Book Reviews

Bad Habit (Bad in Baltimore 6) by K.A. Mitchell at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Disability / Doctors/Nurses/EMTs/Vets / Military/Former Military / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 07-November-2018

Book Blurb

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?


Book Review

“He’d lived just fine for years with the hole Liam leaving had made, let it scab over, buried the thought of it, moved the fuck on. Ten minutes spread over two conversations shouldn’t  have changed that. Sure as shit shouldn’t have made him feel fucking worse. Liam was old news.”

Color me surprised (and thrilled) when I discovered that K.A. Mitchell has written a sixth book in her ‘Bad in Baltimore’ series. I’ve adored this series, some of the couples more than others, but I’ve always enjoyed each of their stories and, even more, the way the author has made all of these people family. Family in the best sense of the word – the kind you choose not the kind you’re born into. I have been hoping to get Scott’s story ever since I glimpsed him in Jamie and Gavin’s book, so ‘Bad Habit’ hit me in all of the feels.

Scott didn’t just survive the foster care system, he lived through abandonment, not being “adoptable” due to many issues including attachment disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and conduct disorder, not to mention the boys’ home where he was abused. He and Liam met in that orphanage and it didn’t take long before both young adults had fallen hard. They were separated when Liam’s mother returned but once Scott was free they found each other again. Scott was determined that Liam would see his dream of becoming a doctor come true and so he worked two full-time jobs to put Liam through his first years of college. Liam walked away when he realized Scott was taking drugs, uppers to be exact, in order to work that hard on little to no sleep. Liam wasn’t going to allow Scott to fall down the hole that trapped his mother his whole life. Of course, if only they’d talked to one another, these past six years apart probably needn’t have happened.

“Scott had spent six years killing and burying every stupid soft thing Liam had dragged out. Hope and love and belonging. Goddamn the bastard for showing up everywhere in Scott’s life like they were still sharing it.”

There is a lot that I liked about this addition to the series. Liam and Scott (especially Scott) are complex characters with a lot of nuances. Their romance is definitely one for the books (pun intended) but that also was something I didn’t like as much. I feel as if Liam should have had to work harder to get Scott back as I continually got the impression that Scott has always been the one to make the sacrifices and take care of Liam. There are side story lines that I feel should have been explored more or left behind as I think they detracted from what was going on with the two main characters. I loved seeing many familiar faces particularly Eli and Jamie as they are two of my favorites. Overall I enjoyed this and I look forward to more in this world.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 230 pages/76380 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 06-November-2018
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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