3 Stars for Bad Idea (Itch #1) by Damon Suede #MM #Romance @dreamspinners @damonsuede


Title: Bad Idea (Itch #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Damon Suede (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 21, 2013 – 333 pgs


Some mistakes are worth making.

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?

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**Audiobook Review**
I think my biggest issue with this book has to be the pacing. Things would go incredibly fast, so fast I could hardly keep up with all the people and situations being slung at me to going so slow I could’ve easily skipped pages and not missed a single important thing.
While I understood that the main character was a comic guy… I didn’t expect there to be quite so much comic speak in the book. Sure some of the talk about the things people did and some of the events were interesting, but it got to be quite heavy and boring to someone like me who isn’t really into all of that.
I also could have greatly done without the sound imitations… Pretty sure we didn’t need them. I did find some of the similes and metaphors quite funny and silly since that was sort of the overall theme of the book… However, I found them distracting from any connection or character development that could’ve been happening at that time.
As for the narration, I will give mad props for getting the right feel for the mania that the book itself had and then slowing down in the right places. I will say WHEW, he can read a naughty scene unlike any other and really got in to it, which is kind of fun and different than most narrators because it feels like its more of a show than something you are listening to. However, that being said, there were numerous words pronounced wrong and that really was sad because otherwise I would’ve said he’d done a great job, instead I’ll give Narration a 4 star and the book a 3 star rating.


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Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. He has lived all over and along the way, he’s earned his crust as a model, a messenger, a promoter, a programmer, a sculptor, a singer, a stripper, a bookkeeper, a bartender, a techie, a teacher, a director… but writing has ever been his bread and butter. He has been happily partnered for over a decade with the most loving, handsome, shrewd, hilarious, noble man to walk this planet.

Though new to gay romance, Damon is an award-winning author who has been writing for print, stage, and screen for two decades, which is both more and less glamorous than you might imagine. He’s won some awards, but he counts his blessings more often: his amazing friends, his demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who keeps whispering in his ear, year after year.

Damon is a proud member of the Romance Writers of America and the Rainbow Romance Writers. He would love to hear from you…


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