Book Reviews

The Badass Of His Dreams by Missy Welsh at MM Romance Group @ Goodreads

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 11-July-2013

Book Blurb

Dear Author,

It was the middle of sophomore year when he transferred into my elite college preparatory academy. Right away it was clear that he wasn’t there by choice, and he wasn’t there to make friends. Not to be cliché, but if you looked up “bad boy” in the dictionary, there he would be. He had a chip on his shoulder the size of Kansas and he came from the wrong side of the tracks, and none of the rich kids there let him forget it. The guys hated him; the girls either lusted after him or sneered at his scuffed-up combat boots, messy hair, and the multitude of chains and rings and bracelets he wore in flagrant disregard of the academy’s dress code.
Now it’s the beginning of our freshman year of college and once again, we’re at the same school. Even though I wanted him from the moment I first saw him, we’ve never really spoken. I might as well have been invisible for the attention he paid me, both then and now. That is, until a group outing to the city goes badly and leaves me alone on the wrong side of town. I was easy pickings for the guys who spotted me and saw a rich teenager out of his element. I’m not sure what the guys would have done to me if he hadn’t shown up, but that night I discovered more than one secret. He wasn’t just some regular boy with an excessive amount of bad attitude— he was a wolf, and I was his mate, and now that he had finally acknowledged me, there was no way we could live apart without sentencing him to death.

Photo Description:
Two young men are naked on a bed in this black and white photograph. One sits up, his head thrown back to offer his tongue to the other. The other man kneels close against the first with his head tipped down and his mouth open; he appears to be a second away from kissing his lover.

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love Has No Boundaries" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.


Book Review

This isn’t just a very cute story about two college students (one of whom happens to be a werewolf) finding each other, but also a very entertaining tale, written with a lot of humor. The two main characters may come from opposite sides of the track, but they are a perfect match. They've already crushed on each other since high school (unknowingly), but never quite managed to figure out they are meant for each other. Add a prejudiced pack to Tristan's background, with a father who couldn’t have been nastier to Tristan, and the stage is set.

Pitney, the human guy, tells the story. The way he narrates the story made me laugh, and his observations and comments about his hopeless crush for badass Tristan were hilarious. And once he finds out the guy is a werewolf? He's totally cool. Why? Because it makes him more badass, and that is what Pitney is looking for.

Tristan hasn’t had an easy life because he is considered abnormal by his pack. It’s not what you think (and, initially, I had the same thought), they have no issue with him being gay. The problem is that some of the snobbier members of the pack, Tristan's father included, believe he's an abomination since he only shifts partially. To Tristan's surprise Pitney is ready to defend him, never mind that he's outmatched.

Luckily, the misunderstanding can be clarified, but I liked that the werewolves, hunted by humans who cannot accept their differences, made the same mistake as those humans. They rejected anything that is different. Hmm, wonder where I've seen that happen before? If you like werewolf stories about mates first discovering each other, if you enjoy reading books written with a sense of humor, yet carrying a serious message about acceptance, and if you're looking for an entertaining, hot story with a lot of growling and a supernatural touch, then you will probably enjoy this free short story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 50 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 10-June-2013
Price FREE
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