended. And the really damning evidence of my acceptance is that I’m looking forward to it’s sequel “Nasty Habit.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With such spice you won't be able to put it down!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing book. Damon Suede is an exceptional writer. The man knows how to write an engaging story and characters you won't forget! I can't wait to read about Kurt and Ziggy. Just as a side note about Suede's gift as a writer: I never read fantasy, but I bought Horn Gate just to have more of Mr. Suede's words to read. I can't wait for the sequels to Hot Head and Bad Idea!!! 
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TheMorningAfterRomance More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Christina Marie at The Morning After Romance: Nerdylicious I'm in a reading coma. Don't ask how I'm typing. I hate summarizing. On account of my aforementioned reading coma I give myself a pass. The blurb, in all its blurbiness, tells you everything you need to know about the plot. I just want to talk about all the things I loved. Wait. First, I feel the need to get this out of the way. I'll begrudgingly admit that this book may not be for everyone. Geek culture prances around the pages unrestrained. Some will get frustrated at not understanding all the references. Others may have a disconnect with the type of humor used. Just know that some and others are missing out on fantastic writing. I didn't get all the references and I still thought that this was perfect for me. I had multiple nerdgasms, and I maybe almost peed from laughing. I refused to put the book down. I read until my eyes hurt, and then I kept reading. I was in a state of bliss (despite the eye thing). Oh, Bad Idea how do I love thee? Let me count the ways... Warning overuse of the word "love," and mild squeeing to follow. 1. I love the writing. I think it's apparent that Damon Suede's writing has improved since Hot Head. It was already great in my opinion. But I do love to witness a writer hone their craft. While not everyone loves Suede's writing nuggets, I eat them up. They feel like coming home to me. Which, really is completely insane since this is only the second book of his I've read. But I loved seeing his familiar habits. They are like his calling cards, the sound bites, and repetition. I liked it before. I love it now, as I think they were used more effectively here. It's all in the details; Suede paints with the little things many would leave out (like spit strands). But it was those details that made the story feel real to me, kept me hooked. I thought there was a distinct lack of flowery word-shenanigans, which I appreciate. Suede uses raw language, and some slang. Although, occasionally the latter didn't work for me, as I remember being extremely confused over the word "basket" at one point. Still, there are some great one-liners. Really, I just loved all the words. Well, with the exception of "basket" anyway. Lovely sentences. They were occasionally ridiculous, mostly hilarious, and always perfect. I love the things you say Mr. Suede. 2. I love Trip. Love. Him. He is funny, infuriating, and nerdy. All bundled into one attractive comic book artist. I love his POV to smithereens. It elicited many giggles. I relate to him the most, probably because he is this anxious, and mildly damaged bundle of nervous energy. His word vomits are the best. 3. Silas, Silas, Silas. The nerd-whisperer. You guessed it, I love Silas. He is sweet, caring, and just loveable. He also dabbles in the nerdy, is a total beefcake, and has so many exes they fall from the sky. His muscles are the result of (*gasp*) hard work, and carbo-dodging. It's refreshing that he isn't magically ripped, and blessed with a super metabolism. He's just big and bulky, with some muscles thrown in. Delicious. Or... life-size Teddy Bear? You decide. 4. I love their relationship. They actually dated! Holy crap. I was starting to forget that dating is a thing people do. I feel like 93% of the Romances I've read recently have MC's who are thrown together into dire situations (like road trips), or they hate each other until one throws the other into bed (naturally). Anyway, I like their little courtship. It's great, but somehow manages not be all fluffy-sugar adorable. Trip and Silas are just perfect together. They are both nervous, unsure, and have these enjoyable little instances of miscommunication. It all makes for great moments of dialogue. It all feels real. Ah, the mating rituals of nerds. They made me laugh, and all right they are occasionally cute. 5. I love all the sexy. Are you surprised? This book right here. This book is...Whoo Lordy (*Fans self*). Trip and Silas are hot together. Explosive. BOOM go my ovaries. The dynamic between the two is just electric. They had some unexpected moments that blew my mind. Honestly though, this is Mr. Suede we are talking about. I was expecting an intense connection, steamy goodness, and all the melty tingles. I have to say, he outdid himself. The sex scenes are great. Firstly, as I think I've sufficiently established, they are hot. More importantly, they have substance. It's always the two of them working together. Trip and Silas interact and react to each other. It isn't always flawless, but that's what makes it so great. It's authentic. Sometimes the scenes (of which there are the perfect amount) would get a little lengthy. It's not something that bothered me, at all. It always went somewhere, and I felt like I learned about the characters and watched them grow through these scenes. Still, some may be irritated by all the overheating. I would suggest a cool compress. 6. Secondary Characters? Love `em! Particularly Trip's female friends. They are well developed, amusing, and I really enjoyed Trip's time with them. Normally I'd be waiting for scenes with the secondaries to end, but I genuinely enjoyed their presence in the book. They were weird, and fun. It never felt like they were derailing the pacing, or distracting from Trip and Silas. I'm not sure if I liked Kurt or not. He had some great dialogue at the end, and I can't wait for his book. However, that last bit is mostly because of Ziggy. I NEED to get all up in that one's POV. All in all, I really enjoyed reading this. It made me happy. I laughed at all the jokes, even the ridiculous ones. I LOVED Silas and Trip. I was invested in them, to the point of frustrated tears towards the end. And I highlighted an appalling amount of sentences. I do think that this is going to be a case of the writing not being for everyone. But I do suggest everyone give it a go, and if you happen to be a comic book nerd, even better. Bad Idea is definitely my cuppa! *ARC courtesy of Dreamspinner Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 5 Stars !
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Books_on_Silver_Wings More than 1 year ago
This review can be found at Books on Silver Wings.  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. *review copy received in exchange for an honest review*