The Bad Guy

The Bad Guy

The Bad Guy by Celia Aaron

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An easy and enjoyable read

This was my first read by this author. Often I struggle with standalone books after getting so used to the character/story development afforded by a series, but this book did it well. There wasn’t an exorbitant amount of backstory, but the characters were still explained enough for the story to work.
I thoroughly enjoyed that the characters, by the end, were not all who they had seemed to be at the beginning. Surprise- the “psycho” was not the bad guy when it came down to it. He was still a bad guy, just not THE bad guy.
As always with dark romance I loved the level of obsession, the lengths to which Sebastian went to for Camille. Hey, it’s fantasy, right? Don’t judge me.
I liked the inclusion of Sebastian’s father, and his feelings and actions toward his son. Drawing a parallel to Dexter (the TV series), this book took a person who had been diagnosed as psychotic and really painted him in a sympathetic light. Damaged? Yes. But it isn’t his fault, and it presents a real problem for him in trying to live his life.
Overall, a very enjoyable read. Right before this book I’d just finished something so gritty and violent that it was hard to get through it, so this was a very welcome palate cleanser. This is more the level of dark that I prefer, to be honest. I’m not into physical-abuse dark, which seems to be part of a lot of dark romance these days.
This book promises a dark romance with an HEA, and it delivers!

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My name is Sebastian Lindstrom, and I’m the villain of this story. 
I’ve decided to lay myself bare. To tell the truth for once in my hollow life, no matter how dark it gets. And I can assure you, it will get so dark that you’ll find yourself feeling around the blackened corners of my mind, seeking a door handle that isn’t there. 
Don’t mistake this for a confession. I neither seek forgiveness nor would I accept it. My sins are my own. They keep me company. Instead, this is the true tale of how I found her, how I stole her, and how I lost her. 
She was a damsel, one who already had her white knight. But every fairy tale has a villain, someone waiting in the wings to rip it all down. A scoundrel who will set the world on fire if that means he gets what he wants. That’s me. 
I’m the bad guy. 

Author’s Note: This is a 90,000-word romance with dark themes and a HEA.

Published by Amanda Marie

Compulsive reader. Romantic suspense/contemporary romance/dark romance/NA romance addict. Particularly fond of mafia, forced/arranged marriage, secret baby, kidnapping, and dark alpha heroes. Just out here doing my part for humanity- these books won't read themselves.

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