Review: Bad Idea (Itch #1) by Damon Suede

October 21, 2013 Review 1

Review: Bad Idea (Itch #1) by Damon Suede

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?

Title: Bad Idea
Author: Damon Suede
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Horn Gate, Pent Up
Series: Itch
Published by Dreamspinner Press
Source: Publisher
Published: October 21, 2013
Genres: Male Male Romance
Pages: 333
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Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: four-stars

Bad Idea is one of those books I grabbed just because of the authors name on the cover. I’ve been to a few book conventions where I sat in on panels Damon Suede was on. Any individual who spends five minutes in his presence will want to read something he has written. I was thoroughly pleased to see so much of his wit and humor on the pages. The conversations Trip and Silas have are filled with their love of comics and the geekdom surrounding that. This never gets confusing and always remains perfectly them. Their relationship is new. They are both new to relationships in general. Their road to a happily ever after is never smooth yet they are always entertaining.

FX Makeup artist and lover of geek, Silas has lived a life full of enjoyment. He is one of those genuinely happy people who are content with what he has in life. While helping a friend with a zombie run for charity he spots someone he has to meet. Silas being one of those grab life by the horns (yes pun intended) kind of guys he goes after Trip. Trip is one of those people that has allowed others influences to affect his life a little too much. I won’t label Trip as insecure, but he has some issues that make him a pleasure to read. He is that man you cheer for while you cringe at some of his poor decisions. Together these two men embark on journey that is part growing up and a lot of self discovery.

I absolutely have to mention something I found amusing in the wording. The fact that this was one of my favorite things to do with the book makes me wonder what that says about me. Every time Trip or Silas refers to their manly they use some random and interestingly different slang for it. It was often raunchy or gritty but smacked of man.

This book is a sort of spin off to Horn Gate. While they are related they are totally not related. I am dying to go read Horn Gate now though. I love the way these two books are linked without being linked.

Favorite quotes:

Silas to Trip. “I like taking you in easy doses. You’re pretty strong medicine for a weak man.”

Trip to Silas.  “You make me braver than I’ve ever been in my life. Please don’t give up on me.”

Damon Suede

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