Reclusive comic book artist Trip Spector spends his life doodling super-square, 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?
©2013 Damon Suede (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
Let me start out by saying Damon Suede is an absolutely awesome writer. Anyone who can weave into a story that “unicorns are just weaponized ponies” has some kind of paranormal muse whispering in his ear. This book is beautifully written, especially if you are a comic book fan or movie geek. He gives shout outs to, Marvel, DC, and other obscure comic book publishers, as well as, Bruce Campbell, The Tick and other obscure pop cult icons. There is some amazingly detailed background on all things comic, movie and TV geek. On the romance side, the MC get together fairly early in the book, so very little angst and a lot of very hot smex. The story is mainly about their rollercoaster ride of a relationship. Charlie David does a fantastic job as usually in bringing the characters to life and drawing the reader into these characters.
That said, I’m afraid I am NOT that into comics or the movie and TV industry and was kind of bored with it at about hour 8 of the 14 hour narration. Although that stuff is interesting, 14 hours of it gets REALLY old. There is really nothing happening in the story except interesting industry knowledge and the two MCs living their geek dream and trying to communicate with one another. Which is sweet, but again 14 HOURS!! I'm afraid I like a little more drama in my romance books. I would say if you want a really intriguing, well written listen about the comic and movie industries (there is even some gaming stuff) and a just OK romance, it is worth a credit.
Brilliantly written. beautiful and sexy. my only complaint is a minor one with Charlie David. He does superbly well but every once in a while mispronounced a word and it can be a bit jarring. But overall a great book. I look forward to many more books by Damon Suede.
The book was one of the best books I've gotten in a while in the m/m romance genre the story was real, the emotions were true, even if the body parts were exaggerated.
Zero at the Bone and Few Josh Lanyon books come to mind with the trueness of the emotion
The narration at times is like speed bumps on a smooth highway. Charlie David is normally more than competent but there are dozens of glaring mispronunciations. Someone needs to introduce him to an audio dictionary so he can hear the words pronounced properly.
The conclusion, which I will not spoil for anyone. But you'll be satisfied. For once neither half of the couple has to die or get a terminal illness to finish the book.
Buy the book. Get the Kindle copy and read along, it helps cover the word bloopers.
I think this author is pretty talented, but his overuse of euphemisms for male genitalia is very off-putting, at least to this female reader. I also felt this book was pretty dull. There wasn't nearly enough action or angst for my liking. I bought this because I enjoyed the writing (minus the euphemisms) in Hot Head, but this wasn't nearly as good.
I seriously don't understand why everyone has such a hard on for Charlie David. He's the most irritating narrator in this genre, in my opinion. Every time he says "shone," but pronounces it "shawn," I want to slit my wrists. Also, his "southern" accent is like nails on a chalkboard for me (i.e. someone who knows what an Alabama accent actually sounds like). I've returned most of the books I've purchased that were narrated by him, but I decided to keep this one so I could leave a review. Feel free to say it wasn't helpful just because I don't fall down at his feet to worship at the Charlie David alter.
No, because sophomoric prose and tired cliches like this is why the world doesn't take gay literature seriously.
The creative process behind the comic book idea the characters are working on even though the romance between them is trite and boring. Go write that comic instead!
The narrator could pronounce words correctly...just, you know, for a start....
I'm getting a refund...
I loved the unrequited love of a manipulative straight man aspects of this story.
Both MC's are charming and a bit dysfunctional but better together.
Charlie David does a great job of capturing the main character voices and even does justice to the deep Alabama drawl of Silas. Charlie does have some unusual ways of pronouncing a few words, particularly "pollen" (he makes it rhyme with "colon") that kinda pulls you out of the story for a bit but the rest is good enough that soon you're immersed right back in the tale.
Trip Spector is a talented comic book artist who's spent the last few years of his life drawing a watered-down, bowdlerized comic book for his boss at Big Dog comics. Trip has stayed with it partly because of the money and partly because of his crush on his boss, Cliff. The man that Trip's friends have dubbed the un-boyfriend. But then Trip meets Silas Goolsby a big, kinda goofy, easy-going southern boy who's carving out his own career as an FX makeup artist. Silas encourages Trip to let his creativity fly in a "very graphic" novel about a sex demon that starts to bear a remarkable resemblance to Silas.
Can Trip summon the courage and risk what he's achieved in order to follow his dream and is he willing to abandon a probably hopeless relationship with his boss to develop a real relationship with a charming southern man?
This is more than just a typical MM romance. It's a deeper look at one man's fixation with a straight but flirtatious boss and his timidity in developing his career. The main characters and many of the supporting characters are well thought out and developed to the point where the readers cares about them as more than just props to move forward the plot. The book features more than a few true moments and the nerd-romance aspects are sweet. The make-up and comic book aspects are detailed to the point that it's clear that Damon Suede is bit of a geek in his own right. The book is set in NYC and as a twenty year resident I felt that the settings rang true enough that the city sort of became a character in its own right.
This is one that I enjoyed and will probably listen to again.
This review was originally written for Prism Book Alliance.
Rounded up from 4.5 Stars
Trip loves his art, but he is stuck in a rut of drawing for a rather boring comic book series and pining after his boss. When he runs into Silas Goolsby at an OutRun event, the attraction is instantaneous. Silas, a special effects make up artist, has spent years living off of one-night stands and hook-ups. As the two begin to forge a stronger relationship, risks are taken on both personal and professional levels that threaten to tear them apart, and if Trip can’t take the jump into real life and learn to trust, he may find that his happy ending will be attainable.
Bad Idea is sexy, smart, hip, and downright fun! I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all the characters and was pleasantly surprised by how much I learned about a wide variety of topics, especially special effects make up and comic books. The dialogue is often edgy, funny, and blunt. Fascinating secondary characters frequently offer witticisms and pragmatic advice that sometimes runs a bit long but offers much-needed perspective for the main characters when things get dicey. I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions at the author’s use of snark and hilarious descriptions that brightened the story and brought the characters vividly to life. Interestingly, I was also captivated by his beautiful prose that rang with lovely metaphors and imagery. The balance is an intoxicating blend that had me frequently hitting the rewind button and hoping that certain secondary personalities (Curt and Ziggy?) will have their own story in the near future.
Trip and Silas, though they have faults, are extremely likeable and appealing, and their chemistry is scorching. The sex scenes drip with delicious passion as both men discover and reveal intimate facets that bring an authenticity and rawness to the encounters. As they learn more about each other and themselves outside of their sexual relationship, readers are treated to further insight and character depth, and I appreciated the way the characters’ life views and philosophies are presented layer by layer. It was intriguing to get a glimpse of the talents and passion these two men possess for their art, as well, as the author weaves interesting facts and details about both crafts into the story.
Bad Idea is an entertaining, intriguing, and engaging story. It is a unique read where pop culture meets Southern comfort, and quirkiness is commonplace and endearing. I am hoping for more in this series, as I would love to see the MCs build upon their HFN and several lively peripheral characters come back for repeat performances.
Charlie David is a talented narrator who breathes life and energy into the written word through inflections, accents, and just the right amount of theatrical flair. Though there are occasional mispronunciations of words that can be a bit distracting, his passionate reading of the story helps to smooth them over. His tone is deep, intoxicating, and pleasing to the ear, and when he reads as Silas with a Southern drawl, his voice is like butter melting on a biscuit. Yum!
I'm one of the reviewers at the Guilty Indulgence Review Site. I am always reading - I don't go anywhere without an ebook or audiobook!
Damon Suede knows how to write. Honestly, I'm almost certain he has a magic pencil. His books have the perfect balance of humor, sensuality and romance. His vivid descriptions place readers right inside the story, leaving no chance to disengage. And holy hotness... there were some moments I most certainly did NOT want to stop reading! Once you begin the story, you are hooked. Suede brings his characters to life. Seriously, while listening to this book on audio, I could close my eyes and see the story playing out inside my head. I absolutely fell for the characters -with all their quirkiness and hangups- and connected on some level despite having nothing logically in common with them. I would've been like the married friend (who I also loved).
The narrator's voice kicked up the heat and must read all of Suede's books. It's panty-melting deliciousness.
don't have the print, but loved the audio
anything going on between Trip and Silas
the last 15 minutes I think
this is a hea feel good story, well done and fun to listen too! Charlie David is pretty easy to listen too specially when telling a very good story!
Without a doubt, the twists and turns between Silas and Tripp and their developing relationship
Hot Head, by the same author
Charlie David's performance was excellent and he really brought the characters to life
If only! But a with a story of this length, just not possible
Possibly the best narrator I've listened to - so far! Highly recommended and I will definitely return to this book
"Could've been good"
I liked the characters but by the chapter 5 I was put off by the history of the comics that seem to unravel and I just lost interest. Definitely a gem for gay comics aficionados.
No. Because I didn't enjoy it.
Charlie David is excellent as always.
Probably not as I didn't finish the book.
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